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CygamesPictures Company Director Nobuhiro Takenaka

CygamesPictures is the new anime studio on the block but the company's director Nobuhiro Takenaka has big dreams for the mobage company spin-off. ― While you may not have heard of CygamesPictures, you've certainly heard of Cygames, the mobile game developer that has expanded into anime, manga, music, and so much more. The anime branch of the company, CygamesPictures, was established as a way of creat...
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An Open Taisho Secret, Demon Slayer and Fashion History in Taisho Era Japan

The journey of an entire nation can be found in the style of a single coat. Zero discusses the politics of turn-of-the-century Japan and how it informs the stylings of Demon Slayer. ― What's the first image that pops into your mind about Japan? When people bring up their ideas of Japanese aesthetic, their minds probably gravitate to two images. For Japanophiles and history buffs, they might think som...
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The Pokémon: Twilight Wings English Release Should Credit the Staff

Kim Morrissy explains the importance of giving credit where it's due; an animator's career could depend on it. ― The web mini-series Pokémon: Twilight Wings directed by Shingo Yamashita at Studio Colorido is an incredible piece of work. Every episode so far tells a heartfelt and beautifully animated story about people and their bonds with Pokémon. The soft, gentle directing style and the nuanced char...
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Shakina Nayfack & Michael Sinterniklaas on Finding Hana for Tokyo Godfathers

When it came time to find the star for the first-ever Tokyo Godfathers English dub, Michael Sinterniklaas was at a standstill. Enter trans actress Shakina Nayfack. ― It was mid-January in the Green Room at Ohayocon's 20th-anniversary convention in Columbus, Ohio, and Michael Sinterniklaas—veteran voice actor, ADR director and scriptwriter for many anime, video games and cartoons—was in a state of pa...
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7 Awesome Anime Moms Who Are Miraculously Still Alive

This Mother's Day Lauren Orsini looks at some of the best anime moms the medium has to offer, and not a single death-flag ponytail in sight. ― If being an anime fan has taught me anything about being a mom it's this: don't give birth to a protagonist. The anime mom mortality rate is so disturbingly high that it's incredible I decided to take the risk. Now that my first Mother's Day is rolling around,...
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Interview: Crunchyroll Talks What Makes an 'Original'

The executives behind Crunchyroll's "Originals" initiative - including this season's Tower of God - discuss what goes in to their production process, and what to expect rolling forward. ― Crunchyroll parent company Ellation announced the launch of its in-house studio and its originally planned flagship title High Guardian Spice in 2018 with premiere plans set for 2019. One year later and the anime st...
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Anime vs. The NES

Join us on a trip through an era when Nintendo ruled the world and companies did their best to erase all traces of anime and manga from video games. ― The game industry will never again know an era like the reign of the Nintendo Entertainment System from 1985 to 1991. Nintendo and the NES owned the American home-console market for half a decade, thanks to a mixture of entertaining games, tight-fisted...
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Index VS Railgun: Settling the Debate Once and For All

Kim Morrissy explores - and answers - a classic fan debate: which one's better, A Certain Magical Index or A Certain Scientific Railgun? ― Short answer: If you're watching the anime, it's Railgun. Long answer: Oh boy, this is going to take a while. I'm reviving an over 10-year-old debate, and in order to solve the matter definitively I need to explain every angle of the argument. Time to pull up your...
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The Secrets of Final Fantasy VII's Success

What made Final Fantasy VII such a hit? And why can't we stop talking about it? With the arrival of Final Fantasy VII Remake, we take a look at how everything began. ― Final Fantasy VII heralded many things when it arrived on the PlayStation in 1997. It legitimized a new era of cinematic video games. It marked a major victory for Sony in the game-console market. It started plenty of arguments. Final ...
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In the World of Otome Games, All Routes Lead To Romance

A professional translator of visual novels waxes rhapsodical about the glory of otome games - ostensibly built around romancing a bunch of hot guys, but there's more to it than that! ― Have you ever looked at an anime boy and thought, "Man, I wish I could make you blush"? My name is Molly Lee, and I am a professional translator of light novels and visual novels. My first experience with otome games w...
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Interview: APPARE-RANMAN! Director Masakazu Hashimoto

Go on a wild race with the director of P.A. Works' brand new original series Appare-Ranman, who goes in-depth with Kim Morrissy on how this series came together. ― APPARE-RANMAN! is P.A.WORKS' upcoming new anime about racing across the Wild West. The story follows the brilliant but socially inept engineer Sorano Appare (family name first) and the shrewd but cowardly samurai Isshiki Kosame find themse...
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The Spring 2020 Anime Preview Guide

The Spring 2020 Anime Preview Guide is here! Check back every day for fresh takes on this season's new shows.

Available Now: Woodpecker Detective's Office - Food Wars! The Fifth Plate - Appare-Ranman - Diary Of Our Days At The Breakwater - Shadowverse - Fruits Basket Season 2 - Princess Connect! Re:Dive - Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle - Gleipnir - Shachibato! President, It's Time For Battle! - IDOLiSH7 Second Beat! - Tsugumomo2 - Digimon Adventure - And much more!
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How Food Wars Lost Its Flavor

A whole lot of people were pretty let down by how this popular cooking battle manga wrapped up - on the eve of its final anime adaptation's premiere, Nick Dupree goes in-depth on exactly why. ― WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the entirety of Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma's final arc. From its very first pages, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma caught the eye of a lot of Shonen Jump readers. It ...
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Our Most Anticipated Anime Of Spring 2020

Which new anime are you most looking forward to? Our reviews team reveals their answers - and we can't wait to hear yours! ― Our Most Anticipated Anime of Spring 2020 Things are dark right now - but that doesn't mean we can't all cozy up indoors and enjoy a new season of anime! Here are our reviews crew's picks for the shows they're most excited about - and don't forget to tell us your picks in the f...
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The Best (And Worst) Anime of Winter 2020

The Spring 2020 anime season is right around the corner - so it's time to rank our favorites (and least favorites) of Winter! Don't forget to give us your picks in the forums! ― The Best (and worst) of Winter 2020 Rebecca Silverman Best: GeGeGe no Kitaro If you're tired of reading about my love for this show, rejoice – it ends next week. But just because this was its final set of episodes doesn't mea...
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Interview: The Night is Short, Walk On Girl Author Tomihiko Morimi

The author behind the novel adapted by Masaaki Yuasa's acclaimed film goes in-depth on what it's like to be a novelist in Japan. ― *This interview was originally published on Suumo Town as part of their series discussing the connection between place and creation with creators who chose somewhere other than Tokyo to live and work, Koko kara umidasu watashi-tachi. The interview was conducted by Kyoko S...
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Interview: The BEASTARS Opening Animation Team

Get an in-depth inside look at the creation of the spectacular stop-motion opening for Netflix and Orange's smash hit animal drama BEASTARS! ― Cyclone Graphics president Michiya Kato never stops exploring new styles and workflows. Whether it's CGI, VFX or stop-motion, he's worked with some of the most creative directors in the industry to realise their vision, including names like Satoshi Kon and Mas...
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Interview: Stars Align Director Kazuki Akane (Part 2)

The finale of Kim Morrissy's spectacularly in-depth interview with the director of Stars Align covers the reality of anime production - and what's next for this original sports drama. ― In the first part of our interview with Stars Align director Kazuki Akane, we discussed the myriad themes and elements of the anime that make it so unique. In this second part, we discuss the future of the series. Aft...
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Interview: Last Exile and BEM Artist Range Murata

Character designer Range Murata talks about his 2019 series Bem and the pros and cons of designing characters for 3D anime. ― We had the had the opportunity to sit down with Range Murata, the character designer behind works such as Last Exile and Blue Submarine No. 6 among many more. For the summer 2019 season, he was given the chance to redesign the characters of the 1968 Yōkai Ningen Bem for its ne...
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How Deeply Is COVID-19 Impacting Anime Production?

The COVID-19 pandemic is having far-reaching effects to businesses around the world. Evan Minto looks at how the illness has struck the anime industry. ― Unless you've been living under a rock (and maybe even if you have been) you've probably heard a thing or two about COVID-19, the pandemic caused by a novel coronavirus that's quite literally sweeping the globe. The flu-like virus has already caused...
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How An Animator From Massachusetts Worked On Sword Art Online

An animator from the US worked on one of the biggest anime of 2019 - but the toll on his health and personal life was deep. Callum May reports. ― While there have been foreign creators working in the anime industry in the past, the 2010s represented an unprecedented global expansion. It used to be common for young artists to attend panels at anime conventions, and ask, “How can I work in the anime in...
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The Mythology of Fate/Grand Order: Babylonia - Part II

The conclusion of our grand exploration of the mythological heroes of Fate/Grand Order: Babylonia is here! ― Last time, we traced the roots of Babylonia characters from actual Babylonian mythology. Now, let's dig into the other varieties of myth and legend that Fate/Grand Order pulls from in order to round out its seventh climactic arc. Since I was once a small nerdy child who was a little too obsess...
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The Mythology of Fate/Grand Order: Babylonia — Part 1

Learn the fascinating history behind Fate/Grand Order's mythological characters - and dive deeper into the hit show's backstory! ― Outside some memeable quotes and the uniquely purple prose of the original visual novel's erotica, the Fate series is perhaps best known for its potpourri of characters picked from the entire length of human history and storytelling. One school of thought posits that all ...
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Interview: Stars Align Director Kazuki Akane (Part 1)

The director of last season's most unique, touching and surprisingly dark original sports drama speaks out about his experiences working on the show. ― Stars Align is an anime original TV series written and directed by Kazuki Akane, director of The Vision of Escaflowne and Birdy the Mighty: Decode. The story follows the trials and tribulations of the boys in the soft tennis club, both on and off the ...
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Interview: Rock M. Sakura, Anime Queen from RuPaul's Drag Race Season 12

The next season of the phenomenally popular reality competition show features a queen who loves anime as much as you do - meet Rock M. Sakura! ― There's no denying RuPaul's Drag Race is a national phenomenon – the overwhelmingly popular reality competition show has become a staple of pop culture across the country in the last decade, introducing the world to a wide and diverse variety of highly talen...
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Fate/Prototype: What Fate/Stay Night Could Have Been

Kim Morrissy investigates the roots of the massively popular global Fate franchise - from the years before Fate became Fate. ― Now that the Fate series has become a true monster of a franchise, I often find myself thinking about Type-Moon's humble origins as self-published visual novel creators. That in itself is no mean feat, but it gets even wilder when you consider that the story of Fate/Stay Nigh...
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Rumor Has It: The Grief-less Origins of Magia Record's Uwasa

What separates these "Rumors" from "Witches" and what are the "Uwasa" things? If you're confused that's no problem, because we're here to run down what's in a Rumor in our own rendition of the Kamihama Rumor Files! ― Madoka, Sayaka, Homura, and Kyoko faced terrifying Witches in the original Madoka Magica anime series. With each Witch's defeat they were granted a Grief Seed that could be used to purif...
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The Real-World Stories Behind Dr. Stone's Inventions

Dr. Stone may be on hiatus - but we're still thinking about Senku and ingenious inventions. Who really invented the light bulb and is cotton candy really that old? ― One day, a mysterious green light engulfed the Earth, transforming all humans into stone statues. When teen genius Senku finally breaks out of his petrification after 3720 years, he finds himself in a world devoid of modern society – bui...
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Hunting for Hanako

Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun leads Lynzee Loveridge to plunge the mysterious and fascinating depths of the surprisingly deep history behind ghosts that live in the crapper. ― Hey, hey have you heard? Girls have entered the bathroom on the third floor and never returned! Please, you really believe that? It's true. They say the third stall down is haunted. Knock on the door three times...one...two...three.....
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Interview: CloverWorks's Akira Shimizu and Yuichi Fukushima

The dazzling studio behind Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front Babylonia goes in-depth on their creative process, the difference between movie and TV production, and much more! ― From November 2 to December 8, various anime studios exhibited their works in the Tokyo Anime Center for the second Anime Studio Meeting. The exhibit is intended to teach visitors about the anime industry and provide in...
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The Winter 2020 Anime Preview Guide: Simuldub Edition

Our Winter 2020 Preview Guide returns, this time in English! We're reviewing this season's newest simuldubs.

Available Now: A3! Season Spring and Summer - ID: Invaded - A Certain Scientific Railgun T - Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Winter 2020 Preview Guide! Here's how it goes: our team of critics write up their impressions instantly, to be posted here as they go along. ...
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Interview: Up-and-coming J-Rock Group BRATS

The all-female up-and-coming J-rock group BRATS, who produced the opening for TO BE HERO, talk about their exploding career. ― To usher in a new year, the next decade and the release of their digital latest digital single “Excuser”, the female Japanese JRock group BRATS performed their first U.S. concert at Anime Los Angeles on January 10, 2020. Though the all-girl band is relatively fresh, their inf...
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Carole & Tuesday: A Song of Refugees and Fire

Director Shinichiro Watanabe's passionate musical series shines a spotlight on Earth's real humanitarian crisis and hopes for something better. ― Carole & Tuesday has some good music, but good music isn't made in a vacuum. Music is created by musicians, and whether they're strumming guitar strings, singing mezzo-soprano, or scribbling notes on staves, aspects of musicians' lives end up bleeding into ...
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The Curious Case of Sally Amaki, the Bilingual Idol

The fascinating story - and social implications - of English-speaking, Los Angeles-born 22/7 idol Sally Amaki is explored by our own Kim Morrissy. ― The Japanese idol scene exploded in the last decade, thanks to the success of popular groups like AKB48 and Nogizaka46. In the last few years, the trend has accelerated even further thanks to Virtual YouTubers. With motion capture technology and the inte...
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Interview: Guilty Kiss, A Love Live! Sensation & Fan-Made Obsession

The spectacularly popular idols of Guilty Kiss sit down for a chat about their explosive new careers as a fan-favorite spinoff of Aqours! ― Guilty Kiss is a unit within the school idol group Aqours in the multimedia music phenomenon Love Live! Sunshine!! Their first single – “Strawberry Trapper” – debuted in 2016 followed by their second single – “Kowareyasuki” – in 2017. The unit was formed as a fan...
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Hands-On Impressions and Interview: Granblue Fantasy Versus

Get an inside look at the smash hit mobile game Granblue Fantasy's exciting transition to fighting games, courtesy of Arc System Works! ― There always seems to be an upswell of excitement when it's announced that Arc System Works in involved in a new fighting game, but even moreso when they're loaning their development prowess to an already-established franchise like Persona or Dragon Ball. So when G...
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Who Writes Fate/Grand Order?

Fate/Grand Order is a genuine phenomenon that builds on an already massively successful fantasy franchise - but who are the people behind the story? Kim Morrissy investigates. ― It's mind-boggling to think that Type-Moon and Delight Works' Fate/Grand Order role-playing game is among the top-grossing mobile apps worldwide. Even though I don't play the game myself, I can't help but feel a bit of pride ...
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The Winter 2020 Anime Preview Guide

The Winter 2020 Anime Preview Guide Has Begun! Check back daily for fresh reviews of this season's premieres.

Available Now: ARP Backstage Pass- A3! - In/Spectre - Interspecies Reviewers - 22/7 - A Destructive God Sits Next To Me - A Certain Scientific Railgun T - Haikyu!! To The Top - Smile Down the Runway - Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It - If My Favorite Pop Idol Made It To The Budokan, I Would Die - Uchitama?! - The Case Files of Jeweler Richard - Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun - Show By Rock!! Matsumairesh!! - Infinite Dendrogram - Hatena Illusion - NekoparA - and much more!
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Interview: RADWIMPS, The Musicians Behind Makoto Shinkai's Blockbuster Works

Famous rock group and the musical voice behind both Your Name and Weathering With You talk about working on some of the most successful anime films of all time! ― For nearly 20 years now, the rock band RADWIMPS has been capturing hearts with their uniquely sentimental, deeply meaningful and pop-friendly artistic style - they've sold millions of albums in Japan and around the globe. This didn't escape...
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Our Most Anticipated Anime of Winter 2020

Winter Preview Guide 2020 starts tomorrow - so get ready for it with our review crew picks for the anime they're most hyped for this season! ― Our Most Anticipated Anime of Winter 2020 We're gearing up for the launch of our Winter 2020 Preview Guide on Saturday, January 4, 2020 - in the meantime, here are our staff picks for the shows we're looking forward to the most! Lynzee Loveridge There are a lo...
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The Best (and Worst) Anime of Fall 2019

The fall season has ended - check out what our team thought the best (and the worst) shows of the last 3 months were! ― The Best (and worst) of Fall 2019 Lynzee Loveridge Best: Stars Align I had no expectations going into Stars Align, a show that on the surface looked to be another sports drama airing in time for the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Besides, another 'not great sports club gets it shi...
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The Worst Anime of 2019 - And Our Mega Poll Results

Our review crew picks their worst anime of 2019 - and your picks for the best with the full results from our 2019 Mega Poll! ― The Worst Anime of 2019 Steve Jones The Rising of the Shield Hero If I'm calling an anime the worst of the year, it's not sufficient that it merely be a “bad” show. It needs to be something actively, politically awful. It needs to be rallying point for the worst impulses of s...
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The Best Anime Of 2019

Mike Toole, Nick Creamer and Lynzee Loveridge chime in with their 5 best anime of 2019 - plus our favorite songs of the year!
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Best LGBTQ+ Characters of 2019

Micchy looks back on a year of queer representation to find the characters and couples that were unapologetic, entertaining, and earned a place in our hearts. ― LGBT representation in 2019 anime was a bit sporadic. There was a BL series, a few more that might as well be BL, a handful of not-quite-yuri shows, and the final season of Symphogear. Fruits Basket brought back a few dated tropes; Carole and...
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The Incredible Artists of Kyoto Animation: Part 2

Anime News Network continues its look back at the lives lost in the tragic Kyoto Animation arson and the art that the creators left behind. ― How do you write a responsible obituary for a tragedy of this magnitude? The attack on Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 was unlike anything the country had seen since World War II. It was a place overflowing with love that was imbued in each of the studio's works an...
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Anime News Network's Top Headlines of 2019

Vic Mignogna court case, KyoAni arson, Demon Slayer among most viewed ― The business of anime continues to be huge and 2019 was no exception. Anime News Network's team published over 6,000 articles this year whether it was about new anime licenses, the latest trailers, or up-to-the-minute coverage of industry's highs and lows. What headlines best represent what fans were wanted to know in 2019? Pleas...
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The Light Novels of 2019 Went Back to School

Kim Morrissy goes in-depth on the trends in Light Novel storytelling for the year of 2019 - and what that could mean for upcoming anime adaptations. ― Could the isekai boom finally be receding? That might seem hard to imagine right now given that it feels like there's half a dozen isekai anime per season, but when you look closer at the market trends from this year, the fantasy subgenre's overwhelmin...
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Interview: Promare Director Hiroyuki Imaishi and Screenwriter Kazuki Nakashima

The legendary director and screenwriter behind Trigger's smash hit hot-blooded action movie go in-depth on their theatrical masterpiece. ― At the Tokyo International Film Festival 2019, I was able to sit down and talk with director Hiroyuki Imaishi and screenwriter Kazuki Nakashima about their latest anime, the over-the-top fire-fighting action film Promare. Note: This interview contains major spoile...
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Interview: TRUE, The Ever-Evolving Anisong Artist

The incredibly talented vocalist and lyricist behind anisongs from Violet Evergarden and the latest Sound! Euphonium movie chats about her long and incredible career. ― Anisong vocalist and lyricist TRUE is stunning -- in terms of her presence, appearance and powerful voice, both as a singer and songwriter. She is disarmingly approachable and sincere, while also possessing great depth and articulatio...
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Locked Up for Dress Up: Cosplayers Recount Harrowing Week in Malaysian Prison

In June, a raid at an event in Malaysia found several cosplayers incarcerated at the infamous Semenyih Immigration Detention Centre in Selangor where the prisoners were whipped, bleeding, and hungry. ― Readers of ANN, especially those who follow cosplay news, may have heard about two serious incidents in Malaysia in 2019. Both involved international cosplayers attending fan events in the country who ...
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Exploring The Intense Visual Mastery of Square-Enix Cutscenes

Callum May dives deep into the incredible history - and the future - of Square-Enix's world-famous, spectacular CG videogame cutscenes and animated films. ― Realism can be a contentious part of 3D animation creation. Although cartoon approaches are common, realistic artistic movements have benefited greatly from advances in technology over the past few decades. That said, realism can often be constra...
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A Story that Took Place One Summer: Suicide Bereavement and Recovery in Given

Though equal parts about a friendship that turns into romance and about a band striving to make its mark, Given is also a powerful tale of healing from trauma. ― Based on Natsuki Kizu's manga of the same title, the 11-episode hit anime series Given received much praise for its believable representation of gay relationships, one that avoids common tropes found in other shōnen ai/boys-love (BL) titles....
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Interview: Superstar Rock Band JAM Project

Legendary anisong band JAM Project sits down for a few questions about their incredible career and legacy. ― JAM (the acronym for Japan Animationsong Makers) Project was founded in 2000 by the acclaimed 1970s theme song artist Ichirou Mizuki, along with well-established and talented singers from across the anisong world. Their mission was and is to create powerful rock songs with beautiful lyrics, co...
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Event Report: Lantis Matsuri at AnimeNYC

All the details from Lantis Matsuri's gigantic 20th anniversary event at AnimeNYC 2019 - including TRUE, Jam Project and more! ― Hype and expectations ran high for the Lantis Matsuri 2019 Concert Series at Anime NYC. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Japanese music label Lantis, the lineup of popular anisong stars featured two solo artists ZAQ and TRUE — the latter has performed all three years of ...
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Interview: Dr. Stone Creators Riichiro Inagaki and Boichi

The creators of the smash hit Shonen Jump adventure series Dr. Stone go in-depth on their incredible creation - and the future of the series! ― If a massive banner in the show's central hall didn't make it clear that Dr. Stone's presence at AnimeNYC was big then the personalities of the manga's creators sure did. Between their panel and our opportunity to interview them, writer Riichiro Inagaki and a...
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The Fall 2019 Manga Guide

We've got one last giant-size update to our guide to this fall's biggest manga premieres! Find your latest obsession right here. ― Welcome to Anime News Network's Fall 2019 Manga Guide! You may have seen one of our seasonal Anime Preview Guides, where a team of critics writes up each new anime television premiere as it airs at the beginning of a season. Now, doing something like that for manga is tr...
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The Fall 2019 Manga Guide

We've got one last giant-size update to our guide to this fall's biggest manga premieres! Find your latest obsession right here. ― Welcome to Anime News Network's Fall 2019 Manga Guide! You may have seen one of our seasonal Anime Preview Guides, where a team of critics writes up each new anime television premiere as it airs at the beginning of a season. Now, doing something like that for manga is tr...
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The Fall 2019 Light Novel Guide

More light novels than ever are being published in English - here's your guide to what's out this season! ― Light novels may not necessarily be getting out of the isekai phase any time soon, but we're definitely beginning to see a lot more variety in how they use it, not to mention an increase in the type of titles translated into English. The releases for September through November give us a couple...
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Report: Mobile Suit Gundam Creator Yoshiyuki Tomino at AnimeNYC

The legendary creator of Mobile Suit Gundam showed up to AnimeNYC, promoting positivity and self-care - we've got the full report. ― Many know Yoshiyuki Tomino as the grandfather of Gundam, but those who attended his AnimeNYC panel will remember him as something else: a rock star who sings the song of positivity. After November 15, 2019 was officially declared “Gundam Day” during the convention's ope...
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Sneak Preview: Kodansha Comics' 25th Anniversary Edition of CLAMP's Magic Knight Rayearth

Kodansha Comics' super deluxe anniversary edition of CLAMP's legendary fantasy manga Magic Knight Rayearth doesn't hit until November 26th - but we've got an advance look at the set for you. ― On November 26th, Kodansha Comics will be releasing a massive hardcover edition of the first half of Studio CLAMP's legendary fantasy manga Magic Knight Rayearth - featuring three volumes and an illustration co...
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The Fall 2019 Manga Guide

The Fall 2019 Manga Guide is here!

Now Available: Wize Wize Beasts of the Wizarding Wizdoms - Become You - Levius - World's End Harem: Fantasia - If I Could Reach You - Fate Grand Order - Sweet Reincarnation - Combatants Will Be Dispatched! - Phantom Tales of the Night - The Way of the Househusband - Do You Love Your Mom And Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? - Reborn as a Polar Bear - Cats of the Louvre - Uzaki-chan Wants To Hang Out!
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Interview: The Creative Team Behind Netflix's Sound & Fury

The talented crew behind Sturgill Simpson's experimental, wildly unique Netflix musical anime go deep on the story behind the show's conception and production. ― While anime and country music might seem to be strange bedfellows, in Sturgill Simpson's Sound & Fury (now streaming on Netflix), a team of respected artists from the Japanese anime world assembled to create striking visuals and memorable ch...
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Another Look At New York Comic-Con 2019

New York's biggest pop culture convention has wrapped, but we've got a perspective - and some photos - on the experience from correspondent Cindy Sibilsky. ― Autumn in New York -- the weather fluxes almost daily from sweltering and summery to brisk enough to begin turning the leaves another tone. Halloween may be just around the corner but the event that ushers in October with its costumes, creativit...
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The Fall 2019 Anime Preview Guide

The Fall 2019 Anime Preview Guide has begun! Check back all week for fresh reviews of this season's premieres.

Now Available: Sword Art Online Alicization: War of Underworld - My Hero Academia Season 4 - Food Wars: The Fourth Plate - Case File nº221: Kabukicho - True Cooking Master Boy - Blade of the Immortal - No Guns Life - Stars Align - Assassins Pride - Kandagawa Jet Girls - Z/X Code Reunion - Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life? - and much more!
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Interview: Ameko Kaeruda, Author of Sexiled: My Sexist Party Leader Kicked Me Out, So I Teamed Up With a Mythical Sorceress!

The fantasy author behind the unapologetic light novel that follows a girl warrior who faces gender discrimination discusses her life's work and inspirations. ― The English translation of Sexiled: My Sexist Party Leader Kicked Me Out, So I Teamed Up With a Mythical Sorceress! attracted attention when it was first announced due to its unapologetic girl power premise. The story, which was initially sel...
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Premiere Report: Sword Art Online Alicization: War of Underworld

The latest season of Sword Art Online doesn't debut on streaming services until October 12th, but we've got all the details from the premiere at New York Comic-Con! ― The latest installment in the Sword Art Online franchise continues with Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld. As a follow-up to the nail-biting season finale to Sword Art Online: Alicization, War of Underworld didn't disap...
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Gallery: The Cosplay of New York Comic-Con 2019

Here's a gallery of some of our favorite incredible cosplay from this year's New York Comic-Con and Anime Fest 2019! ― IMG resized_img_3915.jpeg IMG resized_img_3916.jpeg IMG resized_img_3917.jpg IMG resized_img_3929.jpeg IMG resized_img_3931.jpg IMG resized_img_3932.jpeg IMG resized_img_3933.jpeg IMG resized_img_3934.jpeg IMG resized_img_3936.jpg IMG resized_img_3940.jpeg IMG resized_img_3941.jpeg ...
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Raging Loop Scenario Writer Amphibian

The writer behind the upcoming new psychological horror visual novel - praised highly by both Gen Urobuchi and Ryukishi07 - discusses his inspirations and what went in to making this. Raging Loop is an award-winning psychological horror visual novel developed at Kemco and published overseas by PQube. It's one of the more intriguing new visual novels to emerge in the market, having received endorsem...
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Interview: The Creative Team Behind Netflix's Seis Manos

Billed as the first original anime set in Mexico, Powerhouse Animation's martial arts-inspired production is coming soon. We spoke with some of the talent behind the show! ― Releasing this Thursday, October 3rd, SEIS MANOS is a unique production that follows the bloody revenge of three battle-hardened, martial arts-trained Mexican heroes on a quest for vengeance, produced by Castlevania veterans Powe...
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Our Most Anticipated Anime of Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 Anime Preview Guide is right around the corner! We asked our reviews crew to let us know the shows they're looking forward to most. Don't forget to tell us your picks in the comments! ― It's the end of the summer - and the Fall 2019 Anime Preview Guide is right around the corner! As per tradition, we asked our reviews crew to let us know the shows they're looking forward to most. Don't ...
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The Best And Worst Anime Of Summer 2019

The Summer season is ending - which means it's time once again to discover the best and worst of the season! Don't forget to give us your picks in the comments. ― It's that time again! The Fall Anime Preview Guide is right around the corner, so we asked our reviews crew to file their favorite (and least favorite) anime of the summer. Don't forget to let us know your picks in the comments! Nick Creame...
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Interview: The Cast And Crew of Zombieland Saga

The cast and crew of the smash hit Zombieland Saga reveal some fun behind-the-scenes tidbits about their time working on the series - which has an upcoming second season! ― Unconventional idol horror anime, Zombie Land Saga, took the world by storm with its cute characters and shocking early plot twists. The world of Zombie Land Saga tells the story of a resurrected group of girls who become idols to...
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How The Structure of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Avoids The Pitfalls of Shonen Cliche

Why do people love the legendary mangaka Hirohiko Araki's Jojo's Bizarre Adventure so much - and what can other shonen series learn from his art? Mary Lee Sauder explores. ― Hirohiko Araki's legendary manga JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has been in constant publication for over 30 years, and in that time it hasn't lost one ounce of its unique appeal. Even though all eight parts are drastically different f...
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Interview: Idol Project 22/7

The three artists from the upcoming idol anime - and YouTube sensation - 22/7 chat with us exclusively about their life and careers. ― Idol project 22/7 first took the world by storm as a multi-platform series project. The idol/voice acting group have been hard at work releasing behind-the-scenes footage, motion captured music videos, and animated snippets on their official YouTube page. Sally Amaki,...
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Interview: Horror Manga Mastermind Junji Ito

Prolific horror manga artist and writer Junji Ito has created some of the world's most popular scary stories - and we had the chance to speak with him. ― The master of contemporary horror manga, Junji Ito, took time out of his busy schedule to come to San Jose for Crunchyroll Expo 2019. As one of the most ground-breaking, popular manga artists to put pen on paper, Ito has published works that scare a...
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Premiere Report - Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!

Jacob Chapman has the details from the premiere of this ostensibly cute comedy about four weird girls struggling to succeed at an RPG Academy - but there are some issues. ― Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! is hardly the first isekai light novel series with a title that's barely able to fit on its own poster, but at least that massive moniker gives viewers an accurate idea ...
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Interview - The Creators of Food Wars!

The producer of the smash hit culinary action anime - and the writers behind the original manga - reveal their secrets with Jacob Chapman. ― After seven years of delicious dishes and bombastic battles, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma has reached its conclusion, with the anime's fourth and final season set to air this fall. At Crunchyroll Expo, we celebrated the legacy of this hit culinary adventure with...
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Interview: Miho Okasaki

The actress behind Rimuru in the smash-hit isekai fantasy That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime discusses her life and career. ― Miho Okasaki is a fresh voice in the anime industry, beginning her career in 2017 before landing her first major part as Rimuru in the hit isekai fantasy, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. We sat down with the talented young seiyuu at Crunchyroll Expo to discuss he...
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Interview: The Staff of Mob Psycho 100

On the heels of the OVA premiere at Crunchyroll Expo, the cast and staff behind the smash-hit adaptation of ONE's psychic manga reveal the details behind their adaptation. ― Mob Psycho 100 has exploded in popularity over the past year with the success of its second season and the hype surrounding its new anime-original OVA, which premiered at Crunchyroll Expo this summer. We sat down with director Yu...
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Premiere Report - The Island of Giant Insects

The anime adaptation of Yasutaka Fujimi's insect-laden horror manga dropped at Crunchyroll Expo this year, and Jacob Chapman has all the gory details. ― Before this OVA's premiere at Crunchyroll Expo, producer Tatsuya Ishiguro was asked if the anime's staff was fond of insects like the manga's original author, Yasutaka Fujimi. He replied that none of them could honestly claim to be fans; like most pe...
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The List - The Top 5 Shinichiro Watanabe Anime

Discover the world of Cowboy Bebop and Carole & Tuesday's best work, from world-class artist and beloved creator Shinichro Watanabe! ― This week marks the release of the first half of world-famous director Shinichiro Watanabe's Carole & Tuesday, which was kept inside the Netflix bingewatch prison for months after its release in Japan. It's finally out now – at least the first half is, and we're exci...
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Junji Ito: The Man Behind The Horror

The most popular horror manga artist in the world discusses his life's work and his inspirations in this report from his blockbuster appearance at Crunchyroll Expo 2019. ― Master of horror, Junji Ito, made his first official US convention appearance at Crunchyroll Expo 2019 with several panels and fan experiences. After appearing at Toronto Comic Arts Festival in early May and winning an Eisner Award...
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Interview: The Reflection's Hiroshi Nagahama

The man behind the Stan Lee anime coproduction The Reflection talks about his lifelong career in the anime industry - including fresh insight on Revolutionary Girl Utena. ― If you were to ask Hiroshi Nagahama how he cultivated such an extensive resume, he might just say it was a little bit of luck and his habit to say “yes” to just about anything. Taking a look at Nagahama's work, you will notice qui...
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Premiere Report: Mob Psycho 100 II OVA

Mob and everyone's favorite Reigen are back - get all the details from the premiere of the Mob Psycho 100 II OVA from Crunchyroll Expo! ― The lovable cast of Mob Psycho 100 make a heartwarming return with a brand-new OVA: Mob Psycho 100 II: The First Spirits and Such Company Trip ~A Journey that Mends the Heart and Heals the Soul~. A full-to-bursting crowd sat patiently in the main hall, or “Grand Ce...
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Interview: Demon Slayer producer Yuma Takahashi

The producer responsible for this season's smash hit Shonen Jump adaptation Demon Slayer reveals some of the secrets behind the show. ― Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is one of this season's biggest hit shows, as the first Shonen Jump manga that the renowned studio ufotable has ever tackled for a full series adaptation. We had a chat with producer Yuma Takahashi to discuss how Demon Slayer's anime ad...
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Interview: The Cast Of Made In Abyss

The Japanese voice cast behind the smash-hit adventure drama Made in Abyss process their feelings about their now-iconic roles. ― We had the opportunity to chat with the Japanese voices of Riko, Reg and Nanachi from the smash hit adventure series Made In Abyss about how they ended up with their roles, their impressions of the characters they portray, and what some of their favorite scenes were from t...
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The Incredible Artists of Kyoto Animation: Part 1

The first part of our celebration of the unbelievable artistic talent the whole world lost during the heartbreaking fire that consumed Kyoto Animation's Studio 1. ― How do you write a responsible obituary for a tragedy of this magnitude? The attack on Kyoto Animation's Studio 1 was unlike anything the country had seen since World War II. It was a place overflowing with love that was imbued in each o...
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Interview - The Producers of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind

Jacob Chapman grills the creative team behind the intense and harrowing story of Giorno and pals from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind! ― After many years of waiting, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure fans were rewarded in 2018 with an adaptation of the manga's most popular arc (in Japan at least): Golden Wind! We got the opportunity to sit down with two of the producers behind this thrilling anime serie...
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Laid-Back Camp at Otakon 2019

Virtually the entire executive staff of beloved iyashikei series Laid-Back Camp - with an incoming second season - arrived at Otakon 2019 in Washington DC! ― The cold winter air that stings, the warmth of a fire after a long hike, the view of the sunrise in the early morning—The small joys of camping can be experienced anywhere a tent can be set up. Afro, a manga artist from Yamanashi prefecture, set...
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Interview: Laid-Back Camp Director Yoshiaki Kyogoku

The director behind the beloved, relaxing and meaningful series Laid-Back Camp discusses his experience making one of the most talked-about iyashikei anime in recent memory. ― Perhaps it was fitting that Yoshiaki Kyogoku would make his first American convention appearance in Washington, D.C. During his time at Production I.G, Kyogoku worked on Eden of the East and said he animated Akira Takizawa's in...
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HERO MASK Producer Mikio Ono

The producer of Netflix's original crime drama anime series HERO MASK details how this ambitious production came together. ― At first glance, HERO MASK is not the kind of anime you'd expect to see from Studio Pierrot, a studio that is well known for producing long-running TV anime like Naruto and Yu Yu Hakusho. Instead, HERO MASK is a Netflix original crime drama. ANN sat down with Mikio Ono, a produ...
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Interview: Enter The Anime Director Alex Burunova

The creator and director of Netflix's new documentary special about anime as a creative medium answers our questions about what went in to its production. ― This week, Netflix dropped a new documentary – referred to by the company's marketing as a “Netflix Special” - that purported to explain what anime is, featuring narration and exploration by filmmaker Alex Burunova, along with interviews with a w...
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Interview: HERO MASK Director Hiroyasu Aoki

The director behind Netflix's original action series HERO MASK discusses his experience directing the show at legendary anime production house Studio Pierrot. ― The Netflix-original HERO MASK series is Hiroyasu Aoki's first time directing an original anime series. Aoki has been a unit director on various anime, including Hunter x Hunter and The Boy and The Beast, but HERO MASK represents a step in a ...
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Interview: Ouran High School Host Club Manga Creator Bisco Hatori

The creator of one of the most beloved shojo manga of all time was in Los Angeles recently and so, of course, we had some questions for her. ― Ouran High School Host Club creator Bisco Hatori is beloved by fans for her emotionally resonate and hilarious shojo manga. She made her debut in 1999 in the shojo magazine LaLa DX before launching her first series, vampire romance Millennium Snow. What follow...
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Celebrating The Art and Fashion of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

Discover the incredible legacy of art and fashion that influenced the world-class look of Hirohiko Araki's landmark manga and anime phenomenon! ― Manga authors all have their own art styles, but there are few as distinctive and iconic as Hirohiko Araki's illustrations for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Over the course of his nearly 40 years as a manga artist, Araki has created some of the most recognizabl...
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Interview: Square-Enix's Manga Manager Masaaki Shimizu

Square-Enix is getting into the American manga game in a very, very big way - our interview with their department manager has all of the details you need. ― In mid-May 2019, the manga publishing landscape in N. America shifted a bit, as Japanese game and book/magazine/manga publishing giant Square Enix announced that they would start their own dedicated English language publishing division, with prod...

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