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Interview: Denji, Aki, Power, and Makima Dub Actors Discuss Smash-Hit Anime Chainsaw Man

We talked to Ryan Colt Levy, Reagan Murdock, Sarah Wiedenheft, and Suzie Yeung about starring in the smash-hit anime Chainsaw Man, what makes it special, and their experiences working on the show. ― Anime News Network's James Beckett was able to talk to Ryan Colt Levy (Denji), Reagan Murdock (Aki), Sarah Wiedenheft (Power), and Suzie Yeung (Makima) about starring in the smash-hit anime Chainsaw Man, ...
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Attack on Titan Creator Hajime Isayama at Anime NYC

The manga's controversial ending loomed heavily over the hit manga creator's appearance in NYC, culminating in an apology and cheers of reassurance from fans. ― It's no exaggeration that Hajime Isayama was a huge draw at Anime NYC. The event marked the Attack on Titan manga creator's first-ever appearance in the United States and while enthusiasm for the anime is still going strong, it was hinted bef...
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Your Anime Rankings - Best of Fall 2022, Nov 19-25

If sh­ōnen is your genre, Bleach has been strong all season and hitting ever higher notes. Find out where your favorites rank this week! ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated...
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INTERVIEW: Studio Trigger's Hiromi Wakabayashi and Shigeto Koyama

"Other studios [are] trying to make the finest foods in a restaurant, whereas at Trigger, we're okay with just continuing to make a decent burger." ― The breakout success of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners has doubtlessly brought about unprecedented interest in both Studio Trigger's past works and where they will bring their creativity next. At Kumoricon, ANN was fortunate enough to have a talk with Trigger's...
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Interview: Star Ocean 6: The Divine Force's Character Designer Akiman

Akiman is a renowned character designer who was called upon to help create the world and cast of Star Ocean 6: The Divine Force. We were lucky enough to sit down with the famed artist to ask him a few questions about his time working on the game. ― Best known for his design work in Capcom's Street Fighter games, Akiman is a renowned character designer who was called upon to help create the world and ...
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Hero of a Lost Era: Examining the Context of Kamen Rider Kuuga

Art is most often a response to the world it was made in. Sometimes that response might be a light remark, and other times, it's a loud scream. 2000's Kamen Rider Kuuga is one of those screams. ― The following article contains major spoilers for Kamen Rider Kuuga © Shout! Factory/Toei Productions/Shotaro Ishinomori Art is most often a response to the world it was made in. Sometimes that response migh...
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Shichiro Kobayashi: Drama of Light and Shadow

The masterful background art by the late Shichiro Kobayashi were on display in NYC and included examples from Utena, Simoun, and one of his wife's personal favorites, The Adventures of Gamba. ― The excitement of Anime NYC 2022 extends beyond the Javits Convention Center. The otaku festivities spread throughout Manhattan, from multiple afterparties to an Attack on Titan takeover. One of Anime NYC's m...
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Your Anime Rankings - Best of Fall 2022, Nov 12-18

Pop Team Epic reaches ever higher to new summits of insanity. Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated in...
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Event Report: Behind-the-Scenes of My Neighbour Totoro

Could we get an American run of the play? Depends if the organizers can find a large enough venue. ― The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of My Neighbour Totoro is completely sold out. Still, on November 10 at the Japan Society in New York City, a small crowd got to enjoy a talk with the show's puppet designer Basil Twist and some exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at the production. The RSC has...
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The Chainsaw Man Anime's Style Feels Off

You can't have the written and thematic storytelling of Chainsaw Man without the visual storytelling of Chainsaw Man—and unfortunately, the anime doesn't have that. ― When preview images and clips for the anime adaptation of Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man started coming out, I couldn't help but be disappointed. At first, it was just an issue of color choices—the muted palette of the anime is nice, b...
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Interview: Music Composer Shiro SAGISU on Returning to BLEACH

Shiro SAGISU shares the anime's most memorable track and it was like to revisit it for Thousand-Year Blood War. ― Bleach is back, and it's better than ever. To mark the release of the final arch of the anime series BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War, Milan Records has released eight soundtracks from the anime series and films on digital platforms. We also had the opportunity to speak with music composer...
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Your Anime Rankings - Best of Fall 2022, Nov 5-11

Bocchi is rocking the rankings! Discover all the upheavals in this week's anime rankings. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated individual episodes of the current season, not...
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A Discussion Among Unions - 100% Union Power at Little Secret

Voice actors Kyle McCarley and David Errigo Jr,. discuss the hurdles of unionization with colleagues from the VFX and gaming industry, including how Crunchyroll squashed a potential union contract for Fena: Pirate Princess. ― Members from the animation, gaming, voice acting, and VFX industries came together to discuss unionization efforts across games, VFX, animation, and voice acting. Initially sch...
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Interview with ANN's CEO and Publisher Christopher Macdonald

Following the news of Kadokawa's acquisition of Anime News Network, many of our readers have asked questions about what this means for the site going forward. ANN CEO and publisher Christopher Macdonald answers your biggest questions. ― Following the news of Kadokawa's acquisition of Anime News Network, many of our readers have asked questions about what this means for the site and its content going ...
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Interview: My Hero Ultra Rumble Producer Aoba Miyazaki

Find out more about My Hero Ultra Rumble's new mechanics and what sets it apart from other fighting games in the series. ― After the success of My Hero One's Justice, Bandai Namco brings us My Hero Ultra Rumble, a new action game based on the hit shōnen series My Hero Academia. Instead of fighting one-on-one, players will have the chance to put their quirks to the test in teams of three, as being a h...
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What Makes Overlord A Great Adaptation? The Director and Screenwriter Discuss Season 4

Director Naoyuki Itou and screenwriter Yukie Sugawara discuss the challenges of adapting Overlord, and why it's a great anime to both newcomers and novel readers alike. ― The Overlord anime reached new heights in season 4, adapting a highly anticipated story from Kugane Maruyama's light novels. Anime News Network spoke to director Naoyuki Itou and screenwriter Yukie Sugawara about the challenges of a...
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Toy Discoveries from the Recently Released “Saban Moon” Video

For years, many Sailor Moon superfans were stumped on how and why certain early Sailor Moon toys were designed differently than their anime counterparts. Here's what the "Saban Moon" pilot teaches us about some of those (probable) choices. ― For years, many Sailor Moon superfans were stumped on how and why certain early Sailor Moon toys were designed differently than their anime counterparts. Here's ...
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Your Anime Rankings - Best of Fall 2022, Oct 29-Nov 4

Eminence is rising from the shadows... Did your favorites sink or soar? Find out in our weekly user rankings. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated individual episodes of the...
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INTERVIEW: Garden of Remembrance Director Naoko Yamada

"The reason why I create anime is because I have a huge respect for human beings in general; what everyone thinks, what people are feeling, what they're going through emotionally." ― Naoko Yamada's visit to Britain in October wasn't the feted director's first trip to the island. Yamada came to Britain as a guest of honor for the Scotland Loves Anime festival back in 2012 where she participated in a s...
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Behind the Vocals of Kaguya-sama's Iconic OPs: Interview with Masayuki Suzuki

It's hard to imagine the Kaguya-sama: Love is War anime without Masayuki Suzuki's powerful vocals in the opening theme songs. ― It's hard to imagine the Kaguya-sama: Love Is War anime without Masayuki Suzuki's powerful vocals in the opening theme songs. Suzuki lent us some time out of his busy schedule to comment on his work for the anime's third season, Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic-. Wha...
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Kazutaka Kodaka Talks About His New Game, His Writing Process, and Danganronpa

"I’d say it’s like if Quentin Tarantino directed a Disney movie. [Laughs] But that’s something you’d want to see, isn’t it?" Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE, the newest game from Danganronpa creator, Kazutaka Kodaka, is coming to the Nintendo Switch next year. We were able to sit down with him and talk about RAIN CODE and how he writes games—as well as his magnum opus Danganronpa. What is Mast...
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Your Anime Rankings - Best of Fall 2022, Oct 1-28

Let's get started with the new season's weekly rankings. Will Chainsaw Man be able to overthrow Spy Family? ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated individual episodes of the c...
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Interview: Summer Ghost Director loundraw

Artist, animator, and director loundraw discusses their short film and new freedom after founding Flat Studio. ― Artist, animator, and director loundraw founded the animation studio, Flat Studio, with writer Tetsuya Sano in January 2019. Known for his character designs on I want to eat your pancreas and Tsukigakirei, loundraw made his directorial debut with the studio's first short film, Summer Ghost...
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PREVIEW: Gungrave G.O.R.E

Right away, Gungrave G.O.R.E. feels like a PS2 game—the action is still simple and very satisfying on a primal level, but still featuring clunky gameplay dating back from before character action games had been “figured out” as a genre. ― With Gungrave G.O.R.E., fans of third-person gunplay action can look forward to the return of Beyond The Grave, Yasuhiro Nightow's famed undead gunman. We were fortu...
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Interview: One Piece Film Red English Dub Cast

Following the world premiere of One Piece Film Red's English dub at the Animation Is Film Festival, we spoke to the cast. Their excitement is contagious! ― Crunchyroll and Toei Animation hosted the world premiere of One Piece Film Red's English dub at the Animation Is Film Festival. Earlier this month, the Straw Hat Pirates took over New York City's Times Square, giving fans a chance to bask in the s...
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The Anime You Should Have Been Watching… in Fall 2012

10 years later, which Fall 2012 titles are still continuing today, and which have fallen into obscurity? ― Keeping up with seasonal anime can seem like a full-time job, and driven by ever-pervasive social media hype, many anime fans feel a constant pressure to keep up with all of the new shiny shows. Once one season is done, another season, equally as shiny and enticing, arrives to replace it. The F...
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Anime Influenced Some of 2022's Best Games

Callum May looks at the anime roots in games like Neon White, Elden Ring, Ghostwire: Tokyo, and more. ― While Japanese game creators have been fairly open about their anime and manga inspirations for decades, it's only more recently that Western developers have started to catch on. In particular, it's those in the indie space that have been showing their love for the medium the most, and that's never...
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Interview: Transformers: War for Cybertron Showrunner FJ DeSanto and Producer Mike Avila

It's a super-sized interview with Transformers: War for Cybertron's FJ DeSanto and Mark Avila to discuss the production of the anime and all the little things that keep these robots strong in our hearts. ― With a long history of producing works like the a Westernized adaptation of Cyborg 009 (and having a statue of Iggy the Fool behind him at all times), F.J. DeSanto is no stranger to the world of an...
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Made In Abyss Director and Screenwriter Discuss the Horrors and Wonders of Season 2

We spoke to director Masayuki Kojima and scriptwriter Hideyuki Kurata about balancing the series' many elements and which Abyssian creature tastes the best. ― Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun is the latest installment in the animated masterpiece Made in Abyss. We spoke to director Masayuki Kojima and scriptwriter Hideyuki Kurata about the horrors and wonders of season 2, and their ...
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Lights, Camera, Action: How Tiger & Bunny Expertly Deals with Ideas of Fame, Capitalism, and Heroism

What makes someone a hero and how does the definition get obscured when our heroes are celebrities? ― "What is a hero?" It's a pretty complex question. Most of us can come up with a few answers off the top of our heads, though. Some might say a hero is a firefighter, someone who is willing to run into danger to help others. Others might say a doctor or a nurse, someone who dedicates their life to ta...
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Urusei Yatsura: Remember My Subs

The hit series has a new anime out while Discotek is bringing the classic back to home video. Coop Bicknell talks shop with Justin Sevakis, Logan Rebholz, and Robert Woodhead on bringing the series to the U.S., both past and present. ― On July 30th 2022, I found myself sitting amongst an enthusiastic crowd for Discotek Media's Otakon Panel. The boutique distributor's announcements excited people from...
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The Fall 2022 Preview Guide

Preview Guide opens this week with the triumphant return of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War! Also you won't want to miss More Than A Married Couple, Less Than Lovers!, Chainsaw Man, Blue Lock, Bocchi the Rock!, Tiger & Bunny 2, Mob Psycho 100 III, Golden Kamuy, Gundam: The Witch from Mercury, Spy×Family Part 2, My Hero Academia, Pop Team Epic, and more! ― Adblock+ breaks this page, consider whitelis...
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The Fall 2022 Preview Guide

Ease yourself into another day of anime with a book-loving protagonist in Bibliophile Princess! We've got reviews of all latest shows too, including Akiba Maid War, Mob Psycho 100 III, Do It Yourself!, The Eminence in Shadow, Reincarnated as a Sword, Shinobi Ittoki, Golden Kamuy, Gundam: The Witch from Mercury, Spy×Family Part 2, Berserk, My Hero Academia, Pop Team Epic, and more! ― Adblock+ breaks ...
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Revisiting the First Time Bleach Ended

At the height of its popularity, the first Bleach anime was a mega-popular, generation-shaping classic. Which is why its premature ending in 2012 marked the beginning of the end of an era. ― At the height of its popularity, the first Bleach anime was a mega-popular, generation-shaping classic. Which is why its premature ending in 2012 marked the beginning of the end of an era. © Tite Kubo/BLEACH Prod...
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Mob Psycho 100's Kyle McCarley on Anime Dubbing and #JustAMeeting

McCarley gives a detailed breakdown of the negotiations with Crunchyroll, discussions with other cast members, concerns between Texas and Los Angeles-based voice actors, and his opinion on the benefits of unionization for the anime industry. ― On September 20, voice actor Kyle McCarley dropped a bombshell video announcing he would likely not be returning to voice Shigeo "Mob" Kageyama in the dub of t...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2022

The season ends with Made in Abyss the undisputed champion. But other series rise and fall at the last minute on the strength of their finale. Come and see the Summer 2022 ranking! ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that ...
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The Fall 2022 Anime Preview Guide

The first weekend of premieres is still going strong with Gundam: The Witch from Mercury, Housing Complex C, IDOLISH7 3rd Beat Part 2, Spy×Family Part 2, Berserk, My Hero Academia, Pop Team Epic, and Raven of the Inner Palace! ― Adblock+ breaks this page, consider whitelisting ANN You watched the shows, now pick your Daily Streaming Reviews here: survey Welcome to Anime News Network's Fall 2022 Prev...
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Prepare for War!: A Guide Through Season Five of My Hero Academia

Are you ready for the long-awaited confrontation between Shigaraku and Deku? Umeko Long has your quick guide to last season to get you up to speed before the action hits on October 1! ― Class is almost in session, with the newest season of My Hero Academia set to begin this October. Fans have been patiently waiting for the confrontation between the students of Class 1-A and the newly formed threat ca...
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What's Valkyrie Profile All About?

A new and loosely connected game in the Valkyrie Profile series is on the horizon, so what’s the secret behind this cult-favorite series? ― It all comes down to dying. Every character who joins you, from the hardiest warriors to the most innocent newcomers, faces the final moments of existence in a world thick with strife, bloodshed, and sorrow. And death is no release for them, as they take up arms ...
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Our Most Anticipated Anime Of Fall 2022

This season is serving up an appetizing buffet of great anime! What anime are you looking forward to the most? Check out our editorial team's picks right here! ― Welcome to our Most Anticipated Anime feature for the Fall 2022 season. Below you'll find our editorial team's (tentative) top picks from the shows slated to premiere in October. It's a stacked season with returning heavy hitters like Bleach...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2022, Sep 16-22

On its way quietly upward, Stepmom's Daughter bumps Devil Part-Timer on its way softly downward. Find out how your favorite shows fared with one week left to the season! ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these ranki...
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The Fall 2022 Manga Guide

We dive into upcoming November releases with The Wrong Way To Use Healing Magic, the Sasaki and Miyano spinoff Hirano and Kagiura, Embrace Your Size, and more! Sponsored by Yen Press. ― Banner art by catfish Welcome to Anime News Network's Fall 2022 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...
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The Best and Worst Anime of Summer 2022

Here are the series of the season recommended by our editorial staff (and the ones you should probably avoid). ― The leaves are changing colors and the summer heat is finally subsiding. The summer season felt pretty sparse for a lot of us but it wasn't a told anime desert. Creepy mysteries abounded in the second season of Shadows House and Made in Abyss proved it still has the chops to break our hea...
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Interview: Goodbye, Don Glees! Film Director Atsuko Ishizuka

We interviewed Ishizuka about the film's unique setting, cultural differences to look out for, and the likelihood of getting attacked by a bear in the Japanese countryside. ― Best known for the touching anime original TV series A Place Further than the Universe, Atsuko Ishizuka's newest film Goodbye, Don Glees! has recently hit U.S. theaters. We interviewed Ishizuka about the film's unique setting, c...
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The Fall Trailer Watch Party Prize Winners!

Congratulations to Brian L. and Dennis M.! You've been notified via email and your prize pack will be shipping out next week. Thanks again to everyone who entered! ― Thank you to everyone who tuned into the The Fall Trailer Watch party on Wednesday and entered to win one of our two prize packs. See below for our two lucky winners! Want to win a complete edition of the classic Ghost in the Shell manga...
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The Fall 2022 Manga Guide

Discover these great reads that inspired anime: The Executioner and Her Way of Life, Sasaki & Peeps, The case files of Jeweler Richard, Sugar Apple Fairy Tale, and Apparently, Disillusioned Adventurers Will Save the World. Sponsored by Yen Press. ― Banner art by catfish Welcome to Anime News Network's Fall 2022 Manga Guide! You may have seen one of our seasonal Anime Preview Guides, where a team of ...
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The Fall 2022 Light Novel Guide

Rebecca Silverman has all the details you need to find your next must-read light novel series right here! ― Another seasonal round up, another batch of isekai! Yes, the subgenre continues to be strong in the slate of translated light novels, with the twin sub-subgenres of “villainess” and “overpowered hero” remaining on top. But we're also seeing a bit more variation within them, as Formerly, the Fal...
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Rocking Out with Japanese Punk Band Wienners

The Digimon Ghost Game opening band is relatively new to anisong, but Wienners have been delivering their unique brand of punk rock and electronica fusion since 2009. ― If you've watched Digimon Ghost Game, you've heard the high energy, horror-rock opening theme “Faction” by Wienners. But while they're relatively new to anisong, Wienners have been delivering their unique brand of punk rock and electr...
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The Fall Trailer Watch Party!

Watch all of this season's trailers with Lynzee Loveridge, Jacki Jing, and Geoff Thew from Mother's Basement! Find out your next "must-watch" it and keep your eyes peeled for information on how to win one of two prize packs, including the soon to be released complete edition of Masamune Shirow's The Ghost in the Shell manga from Kodansha Comics! ― Watch all of this season's trailers with Lynzee Lover...
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The Fall 2022 Manga Guide

The Fall Manga Guide's newest update includes the latest from Junji Ito, the indescribably weird Dandadan, Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Another Story, and the soon-to-be-an-anime Shangri-La Frontier and more! ― Banner art by catfish Welcome to Anime News Network's Fall 2022 Manga Guide! You may have seen one of our seasonal Anime Preview Guides, where a team of critics writes up each new ...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2022, Sep 9-15

Made in Abyss and Call of the Night are both cementing their position in the cumulative. Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are b...
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Just What the Heck is Genshin Impact?

If you just heard about ufotable's new long-term collaboration with the Genshin Impact mobile game but don't know what all the hype is about, we have a primer here for you. ― If you look at the list of Twitter's most talked-about games of 2020, you'll see a bunch of names you probably expect: Animal Crossing, Fate/Grand Order, Final Fantasy, Fortnite… and a new title called Genshin Impact. By now, yo...
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Tokyo Mew Mew Then vs. Now

Shelby Tozier compares the classic to the currently airing magical girl series and finds charm that spans two decades. ― Fans of Tokyo Mew Mew rejoice! After twenty long years, the 2002 magical girl anime has a brand new anime reboot. Tokyo Mew Mew New is a fun, new version of the anime that captured our hearts two decades ago. © Mia Ikumi/Reiko Yoshida/Pierrot © Mia Ikumi/Reiko Yoshida/Yumeta Compan...
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Drifting Home Director Hiroyasu Ishida and Producer Hibiki Saito

An apartment complex adrift at sea becomes the backdrop in this emotional story about two childhood friends. Director Hiroyasu Ishida and producer Hibiki Saito share what drew them to the concept. ― Studio Colorido is a studio to watch. The anime production studio has consistently put out impressive, emotional narratives whether its shorts like Paulette's Chair and Puzzle & Dragons commercials or co...
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I-Sega-i: The Deep Gaming Cuts of Uncle From Another World

Heidi Kemps looks at the series' dive into Sega lore and how the console wars played out for gamers in Japan. ― ©殆ど死んでいる・KADOKAWA刊/異世界おじさん製作委員会 ©SEGA Uncle from Another World isn't your standard isekai adventure. It's a story about a man who, while in a coma for 17 years, finds himself in a dangerous and unfamiliar fantasy world. When he wakes up, he shares the stories about his otherworldly deeds w...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2022, Sep 2-8

Uncle isn't doing bad after its 2-week break, but that's not enough to defend first place against Made in Abyss. Find out how your favorite shows fared in our weekly user rankings. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that ...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Producer Tatsuya Ishikawa

Kaguya-sama: Love is War recently concluded its excellent third season. We checked in with Aniplex producer Tatsuya Ishikawa to discuss the standout episode 5 and his feelings on the show. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War recently concluded its excellent third season. We checked in with Aniplex producer Tatsuya Ishikawa to discuss the standout episode 5 and his feelings on the show generally. ANN: The epis...
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The Pioneer of Shojo Style, Macoto Takahashi

87-year-old artist Macoto Takahashi began his artistic career in 1953 and would become an establishing force behind what we now know as the shojo (girls) comic art style. ― 87-year-old artist Macoto Takahashi began his artistic career in 1953 and would become an establishing force behind what we now know as the shojo (girls) comic art style. His works popularized ballet in the shojo scene and his cha...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Voice Actress Aoi Koga

From her child-like excitement while waiting for a text to her devastating demeanor when she encounters a romantic challenger, voicing Kaguya requires vocal elasticity. ANN spoke with Aoi Koga about her character's multi-faceted personality. ― As the voice of the titular Kaguya Shinomiya, Aoi Koga uses her voice to embody every side of the character. From her child-like excitement while waiting for a...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2022, Aug 26-Sep 1

For Lycoris Recoil and Call of the Night the recent high weekly rankings are paying off in the cumulative. Find out where your favorites rank this week! ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on ...
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The Journey Animation Manager Sara Oulddaddah

We talked with Oulddaddah about Manga Productions, working between Japan and Saudi Arabia on The Journey, and the team's hopes to share Saudi Arabian culture and stories internationally. ― Manga Productions and Toei Animation's anime film The Journey is now streaming on Crunchyroll, and ANN was able to meet with animation manager and character designer Sara Oulddaddah. Oulddaddah has worked in animat...
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Whiffs and Aces: Birdie Wings' Mixed Depiction of Golf

Avid golfer Lucas DeRuyter looks at the campy hit's engagement with the sport and golf's other appearances in manga. ― ©Bandai Namco Pictures/BIRDIE WING Golf Club The surprise spring 2022 hit anime Birdie Wing -Golf Girls' Story- is...not about golf. Directed by Takayuki Inagaki and produced by Bandai Namco Pictures, the anime is instead about making the most of bad situations, finding ways to prof...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2022, Aug 19-25

Y'know, Teppen should really have been called "Crying 'til you Laugh". Find out how your favorite shows stacked up according to viewer votes. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people ...
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Interview with My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU's Wataru Watari, Masazumi Kato, Chado Horii

The light novel series' author shares insights on the series' international popularity, "We actually get fan letters from across the sea, too. What can I say? They're like a source of power for us!" ― Fans of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU eagerly packed into a Otakon panel room to spend an hour with a few special guests—original light novel creator and script writer Wataru Watari, producer Masazumi K...
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Interview: The Tribe Nine Staff On Creating the Wacky World of Extreme Baseball

We spoke to Kazutaka Kodaka, anime director Yū Aoki, and composer Masafumi Takada about the baseball-crazed anime world of Tribe Nine. ― Tribe Nine is a story about baseball… with an extreme twist. The story concept comes from Too Kyo Games' Kazutaka Kodaka, best known for the beloved Danganronpa series. The anime series is part of a broader media mix, which includes an upcoming smartphone action gam...
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Crunchyroll Expo 2022 - Interview with CoverCorp CEO Motoaki Tanigo

hololive production's Virtual YouTuber talents have earned millions of fans around the world. ANN sat down with Motoaki Tanigo, CEO of COVER Corp. discuss the company's current plans and future ambitions. ― hololive production's Virtual YouTuber talents have earned millions of fans around the world. ANN sat down with Motoaki Tanigo, CEO of COVER Corp. (COVER for short), at Crunchyroll Expo to discuss...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2022, Aug 12-18

Danmachi takes the top spot this week while Uncle is taking a break. Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people r...
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Interview: The Staff Behind RWBY: Ice Queendom

"The entire project started from that promise with Monty to make something someday, and when we started production, we felt that the time for this chapter in the story had come. " ― As a Japanese anime re-imagining of a Western anime-inspired web series, RWBY: Ice Queendom represents both a unique crystallization of the anime's cross-cultural influence, and a testament to the strength of the passion ...
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Interview: The Staff of The Executioner and Her Way of Life

ANN spoke to light novel author Mato Satō, anime director Yoshiki Kawasaki, and series composition writer Shogo Yasukawa about what makes this isekai anime so unique. ― Anime about Japanese people being summoned to a fantasy world might be very commonplace right now, but The Executioner and Her Way of Life offers an interesting new perspective on a familiar story premise, as well as an epic plot with...
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Hunter x Hunter & Dragon Ball Z: the Fall of the Shounen Hero

What do Hunter x Hunter and Dragon Ball Z have in common? Heroes who are easy to cheer for, but also very extreme in their selfish pursuits. ― SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for the 2011 Hunter × Hunter anime It probably wouldn't be a stretch to say the most iconic face of the shounen manga battle genre would be Son Goku from Dragon Ball. Goku works to be the strongest...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2022, Jul 1-Aug 11

The user rankings of the Summer 2022 season are finally starting up. Amid the expected heavy hitters, Call of the Night and Lycoris Recoil carve out a place. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are base...
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Interview: Avu-chan, Voice of Inu-Oh

Masaaki Yuasa's newest masterpiece Inu-Oh hit U.S. cinemas on Friday. To celebrate the occasion, we sat down for an interview with the eponymous Inu-Oh's voice actor Avu-chan of Queen Bee! ― Masaaki Yuasa's newest masterpiece Inu-Oh hit U.S. cinemas on Friday. To celebrate the occasion, we sat down for an interview with the eponymous Inu-Oh's voice actor Avu-chan, who is also the lead vocalist and so...
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Why Dragon Ball Fans Should Check Out the Red Ribbon Army Arc

The OG villains are back in the spotlight in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, so we're going back to the source to discover why the Red Ribbon Army were always great villains. ― With a successful run in Japan and the international release being so close at hand, the hype for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is at a fever pitch. Not only are Gohan fans happy to hear that he's a focus of the film, but an o...
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Crunchyroll Expo 2022 - Burnout Syndromes Interview

Composing songs for popular series such as Haikyuu!!, Dr. Stone, and Gintama, Burnout Syndromes held their first performance in the United States at Crunchyroll Expo. ― Formed in 2005, Burnout Syndromes have a long and successful discography under their belt. Composing songs for popular series such as Haikyuu!!, Dr. Stone, and Gintama, the trio infuse musical genres together with emotional lyrics. Ka...
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Crunchyroll Expo 2022 - Baku Kinoshita Interview

Odd Taxi won the hearts and minds of anime fans around the world in 2021. During his busy schedule, director Baku Kinoshita talked to ANN in more detail about Odd Taxi and what he'd like to do next. ― Anthropomorphic animal anime Odd Taxi won the hearts and minds of anime fans around the world in 2021. This year, Crunchyroll Expo brought Baku Kinoshita—director, character designer, amongst many other...
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Crunchyroll Expo 2022 - Interview With BONES President Masahiko Minami

At Crunchyroll Expo, we checked in with BONES president Masahiko Minami. Does he know that Reigen has become an internet sex symbol? ― At Crunchyroll Expo, we checked in with BONES president Masahiko Minami to see how things are going with the studio lately. We also asked him opinions on everyone's favorite conman Reigen. Does Minami know that Reigen has become an internet sex symbol? ANN: The last t...
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How Kadokawa is Redefining the Anime Market (Updated)

Japanese publishing giant Kadokawa has its hands all over the manga, light novel, and anime industries. ANN sat down with the heads of Kadokawa's Anime Business Division to discuss its expanding ambitions in the anime sphere. ― Japanese publishing giant Kadokawa has its hands all over the manga, light novel, and anime industries. ANN CEO Chris Macdonald sat down with Kadokawa's Takeshi Kikuchi (CEO o...
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Anime Expo 2022 - Interview with SPY x FAMILY Animation Producers Kazue Hayashi & Kazuki Yamanaka

SPY x FAMILY just finished a successful first season, quickly becoming one of the most beloved properties globally. Producers Kazue Hayashi and Kazuki Yamanaka share what drew them to the project. ― Spy x Family just finished a successful first season, quickly becoming one of the most beloved properties globally, with legions of cosplaying fans, commercial tie-ins like a Tamagotchi, and a t-shirt col...
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Does the Original Trigun Hold Up?

With a reboot well underway, it's time to revisit this sci-fi western. AJ of the Cartoon Cipher looks at the series' philosophical leanings and its animation to see if it stood the test of time. ― There's a handful of shows that many people, myself included, can attribute to helping popularize anime in the US as something beyond a medium for entertaining children. Anime like Cowboy Bebop, Akira and ...
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Otakon 2022 - Interview with Toshio Furukawa & Shino Kakinuma

Toshio Furukawa and Shino Kakinuma are seiyū royalty as the voices of Piccolo and Videl. ANN caught up with the pair at Otakon to discuss their legacy and current work. ― Despite its age, Urusei Yatsura continues to define the anime landscape with its rich legacy and unforgettable characters. With the upcoming series reboot in mind, ANN sat down to speak with Ataru's own Toshio Furukawa and his wife ...
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Anime Expo 2022 - Interview with One Piece Film Red Producer Shinji Shimizu

Learn more about One Piece Film Red, its central music themes, and bringing popular character Shanks to the big screen. ― Producer Shinji Shimizu's tenure at Toei Animation goes back decades. He has had a hand in bringing fans popular series like Gegege no Kitarō, Yes! Precure 5, Toriko, and of course, One Piece. Shimizu sat down with Anime News Network at Anime Expo to discuss the franchise's latest...
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The Skeptic's Guide to Monogatari

Monogatari seems almost purpose-built to deter newcomers. Kevin Cormack looks at the sprawling anime series to help introduce the curious to its world. ― Studio Shaft's long-running, one-hundred-episode and three-movie-strong anime franchise Monogatari, split into three “seasons” over ten years between 2009 and 2019, seems almost purpose-built to deter newcomers. A confusing naming scheme that title...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: The Dangers in My Heart Manga Artist Norio Sakurai

The award-winning manga is getting an anime next year! ANN spoke exclusively with creator Norio Sakurai about their romcom series. The Dangers In My Heart is a charming romantic comedy manga starring an introverted teenage boy and his burgeoning relationship with his beautiful classmate. The manga took the top spot in the web category of Next Manga Awards 2020, and it will be getting a TV anime in ...
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Fate/Grand Order Fes. 2022 in Pictures

Beat the heat (and crowds) and check out everything from life-size weapon replicas to recreated game environments from the massively popular mobile game Fate/Grand Order! Fate/Grand Order's convention was back in Japan this weekend after a two year COVID-related absence to celebrate the 7th Anniversary of the wildly successful mobile game and the Fate series in general. And just in case you weren't...
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The Awesome Merch of Fate/Grand Order Fes. 2022

Fate/Grand Order Fes. 2022 is happening in Japan right now and we've captured your favorite servants in our merch gallery! ― After a two year COVID-related absence, Fate/Grand Order's convention was back in Japan this weekend to celebrate the 7th Anniversary of the wildly successful mobile game and the Fate series in general. As is expected at events like these, we got to see a lot of merch—and not j...
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Live-Action Knights of the Zodiac Director Tomek Baginski, Action Choreographer Andy Cheng, & Producer Yoshi Ikezawa

A team whose credits include The Witcher, Shang-Chi, and the CG-animated Saint Seiya series shared their five year journey to bring Knights of the Zodiac to reality. ― Director Tomek Baginski and Toei Animation producer Yoshi Ikezawa dove into the details of their partnership and how they worked together to bring Knights of the Zodiac to life. Fight choreographer Andy Cheng spoke about his involvemen...
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PREVIEW: Mato Anomalies

This dual-protagonist JRPG shows a lot of promise...but still needs its technical problems smoothed out. ― Boasting creative staff from both America and China, Arrowiz Studios is currently hard at work producing a brand-new JRPG: Mato Anomalies. We were fortunate enough to gain access to an exclusive demo of the game on PC courtesy of Arrowiz. Mato Anomalies takes place in a retro-futuristic version ...
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Live-Action Knights of the Zodiac Writers Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken

"[Seiya] is such a great character from the get-go...He grows up feeling so lonely and in that loneliness, he builds walls around himself because he's afraid of letting someone else in for fear of getting hurt again." ― Screenwriters Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken, best known for their work on 10 Cloverfield Lane, are the minds behind the movie's script. Having worked on multiple projects in the pas...
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Anime Expo 2022 - Interview with Digimon Survive Game Producer Habu Kazumasa

With an interesting mix of combat and visual novel-esque presentation, wrapped in a more dramatic, almost horror-filled tone, Digimon Survive looks to be an interesting addition to the franchise we all know and love. ― Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Digimon Anime, Digimon Survive presents a brand-new adventure set in a mysterious world where your choices matter. With an interesting mix of co...
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Live-Action Knights of the Zodiac's Madison Iseman and Diego Tinoco

In the first of our three-part interview, Diego Tinoco (Nero) shares his thoughts on the anime to live-action trend: "I’m sure our film and One Piece are gonna be the gate openers in this whole new storm of anime live-action adaptations." ― Actors Madison Iseman (Sienna) and Diego Tinoco (Nero) gave hints of what fans could expect for their characters and spoke fondly of their time together filming K...
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Bring Back More Magic[al Girls]

It's a pretty good time to be a fan of magical girls, but there's still room to revisit and reboot some of the lesser known entries in the genre. Rebecca Silverman lists her most coveted magical girl anime series. ― It's a pretty good time to be a fan of magical girls. Not that there's ever been a truly bad time for it, but it's hard not to notice that as I write this we've got two classically-framed...
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SDCC 2022 Panel Report – Live-Action Knights of the Zodiac Film

"At this point, we could talk to you about the Sanctuary arc, the Poseidon arc, or the Hades arc. We can talk to you about dozens of different characters in the story. We love all of it." ― Comic-Con attendees were treated to the newest information on the live-action adaption of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya. Knights of the Zodiac is set to release in 2023, and the movie's social media accounts revea...
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Anime Expo 2022 - Interview with One Piece Odyssey Game Producer Katsuaki Tsuzuki

What epic story awaits in multi-platform One Piece Odyssey game? Find out more in our interview! ― One Piece Odyssey is an upcoming role-playing video game being developed by ILCA and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment set to release sometime in 2022. The game features an original, self-contained story with involvement by series creator Eiichiro Oda. At Anime Expo 2022, Anime News Network was gi...
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SDCC 2022 Premiere Report – The Witch from Mercury PROLOGUE

Despite producer Ogata's words, the prologue has the hard job of introducing the audience to new characters who may or may not appear in the main series. ― Gundam is set to return with its latest TV anime series—Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury—after a seven-year gap since Iron-Blooded Orphans. The new anime will feature the franchise's first female main protagonist, Suletta Mercury, in its...
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Interview: Gundam Evolution Game Producer Kazuya Maruyama and Battle Director Ryota Hogaki

Kazuya Maruyama and Ryota Hogaki promised that the Gundam Evolution game will go in a new direction not previously seen in Gundam video games before. ― At Anime Expo 2022, we were invited to meet the creators of the upcoming game Gundam Evolution, which will be released on PC and various consoles for free this year. There have been many video games related to the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, from em...
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Interview: Viz Media Senior Vice President of Animation Brian Ige

Ige talks about Viz's strategy with regards to anime licensing and cross-promotion, possible shifts in anime licensing prices, and the future of the U.S. anime market. ― ANN CEO Chris Macdonald sat down with Viz Media's Senior Vice President of Animation, Brian Ige, to talk about Viz's strategy with regards to anime licensing and cross-promotion, possible shifts in anime licensing prices, and the fut...

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