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Interview: Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Director Fumihiko Sori

"The original manga is a very deep story, and I wanted the movie to be as profound." Our interview with the director of the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist is live now! ― Earlier this year, the hotly anticipated live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie made its overseas premiere at AnimeNYC. To commemorate this event, the director himself, Fumihiko Sori, attended the convention on Sunday. I was lucky en...
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The Most Underrated Shonen Jump Manga

From wild premises that were canceled too soon to brilliant stories that have slowly been gaining steam, Nicholas Dupree illuminates the best shonen manga gems that you may have overlooked. ― In the West, Shonen Jump is nearly synonymous with hit anime series. From Dragonball to One Piece to Naruto, the magazine has a well-earned legacy of crowd-pleasing action and adventure, but those hits aren't qu...
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The Stories Behind Fate/Apocrypha's Servants of Red

Our FATE FRIDAYS feature continues with Gabriella Ekens' breakdown of the legends behind the home team of the Great Holy Grail War! ― This is the second half of our Fate Fridays feature on the stories behind the heroic spirits of Fate/Apocrypha, but you can read all about the Servants of Black in the first half here! After detailing the legends behind Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night, Fate/Apocrypha pre...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Nov 19-25

Garo: Vanishing Line and Konohana Kitan race up the weekly charts! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our user ranking of the Fall 2017 season so far! ― Our team of reviewers are following 31 anime series of the Fall 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that ...
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Interview: Yasuhiro Irie

The director of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has an ambitious kickstarter happening right now - get all the details, and his in-depth take on the anime industry, in our interview. ― Yasuhiro Irie, the director of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood's, visited Spain during this year's Barcelona Manga Fair. He was invited by Wacom to spend some time at their booth drawing and meeting with fans. During...
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Beauty and the Beast Romances Through Manga History

The Ancient Magus' Bride is the newest anime take on this classic fairytale, but how has the story changed over the years? Rebecca Silverman takes a tour through the many manga reimaginings of this tale as old as time. ― There's no nicer misunderstanding than our typical interpretation of AT425c, the fairy tale generally known as Beauty and the Beast. The idea that the story is about a good woman see...
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Interview: Tomoki Kyoda, Director of Eureka Seven: Hi-Evolution

Mike Toole sits down with the godfather of the beloved mecha sci-fi series Eureka Seven to discuss his career, his hit show, and his new Eureka Seven movie trilogy. ― Tomoki Kyoda lives and breathes Eureka Seven. The accomplished director has, at various points, been directing Eureka Seven for over a decade. The series, an exciting, idealistic, and funny tale of hip heroes trying to save the world fr...
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Anime News Network's Holiday 2017 Gift Guide

You've got about a month left to find the perfect gifts for all your otaku friends - it's a good thing our enormous gift guide is here to help!
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The Fall 2017 Manga Guide

Looking for new manga to read? Our guide to this fall's biggest, brightest new manga has you covered!

Available Now: Attack on Titan: No Regrets Deluxe Edition - Shiver - Splatoon - Astra Lost in Space - Neo Parasyte M - In This Corner of the World - Polar Bear in Love - ACCA - Spirit Circle - Forbidden Scrollery - Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card - and much more!
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Fa...
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The Stories Behind Fate/Apocrypha's Servants of Black

Our FATE FRIDAYS feature continues with Gabriella Ekens' breakdown of the legends behind the darker side of the Great Holy Grail War! ― Welcome to the first part of our Fate Fridays feature on the stories behind the heroic spirits of Fate/Apocrypha! After detailing the legends behind Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night last time, Fate/Apocrypha presented me with a double-stuffed Grail War that features six...
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Anime News Network's Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: Collectibles

A glittering mountain of this year's must-have collectibles, from statues to action figures to Nendoroids and Figmas and much much more! ― Figures: Nendoroids Hanamaru Kunikida (Love Live! Sunshine!!) Aqours member Hanamaru Kunikida wears her outfit from the song "Aozora Jumping Heart!" for this Nendoroid. She also comes with additional face plates (an excited, open mouth expression) and the 'Noppo'...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Nov 12-18

After six straight weeks, The Ancient Magus' Bride has been unseated from its spot at the top of the chart! Find out what's replaced it and where all your favorites ranked with our users this round! ― Our team of reviewers are following 31 anime series of the Fall 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and wor...
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The Stylish Boys of Idolish 7 at Anime NYC

The director and producer behind next season's male idol mobile game adaptation gave a Q&A at a premiere event for the show's first two episodes. Here's what fans can expect from Idolish 7! ― Lately, the anime industry has been dominated by female idols, but there's another phenomenon brewing under the more mainstream surface: a male idol movement. A mobile rhythm game called IDOLiSH7, where you help...
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Convention Report: Princess Principal at Anime NYC

Director Masaki Tachibana answered questions about his surprise hit anime series at this year's inaugural Anime NYC. Rachel Kelly has the details from this special screening and Q&A sessions! ― Princess Principal is an anime about cute girls being spies in a fictional, steampunk version of Victorian London, an original project that came seemingly out of nowhere. While it wasn't highly anticipated goi...
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Is The Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Movie Any Good?

Our correspondent saw the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie during its world premiere at Anime NYC this weekend - here's her full report, plus comments from the director! ― The live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie, directed by Fumihiko Sori, made its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 25 and will open in Japan on December 1. Luckily for us, the movie made a specia...
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Interview: The Staff of Fate/stay night Heaven's Feel

Director Tomonori Sudou and Noriko Shitaya, the voice of Sakura, share their feelings on this ambitious movie adaptation of Fate/stay night's final route. ― On November 10th this year, Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower premiered at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to thunderous excitement from attending fans, one week before it would open in theaters across the USA. We sat down wi...
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The Stories Behind the Servants of Fate/Zero

Our FATE FRIDAYS feature continues with the mythic inspirations between the heroes of Fate/Zero. How do characters like Alexander the Great and Gilles de Rais compare to their real-world counterparts? ― Welcome back to our compendium on the legends behind Type-Moon's hit Fate franchise! Part one was all about Fate/stay Night, and you can read it here. This time, I'll be covering F/SN's prequel series...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Nov 5-11

Land of the Lustrous snatches this week's top spot while Mr. Osomatsu continues a precipitous plummet. Find out where your favorite episodes ranked with our readers! ― Our team of reviewers are following 31 anime series of the Fall 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind t...
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Interview: Eisaku Inoue

This experienced Toei animator shares his thoughts on the industry and the Kemono Friends controversy. ― During this year's Japan Weekend Madrid in Spain, animator Eisaku Inoue sat down with us for an interview about his work and the current state of the anime industry. As an animator for Toei, Inoue has worked on franchises such as One Piece, World Trigger, Saint Seiya, Digimon, and Dragon Ball Z am...
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The Best Anime Musou Games

With Fire Emblem Warriors out recently from Omega Force, it seems like there's nothing you can't make more Musou. Heidi Kemps breaks down what from Koei-Tecmo's catalog is worth checking out and which games you should skip. ― Koei-Tecmo's Omega Force development team might be the busiest people in the game industry. They've taken an extremely successful gameplay formula from their Dynasty Warriors ga...
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Interview: Jouji Nakata

The voice behind Hellsing's Alucard and Fate's Kirei Kotomine discusses what it was like to work with Yoshiyuki Tomino and how his process as an actor has developed. ― Jouji Nakata, the prolific seiyuu behind Alucard from Hellsing and Kirei Kotomine from the Fate franchise, visited Spain a few weeks ago for Japan Weekend Madrid. Well-known for his rich, deep voice, Jouji Nakata huge voice acting resu...
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The Best Independent Anime You Can Watch Online

It takes a ton of love and effort to make an anime outside of the studio system. Callum May shares just a handful of these terrific short indie projects that you can watch online for free! ― With short runtimes and plenty of ambition, independent animation is the perfect way to experience new developments and ideas within animation. With the Japanese anime industry constantly seeking out new talents,...
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The Fall 2017 Light Novel Guide

Take a tour through the biggest light novel releases of the fall! Re:Zero, your name, Record of Lodoss War and some truly insane original stories! ― Light novel publication in English is far from slowing down, and with new players like Book Walker jumping in, there are more genres than ever available for your delectation. Of course, there's still a healthy (?) amount of isekai stories being brought ...
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The Stories Behind the Servants of Fate/stay Night

We're kicking off our new FATE FRIDAYS feature with a comparison between the characters of Fate/stay night and the mythic heroes who inspired them. Are these legends even stranger than modern fiction? ― Now that Fate/Apocrypha is out on Netflix and Heaven's Feel is headed to theaters, we'll be running a series of features on the franchise for the next several weeks with Gabriella Ekens' FATE FRIDAYS....
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Oct 29-Nov 4

March comes in like a lion and Recovery of an MMO Junkie jump up in the rankings while other shows continue to fall. Find out how your favorites stacked up this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 31 anime series of the Fall 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind ...
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Inside Kyoto Animation's Biggest Festival

Kim Morrissy takes a look behind the scenes of this beloved anime studio at their official 2017 Fan Appreciation Event. ― Kyoto Animation is one of the most recognizable TV anime studios—and not without reason, as their productions are remarkably polished. Their “moe” aesthetic and attention to lifelike detail is maintained so consistently across their works that it's tempting to see Kyoto Animation...
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Exclusive: Ghost In The Shell Director's Roundtable

Want to know what the legendary creative minds behind Ghost in the Shell really thought of the live-action version? Directors Oshii, Kamiyama and Kise get candid in this exclusive excerpt! ― The following is an exclusive excerpt from Kodansha Comics' Ghost in the Shell README: 1995-2017, featuring an expansive and remarkably candid roundtable interview with three men who have had an enormous personal...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Oct 22-28

Konohana Kitan takes the top of this week's chart with a crowd-pleasing episode, and Welcome to the Ballroom continues to fall from grace. Find out where your favorite episodes ranked! ― Our team of reviewers are following 31 anime series of the Fall 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the sea...
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Explaining the Mobage Phenomenon

The global marketing director behind KLab's popular games like Love Live! School Idol Festival and Bleach: Brave Souls discusses what it takes to make a mobile game successful in today's busy world. ― Mobile games have been taking the world by storm, but it's not just games like Candy Crush and Angry Birds that have been stealing the hearts—and wallets—of so many players. Known as mobage in Japan, ga...
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How the Wake Up Girls! Turn Disaster Into Dreams

The girls of WUG have been hounded by awkwardness and failure from their humble beginnings, but is their underdog story secretly part of their appeal? Chris Adamson details the fall and rise of this truly unique idol group. ― The scene is Anime Central 2014, just outside Chicago. An enthusiastic crowd in Main Events has just watched Wake Up, Girls! The Seven Idols, the hour-long movie that kicked off...
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Event Report: Sound! Euphonium Live Concert

Kyoto Animation held a spectacular event in Japan with a full concert from the incredible orchestra behind Sound! Euphonium - here's a full report! ― To commemorate their thirtieth anniversary as a company, Kyoto Animation's producers were looking for a title set in their locale of Uji, just outside Kyoto, to adapt into a series. Producers Eiharu Oohashi and Riri Senami each found a little novel writ...
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The Fall 2017 Anime Preview Guide: SimulDub Edition

The Fall 2017 Anime Preview Guide wraps with our previews of every new SimulDub this season!
Available Now: The Ancient Magus' Bride - Recovery of an MMO Junkie - Black Clover - A Sister's All You Need - Anime-Gataris - Kino's Journey: the Beautiful World - Code: Realize - Love Live! Sunshine!! - URAHARA - Dies Irae - Konohana Kitan - King's Game - Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond - Garo Vanishing Line - Juni Taisen: Zodiac War
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Interview: Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Aqours

With the second season of their smash anime on the air this fall, all nine members of Aqours answer some burning questions after their first-ever live performance in the United States. ― Exactly one year since six of the members of Love Live Sunshine!!'s Aqours first visited Los Angeles, they were back again, this time with the full set of nine and a concert experience planned for fans of Love Live! ...
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Premiere Review: Free! Theatrical Series "Take Your Marks"

Free! is back in theaters in Japan this weekend with new episodes that zero in on the comedy, the characters and the fanservice that made the show a huge hit. ― Ever since the announcement program in April 2013 (and the preliminary commercial in March 2013), the Free! franchise has been a phenomenon for Kyoto Animation and their subsidiary Animation Do. AniDo were involved in pushing the adaptation o...
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Why The Garden of Sinners is a Modern Classic

Ten years after its debut, The Garden of Sinners is still considered some of Kinoko Nasu's finest work and the franchise that put Studio Ufotable on the map. Gabriella Ekens explores what makes these films so special. ― On a rain slicked night, the pavement is streaked crimson. The source, a dismembered body, has already been tucked into a corner of the drenched city. A murder has taken place, but by...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Weeks of Oct 1-21

You voted, and the first ranking is in: find out which series of the fall 2017 season are shining brightest according to YOUR votes! ― Our team of reviewers are following 31 anime series of the Fall 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on h...
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Interview: Youichi Nishikawa

The background artist behind Land of the Lustrous, Howl's Moving Castle, and The Boy and the Beast shares his experiences working on these artistically ambitious projects. ― Youichi Nishikawa is a veteran background artist with experience working for some of the most prestigious anime studios in the industry. He began his career working on Howl's Moving Castle at Studio Ghibli, and after working for ...
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Interview: Hiro Mashima

Fairy Tail creator Hiro Mashima discusses his success, his fantasy guild team and even Rave Master in this complete transcript of his press junket at New York Comic-con. ― The very first thing Hiro Mashima did when he walked into his press junket at New York Comic-Con was say, “Hello, I am Hiro Mashima. And I am a mangaka." He might be a little more than that, though. His smash hit fantasy adventure ...
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The Community Activism of P.A. Works

The animation studio behind series like Angel Beats! and Kurumukuro isn't just located in Japan's countryside—it's helping to support the rural communities that surround it. Kim Morrissy explains how P.A. Works is using anime for outreach. ― P.A. Works is well known among anime fans around the world for creating beautifully drawn, down-to-earth shows like true tears and Hanasaku Iroha, but their comm...
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Premiere Report: Violet Evergarden Episodes 1-2

Two episodes of Kyoto Animation's unbelievably lavish new sci-fi drama premiered in Japan over the weekend - here's a full report from the world debut! ― Something unusual happened in May 2014. After 4 years of entries that didn't meet the standards of the judges, a manuscript finally won the Grand Prize in the Kyoto Animation Awards. That alone brought some attention to Violet Evergarden, but the en...
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Why Sarada Would Be a Better Hokage Than Boruto

Naruto's son may be the protagonist of this next generation, but that doesn't mean he'd be the best at his father's job. Amy McNulty explains why Sasuke's daughter is more fit to lead the village instead. ― The original Naruto series stars a young boy with a big dream—the epitome of the Shonen Jump hero. Despite his rambunctious nature and lack of book smarts, Naruto Uzumaki longs to become his vill...
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Anime Spotlight - My Girlfriend is Shobitch

High school student Haruka Shinozaki enjoyed living such a respectable life. However, the girl he fell in love with wasn't so normal... ― My Girlfriend is Shobitch Official Website: http://majimesugiru-anime.jp/ Official Twitter: @shobicchi_anime Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiere Date: October 11, 2017 Streaming available at: Amazon Anime Strike Key Staff Director: Nobuyoshi Nagayama (H...
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The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall of Studio Gonzo

Chart the exciting highs and terrifying lows of Studio Gonzo, one of the most famous, controversial, pioneering (and occasionally frustrating) anime studios in history. ― GONZO is a name that all seasoned fans are acquainted with. That's not due to their longevity, since as a company founded in 1992 they're essentially an average, middle aged anime producer. And to be quite honest, it isn't because o...
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Anime Spotlight - JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WAR

The bloody war between the twelve warriors of the Zodiac begins... Who will be the last standing in the end? ― JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WAR Official Website: http://12taisen.com/ Official Twitter: @12taisen Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiere Date: October 3, 2017 Streaming available at: Crunchyroll (sub), Funimation (dub) Key Staff Director: Naoto Hosoda (The Future Diary, Minami...
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Anime Spotlight - Love Live! Sunshine!! (2nd Season)

Nine teenage girls from a small high school in a corner of Suruga Bay dream of becoming the next generation of bright, sparkling "school idols"! ― Love Live! Sunshine!! (2nd Season) Official Website: http://www.lovelive-anime.jp/uranohoshi/ Official Twitter: @LoveLive_staff Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiere Date: October 7, 2017 Key Staff Director: Kazuo Sakai ("Mushi-Uta" as director, ...
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The Fall 2017 Anime Shorts Preview Guide

Our Preview Guide team sifts through all of the Fall 2017 anime season's short anime and comes up with a couple recommendations for you. ― Nick Creamer In the wake of last season's phenomenal Tsuredure Children, it's looking like this won't be much of a season for short anime. Outside of a scattering of sequels, there just plain aren't many shorts, and the ones I saw didn't really impress me. On the ...
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UQ Holder and the Troubled History of Negima

Ken Akamatsu's hit boy wizard series Negima has had a rocky road when it comes to adaptations - of which this fall's UQ Holder is only the latest. Here's everything you need to know. ― This October saw the premiere of the anime adaptation of UQ Holder!, the most recent manga from Ken Akamatsu. You may notice a subtitle added to the new series: Magister Negi Magi 2. UQ Holder is in fact a sequel, set ...
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Interview: RWBY's Kerry Shawcross and Lindsay Jones

The director of Rooster Teeth's hit action series RWBY and the voice of the show's lead heroine go in-depth about what it takes to keep a phenomenon going. ― The American animated series RWBY is in a strange middle ground when it comes to being considered an anime. It is a western show that is produced in Texas by Rooster Teeth, but has the art and atmosphere of a Japanese anime. Because of this, it...
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How to Get Into Muv-Luv

This visual novel series with the extremely silly title may seem impenetrable, but it's well worth checking out. Chris Adamson explains what makes this franchise special. ― Nearly two years after its Kickstarter campaign raised $1.2 million — a record for an English-language visual novel campaign — the final chapter of the Muv-Luv trilogy, Muv-Luv Alternative, arrived on Steam on September 18. But wh...
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Anime Spotlight - A Sister's All You Need.

Every day is full of fun. But something is missing.

"My life would be amazing if only I had a little sister. Why don't I have a little sister...?"
― A Sister's All You Need. Official Website: http://imotosae.com/ Official Twitter: @imotosae_anime Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiere Date: October 8, 2017 Key Staff Director: Shin Onuma (Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts, WATAM...
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Anime Spotlight - GARO-VANISHING LINE-

Sword, a Makai Knight with the title of "Garo" spends his days alone fighting off Horrors—evil beasts from the demon world that possess humans—in order to protect the town. One day while defeating Horrors, Sword comes upon the mysterious keyword "El Dorado." ― GARO-VANISHING LINE- Official Website: http://vanishing-line.jp/ Official Twitter: @anime_garo Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery P...
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Blade Runner's Unbelievable Influence On Anime

Daryl Surat explores the mindblowing amount of influence Ridley Scott's Blade Runner has had on the way a tremendous amount of anime looks, sounds, and feels. ― In 2017, it's very easy to forget that 1982's Blade Runner was neither a commercial success at the time of its release nor the mainstream critical darling it is nowadays. Although it derailed director Ridley Scott's film career for many years...
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Interview: Made in Abyss Composer Kevin Penkin

The man behind the tearjerkingly beautiful soundtrack of this past season's sleeper hit discusses his work writing music for anime and games. ― When interviewing anime creators, it's not common to talk to someone from outside Japan, and it's even less common to interview someone from my own country of Australia. Kevin Penkin's score for Made in Abyss is already being hailed as one of the most captiva...
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Anime Spotlight - The Ancient Magus' Bride

Chise is a 15-year-old girl who has nothing except one special power she was born with. An odd-looking magus named Elias takes in Chise as his apprentice, planning to eventually make her his wife. ― The Ancient Magus' Bride Official Website: http://mahoyome.jp Official Twitter: @mahoyome_project Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiere Date: October 8, 2017 Streaming available at:...
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The Best and Worst of the Summer 2017 Season

It's the final user ranking of the Summer 2017 anime season! Which shows came out on top? Which of your favorites ranked highest? ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Summer 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on ho...
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Anime Spotlight - Black Clover

In this world where magic is everything... A boy named Asta who hasn't been able to use magic since he was born aims to become the Wizard King—the head of the Magic Knights—in order to prove himself and fulfill his promise with his friend! ― Black Clover Official Website: http://bclover.jp/ Official Twitter: @bclover_PR Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiere Date: October 3, 201...
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Interview: Atsumi Tanezaki

The voice of Chise in the upcoming Ancient Magus' Bride anime discusses her new starring role and recent past work. ― The odds that you've heard veteran voice actress Atsumi Tanezaki in one of your favorite recent anime are pretty high – she's appeared in Mob Psycho 100, Sound! Euphonium Season 2, Keijo!!!!!!!!, Monster Musume and even for a moment in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans. You'll ...
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Our Most Anticipated Anime of Fall 2017

The upcoming fall season is overflowing with promising new shows that our team of critics can't wait to sink their teeth into! Here are our most anticipated autumn picks. ― The upcoming fall season is overflowing with promising new shows that our team of critics can't wait to sink their teeth into! Here are our most anticipated autumn picks, and be sure to share your own most-hyped new premieres with...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Sep 16-22

Sakura Quest makes a surprise climb up the charts as the summer season winds down in the last few weeks of our user rankings. Find out where your favorites are settling in! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Summer 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep ...
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Interview: The Staff Behind Yuri on Ice

Director Sayo Yamamoto, writer Mitsurou Kubo, and character design/animation director Tadashi Hiramatsu discuss how their story became a phenomenon at this year's AnimeFest. ― Yuri!!! on Ice is one of the biggest anime hits of the last few years. Its messages of love and overcoming self-doubt, alongside its stirring portrayals of competitive figure skating, have reached global audiences well outside ...
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The Best and Worst Anime of Summer 2017

The heat of summer is beginning to die down, which means it's time for our critics to pick the best and worst shows of this past anime season! ― The public pool sits empty, theme parks are closed during the week, and school is back in session, which means the summer is officially over! So it's time to decide: which shows were the best - and the worst - from this summer's anime? We asked our critics t...
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The Beginner's Guide to Danganronpa

Want to get into the hit whodunnit game series but don't know where to start? Heidi Kemps' (spoiler-free) overview of all the franchise's biggest titles has you covered. ― Where to start with this murderous series? Don't despair -- our guide will help! Danganronpa is something you've probably heard of if you follow anime or video games. What began as an under-the-radar visual novel series has blossom...
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Anime Spotlight - Recovery of an MMO Junkie

Moriko Morioka, 30 years old, single, unemployed. A dropout from reality. Seeking a place of respite, she arrives in the world of the worldwide web. ― Recovery of an MMO Junkie Official Website: http://netoju.com Official Twitter: @netoju_anime Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiere Date: October 10, 2017 (JST) Key Staff Director: Kazuyoshi Yaginuma ("Bokurano"(TV) as episode director...
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Interview: God Eater and Code Vein's Yusuke Tomizawa

The producer behind these anime-style action RPGs shares his inspirations as a developer and his ambitions for the simultaneous worldwide release of Code Vein! ― A long-time employee at Bandai Namco Entertainment, Yosuke Tomizawa is best known as the producer for the God Eater franchise. The God Eater games feature co-op multiplayer monster hunting within a story-focused experience. He is currently w...
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The Controversial Politics of Classroom of the Elite

So besides T&A, what is this season's Classroom of the Elite really about? Gabriella Ekens explores its takes on Nietzsche, Rousseau, and even other anime! ― What's the best way to organize society? How much power should be vested in the general population versus an elite leadership? And how should people be educated as to their best interests and true capabilities? Political philosophers have been m...
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Interview: Natsuko Takahashi

The screenwriter behind next season's URAHARA offers insights about how anime fandom has changed over the years and how Crunchyroll is perceived within the industry. ― Natsuko Takahashi is a veteran writer in the anime industry, having worked on the screenplay for projects like Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Moyashimon, and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. Although she wasn't officially announced as a gu...
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Interview: Dai Sato

One of anime's most prolific screenwriters discusses his legacy of work on Eureka Seven, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Ghost in the Shell, and what it takes to succeed as a writer in the industry. ― Dai Sato is one of anime's most prolific and accomplished screenwriters. He was the series composer for Eureka Seven and Ergo Proxy, and also wrote individual episodes for numerous series including Cowb...
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The Best Anime About Nerds

Many anime revolve around the lives of otaku and other oddballs, but how many actually get their depictions right? Paul Jensen shares his best recommendations. ― The video game-themed comedy Gamers! has drawn a fair amount of attention this season, and not just for its wicked sense of humor. This show seems to have a strength that many anime series try and fail to obtain; it feels like Gamers really ...
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Easing into Ys

It may never grab the spotlight like other long-running JRPG series, but the Ys games have a long legacy and a strong pedigree. With a new game on the horizon, here's everything a beginner needs to know. ― At one time a premier role-playing franchise that stood toe-to-toe against the likes of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, a variety of factors prevented Nihon Falcom's Ys from achieving the mainstrea...
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How Mari Okada Went From Shut-In to Anime Director

The inimitable screenwriter behind Hanasaku Iroha, anohana, and Anthem of the Heart just released her autobiography. Kim Morrissy shares the recent director's enlightening story. ― Mari Okada recently became a topic of discussion when it was announced that she was directing an original anime film at P.A. Works. For many, this news came as a surprise, because unlike most anime directors, Okada has no ...
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Anime Spotlight - INUYASHIKI LAST HERO

Ichiro Inuyashiki, a dull-looking elderly employee who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, is struck by a UFO falling from the sky and reborn with a mechanical body. ― INUYASHIKI LAST HERO Official Website: http://www.inuyashiki-project.com/ Official Twitter: @inu_noitamina Official Facebook: https://ja-jp.facebook.com/inuyashiki/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiering on Octob...
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Interview: Studio Ghibli Theme Singers Azumi Inoue & Yuyu

The singer behind the legendary theme songs for Totoro, Laputa and more talks about her incredible career alongside her daughter, who is following in her mother's footsteps. ― Even if you haven't heard of Azumi Inoue, you're probably intimately familiar with her work; Inoue sang some of the most iconic and internationally-recognized theme songs for several classic Studio Ghibli films, including Castl...
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What is the "Absolute Territory"?

"Zettai ryōiki" refers to one of the most popular fetishes in anime that you may never have noticed before! Eric Stimson explains what makes this "absolute territory" of ZR so widespread. ― Anime is rife with fanservice, which often means pandering to fans' favorite fetishes. Some are fads that burst onto the scene and then fade without ever really disappearing, like maids 15 years ago, catgirls 20 y...
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Interview: The Staff of Napping Princess

The creative team behind the new family action film discusses the work that went into this heartfelt story's unique look. ― At this year's AnimeFest in Dallas, one of the top-billed events was a screening of Napping Princess, the latest film by celebrated director Kenji Kamiyama. Kamiyama is best known for sci fi thrillers for adult audiences like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Eden of t...
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Interview: Amica Kubo

The director of next season's URAHARA discusses her first TV anime work and the road she took to get to this milestone. ― Amica Kubo is one of the best animation directors that anime fans have probably never heard of. She has dealt primarily with commercial animations for TV programs and short animation films, many of which have won prizes at international film festivals. Her short film Bloomed Words...
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The Best (And Worst) Of Studio Ghibli

Our team of critics name their two favorite (and their least favorite!) film in the long and storied Studio Ghibli catalog - and we can't wait to hear your picks! ― "What's your favorite Studio Ghibli movie?" is a common question to ask any anime fan, but it's surprisingly hard to come up with an answer - the Ghibli catalog contains a long list of beloved classics, movies that have touched and inspi...
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All About The Los Angeles Anime Film Festival

America finally has its own anime film festival, and it's happening in Los Angeles this weekend! The folks behind it all tell us what to expect. ― On September 15th, the first-ever Los Angeles Anime Film Festival begins in Downtown Los Angeles with the English Dub premiere of No Game No Life Zero, a hotly-anticipated follow-up to the smash anime series. That same weekend, a raft of anime films both c...
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Interview: Keiichi Sigsawa

The author of Kino's Journey discusses the legacy of his classic light novel series and what fans can expect from this fall season's anime remake! ― As the author of one of the most beloved long-running light novel series ever, Keiichi Sigsawa has been telling the story of Kino's Journey, one volume per year, for almost two decades now. After receiving an anime series in 2003 and an aborted publishin...
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The Best and Worst Pokemon Movies Of All Time

With over 20 years of franchise history and 20 different films to choose from, Callum May runs down which legendary Pokemon adventures are worth watching and which are best left in the past. ― There's a lot to love about Pokemon movies. With twenty different big-screen stories told so far through this world-famous franchise, each movie has its own fun and exciting way to represent the ideals of the P...
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Interview: Studio Ghibli Key Animator Hiroshi Shimizu

A legendary animator with credits ranging from the best of Studio Ghibli to a bundle of Lupins to Michiko & Hatchin and Yuri!!! on ICE shares his life and incredible career with us. ― It isn't often you're given the chance to sit down and talk to someone like Hiroshi Shimizu. As a key animator, his work spans virtually the entire history of anime most fans these days are familiar with, from Studio Gh...
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The History of Tokusatsu in Anime

With the announcement of another GARO series from MAPPA, the worlds of tokusatsu and anime continue to grow closer. Chris Farris explores the relationship between these two mediums and how anime fans can get into the world of tokusatsu! ― You see news about Kamen Rider pop up on Anime News Network from time to time. You see that Crunchyroll has subtitled episodes of some show called Ultraman availabl...
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Interview: Mugi Tanaka

The character designer behind the kinetic aesthetic of this fall's URAHARA talks about illustrating Harajuku, surviving Comiket and more. ― Mugi Tanaka has a full-time job at a printing company, but that doesn't get in the way of her passion for drawing cute manga art. A long-time participator of Comiket, her art was noticed by the otaku goods and apparel shop PARK, located in Tokyo's Harajuku distri...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Aug 26-Sep 1

Princess Principal continues to rise up the charts while Rage of Bahamut begins to tumble. Find out where your favorites ranked this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Summer 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are ba...
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Interview: Welcome to the Ballroom's Tetsuya Kinoshita and Shimba Tsuchiya

Welcome to the Ballroom's producer and leading man answer a few questions about how their performance is going so far. ― We first spoke to the production team behind this season's Welcome to the Ballroom back at the show's world premiere during Anime Expo 2017, and had the chance to catch up with producer Tetsuya Kinoshita (Attack on Titan, From The New World) at Otakon 2017 this year. Kinoshita brou...
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The Best Anime For Foodies

While your mouth waters in anticipation for Food Wars' third season, Rebecca Silverman will sate your appetite with the history of anime about cooking, baking, and enjoying food with the ones you love! ― As Garfield the cat once said, “If I couldn't eat food, I'd just die.” Food and its preparation, are central to most of our lives, and in many houses, the kitchen is where everyone naturally gravitat...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Aug 19-25

Tsuredure Children joins our weekly user rankings - and immediately becomes a contender for the top spot! How did your favorite shows perform? ― This week, Tsuredure Children joins the rankings. Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Summer 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) ...
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Interview: FLOW

The band behind some of the most beloved anime theme songs in recent history, from Naruto to Code Geass, spill their career secrets and discuss what's next. ― Chances are, most anime fans today know a few theme songs from the five-member rock band FLOW. Kohshi, Take, Keigo, Got's, and Iwasaki have performed theme songs for more than 20 anime together. The group's songs for Code Geass, Eureka Seven, a...
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Interview: Studio MAPPA's Masao Maruyama

Industry giant Masao Maruyama talks about the struggle to get the deeply touching, critically-acclaimed In This Corner of the World off the ground. ― Anime industry giant Masao Maruyama is one of the founders of Madhouse, the legendary anime studio responsible for an ocean of incredible films and TV series, ranging from the high art of Satoshi Kon to pop spectaculars like Trigun and Card Captor Sakur...
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The History of American Superhero Comics in Anime

Long before the success of superhero manga like My Hero Academia and One Punch Man, many anime sought to bring Western superheroes to life in a uniquely Japanese way. Theron Martin explores all the anime inspired by American comics. ― The Summer 2017 season has seen the advent of two anime series connected to American comic books: Marvel Future Avengers and The Reflection, but they are hardly the fi...
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Interview: Gundam Wing scribe Katsuyuki Sumisawa

The prolific screenwriter behind Gundam Wing and countless anime from Inuyasha to Dragon Ball shares some incredible stories from his incredible career. ― One look at the incredible resume of screenwriter Katsuyuki Sumisawa and it's clear you're dealing with a legend – over his long career he's worked on everything from Inuyasha to Macross 7 to Saiyuki to Sailor Moon, having stood alongside industry ...
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Everything You Need to Know About Yakuza

If you're intrigued by the positive reception of Yakuza 0 and want to jump into the franchise, Dustin Bailey's got you covered with a rundown of how this unique, tongue-in-cheek game series came to be! ― The Yakuza series has been telling the grimy and glitzy stories of the Japanese underworld for over a decade now to wild popularity—in its home country, at least. Its combination of high stakes, pulp...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Aug 12-18

As My Hero Academia dips out of the weekly top ten, what will rise to take its place? Find out where your summer season favorites in this week's user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that ...
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First Look: Dragon Ball FighterZ

We got a little hands-on time with the gorgeous, hyperkinetic Dragon Ball Z fighting game from Arc System Works that everyone's been saiyan is just great. ― Ever since it was first shown off at E3, Dragonball FighterZ has been consistently delivering hype levels over 9000. Yes, I know, it's a worn-out reference, but I haven't seen this much enthusiasm around a fighting game for a long time: packed c...
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First Look: Little Witch Academia: The Chamber of Time

Studio Trigger's Little Witch Academia is coming to a console near you as a Dragon's Crown-style action RPG - here's what to expect. ― If there's anything that proves that localizing anime-based games have been a phenomenal success for Bandai Namco games, it's the fact that the video game adaptation of Little Witch Academia was shown publicly to the west before Japan. It goes to show both how commit...
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Behind the Music of My Hero Academia with Yuuki Hayashi

We find out what makes MHA's soundtrack go beyond Plus Ultra, as Callum May details composer Yuuki Hayashi's own unique origin story! ― “Without further ado, Hayashi is here!” This was how music composer Yuuki Hayashi announced his involvement with the My Hero Academia anime, but for those familiar with his work, this announcement wasn't much of a surprise. The sporty and energetic music that he's be...
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Ten Years of Piercing the Heavens with Gurren Lagann

It's the 10th anniversary of Studio Gainax's explosive modern classic, but what legacy has Gurren Lagann left behind after the memes and hype have faded? Chris Farris explores the show's impact beyond the phenomenon. ― I like to describe Gurren Lagann as ‘the last anime you should ever watch’. I don't mean that you should actually quit watching anime after you've seen this series, which celebrates it...

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