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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Nov 26-Dec 2

Not even Zombie Land Saga can rattle Thunderbolt Fantasy 2's iron grip on the top spot! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 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 th...
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Interview: Tuxedo Mask Voice Actor Toru Furuya

The legendary voice behind a cast of icons like Mobile Suit Gundam's Amuro Ray and Sailor Moon's Tuxedo Mask chats about his storied career and the popularity of Dragon Ball and Gundam! ― Voice actor Toru Furuya's career is not easy to summarize. For 52 years, Furuya has forged an extensive resume, donning some of the biggest roles in anime to his name. As Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam, Mamoru Chib...
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A Brief History of One Piece Video Games, Part 2

Our second trip through the history of One Piece video games covers 2004-2018, featuring burning blood, pirate carnivals, and...dancing! ― The year was 2004, and One Piece was coming to North America. VIZ had begun releasing the manga the previous year, and 4kids premiered an edited version on Fox with an all-new opening theme that must be heard by everyone. Debate continues to this day as to whether...
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Interview: Kill la Kill the Game: IF Director Hideaki Mizota

Get the inside story and some fun details from the director of the upcoming collaboration between Aplus Games and TRIGGER, Kill la Kill the Game: IF. ― Kill la Kill the Game: IF has been picking up more steam lately, introducing more playable characters and features ahead of its 2019 release. The game is being published by Arc System Works, and although the developer is Aplus, who previously worked o...
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The Fall 2018 Manga Guide

We're reviewing an avalanche of Fall manga premieres! Check back every day this week for fresh reviews.
Available now: Arte - Kamakura Monogatari - Goblin Slayer: Year One - Tomo-chan Is A Girl - Abara - Creature! - BAKI - Ran and the Gray World - Wakako Zake - Interspecies Reviewers - Ne Ne Ne - Pop Team Epic - We Never Learn - That Time I Got Reincarnated As Yamcha - and much more!
― Welcome to A...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Nov 19-25

That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime oozes up 8 places on the chart to claim the #1 crown for this week! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 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. ...
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The Fall 2018 Light Novel Guide

Prepare yourself for the relentless onslaught of new light novels this fall with our guide to the best, the brightest, the strangest and the most satisfying new reads to get you through the end of 2018. ― October and November are relatively light months in terms of new series debuting, but that doesn't mean that there wasn't enough to keep our review team busy reading! The offerings this time do vary...
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Ranking the Films of Mamoru Hosoda

Summer Wars and Mirai Director Mamoru Hosoda has had a meteoric career, captivating audiences with one gorgeous, touching fantasy after another - but how would you rank all the films in his catalog? ― What exactly makes a director “great”? We often talk about the tropes and techniques of the perceived masters of Japanese animation; from the wondrous splendor of Hayao Miyazaki, the stark sociological ...
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Blade Runner's Unbelievable Influence On Anime

With a new Blade Runner anime series recently announced, it's the perfect time to revisit Daryl Surat's exploration of 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 critic...
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Interview: Mirai Director Mamoru Hosoda

The latest film from Summer Wars director Mamoru Hosoda hits theaters in the US this week, so it's the perfect time to ask the man himself a few questions about his legendary career, and his latest acclaimed film. ― Mamoru Hosoda has quickly become one of the best-known Japanese filmmakers in the world. He's best known for his original films like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Chi...
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Studio Trigger Panel at Anime NYC

Some of Trigger's big personalities were at Anime NYC this year to talk about upcoming projects from the new Kill La Kill game to the theatrical feature, Promare! Here's our full report. ― At Studio Trigger's Anime NYC panel, the first question Tatsuru Tatemono (Tattun) asked was “who here has visited from the west coast?” For their first convention in New York, it was in many ways an update to their...
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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 - Games

2018 saw a tidal wave of great games - so which ones make the perfect gifts? From Dragon Quest XI to Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu, here's a list of the best and brightest - that might just make the perfect present.
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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 - Books & Manga

It's a blizzard of the year's best artbooks, light novels and manga, just in time to help find the perfect gift for the bookworm in your life.
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Nov 12-18

Golden Kamuy races up 8 places on our chart, just in time for Thanksgiving! Find out how your favorite fall anime performed according to readers' votes! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 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 ran...
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Interview: The Staff of Studio SHAFT's Fireworks

The director and producer behind this nostalgic summer romance movie reflect on their experience making the film. ― Studio SHAFT's Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom? is a nostalgic film about teenage summer love, based on a classic TV drama. We sat down with director Nobuyuki Takeuchi and producer Genki Kawahara to discuss the film and its impact one year after its release. For ...
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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 - DVD & Bluray

Our 2018 Gift Guide continues with an avalanche of this year's best, brightest and most feature-packed anime blurays and DVDs!
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Interview: Hideyoshi Shigeta, General Manager of VOLKS USA

Big eyes, imposing stature and shimmering hair - the Dollfie line of ball-jointed dolls is iconic, and now the company is moving in to licensed characters, from Sailor Moon to Nier: Automata and Sword Art Online! ― Bright hair, pale complexions, tall physiques, and really big eyes – that's the first impression you get when you see a Volks doll in person. They've been fixtures at anime conventions in ...
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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 - Figures & Collectibles

It's time to get all your holiday shopping done, but what do you get for the anime fan in your life? Our guide begins with a smorgasbord of figures, statues and collectibles!
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Nov 5-11

Thunderbolt Fantasy races to the top spot as we catch up on our weekly user rankings! Find out how your favorite shows performed according to our readers' votes. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 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: Record of Grancrest War Creator Ryo Mizuno and producer Yurika Tsukita

Ryo Mizuno, creator of wars both Lodoss and Grancrest, talks up his long and storied career in novels and RPGs alongside the producer of the new Grancrest War mobile game from Bandai Namco. ― Ryo Mizuno's career has been pretty spectacular – both a novelist and a game designer, Mizuno made his mark after creating a legend with the blockbuster fantasy novel series Record of Lodoss War back in 1988 (wh...
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A Brief History of One Piece Video Games, Part 1

We journey through the lineage of One Piece games, uncovering brawlers, baseball, and something called the WonderSwan! ― One Piece had a short voyage to success. Creator Eiichiro Oda devised the pirate epic as a series of one-shot stories in 1996, and One Piece was a prominent Shonen Jump manga by 1997, an anime OVA by 1998, and a TV series by 1999. And from there it took the next logical step for an...
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The Fall 2018 Anime Preview Guide

The Fall 2018 anime season is well underway, and we're busy reviewing all of this season's new English dubs!
Simuldubs Available Now: Golden Kamuy Season 2 - Fairy Tail: The Final Season - Ace Attorney Season 2 - Senran Kagura Shinovi Master - Conception - Hinomaru Sumo - Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight - Radiant - Double Decker! - SSSS.GRIDMAN
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Fall 2...
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Interview: Luna Haruna

Sword Art Online and Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs theme song vocalist Luna Haruna is performing at Anime NYC's Anisong World Matsuri event next weekend, and had the time for a few questions. ― With her tender yet powerful vocals, Luna Haruna has made a strong impression on the anisong scene, contributing theme songs to hit shows from Sword Art Online to Saekano to this summer's Yuuna and the Hau...
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Takuya Yamanaka, Director of The Caligula Effect: Overdose

The director behind thrilling psychological adventure game The Caligula Effect talks in-depth about the anime adaptation and the game's splashy rerelease slated for 2019. ― Two years ago, developer FuRyu released a collaboration with Persona 1 and 2 writer Tadashi Satomi, The Caligula Effect, exclusively on PSVita. However, next year will be the opportunity to revisit this sci-fi psychological concep...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Oct 29-Nov 4

Zombie Land Saga fans send the show rocketing up 14 places on the charts this week! Find out how your favorite anime fared in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 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 rank...
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Inside Studio CloverWorks with Production Dept. Vice President Yuichi Fukushima

As Cloverworks separates from A-1 Pictures to produce 2019's Fate/Grand Order and The Promised Neverland anime, VP Fukushima explains his creative process and hopes for the company's future. ― Even before A-1 Pictures Koenji Studio rebranded as CloverWorks, they were making anime independently from the Asagaya branch. Because this was never apparent to viewers from the outside, CloverWorks producer F...
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Interview: TRUE

The powerful vocalist behind the opening theme for Violet Evergarden and the closing theme for That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime talks about how she's feeling ahead of her big show at Anime NYC next weekend. ― TRUE is a name that will be familiar to many anime fans and anisong lovers, especially if they've seen this year's Violet Evergarden, which led with an opening written and performed by th...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Oct 1-28

We're finally ready with the first month of user rankings from the Fall 2018 anime season - and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is off to a strong start! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consid...
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I Was A Judge At Scotland Loves Anime

Ever wonder what it's like to be a judge at a film festival? Tokyo correspondent Kim Morrissy shares her experience as one of the deciding votes at this year's Scotland Loves Anime festival! ― “Scotland Loves Anime is a yearly anime film festival” is still an amazing sentence for me to type. Anime films routinely get screened at Japan or Asia-focused film festivals around the world, but a film festiv...
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Interview: Junji Ito on Frankenstein

The master of manga horror talks about his new spine-tingling adaptation of Mary Shelly's classic novel Frankenstein, just in time for Halloween! ― Although it comes at the end of the Gothic novel craze, which began in 1764 with the publication of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein is considered among the best the genre had to offer, and arguably has had th...
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The Fall 2018 Anime Preview Guide: Simuldub Edition

The Fall 2018 anime season is well underway, and we're busy reviewing all of this season's new English dubs!
Simuldubs Available Now: Goblin Slayer - Conception - Hinomaru Sumo - Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight - Radiant - Double Decker! - SSSS.GRIDMAN
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Fall 2018 Preview Guide! Here's how it goes: our team of critics write up their impressions instantl...
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Interview: MEGALOBOX Producer Minako Fujiyoshi

TMS production veteran Minako Fujiyoshi gets in the ring to talk about her experiences as an integral part of the team responsible for this year's gorgeous, jawbreaking sci-fi boxing drama MEGALOBOX! ― A whole lot of classic anime wind up getting big splashy anniversary projects, but few of them turn out as truly captivating and memorable as this year's MEGALOBOX. Inspired by one of the most revered ...
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Interview: gen:LOCK Series Creator Gray Haddock

Rooster Teeth head of animation Gray Haddock has a new, heavily anime-inspired sci-fi action series out in early 2019, and he was on-hand at New York Comic-Con to spill some fun details. ― Rooster Teeth's newest and upcoming original anime-inspired series gen:LOCK shared a sneak peek into the first and second episodes at New York Comic Con. The clips showcased the cast, who were shown front and cente...
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Interview: Castlevania Season 2 Executive Producer Adi Shankar

The executive producer and showrunner behind the animated adaptation of Castlevania discusses success, the power of animation and what to expect from season 2! ― It's pretty fair to say that most people didn't really expect Netflix's animated adaptation of the long-running, long-beloved horror action game franchise Castlevania to turn out as well as it did. That's no slight to the talent behind it or...
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Illang, Jin-Roh and the Kerberos Saga: A Brief History of the Dogged Pursuit of Justice

Korean director Jee-woon Kim has a fresh adaptation of Mamoru Oshii's dark thriller Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade out on Netflix! Oshii expert Brian Ruh is here to untangle the surprisingly expansive Kerberos universe for you. ― From his first film twenty years ago, South Korean director Jee-woon Kim has taken on a variety of themes and genres, from comedy (The Foul King), horror (A Tale of Two Sisters a...
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The Fall 2018 Anime Preview Guide: Simuldub Edition

The Fall 2018 anime season is well underway, and we're busy reviewing all of this season's new English dubs!
Simuldubs Available Now: That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime - Double Decker! - SSSS.GRIDMAN
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Fall 2018 Preview Guide! Here's how it goes: our team of critics write up their impressions instantly, to be posted here as they go along. Each critic will cover ...
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Interview: Sohei Niikawa, Writer and Producer of Disgaea

The producer and writer behind the iconic strategy RPG series Disgaea reflects on 15 years of success, and what it takes to keep an aging franchise relevant. ― We may be a few years off from a Disgaea 6, but the first Disgaea game is making its way to Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4 with all-new HD graphics in the form of Disgaea Complete. The original game released on the Playstation 2 in 2003, bu...
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Anime Spotlight - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind

Giorno Giovanna, son of Dio who dreams of being a gangster, causes trouble alongside his gang "Passione" in the backstreets of Naples, Italy and ends up being targeted... ― Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind Official Website: http://jojo-animation.com/ Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres at 1:05AM of October 6, 2018 (JST) Key Staff Executive Director: Naokatsu Tsuda ("Inu X Boku Secret...
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Anime Spotlight - Ingress

While investigating an explosion at a laboratory studying an unknown substance, Makoto sees a mysterious memory from Sarah's ring, the sole survivor of the accident. ― Ingress Official Website: http://ingressanime.com/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres at 0:55 of October 18, 2018. Key Staff Director: Yūhei Sakuragi (The Relative Worlds) ↑ Top Introduction At the CERN facil...
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Interview: The Crew of Cowboy Bebop, 20 Years Later

Character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane and screenwriters Dai Sato and Keiko Nobumoto share some stories from their days working on what would become one of the most beloved and influential anime series of all time, 20 years later. ― Scriptwriters Keiko Nobumoto and Dai Sato, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane all banded tog...
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New York Comic-Con 2018 Interview: Tony Valente, Creator of Radiant

Radiant was the first French manga to be published in Japan, and now it's the first French manga to have a TV adaptation! Creator Tony Valente goes in-depth on his career, the world he's created, and what it's like to experience this kind of success. ― As the current anime adaptation of Tony Valente's French manga, Radiant, plays on the airwaves in Japan, New York Comic Con attendees got a first look...
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The Fall 2018 Anime Preview Guide

The Fall 2018 Anime Season has begun! Check back every day for new reviews of this fall's new anime:
Now Available: Fall 2018 Shorts Featuring Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-san - Senran Kagura Shinovi Master - A Certain Magical Index III - As Miss Beelzebub likes. - Karakuri Circus - Merc StoriA - My Sister, My Writer - Tokyo Ghoul:re season 2 - Golden Kamuy season 2 - Anima Yell! - Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight - and much more!
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Interview: CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama

The developers behind the .hack RPG series and Naruto Ultimate Ninja has an ambitious plan for not one but three brand-new original games in 2019. CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama lays out his vision for the future of the company. ― Anime fans scarcely need an introduction to game developer CyberConnect2 – the company's game releases have been synonymous with anime for years and years now, having handled the am...
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Catching Up With Fairy Tail

The final season of Hiro Mashima's spellbinding fantasy epic Fairy Tail has begun, but if you've fallen a little behind in the story, here's everything you need to know to prepare for what's ahead. ― At sixty-four volumes long, plus one prequel volume penned and illustrated by series creator Hiro Mashima himself, Fairy Tail is one of the more digestible shounen epics. I know, that sounds a little rid...
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New York Comic-Con 2018 News Roundup

Miss anything from the big show in New York last weekend? We've got all the headlines, panel reports, three cosplay galleries and much more right here in one place! ― October 5th-8th 2017, New York City Convention Reports Report: Anime Fest @ NYCC 2018 Interest: NYCC's Inaugural Anime Fest Draws Mixed Reception From Fans, Vendors Cosplay Galleries Anime Fest @ NYCC Cosplay Gallery One Anime Fest @ N...
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New York Comic-Con 2018 News Roundup

Miss anything from the big show in New York last weekend? We've got all the headlines, panel reports, three cosplay galleries and much more right here in one place! ― October 5th-8th 2017, New York City Convention Reports Report: Anime Fest @ NYCC 2018 Interest: NYCC's Inaugural Anime Fest Draws Mixed Reception From Fans, Vendors Cosplay Galleries Anime Fest @ NYCC Cosplay Gallery One Anime Fest @ N...
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Anime Spotlight - Golden Kamuy 2

In the mighty Northern field of Hokkaido, the survival battle for a hidden treasure stolen from the Ainu people continues! ― Golden Kamuy 2 Official Website: http://www.kamuy-anime.com/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres October 8, 2018 Key Staff Director: Hitoshi Namba (Baki the Grappler (TV), Gosick (TV)) Series Composition: Noboru Takagi (Baccano! (TV), Durarara!! (TV), Kuroko...
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New York Comic-Con 2018 News Roundup: Day One, Two

New York Comic-Con is here, and we've got a one-stop shop with all of the day's announcements and headlines. ― October 5th-8th 2017, New York City Convention Reports Report: Anime Fest @ NYCC 2018 Interest: NYCC's Inaugural Anime Fest Draws Mixed Reception From Fans, Vendors Cosplay Galleries Anime Fest @ NYCC Cosplay Gallery One Anime Fest @ NYCC Cosplay Gallery Two Anime Fest @ NYCC Cosplay Galler...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2018

It's been an exciting summer, but in the end, nobody could bring down Lupin III, who finishes out the season on top. Find out where your favorite shows placed in the last user rankings of the season! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2018 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 ...
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Anime Spotlight - Gakuen Basara: Samurai High School

A heated battle is once again revving up at Basara Academy between baseball star, Masamune Date, and soccer ace, Yukimura Sanada. ― Gakuen Basara: Samurai High School Official Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/gakuen_basara/ Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres October 4, 2018 Key Staff Director: Minoru Ohara ("Glass Fleet(TV)", "Lupin III: Episode 0 'First Contact' (special)") Series C...
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Anime Spotlight - A Certain Magical Index III

When science and magic cross paths a third time ― A Certain Magical Index III Official Website: http://toaru-project.com/index_3/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres October 5, 2018 Key Staff Director: Hiroshi Nishikiori (Angelic Layer (TV), Azumanga Daioh (TV), Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata) Series Composition: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Accel World (TV), Guilty Crown (TV), Mag...
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Our Most Anticipated Anime of Fall 2018

The Fall 2018 anime season is nearly upon us, which means it's time for our team to pick their most anticipated anime of the season - and don't forget to share your picks in the comments! ― The new anime season is right around the corner! Anime News Network's Fall 2018 Anime Preview Guide begins October 1st, but in the meantime, we're counting down the shows we're most excited about. Once you've peru...
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Anime Spotlight - BAKUMATSU

Shinsaku Takasugi and Kogoro Katsura, samurai warriors from Choshu, attempt to steal a legendary treasure that is said to have the ability to control time. ― BAKUMATSU Official Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/BAKUMATSU/ Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast starts October 4th, 2018. Key Staff Director: Masaki Watanabe (Bartender (TV)) Series Composition: Masahiro Yokotani (Beelzebub (T...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2018, Sep 16-22

The summer has nearly faded away, but there's still time for a little competition between this season's most popular anime. Find out how your favorite shows fared! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2018 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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Anime Spotlight - My Sister, My Writer

Yu Nagami, a high school student aiming to be a light novel author, learns a shocking truth about his younger sister Suzuka's "brother-sister romantic comedy" novel has won the contest he has entered several times and never made past the first round. ― My Sister, My Writer Official Website: http://imo-imo.jp/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres October 10, 2018 Key Staff Director:...
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The Best (and worst) Anime of Summer 2018

Before we say farewell to the summer, it's time for our reviews crew to pick their favorite (and least favorite) shows of the Summer 2018 anime season - and don't forget to share yours in the comments! ― Break out the tasteful scarves and hot chocolate, because the fall is upon us - but before we say so long to the summer, it's time to decide which summer 2018 anime were the best—and the worst. We as...
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Tokyo Game Show 2018 Part Two: Kingdom Hearts III, Devil May Cry 5, and More

Kim Morrissy swings Keyblades with Sora, catches up with Dante, and battles some huge bugs in some of the most anticipated video game titles at Tokyo Game Show! ― There were plenty of cool new games to check out at this year's Tokyo Game Show. After years of wait, plenty of fan favorite game series returned this year, not least Kingdom Hearts and Devil May Cry. Here's the lowdown of the major demos a...
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Tokyo Game Show 2018: Bandai Namco's Jump Force Brings the Action

Callum May throws fists in Jump Force, flies high in the cockpit of Ace Combat 7 VR, and joins the Straw Hat Crew for One Piece: World Seeker in Part One of our Tokyo Game Show coverage! ― Tokyo Game Show is a way for both the press and fans to get their hands on many of the much anticipated titles to be released in 2018 and 2019. However, due to the crowds at TGS, even on the business day, it can be...
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Anime Spotlight - Zombie Land Saga

Without any say in the matter, the girls wander into the "Greatest x Worst Zombie World." They only have one wish.

"We want to live."
― Zombie Land Saga Official Website: https://zombielandsaga.com/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiers October 4, 2018 (JST) Key Staff Director: Munehisa Sakai ("One Piece Film Strong World (movie)", "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal (ONA 201...
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30 Years of Gunbuster

It's been three decades since a team of now-legendary artists at Gainax first unleashed the sci-fi mecha classic Gunbuster on the world - Dawn H. files an appreciation of this massively influential OVA. ― For people of a certain age (like yours truly), Gunbuster might have been something you first saw at an anime club viewing many years ago. Crowded around a 19” tube TV, watching the old US Rendition...
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Anime Spotlight - Bloom Into You

"I think I could fall in love with you." ― Bloom Into You Official Website: http://yagakimi.com/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres October 5, 2018 Key Staff Director: Makoto Kato (Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation (TV)) Series Composition: Jukki Hanada (Student Council's Discretion (TV), Steins;Gate (TV), Sound! Euphonium (TV)) Music: Michiru Oshima (Fullmetal Alchemist ...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2018, Sep 9-15

The summer's coming to and end but there's still time for surprises! Black Clover jumps TWENTY ONE SPACES on our weekly user rankings - find out how your favorite summer anime did! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2018 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 seaso...
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Catching Up With Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online returns this fall for its big third season, and if you're a little behind on the adventures of Kirito and friends, here's a handy guide to the franchise so far. ― Whether you love the series or not, the Sword Art Online franchise nonetheless ranks among the most successful of the 2010s. As of September 2018, its anime branch consists of two core anime series totaling 49 episodes, a s...
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Interview: Zero Escape Director Kotaro Uchikoshi

An interview with the director of the mind-bending cult favorite Zero Escape adventure game series, who has not one but TWO new games in development. ― An accomplished game designer with a lengthy career, Kotaro Uchikoshi is best known for his work designing the acclaimed Zero Escape games, a mind-bending, macabre adventure series that first launched with the cult hit Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine D...
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Premiere Report: Sword Art Online: Alicization

The third season of Sword Art Online is right around the corner, and Aniplex of America hosted a premiere last night in Hollywood. Get all the details, photos and a full report on the first episode inside! ― On September 15th, fans lined up around the corner at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood for a glimpse of this fall's hotly-anticipated Sword Art Online: Alicization, which covers the wild fourth...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2018, Sep 2-8

Lupin the 3rd Part 5 and Planet With are this week's big winners, climbing up the charts! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2018 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 tha...
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Interview: Pop Team Epic Producer Kotaro Sudo

The producer of this year's surreal, inspired and wildly creative comedy discusses his favorite scenes, the inspiration behind some of the show's famous moments, and the possibility of another season. ― If you haven't seen Pop Team Epic yet, you're in for something truly special; the surreal, captivating and wildly creative comedy hit earlier this year, propelling the show's two heroines, Popuko and ...
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The First 12 Hours: Dragon Quest XI

Still on the fence about Dragon Quest XI, the latest sprawling installment in the venerable RPG franchise? Series newcomer Branden Johnson cracks open his copy for a look at whether or not this one might be worth spending 100+ hours with. ― Dragon Quest has an incredibly long and rich history. It's one of the most storied franchises in all of video games. Yet, for some reason, Americans know very lit...
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Interview: Veteran Anime Director Seiji Kishi

The astonishingly prolific anime director Seiji Kishi talks about his jawbreaking new martial arts 3DCG anime for Netflix based on the classic manga, Kengan Ashura. ― If you've been an anime fan for more than a few years, the odds that you haven't seen something Seiji Kishi has worked on are pretty low; the famously prolific director has had his hands in everything from Yuki Yuna is a Hero to Assassi...
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Premiere Report: Yoshitoshi ABe's RErideD

It's been a very long time since we've had a new anime with designs by Serial Experiments LAIN artist Yoshitoshi ABe. Here's a full report - plus a press conference! - from the premiere of his new time travel series at Crunchyroll Expo. ― RErideD: Derrida, who leaps through time is liable to turn heads this fall for several reasons. It's not just an original work from the mind of veteran director Ta...
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Anime News Network's Interview Avalanche

We've had a real busy summer interviewing over 30 unbelievably talented artists, directors, screenwriters, musicians, animators and more both in Japan and across conventions in America - here's a handy guide to more than 30 of them! ― It's been a long summer, and an exceptionally busy one for our editorial team, who spent the last few months interviewing dozens of creatives from across the anime indu...
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Interview: The Creators of ANiUTa

Veteran music producer Shiro Sasaki and legendary voice actor Ryo Horikawa talk about their anisong streaming service AniUta, which promises to make an ocean of anime and video game music available to fans worldwide. ― On August 1st, the first official streaming service for anime music launched in the U.S.A. Known as ANiUTa, the app currently sports a selection of over 10,000 songs from idol and sei...
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Premiere Report - Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight

It wasn't quite finished yet, but the first episode of this fall's ecchi fantasy Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight was previewed at Crunchyroll Expo - and Jacob Chapman was there to experience it firsthand! ― Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight is perhaps the steamiest light novel adaptation debuting this fall, so it may come as a surprise to learn that it's also technically historical...
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Crunchyroll Expo 2018: Alita: Battle Angel Panel Report

All the details from this weekend's Alita: Battle Angel panel at Crunchyroll Expo 2018, with comments from director Robert Rodriguez, producer Jon Landau and Alita herself, Rosa Salazar. ― One of the marquee events at Crunchyroll Expo 2018 was the Alita: Battle Angel Manga to Movie panel, featuring the creative team behind the upcoming feature film adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's cyberpunk sci-fi mang...
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Interview: Kase-san and Morning Glories Director Takuya Sato and Producer Yusuke Terada

The multitalented director behind the touching and gorgeous romance Kase-san and Morning Glories talks about bringing this manga to life, his incredible and diverse career, and what it was like working with Nasu on Fate/stay night! ― If you look up industry legend Takuya Sato in Anime News Network's encyclopedia, it becomes clear very quickly that if you're watching something he worked on, there's mo...
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Interview: Hot-Blooded Voice Actor Nobutoshi Canna

You may know him as Fate/stay night's heroic spirit Lancer, but veteran voice actor Nobutoshi Canna has been giving up explosive performances for decades, from Guts in the original 90s Berserk to Macross 7's Nekki Basara! ― You might know him best as Fate/Stay night's heroic spirit Lancer, but if you were an anime fan in the 1990s, Nobutoshi Canna's voice is probably instantly recognizable. The quint...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2018, Aug 19-25

Revue Starlight and Happy Sugar Life both jump double digits, racing up the charts! Find out how your favorite summer anime performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2018 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 th...
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Interview: The Staff of Sword Art Online Alicization

Producer Shinichiro Kashiwada and co-stars Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Kirito) and Ai Kayano (Alice) share their feelings on this fall's return to the world of SAO for its most ambitious arc yet. ― It was a big weekend for Sword Art Online at Anime Expo this year, with guests in attendance from the production of both the lighthearted Gun Gale Online spinoff and the main series' upcoming mega-arc: Sword Art ...
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Interview: J.C. Staff Producer Yuji Matsukura

The veteran producer behind the CG arcade comedy Hi Score Girl talks about what it took to imbue the show with the romance of the 90s arcade, plus some stories from his time working on Revolutionary Girl Utena! ― If anyone has been around the anime industry block, it is J.C. Staff's Yuji Matsukura. Matsukura has worked with J.C. Staff to produce some of their most premiere titles from Revolutionary G...
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Interview: Flavors of Youth Producer Noritaka Kawaguchi and Director Yoshitaka Takeuchi

CoMix Wave Films producer Noritaka Kawaguchi and segment director Yoshitaka Takeuchi chat about working on CoMix Wave's big Chinese collaboration Flavors of Youth, and the pressure of working for the house of Makoto Shinkai. ― Both a tribute to the beauty of China and a feature-length homage to Makoto Shinkai's classic 5 Centimeters per Second, Comix Wave and Haoliners' international coproduction Fla...
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Interview: Tatsuya Matsubara

When it comes to the Science Adventure series, producer Tatsuya Matsubara is the glue that holds everything together. We sat down with him to discuss what goes into producing ambitious games like Steins;Gate Elite with the MAGES team. ― When it comes to the Science Adventure series, Tatsuya Matsubara is the glue that holds everything together. After producing the smash hit visual novel Steins;Gate, M...
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Interview: My Hero Academia Creator Kohei Horikoshi

Kohei Horikoshi, the creator of the world-conquering smash hit Shonen Jump superhero epic My Hero Academia, reveals some of his secrets during his blockbuster appearance at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. ― Kohei Horikoshi scarcely needs an introduction; he's the writer and artist behind the massive global phenomenon known as My Hero Academia, the superhero manga that first thrilled fans in the page...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2018, Aug 12-18

It's a big week for both Gegege no Kitaro and Planet With as both shows jump more than 10 places each to challenge Attack on Titan for the top spot! Find out how your favorite Summer anime performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN rea...
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Interview: Macross Creator Shoji Kawamori

The charming, legendary creator of Macross, director, screenwriter and mechanical designer Shoji Kawamori answers some questions about his new anime, Last Hope, coming to Netflix this October. ― Shoji Kawamori is the eclectic, sometimes eccentric creator of such influential mecha anime projects as Macross and Aquarion. At Otakon 2018, he spoke on his approach to mecha design and the history of Macros...
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The Novel Connection Between The Tatami Galaxy and The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl

It took seven years for auteur Masaaki Yuasa to follow up on his acclaimed series The Tatami Galaxy with The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl, in theaters this week. Evan Minto explores the compelling connection between the two - and Yuasa's evolution as an artist! ― In 2010, eclectic anime director Masaaki Yuasa (Devilman Crybaby) created a TV anime adaptation of Tomohiko Morimi's campus novel The Tatam...
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Interview: The Staff of SAO Alternative Gun Gale Online

Original light novel author Keiichi Sigsawa and the voice of Karen/LLENN Tomori Kusunoki discuss the creation of this little Sword Art Online spinoff that packed a ton of firepower. ― Just after Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online wrapped its first season simulcast, original light novel author Keiichi Sigsawa and leading voice actress Tomori Kusunoki (Karen/LLENN) flew into Los Angeles on ...
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Interview: Studio Ghibli Production Coordinator Hirokatsu Kihara

Find out what it was like to work for Hayao Miyazaki during production on some of his most famous films from veteran Ghibli producer and master storyteller Hirokatsu Kihara! ― Hirokatsu Kihara, a Studio Ghilbi production coordinator from 1985-1990, holds an exceptional amount of knowledge about the studio's early production history with credits most famously to Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, ...
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Interview: SSSS.GRIDMAN with TRIGGER's Masaru Sakamoto and Masato Takeuchi

Studio TRIGGER's tokusatsu re-imagining SSSS.GRIDMAN hits this October, and we've got a fun and fascinating in-depth chat with two of the show's staff - animator Masaru Sakamoto and animation director Masato Takeuchi. ― It's a big year for Studio TRIGGER director Akira Amemiya. After helming two well-received short series (the adorable Space Patrol Luluco and the cult smash Inferno Cop), Amemiya has ...
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Interview: revisions Producer Kazuya Ide

Kazuya Ide, producer for visual effects and animation studio Shirogumi Inc, chats about revisions, his new CG anime from the director of Code Geass, what it takes to put together a CG anime, and the future of animation in Japan. ― Kazuya Ide is a producer for Shirogumi Inc., a visual effects and animation studio in Japan with a decades-long legacy - you've likely seen their work in Shin Godzilla (or ...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2018, Aug 5-11

Revue Starlight jumps 14 PLACES on the chart to challenge Attack on Titan for the throne! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2018 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 tha...
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Otakon 2018: Fan Q&A With Food Wars Producer Yuji Matsukura

J.C. Staff megaproducer Yuji Matsukura has over 120 anime titles to his name, from Food Wars to A Certain Magical Index - so when fans lined up to ask him questions at Otakon 2018, the results were unpredictable - and fascinating! ― Food Wars fans came in droves to J.C. Staff producer Yuji Matsukura's panel at Otakon this year in Washington, DC. Matsukura is a legendary producer, with 120 titles unde...
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Interview: Fate/Grand Order Game Director Yosuke Shiokawa and Voice Actress Ayako Kawasumi

The director of the international phenomenon known as Fate/Grand Order talks about the last year of incredible success, what the English playerbase has been like, plus some insight from Saber herself, Ayako Kawasumi! ― At nearly every major anime convention these days your eyeballs will be greeted by massive, city-carpeting advertisements for Aniplex's massive Fate/Grand Order mobile game, which laun...
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The Genius Adaptations of Tomihiko Morimi's Novels

You may not have read any of Morimi's novels yet, but you've probably seen one - and it likely blew your mind! From The Tatami Galaxy to The Eccentric Family, Kim Morrissy celebrates the incredible anime adaptations of one exceptional Japanese novelist. ― If you're a fan of the anime director Masaaki Yuasa, then you've probably come across the novelist Tomihiko Morimi in some form. The Tatami Galaxy ...
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Interview: Bryce Papenbook and Yuki Kaji, The Seven Deadly Sins' Meliodas

World-famous voice actors Bryce Papenbrook and Yuki Kaji get together for a fun chat about one of the roles they share: The Seven Deadly Sins' fearless hero, Meliodas! ― To the excitement of fans, popular series, The Seven Deadly Sins, returns with an upcoming movie on August 18, 2018. As one of top watched anime on Netflix, an upcoming film in August 2018, and a lineup of the biggest names in the in...
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Interview: The Two Dekus: Daiki Yamashita and Justin Briner

We've got not one but TWO Dekus! Steel yourself for this super fun chitchat with both the Japanese and English voices of My Hero Academia's Izuku "Deku" Midoriya, the charming and energetic Justin Briner and Daiki Yamashita! ― You probably don't need to be introduced to the phenomenon known as My Hero Academia – the blockbuster superhero manga is not only one of the most popular anime to come along i...
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Interview: Mari Okada on Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms

The beloved screenwriter discusses the themes and ambitions of her directorial debut film at this year's Anime Expo! ― Beloved anime screenwriter Mari Okada's directorial debut—Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms—premiered to English-speaking audiences at Anime Expo 2018 this year, to be followed with a limited round of screenings from Eleven Arts across the U.S. We had the opportunity to discu...

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