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Video Interview: Sing a Bit of Harmony's English Dub Cast

Jacki Jing spoke with the English voice cast of Sing a Bit of Harmony about why you must see this emotional anime movie. ― Jacki Jing spoke with the English voice cast of Sing a Bit of Harmony about why you must see this emotional anime movie, including Megan Shipman (Shion), Risa Mei (Satomi), Jordan Dash Cruz (Toma), Ian Sinclair (Gotchan) and Brina Palencia (ADR Song Director).
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BELLE Lead Composer Taisei Iwasaki

ANN's Richard Eisenbeis had the opportunity to talk with Lead Composer Taisei Iwasaki about the process of creating the music that is so central to BELLE's narrative and themes. ― It is perhaps an understatement to say that music is an important component to Mamoru Hosoda's latest film BELLE; after all, BELLE revolves around a grief-stricken girl named Suzu who finds shelter and salvation by creating...
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What's the Deal With Disney Twisted-Wonderland?

Disney Twisted-Wonderland stands out among the other Japanese-developed collaborations because of how unabashedly otaku it is. Disney Twisted-Wonderland isn't the first time Disney has collaborated with prominent Japanese game creators on bold new interpretations of classic Disney properties. The most obvious example is, of course, Kingdom Hearts, but there have been other examples over the years: ...
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Interview: The Heike Story Music Composer Kensuke Ushio

Composer kensuke ushio, who has collaborated before with director Naoko Yamada on critically-acclaimed films such as A Silent Voice and Liz and the Blue Bird, talks about the challenges behind creating the hauntingly beautiful soundtrack. ― Based on a work of classical Japanese literature of the same name, The Heike Story anime tells the story of the fall of the Heike clan through the point of view o...
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Is Halo Legends Still Legendary?

With the release of the long-awaited Halo: Infinite, along with the 20th anniversary of the franchise, it's a pretty great time to be a Halo fan. ― With the release of the long-awaited Halo: Infinite, along with the 20th anniversary of the franchise, it's a pretty great time to be a Halo fan. As such, I think now would be the perfect moment to take a look back at Halo's often-overlooked venture into...
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The Winter 2022 Preview Guide

Everyone's favorite vampire doctor is back to hunt Beast of Gévaudan in the second season of Case Study of Vanitas! Also check out: Arifureta Season 2, Love of Kill, Total Fantasy Knockout, Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2, Sabikui Bisco, Attack on Titan, and more! ― Adblock+ breaks this page, consider whitelisting ANN NEW!! VOTE in the Daily Streaming poll to decide which shows from this season wi...
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Is Halo Legends Still Legendary?

With the release of the long-awaited Halo: Infinite, along with the 20th anniversary of the franchise, it's a pretty great time to be a Halo fan. ― With the release of the long-awaited Halo: Infinite, along with the 20th anniversary of the franchise, it's a pretty great time to be a Halo fan. As such, I think now would be the perfect moment to take a look back at Halo's often-overlooked venture into...
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The Winter 2022 Preview Guide

Hajime and his magic Jeep are back for a new season of Arifureta! Also check out: Love of Kill, Total Fantasy Knockout, Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2, Sabikui Bisco, Attack on Titan, and more! ― Adblock+ breaks this page, consider whitelisting ANN NEW!! VOTE in the Daily Streaming poll to decide which shows from this season will get weekly reviews! Welcome to Anime News Network's Winter 2022 Pre...
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All the Easter Eggs in Ranking of Kings' 2nd Opening

The secret to Miranjo's past could be hiding in the new opening sequence! ― Hey everybody, Jacki Jing here, and unless you've been living under a rock for the past three months, you're probably watching the amazing anime Ranking of Kings currently streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation! This series is animated by a little company called Wit Studio, maybe you've heard of them? Wit animated the first...
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The Winter 2022 Preview Guide

Will they? Won't they? A pair of best buds are reincarnated into another world but one of them is a total knock out. Even the goddess thinks they should hook up! Also check out: The Genius Prince's Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt, Sabikui Bisco, Fantasia Sango - Realm of Legends, Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2,and Tribe 9! And of course, Attack on Titan and more! ― Adblock+ breaks this page...
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The Winter 2022 Preview Guide

Will they? Won't they? A pair of best buds are reincarnated into another world but one of them is a total knock out. Even the goddess thinks they should hook up! Also check out: The Genius Prince's Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt, Sabikui Bisco, Fantasia Sango - Realm of Legends, Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2,and Tribe 9! And of course, Attack on Titan and more! ― Adblock+ breaks this page...
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The Winter 2022 Preview Guide

Another day, and more great anime! Coverage features Sabikui Bisco, Fantasia Sango - Realm of Legends, Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2,and Tribe 9! And of course, Attack on Titan and more! ― Adblock+ breaks this page, consider whitelisting ANN NEW!! VOTE in the Daily Streaming poll to decide which shows from this season will get weekly reviews! Welcome to Anime News Network's Winter 2022 Preview G...
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The Winter 2022 Preview Guide

It's the moment you've all been waiting for: Attack on Titan returns! Also check out our reviewers' takes on Fantasia Sango - Realm of Legends, Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2, Sabikui Bisco, Tribe Nine, Requiem of the Rose King, Sasaki and Miyano, How the Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, My Dress-Up Darling, Takagi-san Season 3, and more! ― Adblock+ breaks this page, consider whitelisting ANN NE...
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The Winter 2022 Preview Guide

It's a match made in cosplay heaven in My Dress-Up Darling! The new anime season continues with previews of The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest, Akebi's Sailor Uniform, Cue, World's End Harem, She Professed Herself..., Girls' Frontline, Slow Loop, Sayuki Reload Zeroin, Orient, Police in a Pod, Tokyo 24th Ward, and In the Land of Leadale! ― Adblock+ breaks this page, consider whitelisting ANN NE...
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The Winter 2022 Preview Guide

Fall in love with the third season of Teasing Master Takagi-san! The new anime season continues with previews of Cue, World's End Harem, She Professed Herself..., Girls' Frontline, Slow Loop, Sayuki Reload Zeroin, Orient, Police in a Pod, Tokyo 24th Ward, and In the Land of Leadale! ― Adblock+ breaks this page, consider whitelisting ANN NEW!! VOTE in the Daily Streaming poll to decide which shows fro...
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Does it Hold Up? Berserk '97-'98

Even if we get the technical aspects down, because the ground we walk with Guts is so traumatizing and depraved, in its uncompromised form, Berserk would be banned outright in numerous countries. The main issue is Kentaro Miura's Berserk. ― So, story time. While in grade school, being that I could never afford my own, I read any manga which came into my local library branch. As I lived in a fairly r...
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The Winter 2022 Preview Guide

Fall in love with the third season of Teasing Master Takagi-san! The new anime season continues with previews of Cue, World's End Harem, She Professed Herself..., Girls' Frontline, Slow Loop, Sayuki Reload Zeroin, Orient, Police in a Pod, Tokyo 24th Ward, and In the Land of Leadale! ― Adblock+ breaks this page, consider whitelisting ANN NEW!! VOTE in the Daily Streaming poll to decide which shows fro...
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Winter 2022 Anime Trailer Watch Party!

Did you miss our watch party? You can still see how Lynzee Loveridge, Bamboo Dong, Mr. AJ Cosplay and James Beckett react to every single trailer of the season. ― Warm up your winter bones with a brand new anime season! We'll be watching the trailers for every anime premiering this January, so watch along with us, share your most anticipated premieres, and find something new! Join executive editor Ly...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2021

It was a close race for the #1 spot in the final user rankings of the Fall 2021 season. Find out where your favorites stand in the end! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Fall 2021 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 o...
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Winter 2022 Anime Trailer Watch Party is Tonight!

The party will be LIVE at 6pm PT/9pm ET! ― Warm up your winter bones with a brand new anime season! We'll be watching the trailers for every anime premiering this January, so watch along with us, share your most anticipated premieres, and find something new! Join executive editor Lynzee Loveridge, reviewers MrAJCosplay and James Beckett, and ANN alumni Bamboo Dong for live reactions to this season's ...
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Poupelle of Chimney Town Sets Its Sights on The Sky and Beyond

Anime News Network sat down with director Yusuke Hirota and original creator Akihiro Nishino to discuss the story of a boy who still believes there are stars beyond the grey skies. ― Akihiro Nishino's best-selling book turned movie, Poupelle of Chimney Town, follows a starry-eyed young boy, Lubicchi, who spends his days cleaning chimneys hoping to one day see “stars” through the smoke. This interest ...
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Our Most Anticipated Anime Of Winter 2022

2021 may have come to a close, but next season of anime is right around the corner. ANN's editorial team pick the most promising series from the January 2022 season! ― The Most Anticipated Anime of Winter 2022 Welcome to our most anticipated anime feature for the winter 2022 season. Below you'll find our editorial team's top (tentative) picks from the 35-odd shows slated to premiere in January. What...
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ANN's Most Read News and Interest Articles of 2021

The most read stories on ANN, from VTubers to Mushoku Tensei controversy. ― 2021 was a strange year as we all continue to navigate the changing landscape of the pandemic. Cons were back, albeit briefly, before the Omicron surge changed expectations once again. In the anime world, not all the surprises were negative. Somehow, against all odds, a deal was brokered to get Macross into the western world ...
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The Best Anime of 2021

Welcome to our editorial team's countdown of the very best anime that aired this year! Included are our team's picks of overall best anime, best characters, best moments, best songs, best films, and the dreaded WORST anime of 2021. ― Welcome to our editorial team's countdown of the very best anime that aired this year! Over the next five days, we'll be revealing our team's picks of overall best as w...
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The Best Anime of 2021 - The Worst Anime of 2021 & Mega Poll Results

It's the moment you've been waiting for: The ANN Editorial team's worst anime picks of the year as well as the readers' picks for the very best! ― Click the cow to jump to the Mega Poll results! The Worst Anime of 2021 Nicholas Dupree Ex-Arm ...look, what the hell do you all want from me? Were the dozen or so increasingly unhinged episode reviews not enough? What more is even left to say about 2021'...
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Who Would Win? Demon Slayer's Inosuke VS. MHA's Bakugo

Let's close out the year with battle between two of anime's biggest hot-headed warriors. It's Beast style versus Great Explosion Murder God Dynamight with commentary by Leo Rydel! ― Now that the new My Hero Academia season came and went, Demon Slayer Season 2 is in full swing. It started by retelling the events of the movie, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, but now that it's moved into new material with t...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2021, Dec 17-23

While we wait for the final episodes and votes to trickle in, this penultimate week has plenty of movement in the cumulative. Come and see how the season is shaking out! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Fall 2021 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 mi...
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The Best Anime of 2021

Welcome to our editorial team's countdown of the very best anime that aired this year! Over the next five days, we'll be revealing our team's picks of overall best as well as multiple sub categories like best character, best moment, best song, and best film. ― Welcome to our editorial team's countdown of the very best anime that aired this year! Over the next five days, we'll be revealing our team's...
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What Is Idol Anime?

When you hear the phrase “Idol Anime”, what do you think? Mercedez Clewis breaks down the emotional and cathartic appeal of these music-focused series. ― When you hear the phrase “Idol Anime”, what do you think? From my perspective, you probably think of a combination of three things: high pitched voices, AKB48, and lots and lots of dancing. And… you're not exactly wrong: a lot of idol musicians are...
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Interview: The Staff of The World's Finest Assassin

"The biggest advantage of writing dark and harsh worlds is that it makes the protagonist's exploits stand out. Overturning a sad and unfair situation has a lot of catharsis." The World's Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in a Different World as an Aristocrat is an isekai reincarnation story about a professional assassin's attempts to assemble the ideal team for killing the Hero. ANN spoke to the or...
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Home Is the Battlefield for the Young 86

No longer the person that place once knew, Paul's true and actual home is now very different: on the battlefield, with his comrades. And one-by-one, they all die there. ― When protagonist Paul Baumer returns from the no-man trenches on leave, he finds himself alienated in his childhood home. Men of white, greying hair and smug, portly disposition crowd around Paul, dismissing his frontline soldier as...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2021, Dec 10-16

It's a close race between Platinum End and Fruit of Evolution. Find out what else is moving in the rankings this close to season end! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Fall 2021 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 ...
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Interview: The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Manga Creator Tomoko Yamashita

ANN spoke to the manga creator Tomoko Yamashita about her approach to creating manga, her feelings on The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window as a BL story, and her intentions behind the seemingly dysfunctional romance. ― The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window is a supernatural BL manga which recently inspired a television anime. The series stands out because of how it combines elements of mystery, ...
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How Self-Proclaimed “Scaredy-Cats” Created MIERUKO-CHAN

Manga artist Tomoki Izumi and anime director Yuki Ogawa both describe themselves as “scaredy-cats.” ANN asked the two about their work crafting this unique series. ― The MIERUKO-CHAN anime and manga series offers a unique blend of horror and comedy. Ironically, however, manga artist Tomoki Izumi and anime director Yuki Ogawa both describe themselves as “scaredy-cats.” ANN asked the two about their wo...
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Tokyo Godfather - A Beautiful, Underappreciated Anime Christmas

When you think of Christmas movies, anime probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind, but what if I told you that there's an anime Christmas movie by one of anime's greatest directors and greatest screenwriters? ― When you think of Christmas movies, anime probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind, but what if I told you that there's an anime Christmas movie by one of anime's greatest ...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2021, Dec 3-9

Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc picks up where Mugen Train left off the previous week. Check out the latest weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Fall 2021 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 b...
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Interview: Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Author Rifujin na Magonote

Author Rifujin na Magonote looks back on his experiences writing the novel and offers his perspective on its distinctive, and sometimes sexual, themes. ― Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is one of the most popular web novels ever to be serialized on Shо̄setsuka ni Narо̄. The series inspired a television anime earlier this year, which tells the epic tale from the beginning. In this interview with...
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Interview: The Faraway Paladin Author Reveals How The Story Was Originally Written as Practice

How did a web novel created as writing practice become a bestselling series that inspired an anime? The novel author Kanata Yanagino shares the series surprising origin story. ― How did a web novel created as writing practice become a bestselling series that inspired an anime? The novel author Kanata Yanagino shares the surprising origin story of The Faraway Paladin, along with his creative influence...
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The Humanist Legacy Of Keiko Nobumoto

Cherished by all who worked with her, Nobumoto's reputation as a delicate humanist with radical ideas about the intersection of gender, politics, and environmentalism put her behind the wheel of series that we're still talking about decades later. ― It's difficult to trace each root of influence that leads back to Keiko Nobumoto. Over her three-decade-plus writing career, Nobumoto blazed trails in an...
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Chasing Flowers - Wolf's Rain and Romanticism

"Flowers won't die so long as there's a moon. And neither will wolves." In honor of the recent passing of writer Keiko Nobumoto, ANN is republishing this piece to highlight one of her masterworks, Wolf's Rain. ― "It is not the treasures [...] that have awakened in me such unutterable longings. Far from me is all avarice; but I long to behold the blue flower. It is constantly in my mind, and I can thi...
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In Keiko Nobumoto's Memory: The Crew of Cowboy Bebop, 20 Years Later

"One thing is, everyone has all sorts of facets to who they are. In your entire life, there are different times in the day where you change." - Screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto at NYCC 2018. ― In memory of the recent news that screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto has passed away, Anime News Network would like to once again share this interview with her and the rest of the staff of from Cowboy Bebop from their appe...
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Can Anime Teach You Science?

Just because anime is an escape doesn't mean you can't learn something! Abhi from The Cartoon Cipher looks at how anime can spark scientific curiosity in viewers. ― With 2021 coming close to the home stretch it's time to start reminiscing on the year as a whole. Back in winter, fans received three helpings of anime that made science a big part of their appeal: the second season of Cells At Work, the...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2021, Nov 26-Dec 2

The last two episodes allow My Senpai Is Annoying to jostle its position up in the middle of the pack. Find out where your favorites rank this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Fall 2021 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 ranking...
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Interview: Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko Director Ayumu Watanabe

Straight on the heels of the arthouse anime masterpiece Children of the Sea, director Ayumu Watanabe returns for a charming coming-of-age anime film about a young girl and her surrogate mother in a seaside town. ― Straight on the heels of the arthouse anime masterpiece Children of the Sea, director Ayumu Watanabe and Studio 4°C return for Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, a charming coming-of-age anime fil...
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The Winter 2021 Manga Guide

The final manga guide update is full of classics you won't want to miss! Check out the reviews for Lupin the 3rd, Kamen Rider, and more! ― Welcome to Anime News Network's Winter 2021 Manga Guide! You may have seen one of our seasonal Anime Preview Guides, where a team of critics writes up each new anime television premiere as it airs at the beginning of a season. Now, doing something like that for m...
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The Winter 2021 Manga Guide

Today's big updates in the guide include a new collection of stories from manga legends Akira Toriyama and Junji Ito! ― Welcome to Anime News Network's Winter 2021 Manga Guide! You may have seen one of our seasonal Anime Preview Guides, where a team of critics writes up each new anime television premiere as it airs at the beginning of a season. Now, doing something like that for manga is tricky - th...
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Banished From The Hero's Party Author and Director

ANN spoke to the novel's original creator Zappon and the anime's director Makoto Hoshino about the subtle themes and world of this RPG-like fantasy. ― In the story of Banished from the Hero's Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside, the protagonist tries to find a new destiny after leaving the hero's party. ANN spoke to the novel's original creator Zappon and the anime's director Mak...
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The Winter 2021 Light Novel Guide

Looking for your next page-turner? ANN's Rebecca Silverman will help you find your new favorite, whether its a famous vampire hunter, a planet of orcs, or a tsundere villainess! ― Every season at this point is a good one for light novels. That holds doubly true if you're not sick of isekai, and I have to admit that, while I sometimes despair of it as a genre, I do still enjoy it. (I blame my childhoo...
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Doomed To Die Fighting: The Seething Angst of Yu Yu Hakusho

Writer and author Daniel Dockery hones in on the permeating anger of the shonen classic. ― If I could describe Yu Yu Hakusho in one word, it would be “seething.” It's also exciting, violent, funny and thoughtful, but most of all, it's seething. There's a vein of resentment that runs through the entire thing, a kind of anger at circumstance that seems to upend whatever satisfying fist-pumping thrills ...
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The Winter 2021 Manga Guide

More reviewers and more manga are her for the guide's big return for winter! We'll have new books every week. Today: The Eminence in Shadow, Young Ladies Don't Play Fighting Games, Reborn as a Barrier Master, and more! ― Welcome to Anime News Network's Winter 2021 Manga Guide! You may have seen one of our seasonal Anime Preview Guides, where a team of critics writes up each new anime television prem...
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The Winter 2021 Manga Guide

More reviewers and more manga are her for the guide's big return for winter! We'll have new books every week. Today: Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II, Madoka Magica: Wraith Arc, Cheeky Brat, and more! ― Welcome to Anime News Network's Winter 2021 Manga Guide! You may have seen one of our seasonal Anime Preview Guides, where a team of critics writes up each new anime television premiere ...
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Interview: Ranking of Kings Manga Creator Sōsuke Tōka

ANN spoke to the Ranking of Kings manga's original creator Sōsuke Tōka about the story's inspirations and the artist's own unconventional path to success. ― The uplifting story of Ranking of Kings, which recently received an anime adaptation, has been a delight to fans across the world. ANN spoke to the manga's original creator Sōsuke Tōka about the story's inspirations and the artist's own unconvent...
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What Was Cowboy Bebop Really About?

So Netflix put out their live action Cowboy Bebop a couple weeks ago and, as expected, it was a colossal dumpster fire. Ember Reviews breaks down how the live-action series' major failure is misunderstanding the point of the original. ― So Netflix put out their live action Cowboy Bebop a couple weeks ago and, as expected, it was a colossal dumpster fire. However, of the many, many things that I could...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2021, Nov 19-25

Great Jahy may be wobbly, but not yet defeated! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Fall 2021 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 how people rat...
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Gundam 00 Director Seiji Mizushima Talks About His New Hula Dancing Anime

I thought that maybe the characters should be trying hard—making an effort—to achieve something. Like not something larger than life but something that could be done by the girl next door—a character that you can relate to. ― As a veteran director of shows like Full Metal Alchemist and Gundam 00, Seiji Mizushima's newest work, Hula dancing anime Hula Fulla Dance, is quite different from most of the a...
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ANN Holiday Gift Guide 2021

Trying to find the perfect gift for the otaku in your life? Why not check out Anime News Network's curated list of anime, manga, video games, and collectibles? Everything from the most popular series to classics is right here! ― Sponsored: Above you'll find suggestions for all the best gifts you can give for this holiday season. But what if you want to add some special anime flair to your other fine...
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Does it Hold Up? Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

This uncertainty towards a shadowy entity on the periphery of our society, manipulating its many tiers, is exactly the framework which is utilized within the classic anime series. Is its messages still relevant nearly 20 years later? ― The term “Stand Alone Complex” can be loosely defined as a social phenomenon where unconnected actions combine to create a group effort, though it isn't maintained by...
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Revisiting G no Reconguista, And Looking Back On 'Happy Tomino'

Tomino's relentless criticism of popular titles in the industry as well as his own works cast the image of an artist forever striving towards some kind of magnum opus that we could point to as an encapsulation of his decades-spanning career. ― Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino's recent announcement that his years in the industry were coming to a close was met with an abundance of soul-searc...
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Interview: Naruto Series Composer Yasuharu Takanashi

Naruto is a legendary anime, but without a doubt, the music helped catapult it to success. Jacki Jing talks with composer Yasuharu Takanashi now that the music is available for streaming and download stateside. ― For the first time ever since the first episode of the Naruto anime aired in Japan in 2002, music from all three installments of the massively popular anime series (Naruto, Naruto Shippuden ...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2021, Nov 12-18

Platinum End is finally rewarded for its steady effort toward this season's "Chaos Dragon" award. Check out our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Fall 2021 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 ...
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Award-Winning Composer Kevin Penkin On Creating The Soundtrack For Grow:Song of the Evertree

Kevin Penkin rose to prominence within the anime scene after his evocative and captivating soundtrack for the Made in Abyss anime. His latest project is the magical sandbox video game Grow:Song of the Evertree. ― British-Australian composer Kevin Penkin rose to prominence within the anime scene after his evocative and captivating soundtrack for the Made in Abyss anime, which won him the Crunchyroll A...
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Hiroshi Fujioka Looks Back at 50 Years of Being Kamen Rider

"My encounter with Kamen Rider is the biggest thing that ever happened to me—it really changed my life. But more than that, I think it even changed history." ― Earlier this month, I got the chance to sit down with Hiroshi Fujioka at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2021. In a skyscraper overlooking central Tokyo we talked at length about the role that made him a household name in Japan fifty yea...
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Interview: Cowboy Bebop Costume Designer Jane Holland

"Immediately after getting hired, I consulted the youth in my world who watch anime! And they issued a warning, 'Māmā Holland, don't f*** it up'. I took them seriously." ― A large part of what makes the Cowboy Bebop anime such an enduring classic is its distinctive aesthetic style, of which costume design is no doubt a significant component. If Netflix's upcoming live-action adaptation of the anime w...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2021, Nov 5-11

Mieruko-chan overcomes her slow start to shoot up in the cumulative, while Sakugan does the opposite. Find out how your favorites fared in the turmoil this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Fall 2021 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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Sword Art Online: A Series of Retcons

Right from the very start, Sword Art Online was a work of compromise. Its constant self-revisions are the source of its biggest storytelling flaws, but also its most interesting qualities. ― Right from the very start, Sword Art Online was a work of compromise. When Reki Kawahara first began writing the novel 20 years ago in the hopes of submitting it to the Dengeki Novel Prize, he struggled to make h...
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Blade Runner's Unbelievable Influence On Anime

With the release of Blade Runner: Black Lotus, it's time to revisit the original Blade Runner and its profound influence on anime. ― 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, dedicated sci-fi fans of t...
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Fena: Ending Explained (or How To RUIN an Anime In One Episode)

For every incredible final episode that pushes an already good anime to greater heights, there are just as many terrible ones that completely ruin what came before, and 2021 has already had its fair share of stinker finales. ― For every incredible final episode that pushes an already good anime to greater heights, there are just as many terrible ones that completely ruin what came before, and 2021 h...
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I Watched All of Dirty Pair, and Here's What I Learned

Christopher Farris evaluates Kei and Yuri's adventures to find which sci-fi hijinks still deliver decades later. ― Three years ago, I embarked upon #DirtyDecempair, a hashtagged festivity in which one watches through the entire Dirty Pair TV series, one episode a day, through the month of December. Created by prolific Twitter user @porntagonist as a way to celebrate both his own birthday and the seri...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2021, Oct 29-Nov 4

One Piece and Lupin can't hold their early lead, and sink in the cumulative. See what else gets shaken up in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Fall 2021 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...
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Director Mamoru Oshii Reflects on His Anime Classic Beautiful Dreamer

"In a way, it's a movie that's made up of 'wishes.' It's made up of different people's desires." ― Note: ANN is excited to publish a recently discovered interview between Mamoru Oshii and our reporter, Richard Eisenbeis, from 2017. Before Patlabor and Ghost in the Shell, renowned director Mamoru Oshii wrote and directed Beautiful Dreamer—a film that takes the long-running gag anime Urusei Yatsura and...
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Sonny Boy Anime's Ending Explained

If Shingo Natsume's series about a classroom drifting through space-time left you confused, don't worry. It's a series meant to start conversations. Join us as we tug at its experimental threads. ― Video editing by Ahbi of The Cartoon Cipher The sun is nowhere to be found in the opening act of Sonny Boy's finale. The dreary August rain casts a grey pall over every inch of the city, where street lamps...
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What Is Happening In the Anime Industry in 2020-2021? An Analysis of The Animation Industry Report 2021

The global anime market, which was enjoying record-breaking growth for the past decade, contracted for the first time in 11 years. Acclaimed anime industry journalist Tadashi Sudo gives his full analysis. ― The Anime Market Shrinks For the First Time in 11 Years On November 4, the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) released its annual “Animation Industry Report,” which details the latest inform...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2021, Oct 1-28

The first user rankings of the Fall 2021 season are finally ready. And who else but Ranking of Kings to be king of the rankings? ☺ ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Fall 2021 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 how...
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A Philosophical Talk with Legendary Director Mamoru Oshii

“Part of what artists do has to withstand the test of time. I suppose you could call it 'universality.' People who live by entertainment generally live in the moment.” ― Note: ANN is excited to publish a recently discovered interview between Mamoru Oshii and our reporter, Richard Eisenbeis, from 2017. A while back, I was able to sit down with Mamoru Oshii, director of groundbreaking anime films such ...
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The Most Watched and the Best-rated Summer 2021 Anime

What series was the most watched? What's the most underrated? We looked at the data from our weekly rankings to find the top series! ― Every week we publish the Weekly Rankings: The Best and Worst of the Season So Far According to Readers. These scores are based on weekly episode votes for all the anime we're tracking. At the end of the season, we also get a cumulative score, which is the average of ...
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The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Is Actually a Perfect Game In Translation

That statement may come as a surprise for people who spent years wondering if the game would ever get an English localization at all, but at its heart, The Great Ace Attorney is an Anglophile's game. ― At its heart, The Great Ace Attorney is an Anglophile's game. That statement may come as a surprise for people who spent years wondering if the game would ever get an English localization at all. Since...
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Patrick Imbert, Director of The Summit of the Gods

The award-winning director's newest film adapts Jiro Taniguchi's manga about fearless mountain climbers as they take on Everest. Find out team's own hurdles getting the story from book to screen. ― French animator and director, Patrick Imbert, made his directorial debut in the 2017 animated French film, The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales. After four years, he now returns to the Animation is Film Festiv...
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BELLE Director Mamoru Hosoda at the Animation is Film Festival

Anime News Network met with Hosoda on the red carpet to discuss his futuristic retelling of the classic fairytale, including how 'beauty' has evolved in the last 300 years. ― Summer and fall have been busy seasons for Mamoru Hosoda after the release of his newest film, Belle. After screening the movie at New York Film Festival less than a month before, director Hosoda spent the entirety of this past...
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Delving into RPG Maker Horror in Translation with vgperson

Adam Wescott talks with prolific freeware game translator vgperson about the prolific RPG Maker indie horror game scene. ― Angels of Death anime visual Angels of Death is a spooky buddy-cop thriller about a young woman with a death wish and an edgy murderer escaping a hospital run by serial killers. Premiering in 2018, it ran for sixteen episodes and spawned this great installment of This Week in An...
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PREVIEW: Shin Megami Tensei V

Atlus is priming to assault fans with another wave of demons with Shin Megami Tensei V, the next entry in the hallowed JRPG series coming this November 12th for the Nintendo Switch. ― Even though Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remix released just this past May, Atlus is priming to assault fans with another wave of demons with Shin Megami Tensei V, the next entry in the hallowed JRPG series comin...
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Pokemon Masters EX Delivers on 25 Years of Nostalgia

Pokémon Masters EX has been my obsession throughout 2021 and what struck me the most was its events and storytelling. ― Back in August, Pokémon fans came away excited by brand new footage from both the somewhat open-world Pokémon Legends: Arceus title and the remake of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Yet the only thing I could think about following the Pokémon Presents livestream was, “Wow! They're giving...
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The Tale of the Heike in Text and Animation

Rebecca Silverman looks at the original classic story that inspired Science Saru and Naoko Yamada's beautiful, historical anime series. ― Once upon a time, most likely before 1330 C.E., a story was written. It told of the clash of the Genji and Taira clans, and while we don't know who first wrote it down, we can certainly trace at least some versions' provenance. The story was written and rewritten, ...
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Yoshiyuki Tomino Doesn't Want You To Read This Article

When Bandai Entertainment was preparing to license Mobile Suit Gundam in North America in 2001, director Yoshiyuki Tomino had an unusual request: Delete episode 15. Now it's inspiring a feature film next year. ― When Bandai Entertainment was preparing to license Mobile Suit Gundam in North America in 2001, director Yoshiyuki Tomino had an unusual request: Delete episode 15. Tomino has never been coy ...
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Yu Yu Hakusho: Does it Hold Up?

With Hunter x Hunter having claimed dominance in discussion of shōnen battle anime, it's easy to forget that its author, Yoshihiro Togashi, had already left his mark on the world of shōnen manga with another popular and critically-acclaimed series. ― With Hunter x Hunter having claimed dominance in discussion of shōnen battle anime as of late, it's easy to forget that its author, Yoshihiro Togashi, ...
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The Fall 2021 Preview Guide

Others may not see his potential, but Bojji won't give up his claim as the next monarch in RANKING OF KINGS. Catch up all of this season's premieres with Demon Slayer, Blue Period, Shikizakura, The Faraway Paladin, My Sempai is Annoying, SAKUGAN, Platinum End, PureOre, The World's Finest Assassin, Banished from the Heroes' Party, Takt. op Destiny, Mushoku Tensei, AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline, Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, Mieruko-chan, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, Yashahime Season 2, 86 Season Two, Restaurant to Another World Season 2, and more!
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Interview: Bright: Samurai Soul Director Kyohei Ishiguro

ANN had the chance to speak with director Kyohei Ishiguro about how he approached the Netflix anime film project and the intermingling themes of its setting. ― Bright: Samurai Soul is an anime spin-off movie in the universe of Netflix's film Bright, depicting its world in the setting of Meiji-era Japan. ANN had the chance to speak with the director of the movie, Kyohei Ishiguro, about how he approach...
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The Fall 2021 Preview Guide

He's back! Flame Hashira Rengoku steals the show in the first episode of Demon Slayer's Mugen Train Arc! Catch up all of this season's premieres with Blue Period, Shikizakura, The Faraway Paladin, My Sempai is Annoying, SAKUGAN, Platinum End, PureOre, The World's Finest Assassin, Banished from the Heroes' Party, Takt. op Destiny, Mushoku Tensei, AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline, Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, Mieruko-chan, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, Yashahime Season 2, 86 Season Two, Restaurant to Another World Season 2, and more!
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The Fall 2021 Preview Guide

Netflix's first weekly anime simulcast is here! Blue Period follows one boy's journey to discover his own truth through art. Catch up all of this season's premieres with The Faraway Paladin, My Sempai is Annoying, SAKUGAN, Platinum End, PureOre, The World's Finest Assassin, Banished from the Heroes' Party, Takt. op Destiny, Mushoku Tensei, AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline, Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, Mieruko-chan, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, Yashahime Season 2, 86 Season Two, Restaurant to Another World Season 2, and more!
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The Fall 2021 Preview Guide

Japan's hottest rockers are also...vampires? Visual Prison is ready to find its bloodthirsty fans! Catch up all of this season's premieres with SAKUGAN, Platinum End, PureOre, The World's Finest Assassin, Banished from the Heroes' Party, Takt. op Destiny, Mushoku Tensei, AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline, The Vampire Dies in No Time, Digimon Ghost Game, Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, Mieruko-chan, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, Yashahime Season 2, 86 Season Two, Restaurant to Another World Season 2, and more!
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Best Anime Dubs You Can Watch RIGHT NOW (Part 4)

AJ from the Cartoon Cipher looks at the latest anime dubs to find the ones most worth your time, whether its teen romance, mecha battles, or time-travelling gangsters. ― Hey everyone, hope you managed to enjoy your summer! I'm AJ from the Cartoon Cipher and the seasons are beginning to change, lets see if we can recommend even more anime dubs for you all to enjoy. Beastars (Season 1+2) Dubbing 3DCG ...
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Interview: SAKUGAN Creative Staff and Cast

NN spoke to director Junichi Wada, producer Takayuki Funahashi, mecha designer Stanislas Brunet, kaiju designer Shoji Kawamori, and Memempu's voice actress Kanon Amane to get into the nuts and bolts of this highly ambitious production. ― Following a father and daughter's journey through an uncharted and hostile underground labyrinth, the anime SAKUGAN combines a gritty science-fiction setting, utilit...
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The Fall 2021 Preview Guide

Idols on ice? The Dream Monkeys have their work cut out of them in PureOre! Catch up all of this season's premieres with The World's Finest Assassin, Banished from the Heroes' Party, Takt. op Destiny, Mushoku Tensei, AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline, The Vampire Dies in No Time, Digimon Ghost Game, Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, Mieruko-chan, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, Yashahime Season 2, 86 Season Two, Restaurant to Another World Season 2, and more!
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The Fall 2021 Preview Guide

Can music save the world? Takt. op Destiny brings high-octane musical battles to the season. Also catch up on the latest premieres with Mushoku Tensei, AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline, The Vampire Dies in No Time, Digimon Ghost Game, Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, Mieruko-chan, Tesla Note, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, Waccha PriMagi, Yashahime Season 2, 86 Season Two, Yuki Yuna Is a Hero Season 3, Restaurant to Another World Season 2, and more!
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The Fall 2021 Preview Guide

Rudy returns in the second season of the fantasy series Mushoku Tensei! Also catch up on the latest premieres with AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline, The Vampire Dies in No Time, Digimon Ghost Game, Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, Mieruko-chan, Tesla Note, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, Waccha PriMagi, Yashahime Season 2, 86 Season Two, Yuki Yuna Is a Hero Season 3, Restaurant to Another World Season 2, and more!
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2021

The final episodes go against each other, and the cumulative gets shaken up! Find out where your favorites stand in the final ranking of Summer 2021. ― Our team of reviewers are following 24 anime series of the Summer 2021 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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The Fall 2021 Preview Guide

It's a big day for premieres and we're just getting started with Digimon Ghost Game, Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, Mieruko-chan, Tesla Note, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, and Waccha PriMagi! Also: Yashahime Season 2, Muteking, 86 Season Two, Yuki Yuna Is a Hero Season 3, Restaurant to Another World Season 2, The Heike Story and Selection Project! ― Yashahime Logo ⒸRumiko Takahashi/Shogakuk...

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