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Interview: Ameko Kaeruda, Author of Sexiled: My Sexist Party Leader Kicked Me Out, So I Teamed Up With a Mythical Sorceress!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Summer 2019 Anime Preview Guide has begun! Check back all week long for fresh takes on this season's premieres.

Available Now: A Certain Scientific Accelerator - Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? - DanMachi II - Given - The Demon Girl Next Door - Isekai Cheat Magician - Symphogear XV - Arifureta - Kochoki - Hensuki - Vinland Saga - Re:Stage! Dream Days - The Ones Within - and much more!
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Interview: Wit Studio

A handful of the creative forces at Wit Studio - including president George Wada and character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto - go in-depth on their new anime for 2020, Great Pretender. ― When WIT Studio announced that President and CEO George Wada, manga artist Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, director Hiro Kaburagi, and scriptwriter Ryota Kosawa would be appearing at Anime Expo 2019, questions were raised as to wh...
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Premiere Report: Utano☆Princesama Maji LOVE Kingdom at Anime Expo 2019

Our full report from the US premiere of the UtaPri movie at Anime Expo 2019, featuring a Q&A with lead VAs Takuma Terashima and Mamoru Miyano! ― Popular boy idol franchise Utano☆Princesama received a warm welcome at Anime Expo during Sentai Filmworks' screening of the new movie: Utano☆Princesama Maji LOVE Kingdom. Voice actors Takuma Terashima and Mamoru Miyano, who voice the two main leads Otoya Itt...
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The Best and Worst Anime of Spring 2019

The Spring season is disappearing in the rear view mirror, but it's not too late for our reviews crew to pick their favorites - and least favorites! Don't forget to share your picks. ― The summer season has arrived, but it's not too late for our reviews crew to file their picks for the best and worst anime of the Spring season - and don't forget to let us know what your picks are in the forums! Rebec...
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Our Most Anticipated Anime of Summer 2019

Spring has sprung and summer is upon us - so it's time for our reviews crew to pick the Summer 2019 anime they're most looking forward to, and we can't wait to hear yours! ― Don't look now, but Spring just flew past us with blazing speed and it's already time for the Summer 2019 anime season! Our Summer Anime Preview Guide launches shortly, but before we dig in, our team of critics rifled through thi...
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Interview: m-flo's Taku Takahashi

Taku Takahashi of the world-famous Japanese electronic hiphop act m-flo discusses his 20-year career creating wildly unique sound and art, right before their upcoming performance in Los Angeles on July 3rd. ― m-flo, the Japanese electronic group composed of DJ Taku Takahashi, rapper Verbal and vocalist Lisa, scarcely needs an introduction – they've been experimenting with a unique blend of electronic...
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15 Years of Samurai Champloo

Back in 2004, Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe unleashed Samurai Champloo, a boldly anachronistic mashup of Edo Japan and early 00s hiphop. How does it hold up, 15 years later? ― Shinichiro Watanabe has long been considered one of anime's leading creative voices, with his distinctive flair almost always recognizable, regardless of his role. Whether he is directing, storyboarding, writing, cr...
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"Get In The Robot, Shinji"

Evangelion hits Netflix today, bringing with it another wave of people saying "get in the robot, Shinji". Editor Zac Bertschy explains the reasons behind his burning hatred for this oft-repeated catchphrase. ― Spoiler warning: this feature contains spoilers for the end of Evangelion TV and The End of Evangelion. I've been an anime fan since the spring of 1996, when bootleg tapes of Hideaki Anno's wor...
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Hideaki Anno: After Evangelion

Evangelion TV wrapped up in 1996, but creator Hideaki Anno was just getting started - award-winning live-action films, Cutie Honey, the explosive Shin Godzilla, and of course - the rebuild of Evangelion! ― When we left Anno, he was constructing the foundations of Neon Genesis Evangelion with his team over at Gainax, appearing to be pulling himself out of his debilitating depression to return to the f...
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Hideaki Anno: Before Evangelion

Before you immerse yourself in Neon Genesis Evangelion this Friday, take a journey through the formative years - and the incredible art - of the series' creator, the legendary artist Hideaki Anno! ― It's been thoroughly refreshing that, with the impending worldwide re-release of Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix, everyone's talking about series creator and legendary artist Hideaki Anno again. This h...
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20 Years Ago: The Best Anime of 1999

Who remembers the 90s? Daryl Surat does! Journey through time and revisit some of the legendary classics - and underappreciated gems - of the last year of the 20th century, from One Piece to The Big O! ― Who remembers the Y2K problem? That was when a governmental institution put out a report saying “if you don't take action to fix your computer systems so that dates are stored as four digits instead ...
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The Spring 2019 Manga Guide

Still looking for your next manga obsession? The Spring 2019 Manga Guide has you covered, with reviews of 20 premiering manga, from Mari Okada's O Maidens In Your Savage Season to Jojo's Bizarre Adventure! ― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 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...
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Interview: The Cast and Crew of That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

Assistant Director Atsushi Nakayama, Character Designer Ryouma Ebata, and Rimiru voice actress Miho Okasaki chat about their experiences working on the smash hit isekai fantasy. ― The anime adaptation of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime became quite popular during its run in the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 TV seasons, enough so that Crunchyroll had part of its industry booth specifically devote...
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The Saga of Tanya the Evil Author Carlo Zen and English Translator Emily Balistrieri

The author - and the English-language translator - behind one of the light novel world's most wicked protagonists discuss their craft in-depth. ― One of the amusing ironies about The Saga of Tanya the Evil being sold as a “light novel” is that it is not particularly light in any sense of the word. The books are large and heavy, the story is about weighty subjects like war and politics, and the writin...
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The Spring 2019 Light Novel Guide

The Spring 2019 Light Novel Guide is here! Reincarnation, campfire cooking, skeleton knights, the return of Mamoru Hosoda's Wolf Children and so much more. Happy reading! ― Looking over this batch of light novels, you could be forgiven for wondering if isekai will ever die. Not any time soon! The overwhelming majority of these titles fall under that heading, whether the protagonist is reborn, reinca...
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The Spring 2019 Manga Guide

It's the final update for our 2019 Spring Guide, featuring the Princess Jellyfish box set, Blank Canvas, Our Dreams At Dusk and Happy Sugar Life. Friday: Light Novel Guide! ― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 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, ...
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Bean Bandit Premiere Report

Legendary manga artist Keichi Sonoda's hard drivin' hero from the 80s, Bean Bandit, premiered his next adventure at Anime Central this year, and we were there to get the details. ― A panel at Anime Central this year was schedule to be the world debut of Kenichi Sonoda's Bean Bandit project, a new anime which will combine elements and characters from his previous creative efforts Riding Bean and Guns...
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The Spring 2019 Manga Guide

It's that time again! Four new books today: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, Mashed, My Pink is Overflowing, and Snow White with the Red Hair. Reading is fun! ― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 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. No...
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Interview: Made in Abyss staff at Anime Central

The staff of the smash hit Made in Abyss - now available in movie form! - discuss their melancholy fantasy. ― The 2019 edition of Anime Central hosted the Western premiere of the second Made in Abyss compilation movie, Made in Abyss: Wandering Twilight. Director Masayuki Kojima (center in picture), Music producer Hiromitsu Iijima (right), and soundtrack composer/conductor Kevin Penkin (left) were al...
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The Spring 2019 Manga Guide

It's time for another update to our Spring Manga Guide! Four new titles available now - My Little Pony - MT Roxy - Skeleton Knight in Another World - Classmates. ― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 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 somet...
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The Spring 2019 Manga Guide Updates

Our 2019 Spring Manga Guide has updated! Four new titles are available today: Momo's Iron Will - I'm Standing On A Million Lives - Sorcerous Stabber Orphan - Transparent Light Blue. Read on! ― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 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 ...
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The Spring 2019 Manga Guide

It's time once again for the Spring Manga Guide, covering this season's premiere manga!

Now Available Princess Jellyfish Box Set - Happy Sugar Life - Our Dreams At Dusk - Blank Canvas - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable - Mashed - My Pink Is Overflowing - Snow White with the Red Hair - My Little Pony - Skeleton Knight in Another World - MT Roxy - Classmates - I'm Standing On A Million Lives - Momo's Iron Will - Sorcerous Stabber Orphen - and much more!
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The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide

The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide returns with impressions of this season's new English dubs!
Available Now: Sarazanmai - Mix - Midnight Occult Civil Servants - AFTERLOST - Kono Oto Tomare! - Fairy gone - Strike Witches - Robihachi - YU-NO - Isekai Quartet - The Wiseman's Grandchild - The Helpful Fox Senko-san
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2019 Preview Guide! Here's how it goes: our tea...
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The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide: Simuldub Edition

The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide returns with impressions of this season's new English dubs!
Available Now: Sarazanmai - Mix - Midnight Occult Civil Servants - AFTERLOST - Kono Oto Tomare! - Fairy gone - Strike Witches - Robihachi - YU-NO - Isekai Quartet - The Wiseman's Grandchild - The Helpful Fox Senko-san
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2019 Preview Guide! Here's how it goes: our tea...
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The Origin of Gundam: The Origin

Gundam: The Origin has arrived in TV form, elaborating the backstory of one of the most iconic franchises in history - but what's the story behind the story? Lauren Orsini breaks it down. ― On April 29, 2019, Gundam: The Origin hit the small screen as a TV anime, but it didn't always take that form. This ambitious project to explore a “behind the scenes” look at one of the science fiction genre's mos...
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The Staff of The Rising of the Shield Hero

The staff behind the animated adaptation of Aneko Yusagi's popular isekai fantasy novel series discusses their work on the show. ― Aneko Yusagi's popular isekai fantasy novel series The Rising of the Shield Hero has been published in English since 2015, through which it has gained an ardent fanbase. Crunchyroll showcased the first episode of the new anime adaptation at Crunchyroll Expo last year, and...
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Interview: MIYAVI, The Responsible Rockstar

The guitarist and actor MIYAVI discusses his career, his newest album, and his upcoming role alongside Angelina Jolie in Maleficent 2. ― The artist presently known as MIYAVI just may be the most responsible rockstar of our age. He's been active on the international music scene since 1999 and solo since 2002, MIYAVI has catapulted to global success and notoriety pretty much on his own terms, always ev...
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The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide: Simuldub Edition

The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide returns with impressions of this season's new English dubs!
Available Now: Fruits Basket - YU-NO - Isekai Quartet - The Wiseman's Grandchild - The Helpful Fox Senko-san
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2019 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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Everything You Need To Know To Catch Up With Attack on Titan

Catch up with Eren, Levi, Mikasa and the rest of the Survey Corps just in time for the new season of one of the biggest anime ever. ― If there was an entry for “crossover hit” in the dictionary, it wouldn't be strange to see a big picture of Attack on Titan right next to the definition. It's easy to forget if you've been consuming anime for most of your life, but the medium still resides firmly in th...
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The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide

The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide is here!

Available Now: Attack on Titan Season 3 - Bungo Stray Dogs Season 3 - Sarazanmai - Wise Man's Grandchild - The Helpful Fox Senko-san - Isekai Quartet - Strike Witches 501st - One Punch Man Season 2 - RobiHachi - Namuamidabutsu! - Midnight Occult Civil Service - and much more!
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2019 Preview Guide! Here's how it goes...
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Interview: Devilman Crybaby Director Maasaki Yuasa

Acclaimed director Masaaki Yuasa talks about his new film, the problem of overworking in the anime industry, and the possibility of a Devilman Crybaby sequel. ― Masaaki Yuasa is the director of numerous critically acclaimed anime series and films. From The Tatami Galaxy and Night is Short, Walk On Girl to Lu Over the Wall and Devilman Crybaby Yuasa's unique animation style and directorial vision make...
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The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide: Simuldub Edition

The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide returns with impressions of this season's new English dubs!
Available Now: Fruits Basket - YU-NO
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2019 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 as many shows as they can handle, giving you alternate takes on most ev...
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The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide

Searching for the perfect new anime? The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide is here to help!

Available Now: Spring 2019 Shorts Roundup - Bungo Stray Dogs Season 3 - Sarazanmai - Wise Man's Grandchild - The Helpful Fox Senko-san - Isekai Quartet - Strike Witches 501st - One Punch Man Season 2 - RobiHachi - Namuamidabutsu! - Midnight Occult Civil Service - and much more!
― Welcome to Anime News Network'...
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Rolling The Dice: The Very Best RPG Anime

Diehard tabletop RPG veteran Theron Martin takes a journey through the anime that do the best job capturing what it feels like to roll for initiative. ― Although the foundation of computer and console-based fantasy RPGs has always lain in tabletop fantasy RPGs (hereafter abbreviated TTRPGs), even from their earliest years some of them markedly strayed from their origins in terms of mechanics; featur...
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30 Years Ago: The Best Anime of 1989

1989 was a massive year for anime, with enduring classics like Ranma 1/2 and Dragon Ball Z taking shape. Daryl Surat leads a tour through the classics! ― It keeps getting easier for audiences outside of Japan to see Japanese animation and read Japanese comics, with increasingly shortened delays. The largest entertainment companies in the world such as Sony and AT&T now have financial investments in a...
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The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide

The Spring 2019 anime season has begun! Check back every day for reviews of this season's premieres.
Available Now: Spring 2019 Shorts Roundup - Bungo Stray Dogs Season 3 - Sarazanmai - Wise Man's Grandchild - The Helpful Fox Senko-san - Isekai Quartet - Strike Witches 501st - One Punch Man Season 2 - RobiHachi - Namuamidabutsu! - Midnight Occult Civil Service - and much more!
― Welcome to Anime New...
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Here's What We Know About SARAZANMAI

Kunihiko Ikuhara's newest surrealist fantasy about psychology, sexuality, and society is just around the corner! Lynzee Loveridge analyzes the show's tricky title and kappa imagery for just a hint of the insanity to come. ― "People can freely reproduce and reinvent folklore, transmitting it from person to person across time and space." — Michael Dylan Foster (The Book of Yōkai) The traditions and sto...
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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Super Live Comes To America

Go backstage with some of the creative team behind the lavish, sparkling Sailor Moon stage musical, which recently premiered for the first time in America! ― For eager American otaku with a penchant for stage productions, anime and manga fans interested in experiencing more visceral, live adaptations of their favorite characters in person --- so close they could almost (and in some cases, can literal...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2019

Right at the crowded finish line, Run with the Wind dashes past JoJo, and a whole slew of other upsets in the final episodes of the Winter 2019 season! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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 ra...
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Premiere Report - Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

The first five episodes of this Shonen Jump adaptation from studio Ufotable premiered in LA this weekend! Jacob Chapman has your spoiler-free breakdown on what to expect from this supernatural action extravaganza. ― A small crowd of otaku gathered at the Aratani Theater in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo district this past Sunday to enjoy a whopping five-episode premiere screening for ufotable's first Shon...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Mar 19-25

With just one week left to go, The Promised Neverland is making a final push to dethrone Mob Psycho. Find out where your favorites rank this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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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Our Most Anticipated Anime of Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 anime season is upon us, so it's time to pick the upcoming new shows we're most excited about - and don't forget to share yours! ― Don't look now, but Spring has arrived and with it, a fresh crop of new anime! Anime News Network's Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide begins on April 1st, so it's time to talk about the shows we're looking forward to the most. Once you've perused our staff p...
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Premiere Report - Fruits Basket 2019

The first two episodes of this classic shojo manga's new adaptation have been screened in both Japanese and English, and Jacob Chapman has the scoop on whether this remake can live up to fans' high expectations. ― After many long years of waiting (and many bushels of paper cranes from Funimation), Natsuki Takaya's beloved shojo manga Fruits Basket has received not just a second season, but a complete...
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The Best (and worst) Anime of Winter 2019

The Winter 2019 anime season is drawing to a close, which means it's time for our critics - and you! - to pick our favorite (and least favorite) anime of the season. ― The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and the Spring 2019 anime season is right around the corner - which means it's time to thaw out our picks for the best (and worst) anime of the Winter 2019 season just as it draws to a c...
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Fate/Grand Order THE STAGE Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts

Our inside look at this Gilgamesh-centered musical extravaganza gives you the best and worst of what this elaborate stage production has to offer for Fate/GO fans! ― In their ongoing time-traveling adventures to prevent the extinction of mankind, the shield-wielding Mash Kyrielight and her partner mage Ritsuka Fujimaru are transported to Mesopotamia at the dawn of human civilization. But this time, i...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Mar 12-18

The top 5 runners are firmly entrenched as we enter the final weeks of the season, but Boogiepop and The Quintessential Quintuplets are not giving up the fight! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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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The History Behind Osamu Tezuka's Dororo

This year's reboot of the God of Manga's historical fantasy epic becomes much richer when you understand the real history underneath it. Marco Oliveros is your guide to the complex themes behind this classic story. ― The blood of a cleric coats a sanctum's interior like mud. The broken neck of an idol resembles a tree wrenched crudely from its stump. Dororo begins not with the adventures of its misch...
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20 Years of Boogiepop

Kim Morrissy explores the legacy of the massively influential cult hit Boogiepop and Others, a supernatural story about adolescent anxieties with an unprecedented impact on the light novel industry. ― In 1997, Kouhei Kadono's Boogiepop and Others won the 4th Dengeki Novel Prize (then the Dengeki Game Novel Prize). Despite the publisher's obvious faith in the novel's quality, when the manuscript was p...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Mar 5-11

A glitch in the matrix rankings caused FIVE stellar Boogiepop episodes to appear last week. The rankings have been adjusted accordingly, propelling Boogiepop and Others in the cumulative. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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 th...
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Interview: Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us Character Designer Shizue Kaneko

Get an in-depth education on the crucial art of character design from key animator and veteran designer Shizue Kaneko, the artist behind the designs of Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us! ― It'd be difficult to overstate the importance of a great character designer on any anime. Not only are they responsible for creating the aesthetic and style of the characters themselves, but it's also their job to...
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Interview: Creating Manga Art with Rena Saiya and Danica Davidson

The two women behind the twin volumes Manga Art for Beginners and Manga Art for Intermediates get in-depth on what makes their books so different from the rest. ― Creating manga requires more than just the ambition to do it – you also need a good grasp of storytelling and artwork to carry that ambition through. While there are many books on the subject, we readers don't always know which are going to...
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Diana Garnet: an American Performer in Japan

TV host, singer, and songwriter extraordinaire Diana Garnet shares her unique experience working as a foreigner in the Japanese entertainment industry. ― Much like the title of the song from YURI!!! On Ice that she performed at Ohayocon 2019, in a concert compilation of her original tunes plus popular anisong covers mashed up in a collaboration with Shin Kurokawa, Diana Garnet -- an American performe...
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Interview: The Directors of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Director Yasuhito Kikuchi and assistant director Atsushi Nakayama from Studio 8-Bit go in-depth on one of the most charming and popular isekai series in recent memory. ― Based on Taiki Kawakami's manga adaptation of Fuse's original novel of the same name, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime has been a pleasant surprise for many anime fans recently, thanks to its endearing characters and unique ta...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Feb 26-Mar 4

Mob Psycho stumbles a little, allowing Run with the Wind to finally push its way to the top spot. See how your favorite shows stack up this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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...
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Character Spotlight: The Cast of Devil May Cry 5

Meet the main cast of Devil May Cry 5. They're all here, Nero, Dante, V, Lady, Trish and Nico. ― NERO The Young Devil Hunter The young Devil Hunter operating out of the mobile Devil May Cry. Having lost his demonic arm (the Devil Bringer) before the events of the game, he stands against the invading demonic forces with a new power provided by Nico. DANTE The Strongest Demon Slayer The proprietor of ...
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Character Spotlight: The Cast of Devil May Cry 5

Meet the main cast of Devil May Cry 5. They're all here, Nero, Dante, V, Lady, Trish and Nico. ― NERO The Young Devil Hunter The young Devil Hunter operating out of the mobile Devil May Cry. Having lost his demonic arm (the Devil Bringer) before the events of the game, he stands against the invading demonic forces with a new power provided by Nico. DANTE The Strongest Demon Slayer The proprietor of ...
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Interview: JAM Project's Hironobu Kageyama

The lead singer of this beloved powerhouse j-rock band shares his experience making anime theme songs, staying fit for high-energy concert performances, and what to expect from One-Punch Man season 2's opening! ― J-Pop and Anisong superstar Hironobu Kageyama has spent the majority of his life making music and has become a major force in the world of anime music. His anisong solo debut was the theme s...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Feb 19-25

ENDRO comes back down down down to reality, and the lead group continues to duke it out unperturbed. Find out where your favorites rank this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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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Ranking the Films of Satoshi Kon

This master of animation left behind a powerful filmography, but which films of Kon's will stand the test of time? Matthew Roe analyzes the oeuvre of this departed genius. ― Satoshi Kon is my favorite animation director. Throughout his tragically brief career, he managed to make a single-season series and a small collection of films that all rank as some of the greatest achievements in animation hist...
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Interview: Boruto Manga Artist Mikio Ikemoto

The hard-working illustrator behind the adventures of Naruto's son Boruto answers a few questions about their incredible career. ― Mikio Ikemoto has been involved with the Naruto almost from the very beginning; he was an assistant on the manga for fifteen years. In 2016, he began drawing the artwork for the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations manga, which is written by Ukyō Kodachi and supervised by Naru...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Feb 12-18

ENDRO strikes upward while One Piece strikes out. See how all you favorites fared in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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 rated indi...
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Character Spotlight: The Cast of Devil May Cry 5

Meet the main cast of Devil May Cry 5. They're all here, Nero, Dante, V, Lady, Trish and Nico. ― NERO The Young Devil Hunter The young Devil Hunter operating out of the mobile Devil May Cry. Having lost his demonic arm (the Devil Bringer) before the events of the game, he stands against the invading demonic forces with a new power provided by Nico. DANTE The Strongest Demon Slayer The proprietor of ...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Feb 5-11

Mob Psycho 100 barely dips, yet leaves the way open for a strong contender! Did your favorites sink or soar? Find out in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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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Revisiting The Big O - 20 Years Later

Sunrise's mecha-stuffed take on Batman: The Animated Series is 20 years old this year. Does it still hold up? Matthew Roe takes a deeper look. ― Studio Sunrise is a name that even the most casual anime fans should be able to easily recognize. Founded by former members of Osamu Tezuka's Mushi Production in 1972, they took the medium in a different direction - stories by committee. With productions fir...

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