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Weekly Shonen Jump Editor-in-Chief Hiroyuki Nakano

Get the inside scoop on exactly what it's like to be the editor of the most powerful manga magazine in the world - Weekly Shonen Jump, home of One Piece, Dragon Ball Super and more. ― Have you ever wondered what it's like to be an editor for Weekly Shonen Jump? Like a lot of manga fans, I've read Bakuman and was touched at how the editor Hattori was like a mentor to Ashirogi Muto from the time they w...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Jan 29-Feb 4

One Piece seeks to reclaim its glory as it competes for the top spot this week again! Find out how your favorites show 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 ...
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Interview: Cosplay Drag Diva Oriana Perón

From Sailor Moon cosplayer to one of the most in-demand convention guests in the midwest, Oriana Perón has come a long way from early fandom years to hosting Drag Race competitions at cons. Perón breaks down her journey so far and what she's looking forward to in the years to come. ― Hailing from Bloomington IN, Christopher Simanton — whose larger-than-life drag persona, Oriana Perón, has quickly sol...
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Interview: nano

Passionate rocker Nano, the voice behind the anisong openings for Arpeggio of Blue Steel and Kakuriyo, talks about their career, New York City, and when Detective Conan might finally end. ― If there is one phrase artist, singer, and songwriter nano says the most, it is “Rock on!” Regardless of saying it to pump up the crowd or used as a casual sendoff, nano carries the spirit of a high energy, rock a...
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Passport to Iron City with Battle Angel Alita Mangaka Yukito Kishiro

Prepare yourself for Alita: Battle Angel by stepping inside iam8bit's elaborate Iron City experience, with commentary from none other than Battle Angel mangaka Yukito Kishiro! ― First announced all the way back in 2003, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez' Alita: Battle Angel finally – finally – hits theaters the evening of February 14th after spending most of the 21st century as vaporware. While it s...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Jan 22-28

One Piece makes a shocking climb - 22 places up the list, challenging Jojo's Bizarre Adventure and Mob Psycho 100 II for the top spot! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the 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 bes...
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Why A Certain Magical Index Fans Love Touma

The unconventional male lead of the Index/Railgun series can be divisive with fans, but he's one of the most enduring protagonists in light novel history. Kim Morrissy explains this idiosyncratic character's appeal. ― It took me about 14 volumes of the A Certain Magical Index light novels before I finally "got" the appeal of Touma Kamijou, protagonist of the series. It wasn't that I particularly disl...
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Everything You Need to Know about MANGA Plus by Shueisha

Shueisha is launching a new global manga service - with nearly the entire Shonen Jump lineup available! Get the inside story straight from the editor of Shonen Jump+, plus commentary from Dragon Ball Super's Toyotaro and Naruto's Masashi Kishimoto! ― If you're an anime or manga fan, you've probably heard of Weekly Shonen Jump, published by Shueisha. The story behind the very first anime you ever watc...
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Rimuru Tempest and Robinson Crusoe: How to Build a Civilization

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime joins a rich history of Robinsonade adventures, but what does it really mean to build a society from the ground up? Marco Oliveros explores the themes underlying this hit isekai story. ― I remember reading The Swiss Family Robinson over and over when I was little. Washed ashore in a strange land, marooned away from everything comfortable and familiar, a family ...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Jan 1-21

Mob Psycho 100 II takes an astonishing early lead in the very first user rankings of the Winter 2019 season! Find out how your favorite shows stacked up according to reader votes. ― 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...
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Everything You Need to Know about MANGA Plus by Shueisha

Shueisha is launching a new global manga service that provides nearly the entire Jump lineup for free all over the world, the same day as Japan! Get the inside story straight from the editor of Shonen Jump+, plus commentary from Dragon Ball Super's Toyotaro and Naruto's Masashi Kishimoto! ― If you're an anime or manga fan, you've probably heard of Weekly Shonen Jump, published by Shueisha. The story ...
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Interview: The Staff of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Director Yasuhito Kikuchi and character designer Ryouma Ebata discuss their history creating this hit isekai series at Anime NYC. How do you animate a slime's walk cycle anyway? ― In a landscape filled with isekai shows, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime offers a different approach. What if you were brought into a new world not as a wise wizard, powerful swordsman, or with your smartphone, but ...
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How Square Enix Convinced Disney to Make Kingdom Hearts

Given the iron-fisted control Disney wields over their intellectual property, how did Tetsuya Nomura get away with something so crazy? Callum May runs down the history of this franchise's creative development from the earliest days to this year's greatly anticipated Kingdom Hearts 3! ― In the early days at Disney, the idea for Kingdom Hearts was regarded by some as an “abomination”. Instead of the ty...
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TOY REVIEW: Gundam Astray Red Frame (HIRM)

Lauren Orsini takes an in-depth look at this Perfect Grade model kit to determine if this beloved release is a good choice for newcoming or veteran Gundam builders. ― Gundam Astray Red Frame has its origins in the manga Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray. Published by Tokyopop, this manga has been out of print in the US since 2004. Nevertheless, its lead mobile suit's samurai-inspired design has captiva...
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Anime Spotlight - Mysteria Friends

When Anne and Grea cross paths, their life at the Mysteria Academy of Magic will never be the same. ― Mysteria Friends Official Website: https://manaria.jp/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres at 0:30 of January 21, 2019 (JST) Key Staff Director: Hideki Okamoto ("Nagasarete Airantou (TV)", "D.C. II: Da Capo II (TV)") Series Composition: Satoko Sekine ("Is This a Zombie? of t...
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The Winter 2019 Anime Preview Guide

The Winter 2019 Anime Season has begun! Check back every day for new reviews of this winter's new anime:
Now Available: Kemono Friends 2 - Winter 2019 Shorts - VIRTUALSAN: LOOKING - The Magnificent Kotobuki - Kaguya-sama: Love is War - ENDRO! - Date A Live III - Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka - Domestic Girlfriend - The Quintessential Quintuplets - Girly Air Force - The Promised Neverland - Kemurikusa - My Roommate is a Cat - Meiji Tokyo Renka - Dororo - Mob Psycho 100 II - The Rising of the Shield Hero - Boogiepop and Others - W'z - and MORE!
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Anime Spotlight - Date A Live III

High-schooler Shido Itsuka has the power to seal away a Spirit's power by making them blush and planting a kiss on them. Up until now, the spirits that have opened their hearts to him are Tohka, Yoshino, Kotori, Kaguya, Yuzuru, and Miku. ― Date A Live III Official Website: http://date-a-live-anime.com/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres on January 11, 2019 (JST) Key Staff Directo...
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Anime Spotlight - Pastel Memories

Once known for its otaku culture, nerdy shops of Akihabara have been closing one by one. Twelve girls are trying their best to bring Akihabara back to its former fun glory. ― Pastel Memories Official Website: https://pasumemotv.com/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres at 12:30 AM of January 8, 2019 (JST) Key Staff Director: Yasuyuki Shinozaki ("Aishiteruze Baby (TV)" as episode di...
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Interview: Studio Ponoc Founder Yoshiaki Nishimura on Modest Heroes

The sparkling ex-Ghibli talents at Studio Ponoc have a new anthology showcase out in theaters this weekend - studio founder Yoshiaki Nishimura elaborates on the project. ― Anthology films – feature-length movies composed of individual segments and stories, usually with a different director for each segment - are typically a pretty big risk for any studio, whether it's live-action or animation. The f...
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Anime Spotlight - revisions

An isolated city. An unknown enemy. An uncertain past and a prophecy of the future. The children fight the "future" to bring back the "present". No matter what, they're going home... ― revisions Official Website: http://revisions.jp/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres in January 2019 Key Staff Director: Goro Taniguchi ("Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (TV)", "Planetes ...
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Interview: Sword Art Online: Alicization Director of Photography Kentaro Waki

Learn all about the profound art of "compositing" in anime from the Director of Photography behind the lush and gorgeous look of shows like Sword Art Online: Alicization! ― When discussing the visual appeal of an anime, it isn't often that we take a deep dive into the element of compositing and the effect that has over the final image. We might talk about how exciting the animation is or how detailed...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018

As the new year ramps up, let's find out where your favorite shows placed in the final user rankings of last season! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated ...
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The Best (and Worst) Anime of Fall 2018

Before we can ring in the new year's fresh batch of anime premieres, our staff takes one last look back at a Fall season that was packed with great (and a couple not so great) shows! ― A brand-new year has arrived, but before we can start previewing all of 2019's newest anime, it's time to decide which shows were the best—and the worst—of an incredibly hype-packed Fall! We asked our critics to pick t...
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The Best Anime of 2018 Part V

We've got three more Best of 2018 lists ready for you - Rose Bridges, Jacob Chapman, Zac Bertschy, and the result of our 2018 MEGA POLL! ― This is it - the results of our 2018 Mega Poll! Look forward to the Winter 2019 Preview Guide, which begins Saturday, January 5th! Rose Bridges 5. Bloom Into You When I picked up the first manga volume of Bloom Into You, months before the anime's release, I thoug...
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The Best Anime of 2018 Part IV

Nick Creamer and Mike Toole file their best anime of 2018, and it's finally time to talk about the shows that hurt us the most. ― (click the images above)
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ANN's Most Read News Articles of 2018

The top 25 anime, manga, and video game headlines of 2018! ― The sheer output of anime each season in 2018 means more news articles for our team to tackle to keep our readers in the know. This year, Anime News Network's News team published 8,159 articles. This feature went dormant for a few years, but 2017 had a total of 7,711 news articles. Our output has continued to grow year after year thanks to ...
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ANN's Most Read Interest Articles of 2018

― 2018 brought a lot of change-ups to Interest as our small time spent more time creating in-depth articles from the industry, breaking news about controversy on social media, and still including all the fun "most anticipated" and strange developments you expect from us. I got to close out the year writing about how a bot seized control of Rokka: Brave of Six Flower's website and posted a bunch of g...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Dec 17-23

The puppet boys of Thunderbolt Fantasy reclaim the top spot as the fall season winds down - find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind tha...
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The Best Anime of 2018 Part III

Just in time for New Year's Eve, we've got more Top 5 Anime of 2018 lists and what are - clearly - the best anime theme songs of 2018! ― (click the images above)
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The Best Anime of 2018 Part II

Rebecca Silverman and Theron Martin file their top 5 anime for 2018, and we've got the Best Characters of 2018! ― (click the images above)
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Anime Spotlight - Boogiepop and Others

There is an urban legend that children tell one another about a shinigami that can release people from the pain they may be suffering. This "Angel of Death" has a name: Boogiepop. ― Boogiepop and Others Official Website: http://boogiepop-anime.com/movie/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres on January 4, 2019 (JST) Key Staff Director: Shingo Natsume (One Punch Man (TV)) Series Comp...
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The Best Anime of 2018 Part I

It's time to celebrate the best anime of 2018, and we're kicking off with Top 5 lists from Paul Jensen, Amy McNulty and Lauren Orsini, plus our picks for the best plot twists of the year! ― (click the images above)
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Dec 10-16

The Fall season is winding down, and a surprise contender races to the top spot in these waning moments! Find out how your favorite Fall anime fared in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Ke...
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Anime Spotlight - The Magnificent KOTOBUKI

The mercenary bodyguard unit "Team KOTOBUKI" is made up of a variety of unique characters; together, they are ready to fight against sky pirates! ― The Magnificent KOTOBUKI Official Website: https://kotobuki-anime.com/ Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres on January 13, 2019 Key Staff Director: Tsutomu Mizushima (Another (TV), Girls und Panzer(TV), xxxHOLiC (TV)) Series Composition: Michi...
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20 Years of KareKano: His and Her Circumstances

20 years ago, director Hideaki Anno followed up a little show called Neon Genesis Evangelion with a funny, relatable, challenging and famously unfinished adaptation of a shojo manga that's still beloved today, warts and all. ― His and Her Circumstances is the story of Yukino Miyazawa, a high school first year who defines herself entirely by other people's perception of her. Perceived as intelligent, ...
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Anime Spotlight - Domestic Girlfriend

A pure, yet extreme and forbidden love triangle begins between the three as they start their new lives under one roof. ― Domestic Girlfriend Official Website: http://domekano-anime.com/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres in January 11, 2019 Key Staff Director: Shōta Ibata (Girlish Number (TV)) Series Composition: Tatsuya Takahashi (Eromanga Sensei (TV), The [email protected] Cinderella ...
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Anime Spotlight - Mob Psycho 100 II

The mysterious group "Claw" stands before Shigeo "MOB" Kageyama once again; where will his roaring heart take him!? ― Mob Psycho 100 II Official Website: http://mobpsycho100.com/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres on January 7, 2019 Key Staff Director: Yuzuru Tachikawa (Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer (movie 22), Death Parade (TV)) Series Composition: Hiroshi Seko (Ajin (TV), ...
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Deciphering Nadesico: Prince of Darkness 20 Years Later

It's been 20 years since director Tatsuo Sato's gorgeous, ambitious, deeply confusing movie "killed" Martian Successor Nadesico - but is it worth a closer look today? ― More than once, Neon Genesis Evangelion has been cited as the game-changing series of late 1990s anime that made way for a veritable rush of exploratory properties expanding the medium to seemingly new horizons. This sentiment has ech...
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Interview: The English Cast of Fairy Tail

Veteran voice actors Cherami Leigh, Tia Ballard and Todd Haberkorn along with Fairy Tail dub director Tyler Walker reflect on being part of Hiro Mashima's longrunning fantasy smash - and whether or not they're ready for it all to end. ― As charming, fun and big-hearted as the Fairy Tail anime series and characters are, the cast -- Cherami Leigh (who voices Lucy Heartfilia), Todd Haberkorn (Natsu Drag...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Dec 3-9

Our rankings are ready for the first full week of December, just as the Fall season winds down, and it's still a close race between the top shows of the season! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that t...
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Looking Back on 20 Years of Studio Bones

Embark on a journey through 20 years of history with Studio Bones, the legendary animation house behind Fullmetal Alchemist, My Hero Academia and many many more! ― Hands up those of you who love Cowboy Bebop. That's a lot of you. Can you really believe that it's been 20 years since it first came out? It still looks impressive today, which serves as a potent reminder that although the landscape around...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Nov 26-Dec 2

Not even Zombie Land Saga can rattle Thunderbolt Fantasy 2's iron grip on the top spot! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that th...
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Interview: Tuxedo Mask Voice Actor Toru Furuya

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

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

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

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

That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime oozes up 8 places on the chart to claim the #1 crown for this week! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. ...
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The Fall 2018 Light Novel Guide

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

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

With a new Blade Runner anime series recently announced, it's the perfect time to revisit Daryl Surat's exploration of the mindblowing amount of influence Ridley Scott's Blade Runner has had on the way a tremendous amount of anime looks, sounds, and feels. ― In 2017, it's very easy to forget that 1982's Blade Runner was neither a commercial success at the time of its release nor the mainstream critic...
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Interview: Mirai Director Mamoru Hosoda

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

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

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

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

Golden Kamuy races up 8 places on our chart, just in time for Thanksgiving! Find out how your favorite fall anime performed according to readers' votes! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these ran...
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Interview: The Staff of Studio SHAFT's Fireworks

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

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

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

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

Thunderbolt Fantasy races to the top spot as we catch up on our weekly user rankings! Find out how your favorite shows performed according to our readers' votes. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that ...
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Interview: Record of Grancrest War Creator Ryo Mizuno and producer Yurika Tsukita

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

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

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

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

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

Zombie Land Saga fans send the show rocketing up 14 places on the charts this week! Find out how your favorite anime fared in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rank...
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Inside Studio CloverWorks with Production Dept. Vice President Yuichi Fukushima

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's been an exciting summer, but in the end, nobody could bring down Lupin III, who finishes out the season on top. Find out where your favorite shows placed in the last user rankings of the season! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and ...
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Anime Spotlight - Gakuen Basara: Samurai High School

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

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

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

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

The summer has nearly faded away, but there's still time for a little competition between this season's most popular anime. Find out how your favorite shows fared! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind t...
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Anime Spotlight - My Sister, My Writer

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

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