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Encouragement of Climb Made Me Climb a Japanese Mountain

Sometimes anime can inspire us to do incredible things! Tokyo correspondent Kim Morrissy watched the charming short anime Encouragement of Climb and wound up on the side of a Japanese mountain. ― Before watching Encouragement of Climb (otherwise known as Yama no Susume), I'd never climbed a mountain. Well, that's kind of inaccurate - I climbed a mountain once when I was a kid, but that was a rather u...
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Isao Takahata: Endless Memories Part VII: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The final installment in our tribute to the life and work of Isao Takahata concludes with a look at his Oscar-nominated final film, the stylized masterpiece The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2018, Jul 29-Aug 4

A pair of comedies race up 5 spots on the chart - Asobi Asobase and Gintama are fighting it out 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 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 ...
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Isao Takahata: Endless Memories Part VI: My Neighbors The Yamadas

In 1999, Isao Takahata's second-to-last film would be released: a film adaptation of a cozy 4-koma comic strip, colored digitally for the first time in Ghibli history. Dawn H. digs in to this widely underappreciated - and underseen - Takahata film.
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How Creative Original Anime Get Made with Takayuki Nagatani

Super producer and industry veteran Takayuki Nagatani (Flip Flappers, Shirobako, Sirius the Jaegar) goes in-depth with Callum May on what it really takes to produce and deliver compelling, successful original anime. ― “Please help me make (Flip Flappers director) Kiyotaka Oshiyama popular overseas!” In just over an hour of talking to anime producer Takayuki Nagatani, it's easy to get the impression t...
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Isao Takahata: Endless Memories Part V: Pom Poko

Isao Takahata's beautiful, adorable, shocking and challenging family film from 1994 finds a community of shapeshifting tanuki with the biggest cojones in the wildnerness defending their turf from humanity. Brian Ruh files his appreciation.
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Interview: Danganronpa Power Duo Yoshinori Terasawa and Takayuki Sugawara on Zanki Zero

The men behind Danganronpa have a brand new game coming soon to the West, with a spectacularly brutal storyline and a whole new cast of characters. Learn a little more about Zanki Zero in today's interview! ― Danganronpa duo Yoshinori Terasawa and Takayuki Sugawara attended this year's Anime Expo to talk about their latest game, Zanki Zero, at the Spike Chunsoft panel. Spike Chunsoft had announced at...
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Isao Takahata: Endless Memories Part IV: Only Yesterday

Isao Takahata's 1991 masterpiece Only Yesterday is a critically acclaimed, deeply influential and widely-admired slice of nostalgia that remains steadfastly grounded in reality - it's an animated film like no other.
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Interview: Star Ocean Anamnesis

Legendary character designer Akira Yasuda and producer Kai Takaaki share some fun stories and behind-the-scenes details from Star Ocean Anamnesis, the glossy mobile version of the long-running fan-favorite RPG series. Bonus Yoshiyuki Tomino story included! ― Star Ocean was a storied RPG franchise that lay dormant for quite some time until 2016's Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness. Last week saw ...
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Isao Takahata: Endless Memories Part III: Grave of the Fireflies

Our week-long tribute to master filmmaker Isao Takahata (1935-2018) continues with his 1988 masterpiece Grave of the Fireflies, a film many consider to be one of the finest ever made, animated or otherwise.
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Interview: [email protected] CINDERELLA GIRLS

Six of the very talented performers from [email protected] CINDERELLA GIRLS chat us up right before their big performance as part of the Super Kawaii Live event at Anime Expo in Los Angeles this year. ― Returning with new members, THE [email protected] CINDERELLA GIRLS gave fans a night to remember before the clock hit midnight. Featuring a new set of six talented performers (Yui Makino, Ruriko Aoki, Rei Matsuzaki...
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Premiere Report: BLEACH (Live-Action 2018)

Get all the supernatural details and a full review of the new live-action BLEACH movie from director Shinsuke Sato (GANTZ), straight from the film's English-language premiere earlier this week. ― BLEACH is the highly anticipated live-action adaptation of the world-renowned Tite Kubo manga and anime series about the adventures of supernaturally gifted, orange-haired teenager Ichigo Kurosaki (Sota Fuku...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2018, Jul 22-28

How NOT To Summon A Demon Lord races up twenty places on the chart to challenge Attack on Titan and Lupin III for the top spot! Find out how your favorite Summer anime performed in our weekly user voting thunderdome! ― 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 consid...
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Interview: Shinji Higuchi, Chief Director of Dragon Pilot

The internationally-known director of Shin Godzilla gets delightfully candid about the process of making Dragon Pilot: Hisone & Masotan, a creative collaboration with renowned screenwriter Mari Okada, due on Netflix this fall. ― Shinji Higuchi has been in and around the anime industry for a while. He's an old friend of Hideaki Anno and the others at Studio Gainax, and participated as a storyboard art...
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Interview: AKB48 Team 8

Six members of the spectacularly popular AKB48 "spinoff" group Team 8 performed for the first time this summer at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, and we got the chance to chat with these talented artists on the eve of the big show. ― Making their United States debut, six members from AKB48 Team 8 participated in this year's Japan Kawaii LIVE Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo. The lineup featured Hijiri ...
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Isao Takahata: Endless Memories Part I - Prologue

Our week-long celebration of the life and work of master director Isao Takahata (1935-2018) begins with a prologue tribute to the man, his legacy, and his generational impact on otaku by Carl Horn. ― Prologue I once wrote that Isao Takahata was anime's greatest director—when he felt like it. Maybe Hayao Miyazaki, who is anime's greatest director even though he doesn't feel like it, had the same opin...
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Interview: Shoko Nakagawa

The unmistakable voice behind the legendary smash hit opening theme for Gurren Lagann and the host of Pokemon Sunday sits down for a few fun questions on the 10th anniversary of her first Anime Expo appearance. ― Well known for her song Sorairo Days and as the host of Pokemon Sunday, Shoko Nakagawa does it all. In addition to singing, acting, and being a TV personality, she has also illustrated and p...
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Event Report: Hatsune Miku Expo 2018 in New York City

World-famous vocaloid Hatsune Miku and a few of her Vocaloid pals took the stage in New York City for an explosive concert earlier this summer. A full report - plus a complete setlist and plenty of photos - await! ― Every two years, a giant line filled with cosplayers, heads of green hair, and t-shirts adorning a pig-tailed girl stands in the middle of Manhattan, right across from Madison Square Gard...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2018, Jul 1-21

The summer season is in full swing, which means votes have been cast! See how your favorite summer anime ranked in our first weekly user ranking 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 worst) of the season. Keep in mind that ...
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Interview: K: Seven Stories and Welcome to the Ballroom Actor Shimba Tsuchiya

The up-and-coming voice actor behind Welcome to the Ballroom's Tatara has a new role in the first K: Seven Stories film, and he's here to share some insights from his experiences as a voice actor so far. ― Up-and-coming voice actor Shimba Tsuchiya may have only just popped up on your radar, but he's making a strong impression already. Tsuchiya first appeared in a live-action film role as the ghost ch...
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Interview: Studio Eallin Japan and Director Kenji Kawasaki

One of Japan's burgeoning short-project anime directors discusses his process and the growing trend of 3D with interviewer Callum May. ― Although the anime industry is open to new forms of creativity, there's always space for creative animation outside of a TV series. Eallin Japan is one such company that offers avenues for creative animated projects within advertisements, music videos and short film...
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The Summer 2018 Anime Preview Guide

The summer anime season has begun, and we're reviewing every new anime of the season. Check back daily for new reviews!
Now Available: We Rent Tsukumogami - Attack on Titan season 3 - Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs - Late night! The Genius Bakabon - Revue Starlight - Grand Blue Dreaming - Happy Sugar Life - Lord of Vermilion - Free! Dive to the Future - Asobi Asobase - Planet With - Chio's School Road - and much more!
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Interview: Persona 5 The Animation at Anime Expo 2018

The director and producer of Persona 5 The Animation stormed Anime Expo 2018 this year - we've got an interview with the guys behind the anime, and a full panel report from the show. ― At this year's Anime Expo, Persona 5 the Animation's director Masashi Ishihama and producer Kazuki Adachi were kind enough to agree to a one-on-one interview with Anime News Network regarding their newest project. One ...
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Catching Up With Free!

Those swim boys are at it again! The third season of Free! is already underway, but what if you're a few laps behind? Catch up on Free! just in time with this handy guide to the first two seasons and Take Your Marks! ― Free! started life humbly, as a 30-second TV advertisement consisting of four muscular young men cavorting around a pool in jackets and skintight swimsuits. It captured the imagination...
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Anime Spotlight - Overlord III

Time for Ains to descend onto the frontlines to show his true power. ― Overlord III Official Website: http://overlord-anime.com/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres July 10, 2018 (JST) Key Staff Director: Naoyuki Itou (Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu (OAV), Digimon: Data Squad (TV)) Series Composition: Yukie Sugawara (Kino's Journey - the Beautiful World- (TV), Overlord (TV), Ov...
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Anime Spotlight - Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion

With a new point of view, this anime portrays the Mongol invasion of Japan, the event that changed Japan in the Middle Ages. ― Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion Official Website: http://angolmois-anime.jp/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiers 0:30 of July 11, 2018 (JST) Key Staff Director: Takayuki Kuriyama ("Orange" (TV) as Episode Director (ep 2), "Re:CREATORS" (TV) as Episode ...
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Anime Spotlight - HARUKANA RECEIVE

Haruka Ozora, a girl who feels uncomfortable being taller than average, and her cousin Kanata Higa, who quits playing her beloved volleyball because of her short stature, decide to form a team to play beach volleyball together. ― HARUKANA RECEIVE Official Website: http://www.harukana-receive.jp/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres July 6, 2018 (JST) Key Staff Director: Toshiyuki K...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018

As the Spring season wraps up, we're ready to rank the best and worst according to your user-submitted votes! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 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 indiv...
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Everything You Need To Know about Attack on Titan Before It Returns (Again!)

Attack on Titan Season 3 is right around the corner - are you all caught up yet? Here's your complete guide to the story so far! ― 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 the t...
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Anime Spotlight - Mr. Tonegawa

Yukio Tonegawa, one of the top brass of the Teiai Group, has been ordered by the group's chairman, Kazutaka Hyōdō, to plan a new "Death Game" to be played by debtors. ― Mr. Tonegawa Official Website: http://www.tonegawa-anime.com/index.html Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres 1:59AM, July 4th, 2018 (JST) Key Staff Director: Keiichiro Kawaguchi (Hayate the Combat Butler (TV)) Serie...
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Interview: Yuki Kajiura

The legendary composer and musician behind the internationally beloved scores for stuff like Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, Princess Principal and Heaven's Feel answers a few fun questions ahead of her big performance in Los Angeles next week. ― A musician and composer of Yuki Kajiura's caliber scarcely needs an introduction; her incredible compositions for an ocean of beloved anime have thrilled fans all...
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Our Most Anticipated Anime of Summer 2018

The summer anime season begins July 1, so it's time to reveal the shows we just can't wait for! Peruse our staff picks - and don't forget to tell us yours! ― The new anime season is right around the corner! Anime News Network's Summer 2018 Anime Preview Guide begins July 1st, but in the meantime, we're counting down the shows we're most excited about. Once you've perused our staff picks, head on over...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018, Jun 17-23

Wotakoi finishes strong while Golden Kamuy stumbles at the finish line. Find out where your favorites ranked in the penultimate week of the Spring season! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 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...
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Homelessness in Japan and Hinamatsuri

Marco Oliveros explores in-depth how this season's charming sleeper hit Hinamatsuri goes about depicting Japan's homeless population with uncommon empathy and understanding. ― Hinamatsuri is supposed to be a comedy, and it's true that the show delivers its hilarity in spades. However, for an anime about the wacky adventures of girls with psychic abilities, Hinamatsuri also delivers some excellent cha...
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Anime Spotlight - Asobi Asobase

Olivia can't speak English despite her blonde hair; Kasumi is terrible at English despite the intelligent air she has; Hanako is a pigtailed girl who dreams of becoming normal. These three girls formed the "Playing Committe." ― Asobi Asobase Official Website: http://asobiasobase.com/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres July 8, 2018 (JST) Key Staff Director: Seiji Kishi (Angel Beat...
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The Best (and worst) Anime of Spring 2018

Before we dive into the summer season, it's time to count down our favorite (and least favorite) anime of Spring 2018! From Megalobox to Hinamatsuri to Aggretsuko, here are our staff picks for the best shows of the season. ― Summer's finally here! Before we break out the popsicles and head for Anime Expo, it's time to decide which shows were the best—and the worst. We asked our critics to pick their ...
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Anime Spotlight - Chio's School Road

High school first-year Chio Miyamo has always tried to have a normal school life of not standing out, but for some reason she encounters a variety of obstacles on her way to school. ― Chio's School Road Official Website: http://chiochan.jp/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres July 6, 2018 Key Staff Director: Takayuki Inagaki (Desert Punk (TV), My mental choices are completely inte...
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The Most Underrated Pro Heroes in My Hero Academia

Heroes like All Might and Endeavor are clearly comfortable in the spotlight, but what about the professionals who save lives on a more low-key level? Kirsten Carey shines a light on some Heroes who deserve a little more love. ― Like the vast majority of shounen, My Hero Academia focuses on a group of protagonists wanting to become the best at something. In this case, it's becoming the Number One Hero...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018, Jun 10-16

Our user rankings begin to settle into their final form as the spring season slows in its final weeks. Find out where your favorites rank this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 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 ranki...
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Anime Spotlight - Planet With

After his town was attacked by a mysterious giant weapon, high school student Soya Kuroi got drawn into the fight alongside a girl in Gothic Lolita clothing and a cat-like life-form against a team of seven heroes. ― Planet With Official Website: http://planet-with.com/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres on July 8, 2018 (JST) Key Staff Director: Youhei Suzuki ("Urara Meirocho (TV)...
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Anime Spotlight - Seven Senses of the Reunion

High school boy Haruto logged into the MMORPG world 'Reunion' and reunited with Asahi, his childhood friend who should have died six years ago; her death caused the original game 'Union' to cease operations. Is she a digital ghost, or...? ― Seven Senses of the Reunion Official Website: http://7subaru.jp/ Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres 1:58AM of July 6, 2018 (JST) Key Staff Director:...
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Interview: Goodnight Punpun Creator Inio Asano

The widely-acclaimed mangaka behind Goodnight Punpun and Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction dives deep on his intense career, the intense feelings in his intense manga, piracy, millennials and a whole lot more. ― Inio Asano is the renowned artist and writer behind a small library of emotionally complex manga that have been embraced and celebrated by audiences in Japan and around the world. Asano ...
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How The New Persona Dancing Games Slide In To The Persona Timeline

Not one but TWO new Persona dancing games are out in Japan! Both of them are supposed to snap right in to the overarching Persona timeline... but how? When did our heroes take to the dance floor? Richard Eisenbeis has done the homework. ― With two new Persona music games on the market in Japan you might be wondering, how exactly do they fit in with the rest of the series? While about different sets o...
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Anime Spotlight - Free! -Dive to the Future-

In Tokyo, Haruka reunites with Ikuya, a young man who swam alongside him in relays in middle school. Haruka's memories of middle school begin to resurface; he remembers Ikuya from "that moment" extremely clearly... ― Free! -Dive to the Future- Official Website: http://df.iwatobi-sc.com/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres in July 2018 Key Staff Director: Eisaku Kawanami Series Com...
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Everything You Need to Know About the Revolutionary Girl Utena Musical

To celebrate the shojo classic's 20th anniversary, Utena got its very own musical this past March, supervised by Kunihiko Ikuhara! Superfans Giovanna and Yasha break down the best of this stage show's spectacle and how you can still see it for yourself. ― When we initially went to see Revolutionary Girl Utena: Bud of the White Rose, the new musical that played in Japan for ten days, it was sort of an...
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Anime Spotlight - Revue Starlight

Allured by the prospect of being a star, the "Theater Girls" gather at the arts school, Seisho Music Academy, dreaming of standing on the stage themselves one day. ― Revue Starlight Official Website: http://revuestarlight.com/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery On-air starts 1:28AM, July 13, 2018 (JST) Key Staff Director: Tomohiro Furukawa (Alderamin on the Sky (TV) as Episode Director (ep...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018, Jun 3-9

A new challenger pushes MEGALOBOX out of the top spot as the spring rankings begin to wind down. Find out where your favorite shows ranked as the summer approaches! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 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 ...
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The Gundam Plot Coherency Scale

In the vast universe of Mobile Suit Gundam, some stories make a whole lot more sense than others. Lauren Orsini ranks 21 major Gundam series in order, from the easiest to follow to the ones that'll make your head spin! ― The Gundam multiverse isn't always the most comprehensible place. Political factions on Earth and in the space colonies develop and refine perplexing political messaging. Antiheroes ...
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Interview: Scott Pilgrim Creator Bryan Lee O'Malley

Anime and manga fans all over the world embraced his smash hit series Scott Pilgrim - now he's back with a couple of exciting new series, and a whole lot of emotional honesty. ― The one and only Bryan Lee O'Malley attended the most recent FicZone, one of the biggest events in the south of Spain regarding anime, TV series, video games and comics. O'Malley is the creator of the internationally successf...
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Tomorrow's Joe, Today: Megalobox Updates a Classic

Before there was Megalobox, there was Tomorrow's Joe, the original classic boxing anime. Daryl Surat takes a closer look at the influences these two series share and where we can expect Joe's journey to go in the future. ― Every episode of the current hit sci-fi/sports anime series Megalobox concludes with an icon of a boxing glove with “Joe 50th” written on it. Those enterprising few willing to mus...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018, May 27-Jun 2

My Hero Academia and Steins;Gate leap up the charts! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 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 peo...
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The Spring 2018 Manga Guide

Our Spring Manga guide covers dozens of premieres - find your next manga obsession here!
Available Now: My Solo Exchange Diary - Grand Blue Dreaming - Eclair - Mushroom Girls in Love - Getter Robo Devolution - High-Rise Invasion - Golosseum - Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle - Tokyo Tarareba Girls - Claudine - RWBY Anthology - Captain Harlock Classic Collection - and much more!
― Welcome to Anime...
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The Best Light Novels Not Yet In English

Kim Morrissy runs down some of the most interesting light novels not yet in English, from the Dengeki Novel Prize winners' circle! ― If you're looking to get into some unique and interesting light novels, then it's worth keeping an eye on the Dengeki Novel Prize. It's the most prestigious prize for unpublished light novel authors; unlike other light novel contests, Dengeki Bunko has a reputation for ...
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Interview with Deadman Wonderland Creators

The married creators of Deadman Wonderland discuss their completed epic in detail, along with their influences, how they handle all that violent darkness, and what might be next for this creative team! ― Anime News Network had an opportunity at this year's Anime Central to sit down for an interview with Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou, the married co-creators of Deadman Wonderland, who write and dr...
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The Spring 2018 Light Novel Guide

Browse an incredible selection of this spring's biggest, best and most wildly creative light novels, from reincarnated vending machines to unwanted zombie heroes! ― While this list is far from exhaustive, here's a selection of new and notable light novels releasing this spring. Peruse our selections - and if you have recommendations of your own, we'd love to hear about them in the forums! April Infi...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018, May 20-26

Hinamatsuri and MEGALOBOX duke it out for the top spot! Find out how your favorite Spring anime performed according to our weekly user votes! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 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...
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Meet the Creators of Let's Pop Together

An in-depth, entertaining visit with the husband and wife team behind the adorable felt puppet versions of Popuko and Pipimi from this year's incredible comedy Pop Team Epic! ― On reflection, we were probably an odd sight in that Yokohama cafe. Four people sat around a table, laughing our heads off as one of us held up a doll of Popuko flipping the bird. Ever since it debuted, I've been interested in...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018, May 13-19

Lupin gets dangerously close to stealing the top spot - but Hinamatsuri can't be denied! See how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 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 thes...
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Interview: Monogatari Illustrator VOFAN

The illustrator for Nisio Isin's smash Monogatari novel series talks in-depth about creating the spectacular images that bring the novel series to life. ― As the illustrator for Nisio Isin's smash Monogatari novel series, digital artist and photographer VOFAN has earned his reputation as a master at rendering light, creating spectacular images that bring the novel series to life, establishing a worl...
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Warner Brothers Japan at Anime Central

All the details from Warner Bros' panel at Anime Central, including a look at the first episode of the action fantasy anime Dragon Pilot, coming soon to Netflix! ― On Sunday May 20th at Anime Central, a representative of Warner Brothers Japan hosted a panel. During the presentation she provided previews of some upcoming projects and then showed the English subtitled version of the first episode of Dr...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018, May 6-12

Hinamatsuri and MEGALOBOX duke it out for the top spot! Catch up with our weekly user rankings - and find out how your favorite shows performed! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 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 ...
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Interview: Becoming Byakuya with Miyavi

The world-famous guitarist discusses his transformation into Bleach's Byakuya Kuchiki ahead of his solo concert this Sunday in New York City. ― World-famous guitarist Miyavi scarcely needs an introduction – after lighting hearts on fire all over the world as the guitarist for visual kei smash Due le Quartz in the late 90s, Miyavi launched a spectacular solo career that took him to new heights of inte...
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How Keiichi Sigsawa Went From Writing Kino's Journey to Sword Art Online Alternative

How did Keiichi Sigsawa, who is best known for writing the classic road trip light novel Kino's Journey, end up writing a Sword Art Online spinoff? The answers lie within. ― When Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online was first announced, many Western anime fans responded with surprise and bemusement. How did Keiichi Sigsawa, who is best known for writing the classic road trip light novel Kino...
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The Spring 2018 Anime Preview Guide

The Spring 2018 Anime Preview Guide covers the entire spring season - and now we're covering all of this season's new English dubs!
Available Now: My Hero Academia season 3 - Legend of the Galactic Heroes - HINAMATSURI - Tokyo Ghoul:re - High School DXD Hero - Steins;Gate 0 - Kakuriyo
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2018 Preview Guide! Here's how it goes: our team of critics write up their ...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018, Apr 29-May 5

We're catching up with our user rankings this week - My Hero Academia drops a few spots while Lupin climbs the ladder! Find out how your favorite shows fared with our readers and their votes! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 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) o...
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Legend of the Galactic Differences

Legend of the Galactic Heroes spans a bunch of novels, a really long OVA series and a brand-new TV show. But what are the major substantive differences between these three versions of the same epic story? ― In adapting any work, changes and concessions must be made - it's the nature of different mediums to have different storytelling priorities. In the case of a massive work like Legend of the Galact...
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Anime Spotlight - To Be Heroine

High school girl Futaba is sucked into a world without light, where inhabitants are children wearing only under pants, and Futaba's clothes become her "weapons." ― To Be Heroine Official Website: http://tobe-hero.com/season2/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery On-air starts on May 19th, 2018 Key Staff Animation Production: Emon Animation Company ("The Silver Guardian (TV)" as Animati...
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A Few Questions for Detective Conan Producer Michihiko Suwa

Just a couple quick answers from legendary producer Michihiko Suwa on his incredible tenure producing the anime adaptation of City Hunter, plus a little bit about his process on Detective Conan! ― Michihiko Suwa has been a part of the anime industry for over thirty-five years. He's probably best known to western audiences for Inuyasha and Detective Conan, but has planned and produced an enormous and ...
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Interview: Gundam Wing Executive Producer Hideyuki Tomioka

The producer of every single iteration of the Gundam Wing series shares a few fascinating stories about his time on the show, plus his take on where the franchise has gone since the 90s. ― Hideyuki Tomioka has had a long and extremely impressive career - he was the Executive Producer for Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, a show that's still one of the most popular series in the Gundam franchise. He was the pr...
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Interview: Crayon Shin-chan Director Yuji Muto

The longest-running director of Japan's favorite wild child talks about his extraordinary run on the show - including the Shin-chan stories even he dreads to adapt! ― Yūji Mutō is most famous for becoming the third director for the longest-running television anime: Shin Chan, holding this position longer than any other previous director behind the series. Mutō-san began his professional career direct...
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Interview: One Piece Voice Actor Kazuki Yao

A few fun acting questions for the unstoppable voice of Franky, shipwright for the Straw Hat Pirates in One Piece! ― Kazuki Yao's has an impressive voice-acting career that spans more than three decades. Among his lengthy list of credits, he's best known for playing Franky in One Piece, but he's also portayed Judau Ashta in Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ and Koichiro Iketani in Initial D. His voice acting cre...
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Excerpt: Mari Okada's 'From Truant to Anime Screenwriter'

Curious what it's like to write anime for a living? Read a fascinating chapter from the biography of Mari Okada, the anime screenwriter behind Anohana and Anthem of the Heart. ― Earlier this week, we published our exclusive interview with anime screenwriter Mari Okada, the voice behind Anohana, Anthem of the Heart and a small mountain of instantly-recognizable works. 2018 is really shaping up to be O...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018, Apr 22-28

All Might and friends race to the top of the chart this week - and that's not the only big change! See how your favorite shows fared in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind tha...
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Interview: Legendary Anime Screenwriter Mari Okada

The voice behind Anohana and Anthem of the Heart is having a spectacular year, with both her autobiography and her directorial debut seeing international release this year. Kim Morrissy goes in-depth in our exclusive interview. ― If you're an anime fan, you've probably watched an anime Mari Okada has worked on at some point. Most famous for her anime-original works Anohana and The Anthem of the Heart...
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The Spring 2018 Anime Preview Guide

The Spring 2018 Anime Season is in full swing - check out our guide to the entire season!
Available Now: Spring 2018 Shorts featuring Aggretsuko - Wotakoi - Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory - High School DxD Hero - Doreiku the Animation - Steins;Gate 0 - Butlers x Battlers - Last Period - Yotsuiro Biyori - Golden Kamuy - and much more
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2018 Preview Guide! H...
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The True History Behind Golden Kamuy

Beyond the bear attacks and treasure hunting, Golden Kamuy is a story rich with real-world historical relevance. Marco Oliveros offers context for the wars and treaties that led these lovable (and loathable) characters to seek riches in the frozen wilderness. ― Golden Kamuy is a story more heavily informed by its historical context than most. Sure, it has its gratuitous violence and gore, peculiarly ...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018, Apr 1-21

MEGALOBOX dominates the competition in the first best 'n worst of Spring 2018! Find out where your favorite shows placed in our weekly user ranking. ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Spring 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 ranki...
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The Best (and Worst) Magical Costumes in Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card

With CCS Clear Card's first half behind us, now is the perfect time to celebrate all the adorable outfits Sakura has worn so far. Lynzee ranks each costume from tiara to toe-shoe and invites you to share your own thoughts on Tomoyo's fashion sense! ― In a genre full of magical girls, what makes Cardcaptor Sakura stand apart? She doesn't have a squad of color-coordinated friends like Sailor Moon or da...
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Anime Spotlight - Hitori No Shita The Outcast 2 Zensei Chapter

Chou Soran is finally the winner of the Raten Tournament, with the right to be the next Tenshi (celestial priest), yet he becomes suspicious and refuses to accept the ceremonial Rules of the Tenshi. ― Hitori No Shita The Outcast 2 Zensei Chapter Official Website: http://hitorinoshita2.com/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery On-air starts on May 1st, 2018 The new "Zensei Chapter" will...
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20 Years Ago: The Best Anime of 1998

With one enormous smash hit after another, it's hard to overstate just how big a year 1998 was for anime - thankfully, Daryl Surat is here to run down the biggest and brightest hits of that spectacular year. ― We've reached the point now where multiple generations of anime fans have relied on the Internet as their primary means of organization and interaction, to the point where they accept it as giv...
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Interview: One Piece Animation Director Shigefumi Shingaki

A few fun questions for Shigefumi Shingaki, long-tenured animation director for Luffy and the straw hats and the man behind that incredible Strong World OVA! ― Toei Animation director Shigefumi Shingaki's resume of animation work might appear a bit short at first glance. He cut his teeth on Doraemon and picked up key animation work on series ranging from Dragon Ball GT to Air Master. Don't let the sh...
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Interview: Polygon Pictures President Shuzo John Shiota

The president of Japan's most famous 3DCG animation house goes in-depth on the future of his art form, what Netflix means for the industry, and much much more. ― When it comes to 3D anime in Japan, there are few names more notable than Polygon Pictures. After producing award-winning action TV series for American TV, like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Transformers Prime, they started producing anime f...
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Anime Spotlight - FULL METAL PANIC! Invisible Victory

Jindai High School gained back its peace after the defeat of the powerful Amalgam enemies, Gauron and Gates. However, this peace didn't last for long... ― FULL METAL PANIC! Invisible Victory Official Website: http://fullmeta-iv.com/ Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres on April 13th, 2018 Key Staff Director: Katsuichi Nakayama (The Good Witch of the West (TV)) Series Composition: Shoji Ga...
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The Best and Worst of the Winter 2018 Season

It's the final ranking of the Winter 2018 season - find out how your favorite shows fared before we launch our Spring reviews! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Winter 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 p...
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The Best (and worst) Isekai Light Novels

"Isekai" light novels are adapted en masse into anime every year - so which ones are actually worth reading? Kim Morrissy provides your guide to the genre - and which books will really transport you! ― An average person wakes up to find themself in a world unlike their own… and yet one that is also strangely familiar. Their new world is one of monsters and magic, usually inspired by Medieval England,...
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Untangling Steins;Gate Before Steins;Gate 0

The brain-twisting, time-traveling sci-fi smash is back this spring season, but it's been quite a while since we caught up with mad scientist Okabe and friends. Here's a quick refresher course! ― Note: This article contains spoilers for the original Steins;Gate visual novel and anime. Before we get started in earnest, let me just say this: yes, I recommend watching or playing the original Steins;Gat...
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Anime Spotlight - HINAMATSURI

A comedy taking place in an urban setting revolving around a yakuza and a psychic! ― HINAMATSURI Official Website: http://hina-matsuri.net/ Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast starts on April 6th, 2018 Key Staff Director: Kei Oikawa (Minami-ke: Okaeri (TV), Minami-ke: Betsubara (OAV), My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! (TV), Uma Musume Pretty Derby (TV)) Series Composition: Keiichirō Ōch...
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Interview with Okamoto's at Sakura-Con 2018

The punk-rock band behind fan-favorite theme songs from Naruto Shippuden to Durarara!! sits down to discuss writing music for anime and touring in America. ― Okamoto's is the Japanese punk-rock band we've all been sleeping on. The quartet, made of New York-born lead singer Shō, guitarist Koki, the dapper-dressed bassist Hama, and drummer Reiji sat down at a scarcely-filled panel room at SakuraCon on ...
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Anime Spotlight - The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These

After more than 150 years of conflicts in space, histories of the Galactic Empire and the Free Galaxy Alliance are about to change because of two young geniuses. ― The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Official Website: http://gineiden-anime.com/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast starts on April 3th, 2018 (JST) Key Staff Director: Shunsuke Tada (Kuroko's Basket...
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Anime Spotlight - Libra of Nil Admirari

Noblewoman Tsugumi Kuze has decided to marry in order to protect her family. Before she is able to do so, however, her younger brother Hitaki is caught up in an incident involving books called "Maremono" (Rare Objects) that affect the reader of the tome greatly. ― Libra of Nil Admirari Official Website: http://nilad-anime.com/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast starts April...
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Interview: Big Fish & Begonia Directors Zhang Chun and Liang Xuan

The two directors of China's biggest animated film ever, the lush and vibrant fantasy Big Fish & Begonia, spill their secrets on the eve of the film's limited American theatrical release. ― Liang Xuan and Zhang Chun are the directors of the hit animated film Big Fish and Begonia, which arrives in U.S. theaters on April 6th, 2018 in limited release (with a wider release coming April 11). Both were stu...
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The Complete Guide to Tokyo Ghoul

Feeling a little rusty on this hit horror series since it aired over three years ago? Gabriella Ekens has everything you need to know about Ken Kaneki and friends before going into Tokyo Ghoul:re! ― It's been three years since Tokyo Ghoul's divisive second season aired, so it's understandable to need a refresher before diving into Tokyo Ghoul:re. Here's everything you need to know about the hit horro...
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Anime Spotlight - STEINS;GATE 0

What if Rintaro Okabe had given up on saving Kurisu Makise in the Beta World Line during Steins;Gate? ― STEINS;GATE 0 Official Website: http://steinsgate0-anime.com/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast starts April 11th, 2018 (JST) Key Staff Director: Kenichi Kawamura ("Qualidea Code" (TV), "SoniAni: Super Sonico the Animation" (TV)) Series Composition: Jukki Hanada ("Beyond...
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Ghibli Museum Report: Hayao Miyazaki's Latest Film

The first fruit of Hayao Miyazaki's return from "retirement", an adorable little short called Boro the Caterpillar, is unspooling now at the Ghibli Museum in Japan. Here's a look at what to expect. ― These days, it feels that Hayao Miyazaki is almost as famous for constantly coming out of retirement as he is for the legion of classic films he's directed. On top of working on a new feature film schedu...
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Anime Spotlight - Lost Song

The song changes even the destiny of the stars. ― Lost Song Official Website: http://lost-song.com/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Online Streaming: March 31, 2018 on Netflix (Japan) Worldwide Online Streaming: Summer 2018 TV Broadcast: April 7, 2018 Key Staff Director and script: Junpei & Morita ("OCCULTIC;NINE" as series composition) Original Character Design: Tomonori Fukuda (...
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Special Report: FLCL Alternative episode 1

Cartoon Network surprised everyone with an April Fool's treat when the first episode of FLCL's sequel project aired on adult swim! Jacob Chapman has our first look at FLCL Alternative and how it compares to the original series. ― April Fool's! Last night, adult swim treated its viewers to an all Japanese-language night of Toonami that kicked off with the first episode of FLCL Alternative, aka FLCL 3,...

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