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New York Comic-Con 2018 Interview: Tony Valente, Creator of Radiant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The summer's coming to and end but there's still time for surprises! Black Clover jumps TWENTY ONE SPACES on our weekly user rankings - find out how your favorite summer anime did! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the seaso...
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Catching Up With Sword Art Online

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

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

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

Lupin the 3rd Part 5 and Planet With are this week's big winners, climbing up the charts! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind tha...
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Interview: Pop Team Epic Producer Kotaro Sudo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Revue Starlight and Happy Sugar Life both jump double digits, racing up the charts! Find out how your favorite summer anime performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind th...
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Interview: The Staff of Sword Art Online Alicization

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Revue Starlight jumps 14 PLACES on the chart to challenge Attack on Titan for the throne! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind tha...
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Otakon 2018: Fan Q&A With Food Wars Producer Yuji Matsukura

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

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

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

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

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

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