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Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis Film's Ending Explained!

Now playing in theaters, Anime News Network chatted with English voice actors Ry McKeand, Xanthe Huynh, David Wald, Tiana Camacho, and ADR Director Howard Wang about the Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis film's **SPOILER** ending. ― Opening in theaters in the U.S. on May 12, Anime News Network chatted with English voice actors Ry McKeand (Ryoma), Xanthe Huynh (Sakuno), David Wald (Nanjiro), Tiana Camacho (...
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Meet the Dub Cast of Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis

Opening in theaters in the U.S. on May 12, Anime News Network chatted with English voice actors Ry McKeand, Xanthe Huynh, David Wald, Tiana Camacho, and ADR Director Howard Wang about the Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis film! ― Opening in theaters in the U.S. on May 12, Anime News Network chatted with English voice actors Ry McKeand (Ryoma), Xanthe Huynh (Sakuno), David Wald (Nanjiro), Tiana Camacho (Eme...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2022, Apr 29-May 5

Demon Girl Next Door is working to carve out her place in the top of the ranking. Come discover which series are ranked higher that you might have expected. They might be worth a second look! ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in...
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Revisiting the Attack on Titan OVAs

With the Attack on Titan anime finally coming to an end in 2023 (third time's the charm), MrAJCosplay revisits the numerous OVAs released to figure out how each of them fits in with the series at large. ― The Final Season of the Attack on Titan anime will finally be coming to an end in 2023 (third time's the charm). While the episodes have been enjoyed widely by fans across the world over the past ni...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2022, Apr 1-28

The user rankings of the Spring 2022 season are now off to a start. Can you guess what series is dominating? ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated individual episodes of the ...
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The Anime Staff and Creator of Requiem of the Rose King

We spoke with manga creator Aya Kanno, director Kentarō Suzuki, and series writer Hiroki Uchida to learn more about the series' unique setting, Shakespearean influences, and how it was adapted to screen. ― Inspired by Shakespeare plays, Requiem of the Rose King tells an intriguing story about the tortured life of Richard III. In Aya Kanno's inventive telling, Richard struggles with his love and gende...
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More Than Miss Hokusai: Director Keiichi Hara's Fantastical Movies

Compared to his contemporaries, Keiichi Hara's anime films are often overlooked. Kevin Cormack shares why its time to correct that mistake. ― When asked to name the most prominent living anime directors, modern critics will almost always regurgitate the same three names: Hayao Miyazaki, Mamoru Hosoda, and Makoto Shinkai. Apart from his one breakout hit (amongst critics, if not general audiences) Mis...
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Creating the World of Bubble with Director Tetsuro Araki

Following his success as the chief director of Attack on Titan at Studio Wit, we spoke with director Tetsuro Araki about his new film now streaming on Netflix, Bubble. ― Following his success as the chief director of Attack on Titan at Studio Wit, we spoke with director Tetsuro Araki about his new film now streaming on Netflix, Bubble. The film follows Hibiki, a parkour prodigy leaving in a dystopian...
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Paranoia Agent - How Does It Hold Up?

Satoshi Kon has one of the most impressive filmographies of any animator, but what of his 13-episode television series? Some call it a masterpiece, others call it pretentious, Matthew Roe heads back to Studio Madhouse to take a look at Paranoia Agent. ― Satoshi Kon has one of the most impressive filmographies of any animator, but what of his 13-episode television series? Some call it a masterpiece, o...
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Why Girls und Panzer Works So Well

Who would've thought that a series about high school girls in short skirts fighting tank battles would be the peak of military-themed anime? ― CGDCT, or “Cute Girls Doing Cute Things,” is a genre in anime that usually revolves around a high school setting where cute girls in school uniforms talk about love, discuss fashion, go shopping, share a hobby, and do other things without a single guy in sight...
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How Far Does Forgiveness Go? Ranking of Kings Ending Explained

Ranking of Kings has dominated discussion for the past few months, but did it manage to stick the landing? Join Ember Reviews as we take a deep dive into this series to see if it managed to finish off all of its many ideas successfully. ― Across two anime seasons packed with heavy-hitting sequels and long-awaited adaptations, the fact that Ranking of Kings has managed to stay near the top of seasona...
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Interview: How the Staff of She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man Made An Old Man Cute

ANN spoke to the novel author Hirotsugu Ryusen, as well as director Keitaro Motonaga and screenwriter Takamitsu Kouno about how they made Danblf's transformation a reality. ― Among the genre of VRMMORPG novels, She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man presents an interesting world shaped by the players in its past. The main character, Danblf, transforms into a young girl and journeys through a cha...
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How Composer MAYUKO Created Ranking of Kings' Fantasy-Infused Score

We sat down with MAYUKO to discuss how she brought magic to the score of Wit Studio's Ranking of Kings, from crashing cathedral bells to lilting sopranino recorders. ― Writer, composer, arranger and singer, MAYUKO has been performing as a singer-songwriter since she was a student. As a composer, she created music for the drama The Full-Time Wife Escapist, the anime Cells at Work! and her latest sound...
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The Spring 2022 Preview Guide

Have you made room in your heart for Anya? The highly-anticipated premiere of Spy x Family is up right now! Also: Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie, In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki, Aoashi, Kaguya-sama Love is War, Tiger & Bunny 2, Dance Dance Danseur, Love After World Domination, Skeleton Knight in Another World, Little Baby Ghost, Heroine Runs the Show, RPG Real Estate, Deaimon, I'm Quitting Heroing, Healer Girls, Love Live Nijigasaki, The Executioner and Her Way of Life, and more!
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The Spring 2022 Preview Guide

Our day of big sequels continues with the side-splitting return of Kaguya-sama Love is War! ALSO:Tiger & Bunny 2, Dance Dance Danseur, Love After World Domination, Skeleton Knight in Another World, Little Baby Ghost, Heroine Runs the Show, RPG Real Estate, Deaimon, I'm Quitting Heroing, Healer Girls, Love Live Nijigasaki, The Executioner and Her Way of Life, and more! ― Adblock+ breaks this page, con...
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The Spring 2022 Preview Guide

Our day of big sequels kicks off with return of our long-awaited heroes in Tiger & Bunny 2! ALSO: Love After World Domination, Skeleton Knight in Another World, Little Baby Ghost, Heroine Runs the Show, RPG Real Estate, Deaimon, Demon Lord is a Typical Nobody, Birdie Wing, Tomodachi Game, I'm Quitting Heroing, Healer Girls, Love Live Nijigasaki, The Executioner and Her Way of Life, and more! ― Adbloc...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2022

With the last few episodes trailing into Spring like an April's fool, it's time to look at the final ranking of the Winter 2022 season. And the trophy for "best final episode" goes to... ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind...
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The Spring 2022 Preview Guide

Being the strongest warrior isn't all it's cracked up to be! Leo is switching sides in I'M QUITTING HEROING! Also check out our reviews of Healer Girls, Magia Record, Trapped in a Dating Sim, Fanfare of Adolescence, Love Live Nijigasaki, The Executioner and Her Way of Life, Science Fell in Love, Ya Boy, Kongming!, Legend of Galactic Heroes, and more! ― Adblock+ breaks this page, consider whitelisting...
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The Spring 2022 Preview Guide

The thrilling conclusion of Magia Record is live! ANN's preview guide is updating daily with new reviews including Trapped in a Dating Sim, Fanfare of Adolescence, Love Live Nijigasaki, The Executioner and Her Way of Life, Science Fell in Love, Ya Boy, Kongming!, Legend of Galactic Heroes, and more! ― Adblock+ breaks this page, consider whitelisting ANN Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2022 Pre...
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The Spring 2022 Preview Guide

It's time to get the party started! ANN's preview guide is live with reviews of The Executioner and Her Way of Life, Science Fell in Love, Ya Boy, Kongming!, Legend of Galactic Heroes, Estab-Life, Kotaro Lives Alone, and Thermae Romae Novae! ― Adblock+ breaks this page, consider whitelisting ANN Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2022 Preview Guide! Here's how it goes: our team of critics write u...
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Gundam Build Fighters and the Power of Toy Anime

Gundam Build Fighters is a toy show through and through. It also just happens to be some of the most fun we had with an anime in a long time! ― Gundam is a mecha franchise that's been going strong for decades with amazing entries in all kinds of styles. Gunpla is a contraction of “Gundam plastic” and refers to the plastic model kits based on the mechs that appear in the anime. It's been a prominent p...
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How an April Fools Day Joke Revived Toonami

Kennedy (RedBard) looks back on a night that changed everything for fans of the late night programming block and ushered in the return of the beloved Steve Blum-voiced robot, Tom. ― By 2012, April Fools Day on Adult Swim had become a fun, albeit predictable, event. The nighttime programming block had fallen into the routine of airing The Room—a legendary 2003 independent film (which has been called “...
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Our Most Anticipated Anime Of Spring 2022

The spring season kicks off on April 1, so before we dive into another stacked anime season let's take a look at some of the most promising shows! ― Welcome to our Most Anticipated Anime feature for the Spring 2022 season. Below you'll find our editorial team's top (tentative) picks from the 46-odd shows slated to premiere in January. What are your favorite picks? Head on over to our poll and pick y...
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The Best and Worst Anime of Winter 2022

The winter season is drawing to a close, so it's time to look back at what anime lit up the season and which ones left our editorial team out in the cold. ― Best: The Case Study of Vanitas Part 2 I really liked the first season of Vanitas, mostly because it was practically made for me. A hyper-dramatic, indulgently gothic period fantasy with immaculate direction and storyboarding was basically every...
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The Martial Arts of Kengan Ashura

Some say 3D anime action isn't dynamic. Then there's Kengan Ashura. Raffael Coronelli discusses the series' meticulously constructed fights and how they won over a dedicated fanbase. ― Some say 3D anime action isn't dynamic. Then there's Kengan Ashura. There's a reason this series has gained such a dedicated following for its brutal and kinetic fights — the manga it faithfully adapts was written by Y...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2022, Mar 19-25

Even so close to the end of the season, the top of the cumulative ranking keeps shaking! See how your favorite shows stack up in this penultimate week. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on h...
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Sasaki and Miyano Manga Creator and Director On Crafting the Ideal “Boy's Life” Series

ANN spoke to manga creator Shō Harusono and anime director Shinji Ishihara on how they crafted this sweet and mellow series. ― Sasaki and Miyano is a “boy's life” series about two high school boys falling in love within their everyday lives. The series has earned high praise since its web manga serialization days, and now it has become an anime. ANN spoke to manga creator Shō Harusono and anime direc...
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Spring 2022 Anime Trailer Watch Party With Mother's Basement!

Make sure to tune in LIVE tonight, at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT to catch all the trailers for the upcoming anime season! ― It's time to hope into a new season of anime and there's no better way to welcome in the new season than with the the Spring 2022 Anime Trailer Watch Party! This time we're joined by Mother's Basement AniTuber Geoff Thew. Make sure to tune in LIVE tonight, at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT to catch all t...
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Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust - Does It Hold Up?

In 2000, Studio Madhouse released an adaptation of Hideyuki Kikuchi's third novel in the series, creating one of their most hauntingly iconic feature films. ― Everyone has that first anime. Not the one you first watched, but the first one you owned. As you've probably guessed, my first anime DVD was the 2000 feature film Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, and I got it as a gift for my 16th birthday. When ...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2022, Mar 12-18

Princess Connect is pleasing its fans! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated individual episodes of th...
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Mini-Interview: Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Director Sunghoo Park On Why The Film is a Must-Watch For Fans

"I believe that Jujutsu Kaisen has a worldview that can be enjoyed by all fans regardless of nationality, so I hope you will enjoy the film and continue to support us." ― Hot on the heels of the release of Jujutsu Kaisen 0 in the United States, director Sung Hoo Park took some time to respond to a few questions about the film. How did the anime staff succeed in scaling up the story for the big screen...
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How The Staff of Love of Kill Brought the Action Romcom Manga to Life

ANN spoke to original creator Fe, director Hideaki Oba, series composition writer Ayumu Hisao, and character designer Yoko Sato about how they turned the manga into a thrilling anime. ― Love of Kill first began as a Pixiv manga with the premise of “two assassins find love together.” ANN spoke to original creator Fe about how the story evolved in its transition to a print serialization. We also spoke ...
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Everything You Need to Know About Jujutsu Kaisen 0

Let's join dub voice actors Kayleigh McKee, Anairis Quiñones, Lex Lang, Kaiji Tang, Allegra Clark, Xander Mobus, and Matthew David Rudd to talk about their characters and the hit anime film Jujutsu Kaisen 0! ― Now playing in theaters across the U.S., Jujutsu Kaisen 0 serves as a prequel to the hit television anime and is based on a one volume manga by creator Gege Akutami. The film, directed by frequ...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2022, Mar 5-11

Demon Slayer keeps going up while Attack on Titan keeps going down. Will they catch up in the cumulative? See how all your favorites fared in our weekly user rankings. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these ranking...
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The Apocrypha of Hareluya II BØY & Why It's Worth Watching

Fans of Gintama will want to check out this obscure anime. George J. Horvath details why comedy anime fans should check out this obscure series, now streaming on HIDIVE. ― ♪Now I've heard there was a secret show That Hidive streams, but no one knows But you don't really care about it, do you? It celebrates the 25th It sometimes falls, but always lifts Now all the fans should go watch Hareluya Hareluy...
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The New Best-Selling TV Anime

There's a new best-selling TV anime, but it might not be what you're thinking of. Join Ember Reviews as we take a deep dive into what might have made this new record holder so successful. ― There's a new best-selling TV anime, but it might not be what you're thinking of. Join Ember Reviews as we take a deep dive into what might have made this new record holder so successful. Last year, according to O...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2022, Feb 26-Mar 4

What an upset! Teasing Masters and Dress-Up Darlings overthrow Kings and Titans! Check out the latest weekly user rankings! ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated individual e...
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The Staff of Sabikui Bisco

ANN spoke to the author Shinji Cobkubo about how he created this unique light novel, as well as to series composition writer Sadayuki Murai and director Atsushi Ikariya about how they brought the novel to life. ― Sabikui Bisco has been surprising and delighting viewers every week with its bombastic post-apocalyptic world and fast-paced action. ANN spoke to the author Shinji Cobkubo about how he creat...
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Myth and History: Jujutsu Kaisen's Ryomen Sukuna

For all Ryomen Sukuna's magnificent devilry, the ancient figure whom he's named after is shrouded in a lot of mystery, with some legends even treating this mythical Sukuna as a hero rather than a demon. ― To say Jujutsu Kaisen is a popular anime and manga series is akin to calling the Mariana Trench a little deeper than a kiddie pool. With its bombastic action and fascinating cast of characters, ther...
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What You Should Know About the Bastard!! Anime

Netflix announced it will be drop a brand new anime adaptation of Kazushi Hagiwara's Bastard!! manga. Abhi from The Cartoon Cipher revisits the original anime adaptation to see how well it holds up. ― Netflix announced it will be drop a brand new anime adaptation of Kazushi Hagiwara's Bastard!! manga. So with that in mind, Abhi from The Cartoon Cipher revisits the original anime adaptation to see how...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2022, Feb 19-25

Did you know that Teasing Master Takagi-san has been near the top of the ranking every week? Discover which great shows you might have overlooked this season! ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are bas...
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Ranking Pokémon's Evil Teams from Least to Most Justified

The Pokémon series has introduced numerous evil organizations over the years, but are there any that, dare we say it, had a point? Callum May investigates. ― Due to the game focusing more on catching than battling, this year's Pokémon Legends: Arceus was the first within the main series to not feature an evil team or organization. Instead, the player character works as part of the Galaxy Expedition T...
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Unjustly Ignored — Why Star Blazers 2199 is More Than Worth Your Time

Star Blazers 2199 is an essential slice of space opera and easily approachable to franchise newcomers, so why isn't it finding its audience? ― I recently came upon Star Blazers 2199 having never seen a single episode of the fabled original 1974 Space Battleship Yamato, infamously localised (and edited) in 1979 for US broadcast as Star Blazers. That I, and my ten-year-old son, enjoyed it so much is t...
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The Staff of Orient

Orient is a bold new anime that tells the story of the warriors fighting against demon invaders. ANN spoke to manga creator Shinobu Ohtaka, director Tetsuya Yanagisawa, and series composition writer Mariko Kunisawa about the making of the series. ― Orient is a bold new anime based on Magi creator Shinobu Ohtaka's manga. It tells the story of the warriors, who are the only people to fight the demon in...
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The Other Pokémon Anime

It's Pokémon Month once again! Join Ember Reviews as we take a deep dive into this franchise's recent anime ventures outside the main TV series, covering web shorts, films, and even music videos. ― After nearly 25 years, the Pokemon TV anime is still chugging along as strong as ever, but what I find just as fascinating at this point are the myriad of anime side projects that Pokemon has created over...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2022, Feb 5-11

We can see many things from our weekly user rankings, but how did Platinum End get a second cour is not one of them. 😖 ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated individual episod...
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How His and Her Circumstances Breaks the #1 Writing Rule

The number one writing rule that I'm sure most people have heard of is “Show, don't tell.” But what if I told you that Kare Kano breaks this golden rule of writing, and does so with incredible results? ― The number one writing rule that I'm sure most people have heard of is “Show, don't tell.” What that means is that if you want to convey information to your audience, it's better to do so in a way th...
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The Best and Worst of Winter 2022, Jan 1-Feb 4

The first user rankings of the Winter 2022 season are finally ready. Who do you think is on top, Attack on Titan, or Ranking of Kings? ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated i...
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Looking Back on 9 Years of Attack on Titan

Anime News Network sits down with Bryce Papenbrook (Eren), Josh Grelle (Armin), and Trina Nishimura (Mikasa) to look back at one of the biggest anime in the last decade and the memories made along the way. ― Anime News Network sits down with Bryce Papenbrook (Eren), Josh Grelle (Armin), and Trina Nishimura (Mikasa) to look back at one of the biggest anime in the last decade and the memories made alon...
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The Orbital Children Ending Explained

In Mitsuo Iso's new mini-series, The Orbital Children, anime fans new and old now have the chance to discover one of the most ambitious voices in the industry and we deep dive into the wild ending. ― Mitsuo Iso is probably not a name most anime fans recognize, but in a just world they definitely would. Iso is an incredibly accomplished artist, animator, and director who's had a hand in some of the m...
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The Anime You Should Have Been Watching… In Winter 2012

If viewers have only time to watch the very latest shows, and online discourse focuses only on the contemporary, is all anime destined to be forgotten once its time in the spotlight has faded? ― Anime [ an-uh-mey ]: noun: Gaudy-coloured confections, voluminous in number, shining brightly for a brief moment before fading ephemerally, readily replaced then forgotten. That may as well be the official d...
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The Most Watched and the Best-rated Fall 2021 Anime

What series was the most watched? What's the most underrated? 3000 ANN readers voted in our seasonal poll, and the results are in (hint: it isn't Mushoku Tensei). ― Every week we publish the Weekly Rankings: The Best and Worst of the Season So Far According to Readers. These scores are based on weekly episode votes for all the anime we're tracking. At the end of the season, we also get a cumulative s...
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Metropolis: The Forgotten Madhouse Masterpiece

In 2001, Studio Madhouse released a new vision of Fritz Lang and Osamu Tezuka's worlds, and created a stunning feature film that has since been lost to the vaults of anime history. ― While the title of this video is definitely attempting to write a sizable check, I'll have to throw an asterisk on that. This film could have been one of anime's greatest masterpieces, and in many aspects, the 2001 feat...
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Rose White, Rose Red: The Real History of Requiem of the Rose King

Manga pioneer Moto Hagio once said that Aya Kanno's story is more interesting than Shakespeare's own interpretation of the historical tale, but what is the truth behind the much maligned Richard the III? ― These days, Shakespeare's history plays are not as well-known as his tragedies or comedies, and despite what First Folio title pages may say, any play with the name of an English monarch is firmly ...
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Discussing the Ending of Sing a Bit of Harmony

Jacki Jing spoke with the English voice cast of Sing a Bit of Harmony about their own interpretations of the film's heartfelt ending. ― In his latest film Sing a Bit of Harmony, director Yasuhiro Yoshiura (of Time of Eve fame) returns once again to explore the intimacies of human-AI relationships, this time featuring Shion, an AI whose goal is to bring happiness to chronic loner Satomi. ANN's Jacki J...
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A Worthy Successor?: Natsu (Fairy Tail) VS Shiki (Edens Zero)

Is Edens Zero a worthy successor to Hiro Mashima's hit series Fairy Tail? MrAJCosplay takes a look at the protagonists of both series and tries to determine who would come out on top! ― Love it or hate it, you can't deny that Fairy Tail easily cemented itself as one of the most popular long-running shonen anime to come out in the past few years. The franchise is still going strong with the Hundred Y...
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What Penguindrum Can Teach Us About Extremism

When the series was originally released in 2011, it was hard to separate this message from the packaging: one of the most bizarre and traumatic events in modern Japanese history. ― (Warning: Contain Spoilers for Mawaru Penguindrum) Penguins don't leave their icebergs when they suspect seals are around. They stay put for a long time, waiting until a lone bird is brave or careless enough to test the wa...
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Interview: BELLE English Dub Cast

BELLE's English dub impressed us with its casting of the 19-year-old Kylie McNeill in her first voice acting role. Lauren Orsini spoke to the voice team about the casting and performances in NYAV's dub. ― BELLE, the latest film from Mamoru Hosoda, is also one of the director's most ambitious. Aside from its smooth animation and fairytale art, it also features a score of bold, evocative musical number...
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Video Interview: Sing a Bit of Harmony's English Dub Cast

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

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

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

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

Everyone's favorite vampire doctor is back to hunt Beast of Gévaudan in the second season of Case Study of Vanitas! Also check out: Arifureta Season 2, Love of Kill, Total Fantasy Knockout, Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2, Sabikui Bisco, Attack on Titan, and more! ― Adblock+ breaks this page, consider whitelisting ANN NEW!! VOTE in the Daily Streaming poll to decide which shows from this season wi...
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The Winter 2022 Preview Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was a close race for the #1 spot in the final user rankings of the Fall 2021 season. Find out where your favorites stand in the end! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Fall 2021 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based o...
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Winter 2022 Anime Trailer Watch Party is Tonight!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

While we wait for the final episodes and votes to trickle in, this penultimate week has plenty of movement in the cumulative. Come and see how the season is shaking out! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Fall 2021 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mi...
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The Best Anime of 2021

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

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

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

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

It's a close race between Platinum End and Fruit of Evolution. Find out what else is moving in the rankings this close to season end! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Fall 2021 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on ...
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How Self-Proclaimed “Scaredy-Cats” Created MIERUKO-CHAN

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

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

Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc picks up where Mugen Train left off the previous week. Check out the latest weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Fall 2021 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are b...
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The Humanist Legacy Of Keiko Nobumoto

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

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

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

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

The last two episodes allow My Senpai Is Annoying to jostle its position up in the middle of the pack. Find out where your favorites rank this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Fall 2021 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these ranking...
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Interview: Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko Director Ayumu Watanabe

Straight on the heels of the arthouse anime masterpiece Children of the Sea, director Ayumu Watanabe returns for a charming coming-of-age anime film about a young girl and her surrogate mother in a seaside town. ― Straight on the heels of the arthouse anime masterpiece Children of the Sea, director Ayumu Watanabe and Studio 4°C return for Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, a charming coming-of-age anime fil...
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Banished From The Hero's Party Author and Director

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

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