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Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna Producer Yosuke Kinoshita

Film producer Yōsuke Kinoshita spoke to Anime News Network about the messages of maturity in the Kizuna film, the bonds that make a chosen family, and what it means to grow up. ― Tai is now a university student, living alone, working hard at school, and working every day, but with his future still undecided. Meanwhile, Matt and others continue to work on Digimon incidents and activities that help peo...
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Interview: Robotics;Notes Elite and DaSH Producer Tatsuya Matsubara

If you've seen the Robotics;Notes anime, why should you play the game? Richard Eisenbeis gets the answers from game producer Tatsuya Matsubara. ― The western world is about to see a lot more Science Adventure visual novel titles, with the upcoming English release of Robotics;Notes Elite and Robotics;Notes DaSH in October. Robotics;Notes Elite is an enhanced version of the original Robotics;Notes visu...
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Interview: The Secrets of Deca-dence

"When the privileged class rules in perpetuity without even touching any other world, that, to me, is dystopia." ― Last time we interviewed the Deca-dence team, we had no inkling of the surprises the series had in store. Director Yuzuru Tachikawa is back for round 2, along with Cyborg designer Kiyotaka Oshiyama and Deca-dence designer Hiromatsu Shu. Read on to find out more about the design philosoph...
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The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Director Kenta Onishi & Novel Editor Satoshi Shoji

Work on the anime is just getting started, but director Kenta Onishi and original novel editor Satoshi Shoji gave us a peek at the details before the series premiere in January! ― Anime production for fantasy light novel, The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter by Meguru Seto, is well underway by studio Okuru to Noboru. Kodansha announced in May 2020 that the series will be coming to life on screen in Ja...
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EX-ARM Director Yoshikatsu Kimura and Voice Actor Soma Saito

Crunchyroll's 3DCG project features a brain, an AI, and superweapons? Get all the details about EX-ARM from the director and lead voice actor before it premieres in January! ― Ahead of EX-ARM's premiere, director Yoshikatsu Kimura and voice actor Soma Saito give fans insight on their experience working on the series and tease what fans can look forward to. Director Yoshikatsu Kimura, whose previous w...
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So I'm a Spider, So What? Creator Okina Baba and Illustrator Tsukasa Kiryu

The creators of the original series discuss the strengths and weaknesses of an anime starring a much-reviled critter ahead of the January 2021 anime. ― Ever wonder what it's like to wake up as the weakest monster in the world? No? Thankfully you can live vicariously through the main character of So I'm a Spider, So What? The isekai light novel began in 2015 and now has an anime coming in January 2021...
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Pro Overwatch Player Bischu Talks Anime Ahead of Playoffs

Los Angeles Gladiators professional Overwatch player Bischu is gearing up for the league playoffs on today. Jacki Jing caught up with 26-year-old D.Va and Roadhog player ahead of the team's match for a quick anime-flavored intermission. ― Los Angeles Gladiators professional Overwatch player Bischu is gearing up for the league playoffs on today. Anime News Network's Jacki Jing caught up with 26-year-o...
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Interview: FAIRY TAIL Game Producer Keisuke Kikuchi

Kikuchi details what makes this franchise entry a unique, rewarding experience, including content not previously seen in the manga. ― Based on Hiro Mashima's hit manga series by the same name, the FAIRY TAIL RPG was recently released on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in both Japan and the West in July. To discuss the offerings of this new game, we interviewed FAIRY TAIL producer and...
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Creating the Sci-Fi Sounds of Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege with Composer Alexander Bornstein

The musical mind behind sci-fi works such as Love, Death & Robots, Stephen Hopkins' Lost in Space, and Agent Carter talks about his love for synth and challenging himself. ― The next installment in Hasbro's decades-spanning sci-fi franchise Transformers finds its home on Netflix on Thursday as Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege. The six-episode 3DCG-animated series by Polygon Pictures tak...
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Interview: Deca-dence Director Yuzuru Tachikawa and Producer Takuya Tsunoki

Creative staff behind the upcoming original series discuss their choice to go big, the mystery behind the title, and how long it took to get Deca-dence off the ground. Deca-Dence is an ambitious original anime produced at NUT, the studio behind the Saga of Tanya the Evil anime. It's directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa, who is well known for directing Death Parade and Mob Psycho 100. With many members of t...
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VIDEO: Tower of God Dub Cast on Episode 12 Drama & Season 1 Finale

Jacki Jing got the chance to catch up with Chris Hackney (Khun) and Jeannie Tirado (Endorsi) to deep dive into their characters, that awful thing that happened in Episode 12, what we can expect for the finale and so much more! ― The finale for Tower of God Season 1 is out and Anime News Network's Jacki Jing got the chance to catch up with Chris Hackney (Khun) and Jeannie Tirado (Endorsi) to deep dive...
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Interview: Steve Alpert, The Westerner at Ghibli

Steve Alpert talks about recording his lines for Miyazaki, the truth behind the samurai sword sent to Weinstein, and Ghibli's ' live or die' business structure. ― Studio Ghibli fans will be devouring Steve Alpert's book Sharing a House With the Never-Ending Man, written by the American who was a member of Ghibli in its greatest years. Alpert discloses a fantastic number of secrets about the turbulent...
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Interview: LISTENERS Series Composition Writer Dai Sato

As LISTENERS draws to a close, Anime News Network was able to interview esteemed writer Dai Sato to discuss music, mecha, and themes. ― As LISTENERS draws to a close, Anime News Network was able to interview esteemed writer Dai Sato to discuss music, mecha, and themes. The original anime premiered in April and follows Echo, a boy who thinks he's destined for a quiet life recycling trash, and Mu, the ...
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Interview: BEASTARS Director Shinichi Matsumi

In the last of our three-part BEASTARS features, director Shinichi Matsumi discusses the techniques behind the anime's success. ― BEASTARS took the anime world by storm when it released on Netflix worldwide in March. The high-quality 3D animation and compelling relationship drama have particularly stood out to the viewers. Anime News Network sat down with the anime's director Shinichi Matsumi to disc...
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Interview: BEASTARS CG Chief Director and Orange President Eiji Inomoto

Kim Morrissy sits down with renown CG animation creator and Orange studio founder Eiji Inomoto to learn more about Inomoto's animation philosophy and what in particular makes his studio special. ― There are few CG animation creators more renowned than Eiji Inomoto. He has always worked towards emulating the appeal of 2D works in 3D. Even as an animator on Zoids: Chaotic Century, he was dropping frame...
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CygamesPictures Company Director Nobuhiro Takenaka

CygamesPictures is the new anime studio on the block but the company's director Nobuhiro Takenaka has big dreams for the mobage company spin-off. ― While you may not have heard of CygamesPictures, you've certainly heard of Cygames, the mobile game developer that has expanded into anime, manga, music, and so much more. The anime branch of the company, CygamesPictures, was established as a way of creat...
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Shakina Nayfack & Michael Sinterniklaas on Finding Hana for Tokyo Godfathers

When it came time to find the star for the first-ever Tokyo Godfathers English dub, Michael Sinterniklaas was at a standstill. Enter trans actress Shakina Nayfack. ― It was mid-January in the Green Room at Ohayocon's 20th-anniversary convention in Columbus, Ohio, and Michael Sinterniklaas—veteran voice actor, ADR director and scriptwriter for many anime, video games and cartoons—was in a state of pa...
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Interview: APPARE-RANMAN! Director Masakazu Hashimoto

Go on a wild race with the director of P.A. Works' brand new original series Appare-Ranman, who goes in-depth with Kim Morrissy on how this series came together. ― APPARE-RANMAN! is P.A.WORKS' upcoming new anime about racing across the Wild West. The story follows the brilliant but socially inept engineer Sorano Appare (family name first) and the shrewd but cowardly samurai Isshiki Kosame find themse...
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Interview: The Night is Short, Walk On Girl Author Tomihiko Morimi

The author behind the novel adapted by Masaaki Yuasa's acclaimed film goes in-depth on what it's like to be a novelist in Japan. ― *This interview was originally published on Suumo Town as part of their series discussing the connection between place and creation with creators who chose somewhere other than Tokyo to live and work, Koko kara umidasu watashi-tachi. The interview was conducted by Kyoko S...
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Interview: The BEASTARS Opening Animation Team

Get an in-depth inside look at the creation of the spectacular stop-motion opening for Netflix and Orange's smash hit animal drama BEASTARS! ― Cyclone Graphics president Michiya Kato never stops exploring new styles and workflows. Whether it's CGI, VFX or stop-motion, he's worked with some of the most creative directors in the industry to realise their vision, including names like Satoshi Kon and Mas...
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Interview: Stars Align Director Kazuki Akane (Part 2)

The finale of Kim Morrissy's spectacularly in-depth interview with the director of Stars Align covers the reality of anime production - and what's next for this original sports drama. ― In the first part of our interview with Stars Align director Kazuki Akane, we discussed the myriad themes and elements of the anime that make it so unique. In this second part, we discuss the future of the series. Aft...
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Interview: Last Exile and BEM Artist Range Murata

Character designer Range Murata talks about his 2019 series Bem and the pros and cons of designing characters for 3D anime. ― We had the had the opportunity to sit down with Range Murata, the character designer behind works such as Last Exile and Blue Submarine No. 6 among many more. For the summer 2019 season, he was given the chance to redesign the characters of the 1968 Yōkai Ningen Bem for its ne...
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Interview: Stars Align Director Kazuki Akane (Part 1)

The director of last season's most unique, touching and surprisingly dark original sports drama speaks out about his experiences working on the show. ― Stars Align is an anime original TV series written and directed by Kazuki Akane, director of The Vision of Escaflowne and Birdy the Mighty: Decode. The story follows the trials and tribulations of the boys in the soft tennis club, both on and off the ...
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Interview: CloverWorks's Akira Shimizu and Yuichi Fukushima

The dazzling studio behind Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front Babylonia goes in-depth on their creative process, the difference between movie and TV production, and much more! ― From November 2 to December 8, various anime studios exhibited their works in the Tokyo Anime Center for the second Anime Studio Meeting. The exhibit is intended to teach visitors about the anime industry and provide in...
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Interview: Up-and-coming J-Rock Group BRATS

The all-female up-and-coming J-rock group BRATS, who produced the opening for TO BE HERO, talk about their exploding career. ― To usher in a new year, the next decade and the release of their digital latest digital single “Excuser”, the female Japanese JRock group BRATS performed their first U.S. concert at Anime Los Angeles on January 10, 2020. Though the all-girl band is relatively fresh, their inf...
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Interview: Guilty Kiss, A Love Live! Sensation & Fan-Made Obsession

The spectacularly popular idols of Guilty Kiss sit down for a chat about their explosive new careers as a fan-favorite spinoff of Aqours! ― Guilty Kiss is a unit within the school idol group Aqours in the multimedia music phenomenon Love Live! Sunshine!! Their first single – “Strawberry Trapper” – debuted in 2016 followed by their second single – “Kowareyasuki” – in 2017. The unit was formed as a fan...
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Hands-On Impressions and Interview: Granblue Fantasy Versus

Get an inside look at the smash hit mobile game Granblue Fantasy's exciting transition to fighting games, courtesy of Arc System Works! ― There always seems to be an upswell of excitement when it's announced that Arc System Works in involved in a new fighting game, but even moreso when they're loaning their development prowess to an already-established franchise like Persona or Dragon Ball. So when G...
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Interview: Promare Director Hiroyuki Imaishi and Screenwriter Kazuki Nakashima

The legendary director and screenwriter behind Trigger's smash hit hot-blooded action movie go in-depth on their theatrical masterpiece. ― At the Tokyo International Film Festival 2019, I was able to sit down and talk with director Hiroyuki Imaishi and screenwriter Kazuki Nakashima about their latest anime, the over-the-top fire-fighting action film Promare. Note: This interview contains major spoile...
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Interview: TRUE, The Ever-Evolving Anisong Artist

The incredibly talented vocalist and lyricist behind anisongs from Violet Evergarden and the latest Sound! Euphonium movie chats about her long and incredible career. ― Anisong vocalist and lyricist TRUE is stunning -- in terms of her presence, appearance and powerful voice, both as a singer and songwriter. She is disarmingly approachable and sincere, while also possessing great depth and articulatio...
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Interview: Superstar Rock Band JAM Project

Legendary anisong band JAM Project sits down for a few questions about their incredible career and legacy. ― JAM (the acronym for Japan Animationsong Makers) Project was founded in 2000 by the acclaimed 1970s theme song artist Ichirou Mizuki, along with well-established and talented singers from across the anisong world. Their mission was and is to create powerful rock songs with beautiful lyrics, co...
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Interview: Ameko Kaeruda, Author of Sexiled: My Sexist Party Leader Kicked Me Out, So I Teamed Up With a Mythical Sorceress!

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

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

Billed as the first original anime set in Mexico, Powerhouse Animation's martial arts-inspired production is coming soon. We spoke with some of the talent behind the show! ― Releasing this Thursday, October 3rd, SEIS MANOS is a unique production that follows the bloody revenge of three battle-hardened, martial arts-trained Mexican heroes on a quest for vengeance, produced by Castlevania veterans Powe...
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Interview: Idol Project 22/7

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

Prolific horror manga artist and writer Junji Ito has created some of the world's most popular scary stories - and we had the chance to speak with him. ― The master of contemporary horror manga, Junji Ito, took time out of his busy schedule to come to San Jose for Crunchyroll Expo 2019. As one of the most ground-breaking, popular manga artists to put pen on paper, Ito has published works that scare a...
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HERO MASK Producer Mikio Ono

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

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

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

Taku Takahashi of the world-famous Japanese electronic hiphop act m-flo discusses his 20-year career creating wildly unique sound and art, right before their upcoming performance in Los Angeles on July 3rd. ― m-flo, the Japanese electronic group composed of DJ Taku Takahashi, rapper Verbal and vocalist Lisa, scarcely needs an introduction – they've been experimenting with a unique blend of electronic...
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Interview: The Cast and Crew of That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

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

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

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

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

The guitarist and actor MIYAVI discusses his career, his newest album, and his upcoming role alongside Angelina Jolie in Maleficent 2. ― The artist presently known as MIYAVI just may be the most responsible rockstar of our age. He's been active on the international music scene since 1999 and solo since 2002, MIYAVI has catapulted to global success and notoriety pretty much on his own terms, always ev...
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Interview: Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us Character Designer Shizue Kaneko

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

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

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

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

Get the inside scoop on exactly what it's like to be the editor of the most powerful manga magazine in the world - Weekly Shonen Jump, home of One Piece, Dragon Ball Super and more. ― Have you ever wondered what it's like to be an editor for Weekly Shonen Jump? Like a lot of manga fans, I've read Bakuman and was touched at how the editor Hattori was like a mentor to Ashirogi Muto from the time they w...
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Interview: Sword Art Online: Alicization Director of Photography Kentaro Waki

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

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

The legendary voice behind a cast of icons like Mobile Suit Gundam's Amuro Ray and Sailor Moon's Tuxedo Mask chats about his storied career and the popularity of Dragon Ball and Gundam! ― Voice actor Toru Furuya's career is not easy to summarize. For 52 years, Furuya has forged an extensive resume, donning some of the biggest roles in anime to his name. As Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam, Mamoru Chib...
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Interview: Kill la Kill the Game: IF Director Hideaki Mizota

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

The latest film from Summer Wars director Mamoru Hosoda hits theaters in the US this week, so it's the perfect time to ask the man himself a few questions about his legendary career, and his latest acclaimed film. ― Mamoru Hosoda has quickly become one of the best-known Japanese filmmakers in the world. He's best known for his original films like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Chi...
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Interview: Record of Grancrest War Creator Ryo Mizuno and producer Yurika Tsukita

Ryo Mizuno, creator of wars both Lodoss and Grancrest, talks up his long and storied career in novels and RPGs alongside the producer of the new Grancrest War mobile game from Bandai Namco. ― Ryo Mizuno's career has been pretty spectacular – both a novelist and a game designer, Mizuno made his mark after creating a legend with the blockbuster fantasy novel series Record of Lodoss War back in 1988 (wh...
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Takuya Yamanaka, Director of The Caligula Effect: Overdose

The director behind thrilling psychological adventure game The Caligula Effect talks in-depth about the anime adaptation and the game's splashy rerelease slated for 2019. ― Two years ago, developer FuRyu released a collaboration with Persona 1 and 2 writer Tadashi Satomi, The Caligula Effect, exclusively on PSVita. However, next year will be the opportunity to revisit this sci-fi psychological concep...
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Interview: MEGALOBOX Producer Minako Fujiyoshi

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

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

The executive producer and showrunner behind the animated adaptation of Castlevania discusses success, the power of animation and what to expect from season 2! ― It's pretty fair to say that most people didn't really expect Netflix's animated adaptation of the long-running, long-beloved horror action game franchise Castlevania to turn out as well as it did. That's no slight to the talent behind it or...
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Interview: Sohei Niikawa, Writer and Producer of Disgaea

The producer and writer behind the iconic strategy RPG series Disgaea reflects on 15 years of success, and what it takes to keep an aging franchise relevant. ― We may be a few years off from a Disgaea 6, but the first Disgaea game is making its way to Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4 with all-new HD graphics in the form of Disgaea Complete. The original game released on the Playstation 2 in 2003, bu...
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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Interview: Goodnight Punpun Creator Inio Asano

The widely-acclaimed mangaka behind Goodnight Punpun and Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction dives deep on his intense career, the intense feelings in his intense manga, piracy, millennials and a whole lot more. ― Inio Asano is the renowned artist and writer behind a small library of emotionally complex manga that have been embraced and celebrated by audiences in Japan and around the world. Asano ...
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Interview with Deadman Wonderland Creators

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The president of Japan's most famous 3DCG animation house goes in-depth on the future of his art form, what Netflix means for the industry, and much much more. ― When it comes to 3D anime in Japan, there are few names more notable than Polygon Pictures. After producing award-winning action TV series for American TV, like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Transformers Prime, they started producing anime f...
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Interview: Big Fish & Begonia Directors Zhang Chun and Liang Xuan

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

Attack on Titan's Bryce Papenbrook and Kill la Kill's David Vincent sit down for a chat about their new approach to connecting fans and voice actors. ― Fans may recognize veteran voice actors Bryce Papenbrook (Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online) and David Vincent (Fate/Zero, Kill La Kill) from their work in a number of anime and video game series, but the two have a unique off-screen collaboration, as...
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Shirow Shiratori, Author of The Ryuo's Work is Never Done!

The author of the #1 ranked light novel in Japan discusses his incredible success, his own skill at shogi, the anime adaptation airing this season and much more! ― Shirow Shiratori isn't a new face in the world of light novels. His previous series No-Rin was adapted into a popular anime series in 2014. The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! is his latest work. Ranked #1 by Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! in both ...
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Inside The Manga Industry with Felipe Smith, American Mangaka

One of the only American artists to ever serialize a manga in Japan, Part I of our interview with Peepo Choo mangaka Felipe Smith goes in-depth on the manga industry and his incredible career. ― “Unlike most manga-inspired artists I know, I wasn't so much wowed by the [style of] manga as I was by its incredible abundance of ordinary, lifelike, slice-of-life scenarios and characters.” Inspired by that...

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