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Interview: SAKUGAN Creative Staff and Cast

NN spoke to director Junichi Wada, producer Takayuki Funahashi, mecha designer Stanislas Brunet, kaiju designer Shoji Kawamori, and Memempu's voice actress Kanon Amane to get into the nuts and bolts of this highly ambitious production. ― Following a father and daughter's journey through an uncharted and hostile underground labyrinth, the anime SAKUGAN combines a gritty science-fiction setting, utilit...
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Ryukishi07 Explains How Higurashi GOU and SOTSU Reinvent the Franchise

As the Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU sequel anime approaches its conclusion, Ryukishi07 spoke to ANN about how the new anime reinvents the franchise, witches, his experience as a civil servant, and more. ― The Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU anime caused a stir when it was revealed that it was not a remake but a completely new story set in the world of Higurashi. As the Higurashi: When They Cry – S...
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Hana-chan and the Shape of the World Manga Creator Ryotaro Ueda

In his first ever interview, manga creator Ryotaro Ueda goes into detail about the thin veil between the living and the dead, and the in-between world as Hana-chan experiences it. ― ©Ryotaro Ueda 2019 / KADOKAWA CORPORATION In his first ever interview, manga creator Ryotaro Ueda discusses his premiere manga Hana-chan and the Shape of the World. The unique volume follows the imaginative Hana-chan, a ...
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Interview: Remake Our Life!'s True-to-Life Depiction of Creative Work With Frontwing Producer Yasuhiro Atobe

ANN spoke to producer Yasuhiro Atobe to learn about Frontwing's connection to the anime, and how its depiction of creative work rings true to life. ― Remake Our Life! tells the story of Kyōya Hashiba, a game industry worker. After encountering a dead end in his adult life, he travels back in time to his university days, where he strives to create things with his newfound friends. The visual novel dev...
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Kageki Shojo!! Manga Creator Kumiko Saiki and Anime Director Kazuhiro Yoneda

Manga creator Kumiko Saiki and anime director Kazuhiro Yoneda share the inspirations behind Kageki Shojo!! from the Takarazuka Revue to the classic series The Rose of Versailles. ― The story of Kageki Shojo!! tells the story of aspiring opera actresses attending a school dedicated to refining their talents. It is strongly inspired by the Takarazuka Revue, the famous all-female theater group. ANN spok...
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Star Wars: Visions Producers James Waugh and Kanako Shirasaki

Anime has exploded culturally, there's no doubt about it, but we're all fans and have been since before that happened. I do think there's a whole host of people who haven't given anime a shot or haven't really tried it, but are Star Wars fans. ― Seven renowned Japanese animation studios. Nine diverse and wildly creative stories. Star Wars. Combine it all together, and you have one incredible, interna...
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INTERVIEW: Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train's Natsuki Hanae & Satoshi Hino

Natsuki Hanae (Tanjiro) and Satoshi Hino (Rengoku) discuss bringing their characters to life and how Demon Slayer transcended cultural boundaries to become a worldwide hit. ― The anime film took the world by storm this summer, becoming the #1 highest-earning film worldwide in 2020, as well as the highest-earning Japanese film of all time worldwide. It's home video sales and streaming numbers are equa...
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Interview: Transcending Genre with The Detective is Already Dead Author and Director

Despite "detective" in the title, novelist Nigojū didn't plan it as a mystery story. "Crossing many different genres is the core of this work, and it's the duty entrusted to the detective and her assistant." ― The Detective Is Already Dead is full of surprises: It combines mystery, action, sci-fi, and romance into a single package. We spoke to novelist Nigojū, who created the original work, and anime...
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Law and Order with Sonny Boy Director Shingo Natsume

"Boys and girls who square off against the illogical – the theme of this work is the frustrations and difficulties that anyone has felt through living." ― The Sonny Boy original anime tells a unique story about students stranded in a strange world filled with supernatural phenomena. Its director is Shingo Natsume, best known for his work on One Punch Man and Space Dandy. We spoke to him about the ani...
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Creating the Sound of To Your Eternity: Takeshi Takadera and Reiji Kawashima

The story of To Your Eternity is portrayed through the ambiance in the sound direction and voice acting. ANN spoke to Fushi voice actor Reiji Kawashima and sound director Takeshi Takadera to learn about how the anime's sound came together. ― The story of To Your Eternity follows Fushi, a divine creature who gradually comes to understand humanity through his journey and experiences. This progression i...
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Anime & Hip-hop with Rapper Kirk "Aztech" Yi

Aztech has created tracks for Jujutsu Kaisen, BEASTARS, Dr. Stone and the upcoming anime Sakugan. Find out how anime soundtracks gave the hip-hop veteran a new avenue for his art. ― Anime has long since had a deep and symbiotic relationship with hip-hop music, and Hybrid Thoughts, a Boston-based hip-hop group whose tracks has been prominently featured in anime like Dr.Stone and more recently BEASTARS...
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Interview: Cardfight!! Vanguard overDress Voice Actor Shōta Aoi

The popular voice actor and singer shares his thoughts on Yu-yu and Danji's relationship, along with his own deck-building dreams! ― We held an interview with Shota Aoi, who voices Yu-yu Kondo, the protagonist from Cardfight!! Vanguard overDress anime series. Cardfight!! Vanguard is a multimedia franchise that revolves around the trading card game of the same name. Now that all 12 episodes of the Car...
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Interview: Fruits Basket the Final Director Yoshihide Ibata

The newest anime adaptation of Natsuki Takaya's classic Fruits Basket manga is drawing to a close. ANN reached out to director Yoshihide Ibata to learn more about his involvement with the project and his approach to making a Fruits Basket anime. ― The newest anime adaptation of Natsuki Takaya's classic Fruits Basket manga is drawing to a close with Fruits Basket The Final. ANN reached out to director...
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The Science of Kaiju with the Director and Writer of Godzilla Singular Point

Ex-physicist Toh Enjoe and director Atsushi Takahashi discuss animating kaiju and just some of the science behind creating a Toho's iconic monster. Godzilla Singular Point is the newest animated reimagining of the classic kaiju franchise. Atsushi Takahashi directed the anime at Bones, with sci-fi writer and ex-physicist Toh Enjoe writing the script. ANN interviewed these two key figures in anticipa...
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Interview: Mars Red Director Kouhei Hatano and Screenwriter Jun'ichi Fujisaku

MARS RED has been taking anime viewers by surprise with its evocative tale of vampires living in Japan's Taisho era. ANN reached out to director Kouhei Hatano and screenwriter Jun'ichi Fujisaku to learn more about how this unique story was adapted. ― Mars Red has been taking anime viewers by surprise with its evocative tale of vampires living in Japan's Taisho era. The story is based on a stage readi...
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Bringing Manila Folk-Horror to Life: TRESE Director Jay Oliva, Creators Kajo Baldisimo and Budjette Tan

"It feels like my entire career has set me up to do this – because I really felt that I could bring something authentic to this comic that some others might not be able to do." ― Based on the Filipino graphic novel of the same name by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo, the Netflix Original Anime Trese follows detective Alexandra Trese as she takes on the supernatural criminal underbelly of the city of ...
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Interview: Pompo: The Cinéphile Director Takayuki Hirao

After multiple delays, CLAP's first animated film opened in theaters in Japan and its all about the art of making a live-action film. ― Pompo: The Cinéphile just opened in theaters on Japan on Friday. Based on Shogo Sugitani's manga of the same name, the anime film is about making a live-action and is also CLAP's first major animated work. Anime News Network spoke to director Takayuki Hirao via video...
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Discussing the Socio-Politics of Megalobox 2: Nomad with Yo Moriyama, Katsuhiko Manabe, and Kensaku Kojima

"It may be difficult to stop the vicious cycle of fear born from ignorance, but I wanted to make a stand, however slight. That’s the feeling I poured into the story. If the story resonates, then I consider my prayers granted." ― Megalobox 2: Nomad takes the story of Megalobox in a surprising new direction. Years after Joe and Yuri's fateful match, Joe has become a wanderer who fights in underground b...
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Interview: Mars Red Original Story Creator Bun-O Fujisawa

Theater director and writer Bun-O Fujisawa introduces audiences to a new story about vampires where "science can't do anything about the problems of their heart that they face in eternal life." Find out more about his unique tale here. ― Mars Red is an anime that tells the story of vampires living in Tokyo in the Taisho era. It is based on a stage reading play by the accomplished theater director and...
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French Artist Jérôme Alquié and Captain Harlock - Memories of the Arcadia

Jérôme Alquié has a uniquely enviable position. The story is Alquié's very own series starring iconic Captain Harlock, and it comes with all the approvals of the manga's originator. ― Jérôme Alquié has a uniquely enviable position. The comic artist has the distinct honor of getting to work alongside one of Japan's most eminent creators, Leiji Matsumoto. In 2019, with assistance from French publisher ...
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Using Cute Animals to Tell a Human Story: ODDTAXI Director Baku Kinoshita

ANN reached out to director Baku Kinoshita to learn more about how this smartly-written and inventive anime was made. ODDTAXI is an original anime co-production between the creative company P.I.C.S. and animation studio OLM. It tells an intriguing story about anthropomorphic animals, filled with mystery and drama. ANN reached out to director Baku Kinoshita to learn more about how this smartly-writt...
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The Art of Pain: My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness Creator Kabi Nagata

In her first North American appearance at the virtual Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Harvey award-winning comic creator Kabi Nagata shared intimate anecdotes about her experience writing and drawing her famous series. ― Harvey Award-winning manga author Kabi Nagata made her first on-screen North American appearance at the virtual Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Her works include My Lesbian Experience with...
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How Castlevania Tried to Dodge the Game of Thrones Finale Debacle

Jacki Jing interviews executive producer Kevin Kolde about the final season of the hit animated series and gets the nitty-gritty on the ending! ― After three successful seasons, the sun is rising on the popular animated adaptation of the video game series Castlevania. ANN's Jacki Jing spoke with executive producer Kevin Kolde about the final season and how the production team avoided slipping up in i...
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Alex Dudok de Wit, Author of BFI Classics: Grave of the Fireflies

Dudok de Wit delves into Grave of the Fireflies' production, the modification of Akiyuki Nosaka original story, and whether the film reflects a mentality that Japan was the "victim" in World War II. ― Alex Dudok de Wit's new book study of Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies is published in the British Film Institute's BFI Film Classics range, and offers a fresh appraisal of one of the most acclaim...
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Discovering the Black Samurai with Yasuke Director LeSean Thomas

Mercedez Clewis sat down with director LeSean Thomas to discuss the mystery of Yasuke, creating a new hero, and why Thomas doesn't create anime for otaku. ― LeSean Thomas is known for a multitude of productions, and his latest work is Spring 2021's Netflix Original animation, Yasuke. Yasuke places the titular Yasuke – Japan's most famous and mysterious Black samurai – into a colorful world full of m...
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Discovering the Black Samurai with Yasuke Director LeSean Thomas

Mercedez Clewis sat down with director LeSean Thomas to discuss the mystery of Yasuke, creating a new hero, and why Thomas doesn't create anime for otaku. ― LeSean Thomas is known for a multitude of productions, and his latest work is Spring 2021's Netflix Original animation, Yasuke. Yasuke places the titular Yasuke – Japan's most famous and mysterious Black samurai – into a colorful world full of m...
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Interview: Chainsaw Man Creator Tatsuki Fujimoto

Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man shocked and delighted audiences around the world. With the conclusion of the manga's first part, we interviewed Fujimoto about the manga's creation and got his thoughts on the upcoming anime. ― Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man shocked and delighted audiences with its stylish aesthetic and storytelling. With the conclusion of the manga's first part, we interviewed Fujimo...
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Interview: Pacific Rim: The Black Showrunner Greg Johnson

With the first season released to fan and critical acclaim and a second season announced, Anime News Network had a chance to talk to showrunner Greg Johnson about the inspirations behind the series. ― Based on Legendary and Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim and its sequel film, Pacific Rim: The Black follows the emotional journey of two siblings as they struggle to survive in a continent overrun by gi...
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Interview: Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Director and Producer

As Studio Bind's debut work, Mushoku Tensei was an technically impressive series that wowed audiences. ANN spoke to series director Manabu Okamoto and Studio Bind president Toshiya Ōtomo about how the studio and the series came to be. ― The Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation anime swept audiences away with its lush animation and attention to detail. It is also Studio Bind's debut work. ANN spoke t...
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Interview: Skate-Leading Stars Directors Goro Taniguchi and Riki Fukushima

Director team Goro Taniguchi and Riki Fukushima discuss creating a brand-new sport and a diverse cast of characters, including the very important "Skatelino." Skate-Leading Stars tells a drama about a fictional sport called “Skate-Leading”, which is a team competition of figure skating. ANN spoke to chief director Goro Taniguchi and director Riki Fukushima regarding how this anime came to be and ho...
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Interview: On-Gaku: Our Sound Director Kenji Iwaisawa

Anime News Network had the opportunity to interview director Kenji Iwaisawa about the film's unique, fully hand-drawn animation and the intricacies of translating a soundless music manga into an indie film. ― Following three high-school delinquents in their quest for musical glory despite having no skill, money, or even a full set of drums, On-Gaku: Our Sound is an Annie Award-nominated adaptation of...
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Set Sail with One Piece Treasure Cruise Producer Tomoya Yoshizawa

Ahead of ONE PIECE Treasure Cruise's sixth anniversary, Anime News Network was able to talk to Producer Yoshi to discuss his favorite moments from the series and how the game has evolved over the last six years. ― The popular mobile game ONE PIECE Treasure Cruise is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a brand-new English-language campaign, "Operation: Bring Back Sanji ~Extremely Hellish Chaos?!~ ...
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Interview: How Studio No Border Brought SK8 the Infinity Skateboard Designs to Life

In 2018, acclaimed French artist Thomas Romain founded Studio No Border, a multimedia creative studio based in Japan. We spoke to Camille Le Guilloux, project manager at Studio No Border, about the studio's role on SK8, as well as its own projects. ― In 2018, acclaimed French artist Thomas Romain founded Studio No Border, a multimedia creative studio based in Japan. The studio assisted with the world...
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Capturing the Merch: Interview with the Cardcaptor Sakura Memorabilia World Record Holder

Matthew Emblidge lives in Maryland with his collection of 4,873 items (and growing!) Cardcaptor Sakura items. ― Cardcaptor Sakura is no doubt one of the most popular magical girl franchises to date. In fact, a lot of people I know grew up with the franchise aside from another mahou shoujo series, Sailor Moon. Its immense popularity has also spawned a huge amount of merch releases over the years. I wa...
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Interview: Jujutsu Kaisen Director Sung Hoo Park

"I don't want to talk about any spoilers, but you can expect more of the additional and anime-original scenes." ― Following Yuji Itadori's journey as a Jujutsu Sorcerer after he consumed the finger of Special Grade Curse Ryoumen Sukuna, Jujutsu Kaisen is undoubtedly one of the best animation showcases of the Fall 2020 anime season. Director Sung Hoo Park spoke briefly to ANN about the process and cha...
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Interview: The Staff of The Promised Neverland

Anime News Network had a chance to sit down with director Mamoru Kanbe, animation producer Yūichi Fukushima, and producer Kenta Suzuki to talk about the first season's adaptation, the depiction of Krone, and what the change in scenery means for the second season. ― While The Promised Neverland has wrapped its run in Shonen Jump, the manga continues to stand up to other big name Jump titles such as On...
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Interview: Akudama Drive Assistant Director Yoshifumi Sasahara

Sasahara looks back on his role as an episode director, screenwriter, and storyboard artist on episode 6 plus details about that Anime Awards-nominated fight scene! ― The Akudama Drive anime may have finished, but its high-impact story and presentation are sure to linger in fans' memories. Last year, we interviewed art director Yoshio Tanioka, who shared his role in crafting the anime's unique aesthe...
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Uncovering Tephlon Funk With Creator Stéphane Metayer and Samurai Champloo's Fat Jon

Dive into a story of music and hope set against the backdrop of New York's boroughs. Tephlon Funk has a whole world to discover and a dope soundtrack, too. ― Tephlon Funk, a comic written by Stéphane Metayer and illustrated by David Tako, is both a fusion of anime and hip-hop influences and a giant love letter to the five boroughs of New York City. Set in Queensbridge during the mid-90s, the story ce...
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Interview: Great Pretender Director Hiro Kaburagi and Writer Ryota Kosawa

Director Hiro Kaburagi and writer Ryota Kosawa discuss how they made a story of lovable ne'er do wells appealing for an international audience. ― Great Pretender is an exciting new anime series produced by Wit Studio. It tells the story of Makoto Edamura, a conman, who travels the world and gets involved in various scams and mysteries. The anime is streaming worldwide on Netflix. Director Hiro Kabura...
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Interview: D4DJ First Mix Director Seiji Mizushima

Director Seiji Mizushima is no stranger to the DJ scene, he used to DJ himself! Learn more about how his experience as a DJ informed his direction of the show. ― D4DJ First Mix follows the story of Rinku Aimoto as she forms a DJ unit of her own in the school she recently transferred to, Yoba Academy, after being inspired by a DJ concert she sees there. Along with her friends, Rinku aims for the high ...
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Interview: Akudama Drive Art Director Yoshio Tanioka

In Akudama Drive, the background art is as much of a character as the colorful cast. Yoshio Tanioka explains how he infused futuristic ideas and Showa-era Japan in one world. ― Akudama Drive depicts a unique cyberpunk world, set in a Japan reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s. Anime News Network spoke to art director Yoshio Tanioka about his role in crafting the anime's background art and aesthetic. Ho...
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Interview: VR Visual Novel Altdeus: Beyond Chronos Director Haruki Kashiwakura

The team behind the intriguing Tokyo Chronos VR visual novel game is back with Altdeus: Beyond Chronos, a sci-fi VN set in future Shibuya. ― Last year, MyDearest released the intriguing Tokyo Chronos VR visual novel game, which implemented traditional visual novel gameplay mechanics in a VR setting. The game was a success in Japan, but the team at MyDearest is interested in reaching an even wider aud...
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Interview: D4DJ First Mix Cast

Yuka Nishio, Aimi, Risa Tsumugi introduce their characters and the the hypnotic and exciting practice of DJing in Bushiroad's newest project D4DJ. ― Following the successes of BanG Dream! and Revue Starlight, D4DJ (Dig Delight Direct Drive DJ) is Bushiroad's latest multimedia project that centers around the hypnotic and exciting practice of DJing. Aside from live DJ performances and games, the projec...
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Interview: Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Author Jougi Shiraishi

Jougi Shiraishi shares his journey from amateur writer to pro and weighs in on Elaina's divisive personality. Wandering Witch - The Journey of Elaina tells the story of a traveling witch named Elaina, who experiences new sights and wonders in every country she travels to. The novels recently inspired a popular anime series. Anime News Network spoke to author Jougi Shiraishi about his humble origins...
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Interview: My Broken Mariko Creator Waka Hirako

Centering on Tomoyo Shiino as she deals with the fallout of the abrupt loss of her best friend Mariko, MY BROKEN MARIKO offers a poignant and unflinching exploration of suicide and its devastating impact on those left in its wake. ― Centering on Tomoyo Shiino as she deals with the fallout of the abrupt loss of her best friend Mariko, MY BROKEN MARIKO offers a poignant and unflinching exploration of s...
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Interview: TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You Creator Kenjirō Hata

Manga creator Kenjirō Hata spoke to Anime News Network about the inspirations for the story and its relationship with his previous work, Hayate the Combat Butler. ― TONIKAWA: Over the Moon For You is a currently airing anime about the sweet everyday life of a young married couple. In anticipation of the anime's premiere, manga creator Kenjirō Hata spoke to Anime News Network about the inspirations fo...
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Mini-Interview with Master of Horror Junji Ito

Now, with an Eisner award under his belt, Anime News Network caught up with Ito to discuss pets, fashion, and the spine-tingling inspiration behind some of his most haunting tales. ― Junji Ito was a guest at this year's Virtual Crunchyroll Expo to talk about his manga Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu, one of the acclaimed horror artist's many licensed manga. Ito is horror manga mainstay in both Japan...
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Interview: Boys-Love Anime Label Blue Lynx

Boys-love anime label called “Blue Lynx” took off runing with three anime recent film titles: Twittering Birds Never Fly: The Clouds Gather, Given, and Umibe no Étranger. ― Last year, Fuji TV announced the launch of a boys-love anime label called “Blue Lynx.” Since then, the label has produced three anime film titles: Twittering Birds Never Fly: The Clouds Gather, Given, and Umibe no Étranger. Anime ...
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Interview: Re:ZERO Creator Tappei Nagatsuki and Illustrator Shinichirou Otsuka

In anticipation of the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- The Prophecy of the Throne multi-console game, we interviewed series creator Tappei Nagatsuki and novel illustrator Shinichirou Otsuka. ― The Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- The Prophecy of the Throne game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam will release in North America on January 29 and in Europe on Februa...
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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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