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Attack on Titan Creator Hajime Isayama at Anime NYC

The manga's controversial ending loomed heavily over the hit manga creator's appearance in NYC, culminating in an apology and cheers of reassurance from fans. ― It's no exaggeration that Hajime Isayama was a huge draw at Anime NYC. The event marked the Attack on Titan manga creator's first-ever appearance in the United States and while enthusiasm for the anime is still going strong, it was hinted bef...
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INTERVIEW: Studio Trigger's Hiromi Wakabayashi and Shigeto Koyama

"Other studios [are] trying to make the finest foods in a restaurant, whereas at Trigger, we're okay with just continuing to make a decent burger." ― The breakout success of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners has doubtlessly brought about unprecedented interest in both Studio Trigger's past works and where they will bring their creativity next. At Kumoricon, ANN was fortunate enough to have a talk with Trigger's...
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Interview: Star Ocean 6: The Divine Force's Character Designer Akiman

Akiman is a renowned character designer who was called upon to help create the world and cast of Star Ocean 6: The Divine Force. We were lucky enough to sit down with the famed artist to ask him a few questions about his time working on the game. ― Best known for his design work in Capcom's Street Fighter games, Akiman is a renowned character designer who was called upon to help create the world and ...
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Interview: Music Composer Shiro SAGISU on Returning to BLEACH

Shiro SAGISU shares the anime's most memorable track and it was like to revisit it for Thousand-Year Blood War. ― Bleach is back, and it's better than ever. To mark the release of the final arch of the anime series BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War, Milan Records has released eight soundtracks from the anime series and films on digital platforms. We also had the opportunity to speak with music composer...
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Interview with ANN's CEO and Publisher Christopher Macdonald

Following the news of Kadokawa's acquisition of Anime News Network, many of our readers have asked questions about what this means for the site going forward. ANN CEO and publisher Christopher Macdonald answers your biggest questions. ― Following the news of Kadokawa's acquisition of Anime News Network, many of our readers have asked questions about what this means for the site and its content going ...
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Interview: My Hero Ultra Rumble Producer Aoba Miyazaki

Find out more about My Hero Ultra Rumble's new mechanics and what sets it apart from other fighting games in the series. ― After the success of My Hero One's Justice, Bandai Namco brings us My Hero Ultra Rumble, a new action game based on the hit shōnen series My Hero Academia. Instead of fighting one-on-one, players will have the chance to put their quirks to the test in teams of three, as being a h...
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What Makes Overlord A Great Adaptation? The Director and Screenwriter Discuss Season 4

Director Naoyuki Itou and screenwriter Yukie Sugawara discuss the challenges of adapting Overlord, and why it's a great anime to both newcomers and novel readers alike. ― The Overlord anime reached new heights in season 4, adapting a highly anticipated story from Kugane Maruyama's light novels. Anime News Network spoke to director Naoyuki Itou and screenwriter Yukie Sugawara about the challenges of a...
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INTERVIEW: Garden of Remembrance Director Naoko Yamada

"The reason why I create anime is because I have a huge respect for human beings in general; what everyone thinks, what people are feeling, what they're going through emotionally." ― Naoko Yamada's visit to Britain in October wasn't the feted director's first trip to the island. Yamada came to Britain as a guest of honor for the Scotland Loves Anime festival back in 2012 where she participated in a s...
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Behind the Vocals of Kaguya-sama's Iconic OPs: Interview with Masayuki Suzuki

It's hard to imagine the Kaguya-sama: Love is War anime without Masayuki Suzuki's powerful vocals in the opening theme songs. ― It's hard to imagine the Kaguya-sama: Love Is War anime without Masayuki Suzuki's powerful vocals in the opening theme songs. Suzuki lent us some time out of his busy schedule to comment on his work for the anime's third season, Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic-. Wha...
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Kazutaka Kodaka Talks About His New Game, His Writing Process, and Danganronpa

"I’d say it’s like if Quentin Tarantino directed a Disney movie. [Laughs] But that’s something you’d want to see, isn’t it?" Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE, the newest game from Danganronpa creator, Kazutaka Kodaka, is coming to the Nintendo Switch next year. We were able to sit down with him and talk about RAIN CODE and how he writes games—as well as his magnum opus Danganronpa. What is Mast...
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Interview: Summer Ghost Director loundraw

Artist, animator, and director loundraw discusses their short film and new freedom after founding Flat Studio. ― Artist, animator, and director loundraw founded the animation studio, Flat Studio, with writer Tetsuya Sano in January 2019. Known for his character designs on I want to eat your pancreas and Tsukigakirei, loundraw made his directorial debut with the studio's first short film, Summer Ghost...
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Interview: One Piece Film Red English Dub Cast

Following the world premiere of One Piece Film Red's English dub at the Animation Is Film Festival, we spoke to the cast. Their excitement is contagious! ― Crunchyroll and Toei Animation hosted the world premiere of One Piece Film Red's English dub at the Animation Is Film Festival. Earlier this month, the Straw Hat Pirates took over New York City's Times Square, giving fans a chance to bask in the s...
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Interview: Transformers: War for Cybertron Showrunner FJ DeSanto and Producer Mike Avila

It's a super-sized interview with Transformers: War for Cybertron's FJ DeSanto and Mark Avila to discuss the production of the anime and all the little things that keep these robots strong in our hearts. ― With a long history of producing works like the a Westernized adaptation of Cyborg 009 (and having a statue of Iggy the Fool behind him at all times), F.J. DeSanto is no stranger to the world of an...
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Made In Abyss Director and Screenwriter Discuss the Horrors and Wonders of Season 2

We spoke to director Masayuki Kojima and scriptwriter Hideyuki Kurata about balancing the series' many elements and which Abyssian creature tastes the best. ― Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun is the latest installment in the animated masterpiece Made in Abyss. We spoke to director Masayuki Kojima and scriptwriter Hideyuki Kurata about the horrors and wonders of season 2, and their ...
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Mob Psycho 100's Kyle McCarley on Anime Dubbing and #JustAMeeting

McCarley gives a detailed breakdown of the negotiations with Crunchyroll, discussions with other cast members, concerns between Texas and Los Angeles-based voice actors, and his opinion on the benefits of unionization for the anime industry. ― On September 20, voice actor Kyle McCarley dropped a bombshell video announcing he would likely not be returning to voice Shigeo "Mob" Kageyama in the dub of t...
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Interview: Goodbye, Don Glees! Film Director Atsuko Ishizuka

We interviewed Ishizuka about the film's unique setting, cultural differences to look out for, and the likelihood of getting attacked by a bear in the Japanese countryside. ― Best known for the touching anime original TV series A Place Further than the Universe, Atsuko Ishizuka's newest film Goodbye, Don Glees! has recently hit U.S. theaters. We interviewed Ishizuka about the film's unique setting, c...
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Rocking Out with Japanese Punk Band Wienners

The Digimon Ghost Game opening band is relatively new to anisong, but Wienners have been delivering their unique brand of punk rock and electronica fusion since 2009. ― If you've watched Digimon Ghost Game, you've heard the high energy, horror-rock opening theme “Faction” by Wienners. But while they're relatively new to anisong, Wienners have been delivering their unique brand of punk rock and electr...
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Drifting Home Director Hiroyasu Ishida and Producer Hibiki Saito

An apartment complex adrift at sea becomes the backdrop in this emotional story about two childhood friends. Director Hiroyasu Ishida and producer Hibiki Saito share what drew them to the concept. ― Studio Colorido is a studio to watch. The anime production studio has consistently put out impressive, emotional narratives whether its shorts like Paulette's Chair and Puzzle & Dragons commercials or co...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Producer Tatsuya Ishikawa

Kaguya-sama: Love is War recently concluded its excellent third season. We checked in with Aniplex producer Tatsuya Ishikawa to discuss the standout episode 5 and his feelings on the show. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War recently concluded its excellent third season. We checked in with Aniplex producer Tatsuya Ishikawa to discuss the standout episode 5 and his feelings on the show generally. ANN: The epis...
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The Pioneer of Shojo Style, Macoto Takahashi

87-year-old artist Macoto Takahashi began his artistic career in 1953 and would become an establishing force behind what we now know as the shojo (girls) comic art style. ― 87-year-old artist Macoto Takahashi began his artistic career in 1953 and would become an establishing force behind what we now know as the shojo (girls) comic art style. His works popularized ballet in the shojo scene and his cha...
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Voice Actress Aoi Koga

From her child-like excitement while waiting for a text to her devastating demeanor when she encounters a romantic challenger, voicing Kaguya requires vocal elasticity. ANN spoke with Aoi Koga about her character's multi-faceted personality. ― As the voice of the titular Kaguya Shinomiya, Aoi Koga uses her voice to embody every side of the character. From her child-like excitement while waiting for a...
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The Journey Animation Manager Sara Oulddaddah

We talked with Oulddaddah about Manga Productions, working between Japan and Saudi Arabia on The Journey, and the team's hopes to share Saudi Arabian culture and stories internationally. ― Manga Productions and Toei Animation's anime film The Journey is now streaming on Crunchyroll, and ANN was able to meet with animation manager and character designer Sara Oulddaddah. Oulddaddah has worked in animat...
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Interview with My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU's Wataru Watari, Masazumi Kato, Chado Horii

The light novel series' author shares insights on the series' international popularity, "We actually get fan letters from across the sea, too. What can I say? They're like a source of power for us!" ― Fans of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU eagerly packed into a Otakon panel room to spend an hour with a few special guests—original light novel creator and script writer Wataru Watari, producer Masazumi K...
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Interview: The Tribe Nine Staff On Creating the Wacky World of Extreme Baseball

We spoke to Kazutaka Kodaka, anime director Yū Aoki, and composer Masafumi Takada about the baseball-crazed anime world of Tribe Nine. ― Tribe Nine is a story about baseball… with an extreme twist. The story concept comes from Too Kyo Games' Kazutaka Kodaka, best known for the beloved Danganronpa series. The anime series is part of a broader media mix, which includes an upcoming smartphone action gam...
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Crunchyroll Expo 2022 - Interview with CoverCorp CEO Motoaki Tanigo

hololive production's Virtual YouTuber talents have earned millions of fans around the world. ANN sat down with Motoaki Tanigo, CEO of COVER Corp. discuss the company's current plans and future ambitions. ― hololive production's Virtual YouTuber talents have earned millions of fans around the world. ANN sat down with Motoaki Tanigo, CEO of COVER Corp. (COVER for short), at Crunchyroll Expo to discuss...
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Interview: The Staff Behind RWBY: Ice Queendom

"The entire project started from that promise with Monty to make something someday, and when we started production, we felt that the time for this chapter in the story had come. " ― As a Japanese anime re-imagining of a Western anime-inspired web series, RWBY: Ice Queendom represents both a unique crystallization of the anime's cross-cultural influence, and a testament to the strength of the passion ...
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Interview: The Staff of The Executioner and Her Way of Life

ANN spoke to light novel author Mato Satō, anime director Yoshiki Kawasaki, and series composition writer Shogo Yasukawa about what makes this isekai anime so unique. ― Anime about Japanese people being summoned to a fantasy world might be very commonplace right now, but The Executioner and Her Way of Life offers an interesting new perspective on a familiar story premise, as well as an epic plot with...
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Interview: Avu-chan, Voice of Inu-Oh

Masaaki Yuasa's newest masterpiece Inu-Oh hit U.S. cinemas on Friday. To celebrate the occasion, we sat down for an interview with the eponymous Inu-Oh's voice actor Avu-chan of Queen Bee! ― Masaaki Yuasa's newest masterpiece Inu-Oh hit U.S. cinemas on Friday. To celebrate the occasion, we sat down for an interview with the eponymous Inu-Oh's voice actor Avu-chan, who is also the lead vocalist and so...
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Crunchyroll Expo 2022 - Burnout Syndromes Interview

Composing songs for popular series such as Haikyuu!!, Dr. Stone, and Gintama, Burnout Syndromes held their first performance in the United States at Crunchyroll Expo. ― Formed in 2005, Burnout Syndromes have a long and successful discography under their belt. Composing songs for popular series such as Haikyuu!!, Dr. Stone, and Gintama, the trio infuse musical genres together with emotional lyrics. Ka...
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Crunchyroll Expo 2022 - Baku Kinoshita Interview

Odd Taxi won the hearts and minds of anime fans around the world in 2021. During his busy schedule, director Baku Kinoshita talked to ANN in more detail about Odd Taxi and what he'd like to do next. ― Anthropomorphic animal anime Odd Taxi won the hearts and minds of anime fans around the world in 2021. This year, Crunchyroll Expo brought Baku Kinoshita—director, character designer, amongst many other...
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Crunchyroll Expo 2022 - Interview With BONES President Masahiko Minami

At Crunchyroll Expo, we checked in with BONES president Masahiko Minami. Does he know that Reigen has become an internet sex symbol? ― At Crunchyroll Expo, we checked in with BONES president Masahiko Minami to see how things are going with the studio lately. We also asked him opinions on everyone's favorite conman Reigen. Does Minami know that Reigen has become an internet sex symbol? ANN: The last t...
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How Kadokawa is Redefining the Anime Market (Updated)

Japanese publishing giant Kadokawa has its hands all over the manga, light novel, and anime industries. ANN sat down with the heads of Kadokawa's Anime Business Division to discuss its expanding ambitions in the anime sphere. ― Japanese publishing giant Kadokawa has its hands all over the manga, light novel, and anime industries. ANN CEO Chris Macdonald sat down with Kadokawa's Takeshi Kikuchi (CEO o...
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Anime Expo 2022 - Interview with SPY x FAMILY Animation Producers Kazue Hayashi & Kazuki Yamanaka

SPY x FAMILY just finished a successful first season, quickly becoming one of the most beloved properties globally. Producers Kazue Hayashi and Kazuki Yamanaka share what drew them to the project. ― Spy x Family just finished a successful first season, quickly becoming one of the most beloved properties globally, with legions of cosplaying fans, commercial tie-ins like a Tamagotchi, and a t-shirt col...
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Otakon 2022 - Interview with Toshio Furukawa & Shino Kakinuma

Toshio Furukawa and Shino Kakinuma are seiyū royalty as the voices of Piccolo and Videl. ANN caught up with the pair at Otakon to discuss their legacy and current work. ― Despite its age, Urusei Yatsura continues to define the anime landscape with its rich legacy and unforgettable characters. With the upcoming series reboot in mind, ANN sat down to speak with Ataru's own Toshio Furukawa and his wife ...
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Anime Expo 2022 - Interview with One Piece Film Red Producer Shinji Shimizu

Learn more about One Piece Film Red, its central music themes, and bringing popular character Shanks to the big screen. ― Producer Shinji Shimizu's tenure at Toei Animation goes back decades. He has had a hand in bringing fans popular series like Gegege no Kitarō, Yes! Precure 5, Toriko, and of course, One Piece. Shimizu sat down with Anime News Network at Anime Expo to discuss the franchise's latest...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: The Dangers in My Heart Manga Artist Norio Sakurai

The award-winning manga is getting an anime next year! ANN spoke exclusively with creator Norio Sakurai about their romcom series. The Dangers In My Heart is a charming romantic comedy manga starring an introverted teenage boy and his burgeoning relationship with his beautiful classmate. The manga took the top spot in the web category of Next Manga Awards 2020, and it will be getting a TV anime in ...
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Live-Action Knights of the Zodiac Director Tomek Baginski, Action Choreographer Andy Cheng, & Producer Yoshi Ikezawa

A team whose credits include The Witcher, Shang-Chi, and the CG-animated Saint Seiya series shared their five year journey to bring Knights of the Zodiac to reality. ― Director Tomek Baginski and Toei Animation producer Yoshi Ikezawa dove into the details of their partnership and how they worked together to bring Knights of the Zodiac to life. Fight choreographer Andy Cheng spoke about his involvemen...
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Live-Action Knights of the Zodiac Writers Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken

"[Seiya] is such a great character from the get-go...He grows up feeling so lonely and in that loneliness, he builds walls around himself because he's afraid of letting someone else in for fear of getting hurt again." ― Screenwriters Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken, best known for their work on 10 Cloverfield Lane, are the minds behind the movie's script. Having worked on multiple projects in the pas...
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Anime Expo 2022 - Interview with Digimon Survive Game Producer Habu Kazumasa

With an interesting mix of combat and visual novel-esque presentation, wrapped in a more dramatic, almost horror-filled tone, Digimon Survive looks to be an interesting addition to the franchise we all know and love. ― Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Digimon Anime, Digimon Survive presents a brand-new adventure set in a mysterious world where your choices matter. With an interesting mix of co...
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Live-Action Knights of the Zodiac's Madison Iseman and Diego Tinoco

In the first of our three-part interview, Diego Tinoco (Nero) shares his thoughts on the anime to live-action trend: "I’m sure our film and One Piece are gonna be the gate openers in this whole new storm of anime live-action adaptations." ― Actors Madison Iseman (Sienna) and Diego Tinoco (Nero) gave hints of what fans could expect for their characters and spoke fondly of their time together filming K...
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Anime Expo 2022 - Interview with One Piece Odyssey Game Producer Katsuaki Tsuzuki

What epic story awaits in multi-platform One Piece Odyssey game? Find out more in our interview! ― One Piece Odyssey is an upcoming role-playing video game being developed by ILCA and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment set to release sometime in 2022. The game features an original, self-contained story with involvement by series creator Eiichiro Oda. At Anime Expo 2022, Anime News Network was gi...
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Interview: Gundam Evolution Game Producer Kazuya Maruyama and Battle Director Ryota Hogaki

Kazuya Maruyama and Ryota Hogaki promised that the Gundam Evolution game will go in a new direction not previously seen in Gundam video games before. ― At Anime Expo 2022, we were invited to meet the creators of the upcoming game Gundam Evolution, which will be released on PC and various consoles for free this year. There have been many video games related to the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, from em...
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Interview: Viz Media Senior Vice President of Animation Brian Ige

Ige talks about Viz's strategy with regards to anime licensing and cross-promotion, possible shifts in anime licensing prices, and the future of the U.S. anime market. ― ANN CEO Chris Macdonald sat down with Viz Media's Senior Vice President of Animation, Brian Ige, to talk about Viz's strategy with regards to anime licensing and cross-promotion, possible shifts in anime licensing prices, and the fut...
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Anime Expo 2022 - Behind the Scenes of Jujutsu Kaisen with MAPPA CEO, Lead Scriptwriter

ANN sat down with MAPPA CEO Manabu Otsuka, scriptwriter Hiroshi Seko, and producer Hiroaki Matsutani to discuss the details on how they adapted the original series into both a TV anime and film. ― Following Jujutsu Kaisen's popular two-cour television anime, its prequel film became 2021's highest grossing movie in Japan. In early 2022, Jujutsu Kaisen was confirmed for a second season that is set to r...
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Anime Expo 2022 - Interview with the Staff of Trigun Stampede

"When creating a new Trigun, there's also the aspect of presenting it to new fans. I figured what is important to show new fans is how easy it is to come into the series." ― Animation studio Orange surprised fans worldwide with their announcement of a new Trigun anime series two weeks before their panel at Anime Expo 2022. Longtime fans of Trigun reacted with excitement to the teaser trailer, and eag...
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Ryuko Comic Creator Eldo Yoshimizu

Eldo Yoshimizu is as lively in person as he is on the page, channeling his real-life experience tussling with a yakuza into his femme fatale's fight scenes. ― Eldo Yoshimizu is as lively in person as he is on the page. His action comic, especially Ryuko, about the titular yakuza heiress and her fellow fighting females, have combat scenes that feel like deluges of black ink, violence drawn as a fever ...
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Interview: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Composer Akira Senju

Anime News Network had the opportunity to talk to Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood's composer Akira Senju about the process behind creating the soundtrack to the massively popular anime series. ― Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has cemented its status as one of the most beloved and well-known anime fantasy epics to date, and the evocative music that accompanies its memorable scenes is undoubtedly an...
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Ya Boy Kongming! Director Shu Homma

ANN talked to director Shu Honma about how he brought Yuto Yotsuba and Ryō Ogawa's manga to life, the challenges of creating a music-themed anime, and the opening theme video which became a viral sensation. ― Ya Boy Kongming! is a surprise hit anime that combines two seemingly disparate elements: the wisdom of Kongming, a military strategist from the Three Kingdoms period, and the struggles of Eiko, ...
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Interview: Sword Art Online: Alicization Singer ASCA

Now in her fifth year performing, ASCA spoke with Anime News Network about her career, working with T.M. Revolution, and who she'd like to collaborate with next. ― ASCA, also known as Asuka Okura, has performed songs from anime including Fate/Apocrypha, Sword Art Online: Alicization, and The Irregular at Magic High School. She's been waiting over two years to bring her high-energy live performance in...
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Interview: SPY×FAMILY Manga Editor Shihei Lin

We spoke to the manga's editor Shihei Lin about his collaboration with manga creator Tatsuya Endō, and how they worked together to bring this manga to the world. SPY×FAMILY's goofy and heartwarming tale of found family has captured hearts the world over. We spoke to the manga's editor Shihei Lin about his collaboration with manga creator Tatsuya Endo, and how they worked together to bring this mang...
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Interview: Unico: Awakening Writer Samuel Sattin

A collaborative effort between acclaimed writer Samuel Sattin discusses his and Eisner Award-winning artist team Gurihiru's revival of the Tezuka classic. ― The Unico: Awakening manga is a collaborative effort between the Eisner Award-winning artist team Gurihiru and acclaimed writer Samuel Sattin to reboot Osamu Tezuka's Unico for a new generation of readers. With the launch of Unico: Awakening's Ki...
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The Anime Staff and Creator of Requiem of the Rose King

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

Following his success as the chief director of Attack on Titan at Studio Wit, we spoke with director Tetsuro Araki about his new film now streaming on Netflix, Bubble. ― Following his success as the chief director of Attack on Titan at Studio Wit, we spoke with director Tetsuro Araki about his new film now streaming on Netflix, Bubble. The film follows Hibiki, a parkour prodigy leaving in a dystopian...
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I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly I Could Die Live-Action Star Shori Sato

This isn't Shori Sato's first role in a live-action adaptation of a pop culture work, but his role as the eponymous Aono-kun is something a little different– he's a ghost. We asked Sato about some of the challenges of playing a dead boy, his relationship with the source material, as well as his take on ghosts, ahead of the release of the TV show. ― I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly I Could Die isn't ...
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Interview: How the Staff of She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man Made An Old Man Cute

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

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

Anime News Network had the opportunity to interview the group's lead vocalist Cassie Wei about the band's unique sound, her anime and manga recommendations, and the upcoming series. ― International indie rockers Mili made their anisong debut in the 2016 series Bloodivores and have since gone on to contribute themes for Goblin Slayer, Gleipnir, amd Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. The group's newest song...
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Sasaki and Miyano Manga Creator and Director On Crafting the Ideal “Boy's Life” Series

ANN spoke to manga creator Shō Harusono and anime director Shinji Ishihara on how they crafted this sweet and mellow series. ― Sasaki and Miyano is a “boy's life” series about two high school boys falling in love within their everyday lives. The series has earned high praise since its web manga serialization days, and now it has become an anime. ANN spoke to manga creator Shō Harusono and anime direc...
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Interview: The King of Fighters XV Creative Director Eisuke Ogura and Game Director Kaito Soranaka

We caught up with The King of Fighters XV creative director Eisuke Ogura and game director Kaito Soranaka to find out their thoughts, inspirations for the combat, and their dream team from across the SNK universe. ― The King of Fighters XV arrived last month with an ambitious new take on SNK's long-running series, packing in both new ideas and characters alongside a familiar lineup and voluminous ref...
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Mini-Interview: Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Director Sunghoo Park On Why The Film is a Must-Watch For Fans

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

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

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

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

Straight from Shonan, Japan, the band SiM claimed the spotlight with the release of their Billboard chart-topping single "The Rumbling." Anime News Network spoke with the band about their newest song that's taking the anime world by storm. ― Straight from Shonan, Japan, the band SiM claimed the spotlight with the release of their Billboard chart-topping single "The Rumbling." The song introduced scor...
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Interview: Captain Tsubasa Creator Yoichi Takahashi and Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team Producer Ooki

Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team received a brand new story installment titled NEXT DREAM that is penned by none other than Captain Tsubasa's creator Yōichi Takahashi himself. ― Back in September, the football simulation game Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team received a brand new story installment titled NEXT DREAM that is penned by none other than Captain Tsubasa's creator Yoichi Takahashi himself. Anime News ...
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Interview: BELLE English Dub Cast

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

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

ANN's Richard Eisenbeis had the opportunity to talk with Lead Composer Taisei Iwasaki about the process of creating the music that is so central to BELLE's narrative and themes. ― It is perhaps an understatement to say that music is an important component to Mamoru Hosoda's latest film BELLE; after all, BELLE revolves around a grief-stricken girl named Suzu who finds shelter and salvation by creating...
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Interview: The Heike Story Music Composer Kensuke Ushio

Composer kensuke ushio, who has collaborated before with director Naoko Yamada on critically-acclaimed films such as A Silent Voice and Liz and the Blue Bird, talks about the challenges behind creating the hauntingly beautiful soundtrack. ― Based on a work of classical Japanese literature of the same name, The Heike Story anime tells the story of the fall of the Heike clan through the point of view o...
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Poupelle of Chimney Town Sets Its Sights on The Sky and Beyond

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

"The biggest advantage of writing dark and harsh worlds is that it makes the protagonist's exploits stand out. Overturning a sad and unfair situation has a lot of catharsis." The World's Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in a Different World as an Aristocrat is an isekai reincarnation story about a professional assassin's attempts to assemble the ideal team for killing the Hero. ANN spoke to the or...
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Interview: The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Manga Creator Tomoko Yamashita

ANN spoke to the manga creator Tomoko Yamashita about her approach to creating manga, her feelings on The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window as a BL story, and her intentions behind the seemingly dysfunctional romance. ― The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window is a supernatural BL manga which recently inspired a television anime. The series stands out because of how it combines elements of mystery, ...
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How Self-Proclaimed “Scaredy-Cats” Created MIERUKO-CHAN

Manga artist Tomoki Izumi and anime director Yuki Ogawa both describe themselves as “scaredy-cats.” ANN asked the two about their work crafting this unique series. ― The MIERUKO-CHAN anime and manga series offers a unique blend of horror and comedy. Ironically, however, manga artist Tomoki Izumi and anime director Yuki Ogawa both describe themselves as “scaredy-cats.” ANN asked the two about their wo...
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Interview: Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Author Rifujin na Magonote

Author Rifujin na Magonote looks back on his experiences writing the novel and offers his perspective on its distinctive, and sometimes sexual, themes. ― Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is one of the most popular web novels ever to be serialized on Shо̄setsuka ni Narо̄. The series inspired a television anime earlier this year, which tells the epic tale from the beginning. In this interview with...
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Interview: The Faraway Paladin Author Reveals How The Story Was Originally Written as Practice

How did a web novel created as writing practice become a bestselling series that inspired an anime? The novel author Kanata Yanagino shares the series surprising origin story. ― How did a web novel created as writing practice become a bestselling series that inspired an anime? The novel author Kanata Yanagino shares the surprising origin story of The Faraway Paladin, along with his creative influence...
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Interview: Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko Director Ayumu Watanabe

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

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

ANN spoke to the Ranking of Kings manga's original creator Sōsuke Tōka about the story's inspirations and the artist's own unconventional path to success. ― The uplifting story of Ranking of Kings, which recently received an anime adaptation, has been a delight to fans across the world. ANN spoke to the manga's original creator Sōsuke Tōka about the story's inspirations and the artist's own unconvent...
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Gundam 00 Director Seiji Mizushima Talks About His New Hula Dancing Anime

I thought that maybe the characters should be trying hard—making an effort—to achieve something. Like not something larger than life but something that could be done by the girl next door—a character that you can relate to. ― As a veteran director of shows like Full Metal Alchemist and Gundam 00, Seiji Mizushima's newest work, Hula dancing anime Hula Fulla Dance, is quite different from most of the a...
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Interview: Naruto Series Composer Yasuharu Takanashi

Naruto is a legendary anime, but without a doubt, the music helped catapult it to success. Jacki Jing talks with composer Yasuharu Takanashi now that the music is available for streaming and download stateside. ― For the first time ever since the first episode of the Naruto anime aired in Japan in 2002, music from all three installments of the massively popular anime series (Naruto, Naruto Shippuden ...
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Award-Winning Composer Kevin Penkin On Creating The Soundtrack For Grow:Song of the Evertree

Kevin Penkin rose to prominence within the anime scene after his evocative and captivating soundtrack for the Made in Abyss anime. His latest project is the magical sandbox video game Grow:Song of the Evertree. ― British-Australian composer Kevin Penkin rose to prominence within the anime scene after his evocative and captivating soundtrack for the Made in Abyss anime, which won him the Crunchyroll A...
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Hiroshi Fujioka Looks Back at 50 Years of Being Kamen Rider

"My encounter with Kamen Rider is the biggest thing that ever happened to me—it really changed my life. But more than that, I think it even changed history." ― Earlier this month, I got the chance to sit down with Hiroshi Fujioka at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2021. In a skyscraper overlooking central Tokyo we talked at length about the role that made him a household name in Japan fifty yea...
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Director Mamoru Oshii Reflects on His Anime Classic Beautiful Dreamer

"In a way, it's a movie that's made up of 'wishes.' It's made up of different people's desires." ― Note: ANN is excited to publish a recently discovered interview between Mamoru Oshii and our reporter, Richard Eisenbeis, from 2017. Before Patlabor and Ghost in the Shell, renowned director Mamoru Oshii wrote and directed Beautiful Dreamer—a film that takes the long-running gag anime Urusei Yatsura and...
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A Philosophical Talk with Legendary Director Mamoru Oshii

“Part of what artists do has to withstand the test of time. I suppose you could call it 'universality.' People who live by entertainment generally live in the moment.” ― Note: ANN is excited to publish a recently discovered interview between Mamoru Oshii and our reporter, Richard Eisenbeis, from 2017. A while back, I was able to sit down with Mamoru Oshii, director of groundbreaking anime films such ...
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Interview: Bright: Samurai Soul Director Kyohei Ishiguro

ANN had the chance to speak with director Kyohei Ishiguro about how he approached the Netflix anime film project and the intermingling themes of its setting. ― Bright: Samurai Soul is an anime spin-off movie in the universe of Netflix's film Bright, depicting its world in the setting of Meiji-era Japan. ANN had the chance to speak with the director of the movie, Kyohei Ishiguro, about how he approach...
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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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