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The List - 5 Best Boys-Love Anime

Yuri on Ice premiered three years ago and absolutely took the anime world by storm. Jacki Jing takes a look back at this amazing anime and more heart-warming BL series. Also: The reader poll returns! ― Who doesn't enjoy a good love story? Their eyes meet, sparks fly, their hands graze one another and...! Ah, but it's just an anime series! I've rewatched Yuri and Victor's partner-skate routine so man...
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The List - 5 Best Anime Opening Songs of Summer 2019

Summer season is drawing to a close but Jacki Jing will still be grooving to these anime opening themes. ― Summer season is drawing to a close but Jacki Jing will still be grooving to these anime opening themes. Which songs did you add to your playlist? Let us know in the comments! 5. Dr. Stone: "Good Morning World!" by BURNOUT SYNDROMES Burnout Syndromes are pack with a snappy opening after working...
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The List - 5 Best My Hero Academia Battles

Jacki Jing puts on her brawlin' gloves to knock out the five most nail-biting fights from My Hero Academia! It's PLUS ULTRA! ― Jacki Jing kicks it into high gear before My Hero Academia Season 4 premieres in October. Get your blood-pumping with the shonen action show's five most spectacular brawls! 5. Stain vs Todoroki, Iida, Deku (Season 2) Stain's self-righteous sense of “justice” and “truth” led ...
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The List - The Top 5 3DCG Anime

Special guest host The Canipa Effect runs down the top 5 3DCG anime of all time! ― It wouldn't be farfetched to say that the presence of 3D anime within the industry is growing. As the technologies become more accessible and fans become more accepting, we're seeing more producers open up to the possibility of creating 3D works for the anime market. Now even studios like Polygon Pictures, who had bec...
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The List - The Top 5 Studio Trigger Anime

In celebration of the theatrical release of world-famous and undefeatable Studio Trigger's feature PROMARE this week, we've got a list of their 5 best works. What's your favorite? ― Studio Trigger is legendary for the sheer amount of power and intense animation behind their incredible anime – and their latest work, a theatrical feature called Promare, is out in theaters here in the US this September...
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The List - 6 Best Anime Dogs

Jacki Jing gets a little help from her furry friends for this doggone edition of The List. ― Hey Everybody! I'm Jacki Jing with Anime News Network. And for this week's edition of The List we are talking about five of the best anime dogs. The woofsters that never quit. The doggos you can't help but cuddle. Some genuine A+ Good Boys that we just want to scratch behind the ears and give them a box of m...
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The List - 7 Heart-Pounding Swordfights

The List returns with a brand-new video series by host Jacki Jing! Discover seven of the most heartstopping swordfights from across anime history, from Utena to Fate/stay night! ― Nothing gets my blood pumping more than watching a well-choreographed sword fight. Two people squaring off in close combat with the shing! of blades slicing into one another. Will the hero manage to complete a series of fa...
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The List - 7 Crazy Pieces Of Gundam Merchandise

It's the 40th anniversary of legendary mecha franchise Mobile Suit Gundam, so it's time to take a look back at some of the most fascinating pieces of merchandise in the show's history. ― The anime merchandise machine has churned out some truly outrageous product tie-ins from Sailor Moon tampons to Evangelion fishing tackle. When a series reaches the two decade mark, any kind of collaboration is up f...
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The List - My 5 Favorite Anime Works by Kyoto Animation

Words can't actually describe the heartbreak and loss the entire anime industry felt this week - so the best we can do is talk about the art Kyoto Animation made that we loved. ― I'm writing The List this week a somber heart. As of this writing on Friday, 34 staff members from Kyoto Animation have passed away due to senseless act of arson. These are immensely talented people with family, friends, an...
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The List - 7 More Deadly Games of Survival

There's no shortage of death game stories in anime, where a group of players, willing or unwilling, must outwit and outlast one another in a brutal game of survival. Here are 7 more of 'em! ― There are few quicker ways to ramp up tension between a group of strangers than throwing them headfirst into a battle of kill or be killed. There are tons of manga centered on the topic, for example Yen Press' ...
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The List - Summer 2019's 6 Most Appealing Isekai Parties

Lynzee attempts to put together a solid adventuring party out of the summer anime season's fantasy isekai protagonists, of which there are many. Who makes your list? ― There are a lot of light novel anime adaptations heading to the airwaves this summer and (conveniently) six of them are built off the popular "alternate world" (isekai) premise. Either our characters are reborn in another world, trans...
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The List - 7 Strange Anime & Manga Spin-Offs

When an anime or manga gets popular enough, often they'll spin side characters off into some pretty wild situations - here are seven of the strangest, from Evangelion to Attack on Titan to School Days! ― Modern-day anime series usually come from three major categories: a light novel or manga adaptation, a mobile game or idol group promotion, or a completely original project. However, there's a growi...
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The List - Get to Know Seven of Evangelion's Angels

Get up close and personal with seven of Evangelion's famous Angels and the fascinating ancient mythos that helped inspire them. ― Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most influential anime series of all time and after spending far too long out of print, is finally available again in the U.S. courtesy of Netflix as of Friday, June 21st. What makes the series so evocative all these years later is th...
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The List - 8 Boneable Skeletons

The most serious and sincere column in the history of The List counts down anime's hottest skeletons and their individual pros and cons. You've been warned. ― Today's column is inspired by Kunihiko Ikuhara who, when conceptualizing and creating Sarazanmai, no one told him 'no, you can't do that.' In that same vein, I bring you skeleton characters rated by sexual appeal. I pitched this idea fully exp...
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The List - 6 Strange Anime Cuisines: The 2nd Dish

Food Wars is wrapping up soon, so it's time to revisit some of the strangest cuisines in anime history! ― The word on the street is that the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga is wrapping up soon and with it Soma's gastro-experiments. The series introduced a world of mouth-watering animated food for my eyes as well as some stomach-churning options that I'd never eat if given the opportunity. The man...
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The List - 6 Pieces of Attack on Titan Merchandise That No One Asked For

Attack on Titan is a global phenomenon, but as with any giant media franchise that generates a ton of merchandise, there's bound to be some duds. Here are some fun ones! ― When any piece of media hits its popularity zenith, you can expect all kinds of merchandise to come out of the woodwork to capitalize on its fanbase. If you watch the Star Wars episode of Netflix's The Toys That Made Us you can se...
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The List - Put These 8 Moments in the FFVII Remake, You Cowards

Cloud and his pals are coming back for another round - but will Final Fantasy VII ever be the same if they don't include these scenes? ― Let me revel in my age here for a minute and bestow you all with a bit of context re: Final Fantasy VII. This PlayStation classic and myself go way back. I specifically recall wanting to rent from Hollywood Video and my dad telling me "no" because it was three disc...
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The List - 8 Sonic The Hedgehog Cartoons That Are Probably Better Than The Movie

The new movie isn't out yet, but here are 8 Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons that will satisfy your need to... well, you know. ― So your CG Sonic film design went "boom" and now you're this week's internet laughingstock? I don't have any advice for the crew on the Sonic the Hedgehog movie and its soon to be overworked staff. We'll all have to wait to see what kind of design overhaul the titular blue hedg...
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The List - Five Anime That Relied On The Zodiac

Here are five anime brave enough to swagger on up to you and ask - what's your sign? ― Astrology might be the most mainstream form of fortune-telling. Most people know their Zodiac signs but probably haven't studied palmistry. Your weekly newspaper has the horoscopes in the back with the funnies and classifieds. I haven't checked my own horoscope in awhile but I got to thinking it again after a frie...
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The List - 6 Shojo Anime That Need a Remake ASAP

There's a big splashy remake of Fruits Basket out now - here are six other beloved shojo anime deserve another shot! ― It feels like shojo manga adaptations, things like Marmalade Boy and Fruits Basket, weren't as scarce as they are now. Every once and awhile we'll get something like Say, "I Love You." or Blue Spring Ride but they aren't a regular season occurrence anymore. Fruits Basket getting a s...
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The List - Card Captor Sakura's 8 Most Useful Clow Cards

Sakura Kinomoto has a pretty big stack of magical Clow cards, but some of 'em are more useful than others - here are eight of the handiest! ― I've lived my whole life sharing a birthday with April Fool's Day, perhaps the the second worst holiday to have as a birthday behind Christmas. No one believes you when it is your birthday and as unfortunate coincidence, I'm sometimes spend a good portion of i...
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The List - 7 Times Anime Doubled (or tripled) the Romance

A surprising number of romance and romantic comedy anime have leaned on twins (or triplets, or quadruplets!) as the chief love interest for the hero - here are seven of 'em! ― If you want to experience a distinct type of terror, become an expecting parent in a family where multiples are the norm. I am personally only the mother of singletons but going into the whole motherhood thing with twins on bo...
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The List - Seven Orphans That Beat the Odds

Being a kid without a dedicated parent is a rough way to start life, but these seven anime heroes made the best of it! ― If you're watching at least one show this anime season, it's gotta be The Promised Neverland. Zac and I talked about it over on the podcast yesterday. I wanted to reiterate that Emma's resolve is what sells that show (and its manga) to me again and again. You just can't help but r...
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The List - Girls Gotta Go Fast

Ladies, start your engines! International Women's Day this week inspires Lynzee to list off nine anime featuring some of the speediest women in anime. ― Hey, everybody! It's a been a little while. Maybe you noticed (maybe you didn't) that The List has been a bit spotty lately, but it was all in service of a relaunch with a few tweaks. What does that mean? Don't get too twisted up, The List is still ...
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The List - 6 Times Evolution Went Horribly Wrong

Anime is overflowing with villains playing God, trying to determine the next stage of human evolution. Here are six times where mankind was the endangered species. ― They say people never change. Humanity, as a whole, seems to have reached its physical limit. We're taller and faster. We climb higher and jump further. In fact, much of the next stages seem tied to possible biotech and enhancing existi...
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The List - 7 Anime for Grown-Up Romantics

Romance stories in anime usually follow high school students, chronicling the thrill of first love - but what if you've graduated? Here are 7 shows that aim for the hearts of a slightly older, more experienced crowd. ― Romance anime, or the medium in general, is dominated by adolescent stories. Characters between the ages of 14-18 getting in trouble, saving the world, or enjoying club activities mak...
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The List - 6 Anime to Remake Like It's 1999

It's time for the year 2019, so what anime from 20 years ago deserve a triumphant resurrection? ― 2018 just kicked the bucket and clear a spot for the shiny new year of 2019. You know what means, right? It means 1999 is Twenty Years Ago and I am very, very old. I remember plenty of anime series fresh off the TV from 1999 like it was yesterday. Some of have stood the test of time while others look li...
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The List - 7 Christmas Anime To Ring In The Season

Looking for the perfect anime to spice up your yuletide? The List has seven jolly recommendations perfect for the season. ― Christmas is largely celebrated as a couples' holiday in Japan, with a focus on cake, with the usual decorated trees and Santa Claus cameos. Anime series will throw in a Christmas episode the same way there is a "beach" episode and cooking episode. Here are seven favorites to w...
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The List - 7 Ho-Ho-Horrible Santas

Get ready for the holidays with seven of the strangest Santas from across anime history. ― The holiday season is upon us, although department stores started blaring Christmas music over the intercom well before Thanksgiving. Whether you're already over the festivities (STRESS! AWKWARD FAMILY GATHERINGS!) or will be up on Christmas morning with bells on, the season is on its way. The holiday is a sha...
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The List - 7 Western Live-Action Anime Adaptations in Development Hell

A live-action Cowboy Bebop is right around the corner thanks to Netflix after being in development hell for years. Here are 7 other live-action anime projects that haven't been quite as lucky! ― The live-action Cowboy Bebop series is really truly happening after being floated for years around Hollywood. Originally optioned as a film with actor Keanu Reeves and writer Peter Craig (The Town, Hunger Ga...
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The List - 8 Strange Anime Cuisines

Exotic, unusual, and sometimes downright inedible food shows up all the time in anime - here are 8 examples that likely wouldn't show up on your Thanksgiving table. ― Winter is closing in and one of the scariest days in the United States is underway. The crazy 4 a.m. dash called "Black Friday" is here. For those of you who don't head to your major department stores in hopes of carrying out a 50" TV ...
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The List - 7 Fishy Tales of Merfolk in Anime

Most people might be familiar with the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, but anime has riffed on merfolk legends countless times - here are 7 of 'em! ― Before The Little Mermaid recast seafolk as tragic romantic heroes, sirens were creatures you never wanted to encounter on the open ocean. Spotting one or more appropriately hearing one meant you and your fellow shipmates earned a one-way ticket ...
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The List - 6 Examples of Futuristic Space Travel

There are countless cool and creative examples of advanced space travel in anime - here are 6 of 'em! ― Modern space travel is largely dictated by complicated math equations. Scientists have to carefully plot the trajectories of its satellite probes to utilize gravitational forces of other heavenly bodies. How else would we get the New Horizons to Pluto in only nine years? Manned spacecraft accompli...
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The List - 8 Ghost Bustin' Anime to Keep Spirits Away

If there's something weird, and it don't look good, common wisdom suggests it's difficult to know who to call - unless you've seen one of these eight spirit-hunting anime! ― When there's something strange in your neighborhood and Dan Aykroyd is busy, there's plenty of competing ghost busters available to take on your ectoplasmic problems. Investigating the things that go bump in the night is a time-...
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The List - 7 Spooky New Games to Play in October 2018

If you're a little weary of the scary games you've played, here are seven new ones that might just reawaken your sense of fright. ― The last two weeks I broke down some of the best new horror manga of the year as well as new spooky anime to stream to kick off a Halloween marathon. This week I'm delving into arguably one of my favorite genres: horror video games. Interactive horror comes in just as m...
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The List - 6 Spooky New Anime for October 2018

Tired of the same ol' horror movie recommendations? If you're looking for something a little different to watch this Halloween, here are six great - and recent - horror (and horroresque) anime to liven up your spooky season. ― The average annual Halloween movie marathon has a tried and true list of the usual suspects. If you're going live-action, there's plenty of entries in the Halloween, Nightmare...
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The List - 10 Spooky Manga for October 2018

The spookiest season has finally begun, and The List begins a month-long celebration of the best in horror with a look at 7 spine-tingling manga that will make your Halloween even more macabre. ― October is finally here. The crisp wind permeates with pumpkin spice and TNT is plugging away at its 744 hour marathon of Supernatural. It is, by and far, my favorite time of year and the perfect time to de...
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The List - 7 Pairs of Long Lost Anime Twins

Were these anime characters separated at birth? Not quite. ― Were these anime characters separated at birth? Not quite. We're used to seeing certain style characteristics to easily signify which character is the tsundere, the quiet bookworm, the gung-ho fighter, or the sneaky villain. With the huge number of anime, light novels, and manga produced each year, there are bound to be some design overlap...
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The List - 7 Times Western Music Invaded Anime

From Radiohead to the Backstreet Boys, here are 7 times Western music found its way into some of your favorite anime opening and closing theme songs. ― A recent article about the potential death of the 90-second anime song intro got me thinking about some of my favorite opening and ending sequences. I realized that while the vast majority of anime credit songs are in Japanese (with a few English fla...
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The List - 6 Anime Series to Help You Relive Your Goth Phase

Bust out the black eyeliner and the London After Midnight albums, because it's time to take a sadtastic voyage through 6 anime series guaranteed to return you to your goth phase! ― In the west, the phrase "going through a goth phase" evokes a particular image - black eyeliner, fishnets, clove cigarettes, Anne Rice novels piled on top of horror DVDs, a Siouxie and the Banshees decal on the back of a ...
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The List - 7 Heart-Pounding Anime Sword Fights

Are you ready to fight for your life? The List counts down seven of the most thrilling sword fights in anime, from Fate/stay night to Samurai Champloo! ― Nothing gets my blood pumping more than watching a well-choreographed sword fight. Two people squaring off in close combat with the shing! of blades slicing into one another. Will the hero manage to complete a series of faster-than-the-eye swipes a...
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The List - 6 Dragon Girls to Set Your Heart Aflame

While they never amassed the same following as catgirls, it wasn't too long ago that dragon girls reigned supreme. Here are just six scaly favorites from the '90s anime to the present day! ― The characters of Kyoto Animation's Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid have warmed viewers' hearts this winter. At first glance, Tohru and Kanna appear to just be an extension of the "monster girlfriend" trend, but dr...
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The List - 7 More Bizarre Spin-Offs

If an anime gets popular enough, it's bound to spin off into side projects, but some of these spinoffs are worlds apart from the thing that inspired them. Here are just a few of the most unexpected examples. ― Modern-day anime series usually come from three major categories: a light novel or manga adaptation, a mobile game or idol group promotion, or a completely original project. However, there's a...
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The List - 7 Notorious Animation Meltdowns

Sometimes scheduling problems lead to recap episodes or unplanned hiatuses, and sometimes they result in an entire show's artwork slipping into insanity. Here are seven of the most memorable animation meltdowns. ― There's a lot of variables that can cause an anime television production to go off schedule and affect the quality of a show. Poor animation quality is not always, or even usually a reflec...
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The List - 7 More Deadly Games of Survival

Can't get enough of battle royale tournaments where only the strongest and wittiest survive a gruesome demise? Here are seven more survival game anime to scratch that itch! ― There are few quicker ways to ramp up tension between a group of strangers than throwing them headfirst into a battle of kill or be killed. There are tons of manga centered on the topic, for example Yen Press' release of Though...
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The List - 6 Worst First Kisses in Anime

From Dio's infamous stolen first kiss to the unspeakable acts inside Prison School, these are six of the absolute worst first kisses ever depicted in anime. ― A first kiss can be a special, a treasured moment shared between two romantic partners. Or it can be haphazardly stolen by some jerk trying to one-up his friend or caused by a pratfall down a flight of stairs. Today's list ticks off the absolu...
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The List - Anime's 6 Most Haunted Homes

These spooky spirit roommates just aren't worth the tradeoff for low rent. Here are six infamous anime haunts to avoid. ― I don't know about you, but I watch series like House Hunters and other HGTV real estate programming to debate which home most likely has a few spectral residents. By contrast, I don't usually watch those paranormal investigator shows because I can only stand so many dudes standi...
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The List - 7 Horrifying Magical Girl Anime

Magical Girls aren't just sugar, spice, and everything nice anymore! Here are just a few dark magical girl series to watch between your fingers with the lights off. ― One of the first Lists I ever wrote was titled "6 Trailblazing Shojo 'Deconstructions' You Should Be Watching." At the time, I wanted to write about other magical series that approached their formula the same way Madoka Magica was at t...
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The List - 7 Drastic Character Design Changes

When anime characters get a facelift, the results aren't always beloved (or even recognizable)! Here are just a few examples of art style shifts radically changing a beloved design—for better or for worse. ― I'm in Anime Expo recoup mode, guys. I braved miles upon miles of foot traffic, over 100,000 people crammed into Los Angeles Convention Center and lines out the door to get those panel reports a...
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The List - 7 Anime Counterparts to Marvel's Avengers

From alchemists to assassins to angry hunks of muscle, there's an anime hero to match every icon in Marvel's Avengers lineup. Here are just a handful who could go toe-to-toe with their spiritual siblings. ― Now that the Avengers: Infinity War memes have begun to die down, I can finally launch into my picks for the Anime Avengers. No, no, I don't mean Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers or Iron Man: Rise ...
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The List - 7 Soccer Anime to Celebrate the World Cup

GOOOOOOOOAAAAL! Bust out the vuvuzelas, because it's time for some anime fútbol favorites to celebrate this year's main event! ― The World Cup is currently underway in Russia, and fans around the globe have been biting their nails as upset after upset showed how the underdog can pull ahead in a dramatic way. One of the biggest examples so far is Mexico's win against Germany, a first for the European...
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The List - 6 Anime to Watch With Your Dad

Introducing anime to newbies can be a weird experience, especially if that newbie is your own dad! Here are some pops-friendly anime options just in time for Father's Day! ― I just got back from camping out in the woods (okay it was a state park) and roughing it old school (in a cabin) but while much of America is barbecuing with their folks, it's the perfect opportunity to turn on one of these show...
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The List - 6 Magical Boys

Punishing villains in the name of the moon isn’t just for the ladies anymore! Here are a few fellas with some sparkling superpowers of their own. ― Magical girls date back nearly 50 years but another group of transforming, magic-wielding, mascot-having characters are joining their female predecessors in the spotlight. MAGICAL BOYS. Sure, if we squint hard enough, Sentai heroes are a kind of magical ...
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The List - 7 Strangest Isekai Deaths

Reincarnation into a fantasy world is a common staple of isekai light novels, but in order to be reincarnated, first you must die! Here are some of the most cruel and unusual demises that protagonists have suffered before starting their new lives. ― Everyone in anime is looking for a new lease on life nowadays, preferably in an alternate world with a few new magic abilities to call their own. Some l...
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The List - 7 More Nonsensical Anime Titles

From gratuitous English to questionable references, trying to guess the premise of these anime by their incredibly silly titles is an exercise in futility. Where did some of these muddled monikers come from? ― We've all heard nonsensical English lyrics getting thrown around in Japanese pop music, and when that same principle, a sort of 'coolness' factor, also bleeds over into anime titles, this can ...
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The List - 6 Royal Anime Fit for Prince Harry & Meghan's Wedding

Just in time for the royal wedding, these lovebirds have swept viewers away with their uniquely regal flavor of romance. See if your favorite fantasy couples made our list of happily ever afters! ― Today marks the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which, depending on your emotional investment in the Windsors is either a huge friggin' deal or just another celebrity wedding. The 33-year-old ...
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The List - 7 Deadliest Children

They say children are the future, but these seven would prefer to bring a particularly painful end to yours. ― Sometimes big things come in small packages, and sometimes those packages are full of dynamite. Tiny tots wrecking havoc was my first ever topic for The List back in 2012. Even at the time it was published, I had to really shrink down the number of kids I listed. Evidently killer youngsters...
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The List - 6 Things You Might Not Know About Naruto's Masashi Kishimoto

In this classic edition of The List, find out how much you really know about the man behind one of the most popular Shonen Jump series ever made! ― Masashi Kishimoto ended his main Naruto manga after 15 years of serialization in November 2014. The manga and its equally popular anime series introduced a whole generation to the medium, not unlike Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon before it. The anime rema...
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The List - 7 TV Anime Affected by Japanese Censorship

These are just a few of the times TV anime was aired in a significantly altered state out of concern for Japanese broadcasting law, IP law or some other pesky reason - get ready for blinding lights! ― What sort of pesky things get anime censored on Japanese television? There's the standard "this is too scandalous for the airwaves" that causes an episode to be marred by steamy bathroom fog or obscuri...
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The List - 6 Bizarre Magical Transformations

Sentai heroes look cool when they power up and magical girls transform with grace and beauty, but some magical metamorphoses are less comfortable to watch. These six examples are just plain weird. ― Let's talk about magical girl transformations for a minute. The first things that come to mind are sparkles, ribbons, cheery music, and maybe a few poses that only the most experienced gymnast could pull...
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The List - 7 Appetizing Anime Restaurants

From festival food stalls to floating franchise eateries, these are just seven scrumptious spots to visit in the world of mouth-watering anime food porn. ― Anime is full of tasty restaurants that have seemingly grown in popularity as more and more series centered around cooking make it to the airwaves. There are even eateries staffed almost entirely by fluffy animals or attractive bakers. Since I wr...
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The List - 7 More Weird Evangelion Products

From fishing gear to bullet trains, there really is nothing you can't buy with Shinji and his friends stamped on it. Here are seven more weird EVA collector's items from Japan. ― A few years ago, I wrote a column about some of the strangest Evangelion merchandise I've encountered while working for Anime News Network. Since that time, I've yet to find another series franchise that's been slapped on t...
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The List - 6 Most Dangerous Military Institutions

One day they're swearing to protect your nation, the next day they're overthrowing your government. Anime frequently depicts dangerously powerful militaries, here are 6 of 'em! ― I'm wading through panels and cosplayers at Sakura-Con! Please enjoy this rerun until return! There are few tropes capable of mirroring real world fears like a world power gone corrupt and its military running rampant. The ...
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The List - 7 More Visually Striking Anime Productions

Beyond the mountain of generic paint-by-numbers pabulum in anime, there's a whole world of eye-popping one-of-a-kind creations to discover. These are just seven of the most memorably gorgeous experiences the medium has to offer. ― In 2012, I'd written only two (2!) weekly installments of this column before tackling this topic. I wasn't exactly prepared for the response it got, but looking back on it...
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The List - 7 Memorable Marriage Proposals

Many anime couples don't get even get the chance to confess their feelings, much less tie the knot, but at least these lovebirds managed to take the first step together. These are just seven of the best popped questions. ― Hey guys! I missed you over the last two weeks. I was laid up recovering from a minor medical procedure, but it let me both catch up on this season, last season, and marathon 50-s...
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The List - 8 Defunct Game Systems

Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo may rule the market now, but many other companies have tried their hand at breaking into the gaming console market. Here are just a few of the more notorious flops. ― Today's gaming scene is dominated by three major console manufacturers: Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. The landscape is a lot different than when I was a kid, plugging away at Super Mario World on the SNES...
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The List - 6 Completely Dissimilar Twins

If it weren't for their physical resemblance, you'd never know these troublesome twins were related! This week's list is all about twins who are far more different than alike. ― This week's list is a rerun, but check back next week for a brand new list! Twins remain a topic that entertainment loves to revisit. Genetically identical people are used in horror to highlight fears of lack of individual i...
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The List - 7 Super Shinsengumi Teams

These wild reimaginings of Japan's most unusual mid-1800s police force may not be historically accurate, but they are a ton of fun. ― Japan's Shinsengumi are synonymous with the eruption of political turmoil within the country in the 1860s, spearheaded by Matthew Perry's black ships and disagreements over isolationism and foreign trade. The group served the Tokugawa shogunate and despite only existi...
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The List - 7 Deadly Anime Maids

These ladies will clean up a lot more than just your house. Make sure you don't find yourself in the crosshairs of these femme fatales. ― Maids have waxed and waned in popularity over the years but they've never completely disappeared. There was a time when maid anime ruled the roost and battle maids were just another type within the very popular character trope. When I first tackled the topic in 20...
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The List - 7 of Anime's Worst Sore Losers

These heroes, rivals, and villains alike can't stand to admit defeat. Make sure you don't find yourself on the business end of their rage when things don't go their way. ― Note: I got a flu shot this week and and got sick? That's not how it's supposed to work, right? We're reprinting the column this week but check back next week for some deadly maids! Losing gracefully and admitting defeat is a skil...
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The List - 6 Anime About The Great Outdoors

Watching anime doesn't have to be purely a shut-in pursuit! Here are six titles that encourage you to explore the wonders of the natural world. ― One of my favorite anime airing this season is Laid-Back Camp, a story that looks like another "cute girls doing cute things" anime on the surface but ended up delivering more for me. That's not to say that it doesn't star cute girls who mostly hang out do...
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The List - 8 Works by Masaaki Yuasa & Where to Find Them

If you were hooked by Devilman Crybaby and find yourself wanting more, the show's director Masaaki Yuasa has a heap of fascinating work available to watch at your fingertips! Here's just a handful of his unique creations. ― Unless you've been living under a rock for the last week, you've probably seen something of Masaaki Yuasa's Devilman crybaby on Netflix, whether you marathoned it on day one or h...
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The List - 10 Best Anime Villains of 2017

Not so fast, do-gooders! There's time for one more look back at this past year in diabolical deeds, as Jacob Chapman counts down his top ten most deliciously evil villains of 2017. ― Hey, folks. Jacob here. Last week, I saw that our regular columnist Lynzee made a list celebrating her favorite pairings of anime in 2017, which is sweet and all, but what would life be without some bitterness to keep t...
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The List - 7 Best Anime Duos of 2017

From adorable couples to ride-or-die BFFs, these pairs make quite a team. Do you ship any of these duos? ― You've got about 48 hours to cram in all the 2017 anime left in your queue before the new year's clock strikes to usher in a new wave of 30-odd shows. The winter season looks pretty promising with a bunch of popular sequels premiering and equally exciting original projects. I'm personally ready...
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The List - 9 Anime Holiday Songs to Set the Mood

Before you buckle in for a weekend with your loved ones drinking nog and opening gifts, you can enjoy these familiar yuletide tunes as covered by some of your favorite anime characters. ― Happy holidays everyone! Here's hoping you got all your Nendoroids and anime box sets from your Christmas lists. This week is a repeat with some anime tunes to play in the background while you tear open your gifts....
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The List - 7 More Weird Anthro Projects

You've heard of ship girls (KanColle) and sword boys (Touken Ranbu), but these anthropomorphized anime characters are on another level of weirdness. ― When I first wrote about wacky dating sims, it seemed like the anthro-craze was just starting to get off the ground. Ship girls and sword boys weren't quite mainstream and the weirdest examples to come stateside involved pigeons and llamas. At the tim...
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The List - 7 More Manga for Monster Girl Lovers

With Monster Musume and Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid in the rearview mirror and a few more weeks to wait before Killing Bites next season, here are seven great monster girl manga to whet your appetite. ― Back in 2015, monster girls were all the rage thanks to Okayado's hit Monster Musume. The anime adaptation was one of the first to introduce a harem of all non-human girls. It also successfully marr...
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The List - 7 Ho-Ho-Horrible Santas

'Tis the season to be happy these Kris Kringles won't be coming down your chimney! Here's a Saint Nick or seven who don't seem to have much yuletide cheer. ― The holiday season is upon us, although department stores started blaring Christmas music over the intercom well before Thanksgiving. Whether you're already over the festivities (STRESS! AWKWARD FAMILY GATHERINGS!) or will be up on Christmas mo...
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The List - 7 Original Pokemon Rumors Unmasked

Back in the days of Red & Blue, you couldn't just Google the answers to gaming secrets like how to catch Mew. Here are seven persistent rumors that you probably fell for growing up with the original 151 Pokemon. ― Hey guys! We're all recovering from a turkey-induced sleep, early morning retail (or cyber) shopping, or being inundated with family this holiday weekend. If you happen to zone out with Ul...
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The List - Six of the Best 1980s Anime Space Operas

With Legend of the Galactic Heroes finally available streaming, it's time to dive into the incredible, sprawling and legendary world of 1980s space opera anime! ― After decades in relative obscurity in the west, HIDIVE began streaming Legend of the Galactic Heroes, a 110-episode OVA space epic that started in 1988. The series languished on shared fansubs for nearly 30 years, likely in part to its gi...
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The List - 8 Nostalgic OVAs That Are Out of Print

Lynzee takes a stroll down memory lane with these straight-to-video oddities from yesteryear that you've probably either forgotten or never heard of at all! ― This week saw the publication of Anime News Network's Fall Manga Guide, something my peers and I have been working hard on for the last month. One of the titles featured is Battle Angel Alita, a quintessential sci-fi action manga and OVA from ...
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The List - 7 Fantastic Filler Episodes

Filler episodes are the bane of any anime marathon experience, but there are some enjoyable exceptions! These seven pit stops are fun enough to be worth putting the main story on hold. ― There are few things more dreaded than endless filler episodes in an otherwise tightly-paced action show. Filler usually diverts from the main plot for inane comedic adventures at hot springs, beaches, or ski trips....
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The List - 13 Terrifying Anime You Can Stream for Halloween This Year

In this spooktacular edition of The List, we have a truly hellish supply of anime from every genre of horror that you can marathon all October 31st! ― I've made no attempt to hide my affection for horror fiction of every stripe. Manga, novels, anime, and live-action TV or film, whether produced in the States or abroad, horror stories are some of my favorites to sit down and watch with a bowl of popc...
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The List - 7 Anime Genre Trends of 2017

Now that all the hottest shows of the year have premiered, it's time to run down what popular trends are on the rise for more series to come in 2018! ― Guys, we've survived another year of anime! It's been four seasons of 30+ premieres each vying for our unwavering attention. Last year I ran this list at the midway point, but I've decided going forward that it makes more sense to run it after the fa...
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The List - 7 Anime That Almost Were

Given how difficult it can be to produce animation, sometimes it's a miracle anything ever gets completed! Here are seven projects that never quite crossed the finish line. ― One of the first columns I wrote for The List was a rundown of six anime projects that never made it out of the studio. It includes the likes of Lupin VIIII and t.A.T.u. Paragate, the latter of which was supposed to star the tw...
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The List - 6 Unique Takes on Edogawa Ranpo

Ranpo Edogawa is a well-known mystery author in Japan, but western whodunnit fans may be less familiar with him. Here are just six anime that have taken on its legacy. ― The first week of prime spook month is over and as we edge closer to Halloween, I'm going to attempt to make every List column focus on the macabre. This week we'll take a look at mystery and horror novelist Edogawa Ranpo, a househo...
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The List - 7 Excellent Exorcists

If you've got a demon infestation in your neighborhood, these onmyouji may be just what the doctor ordered. Plus, your rankings of the best CLAMP series! ― Something seems different about your best friend. They hardly ever sleep, they're unsettlingly flexible, their voice has changed drastically, and they have a bad habit of projecting pea soup from their face. Not to mention they keep saying really...
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The List - 7 Drastic Character Design Changes

When a manga's art is too complex to animate or a series has been on the air for a long time, artistic changes are bound to arise. Here are seven of the most striking shifts in a character's style. ― The transition from manga to anime isn't always a seamless process. Projects hire character designers to reinterpret static artwork into something that can be animated in a manageable way. This can mean...
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The List - 7 Worst School Teachers

School is back in session for the fall, but you'd better hope your new instructors aren't anything like these terrible tutors! ― It's the final week of summer, although most retail stores skipped straight to pumpkin season a few weeks ago. Deny it all you want, but the back-to-school grind is here which means notebooks, packed community college parking lots, and a handful of new instructors trying t...
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The List - 6 Classic Anime Tropes

As a medium, anime has its own bevy of familiar storytelling tropes. These are just six decades-old devices to expect from your favorite (and least favorite!) shows. ― The word "trope" has negative connotations, easily mistaken as a synonym for "cliche". Tropes aren't necessarily cliches but they are story writing scenarios and character traits that are considered very familiar, sometimes to the poi...
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The List - 7 Essential Sentai Teams

These multi-colored superhero groups have been around for almost as long as anime has existed! Here are just seven of the most influential or interesting sentai teams. ― Superhero teams like The Avengers or The Justice League are comic book staples. These crossover works bring together the genre's most powerful fighters for an 'ultimate team' to face off against imminent doom on a planetary scale; B...
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The List - 5 Years of Listing: Lynzee's Column Retrospective

After five years of writing The List, Lynzee Loveridge shares her most memorable contributions and a few hints about what lies ahead for the column! ― For the last five years, I've sat down every week and put together lists of anime forgotten, character quirks, and sometimes, really weird merchandise. The funny part is that every time I think I've wracked my brain for the very last idea to write abo...
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The List - 8 Anime That Were Isekai Before It Was Cool

Before "transported to another world" light novels were all the rage, anime was still milking this premise in wildly different ways. These "classic isekai" titles are still worth checking out. ― Isekai or "transported to another world" scenarios are huge in light novels, manga, and anime right now. Sword Art Online may be the most popular as a video game variation on the concept, but there's also Lo...
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The List - 6 Anime to Remake Like It's 1999

These anime series from just before the 21st century could use a little love with a modern-day reboot. ― Consider me one of the many people that did a double take when Young Jump magazine announced Ryu Fujisaki's Hoshin Engi (aka Soul Hunter) manga is getting a remake. I have vague memories of watching the series on DVD in my teens on my white CTR television (with built in VCR, mind you) and remembe...
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The List - 7 Wildly Impractical Giant Robot Designs

These mecha might win the gold for creativity, but they're hardly combat-ready. Would you pilot any of these automated oddities into battle? ― Big robots routinely mean big business, maintaining a place in anime fandom thanks in no small part to Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino and staples like Voltron, Macross, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Eureka 7, Escaflowne, and Patlabor. While many series remain nos...
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The List - 6 Fantastic Female Friendships in Anime

Whether they're taking down monsters or just surviving the trials of high school, these gal pals have each other's backs through the best and worst of times. ― Hello readers! As you may or may not know, I'm approaching my fifth anniversary as the author of The List. With the exception of brief hiatuses and reprints over the last year or so, that's roughly 250 columns written about anime and manga to...

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