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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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The List - 7 Characters Who Just Can't Resist Cats

In this classic edition of The List, nobody's a bigger fan of felines than these seven victims of catscratch fever! Does your own love for kitties compare? ― This column was originally published on May 30, 2015. Dogs may be man's best friend, but it's cats that rule the internet. Scientists have gone so far as trying to classify the key qualities that make up "cat people" and "dog people." Male cat ...
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The List - Six Underrated Anime Witches

While everyone's rushing to Netflix to watch Little Witch Academia, these lesser-known sorceresses are still missing their day in the spotlight. Here are six witches ready to cast their spell on you! ― Studio Trigger's Little Witch Academia television anime was just released from its streaming prison at Netflix, which means fans will finally get to follow Atsuko, Sucy, and Lotte on their magical adv...
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The List - 6 Worst First Kisses in Anime

Sometimes your first kiss is magical, but if you're an anime character, this adolescent milestone can get too weird for comfort. Here are six first kisses that the smoochers might want to forget. ― 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 st...
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The List - 7 Anime About the Woes of the Workplace

Beyond the bubble of high school life lies the 9-to-5 grind of the working world, a place many anime fear to tread. These seven shows are prepared to run the rat race! ― The world of adulthood is wracked with responsibilities. There's the nine to five grind, house maintenance, bills, and sometimes even a spouse or children to take care of at the end of the day. This isn't the world of swords and sor...
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The List - 7 Brother-Sister Romances That Went Too Far

Things get incestuous in this edition of The List, with seven couples who might be a little TOO close for comfort. ― This week, we're talking about the elephant in the anime viewing room. It's a particular type of "forbidden relationship" that crops up on a pretty regular basis, where dudes have a chance at sleeping with their sisters. I'm not going to pretend to know why this trope is common beyond...
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The List - 7 Questionable Anime-Original Endings

When there's not enough source material to do the job for them, sometimes anime adaptations go in disappointing directions! Here are just seven examples of anime that dropped the ball at the most crucial moment. ― Anime-original ending can be known to cause viewers to uncontrollably gnash their teeth or scratch their heads. For some of the most incongruent cliffhangers, the reasoning is often that a...
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The List - 7 Harem Anime Where All the Choices Are Insane

Being surrounded by sexy love interests might seem like paradise to some, but one fan's heaven is another fan's hell. Here are seven harems with no good apples to choose from! ― Harem anime is a well-established romance sub-genre, and while most incarnations these days put our hero into a magical world outside of his own, romance options have spanned trains, transforming soda cans, and potential lit...
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The List - 6 Villains That Saved the Day

Sometimes it takes a bad guy to do a good guy's job! These six anime heels embraced the glory of being hero for a day in this Classic edition of The List. ― This week is a repeat! Sometimes antagonists can turn a new leaf and become the anti-hero we all deserve. Take a look at these six examples. The heroes might be the stars of the show, but a work of fiction is really made by an awesome antagonist...
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The List - 7 Superb Anime Moms

It's time to celebrate Mother's Day weekend with some of the toughest, sweetest, and most memorable moms in anime! ― It's Mother's Day weekend! I originally planned to write an opposing column for this holiday, focusing on some of anime's very worst matriarchs. However, after I'd added my fourth example of a child-abusing, neglectful parent, it dawned on me how dreadfully depressing the whole thing ...
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The List - 6 "Bad" Endings that Were Actually Fitting

Your favorite characters die, the world ends, the bad guy wins - but you wouldn't have it any other way. Here are 6 times the "bad ending" was the best ending. ― Ask and you shall receive! As you might be able to tell from this week's column title, this was the most requested List topic from last week's poll and it was a bit of a doozy. There are two main paths for a bad end to follow to make it int...
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The List - 7 Eras of Japanese History as Told Through Anime

Beyond the many anime set in fantasy worlds and high school, some series cover an enormous swath of Japan's history in ways both mundane and fantastical! Plus, vote on next week's List subject in this week's poll! ― Hmm, yes. It's about time for the "con crud" to kick in. Sadly, I am laid up with some sort of horrid nauseous stomach that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. In place of a new list, I p...
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The List - 7 Anime Within Anime

The List goes a few levels deeper than usual this week, with a look at "fictional" anime that were created only to exist inside of other series—but ended up becoming real anime after all! ― Anime is an inescapable aspect of Japanese culture. Even if you live in Japan and don't watch late-night anime series, there's still video games, local moe mascots, and prominent advertising at major train statio...
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The List - 7 of Anime's Strangest Pandas

Being on the endangered species list hasn't kept these notoriously fussy fluffballs from stealing the spotlight in many of our favorite anime series. Here are just seven of anime's most memorable panda bears! ― Hey guys! It's been a few busy weeks here in the land of anime news. The Spring Preview Guide just wrapped up, and I'm trekking around Seattle for the 20th annual Sakura-Con convention. If yo...
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The List - 6 Ridiculous School Uniform Designs

If you thought this season's Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor had some weird uniform choices, get a load of these fashion disasters from anime of years past in this week's Classic List! ― I'm deep in the Preview Guide mines this week, digging through each and every new anime premiere! In the meantime, take a look at some really ridiculous character design choices from ghosts of anime pa...
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The List - 7 Times Technology Went Totally Wrong

What hath science wrought?! These seven anime tried to warn us about technology going too far, but did we listen? The gruesome answers lie in this week's list... ― Most of you are probably nose-deep in Attack on Titan fervor right now, but another little adaptation came out in theaters this week starring ScarJo as The Major. Hollywood's Ghost in the Shell premiered to mixed reviews, but no matter yo...
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The List - 6 Princesses Still Waiting in Another Castle

For one reason or another, these anime starring princesses never got "rescued" for release in the west! From fairytales to sci fi to ecchi, there's a princess for everyone in these forgotten gems. ― Over the course of writing this column, I've highlighted many series that remained outside of North American audiences' grasp. This includes mystery stories, magical girls, idols, and all around obscure ...
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The List - 7 Archers Who Always Hit Their Mark

Who needs a sniper rifle when you've got these ace bowmen on your side? Here are just seven heroes whose aim could put Robin Hood to shame! ― Swords and sorcery are usually front and center in fantasy anime, while bow-wielders are left in the background as support for the heroes. A clash of steel might look more exciting on the surface, but a precise arrow can be just as impressive, cutting through ...
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The List - 7 Beauty & The Beast Couples

In this week's Classic List, it's a tale as old as time in these mismatched anime romances. In this week's Classic List, check these romances that are as old as time. While Emma Watson is shacking up with a water buffalo, these couples took their own chances it would normally be considered a mismatch. One character is capable of immense, sometimes even supernatural strength while their partner is ...
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The List - 7 of Anime's Most Daring Getaway Drivers

When the going gets rough, and you've got to get going fast, these speed demons and their mean machines have got you covered! ― There are a few requirements for pulling off a successful heist and getting away with the goods. A crew usually includes a safe-cracker, the muscle for crowd control, a lookout, and a slick driver to outrun the coppers once things get hot. Getaway drivers don't get the glor...
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The List - 7 Sexy Anime Dads

If you prefer your beefcake a little more well-done than the baby-faced teens we usually get in anime, these dashing dads are sure to leave you swooning with their worldly charms. ― Attractive teenagers are par for the course in anime, with the occasional sexy office worker thrown in for variety, but handsome older men, especially older men with kids, is a much narrower and under-appreciated type of...
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The List - 7 Horror Manga Authors to Keep You Up at Night

These seven masters of black-and-white silent scares, from the 70s up to the modern day, are sure to give you a fright! ― Horror, like comedy, is a genre that's hard to recommend without knowing the audience personally. What a person finds scary is very personal, and tapping into that with a written medium is even more difficult. Manga can't rely on jump scares and music cues the same way a film can...
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The List - 6 Dragon Girls to Set Your Heart Aflame

Long before Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid captured everyone's hearts this season, dragon girls were lighting up the scene in dozens of anime! Here are just a few of these reputable reptiles. ― 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 d...
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The List - 7 Anime References in American Cartoons

As more anime fans grow old enough to start creating cartoons of their own, otaku influences can pop up in unexpected places. How many of these anime in-jokes did you catch? ― American cartoon characters, politicians, and even celebrities have appeared as cameo roles in anime series. The same couldn't be said in reverse, with few American cartoons paying tribute to their Japanese brethren. That star...
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The List - 7 Anime Pilgrimage Sites to Check Off Your List

These real-life locations were the inspiration for some of Japan's biggest anime hits! Perhaps you can take a detour to these beautiful spots on your next trip to Japan. ― Anime pilgrimages, the act of going to real-life locations depicted in a show, have always existed to some extent but they seemed to really take off with the Lucky Star shrine. The Washinomiya Shrine has drawn close to half a mill...
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The List - 7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Sailor Moon

With the Sailor Moon R movie now in theaters, it's the perfect time to revisit this Classic List and learn some new things about this groundbreaking anime. ― The Sailor Moon R movie is opened in theaters across North America this week! It seems like a great time to revisit some classic Sailor Moon trivia. Naoko Takeuchi's magical girl series had a profound effect on anime fandom, whether you caught ...
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The List - 7 Anime Celebrating Their 20th Anniversary

Warning! This week's List might make you feel old, as several treasured anime classics round off their second decade in history this year! ― This week marked Japan's annual "Coming of Age Day" where individuals who turned the age of majority within the last year put on their very best and celebrate together. Hot spots were filled with smiling 20-year-olds in yukata. If the idea of someone born in 19...
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The List - 7 Tezuka Manga for Grown-Ups

Osamu Tezuka may be famous for family favorites like Astro Boy and Kimba, but some of his best creations are strictly for adults. Experience the darker side of this master's work. ― Even for the uninitiated, Osamu Tezuka's work has left a lasting mark. Your dad probably knows who Astro Boy is, even if he doesn't know he's a Japanese creation. Tezuka was a powerhouse creator in his time and is the mi...
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The List - 8 Ghost Bustin' Anime to Keep Spooks Away

The Ghostbusters themselves haven't made many anime appearances (except for Tokyo ESP, shown above) so you'll have to count on these other anime heroes to keep specters at bay! ― 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 is a time-honored ...
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The List - 7 Strangest Pieces of Evangelion Merchandise

In this Classic edition of The List, we discovered some truly bizarre Evangelion gifts. Are you a big enough fan to shell out for these strange items? ― Editor's Note: Lynzee's off this week for the holidays, so we've left you with a Classic gift-giving themed List for the Christmas weekend! We'll see you with a new List next week! This year (2015) was the 20th anniversary of Hideaki Anno's genre-de...
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The List - 7 Women Who Changed Manga History

Women you may never have heard of have been shaping the history of manga since it began. Meet the generation that created some of your favorite genres! ― Few manga artists are lucky enough to leave an indelible stamp on the industry to the point where their names are synonymous with changing the medium, like Osamu Tezuka, Leiji Matsumoto, Go Nagai, and Fujiko Fujio. Now all of those pioneers were me...
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The List - 7 Anime About Women in Sports

While most sports shows these days are sausagefests, there are still a handful of sports anime about the feminine side of the equation in this classic edition of The List. ― We're approaching the end of Keijo!!!!!!!!, so it seems a perfect time to revisit a classic list about women in sports. Keijo has really taken a twist on these classic approaches, and we've also gotten a multitude of other women...
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The List - 7 Clowns to Haunt Your Nightmares

Let's face it: clowns aren't funny, they're terrifying, especially in the bizarre worlds of anime. You'll definitely want to keep these seven freaks away from your next birthday party. ― Clowns as a horror device are relatively new. You can thank Edgar Allen Poe, Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci opera, and actual clown serial killer John Wayne Gacy for planting the seed and of course, Stephen King's ...

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