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86 Season 2 ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

I firmly believe that 86 is one of the best-written shows of 2021 and perhaps one of the best war stories told in an anime.
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Blue Period ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Yatora drawing and painting isn't the sole content presented in the show. His relationships with two classmates and his mother are also important components, and all three are interesting characters in and of themselves.
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Mieruko-chan ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

While this season has vampires and ghouls aplenty, the show that so far tickles my horror bone the most is Mieruko-chan.
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My Senpai Is Annoying ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Before I sat down and watched the first two episodes of My Senpai Is Annoying, I had been feeling particularly drained from the everyday struggles of adult life. But now I have a huge grin on my face and my heart feels full!?
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AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

The one thing AMAIM definitely does start off strong with is its action. Part of that is just the novelty of having 2D robots in a TV production, but there's just strong action fundamentals here.
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Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

I'm curious as to how the intrigue both within the government and relating to geopolitics might develop, and the handling of points in that parachute training made it clear the show could make even those more procedural elements endearing.
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

I know you all don't need me to tell you how big this show has gotten, but hot damn has it been a trip to watch unfold in real-time.
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Her Royal Highness Seems to Be Angry GN 1 & 2

Although Her Royal Highness Seems to Be Angry does borrow from a lot of other stories, or at least to share distinct similarities with them, it manages to bring everything together in a way that's good enough to stand on its own. ― We all know better than to judge a book by its cover (in theory, at any rate), but what about by its title? If you've been reading manga and light novels for a while, you'...
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Lupin the 3rd Part 6 ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Indeed, apart from the old Lupin gang continuing straight off their Part 5 adventures, it's the World's Greatest Detective who provides the cleanest entry point into the story starting with this episode.
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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon - The Second Act ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Everyone has potential, but no one really lives up to it; honestly I think I like Riku the most and that's probably because his sword earring is kind of cool.
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The aquatope on white sand ‒ Episode 15

This episode continues to settle viewers into Tingaara, and showing us how starkly different it is from Gama Gama.
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Love After World Domination

An super sentai hero and his archenemy from an evil organization are the focal point in Love After World Domination, a comedy that is both genuinely funny and sweetly romantic. ― What an absolute delight this manga is. I have to admit, I picked this one from the review pile on a whim. I only had the title to go on, and in the lull between seasonal reviews I thought I'd give it a whirl. If I had known...
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Fena: Pirate Princess ‒ Episode 11

I'm honestly not sure how this show is going to wrap things up. I'm not sure it can. I've enjoyed it, but I do think they may have written themselves into a corner with this one.
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

Yuki Yuna as a franchise has always functioned best when it's walking that thin line between putting its mighty magical girls through wringers both physical and emotional.
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation 2nd Part ‒ SEASON PREMIERE

At this point, though, it's hard to anticipate just how Rudeus will get directly involved with the larger-scale events, and it's this low-key intrigue that makes his coming-of-age story continuously interesting.
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The Decagon House Murders GN 2

The countdown has very much begun for the students on Tsunojima and they aren't going to all make it out alive. ― And then there were six…and soon thereafter five. The countdown has very much begun for the students on Tsunojima, and if you didn't know before now that author Yukito Ayatsuji took a lot of his inspiration for the original novel from Agatha Christie's seminal 1939 novel And Then There We...
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We're on Our Own from Here GN

We're on Our Own from Here is less about two people coming together than it is about one half of a couple helping the other to realize that he's not somehow “weird” for his sexual orientation. ― It's perhaps odd to call a story with as much internalized homophobia on the part of one of the characters as this one has “adorable,” but here we are. We're on Our Own from Here is less about two people comi...
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Meikyuu: Labyrinth Kingdom, a Tactical Fantasy World Survival Guide

Tabletop players, this novel series is for you! See why Meikyuu: Labyrinth Kingdom's setting itself is "either wildly original or comfortingly familiar, depending on your experience level." ― Finally, my decades of being a dice-rolling dweeb have paid off for this one (1) review. The Meikyuu Kingdom light novel is an odd duck in many regards, as it is intimately entwined with the hobby of tabletop ro...
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Yu Yu Hakusho: Does it Hold Up?

With Hunter x Hunter having claimed dominance in discussion of shōnen battle anime, it's easy to forget that its author, Yoshihiro Togashi, had already left his mark on the world of shōnen manga with another popular and critically-acclaimed series. ― With Hunter x Hunter having claimed dominance in discussion of shōnen battle anime as of late, it's easy to forget that its author, Yoshihiro Togashi, ...
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The Fall 2021 Preview Guide

Others may not see his potential, but Bojji won't give up his claim as the next monarch in RANKING OF KINGS. Catch up all of this season's premieres with Demon Slayer, Blue Period, Shikizakura, The Faraway Paladin, My Sempai is Annoying, SAKUGAN, Platinum End, PureOre, The World's Finest Assassin, Banished from the Heroes' Party, Takt. op Destiny, Mushoku Tensei, AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline, Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, Mieruko-chan, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, Yashahime Season 2, 86 Season Two, Restaurant to Another World Season 2, and more!
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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! ‒ Episode 10

Episode 10's comedy serves as an earnest setup for a confrontation between Jingu and Jahy that feels much more authentic than an all-out brawl ever could be.
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Free! The Final Stroke 1st Part

For Free! fans who aren't quite ready yet to say goodbye to these characters, this was a nice film that takes the time to set up an emotionally satisfying sendoff. And, as usual, the animation and the pool scenes in particular don't disappoint. ― The Free! boys have come a long way since the halcyon days of the first season. The Final Stroke films take place directly after Dive to the Future, the thi...
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This Week in Anime - The Psychosexual World of Belladonna of Sadness

Following the death of pioneering director Eiichi Yamamoto, Nick and Nicky revisit his psychedelic film Belladonna of Sadness, an incomparable piece of art confronting misogyny, classism, and sexual liberation. ― Following the death of pioneering director Eiichi Yamamoto, Nick and Nicky revisit his psychedelic film Belladonna of Sadness, an incomparable piece of art confronting misogyny, classism, a...
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Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles

Being one of the most acclaimed anime of the past few years partially due to its stellar animation and fight scenes, a Demon Slayer fighting game felt like it was only a matter of time. ― Being one of the most acclaimed anime of the past few years partially due to its stellar animation and fight scenes, a Demon Slayer fighting game felt like it was only a matter of time. The game acts as an accelerat...
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Mary Skelter Finale

Mary Skelter Finale's twistedly imaginative imagery are sure to sit with any player long after they've put it down. ― Of all the JRPG/visual novel hybrids I've had a chance to play, Mary Skelter Finale is by far the most memorable of the considerably homogenous bunch. Its aesthetically varied character designs, lewd but narratively significant fanservice (think Darling in the Franxx), and twistedly i...
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Interview: Bright: Samurai Soul Director Kyohei Ishiguro

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

With a a Kickstarter campaign to fund an English-dubbed Blu-ray Disc release underway, Jean-Karlo and Steve check in on the Lovely Angels' legacy of sci-fi comedy to see if it still holds up. ― With a a Kickstarter campaign to fund an English-dubbed Blu-ray Disc release underway, Jean-Karlo and Steve check in on the Lovely Angels' legacy of sci-fi comedy to see if it still holds up. This series is s...
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The Fall 2021 Preview Guide

He's back! Flame Hashira Rengoku steals the show in the first episode of Demon Slayer's Mugen Train Arc! Catch up all of this season's premieres with Blue Period, Shikizakura, The Faraway Paladin, My Sempai is Annoying, SAKUGAN, Platinum End, PureOre, The World's Finest Assassin, Banished from the Heroes' Party, Takt. op Destiny, Mushoku Tensei, AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline, Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, Mieruko-chan, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, Yashahime Season 2, 86 Season Two, Restaurant to Another World Season 2, and more!
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Fena: Pirate Princess ‒ Episode 10

From the song her father sang her to the dance she was clearly taught, everything about Fena's pre-brothel childhood was clearly prepping her for this landing on the island risen from the sea.
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The aquatope on white sand ‒ Episode 14

“Penguin Chaser” is, in many ways, a callback to Fuuka's initial days at Gama Gama.
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Springtime by the Window GN 1

For the most part, Springtime by the Window is merely okay. It largely fails to distinguish itself through its bland characters, cribbed plots, and mediocre art. ― Ah, high school, the fictionally great time of life when a young person's thoughts purportedly turn to love. Or they try to, but things like social status, second hand embarrassment, and class bunnies get in the way, to say nothing of fear...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 995

Wano's grand finale, twenty years in the making, has begun. We are bearing witness to history.
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Beauty and the Beast of Paradise Lost GN 1

There's more than enough meat in the title tale type to get a good dark fantasy, so by adding in elements of other fairy tales, Yuki is not only making this her own work, she's also hiding little treasures like strawberries in the snow. ― Once upon a time, a girl named Belle went into the forest to pick some red roses. Of course, you know who Belle is – the name, meaning “beauty” in French, became sy...
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The Fall 2021 Preview Guide

Netflix's first weekly anime simulcast is here! Blue Period follows one boy's journey to discover his own truth through art. Catch up all of this season's premieres with The Faraway Paladin, My Sempai is Annoying, SAKUGAN, Platinum End, PureOre, The World's Finest Assassin, Banished from the Heroes' Party, Takt. op Destiny, Mushoku Tensei, AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline, Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, Mieruko-chan, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, Yashahime Season 2, 86 Season Two, Restaurant to Another World Season 2, and more!
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Spy Classroom Novel 1: Lily of the Garden

Spy Classroom definitely feels like a little something different in the field of light novels. It's not wholly innovative, but it does embrace its genre and themes, and the fact that it borrows from fair play mysteries is a nice bonus. ― In their afterword, author Takemachi mentions that not only did this novel win them the prestigious Grand Prize of the thirty-second Fantasia Taisho awards, but that...
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The Fall 2021 Preview Guide

Japan's hottest rockers are also...vampires? Visual Prison is ready to find its bloodthirsty fans! Catch up all of this season's premieres with SAKUGAN, Platinum End, PureOre, The World's Finest Assassin, Banished from the Heroes' Party, Takt. op Destiny, Mushoku Tensei, AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline, The Vampire Dies in No Time, Digimon Ghost Game, Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, Mieruko-chan, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, Yashahime Season 2, 86 Season Two, Restaurant to Another World Season 2, and more!
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Best Anime Dubs You Can Watch RIGHT NOW (Part 4)

AJ from the Cartoon Cipher looks at the latest anime dubs to find the ones most worth your time, whether its teen romance, mecha battles, or time-travelling gangsters. ― Hey everyone, hope you managed to enjoy your summer! I'm AJ from the Cartoon Cipher and the seasons are beginning to change, lets see if we can recommend even more anime dubs for you all to enjoy. Beastars (Season 1+2) Dubbing 3DCG ...
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This Week in Games - The End of Smash Ultimate

Years of event-level online reveals, obnoxious fan infighting, and people taking everything Sakurai posts or says as a coded hint have finally concluded. At last, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is in its complete form. ― Hello, and welcome back to This Week in Games! This time around we blah blah blah look, I know what you're here for, so let's just get into it. Boy howdy, that new Bandai-Namco Games log...
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Multi-Mind Mayhem: Isekai Tensei Soudouki GN 1

Multi-Mind Mayhem: Isekai Tensei Soudouki is one of those stories that has a stronger concept than execution. ― Multi-Mind Mayhem: Isekai Tensei Soudouki is one of those stories that has a stronger concept than execution. Its premise is one that plays around with the conventions of isekai, taking the idea of a soul from our world being reborn in a fantasy realm and running with it. Bard is an unsuspe...
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The Girl, the Shovel, and the Evil Eye GN 1

The Girl, the Shovel, and the Evil Eye is a mix of the stale and the less-so that continues to tread a path that's so well-worn that there's no hope of grass ever growing on it. ― The Girl, the Shovel, and the Evil Eye, based on the light novels of the same name by Couchouhassha, is an isekai tale that's a mix of the stale and the less-so, which can lead to feelings of mild disappointment. Tsuguru, o...
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Interview: SAKUGAN Creative Staff and Cast

NN spoke to director Junichi Wada, producer Takayuki Funahashi, mecha designer Stanislas Brunet, kaiju designer Shoji Kawamori, and Memempu's voice actress Kanon Amane to get into the nuts and bolts of this highly ambitious production. ― Following a father and daughter's journey through an uncharted and hostile underground labyrinth, the anime SAKUGAN combines a gritty science-fiction setting, utilit...
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This Week in Anime - Carboloading with Yakitate!! Japan

Before Food Wars!, another shonen series had readers' mouths watering. Yakitate!! Japan follows warm-handed baking prodigy Kazuma Azumi as he tries to great the most Japanese bread ever! ― Before Food Wars!, another shonen series had readers' mouths watering. Yakitate!! Japan follows warm-handed baking prodigy Kazuma Azumi as he tries to great the most Japanese bread ever! This series is streaming o...
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The Fall 2021 Preview Guide

Idols on ice? The Dream Monkeys have their work cut out of them in PureOre! Catch up all of this season's premieres with The World's Finest Assassin, Banished from the Heroes' Party, Takt. op Destiny, Mushoku Tensei, AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline, The Vampire Dies in No Time, Digimon Ghost Game, Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, Mieruko-chan, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, Yashahime Season 2, 86 Season Two, Restaurant to Another World Season 2, and more!
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Love Live! Superstar!! ‒ Episode 10

I sat through a whole season of Hypnosis Mic, and I'm not strong enough to do that again.
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Dragon Goes House-Hunting

What I'm getting at is that while this might not be the anime equivalent of a AAA title, it's fun, and sometimes fun is what you need. Dragon Goes House-Hunting understands that to its core. ― Because of the wellspring of really good shows in Spring 2021, Dragon Goes House-Hunting completely went under my radar despite looking like it'd hit all the slice-of-life vibes that I tend to lean towards. Tha...
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The Fall 2021 Preview Guide

Can music save the world? Takt. op Destiny brings high-octane musical battles to the season. Also catch up on the latest premieres with Mushoku Tensei, AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline, The Vampire Dies in No Time, Digimon Ghost Game, Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, Mieruko-chan, Tesla Note, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, Waccha PriMagi, Yashahime Season 2, 86 Season Two, Yuki Yuna Is a Hero Season 3, Restaurant to Another World Season 2, and more!
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My Love Mix-Up! GN 1

This book, despite only really focusing on four characters, has enough love geometry to put Marmalade Boy to shame. ― Aoki has a crush on Hashimoto, who sits next to him in class. One day his friend Aida refuses to lend him an eraser, so Hashimoto does...and when he takes off the paper sleeve, he finds that it says "IDA” with a heart! Realizing that this must mean that Hashimoto likes Ida, who sits i...
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This Week in Anime - Go Go Golgo 13

Jean-Karlo and Steve reflect on one of the greatest comic characters of all time, Takao Saito's beefy assassin Duke Togo. Influential director Osamu Dezaki takes the reins in Golgo 13: The Professional. ― Jean-Karlo and Steve reflect on one of the greatest comic characters of all time, Takao Saito's beefy assassin Duke Togo. In the film Golgo 13: The Professional the killer that never misses his mar...
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The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! ‒ Episode 9

Episode 9, “Saurva Can't Catch a Break…” is automatically the best because everyone's unlucky, utterly hapless demon Saurva is back.
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The aquatope on white sand ‒ Episode 13

As I and so many others predicted, we've timeskipped into the future: Kukuru is now living on her own in an apartment, and she's a new hire at Tingaara aquarium.
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The Fall 2021 Preview Guide

Rudy returns in the second season of the fantasy series Mushoku Tensei! Also catch up on the latest premieres with AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline, The Vampire Dies in No Time, Digimon Ghost Game, Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, Mieruko-chan, Tesla Note, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, Waccha PriMagi, Yashahime Season 2, 86 Season Two, Yuki Yuna Is a Hero Season 3, Restaurant to Another World Season 2, and more!
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One Piece ‒ Episode 994

Every time I begin to wonder, “Is there too much Wano?” and the fatigue starts to set in, the material comes back around with a home run installment.
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Fena: Pirate Princess ‒ Episode 9

The truth of Abel's tragic obsession is revealed.
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SPY×FAMILY GN 6

There's less Anya in this volume, which is definitely too bad, but Nightfall very nearly makes up for it. ― This sixth volume of Tatsuya Endo's spy spoof does things a little differently. Mostly that means that there's less Anya in this volume, which is definitely too bad, but Nightfall very nearly makes up for it. When we last saw her in volume five, she was bound and determined to prove that SHE wa...
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2021

The final episodes go against each other, and the cumulative gets shaken up! Find out where your favorites stand in the final ranking of Summer 2021. ― Our team of reviewers are following 24 anime series of the Summer 2021 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rank...
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Edens Zero ‒ SEASON FINALE

Edens Zero is shaping up to be exactly the kind of show that I wanted it to be: a fun adventure with an infectious sense of joy and creative science fiction ideas.
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The Fall 2021 Preview Guide

It's a big day for premieres and we're just getting started with Digimon Ghost Game, Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, Mieruko-chan, Tesla Note, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, and Waccha PriMagi! Also: Yashahime Season 2, Muteking, 86 Season Two, Yuki Yuna Is a Hero Season 3, Restaurant to Another World Season 2, The Heike Story and Selection Project! ― Yashahime Logo ⒸRumiko Takahashi/Shogakuk...
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Sasaki and Miyano GN 2-3

Miyano was primed by the world he lives in to slot “BL” into fiction and that everything defaults to heteronormativity. But now there's Sasaki. ― At some point, all readers of romance fiction have to come to a very important realization: things rarely, if ever, play out in fiction the same way they do in real life. Sometimes that's just understanding that no Prince Charming is going to show up on a w...
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The Fall 2021 Preview Guide

The successors to Inuyasha and Sesshomaru are back for brand-new adventures in Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon - The Second Act! Also: Muteking, 86 Season Two, Yuki Yuna Is a Hero Season 3, Restaurant to Another World Season 2, The Heike Story and Selection Project! ― Yashahime Logo ⒸRumiko Takahashi/Shogakukan,Yomiuri TV,Sunrise 2020Adblock+ breaks this page, consider whitelisting ANN Vote in the Dai...
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The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess GN 3

Konoha, as Iana, confronts the melodrama she fantasized about as an adolescent and, as a result, comes to terms with the psychological processes of teenage girls and their relationship with sex, media, and fantasy. ― If you had doubts about the direction The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess was headed, allow me to assuage your concerns: volume three has gotten the story right back on track...
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Sonny Boy ‒ SERIES FINALE

Sonny Boy is improbably rich, echoing the kind of experimental and deeply personal series that endeared me to anime in the first place.
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The Fall 2021 Preview Guide

October is here and with it a brand new season of anime. ANN's editorial team are watching every show—so you don't have to! We'll be updating throughout the next two weeks, so check back regularly. Today: Yuki Yuna Is a Hero Season 3, Restaurant to Another World Season 2, The Heike Story and Selection Project! ― Yashahime Logo ⒸRumiko Takahashi/Shogakukan,Yomiuri TV,Sunrise 2020Adblock+ breaks this p...
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This Week in Games - Tokyo Game Show @Home

Check out the virtual Tokyo Game Show, catch-up on the Nintendo announcements, and see what re-release has Heidi (and the rest of us) scratching our heads. ― Tokyo Game Show is upon us! Unfortunately, most of us couldn't be there even if we wanted to, since it's still a royal pain in the butt to actually get through the country's COVID travel restrictions. Most of the publishers showcasing are announ...
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PREVIEW: Shin Megami Tensei V Is Nocturne Enhanced

If you've played even one game in this series, you'll know roughly what to expect. SMT V once again takes its players to an apocalyptic, desert-ified Tokyo populated with capricious demons. ― In retrospect, the timing of the Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD remaster, which came out in English earlier this year, could not have been better. It served as a perfect refresher course of what makes SMT g...
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Hideaki Anno: A Career Retrospective

Hideaki Anno has long been considered to be one of the forerunners of modern anime and otakudom. Matthew Roe (@TheCriticlysm) takes another look at the career and impact of the maverick creator. ― Update: It has been brought to our attention that some details presented in this documentary have come under dispute, and we wanted to apologize and clear up any misconceptions that may have arisen as a re...
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Bright: Samurai Soul

To call Bright: Samurai Soul 'better than the original Bright' would be the most backhanded of compliments to pay any movie, but that is honestly the most apt superlative it can earn. ― There's a throwaway line in Max Landis and David Ayers' 2017 Bright film about how "Mexicans still get shit for the Alamo". It's supposed to be a sign of solidarity with that movie's orc-cop character who constantly g...
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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom ‒ SEASON FINALE

When the show returns next year, I hope it can maintain this level of execution going forward.
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Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU ‒ SEASON FINALE

We're supposed to accept that, when it comes to millennia old entities, a little disembowelment isn't enough to come between friends.
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In the Clear Moonlit Dusk GN 1

The story will explore the characters' inner selves versus how schoolmates see them. It does still feel a bit old-fashioned in its gendered themes, but the characters are interesting enough that it will be worth seeing where it goes. ― Gender is something really personal for a lot of people. Whether you identify with the one assigned to you at birth or not, one of the quickest ways to make someone un...
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Ryukishi07 Explains How Higurashi GOU and SOTSU Reinvent the Franchise

As the Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU sequel anime approaches its conclusion, Ryukishi07 spoke to ANN about how the new anime reinvents the franchise, witches, his experience as a civil servant, and more. ― The Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU anime caused a stir when it was revealed that it was not a remake but a completely new story set in the world of Higurashi. As the Higurashi: When They Cry – S...
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This Week in Anime - Is Aria the Animation a Hidden Gem?

The original 2005 "healing" anime series is now officially streaming on Funimation, letting viewers travel to Neo Venezia for the very first time. Steve and Nick try to zero in on the charm of Aria the Animation. ― The original 2005 "healing" anime series is now officially streaming on Funimation, letting viewers travel to Neo Venezia for the very first time. The series has ushered in new sequels, i...
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Love Live! Superstar!! ‒ Episode 9

Kanon is the reluctant and under-qualified leader of this band of buffoons. That's a recipe for chaos, and it is gloriously realized across the entire episode.
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Reincarnated as the Piggy Duke: This Time I'm Gonna Tell Her How I Feel! LN 1

In the end, it has an interesting concept but one it hamstrings by tacking on the “reincarnated in another world” trope when it has almost nothing to do with the story or characters. ― Reincarnated as the Piggy Duke: This Time I'm Gonna Tell Her How I Feel! is yet another novel in the isekai fantasy subgenre, more specifically the “reincarnated as the villain” sub-subgenre. This isn't necessarily a p...
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Head in the Clouds: A Look Inside the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures' Miyazaki Exhibition

A sense of childlike wonder is central to the experience within the very first exhibition of the newly opened Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. ― Through the pastel orange doors of the Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery lies the retrospective exhibition dedicated to Hayao Miyazaki's cinematic work. Once inside, visitors step into the shoes of Mei Kusakabe from My Neighbor Totoro. As you stroll t...
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The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Season 5 FINALE Reaction & Review

It was all leading up to...this? Jacki, Lynzee, and AJ discuss the season finale for My Hero Academia, our overall review of the season, where the anime can go from here, and whether it lived up to its stakes. ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 113: Season 5 FINALE Reaction & Review It was all leading up to...this? Jacki, Lynzee, and AJ discuss the season finale for My Hero Academia, our over...
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Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story ‒ SEASON FINALE

On the whole, the battle is pretty rushed, as is the whole denouement, but considering how completely fucked this finale could have been, given the circumstances, I was surprised by how satisfied I was by the time the credits rolled.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 993

This go around we get more time with the Akazaya Nine, which is great to my mind as they are critical to the entire arc.
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Battle Game in 5 Seconds ‒ SEASON FINALE

That overall, seemingly unintentional theme of the characters' actions and efforts not really mattering apart from generating base story momentum permeates every aspect of this finale.
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Crueler Than Dead GN 1

It's hard not to wince at Crueler Than Dead's plot of a virus spreading out unchecked across the globe, forcing people to shelter away from the outside world, salvation only possibly coming in the formulation of some sort of vaccine. ― Zombie apocalypse stories are a staple of fiction, but they admittedly do hit differently in a post-2020 world. It's therefore hard not to wince at Crueler Than Dead's...
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This Week in Anime - Visions of a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Star Wars: Visions takes audiences across vast space and time to showcase nine different stories. Jedi, Sith, found family, a pair of twins, and even a garage band take center stage in shorts from some of anime's most acclaimed studios. Star Wars: Visions takes audiences across vast space and time to showcase nine different stories. Jedi, Sith, found family, a pair of twins, and even a garage band...
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Fall 2021 Anime Trailer Watch Party With SungWon Cho!

Tune in LIVE on Wednesday, September 29th at 5pm PDT/8pm EDT! Voice actor and YouTube personality SungWon (ProZD) will join executive editor Lynzee Loveridge and ANN video producer Jacki Jing to watch every fall anime season trailer! ― Consider this your official invitation to the Fall 2021 Anime Trailer Watch Party with SungWon Cho! Tune in LIVE on Wednesday, September 29th at 5pm PDT/8pm EDT! Voice...
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Our Most Anticipated Anime Of Fall 2021

The Fall season is just days away! What series are at the top of your must-watch list? If you're still undecided, our critics make a case for some of the promising anime premiering in October. ― Welcome to our most anticipated anime feature for the fall 2021 season. Below you'll find our editorial team's top (tentative) picks from the 45-odd shows slated to premiere in October. What are your favorit...
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Hana-chan and the Shape of the World Manga Creator Ryotaro Ueda

In his first ever interview, manga creator Ryotaro Ueda goes into detail about the thin veil between the living and the dead, and the in-between world as Hana-chan experiences it. ― ©Ryotaro Ueda 2019 / KADOKAWA CORPORATION In his first ever interview, manga creator Ryotaro Ueda discusses his premiere manga Hana-chan and the Shape of the World. The unique volume follows the imaginative Hana-chan, a ...
ep. review

The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! ‒ Episode 8

So…episode 8 is premised around one thing and one thing only: Jahy getting to take a bath that's not in her “pathetic little tub”, which is a direct quote from the cold open and the most relatable mood if you've ever lived in Japan.
ep. review

Remake Our Life! ‒ SEASON FINALE

It's the full-circle conclusion to the journey of a twenty-something's reckoning with the life he had, the new life he lived, and the hiccups along the way.
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Fena: Pirate Princess ‒ Episode 8

Do you find a woman attractive? Think about her all the time? Do thoughts of her distract you from other things? Don't worry, you're not in love – she's just a witch!
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Edens Zero ‒ Episode 9-10

It does feel like the show is struggling a bit to find a place for its female leads as that seems to be where the narrative shortcomings are beginning to crop up.
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I'm Standing on 1,000,000 Lives. ‒ SEASON FINALE

It turns out that the Jezby twist was a refreshing wrench to throw into this cocktail of components. It somehow managed to tighten down the loose screws until the story was perfectly tuned by the end.
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Sonny Boy ‒ Episode 11

If Sonny Boy has anything as simple as a “message,” then Rajdhani's exclamation of nihilistic optimism—that nothing matters, but sometimes cool things really do happen—is probably as close as we're going to get.
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The Honor Student at Magic High School ‒ SEASON FINALE

So here we are at the end of the series, and the climatic showdown between our young magical rivals with the entire tournament on the line. Except there's just one problem: the winner is a foregone conclusion.
review

Temple Alley Summer Novel

Temple Alley Summer is absolutely a masterwork of middle-grade fiction, but it's also a good book that anyone can enjoy. ― It's no surprise that Sachiko Kashiwaba is the author behind The Marvelous Village Veiled in Mist, the children's novel that inspired Hayao Miyazaki's film Spirited Away, because Temple Alley Summer touches on a lot of the same themes as the book that won Kashiwaba the 1974 Kodan...
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Kageki Shoujo!! ‒ SEASON FINALE

Episode 13, “Kageki Shojo!!”, wraps up the auditions for those coveted four positions. But more importantly, it is also a celebration of the series as a whole.
feature

The Best and Worst Anime of Summer 2021

ANN's editorial team looks over the last three months to find the cream of the crop and the certified stinkers. ― Best: Kageki Shoujo!! Kageki Shoujo!! is an uneven anime overall, which makes sense given that the bulk of its episodes are character vignettes. But its best episodes are wonderful, perfectly balancing humor and drama in their empathetic depictions of teenage girl problems. The cutthroat...
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My Hero Academia ‒ SEASON FINALE

Well, it's been a hell of a trip getting here, but it's time once again for MHA to return to its seasonal slumber.
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2021, Sep 16-22

With many series ending this week there are few surprises left... but what's happening to Love Live!? Come and see where your favorites rank this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 24 anime series of the Summer 2021 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these ra...
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How to Melt the Ice Queen's Heart Novel 1

Nevertheless, for all its structural imperfections, How to Melt the Ice Queen's Heart still has its charms. Asahi and Fuyuka genuinely do feel like they would make a nice couple, and their hesitant courtship is both sweet and true to life. How to Melt the Ice Queen's Heart is the very definition of a "slow burn romance." Light novel romcoms tend to be all about gimmicks and outlandish twists on fam...

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