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DRAGON BALL: Sparking! ZERO Producer Explains the Long Wait for More

Jun Furutani promises characters from Dragon Ball Super movie and the Dragon Ball Daima series.

Sherlock Hound Anime Series Review

Whether or not the many adventures Sherlock Hound goes on in this series are new takes on old classics or completely new adventures, they're wacky and enjoyable if a bit formulaic and repetitive, all the same.

Assassin's Creed Shadows Makes Great Use Of Its Two Protagonists

With a series focusing on stealth, trickery, and assassinations, you'd think there'd be an Assassin's Creed game in Japan, right? It took a while, 17 years to be exact, but we're finally here.

This Week in Anime - The House that Gainax Built

Once upon a time, Gainax was the infallible studio that birthed Evangelion, Gunbuster, FLCL...and that magical girl show sponsored by car brand Subaru. It wasn't all giant robots and rainbows. Steve and Nick look back on the animation studio in the wake of its bankruptcy.

Your Anime Rankings - Best of Spring 2024, Jun 10-16

The Duke of Death and His Maid ranks at #2 this week, which allows it to reach a tipping point and climb 7 spots in the cumulative! Discover what else is moving in the rankings.

Ultraman: Rising Anime Movie Review

Visually, the movie looks pretty solid as it takes some strong cues from the Spiderverse films with some stylistic flourishes. The iconic transformation is one of the coolest shots of the whole film.

Cheering for Gunma: Narenare -Cheer for you!- Anime Producer Hayato Kanno

We spoke with producer Hayato Kanno about the upcoming cheerleader-focused series and why Gunma prefecture was the perfect setting for the show.

The Horizon Volumes 1-3 Manhwa Review

There's a sincerity about the story that goes a long way toward making this readable and engaging, even if dark dystopias aren't your preferred genre.

River's Edge Manga Review

For most of us who have lived through high school, the idea that it's "the best time of our lives" is a lie perpetuated by people who have forgotten high school.

New Projects Bring New Opportunities for Kinema Citrus Anime Studio

The Made in Abyss anime studio is celebrating its 16th anniversary with two new anime projects, so we sat down with founder Muneki Ogasawara to discuss the studio's next moves.
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Fatal Fury: City of the Wolves Team Discuss Updating the Series After 25 Years

The video game industry has changed quite a bit since Fatal Fury's hiatus. The team discuss updating for the modern fighting game community. ― The Fatal Fury series made its debut in 1991 with Fatal Fury: King of Fighters around the time when other fighting game franchises were starting to appear or hit their stride. The biggest ones we know and love today, including Street Fighter, Tekken, and Mort...
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The Many Sides of Voice Actor Radio ‒ Episode 11

Viewers simply aren't given all that much information about what the shortcomings of Yasumi's performance are
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Mysterious Disappearances ‒ Episode 11

Oto's got a ticket to ride, and I think she's going to care.
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Spice & Wolf: merchant meets the wise wolf ‒ Episode 12

Lawrence's premonition reminds us that Holo is bestial, but her actions confirm that she is no mere beast.
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Unnamed Memory ‒ Episode 11

This could have been a really interesting discussion of immortality, morality, and personal choice. Instead, like so much of this show, it's just sort of…there.
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Kaiju No. 8 ‒ Episode 10

But the audience has been built up to expect that this battle will have a cost and that bill is paid via Kafka’s revelation.
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This Week in Anime - Is OEL Manga Really Manga?

Viz debuted its new Originals One-Shots comic program, making way for the age-old discussion of whether manga is a "style" or based on country of origin. ― Viz debuted its new Originals One-Shots comic program, making way for the age-old discussion of whether manga is a "style" or based on country of origin. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the...
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation II ‒ Episode 22

The real tragedy of the whole situation is that Paul has been so focused on saving Zenith for so long that Rudeus forgot something basic: that he was just as precious to Paul.
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Go! Go! Loser Ranger! ‒ Episode 10

Fighter D adheres to the Wreck-It Ralph School of Villainous Thought: Just because he's a Bad Guy, it doesn't mean he's a bad guy.
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Mission: Yozakura Family ‒ Episode 11

This was a fine episode. Far from terrible, and far from the show's finest hour.
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc ‒ Episode 6

This Hashira Training Arc would have turned out so much better if, like, 60% of it had been relegated to a couple of montages.
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 3 ‒ Episode 59

Calm down, everybody. I know it was scary with those episodes of fighting and action but you're safe now, back in the endless series of boardroom meetings.
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Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction ‒ Episode 3

How much social commentary can you cram into a single episode of anime? Well, Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction is doing its best to find out.
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Sound! Euphonium 3 ‒ Episode 11

If my biggest criticism of this episode of Sound! Euphonium is that only some of its realizations are certified bangers, it's still a resounding success.
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Black Butler: Public School Arc ‒ Episode 10

Both Derick and the Prefects found a way to live up to their responsibilities. It just happens they chose the worst possible solutions to their problems.
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Tonari no Yōkai-san ‒ Episode 11

I am overjoyed to report that Fuchigamori’s #1 Best and Most Purrfect Boy has returned to us.
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A Condition Called Love ‒ Episode 11

I feel bad that I'm not as emotionally invested in this episode as it wants me to be.
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Jellyfish Can't Swim in the Night ‒ Episode 11

Jellyfish is a show that wears its emotions on both sleeves and delivers its sentiments with the subtlety of a meteor strike.
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My Hero Academia Season 7 ‒ Episode 145

A lifetime of rejection has convinced Toga that anyone asking her to compromise or change is ultimately trying to control her—and she is far beyond anyone’s control now.
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Delicious in Dungeon ‒ SEASON FINALE

Now for the real hard part: waiting for season 2 to be released…
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The Café Terrace and Its Goddesses Season 1 Anime Series Review

The first few episodes are so boring and uninspired that I can't recommend the anime. However, the back half is good enough that I am actually looking forward to the second season. ― When something is called a "mixed bag," the image conjured up is one of the numerous good and bad aspects, all combined at random. While that phrase could technically be used to describe The Café Terrace and Its Goddesse...
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Baki Hanma vs. Kengan Ashura Anime Special Review

This is the strongest Kengan Ashura episode and one of the weakest Baki episodes. ― This is the strongest Kengan Ashura episode and one of the weakest Baki episodes. While the interesting match-ups and novel character dynamics elevate Kengan, the lackluster fights and uninspired art and animation bring down the Baki half of this crossover. Still, more Baki is welcome, with there being no confirmation...
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Laid-Back Camp Season 3 ‒ Episode 11

The other members of the OutClub have gotten their chance to shine solo this season, so it's about time we checked in with our favorite prankster.
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The Many Sides of Voice Actor Radio ‒ Episode 10

If you just want to chill while watching idol voice actresses fail at improv and knock back mugs of beer while they venting about thinly veiled crushes on each other, welcome to the show.
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Wind Breaker ‒ Episode 11

There's a laid-back atmosphere even when fists start flying.
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Spice & Wolf: merchant meets the wise wolf ‒ Episode 11

This episode might be light on economics, but it's laden with good drama and great yapping.
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Samurai Warriors 4 DX Game Review

These games front-load the fun and give the player a type of spectacle and power fantasy that can only really be found within this series. Samurai Warriors 4 DX is a great Warriors title through and through, and a surprise port dropped out of the blue for us to enjoy. Like hot-blooded warlords mustering armies in past eras, even the mere mention of the Warriors games gets people gathering into warr...
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Heavenly Delusion Director Discusses Keeping the Story Straight

Mori also explained the creative process from inception to realization, shedding light on the collaborative efforts and artistic endeavors that brought Heavenly Delusion to life. ― In 2023, Heavenly Delusion captivated audiences with its suspenseful and intricately woven storytelling. The series was highly praised for blending psychological horror and science fiction. Director Hirotaka Mori was at t...
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Kengan Ashura Season 2 Part 1 Anime Series Review

This is not an anime for people who like martial arts or combat sports; this is an anime for people who like Dana White's Power Slap and enjoy seeing people inflict novel harm on each other. ― I finally cracked the code on Kengan Ashura after watching the twelve episodes that make up the first half of its second season. While it likes to style itself as a martial arts series that elevates various fig...
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This Week in Games - Summer Games Fest 2024 Wrap-Up

One of the biggest game showcases of the year just wrapped and Jean-Karlo is here with some modern (and nostalgic) highlights. ― Welcome back, everyone! A major downside of this column is that the nature of its publication makes it a little hard to cover the news; by the time last week's column went up, Summer Games Fest was already in full swing, after all. While a lot of stuff here might already be...
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Director Kawata and Producer Hirabayashi of Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess

Our Summer Game Fest coverage continues with a look at the Japanese mythology-inspired Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess tower defense game. ― Capcom's upcoming tower defense game, Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess, caught my eye during Summer Game Fest's presentations for its visuals and folklore motifs. The single-player action game combines stellar strategic gameplay, a detailed environment, cloth...
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This Week in Anime - It's Anime Convention Hunting Season

Some of the biggest anime conventions are just around the corner, but things are looking a little off. Chris and Steve discuss the changing landscape and smaller cons folding across the U.S. ― Some of the biggest anime conventions are just around the corner, but things are looking a little off. Chris and Steve discuss the changing convention landscape and smaller cons folding across the U.S. Disclai...
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Your Anime Rankings - Best of Spring 2024, Jun 3-9

While Sound Euphonium 3 is ruling the rankings again this week, Yatagarasu's last few episodes are pulling it up in the cumulative. Check out this week's user rankings! ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankin...
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Monster Hunter Wilds Brings Players Back to Nature

The embedded appreciation for nature—and its interconnectivity—in Wilds marks an exciting new addition to the franchise. Monster Hunter fans rejoiced at Capcom's newest trailer for Monster Hunter Wilds at Summer Game Fest 2024. While the cinematics amped up the adrenaline rush of the hunt for the new beasts, the preview at Summer Game Fest Play Days demonstrated how that'll play out in the game. Wi...
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Mysterious Disappearances ‒ Episode 10

Nodoka's inability to feel empathy, or even sympathy, for Minamo feels like a snapshot of idol culture: she cares about the product, not the person who embodies it.
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Train to the End of the World ‒ Episode 11

Have you tried turning your 7G off and on again?
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Metaphor: ReFantazio Feels like Home for JRPG Players

. As much as I've enjoyed the sleek designs ATLUS is now known for, gameplay is more than just aesthetics. Thankfully, Metaphor breathes new life into the JPRG genre. ― At the Summer Game Fest Play Days, attendees played a trial version of ATLUS and Studio Zero's upcoming game, Metaphor: ReFantazio. Development and planning for Metaphor began right after the first Catherine game and has been touted a...
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Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance Game Review

While people understandably don't want to encourage Atlus to keep trying for two bites at the apple, this one is worth it. ― There's no ignoring the Grimalka in the room with this one: Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance is an Atlus Remake. And with the original Shin Megami Tensei V only being three years old, folks have plenty of trepidation towards Vengeance. The good news is that if you haven't played...
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An In-Depth Preview of Rusty Rabbit Game with Writer Gen Urobuchi and Producer Yuichiro Saito

Rabbits, robots, and religion collide in Rusty Rabbit. We sat down with Gen Urobuchi and Yuichiro Saito to discuss the deceptively fuzzy new game. ― Gen Urobuchi's latest game caught the attention of gamers and anime fans alike with its recent story and character trailer. NetEase first teased Rusty Rabbit with a concept trailer at Tokyo Game Show 2023, and now both Urobuchi and producer Yuichiro Sait...
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Medicine and Fantasy: An Interview with Doctor Elise Manhwa Artist Mini

In her first-ever interview with foreign media, Mini discusses her background in design and what makes Doctor Elise a fan-favorite series. ― It's getting more common for anime series to seek inspiration outside of its traditional seedbeds of manga and light novels. In recent years, we've seen a rise in the number of series based on Korean properties, primarily webtoons serialized on sites like Tapas,...
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Unnamed Memory ‒ Episode 10

Keeping up with the way this show is dropping the ball is exhausting.
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This Week in Anime - Sex in Anime is Complicated

Nick and Lucas use last week's Chainsaw Man manga chapter as a springboard to discuss sex and sexuality in manga, from messy to raunchy to endearing depictions. ― Nick and Lucas use last week's Chainsaw Man manga chapter as a springboard to discuss sex and sexuality in manga, from messy to raunchy to endearing depictions. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatl...
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Code Geass: Rozé of the Recapture - Part 2 Anime Film Review

If the first part of Code Geass: Rozé of the Recapture was bringing the story back to its roots, this second part is all about reminding us what sprang from those roots. ― If the first part of Code Geass: Rozé of the Recapture was bringing the story back to its roots, this second part reminds us what sprang from those roots. Lelouch inadvertently and intentionally changed the world, and many things c...
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation II ‒ Episode 21

This episode is entirely about the reunion of Rudeus and Roxy―and how they idolize each other more than see each other as who they truly are.
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Mission: Yozakura Family ‒ Episode 10

Taiyo and Mutsumi are gosh-darned adorable, and woe betide anyone who dares to come between them.
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Go! Go! Loser Ranger! ‒ Episode 9

The more complicated and messy the world of G!G!LR! becomes, the more compelling Fighter D's journey will be.
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Tonari no Yōkai-san ‒ Episode 10

Living in a world of spirits and yokai is complicated, man.
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Kaiju No. 8 ‒ Episode 9

I like that there was an obvious power difference and a high need for tactical adjustments to meet the kaiju threat.
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Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction ‒ Episode 2

Humanity. We're just incapable of seeing past our shortsighted BS.
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 3 ‒ Episode 58

I guess it only makes sense that we end a mediocre arc with a mediocre episode.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 1108

Everyone is staring down the barrel of the loaded gun known as Seraphim.
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Look Back Anime Film Review

Even if some small details are still missing, when finished, Look Back should, without a doubt, be acclaimed by most people. ― Creating a manga is like creating a TV series: every week, readers wait for a new chapter to be published in their favorite magazine, and then they can also buy a full "season" when a compiled volume is published. Tatsuki Fujimoto is very familiar with this process as he seri...
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Laid-Back Camp Season 3 ‒ Episode 10

Chikuwa is the true star of this episode. He's fluffy, he wears a hoodie, and he fits snugly into Ena's duffel bag. 10/10. A triumph.
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Sound! Euphonium 3 ‒ Episode 10

I could watch Asuka gesticulate with an Oreo while playfully roasting Kumiko all day. No wonder Kaori hooked up with her.
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc ‒ Episode 5

Zenitsu spends almost the entire episode fearing for his life and then he nearly gets knocked out cold by Genya. I like it when Zenitsu gets punched.
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Jellyfish Can't Swim in the Night ‒ Episode 10

This is a well-done episode that achieves everything it sets out to do. Yet by the end of it my faith that this show will deliver on any of its big emotional ideas was more precarious than ever.
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Black Butler: Public School Arc ‒ Episode 9

Derrick Arden is no longer alive.
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The First Anime That Made Us Cry

Anime News Network's editorial team is digging deep into their repressed anime memories to trudge up the moments that left them in tears. What was the first anime to make you cry? ― Anime News Network's editorial team is digging deep into their repressed anime memories to trudge up the moments that left them in tears. Below are some of the most affecting moments, from major character deaths to bitte...
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A Condition Called Love ‒ Episode 10

I'm just starting to like the writing in this show so I hope that whatever climax it's building towards will stick the landing.
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My Hero Academia Season 7 ‒ Episode 144

To borrow the words of John “Hannibal” Smith, I love it when a plan comes together.
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Delicious in Dungeon ‒ Episode 23

This was a tough one, as it not only is a haunting story in and of itself but recontextualizes everything about the journey the party has been on thus far.
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Wind Breaker ‒ Episode 10

If the Shishitoren arc's worst sin is being overlong, there's still room for Wind Breaker to dust itself off and move forward without any lasting injuries.
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The Anime Backlog - Hellsing Ultimate

Lynzee slays the Nosferatu Arucard, but isn't sure if she enjoyed the experience. ― Welcome back to The Anime Backlog, the column where I chronicle my journey to overcome a backlog of 100+ anime titles. After slaying my behemoth of shame, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, I decided to dive into the quintessential dark and edgy series of the aughts, Hellsing Ultimate. Hellsing Ultimate Why Is It Impo...
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Synduality: Noir Season 2 Anime Series Review

Synduality: Noir perhaps ends up better than other video game tie-in series, but in the larger mecha genre, it's still an also-ran. ― This second cour started as a big fat question mark. While the first half of Synduality: Noir had occasional drama, most of its runtime was all about chilling with its extended cast as they got into cool robot fights. While that lent the show a lot of charm, it meant t...
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This Week in Games - Dragon Gangster Drivers And Rusty Riding Rabbits

Before Summer Game Fest truly kicks off, Jean-Karlo checks out the upcoming Yakuza TV series news and Gen Urobutchi's deceptively cute rabbit puzzler. ― Welcome back, folks! In honor of the Astro Bot announcement, I spent some time playing Astro's Playhouse over the weekend. It's a cute tech demo disguised as a platformer, helped by Astro being an adorable little mascot. The historical angle of colle...
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Like Magneto, Scar In Fullmetal Alchemist Was Right

Anti-hero or villain? Scar and Magneto present evidence for either interpretation. X-Men' 97 has now concluded its stunning first season, and those ten episodes highlighted the best and worst of Magneto — a man who's been both the X-Men's nemesis and leader. Introduced at the very beginning of X-Men in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's 1963 debut issue, the "Master of Magnetism" has changed a lot in his s...
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KonoSuba – God's blessing on this wonderful world! 3 ‒ Episode 9

Now we’ve just taken a hard right turn into developing all of this sexual tension between Darkness and Kazuma.
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The Many Sides of Voice Actor Radio ‒ Episode 9

Yasumi's manager orders her to chill out and have some fun, which turns out to be exactly what both she and the series itself needed.
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Spice & Wolf: merchant meets the wise wolf ‒ Episode 10

Tempers and passions flare as Holo and Lawrence devise a way to save their relationship and checkbook.
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Your Anime Rankings - Best of Spring 2024, May 27-Jun 2

Sound Euphonium 3 is now the top anime both in weekly and cumulative rankings! Find out how your favorite shows fared in our weekly user rankings. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how pe...
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This Week in Anime - Why Was Code Geass Such a Big Deal?

Chris and Steve make the highly questionable decision of watching all of Code Geass in 48 hours. Is the series just as good as it was nearly two decades ago? ― Chris and Steve make the highly questionable decision of watching all of Code Geass in 48 hours. Is the series just as good as it was nearly two decades ago? Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are...
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Kengan Ashura Season 1 Part 2 Anime Series Review

Unfortunately, Kengan Ashura isn't dumb fun often enough to be enjoyable, and its politics make it a slog to get through. ― The back half of season one of Kengan Ashura — confusingly labeled "Part II" on Netflix and with episode numbers that reset to 1 through 12 — is better than the first part of the season. Unfortunately, that isn't saying much, as this martial arts anime opens with an incredibly w...
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The ANN Aftershow - Why You Should Watch Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction

Lynzee and James welcome Richard Eisenbeis onto the podcast to discuss the first episode of the weird sci-fi series Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction! ― Why You Should Watch Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction Lynzee and James welcome Richard Eisenbeis onto the podcast to discuss the first episode of the weird sci-fi series Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction, plus NEW revelations in Yata...
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Unnamed Memory ‒ Episode 9

This episode ruthlessly cuts out everything but the bare bones from the story, leaving us with a collection of images and dialogue that serve only to make us regret what might have been.
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Mysterious Disappearances ‒ Episode 9

She's a collective imaginary friend, and that's what makes her a perfect example of what Adashino and Sumireko were pondering last week: a digital tsukumogami.
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Train to the End of the World ‒ Episode 10

This week, Train to the End of the World argues for the importance of works like Train to the End of the World.
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Garouden: The Way of the Lone Wolf Anime Series Review

The best and worst thing I can say about Garouden: The Way of the Lone Wolf is that it feels like an 80s movie. ― The best and worst thing I can say about Garouden: The Way of the Lone Wolf is that it feels like an 80s movie. This track as this anime is an adaptation of the quietly seminal Garōden martial arts novels written by Baku Yumemakura, the first of which premiered in 1985. If you like shows ...
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We Ranked the Official KONOSUBA Cocktails

From Aqua to Yunyun, we tried all the KONOSUBA drinks at The Hub to find the most delicious! ― If there's one thing many adults worldwide enjoy doing, it's getting an alcoholic beverage with some friends. Be they beers, ales, spirits, wines, cocktails, among other beverages, adults have their drinks of choice. And one of the best places to enjoy your drink is your local pub or bar. In Japan, though, ...
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Mysterious Disappearances Volume 1 Manga Review

Mysterious Disappearances' first volume probably won't blow you away. But how it plays with urban legend and classic Japanese literature hopefully hints at more interesting usages to come. ― What does the original manga version of Mysterious Disappearances offer that the anime does not? Nipples. Specifically, Sumireko's nipples, in both adult and child forms. (Notably, in her youngest form, they're l...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 3 ‒ Episode 57

Is there anything more annoying than an unresolved cliffhanger?
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This Week in Anime - A Tale As Old As Time: Subs or Dubs?

We're taking the age-old argument and updating it for the simulcast era! Is getting a dub now a mark of an anime's overall quality? Are sub-only fans gatekeeping? ― We're taking the age-old argument and updating it for the simulcast era! Is getting a dub now a mark of an anime's overall quality? Are sub-only fans gatekeeping? Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this c...
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation II ‒ Episode 20

I wouldn't go so far as to call Paul “likable” but he's clearly more complex and nuanced than the sum of his flaws.
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Kaiju No. 8 ‒ Episode 8

This is classic superheroic storytelling, where one character has diametrically opposed opinions about another character’s hero identity and mundane identity.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 1107

That bleak prognosis aside, there are more than a few delightful character moments in episode 1107.
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Sound! Euphonium 3 ‒ Episode 9

As a massive dramatic swerve here towards the end of all of Euphonium, a Kumiko/Reina breakup is about as big a deal as anything could possibly be.
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Mission: Yozakura Family ‒ Episode 9

The best thing I can say about this whole Kurogao Incident is that I appreciate how it wraps up Taiyo's first step in his journey, at least on paper.
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Go! Go! Loser Ranger! ‒ Episode 8

I think we have reached the point of this Go, Go, Loser Ranger! arc where I will have to start deducting points for every additional minute we spend in this godforsaken parking garage.
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Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction ‒ Episode 1

This first episode is fantastic. The story, the characters, the mood—it's all utterly perfect. But you know what's not perfect? How Ocean Studios has handled the subbing and dubbing.
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Jellyfish Can't Swim in the Night ‒ Episode 9

The episode paints a tragically realistic portrait of a young girl who was taken advantage of by the person she trusted most in the world.
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A Returner's Magic Should Be Special Season 1 Anime Review

On the surface, there's nothing remarkable about A Returner's Magic Should Be Special, but somehow, the execution manages to rise above all its basic tropes and clichés. ― Writing off A Returner's Magic Should Be Special would be very easy. On the surface, there's nothing remarkable about it: a standard magic academy, a basic time loop story, and characters whose names are way too on the mark. But so...
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Tonari no Yōkai-san ‒ Episode 9

I am thanking the anime gods that this week's episode of Tonari no Yōkai-san didn't end up smashing my heart into a million pieces.
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Whisper Me a Love Song ‒ Episode 8

Shiho's goals and ego don't always account for people not sharing her ambitions—and that just may be the key that decodes her personality.
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Black Butler: Public School Arc ‒ Episode 8

This entire episode is set up in such a way that we can see Ciel slowly losing control of the situation.
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Ghibli Park's Newest Area Brings Howl's Moving Castle and Kiki's Delivery Service to Life

Inside this massive new area are locations pulled straight out of Ghibli films. ― Late last year, we went down to Ghibli Park in Aichi prefecture to explore its recently opened Princess Mononoke area. This year, we see the addition of a new area to the experience-driven theme park: The Valley of Witches. Inside this massive new area are locations pulled straight out of Ghibli films Howl's Moving Cast...
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Laid-Back Camp Season 3 ‒ Episode 9

I can't believe Keanu Reeves' visage is now an official facet of the Laid-Back Camp universe.

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