Interview: The Crew of Cowboy Bebop, 20 Years Later

Character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane and screenwriters Dai Sato and Keiko Nobumoto share some stories from their days working on what would become one of the most beloved and influential anime series of all time, 20 years later.

Answerman - Why Do Anime Students Always Sit In The Same Seat?

Anime protagonists in high school always seem to take the same seat - second to the back, next to the window. What makes that spot so special? Justin gets into it.

New York Comic-Con 2018 Interview: Tony Valente, Creator of Radiant

Radiant was the first French manga to be published in Japan, and now it's the first French manga to have a TV adaptation! Creator Tony Valente goes in-depth on his career, the world he's created, and what it's like to experience this kind of success.

The Fall 2018 Anime Preview Guide

The Fall 2018 Anime Season has begun! Check back every day for new reviews of this fall's new anime:
Now Available: Fall 2018 Shorts Featuring Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-san - Senran Kagura Shinovi Master - A Certain Magical Index III - As Miss Beelzebub likes. - Karakuri Circus - Merc StoriA - My Sister, My Writer - Tokyo Ghoul:re season 2 - Golden Kamuy season 2 - Anima Yell! - Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight - and much more!

Bleach (live-action)

This real-life take on the classic shonen hit is available on Netflix, but does it do justice to the first arc of the original manga? Theron Martin finds out.

The Mike Toole Show - The Shonen Jump Formula

The My Hero Academia movie prompts Mike to consider the deep and fascinating history of the "Shonen Jump Movie", the self-contained side-story theatrical events that've been around for decades.

Garrison Girl: An Attack on Titan Novel

This American YA romance take on Attack on Titan is unique in its unusual origins, but does it add much to Isayama's world and characters for prior fans? James Beckett finds out.
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Series Premiere: Run with the Wind—Episodes 1-3

"This show has already done an effective job crafting a lively, character-driven story that's more about the journey than the destination—just like distance running itself."
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Tokyo Ghoul:re GNs 5-7

Tokyo Ghoul:re is not as compelling as its predecessor, but by these volumes, it seems to be getting back on track with a more detailed focus on character development. ― Tokyo Ghoul:re is at its best when it's exploring the inner struggles of Ken Kaneki-turned-Haise Sasaki. That means that of these three volumes, book seven is the strongest, playing into that theme and using elements of both series o...
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Season Premiere: Golden Kamuy ‒ Episodes 13-14

"While it takes a while to get going, these two episodes were a strong reminder of why I found Golden Kamuy so compelling in its first cour. It always has a new trick up its sleeve to keep you gripped in its frontier gold chase."
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This Week in Anime - Is Lost Song Worth Watching?

J-pop songstress Konomi Suzuki made her acting debut in Netflix's sweeping musical fantasy, Lost Song. Nick and Micchy find out if there's noteworthy underneath the surprisingly bland fluff on this show's surface. ― J-pop songstress Konomi Suzuki made her acting debut in Netflix's sweeping musical fantasy, Lost Song. This week, Nick and Micchy find out if there's noteworthy underneath the surprising...
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Series Premiere: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime—Episodes 1-3

"This unconventional adventure is off to a good start, provided you're in the market for a less serious take on both fantasy and isekai."
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Season Premiere: Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers 2—Episodes 1-3

"Meta-commentative fantasy RPGs are a trend in anime nowadays, but this the pinnacle of the genre, reserved for viewers with a refined taste for puppets."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 857

"The One Piece anime delivers another bombastic fight episode this week, digging its heels in the ground with a great production."
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Season Finale: Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 49

"Using a pseudo-cliffhanger as a stinger for next year's episodes highlights my issues with this mid-season finale as a whole."
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Series Premiere: Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san—Episodes 1-2

"Both delightfully over-the-top and relatably down-to-earth, this workplace comedy offers up big laughs while illustrating the tribulations of working in a high-traffic bookstore."
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Series Premiere: Double Decker! Doug & Kirill—Episodes 1-4

"Double Decker doesn't have much in the way of ongoing plot or themes so far, but what it does have is fun entertainment in spades, as a spit-shined popcorn buddy cop piece."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 77

"At times, this side-adventure felt too drawn-out and detached from the main story, but this episode does a decent job of tying it into the bigger picture."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episodes 26-27

"These are two of GeGeGe no Kitaro's most violent episodes, and while they're not quite as disturbing as some of the earlier ones, they definitely have their moments."
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Season Premiere: Fairy Tail Final Season—Episodes 1-2

"Luckily Fairy Tail is adept at not only keeping things moving, but also at tempering the more difficult bits with humor."
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Answerman - What's The Difference Between A License And A Distribution Deal?

Funimation "licenses" Attack on Titan but Right Stuf is the "distributor" for Mobile Suit Gundam - what's the difference between these two arrangements? Justin gets into the details. ― John asked: I was wondering what is the difference between a distribution and licensing deals? What entail a distribution deal? And in case of the Sunrise's Gundam deal with Right Stuf could a another company still li...
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Shelf Life - Angel Cop

This cyberpunk '80s OVA may be nostalgic for some fans, but it's hardly angelic. Paul finds out if anything about this vintage shlock holds up and breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― I'll be writing our streaming reviews for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, and I am unreasonably pumped about it. I'm not expecting it to be the best show ever made, but something about the main pr...
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My Hero Academia GN 15

Despite some great moments, this isn't one of MHA's brighter volumes, as complicated exposition drags down the story's pacing. Nick Creamer has the details. ― The simplicity of Midoriya's view of heroism has always been one of those assumed truths that I'd always assumed My Hero Academia was simply holding on the back burner for future conflicts. Contributing to complex, large-scale police operations...
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Series Premiere: Release the Spyce—Episodes 1-2

When the wild action sequences slow down, this charming series keeps its focus on story by developing Momo and Yuki's relationship.
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Series Premiere: SSSS.Gridman—Episodes 1-2

"SSSS.Gridman delivers the best of Trigger's specific balance between stylized minimalism and glossy polish."
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Series Premiere: Sword Art Online Alicization—Episodes 1-2

"Even by SAO's normal standards for storytelling, this will be a slow-paced arc. Fortunately, the story gives fans a fair amount to appreciate."
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Series Premiere: Goblin Slayer—Episodes 1-2

"I have no doubt that Goblin Slayer will find an audience to revel in the grisly pleasures of its premise just like Ninja Scroll and Wicked City informed my generation, but that's all it's got going for it right now."
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Series Premiere: Radiant—Episodes 1-2

"You've probably seen most of what Radiant has to offer at least once before, but there's something intangible about this shonen adventure that makes me want to give it a chance."
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Series Finale: FLCL Alternative ‒ Episode 6

"This ends up being reasonably satisfying as a finale to FLCL Alternative, but definitely unworthy as the new last page of FLCL as a whole, and that ultimately colors my final impression."
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Series Premiere: Boarding School Juliet—Episodes 1-2

"Beyond the solid animation and the funny jokes, Boarding School Juliet looks set to live and die on the pure unadulterated cuteness of its central couple."
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Series Premiere: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind—Episodes 1-2

"JJBA returns to the small screen with a great spin on the usual JoJo's scenario that adds an unexpected pleasantness to a story about criminal life."
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Angels of Death ‒ Episode 14

"While it doesn't entirely forgive the show's earlier pacing and character issues, I'm incredibly thankful for this episode's sweet, funny, and poignant return to form."
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 14

"This episode's literary title may foreshadow its very deceptive ending."
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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 Dark Maidens Novel

This is the kind of excellent mystery that's difficult to put down, but you also don't want to read too quickly. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― There are many ways to tell a mystery. Whether you use the classic four-act format, the basic whodunit, or something completely different, the end goal no matter what is to find out not only who committed the crime, but also why. That's a very twisting ...
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ANNCast - The Fall of Man

Zac and Jacob chew their way through a monstrous pile of Fall 2018 anime premieres, from Double Decker to Sword Art Online to Thunderbolt Fantasy and yeah, even some of the bad ones. ― ANNCast 337 - The Fall of Man Zac and Jacob chew their way through as many Fall 2018 anime premieres as they can - from Double Decker to Sword Art Online to Thunderbolt Fantasy and a whole ton more. You can listen to ...
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Manga Answerman - Is the Distinction Between Manga And "Manga-Style Comics" Going Away?

With the fully-fledged anime adaptation of Tony Valente's french adventure comic Radiant on the air in Japan, it makes you wonder: is the distinction between "manga" and "manga-style" comics going away for good? Deb has some thoughts. ― Do you think the distinction between manga made in Japan and manga-style comics made elsewhere is slowly going away? Do you think it should? This is an interesting a...
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Interview: CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama

The developers behind the .hack RPG series and Naruto Ultimate Ninja has an ambitious plan for not one but three brand-new original games in 2019. CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama lays out his vision for the future of the company. ― Anime fans scarcely need an introduction to game developer CyberConnect2 – the company's game releases have been synonymous with anime for years and years now, having handled the am...
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Alice & Zoroku BD/DVD

This unusual slice-of-life drama about a girl with magical powers finding a family flew under the radar last year, but how does it hold up on Blu-ray? Theron Martin finds out. ― The basic premise here – a super-powered girl who's largely a blank slate hooks up with a gruff older man, who reluctantly takes her in but gradually comes to consider her family – is hardly a new one in the field of anime; t...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 53

"This is a good episode that manages to be calm and understated without losing the power of its developments."
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This Week in Games - Flipping the Switch

There might be a new version of the Nintendo Switch coming sooner than we think - plus: Sword Art Online Arcade, the resurrection of Suikoden, Soul Calibur VI character news and much more! ― Hello again, readers! I'm back from my brief hiatus to once again deliver my fresh takes on the gaming news that's been cooking over the last week. The reason I didn't handle last week's column was that I was att...
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This Week in Anime - Is Attack on Titan Ramping Up or Just Going Off the Rails?

AoT's third season took plenty of risks with its more low-key military coup arc, but the titular Titans' long-awaited return to the spotlight has unleashed an avalanche of shocking twists! We pick up the pieces of a story that's growing ever more complicated. ― Editor's Note: Jacob has moved on from being a TWIA contributor, but he'll still be with the crew in spirit as the editor/coordinator of thi...
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Fist of the North Star: Paradise Lost

The classic head-exploding action of Fist of the North Star is poured into the Yakuza gameplay mold, but do these two great tastes taste great together? Daryl Surat scours the wasteland to find out. ― The last few years have marked a surge in popularity among English-language fans of both Sega's long-running Yakuza series of videogames as well as—to a lesser extent—the formative trope-establishing Sh...
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Catching Up With Fairy Tail

The final season of Hiro Mashima's spellbinding fantasy epic Fairy Tail has begun, but if you've fallen a little behind in the story, here's everything you need to know to prepare for what's ahead. ― At sixty-four volumes long, plus one prequel volume penned and illustrated by series creator Hiro Mashima himself, Fairy Tail is one of the more digestible shounen epics. I know, that sounds a little rid...
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New York Comic-Con 2018 News Roundup

Miss anything from the big show in New York last weekend? We've got all the headlines, panel reports, three cosplay galleries and much more right here in one place! ― October 5th-8th 2017, New York City Convention Reports Report: Anime Fest @ NYCC 2018 Interest: NYCC's Inaugural Anime Fest Draws Mixed Reception From Fans, Vendors Cosplay Galleries Anime Fest @ NYCC Cosplay Gallery One Anime Fest @ N...
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New York Comic-Con 2018 News Roundup

Miss anything from the big show in New York last weekend? We've got all the headlines, panel reports, three cosplay galleries and much more right here in one place! ― October 5th-8th 2017, New York City Convention Reports Report: Anime Fest @ NYCC 2018 Interest: NYCC's Inaugural Anime Fest Draws Mixed Reception From Fans, Vendors Cosplay Galleries Anime Fest @ NYCC Cosplay Gallery One Anime Fest @ N...
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Answerman - What Are The Different Types of Ramen?

Good ramen has become much more widely available in the United States over the last decade or so, but it can still be confusing to know what you're ordering. Justin breaks it down. ― Fred asked: Where I live, there's no good ramen restaurants, so when I see anime characters ordering different types of ramen, I have no idea what they are. Can you help? First of all, that is a very tragic story. I was...
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This Week in Anime - Is Forest of Piano Worth Watching?

Forest of Piano has landed on Netflix, but this isn't the first time the classic manga has been adapted to animation. Micchy and Steve swap their classical music nerd observations about this troubled production. ― Forest of Piano has landed on Netflix, but this isn't the first time the classic manga has been adapted to animation. This week, Micchy and Steve swap their classical music nerd observatio...
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Magical Girl Site—Episodes 1-12 Streaming

This initially off-putting dark magical girl series faded into the background last season, but is it worth checking out in hindsight? Theron Martin has the answers. ― The manga that this Spring 2018 series adapts is a spin-off of the manga Magical Girl Apocalypse. However, you don't need to have any familiarity with the original in order to fully understand this story, as it seems to be entirely self...
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Today's Menu for the Emiya Family ‒ Episode 9

September marked Caster's turn on the fondue carousal as she asked Shirou to help her cook a meal for her hubby, Mr. Kuzuki.
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Answerman - Why Aren't Licensed Anime T-Shirts Nicer?

Your average licensed anime tee-shirt is a giant piece of key art on a Hanes Beefy-T. Where's all the fashionable stuff? Justin considers the angles. ― Anonymous asked: There are a ton of anime that I would love to buy T-shirts and other clothing for. I'm also aware that there's an absolute TON of unlicensed T-shirt websites out there, and I'd prefer to buy the official ones that support the creator...
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Shelf Life - Princess Principal

The surprisingly poignant and gorgeously animated steampunk espionage thriller Princess Principal lands on home video. PLUS: all of this week's new anime DVD & bluray releases! ― It's Preview Guide time again! We've had a couple of unexpectedly good premieres already, with the most pleasant surprise for me being Zombie Land Saga. If you have a taste for dark humor, make sure you check that one out. ...
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My Hero Academia Season 3

My Hero Academia’s third season offers inconsistent thrills, but still demonstrates this franchise’s strength as a propulsive and often beautiful action spectacle. ― My Hero Academia's second season represented a fairly dramatic step up from its predecessor. With all of the introductory work handled in the first season, season two was able to expand the story's scope through thrilling arcs that made ...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 76

"After a couple weeks off, Boruto's first episode in its brand new timeslot isn't anything special. It may be the current arc's weakest entry to date."
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Season Finale: Gintama ‒ Episode 367

"It's a strange place to wrap things up, but as the characters expressly spell out, the staff was simply out of options."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 48

"Instead of fleshing out Attack on Titan's lore or plot, Keith's flashback acts in parallel to Kenny's episode as a thematic infodump more than anything else."
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FLCL Alternative ‒ Episode 5

"If there's an issue with all the questions being raised about Kana this episode, it's simply that no answers are offered just yet."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 856

"This is not a fight between good and evil, it's more of a surrealistic headbutt between competing states of human nature."
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Angels of Death ‒ Episode 13

"After a week's hiatus, we are once again amongst the angels, as Rachel's tragic backstory is revealed."
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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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Anime Spotlight - Golden Kamuy 2

In the mighty Northern field of Hokkaido, the survival battle for a hidden treasure stolen from the Ainu people continues! ― Golden Kamuy 2 Official Website: http://www.kamuy-anime.com/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres October 8, 2018 Key Staff Director: Hitoshi Namba (Baki the Grappler (TV), Gosick (TV)) Series Composition: Noboru Takagi (Baccano! (TV), Durarara!! (TV), Kuroko...
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 13

"This episode is full of what the series does best: subtle character drama that requires your attention."
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Manga Answerman - Can a "How To Draw Manga" Book Really Help You Become A Manga Artist?

"How to draw manga" books are everywhere - but how helpful are they? Deb gets into it, and offers a trove of resources for aspiring artists! ― There are a ton of “how to draw manga” books – do you think those could really teach someone how to become a manga artist? What do you recommend for someone trying to develop their own manga style? For this question, I'll start it off with a story. Maybe it w...
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UQ Holder! GN 12

UQ Holder continues to offer a variety of uneven but often entertaining shenanigans as it falls further and further under the shadow of its predecessor Negima. ― Given the very abrupt ending to Ken Akamatsu's prior manga, Negima, I always wondered if he himself was satisfied with where that story left his characters. After building up dozens of engaging characters with resonant arcs and fun conflicts...
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New York Comic-Con 2018 News Roundup: Day One, Two

New York Comic-Con is here, and we've got a one-stop shop with all of the day's announcements and headlines. ― October 5th-8th 2017, New York City Convention Reports Report: Anime Fest @ NYCC 2018 Interest: NYCC's Inaugural Anime Fest Draws Mixed Reception From Fans, Vendors Cosplay Galleries Anime Fest @ NYCC Cosplay Gallery One Anime Fest @ NYCC Cosplay Gallery Two Anime Fest @ NYCC Cosplay Galler...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 52

"This episode was fun and dramatic, a massive step up for the arc from last week's venture."
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2018

It's been an exciting summer, but in the end, nobody could bring down Lupin III, who finishes out the season on top. Find out where your favorite shows placed in the last user rankings of the season! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2018 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 ...
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This Week in Anime - The Highs and Lows of MHA's License Exam Arc

My Hero Academia finished out its third season with more of a whisper than a bang. Nick and Micchy break down the standout moments of this low-key arc. ― My Hero Academia finished out its third season with more of a whisper than a bang. This week, Nick and Micchy break down the standout moments of this low-key arc. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are ...
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This Week in Games: Paradise Tossed

Todd guest-hosts this week, and Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise has him thinking about other anime that could use the Yakuza treatment. Plus Last Labyrinth, Mega Man, and more Bowsette! ― Yes, it's me again! Heidi's off this week, so Anime News Network turned on the Todd Signal and tilted it to the sky. Instead of a Batman logo, it showed the words TALK ABOUT GRAVITY RUSH. And I came running. I...
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Phantom in the Twilight

Phantom in the Twilight's gaggle of hot monster boyfriends with individual quirks are spared from genre mediocrity by an exceptional lead heroine, but is it enough to make the show worth watching? Chris Farris finds out. ― Phantom in the Twilight's setup is pretty rote by the standards of its peers. Just having ‘Twilight’ in the title gives you a basic idea of what to expect from a show whose chief v...
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Anime Spotlight - Gakuen Basara: Samurai High School

A heated battle is once again revving up at Basara Academy between baseball star, Masamune Date, and soccer ace, Yukimura Sanada. ― Gakuen Basara: Samurai High School Official Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/gakuen_basara/ Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres October 4, 2018 Key Staff Director: Minoru Ohara ("Glass Fleet(TV)", "Lupin III: Episode 0 'First Contact' (special)") Series C...
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Season Finale: Overlord III ‒ Episode 13

"In terms of coming to a dramatic climax, the third season of Overlord easily ranks as the least of the seasons so far."
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Answerman - Why Don't Anime Companies Release Sales And Viewership Numbers?

We almost never get exact sales figures for anime DVDs and blurays, or really any other merchandise for that matter - what gives? Justin gets into it. ― Michael asked: I was wondering if you could explain the mindset behind why anime companies seem to be so secretive with their sales numbers. I could be wrong about this, but I don't see any benefit to not releasing how many units "title x" sold or h...
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100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams: The Animation Episodes 1 - 12 Streaming

This fantasy series promises a bevy of princes, but it might come up short for all but die-hard fans of the genre. Rebecca Silverman weighs in. ― If ever there was a vaguely deceptive title, it's this one. 100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams: The Animation never reaches the eponymous kingdom, and exactly one of the princes is “sleeping” in the sense initially described by mascot character ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Dragon Pilot Worth Watching?

Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan has finally dropped on Netflix. Nick and Steve find out what Shinji Higuchi and Mari Okada's unconventional dramedy has to say about workplace woes. ― Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan has finally dropped on Netflix. This week, Nick and Steve find out what Shinji Higuchi and Mari Okada's unconventional dramedy has to say about workplace woes. Disclaimer: The views and...
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Mega Man 11

It's Mega Man's big chance for a comeback, and it's not what some fans might expect. We dig into a video-game icon's return! ― Don't let the number fool you. This may be the eleventh or twelfth central Mega Man title. It may be backed by several spin-off series. Yet it's been nearly a decade since the last full-blown game in the series. Even then, Mega Man 9 and 10 were deliberate throwbacks, built t...
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Anime Spotlight - A Certain Magical Index III

When science and magic cross paths a third time ― A Certain Magical Index III Official Website: http://toaru-project.com/index_3/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres October 5, 2018 Key Staff Director: Hiroshi Nishikiori (Angelic Layer (TV), Azumanga Daioh (TV), Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata) Series Composition: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Accel World (TV), Guilty Crown (TV), Mag...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 855

"It's an acceptable episode, but I'm hungry for a lot more substance at the moment."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 366

"In the three years (and 100 episodes!) I've been writing up this show, a lot has changed in Sorachi's world."
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Season Finale: Hanebado! ‒ Episode 13

"Despite the rocky road getting there, this ending is (mostly) satisfying."
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Series Finale: Revue Starlight ‒ Episode 12

"It's a shame that Revue Starlight's finale should bring into sharp relief one of its core weaknesses, but it's still a great ending for an uncommonly great show."
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Answerman - How Is Funimation Producing So Many Simuldubs?

It's a little unbelievable how many simulcast dubs Funimation produces - so how do they do it? Justin talks about the process. ― Anonymous asked: It's been absolutely incredible how Funimation is able to have many shows dubbed only a few weeks after it airs in Japan. How is Funimation able to pull off their simuldub schedule while other studios take months or even years to produce a dub? Surely it's...
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Shelf Life - Devilman

The legendary late 80's OVA version of Devilman goes under the microscope - plus all of this week's new anime DVD & Bluray releases! ― I visited my parents last week and made them watch Anohana, because I am an evil person who likes to make his family cry. Also, it's a really good show. Welcome to Shelf Life. Jump to this week's review: Devilman On Shelves This Week The Disastrous Life of Saiki K - ...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 3 & 4

These volumes are a touch overambitious as Sui Ishida tries to get a few too many ducks into rows for comfort. ― The idea of “metamorphosis” suggests a changing from one being into another, a change often symbolized by the butterfly, who spends time in a chrysalis as a caterpillar only to emerge into the sky. But what we forget when we utilize that metaphor is that the caterpillar is technically stil...
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Season Finale: My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 63

"I love these new characters, and the series' fervor still lingers even when we're just warmly strolling our way into a new arc."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 26

"This week, the yokai are just the window dressing to the story of a girl and her mother working out their issues."
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Season Finale: Cells at Work! ‒ Episode 13

"Cells at Work never quite overcame all of its persistent problems, but it does succeed to the end as a fun way to learn the basics of the human immune system."
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Season Finale: Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs ‒ Episode 12

"Ultimately, this series was for fans of lurid content first, with some pretty good character interactions and individual stories as a side bonus."
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Season Finale: PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 26

"It ultimately feels unfair to just drop this giant shock in the audience's lap, then tell them they'll get an explanation by waiting three months. (Or just going and playing the game instead.)"
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FLCL Alternative ‒ Episode 4

"This episode is an improvement over the previous one, communicating some interesting choices with its ideas and making good use of the strong assets it does have."
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Season Finale: Grand Blue Dreaming ‒ Episode 12

"I think these kids made for some decent company during this summer season, and I'm glad to have spent time with this show, warts and all."
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Series Finale: Happy Sugar Life ‒ Episode 12

"While I'm not sure that it was intended that way, Happy Sugar Life strikes me at least as much as a cautionary tale as a love story."
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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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ANNCast - We Just Klecked

Right Stuf co-founder and president Shawne Kleckner stops by the show to chat up his latest big kickstarter, Emma: A Victorian Romance, plus plenty of fun details about the anime retail landscape in 2018. ― ANNCast 336 - We Just Klecked Right Stuf co-founder and president Shawne Kleckner stops by the show to chat up his latest big kickstarter, Emma: A Victorian Romance, plus plenty of fun details ab...
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Manga Answerman - How Come Only Some Manga Use Honorifics?

Some official English manga translations use common Japanese honorifics like -san and -kun but some don't - what's the reason behind this inconsistency? Deb breaks it down! ― Why do some translated manga use honorifics like -san, -chan, and -kun and some don't? First, a little background: the Japanese language commonly uses honorifics, or suffixes added to names in a way that's quite unique, in that...
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Our Most Anticipated Anime of Fall 2018

The Fall 2018 anime season is nearly upon us, which means it's time for our team to pick their most anticipated anime of the season - and don't forget to share your picks in the comments! ― The new anime season is right around the corner! Anime News Network's Fall 2018 Anime Preview Guide begins October 1st, but in the meantime, we're counting down the shows we're most excited about. Once you've peru...
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Erased [Hardcover] GN 5

A collection of short stories, this final volume allows us to see Satoru as his friends and family do, and to fully feel the impact of a town without him. ― There are plenty of reasons why a series might not use a direct translation of its title for its localization, and while titles are undoubtedly important, both as a means for the author to give a feeling for the story and as a motivating factor i...
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Anime Spotlight - BAKUMATSU

Shinsaku Takasugi and Kogoro Katsura, samurai warriors from Choshu, attempt to steal a legendary treasure that is said to have the ability to control time. ― BAKUMATSU Official Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/BAKUMATSU/ Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast starts October 4th, 2018. Key Staff Director: Masaki Watanabe (Bartender (TV)) Series Composition: Masahiro Yokotani (Beelzebub (T...
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