With its pair of shoulder-mounted recoil-less cannons, its stubby missile fingers, and its dopey tractor treads, the RX-75-4 Guntank from the classic 1979 mecha anime Mobile Suit Gundam has occasionally earned scorn and derision compared to its cooler, sleeker battle-cousins. But thanks to a little arithmetic and some help from Google Maps, an intrepid Gundam fan hopes that the Guntank will earn the respect that it deserves. Hit the jump to learn more.
In July of 2017, more than 4000 anime fans cast their votes on gOO ranking in a poll to determine the Top 10 "Kamase-inu" ("Muzzled Dog") Anime Characters from a pool of some 50 characters who look and act tough but who routinely find themselves sorely outmatched when it comes to fighting, and now the results are in. Hit the jump to see who can talk the talk, but can't walk the walk.
As part of its "Fantasia 2017 Festival" celebrations, Fujimi Fantasia Bunko (a division of publisher Fujimi Shobo) is holding a swimsuit contest where fans can vote on their favorite swimwear-clad heroines from various Fujimi Fantasia Bunko light novel series. Hit the jump to learn more.
A special program that will air on Fuji TV in August pits fans of all ages against one another in an attempt to determine the "Top 20 Timeless Heroes & Heroines" in the media of anime, manga, and tokusatsu. Hit the jump to learn more.
The votes are in! Fans cast some 4,399,291 votes in the 2017 Sanrio Character Ranking - a contest that measures the popularity of some 100 Sanrio mascot characters - and the #1 spot this year went to Cinnamoroll. Hit the jump to check out the top 10 results.
Voting has begun for the 32nd "Sanrio Character Ranking", an annual contest that pits 100 Sanrio mascot characters (such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pompompurin, etc.) against each other in a popular vote to determine which character reigns supreme. Hit the jump to learn more.
The Japan Ninja Council - an organization that promotes tourism through the study and spread of ninja culture - has released the results of its "Ninja Global Poll", an international survey that quizzed people from 11 countries around the world about their knowledge and opinions regarding the deadly art of assassination. Hit the jump to learn more.
In a recent online poll on goo ranking, some 5001 fans voted for which anime and manga series they think suffer the most from "same face syndrome", a phrase that describes the phenomena that occurs when an artist draws their characters' faces so similarly that the only way to distinguish one character from another is by their hair style or clothing. Hit the jump to see the results.
February 3rd is the day that the Japanese celebrate Setsubun, a spring festival in which people banish the ill tidings of the previous year by lobbing dried soybeans at demons, and in a recent poll on Anime! Anime! some 950 anime and manga fans decided which oni they'd like to celebrate the holiday with. Hit the jump to learn more.
A recent online poll on goo ranking attempted to rank the most lecherous male characters in anime history. Hit the jump to see the Top 10 results.
In this week's Aniwords, Isaac takes some time away from examining individual anime to consider the broader idea of "liking something." What does it mean to like something, and why do we so often shy away from telling other people about what we like or hide our likes behind social defenses? Isaac explores these questions and more this week—so hit the jump!
A recent online poll on Goo Ranking asked Japanese fans to pick their favorite gag manga that have been serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump manga magazine, and from a list of 48 possible titles, 5 gut-busting gag manga emerged victorious. Hit the jump to learn more.
On this week's Aniwords, Isaac ponders the seemingly obvious answer to the question, "Is there a right way to watch anime?" You probably have your own thoughts on the matter, so hit the jump to read his and then chime in with yours!
On this week's Aniwords, Isaac reflects on what it is that makes our favorite anime our favorite anime. Drawing on a bit of research, he dives into this complex topic to try to identify the common points that unite our experience of having a "favorite." Curious to see what he discovered? Hit the jump to read more!
A recent poll on Goo Ranking posed the question: "What J-pop bands would they like to see Stands named after in Hiroaki Araki's Jojo's Bizarre Adventure?" The results may surprise you. Hit the jump to check them out.