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    Wednesday June 27, 2018
  • Why Golden Kamuy Should Be One of the Most Popular Anime of the Year

    The Frontier Western Crime Ainu Cooking Comedy Saga is unlike anything you've seen before!

    In previous articles, we've explored Golden Kamuy's unique cultural and historical perspectives, but Golden Kamuy offers so much more. From Ainu cuisine in cooking anime segments to hunting prisoners in episodic mysteries to ridiculously absurd innuendo and comedy, Golden Kamuy seems to have it all. How do all of these disparate pieces fit together into a single fascinating epic? Hit the jump to find out!

  • Tuesday June 26, 2018
  • The Badminton Anime You Didn't Know You Needed

    A hard-hitting girls' sports manga is getting an anime you can't miss

    It's a great time to be a sports anime fan. But something the market has been lacking is a serious, hard-hitting girls' sports series in the vein of classics like Aim For the Ace! Based on a popular seinen manga series, Hanebado! offers to bring cutthroat competition back to girls' sports series. Hit the jump to find out why Hanebado! is the can't miss series of the summer!

  • Monday May 21, 2018
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Crazy: The Rival Treasure Hunters of Golden Kamuy

    The real-life roots of Golden Kamuy's villainous Shinsengumi and 7th Division

    Much has been made of Golden Kamuy's use of Meiji Era Hokkaido as a rich setting for the treasure hunting action, but the historical references in the series keep multiplying. Need a breakdown of all of the players, including the Shinsengumi and 7th Division, in the hunt for stolen Ainu gold? Hit the jump for more detail on our friends and foes in this action-packed extravaganza!

  • Monday May 7, 2018
  • MEGALOBOX and the Musical Legacy of Cowboy Bebop

    How Mabanua's iconic soundtrack for MEGALOBOX grows out of titles pioneered by Bebop's Shinichiro Watanabe

    Some anime are defined by their soundtracks, like FLCL's rocking Pillows accompaniment or Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt's dancetastic Taku Takahashi grooves. Cowboy Bebop set the standard for modern anime soundtracks, and Mabanua's MEGALOBOX score meets the challenge. But this is less a coincidence and more a deliberate cultivation. Hit the jump to learn about the legacy that defines anime music!

  • Tuesday April 24, 2018
  • Pink With a Black Heart: The Dark Humor of the New Sword Art Online

    How Kino's Journey author Keiichi Sigsawa brings his dry, dark sense of humor to the new Sword Art Online

    Sword Art Online has long been a popular series, but Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online brings a new author and a new sensibility to the MMO VR shooter. Hit the jump below to meet the popular author bringing a dark sense of humor to one of anime's most popular fantasy worlds!

  • Friday April 13, 2018
  • The 50-Year Legacy Leading up to MEGALOBOX

    The story of Ashita no Joe's huge cultural influence ending in post-apocalyptic boxing!

    MEGALOBOX is being praised for being a stylishly retro homage to old school anime, but it's also the 50th anniversary tribute to legendary anime Ashita no Joe. What is Ashita no Joe? From its original popularity to its enduring influence on shounen and sports anime, Joe is the most influential anime you may have never seen. Hit the jump to explore its incredible legacy on Megalobox and all anime!

  • Monday April 9, 2018
  • Golden Kamuy Dives into an Overlooked Period of Japanese History

    Take a deeper look at how Golden Kamuy presents a lesser known period of Japanese history

    With its grizzled old soldier searching for hidden gold on the frontier with a young indigenous girl, Golden Kamuy is broadly reminiscent of a Western. But in its choice of setting, the Meiji Era, and post Russo-Japanese War in Hokkaido, Kamuy gives us a glimpse of a Japan we haven't really seen before in anime. Take a jump over the link as we explore this little known time in Japanese history in more detail.

  • Friday April 6, 2018
  • Magical Girl Ore is the Ultimate Evolution of the Dark Magical Girl Genre

    Twisted dreams, dark violence, and chilling body horror... are all widely mocked in this outrageous new comedy

    Magical girl parodies are incredibly common, even Sailor Moon and CardCaptor Sakura made fun of themselves during the downtime between adventures, but Magical Girl Ore takes aim at a much more inviting target: The upswing in dark magical girl series since the explosive popularity of Madoka Magica. When Magical Girl Saki's dreams of heroism become nightmares, they upend the tropes of dark magical girls in an exciting new way. Hit the jump to find out how Magical Girl Ore takes down the take down genre!

  • Thursday April 5, 2018
  • How Persona 5 the Animation Transformed from Video Game to Anime in Record Time

    Find out what Persona 5 The Animation adds to the experience of the JRPG

    The Persona 4 and Persona 4 Golden anime were enjoyable, but Atlus and A-1 Pictures have something even more special in store with Persona 5's anime adaptation? New additions to the talented staff, including a veteran director from favories Attack on Titan and FLCL, and and old favorites from the original game work together to present what may be the most exciting version of the Persona 5 story to date. Hit the jump to help Sae investigate what makes Persona 5 The Animation so suspicious!

  • Wednesday January 10, 2018
  • 6 Junji Ito Shorts We Hope Make It into Junji Ito Collection

    Trailers hint at six possible episodes, but what could the other six be? Check out our picks!

    Junji Ito is best known for his longer story collections, like Uzumaki and Gyo, but he first made his name writing short stories in horror manga anthologies. Many of these are hard to find or out of print in English, but they're being made into an anime for the first time! Trailers list voice credits for about six initial episodes, leaving about half of the series completely unknown. Hit the jump to see our favorites!

  • Sunday December 10, 2017
  • What Anime-Gataris Gets Right About Otaku Humor

    Anime-Gataris celebrates anime club comedy, peeks behind the anime production curtain, and throws in end-of-the-world spectacle!

    Anime-Gataris is the latest anime about anime otaku, following in the footsteps of Lucky Star, Genshiken, and Shirobako. There's always a risk of relying on easy references, but Anime-Gataris approaches the subject with a genuine love of the material. How does it avoid the common pitfalls of reference anime to capture the authentic fandom experience? Jump below the break to find out.

  • Tuesday November 14, 2017
  • "Juni Taisen: Zodiac War" Book Review and Comparison

    Is Juni Taisen: Zodiac War a new NisiOisiN classic? Find out how it compares to the currently airing anime.

    Popular anime series often see a bit of a lag before their source material gets released in English, so we're very lucky Viz released the original light novel of Juni Taisen: Zodiac War just two weeks into the anime's broadcast. Tom picked up the novel on the release date, and he's already finished reading the book. Hit the jump for a spoiler-free review of the hardcover novel, and a up-to-episode 6 comparison of the book and anime!

  • Monday October 30, 2017
  • The Ten Best Halloween Anime

    The best anime series to deliver tricks and treats this Halloween!

    With Japan's love of sweets, ghost stories, and festivals, you might imagine that Halloween is a big deal there... and you'd be wrong. While appreciation for the holiday has increased somewhat over the last 10 years, you're still unlikely to see trick-or-treaters in Tokyo. Even so, thanks to cultural exchange, some traces of the Halloween aesthetic have mixed in with Japan's traditional love of the supernatural, leading to some memorable ghost episodes and horror series. I've scoured the Crunchyroll catalog, and found that these ten series best exemplify the spirit of Halloween. Enjoy them, if you dare!