2019 is sooner than you think, and it promises a number of continuing favorites in the months ahead. Need more idols, more friends, and more punches? Next year's anime has got you covered. Find out the best coming up next year. Hit the jump for the list!
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!
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!
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has been made of Golden Kamuy's use of Meiji Era Hokkaido as a rich setting for the treasure hunting action, but the historical references in the series keep multiplying.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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!