The NBA playoffs are currently underway, and now's a great time to revisit the history of Slam Dunk — a hugely popular, classic sports manga by Takehiko Inoue and its TV anime adaptation which arguably changed the course of basketball in Japan. Hit the jump to join Anime Explained, a video essay series produced by Crunchyroll, as it delves deep into a story of art imitating life and vice versa.
The Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan is re-opening to the general public on September 05, 2020, and there's no time like the present to take another look at the landmark animated works of Hayao Miyazaki that have won critical acclaim and fan adulation all over the world. Hit the jump to join Tim Lyu and Crunchyroll's Anime Explained video essay series as they explore how Miyazaki uses music and sound in his films with a close examination of the classic 1984 animated environmental film, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.
From folktales of time-lost fishermen to stories of modern-day shut-ins shunted to magical worlds, the fantastical subgenre known as isekai has a long and storied history stretching from the very beginnings of the anime industry up to modern times. And now an in-depth episode of Anime Explained — a video essay series produced by Crunchyroll — tackles the origins, development, and influences of isekai. Hit the jump to check it out.