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    Friday September 4, 2020
  • FEATURE: How Asta vs Vetto Refreshes A Common Anime Fighting Trope

    The Black Bulls understand that a win for one is a win for all

    When Vetto shows up in the Underwater Temple in Black Clover, all hope seems lost and the dude seems unstoppable. However, thanks to the teamwork and drive of the Black Bulls, the odds soon change. Hit the jump to see how this epic fight takes a frequent anime battle situation and makes it thrilling!

  • Friday August 28, 2020
  • FEATURE: Why The Build-Up Was The Most Important Part of Luffy vs Doflamingo

    It's Fight Scene Friday, y'all!

    By the time Luffy and Doflamingo actually start fighting, the build-up has lasted for over a decade. So how did One Piece manage to keep this match-up feeling so intense? Hit the jump to learn about the power of long-term storytelling!

  • Monday August 31, 2020
  • FEATURE: Here Are Some Anime to Prolong the Last Days of Summer!

    Today let's highlight some shows to make up for the summer that never was!

    Summer's already over, and even more than usual, it feels like it's barely even begun. With everyone stuck inside, this summer has likely been a disappointing experience for many of us — fortunately, we've still got anime to let us vicariously experience the joys of vacation. Today on Why It Works, let's highlight a few shows to make up for our absent summer!

  • Friday August 21, 2020
  • FEATURE: Gon vs Neferpitou and the Art of the Anime Beatdown

    It's FIGHT SCENE FRIDAY, y'all!

    Hunter X Hunter is well known for its interesting and refreshing take on battles, and the fight between Gon and Neferpitou is not an exception. However, this fight is a little bit ... different. Hit the jump for why this short match-up is so effective and unsettling!

  • Monday August 24, 2020
  • OPINION: What Does It Truly Mean to Be "Over 9000?"

    Today let's see what that famous Dragon Ball meme can tell us about the mechanics of storytelling!

    If you've watched Dragon Ball or simply spent any time on the internet, you're probably aware of the "it's over 9000" meme. But why does that one line have such enduring power, and what can Nappa's famous exclamation tell us about storytelling? Today on Why It Works, let's examine what Dragon Ball Z's famous meme really means!

  • Wednesday August 19, 2020
  • FEATURE: Seto Kaiba's English VA Rates Awesome Anime Dragons

    How do magical reptiles of the non-Blue Eyes White Dragon variety measure up in Eric Stuart's estimation?

    Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh! knows a thing or two about dragons (especially those of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon variety), so Crunchyroll thought it would be fun to sit down with Eric Stuart — the English voice actor of Kaiba — and ask him to offer up his opinions on a handful of dragons from other anime series. Hit the jump to see how different dragons measure up.

  • Friday August 21, 2020
  • FEATURE: The Kids Are All Right, On Growing Up The Hard Way in Charlotte

    "Cruising the Crunchy-Catalog" checks out an original series from the mind of Jun Maeda

    "Cruising the Crunchy-Catalog" is heading back to the Summer season of 2015 for a look at a high school drama that posits that chunibyo isn't actually a delusion, so hit the jump to join us as we check out the original TV anime known as Charlotte.

  • Monday August 17, 2020
  • FEATURE: The Directors Leaving A Mark On The Anime Industry

    Today let's highlight more of the fascinating film directors making a mark on the industry!

    It's an exciting time to be a fan of anime films, as we're currently enjoying a flourishing of anime directorial talent. From familiar names who've only recently stepped into the directorial seat, to fresh artists who've ascended at an almost unbelievable pace, let's explore some more key directors of this new film vanguard!

  • Friday August 7, 2020
  • FEATURE: How Kakashi vs Obito Exemplified One Of Naruto Shippuden's Greatest Strengths

    Even the greatest of ninja can't escape their pasts in this epic Naruto Shippuden fight

    On this week's FIGHT SCENE FRIDAY, I'll be looking at Kakashi vs Obito from Naruto Shippuden. What makes this fight so dynamic and how to does it represent a major theme that runs throughout the entire Naruto franchise? Hit the jump to find out!

  • Monday August 10, 2020
  • FEATURE: One Piece is K-On! at Sea: Rethinking Anime Recommendations

    Let's explore the unexpected connections you can find when you compare shows from a new perspective!

    We often compare shows in terms of their worldbuilding or narrative premises, but less often in terms of what the stories actually do with those elements. Today on Why It Works, let's explore some new methods of comparing anime, and hopefully discover some new shows to watch in the process!

  • Friday August 7, 2020
  • FEATURE: Magic, Mecha, and Metaphysics: Remembering GRANBELM

    "Cruising the Crunchy-Catalog" checks out a mind-bending original TV anime from the Summer of 2019

    Summer is here, and so its only natural for fans' thoughts to turn to mecha and magical girls, and so "Cruising the Crunchy-Catalog" is having its own mini-Summer Revival with a look back at GRANBELM, an original fantasy TV anime from the Summer 2019 season that combines a cute moe aesthetic with a heaping helping of heavy philosophy. Hit the jump to join us on a trip to magical dimensions for a wizard's duel.

  • Monday August 10, 2020
  • FEATURE: Anime vs. Real Life: The Spirit of Anohana Still Lives on in the Town of Chichibu

    Check out the real-world locations of Anohana

    Trips to Japan are currently off the table for obvious reasons, but why not emulate the feeling of visiting one of your favorite anime locations, by following Wilhelm on his casual pilgrimage to the town of Chichibu? See how Anohana: The Flower That We Saw That Day’s most important location stack up to their real-world counterparts, right after the jump!

  • Friday July 24, 2020
  • How Asta vs Ladros Became One Of Black Clover's Most Poignant Fights

    IT'S FIGHT SCENE FRIDAY, Y'ALL

    Few anime characters want as much good for the world as Asta, who remains an almost unshakable beacon of positivity throughout all of Black Clover. But what happens when he faces Ladros, a character who is his exact opposite? Hit the jump for a fight that would come to define the series!