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    Thursday June 30, 2022
  • INTERVIEW: I Think Our Son Is Gay Author Okura Wants to Share the Happier Side of LGBTQ Stories

    Okura talks with us about the importance of quiet, happy LGBTQ stories

    In partnership with our friends over at Square-Enix manga, we are proud to publish an interview with Okura, the creator of I Think Our Son Is Gay and That Blue Sky Feeling! We talked with Okura about both of these series, the importance of depicting support systems for LGBTQ characters, and the creative drive to depict gay characters living a happy, comfortable life. Hit the jump to read the full interview followed by an excerpt from Chapter 1 of I Think Our Son Is Gay!

  • Tuesday June 28, 2022
  • INTERVIEW: Nerd Otaku and the Power of Anime in Zambia

    We interviewed Nerd Otaku's Dennis Banda and Olga Rodon Shinondo about the organization's beginnings and growth

    Anime is an extremely special medium. It touches our hearts in a way nothing else can, and there are fans all across the world who love and interact with it in a way no other type of entertainment can compare to. Recently, an organization called Nerd Otaku brought the film Jujutsu Kaisen 0 to theaters in Zambia. We had the absolute pleasure of interviewing founding members Dennis Banda and Olga Rondo Shinondo about how a small Facebook group grew into a professional organization that holds conventions, hosts meetups, and brings anime to the silver screen.

  • Thursday June 23, 2022
  • INTERVIEW: Boys Run the Riot Author Keito Gaku on Streetwear and Trans Identity

    We interviewed manga creator Keito Gaku about his groundbreaking debut work

    Boys Run the Riot mangaka Keito Gaku talks with us about the streetwear, his inspirations, and the power of support networks in this exclusive interview!

  • Wednesday June 15, 2022
  • INTERVIEW: Hiroyuki Sawano on the Music of Fanfare of Adolescence

    We talked with the composer about his iconic sound and how he applied it to this season's horse racing anime

    To celebrate the recent release of the soundtrack to Fanfare of Adolescence, we had the pleasure of interviewing composer Hiroyuki Sawano! Hit the jump to read about his use of English lyrics, how he became involved with the project, and his core philosophy for composing this soundtrack.

  • Monday June 6, 2022
  • LISTEN: Fanfare of Adolescence Soundtrack Premieres Two Exclusive Tracks on Crunchyroll!

    Listen to two songs from the upcoming Hiroyuki Sawano soundtrack release

    Sony Music and Milan Records will soon be releasing the soundtrack for this season's Fanfare of Adolescence, and ahead of the drop date, they were kind enough to let us premiere two of the songs! Hit the jump to take a listen to the songs "Fanfare of Adolescence" and "RUSH", accompanied by commentary from the composer, Hiroyuki Sawano, the giant behind the music of Kill la Kill, Attack on Titan, and more!

  • Thursday June 2, 2022
  • INTERVIEW: GameboyJones on How to Write Rap Songs About Anime

    Anime rapper GameboyJones talked with us about his influences and process in this exclusive interview

    Anime rapper GameboyJones creates art by fusing the worlds of hip hop and anime. We had the pleasure of sitting down with him for an exclusive interview! Hit the jump to read about his influences, his work process, and his thoughts on the magical connection between rap and anime.

  • Thursday April 28, 2022
  • INTERVIEW: Love of Kill's Character Designer On Emotions, Movement, And Who Is Easiest To Draw

    Yokou Satou talks with us about how anime gets made

    Last season's Love of Kill introduced us to a world of suspenseful romance and romantic suspense. We had the opportunity to talk with Yokou Satou, the character designer and chief animation director for the Love of Kill anime about the process of character design, the animation process in general, and what it was like to bring Fe's characters to life through animation. Hit the jump to read more!

  • Wednesday April 20, 2022
  • RECS: VTuber Hakos Baelz Lists Her Top 10 Anime

    The rat idol herself joins us to share her favorite anime

    Hakos Baelz is the embodiment of Chaos itself and a member of hololive English -Council-, the newest generation of VTubers to join the English lineup of hololive! The idol rat herself shared her oTp 10 anime with us and we are excited to publish them for all to see! Hit the jump and take a look.

  • Monday April 18, 2022
  • INTERVIEW: hololive's Nanashi Mumei Has Seen All Of Human Civilization Lead To VTubing

    We spoke to Nanashi Mumei in our first in a series of hololive articles

    Nanashi Mumei is the Guardian of Civilization as well as one of the members of Hololive EN's newest generation, -Council-. We had the opportunity to speak with her about her experience monitoring human civilization and streaming as a VTuber. Hit the jump for more!

  • Monday March 14, 2022
  • INTERVIEW: Ironmouse on How VTubing Helped Her Build a Life She Loves

    We spoke with Ironmouse for our fourth interview in our VShojo series

    VTubers have taken over the world, but one of the coolest things about them is that every single one is unique! We had the opportunity to talk with VTuber Ironmouse about her career as a VTuber, the everyday life of being Satan, and the amazing ways that VTubing has changed her life forever. Hit the jump to read more!

  • Friday February 18, 2022
  • INTERVIEW: Meet The Writer Using Manga to Change Young People's Lives

    An interview with Tony Weaver Jr., the CEO of Weird Enough Productions and developer of The Uncommons

    Tony Weaver Jr. is a creator and educator using the power of manga and comics to empower young people. We had the chance to talk with the creator of The Uncommons and head of Weird Enough Productions about his experience running the organization, his favorite anime, and that special feeling you get when the shonen OP hits. Hit the jump to read more!

  • Wednesday February 9, 2022
  • Meet the Winners of This Year's Anime Awards

    The 2022 Anime Awards have drawn to a close, and the winners are revealed!

    The votes are in and tallied and now it's time for what everyone has been waiting for — it's time to reveal the winners of this year's Anime Awards! With so many amazing series and films, the competition was fierce, but the dust is settled and we have winners for each category. Hit the jump to meet this year's winners!

  • Friday February 4, 2022
  • INTERVIEW: Kensuke Ushio On Mixing Modern And Traditional Japanese Music In The Heike Story

    The composer for A Silent Voice and Devilman Crybaby talks about his latest collaboration with Naoko Yamada

    The Heike Story is one of the most fascinating anime that aired last year. We had the pleasure of talking with the man behind the series' soundtrack, Kensuke Ushio, about his work on the series, the difficulty of incorporating traditional Japanese instruments with contemporary synths, and his goal to foster empathy for the characters of The Heike Story.

  • Friday January 21, 2022
  • How Anime Awards Judging Works and How Winners Are Chosen

    Join us for a brief explanation of the judging and voting processes and how winners are selected!

    As February draws ever closer, so do the 2022 Anime Awards! We recently announced both the judges and nominees for this year, and today we’re going to provide a brief explanation of the judging process and how the votes of our judges and the votes of the public go into determining the final winners for each category.

  • Tuesday January 18, 2022
  • Meet the Nominees of This Year's Anime Awards!

    Voting is live and the nominees are here!

    Anime Awards voting is now open, which means it’s time to meet this year’s nominees! Our panel of esteemed judges worked tirelessly to craft this assortment of top tier series and the scenes, characters, and creators that make them special. Without further ado, let’s see who makes up the cream of the 2021 anime crop!

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