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    Saturday October 1, 2022
  • FEATURE: A Brief History of Superhero Anime, From Astro Boy to My Hero Academia

    How Japanese theater, Shotaro Ishinomori, and magical girls defined Japan's superhero media

    Though superheroes are more often associated with western comics and, these days, multibillion-dollar movies, they also have a long, rich history in Japan. Superheroes have thrived in Japanese media for decades, so let’s take a deep dive to see how we got from 17th-century Japanese theater to Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO.

  • Thursday September 29, 2022
  • FEATURE: After All These Years, the Stakes Are Still High in Dragon Ball

    Just because the Dragon Balls can resurrect people, doesn’t mean the stakes are gone

    The Dragon Balls and the wishes they grant can often feel like a clean-up that erases consequences after every saga, rendering the stakes pointless. That couldn't be further from the truth. As the series' sense of permanent death evolved over time, so too did its stakes and how they gave meaning to every battle of every saga. Hit the jump to see how Dragon Ball changed to match its evolving idea of death.

  • Saturday September 17, 2022
  • FEATURE: What Anime Would Robin Make Batman Watch?

    The Caped Crusader's many sidekicks are always trying to get him to watch Big O

    All the Robins are definitely big time Otaku with varying anime tastes and experience. So the question is, what would they try to get Batman into that he would refuse to watch because he's no fun?

  • Saturday September 3, 2022
  • FEATURE: Is Sonic The Hedgehog Actually a Shonen Protagonist?

    The blue blur's character traits have an undeniable connection to Shonen

    Sonic's personality, drive and motivations have had origins in Shonen influences since the days of the Genesis games. From his steadfast heart of gold to his attitude and everything in between, Sonic is a Shonen protagonist. Click the jump to see how the blue blur lines up with Goku, Naruto, Luffy and others!

  • Saturday August 27, 2022
  • FEATURE: Beginner's Guide To The Dragon Ball Series

    Learn the ropes of the Dragon Ball franchise

    Are you curious about Dragon Ball but intimidated by the massive franchise? Hit the jump to get a crash course in Akira Toriyama’s genre-defining manga, the anime that adapted it, the characters, the movies, the video games, and everything in between.

  • Saturday August 20, 2022
  • FEATURE: A Guide To Crafting The Perfect Saturday Morning Anime Block

    Build your own Saturday morning anime lineup with this handy guide!

    Do you miss catching anime on Saturday mornings? Want to recreate that? Well, I've got the guide for you! From Dragon Ball Z to One Piece and everything in between, this guide will walk through all the must-haves for the perfect Saturday morning anime lineup.

  • Thursday August 18, 2022
  • FEATURE: What You Need To Know Before Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO

    A quick guide to refresh your Dragon Ball memory before seeing the latest film

    Need a quick crash course before seeing Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO? Want to know exactly what details you should brush up on for the new movie? Click the jump for what you need to know for the latest entry in the Dragon Ball franchise!

  • Wednesday August 17, 2022
  • ROUNDUP: Hear From the Guests of the Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO Hollywood Premiere

    The energy was amazing as the cast and special guests shared their love for the series!

    We caught up with the stars and guests as walked the orange carpet during the Hollywood premiere of Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO. Hit the jump to read more!

  • Tuesday August 16, 2022
  • REPORT: Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO Orange Carpet Premiere Brought Sights, Sounds and Saiyans

    The power was palpable for the Hollywood premiere of Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO!

    Immaculately dressed voice actors, celebrity guests and Piccolo's house all adorned the orange carpet. Hit the jump to learn about everything that happened at the Hollywood premiere of Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO!

  • FEATURE: The Ultimate Dragon Ball Series Story Arc Guide

    A lot has happened since Bulma met Goku, try to keep up

    Ever since the first search for the Dragon Balls began, Goku and friends have encountered a lot of enemies and adventures. They’ve tested their might and determination as each threat grew bigger and meaner, every challenge grew more difficult, and every training arc became more intense. For those looking to get into Dragon Ball now that Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is hitting theaters, or to those who need a refresher, hit the jump for a complete guide to every saga of Dragon Ball. 

  • Saturday August 13, 2022
  • FEATURE: Catch Up For Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO With These Must-Watch Episodes

    Every episode you need to get up to speed

    Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO is nearly here and it looks like there will be a strong focus on the relationship between Gohan and Piccolo. Read on to see which Dragon Ball episodes are required viewing to get you up to speed before you check out the movie! 

  • Sunday July 17, 2022
  • FEATURE: Want a Refresher For RWBY: Ice Queendom? Here's What You Need to Know

    Everything you need to know before diving into RWBY: Ice Queendom

    In order to check out the latest entry in the RWBY franchise, RWBY: Ice Queendom, you may need to know more about the hit web series. Everything you need to know before watching Ice Queendom is right here, hit the jump to check it out!

  • Wednesday July 13, 2022
  • FEATURE: KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR Is a Romantic Game of Cat And Mouse

    Wacky hijinks that rival Saturday morning cartoons in the name of awkward teenage love

    What if a rom-com anime wasn't about working up the courage to confess, but rather tricking the other person into confessing first? And the ensuing mind games combine the strategy of Death Note and the wacky antics of Looney Tunes? That's how you get KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR, one of the wildest and deepest romance anime of all time. 

  • Friday July 1, 2022
  • RECS: 9 Anime To Watch If You Like Stranger Things Season 4

    If you need some horror, sci-fi, psychic action or adventure anime to hold you over after the season finale, check here for some great recommendations

    Stranger Things' fourth season has come to an end and many are left wanting more of the genre-bending series, don't worry, anime, as always, has your back. Check here for anime recommendations if you can't get enough of Stranger Things!

  • Thursday June 16, 2022
  • FEATURE: Could Science Actually Explain Deku's One For All Quirk in My Hero Academia?

    Epigenetics and inherited experiences provide scientific basis for Deku’s Quirk

    My Hero Academia has always had a sense of realism grounding the superpowers featured in the series and One For All is no different. The study of epigenetics can be used to explain quite a bit about Quirks, their growth, and their memory. Read on to see how the scientific explanation for how One For All passes down its past users’ Quirks and how Deku unlocked them.

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