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    Tuesday September 27, 2022
  • FEATURE: Celebrating The Resilience of Female Friendship Through Anime

    Five anime that show how the bonds between women are strengthened, not weakened, by their differences

    The "power of friendship" trope is a classic of manga and anime. The closeness, the empathy, the altruism: it's all so heartwarming I could explode. But why should boys have all the fun? Hit the jump to see some shining examples of close bonds between women in anime that persist against all odds.

  • Saturday November 6, 2021
  • OPINION: MUSHI-SHI Helps Me Feel Represented As A Neurodivergent Person

    I hadn't considered how important representation was until I saw myself in an episode of MUSHI-SHI

    The strangest things can make us feel valid — for me, it was recognizing traits of my neurodivergence in an anime character. Read on to see how I found myself in an episode of MUSHI-SHI.

  • Sunday August 29, 2021
  • RECS: 6 Beautiful Anime That Take Place On An Island

    It's summertime! Check out some of our favorite anime island locales

    For most of us, an island sounds like a dream tour destination. Unspoiled beaches, sunny weather, clear water: it's summer every day when you're on an island. With summer's end approaching, and with travel not possible for most people right now, it sounds like a distant dream. But fear not, for anime is here to save the day! Hit the jump for a list of anime that take place on an island so you can have your dream island vacation from the comfort of your home.

  • Saturday July 3, 2021
  • RECS: 5 Beginner Mecha Anime Fans Of Giant Robots Should Check Out

    Choose from a wide selection of shows, from the '70s to the present day!

    There's no denying the awesomeness of giant robots. Good for us, then, that there's an entire genre of anime dedicated to giant robots — mecha. But with such a vast array of mecha shows to choose from, getting into the genre can be daunting for a newcomer. But leave that to us! Hit the jump and check out our mecha recommendations.

  • Monday May 24, 2021
  • QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Shinichiro Watanabe?

    Take our quiz on account of the great man's birthday

    Shinichiro Watanabe needs no introduction. The man behind Cowboy BebopSamurai ChamplooSpace Dandy, and Kids on the Slope, among other works, is one of the greatest anime directors of all time. Are you the number one Shinichiro Watanabe fan? Take our quiz to find out.

  • Monday May 17, 2021
  • POLL: Your Favorite TONIKAWA Moments!

    Vote for your favorite moment featuring fall 2020's cutest couple and get the results at VCRX!

    TONIKAWA: Over the Moon For You was easily one of the most memorable shows from last year. It was memorable chiefly because of the adorable antics of newlywed couple Nasa and Tsukasa. But what was the most adorable moment from the show? That's where you come in, dear reader! Hit the jump to find out more!

  • Thursday March 25, 2021
  • OPINION: A Tent For Two (or How I Got My Mom to Watch Laid-Back Camp)

    It very quickly became her favorite anime

    Have you ever felt the urge to share your favorite anime with that special someone? Hit the jump to read the story of how I watched Laid-Back Camp ... with my mom!

  • Tuesday March 9, 2021
  • QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Attack on Titan?

    Do you remember the key events of the series and when they took place?

    With Attack on Titan coming to an end, do you remember the chronology of events so far? Or are you in need of a rewatch to refresh your memory? Hit the jump to find out!

  • Saturday February 20, 2021
  • OPINION: Sports That Deserve to be Featured in Anime

    Underrated sports yet to be adapted into our favorite medium

    Do you ever watch people playing sports and think to yourself, "this should've been an anime"? No? Just me, then? Well, if your answer is yes, hit the jump to find out which underrepresented sports I'd love to see in anime form!

  • Wednesday January 27, 2021
  • FEATURE: Meet the Stars of Princess Connect Re:Dive

    Which of your favorite anime characters' voices can you hear in Princess Connect?

    One of the big draws of Japanese games is the voice cast: packed to the brim with famous acting talents from anime and beyond. With the English-language launch of Princess Connect Re:Dive upon us, we take a look at its star-studded voice cast: both from the game and the anime adaptation. Hit the jump to find out more!

  • Sunday January 17, 2021
  • INTERVIEW: Rajorshi Basu on Creating Studio Durga and the State of Anime in India

    Meet the makers of Indian anime Karmachakra

    Anime is steadily rising in popularity in India, with a sizable audience. But access to anime titles hasn't been easy. Studio Durga, a small, independent animation studio, is looking to change that, starting with their first anime film created for India by Inda. How did they do it? Hit the jump to find out over the course of an in-depth interview with Studio Durga founder Rajorshi Basu.

  • Friday December 18, 2020
  • IN-DEPTH: Unraveling the Ecology Behind My Favorite Anime and Manga

    An in-depth look at the ecological themes present in From the New World, Golden Kamuy, and Mushishi

    Did you know that ravens bow to show submission? Or that Japan used to have wolves? Or that some parasites can control your mind? Cool facts, but what do these have to do with anime, you ask. Hit the jump to find the answer to that!

  • Sunday November 29, 2020
  • QUIZ: Can You Tell Which of These Light Novel Titles are Made Up?

    Light novels have the most interesting titles

    Light novels are a major part of the anime experience. But what's with their titles? Why are some of them so long and weird? Surely some of those titles aren't even real! Hit the jump to test your knowledge of light novel titles.

  • Thursday November 12, 2020
  • OPINION: Is TONIKAWA a Supernatural Romance?

    This fluffy rom-com may not stay fluffy forever

    Perhaps the most curious aspect of TONIKAWA is the mystery that surrounds Tsukasa. Who is she, really? Hit the jump to read my crazy theory on her identity!

  • Tuesday November 10, 2020
  • FEATURE: The Anime Stars of Genshin Impact

    A look at the Japanese voice actors behind one of 2020's biggest games

    Genshin Impact might be the next big thing in the world of video games. This free-to-play open-world adventure game has enthralled millions worldwide, especially anime fans. Thanks in no small part to the great voice cast. Hit the jump to see which of your favorite anime characters' voices you'll get to hear in-game.