Deep Dives

The Works of Dai Sato, From Cowboy Bebop to Listeners

By Tom Speelman As a visual medium, anime is often thought of on the creative side as being the product of directors and animation studios. While that’s of course true, screenwriters also have their part to play, with the same...

Interview: Frederik L. Schodt on Osamu Tezuka and Helping to Bring Manga to America

By Tom Speelman Behind every manga you read or anime you watch is a whole slew of people bringing it to you. From translators to adapters to letterers to subtitlers to ADR engineers and beyond, there are entire production ecosystems...

A Mom’s Guide to Anime: Negative Feelings

By Yali Perez The world of parenthood is a magical, beautiful and often challenging place. It has its highs and its lows, similar to the world of anime. Of course, that’s without the magical outfit changes. Wouldn’t that make getting ready...

Royalty and Revolutionaries: Revolutionary Girl Utena, Explained

By Kathleen Townsend Revolutionary Girl Utena is a series that draws on many things—from surrealism to post-war avant-garde to ancient Greek plays—and while some themes are pretty up-front, most people have a reaction more along the lines of: "That was...

Heard Them Before? Fruits Basket Season 2 Opening and Ending Artists Revealed

The artists behind the Fruits Basket Season 2 opening and ending themes have finally been revealed! The first season of Fruits Basket came with a set of beautiful openings and endings, and now we've got a glimpse at what's...

A Deeper Look at ID: INVADED’s Impressive OST Lineup

If you haven't already checked out ID: INVADED, the latest series from Fate/Zero director Ei Aoki, you're missing out on not only an intriguing sci-fi mystery, but also a series with a fantastic musical lineup. Several popular Japanese performers and...

Astro Boy, Speed Racer and the Value of Watching Classic Anime

By Tom Speelman Popular culture, no matter where you are in the world, is always focused on The Next Big Thing™️ Forget that long-running drama or acclaimed sitcom that just won an Emmy/BAFTA/Galaxy Award, etc. because there’s a new show...

Death of the Shounen Protagonist: The Subversion of Gurren Lagann

By Sean Aitchison In Gurren Lagann, Kamina, Simon and a number of other characters repeatedly utter the phrase “Just who the hell do you think I am?” The question is rhetorical---a defiant response to those believing they might give up...

The Traditional Japanese Storytelling Art of Rakugo, Explained

By Jonna Miller With a main character named Sherlock Holmes and an opening arc about Jack the Ripper, Case File n°221: Kabukicho might seem like an anime based on Western writing. But it has a fascinating twist! Methods of traditional Japanese...

What Does It Mean To Be on an Anime Production Committee?

By ultimatemegax You may recognize the terms: co-production, “co-pro” or “on the committee for” coming from an overseas distributor of anime. But what does that really mean? And how does it benefit you as an anime fan? So let’s talk about...

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The Heike Story is a Beautiful Modern Retelling of a Historical Epic

Every anime season always has one underrated gem, and for me this past fall, that gem was The Heike...