Deep Dives

Behind Funimation’s Redesign of the All-New iOS App

Funimation’s Product and Engineering Team rebuilt our app.  It was much-needed. It took awhile. But it was all in service to our anime community around the world for a better fan experience! During the height of the pandemic, Funimation committed to...

Celebrating Straw Hat Crew Day and the History of One Piece’s Best Pirates

Did you know? Not only is today June 13, but it's also Straw Hat Crew Day! Why? Well, the numbers that make up the date (6/13) can be read in Japanese roughly as "Straw Hat Crew." So I thought, what...

Plus Ultra: Celebrating 100 Episodes of My Hero Academia

Kohei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia has taken the world by storm. There’s no other way to put it—the series has risen to the top of the charts, serving as a gateway anime and favorite series of those who have...

Log Horizon Gives Weight to the Isekai World

In isekai, and especially in trapped-in-a-game isekai, the world that the protagonist is transported to is, simply put, mostly just a setting. This isn’t a bad thing, not in the least. The entire point of isekai is that characters...

The Pride and Power of Revolutionary Girl Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena is a series filled with many things—sword fights, surrealism, the postwar avant-garde—and that’s just scratching the surface. But we’re not here today to dissect the many themes of Utena. Today, we’re here to talk about the...

Kentaro Miura & Berserk: Finding Hope in Insurmountable Darkness

It was just last week that we learned about the passing of the legendary Kentaro Miura, creator of iconic Berserk series. All that was left was shock and mourning, reaching far beyond just the manga and anime communities. Miura-sensei...

Combatants Will Be Dispatched! Subverts Modern Isekai

Isekai has changed quite a bit since its early days—what was once a genre focused on female protagonists is now mostly dominated by male power fantasies. This is a simplification, of course, but the point remains that the isekai...

Princess Jellyfish: Fandom, Friendships and Pursuing Your Passion

Fandoms are an excellent way to connect with anime and the things we love about entertainment. In many cases, fandoms lead to lifelong friendships, and for me, that shared love of anime brought me to some of my closest...

Life Lessons That Schooled Us in My Hero Academia

As the immortal Marvin Gaye once said, life is for learning. There are two critical concepts that seem to be at the heart of My Hero Academia: the heroes and the academia (the ‘my’ is also quite important, but as...

A Beginner’s Guide to Kingdom ⚔️

Looking for your next favorite epic historical anime series? Kingdom should fit the bill nicely. It’s an intricate, sprawling tale that currently spans 57 manga volumes and two seasons of anime, with a third returning this Spring 2021 season....

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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...