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Making a Handshake Knife

Making a Handshake Knife

We weren’t familiar with the Japanese manga and anime Jujutsu Kaisen, but now that we’ve seen that one character wields a sword with a human hand for a handle, we want to know more. Bladesmith and prop maker Tetrahymena created a knife inspired by the unusual weapon, and we’d like to shake his hand for a job well done.

AKIRA Motorcycle Stop-Motion

AKIRA Motorcycle Stop-Motion

Animist creates some of the smoothest stop-motion animations we’ve seen. In this clip, they recreated Shotaro Kaneda’s classic motorcycle scene from AKIRA, complete with lightning bolts and smoke. Though Kaneda’s quick moves have a different motivation here. The behind-the-scenes footage is worth a watch too.

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Super Crooks (Teaser)

Super Crooks (Teaser)

An anime adaptation of Mark Millar and Leinil Yu’s Super Crooks comic books is coming to Netflix. The story about a group of supervillains is like Oceans Eleven, but the heist crew has superpowers. Premieres 11.25.2021 spanning thirteen 30-minute episodes.

Anime Rick Roll

Anime Rick Roll

We’ve heard Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up at least 1000 times. But this version posted by Christya mixes things up by transforming Rick’s sound into something straight out of a Japanese anime, minus the actual animation. Vocals by MOM0KI, annapantsu, LilyPichu, and LizzRobinett

Star Wars: Visions (Trailer)

Star Wars: Visions (Trailer)

After our first look, here’s another selection of beautiful and eye-popping footage from the upcoming Star Wars animated series. It features seven original stories as told through the eyes of some of Japan’s greatest anime studios. The series premieres on Disney+ on 9.22.2021, and we can’t wait to watch it.

Salvatore Ganacci: Fight Dirty

Salvatore Ganacci: Fight Dirty

The music video for DJ/producer Salvatore Ganacci’s track Fight Dirty features an awesome anime style and storyline about a girl who befriends a gigantic hand monster and uses it to help defeat her tormentors. Fantastic work by directors Will Goodfellow, Tom Noakes and Greg Sharp, Studio Goono, and Truba Animation.

Star Wars: Visions: First Look

Star Wars: Visions: First Look

The Star Wars franchise has paid homage to Japanese cinema and folklore throughout the years. Now Disney+ repays the debt by inviting seven of Japan’s top animation studios to create unique anime stories that take place in the Star Wars universe. The series premieres 9.22.2021.

Speed-O’-Sound Sonic IRL

Speed-O’-Sound Sonic IRL

Dave Ardito makes short videos inspired by anime. There are lots of fun and energetic clips on his TikTok feed, but this is one of the best examples, a real-life version of Speed-o’Sound Sonic from One Punch Man zooming and ricocheting around a room thanks to some slick editing and VFX.

Eren Yaeger Tire Sculpture

Eren Yaeger Tire Sculpture

Artist Cao Shengge created this amazing sculpture inspired by Eren Yaeger’s monstrous Attack Titan form in Attack on Titan. He built the creation by wrapping sections of car and bike tires onto a metal structure, then painted the interleaved rubber to look like the Titan’s exposed muscles.

If The Mandalorian Was an Anime

If The Mandalorian Was an Anime

The Mandalorian is a pretty damned fine series as-is. But it’s still fun to envision variants of the show, like this fun anime style opening put together by Malec, Martial Coulon, Antoine Bertrand, KronoMuzik, and Kenny dozo. Kawaii Baby Yoda is just as adorable as his live-action inspiration.

Blood of Zeus (Trailer)

Blood of Zeus (Trailer)

After the gods of Olympus defeat the titans, a group of terrifying giants rises in their place. Can Heron, the half-human son of Zeus, help save humanity? Its man versus monster in this upcoming Netflix anime series, inspired by ancient Greek mythology. Drops 10.27.2020.

Children of the Sea (Trailer)

Children of the Sea (Trailer)

Based on the manga by Daisuke Igarashi, Children of the Sea tells the story of a girl who feels drawn to the waters at the aquarium where her dad works. As she meets two other children with similar experiences, they come to find that fish are mysteriously disappearing from oceans around the world. Drops 8.31.20.

Ghost in the Shell 4K

Ghost in the Shell 4K

Mamoru Oshii’s anime classic Ghost in the Shell gets remastered in ultra high-definition, with a release on 4K UHD disc, along with Blu-ray and digital copies. The 25th anniversary SteelBook includes both Japanese and English audio tracks in Dolby Atmos, as well as Dolby Vision HDR support. Drops 9.8.2020.

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Rick and Morty vs. Genocider

Rick and Morty vs. Genocider

In this awesome anime short, the council of Ricks sends Morty on an adventure to Tokyo, where he must defeat one of the greatest threats in the multiverse. Naturally, things take an unexpected turn or two. Created by Tower of God director Takashi Sano, and TMS, the animation studio behind Akira among other things.

The Weeknd: Snowchild

The Weeknd: Snowchild

The official music video for “Snowchild” pairs cinematic, anime imagery with The Weeknd’s autobiographical track about his quick rise to fame and fortune, his struggles with drugs, and the challenges that come with celebrity life. Directed by Arthell Isom of D’ART Shtajio.

Infinite Anime Characters

Infinite Anime Characters

Disproportionately big eyes, a sailor’s outfit, brightly-colored hair… these are but a few of the trademark characteristics of girls in anime. Over at MakeGirlsMoe, machine learning algorithms can generate a seemingly endless set of anime characters, as seen in the video here.

Samurai & Shogun Rick and Morty

Samurai & Shogun Rick and Morty

(PG-13: Gore) Rick and Morty star in this bloodsoaked anime about a group of angry Ninja Ricks who think Rick WTM-72 has kidnapped Shogun Morty, and will do anything to stop him. Directed and written by Kaichi Sato, and produced by Studio DEEN. In Japanese, with English subtitles.

Fusion Wallet: Cyberpunk Edition

Fusion Wallet: Cyberpunk Edition

There are tons of wallets to choose from these days, but we’ve never seen one that looks like this. It has an all-aluminum body with an aesthetic inspired by Japanese cyberpunk anime. Each one is made from numerous CNC-machined parts, with exposed Torx screwheads to complete the look. Available in 3 customizable designs.

Akira Remix

Akira Remix

(Gore) Eclectic Method pays tribute to one of the greatest anime films of all time, with this funky remix of sound bites from Katsuhiro Otomo’s visionary 1988 cyberpunk classic Akira. We were hoping to see a bit more of Neo-Tokyo though.

Anime-Style Gundam Model Painting

Anime-Style Gundam Model Painting

Seo Gyeong-deok channels his lifelong love for anime by painting Gundam models and other figures in a vibrant two-dimensional cartoon style. Thestory met with Seo to learn more about his craft. He also accepts commissions. You can see more of his work on his Instagram page. Turn captions on.

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If Zootopia Was an Anime

If Zootopia Was an Anime

(PG-13) Mike Inel pokes fun at both Disney and anime style, re-animating the classic scene from Zootopia with the animal naturalist club with slightly more humanoid forms. Side-by-side comparison here.

Ultraman (Trailer 2)

Ultraman (Trailer 2)

The latest trailer for Netflix’s CGI adaptation of the 2011 Ultraman manga. As is often the case, our hero Shinjiro Hayata is a high school student, suddenly tasked with becoming the next Ultraman. Fortunately, amidst a flood of foes, he has a couple of allies as well.

The Philosophy of Mob Psycho 100

The Philosophy of Mob Psycho 100

“Fight on! Fight on!” Made by the creator of One Punch Man, the hilarious anime Mob Psycho 100 is also about the struggles of a character with god-like powers. But as Wisecrack explores, the lesson here is about hard work and realizing one’s place in the world.

Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 (Trailer)

Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 (Trailer)

1! 2! 3! 4! The hilarious and action-packed anime about puberty returns. In Mob Psycho 100‘s second season, the evil Claw organization continues to be a thorn on young Mob’s side. On a lighter note, it seems he’s going to have a girlfriend. Premieres 1/7/19.

One-Punch Man Season 2 (Teaser)

One-Punch Man Season 2 (Teaser)

The long-awaited second season of the hilarious anime One-Punch Man is… still far away. Premiering on April 2019, the new season sees Saitama, Genos and the other heroes facing new villains, including the most powerful human on Earth.

Jump Force

Jump Force
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Bandai Namco’s Jump Force is a 3D fighting game that feature’s some of the most famous anime heroes and villains from Weekly Shonen Jump. The characters include Goku, Luffy, Naruto, Gon, Deku, Ichigo, Yusuke and more. It also has a robust character creator.

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