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The Rise & Fall of Giant Robots

The Rise & Fall of Giant Robots

(PG-13: Language) Despite their heritage, commercial success and inherent coolness, giant robots are not as popular today as they once wer. Gigguk charts the history of the mecha genre, its influence on anime and why it’s not as popular as it used to be.

UNIQLO x Weekly Shonen Jump SS 18

UNIQLO x Weekly Shonen Jump SS 18

UNIQLO is teaming up with Japanese manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump for a collection of t-shirts. The tees include some of the manga’s big hits, such as Hunter x Hunter and One Piece, as well as classics like Yu Yu Hakusho and Dragon Ball. That Yamcha shirt!

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LEGO Gundam Barbatos Lupus Concept

LEGO Gundam Barbatos Lupus Concept

LEGO Ideas member demon1408 made this kickass proposal for a 1/60th scale model of Gundam Barbatos Lupus from the hit anime Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. It’s fully articulated and comes with a sword-mace and guns. DIY instruction video here.

Batman Ninja (Trailer)

Batman Ninja (Trailer)

The Dark Knight is somehow transported to 15th century Japan. To his surprise, he finds medieval versions of some of his enemies and allies waiting for him. From Kill la Kill writer Kazuki Nakashima and Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki comes Batman Samurai Ninja.

Genocidal Organ (Trailer)

Genocidal Organ (Trailer)

(PG-13, Gore) A spy hunts the man behind sudden genocides in poor countries. An animated adaptation of Satoshi Ito’s novel, Genocidal Organ is as ominous, dense and action-packed as Metal Gear Solid. It’s no coincidence – Ito was Hideo Kojima’s friend.

Basketball & Anime Ep. 1: Prison Ball

Basketball & Anime Ep. 1: Prison Ball

(PG-13: Language) “I don’t wanna win this way… but a W is a W.” Jay and Leland are about to win a friendly game against the Handle God. But they didn’t account for… Prison Ball. RDCworld1’s new series is a fun parody of Kuroko’s Basketball.

Anime Crimes Division Ep. 1

Anime Crimes Division Ep. 1

“Post your fan theories to Tumblr! Here we do real police work.” RocketJump and Crunchyroll’s Anime Crimes Division is a comedy whodunit series made by and for anime fans. In the first episode, the detectives investigate a brewing war between subbers and dubbers.

Blade Runner Black Out 2022

Blade Runner Black Out 2022

Shinichiro Watanabe’s (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champlooprequel short film for Blade Runner 2049. It’s about the catastrophic event in 2022 called the Blackout. A massive EMP set off above the US leads to a global crisis that persists in the movie.

The Philosophy of Death Note

The Philosophy of Death Note

(PG-13, SPOILERS) Wisecrack presents the questions of justice raised in the excellent supernatural detective series Death Note. Is justice peace and equality at all costs? Or is it simply anything that counters injustice as it happens?

The Philosophy of Fullmetal Alchemist

The Philosophy of Fullmetal Alchemist

(SPOILERS) Wisecrack points out how the excellent Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood urges us not to stubbornly subscribe to an ideology, rational or otherwise, because doing so would dehumanize us by discouraging us from questioning and thinking for ourselves.

FLCL Season 2 & 3 (Teaser)

FLCL Season 2 & 3 (Teaser)

Haruko and the Medical Mechanica are coming back. Production IG is making two more seasons – each consisting of 6 episodes – of FLCL, with the help of original series director Kazuya Tsurumaki and more music from The Pillows. Drops in 2018 on Adult Swim.

Edge of Tomorrow vs. All You Need is Kill

Edge of Tomorrow vs. All You Need is Kill

(SPOILERS, Gore) CineFix compares the underrated Edge of Tomorrow aka Live Die Repeat with its manga counterpart All You Need is Kill, which is a more faithful adaptation of the eponymous light novel. The movie cut a lot of corners, but it’s still a great film.

Mutafukaz (Trailer)

Mutafukaz (Trailer)

This new feature from Studio4°C (Batman Gotham Knight, Animatrix) and Ankama (WAKFU) looks to be packed with incredible visuals and lots of action. The story centers on a character who lives in the big city, and starts having visions of creatures after an accident.

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The Philosophy of One Punch Man

The Philosophy of One Punch Man

(SPOILERS) Wisecrack takes on one of this century’s defining works of art. On the surface, One Punch Man seems like a brainless gag peppered with anime and superhero parodies. But at its heart lies a timely warning: an easy life is a pointless existence.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Jugemu

Fullmetal Alchemist: Jugemu

The DVD release of the excellent anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood contains a series of non-canonical and lighthearted side episodes. One of them is this parody of Jugemu, a Japanese oral folktale that has a hilariously stupid premise.

Funko POP! x Ghost in the Shell

Funko POP! x Ghost in the Shell

To coincide with the release of the Ghost in the Shell live-action movie, Funko is releasing POP! versions of Major Kusanagi, Batou, and Geisha. It’s only a matter of time before they release a special edition with her face opened up.

Attack on Titan: Season 2 (Trailer 2)

Attack on Titan: Season 2 (Trailer 2)

(SPOILERS) It’s been four freakin’ years, but the second season of Attack on Titan is finally coming. Unfortunately for us, the huge reveals are already popping up in the trailers. We sacrificed ourselves for you! Now run! Wait until 4/1/17. Mirror here.

Ghost in the Shell: Opening Scene

Ghost in the Shell: Opening Scene

To get fans excited for the new live-action Ghost in the Shell, Paramount has released the first 5 minutes of the film. The opening sequence is packed with eye-candy, and an awesome action sequence, which includes ScarJo taking a Major leap off of a building.

Cowboy Bebop: The Meaning of Nothing

Cowboy Bebop: The Meaning of Nothing

“When there’s no one to hunt, we have nothing. Nothing to do, nothing to live on.” (SPOILERS) Channel Criswell’s obvious love for Cowboy Bebop makes his analysis a bit redundant and unstructured, but it’s still compelling and makes a lot of sense.

2020 Olympics Ambassadors

2020 Olympics Ambassadors

Olympic ambassadors are chosen from the host country’s exemplary citizens. Since the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, who better to represent Japan than the likes of the seventh hokage and a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan? Troll level: Shin-chan.

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Toonami: A History of Broadcast Anime

Toonami: A History of Broadcast Anime

YouTuber kaptainkristian tips his hat to Toonami. While not the first to broadcast Japanese cartoons to American audiences, Cartoon Network’s niche program block sought to bring anime to mainstream while championing its diversity.

Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter (Trailer)

Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter (Trailer)

Fans of Studio Ghibli will want to add this one to their Amazon Prime watch list now. The 26-episode animated series about the adventures of a thief’s daughter premiered in Japan in 2014, but is getting its US translated debut on 1/27/17, narrated by Gillian Anderson.

Gravity Rush: Overture

Gravity Rush: Overture

A beautiful and mostly lighthearted two-part anime featuring Gravity Rush heroines Kat and Raven. Overture takes place between Gravity Rush and its upcoming sequel. If you’re not familiar with the series, all you need to know is that Kat and Raven can manipulate gravity.

Attack on Titan: Season 2 (Trailer)

Attack on Titan: Season 2 (Trailer)

Attack on Titan‘s anime adaptation is criminally behind the manga, but for many of us it doesn’t really matter. Check out the new villains and foes that enter the scene in the continuation of Hajime Isayama’s brutal action fantasy story. Drops 4/2017 on Funimation. Mirror here.

X-Story

X-Story

Director Vitaliy Shushko and a team of talented 3D modelers, compositors, and animators created this stunning short film set in a dystopian future. It favors style and action over plot, but that doesn’t make this futuristic and mysterious anime any less fantastic.

Ghost in the Shell (Trailer)

Ghost in the Shell (Trailer)

Whether or not you agree with the casting of Scar-Jo in the role of Major Motoko Kusanagi, this trailer has us pretty excited about where the live action version of Masamune Shirow’s classic anime looks to be headed, with incredible visuals and thrilling action.

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