Top 10 anime of 2016

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Here we are again, at the end of another year, albeit one filled with political and social upheaval and a sad spate of celebrity deaths. But it also brought a tour de force of new anime titles to get stuck into, with more than a few classics in the making. A new year brings the […]

Review: Death Note

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It’s difficult to imagine that Death Note is celebrating its 10th anniversary, crystallised as a modern classic before its 39-episode run had even finished airing. The series might be closer to the turn of the century than not, but its themes and struggles remain unquestionably relevant – a fact helped in no small part by […]

KochiKame creator writes four new manga, launches Black Tiger series

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Osamu Akimoto’s KochiKame manga ended in September after 40 consecutive years running, but its creator hasn’t used that as an excuse to rest on his laurels. The idea he said he had brewing has come to fruition in Black Tiger, a manga that launched in the latest issue of Grand Jump magazine. The 53-page first chapter begins an “intense […]

Mashin Eiyuden Wataru director Shuji Iuchi passes away

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Director, animator and scriptwriter Shuji Iuchi has passed away at the age of 66. We all love our transported-to-another-world shows, no matter how many there are to wade through, and Iuchi was at the helm of one of the underdog classics in studio Sunrise’s legacy. For Mashin Eiyuden Wataru, which ran from 1988 until 1997, he oversaw the […]

Update: Dragon Ball Super’s Universe Survival arc teased in promo video

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Next year, a team of Z-Warriors will fight for the survival of their universe as they know it in Dragon Ball Super. Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Krillin, Android 17, Android 18, Piccolo, Tenshinhan, Master Roshi and Majin Buu, Universe 7’s most powerful, will meet the challenge of the Power Tournament in the Universe Survival arc, set to […]

Update: Promo for Gintama’s return welcomes old friends, previews new theme song

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In September, Shonen Jump proved correct our thoughts that the anime series that closed in March wouldn’t be the last we’d see of our Odd Jobs pals. After Jump announced that Gintama would indeed receive a new anime, the show’s official website revealed that the samurai hijinks will begin anew on January 9th. The visual below joined the announcement that […]

Hollywood’s Naruto goes ahead, Boruto gets anime series

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Like it or not, it seems the live-action Hollywood Naruto is going ahead. On the Naruto X Boruto stage at Jump Festa on Saturday, it was announced that Michael Gracey is attached to direct. No surprises here, as this news was confirmed around this time last December. But there has been one addition that might comfort fans a little – Naruto manga […]

Toei anime in the works for Saint Seiya: Saintia Sho

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Since Akita Shoten’s Champion RED teased a Saint Seiya announcement last month, we’ve been on tenterhooks for more anime. And we weren’t disappointed. In last week’s issue of the magazine, it was confirmed that Toei Animation is producing an anime project based on Chimaki Kuori’s gender-swapped spin-off manga, Saintia Sho. Staff are yet to reveal the project’s format, whether film, […]

Update: Another pro skater will voice himself in final episode of Yuri!!! on ICE

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Just as Nobunari Oda appeared as himself in last week’s episode of Yuri!!! on ICE, his fellow pro skater/choreographer Stéphane Lambiel will voice himself in tomorrow’s final episode. Lambiel hails from Switzerland and has won the World Championship twice, so it’s fitting that he’ll be there for Yuri’s all-important free skate in the Grand Prix Final. […]

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V to fold for new spring series

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It was announced at Jump Festa on Saturday that a sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! series will begin in spring. So, as you would expect, the current Arc-V will wrap up its run by then and, sticking to tradition, Yuya Sakaki will hand off to a new hero. The event revealed the above design for the new protagonist, whose name is Yusaku Fujiki. […]

Review: Sakura Trick

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Sakura Trick started out as Tachi’s seinen yuri four-paneller, and fittingly, this show tricks you into thinking the target demographic dominates the narrative. To begin with, it’s very much a straight lad’s yuri show, right down to girls behaving like horny boys where boobs are concerned. Seriously, girls do not obsess about other girls’ breast […]

Update: Rei Hiroe resumes Black Lagoon, unveils original anime project

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Shogakukan’s Sunday GX magazine promised a big reveal for Black Lagoon author Rei Hiroe’s new project today, and boy did they deliver. In fact, in more ways than expected. The first announcement on the roster was that the Black Lagoon manga will resume in spring, having been on hiatus since 2014. But as well as brushing the dust off his […]