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Anime for Adults: 21 Movies and TV Shows...
While most anime is aimed at a younger audience, here is a list of recommended anime for mature audiences, both films and TV shows.
13 Live-Action Anime Adaptations You've Gotta See
The greatest adaptations of anime to live action films, as ranked by our Anime.about.com guide.
These 11 Samurai-Themed Anime Titles are a Cut...
The best samurai-themed anime out there, from the more historically accurate to the flat-out outlandish.
The Best Sword and Sorcery Fantasy Anime
The best Western-style fantasy titles in anime, from Guin Saga to Claymore.
The 10 Best Science Fiction Anime Shows
Great Science Fiction Anime - The best science-fiction themed anime shows
The 11 Best Anime Romances
Best Anime Romances - The most heartwarming anime love stories.
The 20 Best Anime Films Everyone Should See
Here's a list of anime — both shows and movies — that make up the
Want to Write Your Own Manga? Here's How
Think you've got a manga story in you somewhere? Most of us are capable of coming up with a decent storyline. Its getting it out on paper that takes some skill. Here's a few tips to help you bring out the next best seller.
7 Popular Anime Series that EVERYONE is...
List of the current most popular anime series with information, images and reference links for each title.
This New Anime Series Will BLOW YOUR MIND
Discover the latest Japanese pop culture phenomenon, Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin / Advancing Giants) with the first half of Season One now on Blu-ray and DVD! Is it any good? Spoilers: YES.
Best Slice-Of-Life Anime
No giant robots, no alien catgirls, just the goodness of everyday real life. Here's a rundown of the best anime that take place in the here and now.
Wondering What Anime Is? Here's the Answer
A quick introduction to Japanese animation, with many common questions answered.
10 Japanese Words Otaku Get Totally Wrong
Going to study Japanese after getting into anime? Make sure you know what these words really mean.
I'm new to anime. Where do I start?
Find out where to start with anime without getting lost in the thicket of titles and possibilities out there.
The 8 Best Anime Love Stories Ever Made
Do you love anime? Do you long for a good love story? Well, here's the best of both. Just in time for Valentine's Day, here's my top picks for romance in anime.
The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli
A list of the anime features created and released by Hayao Miyazaki and his production company.
Saddest Anime
Not all anime have happy endings. Here's some of our favorites anime that bring on the tears.
Best Monopoly Board Games For Geeks. Which One...
Massive collection of all the best Monopoly board games for geeks based on anime, cartoons, sci-fi TV shows and movies! Which one do you want?
New Dragon Ball Z Movie Confirmed for 2015
A new Dragon Ball Z movie has been confirmed for 2015! Read all about it here.
Anime 102: A Course of Anime For Newcomers
A list of shows for those new to anime, which emphasize being relatively easy to watch and understand.
Most Controversial Anime
Some anime open eyes; some turn heads. Here's a rundown of the most head-turning, controversy-sparking anime titles over the years.
Is Anime Appropriate for Your Kids?
Is it okay for your kids to watch anime? Learn more about this popular past-time and get tips on how to make sure your kids' anime is age-appropriate.
What Anime Should Star Wars Fans Watch?
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Cour
: A term used in anime to describe a span of episodes, usually twelve to thirteen, but sometimes as few
13 Chilling Horror Anime
When leaves are on the ground and jack-o-lanterns flicker in the windows, it's time to load up the DVD player with anime titles that send a chill down the spine.
Best Mecha Anime
Learn about anime in the ''mecha'' genre, where giant robots and even bigger human ambitions clash.
Best Anime Heroines
The greatest female characters in all of anime.
Seiyuu
A definition for seiyuu, or seiyu, in terms of anime.
Sakuga
A term used to describe the contrasting quality of animation within anime productions.
Best English Dubs for Anime
See what our guide recommends as some of the best-acted, quirkiest and most memorable English-dubbed anime out there.
Best Shoujo Action Anime Titles
Wish you could find a list of great action anime titles just for girls? Well, look no further. Here's some of my favorite shoujo picks in the action anime genre.
Best Anime Soundtracks
Musical scores and soundtracks for anime are too often taken for granted as just another part of the whole. Break them out on their own, though, and you'll sometimes find music as good as anything created for a Hollywood film or a platinum-selling album. Here's a list of the very best soundtracks created for anime, most available as domestic or sometimes imported CD editions. (Pressings for anime soundtracks are often rather small, so keep your eyes open -- these go fast.)
Best Anime For All Ages
Our favorite anime titles for all ages, parents and children alike.
Interview: Mamoru Hosoda, Director of ''Wolf...
The director of the film that beat PIXAR's ''Brave'' at the Japanese box office talks about film, family, and CG.
A Brief History of Anime
A short overview of anime's origins and history, from the early silent era to today.
Best Historical Anime
The best anime set in another time and another place.
Top Anime from the 60s, 70s and 80
Once upon a time, anime was all but unknown outside of Japan except for a handful of shows that found their way overseas. But those few shows had a galvanizing effect on past and present fans. Here's a list of the best shows from before the 1990s, when anime really started to make inroads internationally.
Seinen
All about seinen, the anime subcategory intended for adult male audiences.
How To Make Your Own Anime Music Video
Anime conventions have picked up on this cool aspect of anime and have built entire competitions around the talents of fan-made videos. Want to make your own anime music video? Here's a quick how-to to get you started.
How to Watch Naruto Anime Episodes Online For...
Watching Naruto online has never been easier! Check out this complete guide to watching Naruto anime episodes and movie online for free. Believe it!
Anime That Deserve Live-Action Adaptations
Suggestions for anime that should be made into live-action feature films.
Hentai
Like movies, books and any other form of entertainment, Japanese animation has its own set of genres. Here's some basics on hentai - anime for mature audiences only.
The Anime Dubbing Process
Learn how anime distribution companies outside of Japan give a given show or movie its English soundtrack.
Gurren Lagann: Series Profile - All About The...
In a far and distant future, a revolution is taking place between massive robots operated by Beastmen and the humans that they have forced to live beneath the Earth. Get the details on Gurren Lagann, a new anime series from Bandai Entertainment.
Top Anime Costume Resources
Halloween and anime were just made for each other, weren't they? With cosplay such a popular activity among anime fans, it seems Halloween is the perfect holiday to pull out all the anime stops. Still working on your costume? Here's some online resources to help you out.
Top 5 Must See Studio Ghibli Movies
Wondering which Studio Ghibli films to watch? Check out these five classics complete with basic plot information and age suitability.
Best Anime About Real-World Issues
Learn more about anime that take a look at real-life subjects, from global warming to social isolation.
Top 8 Best Books to Learn to Draw Manga
Wish you could draw manga? Want to learn how? Here's my top picks for how-to books that will have you drawing your favorite manga characters (and maybe a few of your own!) in no time at all.
Mecha
A definition for the term Mecha.
Best Anime Titles on Blu-ray Disc: Feature Films
The best feature anime films on Blu-ray Disc, with both outstanding picture quality and extras.
Why Aniplex's 'Sword Art Online' DVD and...
Anime fans were thrilled to hear that one of the biggest hits of the last season, Sword Art Online, has been slated for home video release in the U.S. They
Best Original Anime
Most anime are adapted from manga or other material; some, however, are entirely original creations. Here are some of the best.
Top 20 Guide's Favorites
What anime shows does your About.com guide like best? Here are twenty of his favorite and most often-recommended titles.
Ghost in the Shell
Espionage, action and a futuristic bad guy... what more could you ask from an Anime film? Get the full review of Ghost in the Shell.
Naruto on DVD - Find All the Naruto DVDs Here
Naruto on DVD - Find All the Naruto DVDs Here
Top 8 Anime Stores to Buy Anime Toys and...
Looking to beef up your collection of anime toys and cards? Here's my picks for the best anime stores on the web to buy all your favorite anime stuff.
Is Sailor Moon Crystal Good or Bad? What Do...
Is the new Sailor Moon anime any good? Sailor Moon fans share their thoughts on Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal.
Anime 201: Some Understanding of Japan Required
A list of shows for those relatively new to anime, with some understanding of Japan (and anime as well) helpful but not wholly essential.
Is the First Pokemon XY Movie Good?
Review of the first Pokemon movie based on the Pokemon X and Pokemon Y video games set in the Kalos region, Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction.
Wolf Children
The director of ''Summer Wars'' and ''The Girl Who Leapt Through Time'' tops himself with this heartfelt and keenly-observed story about a most unusual family.
Dragon Ball Z Battle of Gods Review
Dragon Ball Z is back with the new movie, Battle of Gods. Is it any good? Check out the full review complete with high quality images and viewing age info.
Rumor Mill: Live-Action 'Kiki's Delivery...
TwitchFilm is reporting something worth taking with a grain of salt: a live-action version of Kiki's Delivery Service (compare prices) the Studio Ghibli feature
The Night When Evil Falls
Demons, tentacles and unsuspecting girls form the premise for a three-part adult OVA from Adult Source Media. Get the details on The Night When Evil Falls here.
A Brief History of Anime (Continued)
A Brief History of Anime - A short overview of anime's origins and history, from the early silent era to today. Page 2.
Buyer's Guide to Anime Genres and Themes
How to learn about anime genres and themes, the better to find the shows you do want to watch.
The Must See Event Studio Ghibli Fans Have Been...
Studio Ghibli genius', Miyazaki and Isao Takahata are celebrated in a special theatrical showcase.
Best Shojo Anime
Shojo anime's aimed at a female audience, but the best of it can appeal to everyone under the sun. Learn more here.
Top 5 Anime Mothers
Anime fans share their favorite mother characters from anime series and films.
Case Closed: The Secret Life of Jimmy Kudo
Who is this three foot prodigy detective? And where did he get all those cool tools? If you haven't caught FUNimation's Case Closed, you're missing some great new anime. Get all the details here.
Breaking Into the Anime Industry
So you want a career in Anime, do you? Well, be forewarned: the competition is tough. But, with a little talent, a little moxie and good old-fashioned perseverance, there are a number of ways you can break into this popular industry. Here's some ideas to get you started on your hunt.
Josei
All about josei, the anime subcategory intended for adult female audiences.
Gantz: The Complete TV Series
A review of the anime TV series Gantz, released on DVD in English by FUNimation.
Top 8 Favorite Supernatural Animes
Like ghosts, goblins and things that go bump? Me too :) So in honor of these creepy goodies, I put together a list of my favorite supernatural anime shows. Do you have a favorite not listed here? Drop me a line and tell me about it!
Major Anime Distributors
Learn more about the major anime distributors in North America and elsewhere.
If a cartoon is animated in Japan, is it an...
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Tsubasa - xxxHolic DVD Double Feature - Anime...
Like CLAMP? Then you're going to love this double-feature from FUNimation. Discover the connection between Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles and xxxHolic, two CLAMP creations full of intrigue, mystery and adventure.
Save \$\$\$ by Watching Free One Piece Anime...
Easy to understand information on where and how to watch the popular anime series, One Piece online for free! You want to read this.
What is Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal?
All the details on the new Sailor Moon anime, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal.
How to Build An Anime Blog
Are you ready to jump on the blogging bandwagon and build your own anime blog? Its actually not as complex as you might think. Here's some great tips and tricks to have you blogging about your favorite anime shows in no time flat.
Why Do Some Anime Never Get Licensed?
What keeps some anime titles from ever being licensed for distribution in English? Here's some common reasons why.
The Princess and the Pilot
A one-of-a-kind treasure from the MADHOUSE animation crew, a combination love story and adventure epic set in the skies.
.hack//Quantum
This three-installment OVA in the .hack universe works as an introduction to that franchise, and as a pretty good story on its own standalone terms.
Detective L (Lawliet) - Anime Character Profile
With criminals dropping dead right and left, the police know that a vigilante is at work. Who better than to track him down but world-renowned Detective L?
TOKYOPOP Manga Creator
If you've ever wanted to create your own manga, now you can! TOKYOPOP's new Manga Creator has got to be one of the coolest software package out there for aspiring manga artists. What if you're not an aspiring manga artist? You'll love it anyway! This is the most fun I've had in a while. Get the scoop here.
Best Anime Adapted From Video Games
Learn about which of the best anime have video games as their source material, both for standalone features and long-running shows.
Magic Woman M - Vol. 1
A sexy soceress and a forest of unpleasant characters are the basis for Magic Woman M, a new Anime HotShots title from Central Park Media. Definitely an adults-only anime, get the release details here.
How to Spot A Bootleg Anime DVD
Just found an unbelievable bargain on your favorite anime DVD? Before you buy, be sure that you're getting the real thing and not a bootleg copy. How can you tell? Here's some tips to help you spot the fakes.
Are You an Anime Freak?
What is an anime freak and is it possible to be one? Readers respond with their thoughts. Are you an anime freak?
Hellsing Basic Web Template
Here's a basic Hellsing web template, tables and HTML only. Free for your personal use.
Top 10 Ways to Get Your Manga Rejected
Do you dream of writing your own anime or manga series? Is there a story in you just waiting to get out? Writing that story is one thing... getting it published is yet another. Here's my list of dont's that will keep your manga from making it to print.
New Job Posting for Anime Artists
New job posting for an anime artist at About.com. Get the details here.
Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess...
The first movie from the hit anime series, Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess finally arrives on Blu-Ray but is it any good?
The Irresponsible Captain Tylor
A raucous farce about a blissful idiot who enters the space navy on a whim and can't stop failing upwards, this bit of '90s anime has endured as a comedy classic.
Ghost in the Shell: ARISE: Episode 1
Publisher's Site In a time not too far distant from now, shadowy power politics and digital warfare drive
Save Money by Watching Bleach Anime Episodes...
How to save money by watching Bleach anime episodes and movies online for free. Totally legal and very easy to do.
Most Influential Anime Characters
Some of anime's most influential characters, often-imitated but rarely surpassed.
Best Sports / Competition Anime
The best anime about sports and competitive activities, from boxing and soccer to drift-racing and Go.
Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne: Set 1
Somehow a story of girls piloting war machines shouldn't be this thin and silly, but unfortunately that's the predominant flavor of this show.
How the ‘Evangelion’ Live-Action...
It sounded like an anime fan's dream project: a live-action version of the groundbreaking ''Evangelion.'' So why didn't it ever happen?
7 Secrets About Sailor Moon's Skirt
Sailor Moon's costume is iconic but how much do you know about it?
Best Unlicensed Anime
Learn about the best anime titles that still haven't made it into English.
How does Dragon Ball Z look in the latest...
The first season of the classic anime, Dragon Ball Z is here in a powerful blu-ray set! Read on for the full detailed review. Is it worth checking out?
The Everyday Tales of a Cat God
A fitfully funny and generally enjoyable show that spins together the slice-of-life and supernatural-fantasy genres.
Turn Your Halloween Party Into An Anime...
You've sent out the invitations. You've planned the menu, the music and the decor. You even bought a fog machine to give your Halloween party that extra spooky feel. But what about the anime? Here's some tips for turning your next Halloween party into an all-out anime-fest!
Best Action Anime Shows
Here's a rundown of the most exciting and action-packed anime out there, from major hits to older classics and hidden treasures.
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys
DBZ Bad Guys - Majin Buu
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys - Majin Buu. Page 4.
Top 10 Creative Anime Ideas
Wanting to branch out and stretch those anime legs? Here's some creative and challenging ideas to give you an active anime life.
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Good Guys
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Good Guys
Should My Kids Be Watching Anime?
Wondering if your kids should be watching anime? Get the answer to this and all your anime questions here.
Watch Sailor Moon Anime Episodes Online for Free
Want to know how to legally watch Sailor Moon episodes online for free? Got all your links and info right here! Sailor Moon Says!
Best Anime With Terrible Titles
Don't be put off by the funny names, whether because of bad translation or inexplicable marketing. These anime are more than worth the time involved.
DBZ Bad Guys - Android 18
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys - Android 18. Page 6.
Anime review: Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The...
Naruto's flung back in time for this enjoyable addition to the feature-film side of the ninja franchise.
Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends
A mixed bag: a comedic look at a potentially serious subject, but with too much fanservice and too little invention to be really compelling.
Macross / Robotech
A profile of the long-running classic mecha anime franchise, Macross aka Robotech.
Black Butler (Season 1, Part 1)
A review of the anime TV series Black Butler (Season 1, Part 1), released on DVD in English by FUNimation.
Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball... Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball Z is everywhere. Action figures, t-shirts and, to my son's delight, Playstation have all joined in the DBZ frenzy. But just what is a dragon ball? And why all the fuss?
Design Your Own Anime Website
Do you dream of having your own anime web site but don't know where to start? Here's some tips to get your site up and running in no time flat.
Anime review: Sakura Wars: The Movie
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Which Pokemon Season is the Best?
With almost 20 seasons of the Pokemon anime, which 10 rise above the rest? The results will surprise you.
Is The Gurren Lagann Blu-ray Box Set Really...
That's the question I asked myself the other week when I was at Otakon 2013, and spied a single copy of this behemoth sitting on a shelf in the dealers' room.
DBZ Bad Guys - Android 17
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys - Android 17. Page 5.
The Legend of the Legendary Heroes: Parts I & II
A lazy magic-user and his stern female companion search the land for magical artifacts that must not
Anime and the Reverse Importing Problem
Why versions of anime titles produced outside of Japan get imported back into that country, what impact it has on the anime market, and what anime companies are trying to do about it.
These Episodes Change the Fairy Tail Anime...
Detailed review of Fairy Tail Collection 9 on Blu-ray. Season Three starts here and the series will be changed forever.
Death Note Series Profile - All About the Death...
Meet Light Yagami, a bright student who's bored to tears. But then he finds the Death Note, a mystic notebook that was dropped by a Shinigami death god. The notebook has an incredible power - any human who has their name written in the book will die. Light decides to use the book to get rid of all the evil in the world but starts to rethink his plan when a persistent detective becomes hot on his trail.
Top 7 Favorite Family Anime
Looking for some anime that the whole family can enjoy? Look no further. Here's my favorite picks for family-friendly anime shows.
What's an anime convention?
Learn about how anime fans get together and share their love of anime for a few days.
InuYasha: The Final Act, Set 1
The Final Act, indeed. ''InuYasha'' is finally coming to a close, although it's mostly fans who will be sticking around for this and not newcomers.
How To Choose Your Cosplay Costume
With so many great cosplay opportunities around, serious anime fans love to get creative with their costume creations. But how do you choose the right cosplay costume for you? Here's some simple tips to help you pick the perfect costume every time.
Naruto Series Profile - All About the Naruto...
After a lifetime of being shunned and ignored, a young ninja discovers that he is the vessel for a dangerous demon and begins a quest to uncover the secrets to his past. What is this intriguing anime I'm talking about? Naruto, of course. Get the details here.
The Night When Evil Falls on DVD
The Night When Evil Falls on DVD
Ash's Pokemon Journey in the Sinnoh Region...
Easy to understand episode guide for the eleventh season of the Pokemon anime, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Battle Dimension.
B Gata H Kei: Yamada's First Time
Raunchy laughs -- but not much else -- abound in this romantic comedy about a girl determined to lose her virginity.
Cat Planet Cuties
Science fiction, slapstick, action-adventure, and romantic comedy are all thrown together in this show without much rhyme or reason.
Live Action Anime Script Writing Contest
Ready to write your own live action anime script? Well, I know someone who would like to see it. Get the details here.
Princess Jellyfish: The Complete Series
A gloriously funny and gently profound comedy about the risk -- and virtue -- of being true to yourself.
Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker
A sword-and-sorcery fantasy adventure that takes place in the same universe as BioWare’s Dragon Age game
Cardcaptor Sakura Goes to Hong Kong!
The first spinoff movie from the hit 90s anime series Cardcaptors, Cardcaptor Sakura The Movie has finally been re-released for its 15th anniversary but does it hold up after all this time?
Unfinished Anime
What are some of the anime that never quite made it to the finish line?
Dubtitles
: A term used to describe anime where the English subtitles for the Japanese audio do not appear to be
Broken Blade: The Complete Film Series
"Magic" -- the human ability to manipulate quartz with the mind -- powers the giant war machines of Krisna
Freezing
A standard-issue women-in-too-little-clothing-battling-each-other anime, which delivers no more than you'd expect for such a thing.
Light Novels (And Their Relation to Anime)
Light novels -- short, easy-to-read fiction published in Japan for younger audiences -- are a major source of inspiration for anime. Learn more here.
DBZ Bad Guys - Frieza
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys - Frieza. Page 2.
Dear Shojo Girl - My parents won't let me watch...
: Dear Shojo Girl - My parents won't let me watch anime. They've never really watched any of it, but
The 2nd Part of the Unicron Trilogy Concludes...
The second part of the Unicron Trilogy concludes in Transformers Energon Collection Two on DVD. Is it worth investing in?
Appleseed XIII
A well-written but awkwardly animated story derived from the settings and characters in Masamune Shirow's manga.
REDLINE
Racers from all around the galaxy converge to participate in the REDLINE, a race so over-the-top and illegal that it's a miracle anyone would even survive. Learn more about this groundbreaking quasi-experimental racing anime feature film, directed by Katsuhito Ishii and Takeshi Koike, and animated by MADHOUSE.
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