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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 20 Best Anime Films Everyone Should See
Here's a list of anime — both shows and movies — that make up the
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.
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.
Wondering What Anime Is? Here's the Answer
A quick introduction to Japanese animation, with many common questions answered.
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.
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.
Saddest Anime
Not all anime have happy endings. Here's some of our favorites anime that bring on the tears.
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.
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.
Seiyuu
A definition for seiyuu, or seiyu, in terms of anime.
10 Japanese Words Otaku Get Totally Wrong
Going to study Japanese after getting into anime? Make sure you know what these words really mean.
The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli
A list of the anime features created and released by Hayao Miyazaki and his production company.
Seinen
All about seinen, the anime subcategory intended for adult male audiences.
Sakuga
A term used to describe the contrasting quality of animation within anime productions.
Best Mecha Anime
Learn about anime in the ''mecha'' genre, where giant robots and even bigger human ambitions clash.
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.
Cour
: A term used in anime to describe a span of episodes, usually twelve to thirteen, but sometimes as few
Best Anime Heroines
The greatest female characters in all of anime.
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.
Top 9 Female Transformers
From Arcee and Elita One to Blackarachnia and Airazor, learn all about the rare female Transformers and find out which ones kick ass the most!
Best Historical Anime
The best anime set in another time and another place.
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.
Best Anime For All Ages
Our favorite anime titles for all ages, parents and children alike.
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?
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.
7 Secrets About Sailor Moon's Skirt
Sailor Moon's costume is iconic but how much do you know about it?
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.
New Dragon Ball Z Movie Confirmed for 2015
A new Dragon Ball Z movie has been confirmed for 2015! Read all about it here.
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.
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 Original Anime
Most anime are adapted from manga or other material; some, however, are entirely original creations. Here are some of the best.
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.
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.
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.
Mecha
A definition for the term Mecha.
Anime That Deserve Live-Action Adaptations
Suggestions for anime that should be made into live-action feature films.
Naruto on DVD - Find All the Naruto DVDs Here
Naruto on DVD - Find All the Naruto DVDs Here
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?
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.
A Brief History of Anime
A short overview of anime's origins and history, from the early silent era to today.
Best Anime About Real-World Issues
Learn more about anime that take a look at real-life subjects, from global warming to social isolation.
Eureka Seven AO Part I
In its first half, a good show bordering on a great one, held back somewhat by laborious explanations and labyrinthine background plotting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What anime should a Star Wars fan watch?...
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The Anime Dubbing Process
Learn how anime distribution companies outside of Japan give a given show or movie its English soundtrack.
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Good Guys
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Good Guys
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.
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?
Hero Tales (Parts One and Two)
A review of the anime TV series Hero Tales, released on DVD in English by FUNimation.
This Transformers Clifhanger Will...
Unicron Returns and the Transformers Armada Saga Continues in Transformers Energon Collection One on DVD. Read our full review complete with special features information, episode review and links for where to buy Transformers Energon DVDs online.
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!
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.
.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.
Samurai 7
If you're a fan of Japanese classics, you might remember the popular 1954 movie, Seven Samaurai. If so, you're going to love Samurai 7, a new anime based on Akira Kurosawa's original movie. Get the details here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Major Anime Distributors
Learn more about the major anime distributors in North America and elsewhere.
What is Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal?
All the details on the new Sailor Moon anime, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal.
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.
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.
Watch Nartuto anime episodes online for free...
Watching Naruto online has never been easier! Check out this complete guide to watching Naruto anime episodes and movie online for free. Believe it!
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.
If a cartoon is animated in Japan, is it an...
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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.
Best Anime Titles On Blu-Ray Only Available In...
The best anime on Blu-ray available only in Japan
Chrome Shelled Regios
A review of the anime TV series Chrome Shelled Regios, released on DVD in English by FUNimation.
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.
Josei
All about josei, the anime subcategory intended for adult female audiences.
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 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
The Sacred Blacksmith
A thinly-disguised excuse for boob jokes and double entendres, with a film of fantasy-adventure sprayed over the top.
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
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.
Hellsing Basic Web Template
Here's a basic Hellsing web template, tables and HTML only. Free for your personal use.
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.
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.
Tiger & Bunny
A loving homage to superheroes, anime-style, which is also one of the better anime of recent years.
5 fans sound off on what they want in the new...
What would you like to see in the new Sailor Moon anime, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal? 5 Sailor Moon fans sound off in this week's Anime Q and A.
DBZ Bad Guys - Majin Buu
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys - Majin Buu. Page 4.
Anime 401: The Advanced Course
A list of shows for those now familar with anime, and who want to try out the most challenging and experimental shows in the medium.
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.
Appleseed XIII
A well-written but awkwardly animated story derived from the settings and characters in Masamune Shirow's manga.
Hellsing
Add a rogue vampire to a secret agency and what do you get? Hellsing, of course. Get the details on this popular anime series from Geneon Entertainment.
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.
Where to see Road to Ninja - Naruto The Movie...
All the information on how to see the sixth Naruto Shippuden movie, Road to Ninja - Naruto the Movie on the big screen.
Broken Blade: The Complete Film Series
"Magic" -- the human ability to manipulate quartz with the mind -- powers the giant war machines of Krisna
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.
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.
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Is Coming
Can't get enough Yu-Gi-Oh! in your life? Maybe this will help. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie is on its way.. get the details here.
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.
3 banned Pokemon anime episodes and 4 hidden...
Find out which 3 episodes were banned from the 1st season of the Pokemon anime and which 4 episodes they're hiding in this complete episode guide.
Claymore: Series Profile - All About The...
To protect humans from flesh-eating beings known as Yoma, a secret organization creates a new breed of warrior, one with superhuman strength, superior intelligence and exceptional weaponry skills. But what happens when the warrior becomes more beast than human? Get the details on Claymore, a new anime series from FUNimation.
Does the First Pokemon XY Movie Succeed?
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.
Dirty Pair - The Original TV Series
A review of the original Dirty Pair TV series, released on DVD in English by Nozomi Entertainment / Right Stuf International.
Unfinished Anime
What are some of the anime that never quite made it to the finish line?
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.
Katanagatari, Vol. 1
This stylish and stylized anime hides a remarkably complex storyline behind simple-looking designs and a plot that's equally straightforward ... at first.
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.
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.
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.
DBZ Fighting Moves
As a long-time fan of Dragonball Z, I thought it might be fun to look at some of the techniques that made it so great. Here's some of the most notable moves in DBZ.
Princess Mononoke is on Blu-ray and it's GORGEOUS
The classic Studio Ghibli film, Princess Mononoke finally arrives on Blu-ray and it's gorgeous.
Let's Write A Manga!
Want to write a manga? Here's your chance! I've developed a story but I need your help. Read part 1 and then cast you vote for what happens next.
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.
Cat Planet Cuties
Science fiction, slapstick, action-adventure, and romantic comedy are all thrown together in this show without much rhyme or reason.
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.
Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuioku-hen (Trust & Betrayal)
The prequel film for the Rurouni Kenshin TV series, which depicts how Kenshin originally came to be an assassin and how he eventually ended that way of life as well.
Princess Jellyfish: The Complete Series
A gloriously funny and gently profound comedy about the risk -- and virtue -- of being true to yourself.
Where can I watch anime online?
Looking to find a great place to download new anime? Check out these resources and start completing your digital library now.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
After the planet was left half-devastated by the arrival of the alien Angels, the secret organization Nerv has developed giant robot weapons to protect the earth from the next Angel assault. Their pilots are young, frail, emotionally unstable, and the only hope for the world.
Hellsing - Series Profile
A new breed of vampire walks the streets. Artificially created, these vamps and their ghouls consider humanity an afterthought. Fortunately, the Hellsing Organization is there to restore balance... only, Hellsing is made up of vampire too... does mankind even stand a chance?
Dragon Ball Z Kai Part 3
A review of the TV show Dragon Ball Z Kai, Part Three, on Blu-ray from FUNimation Entertainment.
Dance in the Vampire Bund: The Complete Series
A review of the complete 12-episode vampire action anime series Dance in the Vampire Bund,released in English by FUNimation Entertainment on Blu-ray Disc.
Blood: The Last Vampire
The human race has a new enemy known as teropterids, nasty, vampire-like creatures whose sole purpose is to drink human blood. To save the population from this horrible fate, slayers begin to emerge, dedicated to making the teropterids history. Of these slayers, Saya is the best there is... but can she handle what's waiting?
Anime 301: The Long And Winding Shows
A list of shows for those relatively new to anime, which will require a large investment of time on the part of the viewer.
Best Sports / Competition Anime
The best anime about sports and competitive activities, from boxing and soccer to drift-racing and Go.
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
Anime v. Cartoons
What's the difference between anime and Western / American cartoons? The differences are many, and often striking. Here's a quick guide to many of the common differences between anime and conventional cartoon shows.
Black Blood Brothers
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DBZ Bad Guys - Cell
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys - Cell
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.
Eden of the East
A review of the 11-episode anime series directed by Kenji Kamiyama, and released in English by FUNimation Entertainment.
Hell Girl - Series Profile
Has somebody done you wrong? Ai Enma can help. Enter your foe's name on a website at the stroke of midnight and let Ai do the rest. But be warned: there is a price to pay for such vengence so don't be surprised if your soul ends up in the same Hell. Get the details on Hell Girl, a new anime series from FUNimation here.
Dubtitles
: A term used to describe anime where the English subtitles for the Japanese audio do not appear to be
Is This A Zombie? Season 1
This draggy comedy has all the ingredients for a better show, but it's too scattershot and repetitive to be good for more than a distracted chuckle.
Return to the Hoenn Region in the Pokemon Anime.
Return to the Hoenn region in the Pokemon anime with this useful guide to the Hoenn episodes and movies.
Phantom
What happens when a good guy police officer realizes that he's been fighting on the wrong side? That's the premise of Phantom, one of the new mangas from TOKYOPOP. Get the details here.
Best Anime Titles on Blu-ray Disc: TV Series
The best anime series on Blu-ray Disc, with both outstanding picture quality and extras.
Eight Classic Vampire Anime
The cream of the blood-sucking anime crop, from action-oriented stories to more moody and mysterious tales.
Grave of the Fireflies
Studio Ghibli's unflinching look at the human cost of war was and is one of the finest animated films ever made in any country or language.
Misa Amane - Anime Character Profile
Who's the lovely lady trying to steal Light's heart? None other than the deadly Misa Amane.
DBZ Good Guys - Trunks
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Good Guys - Trunks. Page 6.
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