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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.
7 Popular Anime Series that EVERYONE is...
List of the current most popular anime series with information, images and reference links for each title.
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 20 Best Anime Films Everyone Should See
Here's a list of anime — both shows and movies — that make up the
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wondering What Anime Is? Here's the Answer
A quick introduction to Japanese animation, with many common questions answered.
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.
The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli
A list of the anime features created and released by Hayao Miyazaki and his production company.
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.
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.
7 Secrets About Sailor Moon's Skirt
Sailor Moon's costume is iconic but how much do you know about it?
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.
New Dragon Ball Z Movie Confirmed for 2015
A new Dragon Ball Z movie has been confirmed for 2015! Read all about it here.
Sakuga
A term used to describe the contrasting quality of animation within anime productions.
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.
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.
What Anime Should Star Wars Fans Watch?
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Best Anime Heroines
The greatest female characters in all of anime.
Saddest Anime
Not all anime have happy endings. Here's some of our favorites anime that bring on the tears.
Seiyuu
A definition for seiyuu, or seiyu, in terms of anime.
Best Mecha Anime
Learn about anime in the ''mecha'' genre, where giant robots and even bigger human ambitions clash.
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.
Cour
: A term used in anime to describe a span of episodes, usually twelve to thirteen, but sometimes as few
Princess Jellyfish: The Complete Series
A gloriously funny and gently profound comedy about the risk -- and virtue -- of being true to yourself.
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.
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.
Best Historical Anime
The best anime set in another time and another place.
A Brief History of Anime
A short overview of anime's origins and history, from the early silent era to today.
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.)
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.
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.
Best Anime For All Ages
Our favorite anime titles for all ages, parents and children alike.
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.
Anime That Deserve Live-Action Adaptations
Suggestions for anime that should be made into live-action feature films.
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 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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Anime review: Sakura Wars: The Movie
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Top 5 Anime Mothers
Anime fans share their favorite mother characters from anime series and films.
Best Anime About Real-World Issues
Learn more about anime that take a look at real-life subjects, from global warming to social isolation.
Naruto on DVD - Find All the Naruto DVDs Here
Naruto on DVD - Find All the Naruto DVDs Here
Mecha
A definition for the term Mecha.
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.
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.
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
The Anime Dubbing Process
Learn how anime distribution companies outside of Japan give a given show or movie its English soundtrack.
Best Original Anime
Most anime are adapted from manga or other material; some, however, are entirely original creations. Here are some of the best.
Meet the rare Pokemon Phione, Rotom, Lukario,...
Easy to understand episode guide for the tweflth season of the Pokemon anime, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Galactic Battles.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Misty Returns in Season 7 of the Pokemon Anime
Easy to understand episode guide for the seventh season of the Pokemon anime, Pokemon Advanced Challenge.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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?
Dubtitles
: A term used to describe anime where the English subtitles for the Japanese audio do not appear to be
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kilala Princess
When Kilala awakens a sleeping prince named Rei, she magically gains the power of the princesses! But when her friend Erica is kidnapped, she and Rei must set off on a quest to rescue her!
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.
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.
What is Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal?
All the details on the new Sailor Moon anime, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal.
Macross / Robotech
A profile of the long-running classic mecha anime franchise, Macross aka Robotech.
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.
.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.
The Must See Event Studio Ghibli Fans Have Been...
Studio Ghibli genius', Miyazaki and Isao Takahata are celebrated in a special theatrical showcase.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
DBZ Bad Guys - Android 17
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys - Android 17. Page 5.
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.
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DBZ Bad Guys - Majin Buu
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys - Majin Buu. Page 4.
Major Anime Distributors
Learn more about the major anime distributors in North America and elsewhere.
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?
DBZ Bad Guys - Android 18
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys - Android 18. Page 6.
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.
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Good Guys
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Good Guys
Hellsing Basic Web Template
Here's a basic Hellsing web template, tables and HTML only. Free for your personal use.
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.
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
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?
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Basilisk
Love conquers all, even a 400 year old battle between two dominant ninja clans. Want to know more? Check out Basilisk, one of the newest anime acquisitions from FUNimation.
Dragon Head
Imagine that you're on a train with your friends but suddenly, everything goes black and when you wake up, you're the only one alive. Intriguing? That's the story of Teru Aoki and you can read all about him in Dragon Head, the gripping graphic novel from TOKYOPOP.
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 Sacred Blacksmith
A thinly-disguised excuse for boob jokes and double entendres, with a film of fantasy-adventure sprayed over the top.
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.
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.
Josei
All about josei, the anime subcategory intended for adult female audiences.
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.
Eight Classic Vampire Anime
The cream of the blood-sucking anime crop, from action-oriented stories to more moody and mysterious tales.
Gantz: The Complete TV Series
A review of the anime TV series Gantz, released on DVD in English by FUNimation.
Best Unlicensed Anime
Learn about the best anime titles that still haven't made it into English.
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.
The Garden of Words
A gorgeous short film designed to tug on the emotions as much as it fills the eyes.
Appleseed XIII
A well-written but awkwardly animated story derived from the settings and characters in Masamune Shirow's manga.
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!
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.
What's a Pokemon?! Read This.
An easy to understand introduction to the Pokemon anime covering its story, characters and world.
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
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.
Best Out-Of-Print Anime
Anime titles that have gone out of print and haven't been reissued, but have copies floating around and are worth a look.
Best Sports / Competition Anime
The best anime about sports and competitive activities, from boxing and soccer to drift-racing and Go.
Unfinished Anime
What are some of the anime that never quite made it to the finish line?
Darker Than Black: Season Two
A review of the second season of the paranormal / sci-fi action series, in English courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment.
Case Closed Quiz
Case Closed Quiz Are you a Case Closed fan? Think you know Conan like the back of your hand? Well, take
Who Were the Top 9 Cosplayers at Supanova 2014?
With the Supanova Pop Culture Expo 2014 in Sydney, Australia drawing thousands of fans from around the world, I decided to check out some of the best cosplayers attending. Who's your favorite?
Can Ash's Pokemon Defeat the Legendary Darkrai...
Easy to understand episode guide for the thirteenth season of the Pokemon anime, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Sinnoh League Victors.
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.
DBZ Bad Guys - Android 16
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys - Android 16. Page 7.
Chrome Shelled Regios
A review of the anime TV series Chrome Shelled Regios, released on DVD in English by FUNimation.
Broken Blade: The Complete Film Series
"Magic" -- the human ability to manipulate quartz with the mind -- powers the giant war machines of Krisna
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.
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.
Ergo Proxy: The Complete Series
A frustrating but also fascinating and heady mixture of science fiction, noir thriller, psychological fantasy, philosophical musings, and flat-out weirdness.
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