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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.
The Best Sword and Sorcery Fantasy Anime
The best Western-style fantasy titles in anime, from Guin Saga to Claymore.
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 11 Best Anime Romances
Best Anime Romances - The most heartwarming anime love stories.
The 10 Best Science Fiction Anime Shows
Great Science Fiction Anime - The best science-fiction themed anime shows
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
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.
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.
7 Popular Anime Series that EVERYONE is...
List of the current most popular anime series with information, images and reference links for each title.
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.
Saddest Anime
Not all anime have happy endings. Here's some of our favorites anime that bring on the tears.
What Surprising Anime Series is a Hit on...
In the final part of a three part interview, Crunchyroll reveals information on a potential Xbox One app and which anime series is the most popular.
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.
Crunchyroll Reveals Their New Manga and Asian...
The first part of my interview with Robert Newman in the Tokyo Crunchyroll office. We discuss manga, Asian dramas and streaming media apps.
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.
Sakuga
A term used to describe the contrasting quality of animation within anime productions.
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.
The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli
A list of the anime features created and released by Hayao Miyazaki and his production company.
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.
Best Anime Heroines
The greatest female characters in all of anime.
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.
Cour
: A term used in anime to describe a span of episodes, usually twelve to thirteen, but sometimes as few
Seiyuu
A definition for seiyuu, or seiyu, in terms of anime.
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 Mecha Anime
Learn about anime in the ''mecha'' genre, where giant robots and even bigger human ambitions clash.
Best Historical Anime
The best anime set in another time and another place.
Best Anime For All Ages
Our favorite anime titles for all ages, parents and children alike.
Crunchyroll Reveals Their Strategy for Fighting...
Crunchyroll reveals their strategies for fighting anime piracy and bootlegs and shares news on expansion into South Korea and China.
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.
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.
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?
Anime That Deserve Live-Action Adaptations
Suggestions for anime that should be made into live-action feature films.
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.
Naruto Shippuden Cancelled!
The popular Naruto manga and anime series is ending. Check out the details 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Naruto on DVD - Find All the Naruto DVDs Here
Naruto on DVD - Find All the Naruto DVDs Here
How Many Naruto Shippuden Episodes are There?
Episode guide for the first ten seasons of the hit anime, Naruto Shippuden.
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 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.
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.
Even More Monopoly Board Games For Geeks. Which...
Hello Kitty brings a sweet style to America s favorite board game in this special Collector's Edition of the MONOPOLY game.
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?
Best Original Anime
Most anime are adapted from manga or other material; some, however, are entirely original creations. Here are some of the best.
The Anime Dubbing Process
Learn how anime distribution companies outside of Japan give a given show or movie its English soundtrack.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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
What Anime Should Star Wars Fans Watch?
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So Many Episodes of Naruto Shippuden!
Episode guide for the latest seasons of the hit anime, Naruto Shippuden.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
This New Anime Series is Sooo 90s
Review of the new anime series, Karneval (not Carnival). Looks great but is it any good?
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
Major Anime Distributors
Learn more about the major anime distributors in North America and elsewhere.
Hellsing Basic Web Template
Here's a basic Hellsing web template, tables and HTML only. Free for your personal use.
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DBZ Bad Guys - Majin Buu
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys - Majin Buu. Page 4.
What is Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal?
All the details on the new Sailor Moon anime, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal.
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.
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 Z Characters - The Bad Guys
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys
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.
.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.
Best Unlicensed Anime
Learn about the best anime titles that still haven't made it into English.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Most Influential Anime Characters
Some of anime's most influential characters, often-imitated but rarely surpassed.
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Good Guys
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Good Guys
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
DVD Regions Encoding Guide
Any time you purchase a DVD, you'll likely notice that the seller has marked it as "Region 1", "Region
Best Sports / Competition Anime
The best anime about sports and competitive activities, from boxing and soccer to drift-racing and Go.
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.
Tankobon
A definition for tankobon, a Japanese term used to describe certain types of books.
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.
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.
Bleach The Movie: Hell Verse
The fourth feature film made from the ''Bleach'' anime franchise is a solid side story, with nothing groundbreaking about it, but plenty of action and an interestingly-visualized underworld landscape.
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.
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.
The Must See Event Studio Ghibli Fans Have Been...
Studio Ghibli genius', Miyazaki and Isao Takahata are celebrated in a special theatrical showcase.
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.
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.
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
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.
7 Secrets About Sailor Moon's Skirt
Sailor Moon's costume is iconic but how much do you know about it?
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.
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.
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.
Josei
All about josei, the anime subcategory intended for adult female audiences.
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.
Broken Blade: The Complete Film Series
"Magic" -- the human ability to manipulate quartz with the mind -- powers the giant war machines of Krisna
Eight Classic Vampire Anime
The cream of the blood-sucking anime crop, from action-oriented stories to more moody and mysterious tales.
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
The ghosts of the past return to beguile the living in this bittersweet drama about the lost opportunities of childhood, in English courtesy of NIS America.
Top 5 Anime Mothers
Anime fans share their favorite mother characters from anime series and films.
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.
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?
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.
Case Closed Quiz
Case Closed Quiz Are you a Case Closed fan? Think you know Conan like the back of your hand? Well, take
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Unfinished Anime
What are some of the anime that never quite made it to the finish line?
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.
Rurouni Kenshin: Seisou-hen (Reflection)
The follow-up to the Kenshin TV series explores the fates of many of the characters after the end of the show proper.
Eden of the East
A review of the 11-episode anime series directed by Kenji Kamiyama, and released in English by FUNimation Entertainment.
What is anime?
What is anime? And why should I watch it? Get the answers to all your anime questions here.
Princess Jellyfish: The Complete Series
A gloriously funny and gently profound comedy about the risk -- and virtue -- of being true to yourself.
The Sky Crawlers
Mamoru Oshii's dreamlike meditation on warfare, memory and eternal youth is one of his more accessible films, with terrific aerial action sequences.
Appleseed XIII
A well-written but awkwardly animated story derived from the settings and characters in Masamune Shirow's manga.
DBZ Bad Guys - Dr. Gero
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys - Dr. Gero. Page 3.
Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Will of Fire
The fifth film produced the for Naruto Shippuden franchise is one of the better ones, thanks to its emotionally-driven storyline rather than just flashy fight theatrics.
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.
Check out all the episodes from Fairy Tail...
Complete episode guide for the second season of the Fairy Tail anime.
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.
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.
Ah! My Goddess
What happens when a college student accidentally calls a goddess hotline? He gets a goddess of course! Get the details on Ah! My Goddess!, a classic anime series from creator Kosuke Fujishima.
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?
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