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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.
7 Secrets About Sailor Moon's Skirt
Sailor Moon's costume is iconic but how much do you know about it?
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.
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.
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 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 Best Sword and Sorcery Fantasy Anime
The best Western-style fantasy titles in anime, from Guin Saga to Claymore.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saddest Anime
Not all anime have happy endings. Here's some of our favorites anime that bring on the tears.
Cour
: A term used in anime to describe a span of episodes, usually twelve to thirteen, but sometimes as few
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.
The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli
A list of the anime features created and released by Hayao Miyazaki and his production company.
Sakuga
A term used to describe the contrasting quality of animation within anime productions.
Best Anime Heroines
The greatest female characters in all of anime.
Seinen
All about seinen, the anime subcategory intended for adult male audiences.
Best Historical Anime
The best anime set in another time and another place.
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 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?
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.
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.
Mecha
A definition for the term Mecha.
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.
Howl's Moving Castle Movie and Book Companions
Howl is coming to the states and in dramatic Miyazaki fashion. Get the details on the upcoming movie release plus the exciting new book companions from VIZ Media.
A Brief History of Anime
A short overview of anime's origins and history, from the early silent era to today.
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.
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 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.
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 About Real-World Issues
Learn more about anime that take a look at real-life subjects, from global warming to social isolation.
Anime That Deserve Live-Action Adaptations
Suggestions for anime that should be made into live-action feature films.
What is Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal?
All the details on the new Sailor Moon anime, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal.
Best Original Anime
Most anime are adapted from manga or other material; some, however, are entirely original creations. Here are some of the best.
Naruto on DVD - Find All the Naruto DVDs Here
Naruto on DVD - Find All the Naruto DVDs Here
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.
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
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.
.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.
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.
Hero Tales (Parts One and Two)
A review of the anime TV series Hero Tales, released on DVD in English by FUNimation.
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys
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 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Anime Dubbing Process
Learn how anime distribution companies outside of Japan give a given show or movie its English soundtrack.
What anime should a Star Wars fan watch?...
Follow me on Google+ for the details. Outlaw Star ©Morning Star • Sunrise / Shueisha • Sotsu Agency This
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.
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.
Appleseed XIII
A well-written but awkwardly animated story derived from the settings and characters in Masamune Shirow's manga.
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.
How well do you know the first season of Dragon...
Complete episode guide for the first season of the Dragon Ball Z anime. 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.
Hellsing Basic Web Template
Here's a basic Hellsing web template, tables and HTML only. Free for your personal use.
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.
DBZ Bad Guys - Majin Buu
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys - Majin Buu. Page 4.
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.
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.
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.
Death Note Collection
A very effective distillation of the storyline of Death Note , minus some of the supporting characters
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.
If a cartoon is animated in Japan, is it an...
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Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Good Guys
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Good 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.
Full Product Review
What do you get when you cross a family curse with the Chinese Zodiac? Fruits Basket, of course, FUNimation's newest anime hit!
Major Anime Distributors
Learn more about the major anime distributors in North America and elsewhere.
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.
Case Closed Quiz
Case Closed Quiz Are you a Case Closed fan? Think you know Conan like the back of your hand? Well, take
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.
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.
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.
Dragon Ball Z Kai Part 3
A review of the TV show Dragon Ball Z Kai, Part Three, on Blu-ray from FUNimation Entertainment.
Best Anime Titles On Blu-Ray Only Available In...
The best anime on Blu-ray available only in Japan
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What's an anime convention?
Learn about how anime fans get together and share their love of anime for a few days.
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.
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.
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.
FLCL
Naoto’s humdrum hometown life is flipped on its ear when a Vespa-riding alien girl wielding a bass guitar
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.
Best Anime Titles on Blu-ray Disc: TV Series
The best anime series on Blu-ray Disc, with both outstanding picture quality and extras.
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.
Josei
All about josei, the anime subcategory intended for adult female audiences.
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?
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Find out when Cilan and Brock met for the first...
Easy to understand episode guide for the sixteenth season of the Pokemon anime, Pokemon Black and White Adventures in Unova and Beyond.
Anime
What is anime? Here's a quick definition to get you started.
Who Wants to be an Anime Guru?
Think you know your Anime? Well, try your hand here.
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
Best Unlicensed Anime
Learn about the best anime titles that still haven't made it into English.
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.
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.
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
A raunchy, filthy, often hilarious romp with little redeeming social value but a great many lowbrow laughs.
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?
Black Butler (Season 1, Part 2)
A review of the anime TV series Black Butler (Season 1, Part 2), released on DVD in English by FUNimation.
Texhnolyze: The Complete Series
As bleak as anime gets, but sometimes also as adventurous and visionary too.
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.
DBZ Bad Guys - Cell
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys - Cell
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
Chaos;HEAd: The Complete Series
A review of the science fiction / harem mystery series, in English by FUNimation 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.
Unfinished Anime
What are some of the anime that never quite made it to the finish line?
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.
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.
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.
DBZ Bad Guys - Android 17
Dragon Ball Z Characters - The Bad Guys - Android 17. Page 5.
Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail
The OVA continuation of the TV series is everything the original show was: violent, mean-spirited, offensive -- but also terrifically entertaining, and even compelling.
Unicron Returns in Transformers Armada...
Secrets are revealed and questions are answered as Unicron awakens and the battle for the universe begins in the second half of Transformers Armada.
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
Collecting Anime
Collecting Anime is an art in itself. Some items you can find in surplus, while some you can't find at all. Knowing where and when to look is the key to finding what you want, like that pristine action figure NRFB, at a price you can live with. If you've ever wondered how to get your hands on your favorite Anime merchandise, wonder no longer. Here's a few tips to collecting all things Anime.
Broken Blade: The Complete Film Series
"Magic" -- the human ability to manipulate quartz with the mind -- powers the giant war machines of Krisna
Anime Subbed v Anime Dubbed - You Make the Call
Which is better? Anime with subtitles or the ones with the voices just dubbed over? Check out the pros and cons and decide for yourself.
Princess Jellyfish: The Complete Series
A gloriously funny and gently profound comedy about the risk -- and virtue -- of being true to yourself.
C: Control - The Money and Soul of Possibility:...
What would happen if Paul Krugman wrote and directed ''Yu-Gi-Oh!''? Something like the dazzling and ingenious ''C: Control,'' one of the best shows of 2012.
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression
A former prostitute is resurrected as a cyborg warrior in this cyberpunk thriller anime adapted from Tow Ubukata's novels.
Who are the secret 3rd race of Transformers?...
Detailed review of the first half of Transformers Armada on DVD. Who are the mysterious third race of Transformers called, the Mini-Cons?
Check out all the episodes from Fairy Tail...
Complete episode guide for the second season of the Fairy Tail anime.
Best Sports / Competition Anime
The best anime about sports and competitive activities, from boxing and soccer to drift-racing and Go.
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. Page 2.
My kids are asking me to buy "manga." What is...
: My kids are asking me to buy "manga." What is that? : Just as anime is the Japanese equivalent of cartoons,
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.
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.
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?
Best Anime Never Made
Ten anime projects that are lost in limbo, lost to history, or just plain lost.
Naruto and Nike?
Here's a must-have... Nike, meet Naruto.
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.
Takamasa Sakurai: Otakon 2013 Interview
Japan's ''pop culture diplomat'' talks about the nature of fandom at home and abroad, and how to bring anime lovers that much closer together overall.
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