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Recently, I went to go see a movie with a bunch of my friends called “Your Name.” To be totally honest, I didn’t think much of it going in. I was mostly irritated that we cancelled all of our plans for the night to go see an anime movie and thought it would be a pretty huge waste of my time. I hate to say that I was wrong, so I just won’t. “Your Name,” for those who are unaware, is a Japanese film that was released in 2016, but the English dubbed version only came out in the United States last month. In Japan, it was lauded as one of the best animated movies of all time and the reception it has received in the United States has been pretty great as well. I personally felt it was an incredible movie for a number of reasons, but I would…

The first anime of 2017 are well underway, and all have had a chance for their respective openings to demonstrate the show’s best qualities and draw an audience to watch it. So all of the openings can be compared to each other to determine which is the best of the season. As with previous top anime opening lists, the only anime considered are new shows in their first season. Ongoing shows like “Naruto” and sequel, prequel or reboot shows like “Rewrite 2nd Season” are not eligible because the opening may rely on information from the previous season or seasons. If an opening changes during the run of the show, the changes will not be considered for this list. This list does not judge the content of the anime, only the quality of the opening. elDlive elDlive’s opening has two main positive points: the song and the…

At the start of every season, a new batch of anime begins. Most use opening credits and title sequences to get the attention of as many viewers as possible. With the current anime season well underway, all of the shows have had time to broadcast  their openings. As with previous seasons, this means that I can judge the openings against each other to determine which promote their respective shows the best. The only anime considered for this list are ones that started airing this season and do not have a previous anime adaptation. Also the openings considered for this list are from the first episodes they aired in. If an opening changes throughout the season, then the changes are not considered. This list does not judge the content of the anime, only the quality of the opening. Mayoiga (The Lost Village) The main draw of this opening is how…

Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi (“The Town Where Only I Am Missing”), better known in the United States by its translated name, ERASED, concluded its 12 episode run last week. The show was originally a manga written by Kei Sanbe, who has made 11 other series since 2001. ERASED is the first to get an anime adaptation. A-1 Pictures, an anime production studio known for making shows such as Sword Art Online and Aldnoah.Zero was in charge of translating the story to animation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xXmi5woNww The show tells the story of 28-year-old Satoru Fujinuma, who has an ability he calls “Revival” that allows him to go back in time in order to fix events before their disastrous outcomes come to fruition. He has no control, however, over when a “Revival” occurs or when it takes him to – although normally it takes him back five or ten minutes. One day, his…

Most of the boys I grew up with were obsessed with Dragon Ball Z and WWE. As for me, I was happy to dedicate a large part of my childhood to the one named Sailor Moon. I must have been about four or five when I first started watching the magical girl anime classic. I was ecstatic to know, as a little boy who sought role models in fictional female characters—and wasn’t allowed to watch Dragon Ball Z for some time—that there was an entire team of them. To this day, my favorite Sailor Guardians are the intelligent and collected Sailor Mercury and  the tough and confident Sailor Jupiter. As an aside, their feline companions Luna and Artemis were and still are adorable. My penchant for pretty transformation sequences and anime soundtracks first emerged through the Sailor Soldiers. My first Japanese song was “Ai no Senshi” (Soldier of Love), which was…

Before you read this, I need you to go on YouTube. Search for “akatsuki shikata akiko.” It is the second ending theme for the anime adaptation of this manga. Continue. Magical girl twirling. The friendzone. The princess and her harem of male bodyguards. The princess blubbering and crying. The princess shooting 200 arrows a night to protect her childhood friend. The princess being protected by her loved ones. Body horror on the battlefield. This is a shōjo manga by Kusanagi Mizuho. In a tri-colored world as exemplary of good East Asian fusion as Avatar: The Last Airbender, the eponymous Princess Yona sets off with four legendary dragons in an anime sent off by a multi-voiced singer who can record up to 200 vocal tracks in a single song. After discovering her childhood friend and crush, Su-won, killing her father, and barely fleeing Hiryuu Castle, the stronghold of the fictional Kingdom…

Where do I even begin? Oh that’s right, the dope (as fuck) music throughout the entirety of Samurai Champloo’s run. What distinguishes Samurai Champloo from other anime is the music that was produced along with the show. I was listening to Modal Soul by Nujabes in the Press office after I first joined earlier this year when a new friend came up to me and said,“ Oh Nujabes, so you’ve watched Samurai Champloo, right?” No, I hadn’t. But a few months and a desperate Netflix search later, I cozied up as best as I could on what was a rather itchy couch to watch the first episode. A few moments into the intro, I was intrigued. “Sharp like an edge of samurai sword The mental blade cut through flesh and bone Through my mind’s at peace the world out of order Missing the inner heat life gets colder Oh yes,…