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18 Best Anime Series For Absolute Beginners

It has occurred to me that I’ve never written this article. The recommendations on this site are indeed for any level of anime fandom, but for many of…

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Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand

For those of us in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving. For many of us, it’s a time for family members meeting together and probably yell at each other…

Mechanical Anime Reviews

“You Need to Subscribe, Silly!” A Throwback Thursday Look at NewType USA

In life, we have loads of inadvertent “Time Capsules”; items that capture what life was like in any given moment in time. It could be something as ordinary…

Beneath the Tangles

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Day 9: All Halloweeb – American References in Anime, Anime with Halloween References

Hello and welcome back to 13 Days of Otakutober! Thank you all for joining us today for day 9! We have been doing a LOT of writing. Like,…

We be bloggin'

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September Manga Haul – Given, CardCaptor Sakura, Fullmetal Alchemist | The Wonder of Anime

Another month, another manga haul! Buckle up guys, this one is HUGE! Please be advised the links below are affiliate links. This means I may receive a commission…

The Wonder Of Anime

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Sangokushi Dai Ni Bu Choukou Moyu!

Here, after an unconscionable delay, is the HD version of the second movie in the Sangokushi trilogy, 1993's Sangokushi Dai Ni Bu Choukou M...

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Elementary

detective fiction, 推理小説、games, mystery, murder, locked room, Japanese, translations,

ボクの事件簿

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Reader’s Corner: Return from Death, Dahlia in Bloom, and Fullmetal Alchemist: A New Beginning

The Reincarnated Princess Spends Another Day Skipping Story Routes, Vol. 1 This is another reincarnation-type isekai of the reborn-as-an-otome-game-rival variety. The catch is that in the original …

Beneath the Tangles

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The Dead Mothers of Shounen

To be a mother in a shounen series, especially of a male protagonist, is often a guaranteed death sentence. It also means a lack of characterization outside of…

Anime Feminist

2nd Anniversary Special: Top 10 Anime Openings (Action and Non-Action lists)

Well, it’s that time of year again – time for a Top 10 list! This is one that’s probably going to be deeply contentious: there are so many…

Harper Anime Reviews

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Anime ABC’s, My Favorite Anime Character for Each Letter of the Alphabet

So I know a good idea when I steal one. This being one of said ideas. Of course, I kid. We give credit where it’s due; always. I…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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this blog isn’t dead, right? right?

It’s not. But it certainly feels dead. Between this August and last August, I’ve only updated once. Ironically, l’ve written loads this summer. I’ve written a lot of…

Catch a Falling Star

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Muv-Luv Alternative PV

Muv-Luv Alternative is definitely one of, if not the best visual novel I’ve ever read. What Fullmetal Alchemist is to me regarding anime and manga is what MLA…

Starchaser

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Is Being Faithful to the Manga Even Important?

It might feel like this comes as a direct sequel to my essay on the original Fullmetal Alchemist. There, I defined the merits of a series that played…

The Otaku Exhibition

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Why I Still Love Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)

If you became an anime fan in the last couple of years, you have it pretty good. In the early 2000s, a hot shonen manga would receive an…

The Otaku Exhibition

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Animecast: Anime Databases and Review Brigading

The Hosts of the Otaku Spirit Animecast decide to dive into the interesting realm of anime databases (commonly referred to as Anime Lists). Not only this, but the…

Otaku Spirit

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Fanart Friday: Edward and Alphonse

★ 【時島シクカ】「 鋼の錬金術師 」 ☆ reprinted w/permission

Beneath the Tangles

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Review (Spoiler-Free)

I recently re-watched Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and seeing as I’ve never written about it, I figured I may as well this time around. Will keep it short though,…

Umai Yomu Anime Blog

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Doki Doki News: New Bravely Default, Where’s Luffy, and Guest Host Jordan Dash Cruz!

Our special month-long promotion of Doki Doki News continues with our third guest host! Today, Jordan Dash Cruz joins us as our newscaster. You’ll recognize his voice from…

Beneath the Tangles

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Artist spotlight: Yoshimichi Kameda

Yoshimichi Kameda is undoubtedly one of the most important animators of the last 15 years. He is also one of the last really major animators today whose style…

Animétudes

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Looking back, looking forward: Kanada’s late period

is generally held that Yoshinori Kanada went through two major shifts in the 1990’s, shifts that determined what the two last decades of his life and work would…

Animétudes

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Visual Kei&Anime – SID Part I

For the first, but not the last time in this section, we have a two part discography dive! Whoo! We’re jumping forward in the stream of VKei, but…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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[Tagless Tag] My Pirate Crew is 2 Years Late but Still Very Powerful

As the title says and as you should learn to expect by now, this tag has been in my backlog forever before I randomly decided to engage with…

The Moyatorium

Ep. 11: Fullmetal Alchemist Vol 1

The international smash-sensation, Hiromu Arakawa’s FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, is the subject this week on Mangasplaining! How can a universally beloved series be anything but universally beloved? Well you’re about…

| Mangasplaining

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Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic – Anime Review

Japanese Title: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic   Related: Magi: The Kingdom of Magic (2nd season – included in review) Similar: Fullmetal Alchemist The Twelve Kingdoms Fairy Tail…

Nefarious Reviews

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Fullmetal Alchemist (2003 series) Parts 1 & 2 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray 2020 Ver.) Unboxing

I decided to double-dip for the Region B version of Fullmetal Alchemist’s 2003 adaptation, this time through Anime Limited’s 2020 re-release. Both parts are here also.

The Normanic Vault

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AniMarch Madness 2021: Winner

The polls are closed, the votes are in, and we have a winner for the 2021 AniMarch Madness tournament! But before I announce it, let me just thank…

Beneath the Tangles

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AniMarch Madness 2021: Championship

One month, 48 matches, and nearly 15,000 votes later, we’re down to the final two. Advancing from their semifinal matches last week, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, in its return…

Beneath the Tangles

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AniMarch Madness 2021: Final Four (Match Two)

And then…there were three. Attack on Titan in easily its best showing in the tournament is the first team into the championship round, winning fairly easily against last…

Beneath the Tangles

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Anime Discussion: The Anime Characters I absolutely despise

Recently on Twitter Karandi asked “Is there an anime character you would want to punch” and my first response is Shinji Matou from the fate franchise so here…

Art Of Anime

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Does Sub vs. Dub Matter Anymore?

The debate has long reigned supreme in the anime community, whether or not subtitled anime was truly superior to dubbed. In the early days of anime dubbing, this…

The Otaku Exhibition

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AniMarch Madness 2021: Final Four (Match One)

Forty-six matches later, we’re finally down to the final four! Welcome to week four of AniMarch Madness! The quarterfinals held few surprises, with all three number one seeds…

Beneath the Tangles

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AniMarch Madness 2021: Quarterfinals (Day 1)

Welcome to week three of AniMarch Madness! Voting continued to be heavy in round two, and unlike the first round, it was full of surprises, none bigger than…

Beneath the Tangles

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Reminder: Re-watching A Series Is A Good Thing

I’m usually able to list the reasons as to why I liked or disliked it, my favourite parts of the show, my favourite character etc. Dialogue about the…

A Girl & Her Anime

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MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijin-tachi

Here's a wonderful example of the "wide-screen baroque" school of anime science fiction, the 1987 movie MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijin-t...

Collectr's Blog

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Watching Anime As A Feminist

It’s Women’s History Month and since yesterday at the time of posting was International Women’s Day, I figured I’d write a little something for the occasion that’s bee…

Sakura Sunrise

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AniMarch Madness 2021: Sweet Sixteen (Day One)

Welcome to week two of AniMarch Madness! Week was was spectacular—we had more than 8,000 votes pour in for the 18 matches, the most we’ve ever had. While…

Beneath the Tangles

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AniMarch Madness 2021: Round One (Day Three)

Round one continues with four match-ups today, one from each our “regions.” You can vote on the match-ups below, but we also encourage you to subscribe to our…

Beneath the Tangles

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Yamatarou Comes Back v2

One of Orphan's earliest Tezuka Osamu projects was the set of six OVAs known as the Lion Books: 1 The Green Cat 1983 2 Rain Boy 1983 3…

Collectr's Blog

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AniMarch Madness 2021: The Field (Full Bracket)

The play-in games are done! And now, AniMarch Madness 2021 is less than a week way! On March 1st, we begin our voter-determined tournament where we annually select…

Beneath the Tangles

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Fanart Friday: Expecting Edward Elric

Sweet, pregnancy fanart? Very rare indeed. Enjoy this lovely illustration of Van Hohenheim and Trisha Elric—looking beautiful, I might add—expecting Edward (I assume)! ★ 【Kotikomori】 「 Parents 」…

Beneath the Tangles

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The History of Anime: Part 5 – Dawn of the Digital Era

Last time, anime rose from a nationwide economic crisis to become a global juggernaut. The 1990’s saw enormous growth for the industry, but an even bigger change was…

Starting Life From Zero

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You Don’t Have to Get an Otaku Lover

"I wish I had a girlfriend who was into anime.” For as long as I’ve been involved in anime/manga fandom, I hear this line quite a bunch from (mostly)…

Manga Therapy - Where Psychology & Manga Meet

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“It was total Boy Love bait.” –Fandom/Anime Viewership and IRL 2020 Reflection Podcast

In this podcast, I discuss: Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation, Given, Fruits Basket, Merman in my Tub, The Untamed, Scumbag System, The World’s Greatest First Love, Magic-kyun! Renaissance, …

Shoujo Thoughts: ☆ ~('▽^人) Otaku Ramblings

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Amatsuki Re-Revisited

You might wonder, with good reason, why Orphan is releasing a new version of Amatsuki , six years after our first release. That release is q...

Collectr's Blog

15 Best Anime Reboots and Remakes That Improve on Older Series

Rebooting things is all the rage these days, isn’t it? It isn’t limited to movies and video games, even anime has gotten on the train. While some fault…

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Ipponbouchou Mantarou

Stop me if you've heard this one before. The son of a local grub shop is goaded by his father into seeking his fortune as a chef. He…

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