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In Kaiju No. 8, Giant Monsters Threaten Your Dreams

In the Tokyo of Kaiju No. 8, the destruction, chaos and gore left in the wake of giant monster attacks are an accepted part of daily life. Kaiju…

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Akudama Drive: Style IS Substance

Akudama Drive made an immediate impression with anyone who checked out its premiere in Fall 2020. With its colorful cast of characters, a clearly Blade

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History: How Anime Can Teach it Better Than Our Schools

elieve it or not, there are many anime series out there which present history the way it should be—in a fun manner, filled with well-researched, intricate details needed…

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How My Sailor Moon VHS Tapes Helped Me Transform Into A Musician

Thanks to Sailor Moon, I discovered music was my first love. 

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Wonder Egg Priority is Impossible

Wonder Egg Priority is both a promising new direction for the anime industry and a herald of its limitations. It’s a personal and heartfelt statement of solidarity that…

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A Reflection on 11 Years of Anime Herald

Header Image by Bunniikitty My fellow anime fans, good afternoon. Today marks a big day in Anime Herald history. Today, we celebrate our eleventh

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Otakon 2021: Beyond the Rainbow, There Is The Light of Hope

In the days and weeks leading to opening day, Otakon had come to be known as the "convention at the end of the rainbow," a beacon of light…

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Otakon 2021: Have Cosplay, Will Travel

Photo Credits: Samantha Ferreira The area surrounding the Walter E. Washington Convention Center was already abuzz with activity by the early hours of

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Otakon 2021: OPENWORLD Transports Fans To Fanciful Musical Realms

Date: 8/6/2021 Header Image Credit: Samantha Ferreira It was late in the day, and Otakon had already gone from a sleepy gathering to a buzzing hive of

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Otakon 2021: 1991 in Anime Panel Takes Fans Forward to the Past

Date: 8/6/2021 Host: Daryl Surat The sun shone brightly over the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, granting but a fleeting preview of the oppressive

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Otakon 2021: Genres of Non-Traditional Idols Panel Explores New Musical Worlds

Date: 8/7/2021 Host: Ellainna Washington D.C. was already abuzz with life and activity as the clock struck eight; cars zoomed down K Street, and joggers

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Otakon 2021: Kaiji Tang Talks With Anime Herald

Samantha Ferreira (Anime Herald): What were the early days of recording, what was like recording in the early days of pandemic? What types of challenges

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Otakon 2021: Fast Times at Discotek Media’s Panel

Header Photo Credit: Samantha Ferreira Event Date: 8/7/2021 Hosts: Mike Toole, Justin Sevakis, Brady Hartel Anyone who’s ever been to a larger anime con

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Otakon 2021: Finding the End of the Rainbow

It would be the understatement of a lifetime to say that the past eighteen months have been an upheaval in our collective lives. COVID-19 has ravaged the

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The Strangely Sanitary Role of Police in Cyberpunk Anime

Have you ever noticed how often cyberpunk anime focus on law enforcement? Cyberpunk is the anti-establishment genre of sci-fi, one designed to showcase

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Yasuke: A Modern Myth From A Little-Known Part of Japanese History

A samurai who hails from Africa tears numerous assailants to shreds in a fluid, yet sterile scene as the crimson blood of his foes dyes the surrounding

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The Emotional Score: A Journey Through Anime Music

The mournful vibration of a violin. The lonely notes from a piano. A harmonious swell as the two come together. Deafening silence, a sudden rise in tempo.

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Devil’s Candy: A Release Almost 20 Years in the Making

I am constantly shocked at how many people know us from Rising Stars. It must have been a bigger deal than I thought,” said Bikkuri. “It seems like…

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Local vs. Global: Inside Taiwan’s Anime Licensing Industry

Header Image: Ultraman © 2021 Creative Expo Taiwan There is a commonly held misconception that Jiufen, an old gold mining town in the north of Taiwan, was

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Love Live! – My Story So Far

From discovering the first season of School Idol Project in 2013, to spending study breaks watching the second season every week, and later travelling to events, I’ve built…

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Sakura Quest

Lately, I can’t help but notice that my personal tastes in anime have evolved with the passing years. The shonen-action shows of my youth and sci-fi epics

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The Herald Anime Club Meeting 170: Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART! Episode 6

The club returns to the University Satellite to talk up Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART! This week, it's all about the twists and turnabout.

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Early Access: The Herald Anime Club Meeting 169: Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART! Episode 5

The club heads out for another round with Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART! They discuss whether love can bloom on the track and field.

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The Herald Anime Club Meeting 168: Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART! Episode 4

The club returns to talk up Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART! Episode 4, where the intrigue is really starting to dial up to eleven.

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Sayla Mass and Lynn Minmay: Women Who Shaped The History of Mecha

The mecha genre has always been known for its strong women, though Lynn Minmay and Sayla Mass blazed paths for lovers and fighters, alike.

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The Subversive Brilliance of Porco Rosso

Porco Rosso is one of Studio Ghibli's unsung classics that, while not quite as famous as Spirited Away, is still a brilliant, subversive film

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Heaven’s Design Team: A Celestial Celebration of the Creative Process

A celebration of Heaven's Design Team: a quirky, relatable love letter to art and zoology alike, that charmed audiences in winter 2021.

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The Long Road to NEO: The World Ends with You

An exploration of Square Enix's The World Ends with You, which traces the series, and the ardent fanbase that followed it for over a decade.

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The Herald Anime Club Meeting 167: Battle Athletes Victory ReStart! Episode 3

The club returns for more sports action in Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART! This episode sees the core cast training, as things get real.

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The Herald Anime Club Meeting 166: Battle Athletes Victory ReStart! Episode 2

The Herald Anime Club returns to the University Satellite, as the crew discusses Battle Athletes Victory Episode 2.

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The Herald Anime Club Meeting 165: Battle Athletes Victory ReStart! Episode 1

The Herald Anime Club returns for another season. We're lacing up our running shoes as we dash up to discuss Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART!

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A Celebration of Black and POC Characters in Anime

A celebration and exploration of Black and POC characters that thrive within the anime landscape, from Jet Black to Michiko Malandro.

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“Great Trash”—Patlabor 3 and the Problems of Auteur Theory

An in-depth look at WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3, that examines the film's impact, and the role of the auteur devil and angel in its production

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The Origins of Mecha: The 1980s, Part 2: Beyond Macross

Anime Commentary continues their history of the mecha genre with look at icons that defined the 1980s scene beyond Gundam and Macross.

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Wonder Egg Priority: Trauma and Tribulations

While the beautiful animation and staggering ambition of the series cannot be understated, the truly most impactful thing about Wonder Egg is the sobering honesty with which the…

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From JoJo to Jigen: Anime Herald Talks With Richard Epcar

We had a chance to talk with Richard Epcar, who's breathed life into countless iconic characters, from Joseph Joestar to Daisuke Jigen.

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Worlds Apart: Exploring the Duality of No. 6

A deep dive into the world of No. 6, and the way the dual nature of the series' world is played out through lead characters Nezumi and Shion.

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The Origins of Mecha: Mega-Hits of The 1980s

An exploration of the history of the mecha genre, tracing the biggest evolutions of the 1980s, including transforming robots and Real Robots.

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Together, Alone: How Laid-Back Camp Shows Companionship Through Technology

Alex Henderson explores Laid-Back Camp's use of tech like smartphones as a means of connecting one another, even across the greatest expanses

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The Fine Print: Lessons Learned from Tokyopop’s Original English Manga Empire

Priya Sridhar offers a detailed history of TOKYOPOP's now-infamous "Rising Stars of Manga" program, which remains a cautionary tale even today

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Spy x Family: Disarming the Myth of the Nuclear Family

Hannah Collins examines Spy x Family and the ways the manga, in presenting the Forgers as a fake nuclear family, dismantles its very mythology

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The Origins of Mecha: The Super Robots of the 1970s

Anime Commentary runs through the history of anime's mecha genre, taking a look at the rise of Super Robot anime like Mazinger in the 1970s.

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The Herald Anime Club Meeting 164: Ikebukuro West Gate Park Episode 7

The club returns to chat up Ikebukuro West Gate Park's seventh episode, which sees the G-Boys on the brink of an all-out gang war.

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BOFURI (Surprisingly) Shows Gamers As They Actually Are

2020 anime BOFURI is a quirky, rare series that looks at the most positive easpects of MMORPGs and their close-knit communities.

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The Herald Anime Club Meeting 163: Ikebukuro West Gate Park Episode 6

The club gets together to discuss Ikebukuro West Gate Park Episode 6, where a war within the G-Boys brews as tensions rise in the ward.

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The Herald Anime Club Meeting 162: Ikebukuro West Gate Park Episode 5

The Herald Anime Club returns to the streets of Ikebukuro as they discuss IWGP episode 5. Is this episode a worthy follow-up to the Jazz Taxi?

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Reinventing A Medium: What American Pop Culture Can Learn From Manga

Joshua Pantalleresco examines the world of manga, and how the western pop culture industries could learn from its perennial successes.

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Announcement: Anime Herald Going on (Short!) Hiatus in January 2021

Our EIC announces that Anime Herald will take a short break in early 2021, as we take steps to make things more sustainable for the future.

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Hope and Happiness in The Fantastic Adventures of Unico

Elizabeth James discusses The Fantastic Adventures of Unico, and the way the film conveys a message of hope amid sadness.

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The Herald Anime Club Meeting 161: Ikebukuro West Gate Park Episode 4

The Herald Anime Club returns to Tokyo for Ikebukuro West Gate Park episode 4, which tells a sad story about loss, abuse, and jazz taxis.

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