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Why ODDTAXI’s Opening Theme Is The Secret Sauce To Its Success

2021’s ODDTAXI is one of the most effective examples of an OP setting up tone, atmosphere, and story beats - even hiding the answers to its mystery in…

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Vampire Hunter D, Hellsing, and Dracula – The Western Vampire, Reimagined by Japan

There is no creature in our dark, collective imagination more reinterpreted than the vampire. Considering how many national borders the vampire has

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Anime Herald’s Great Rebranding: Rebranding, and Did Someone Say Merch?

My fellow anime fans, good afternoon. It gives me great pleasure to announce that Anime Herald has taken another step in its grand transformation. I'm

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They Walked So You Could Say “Run”: An Examination of Tiger & Bunny

Superheroes have always found a home in the grand halls of anime, from Astro Fighter Sunred, to Shin-chan’s Action Bastard, to Sailor Moon’s Sailor

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Examining Evangelion’s Influence on Metal and Industrial Music

It’s hard to quantify just how influential Neon Genesis Evangelion really is. References to the series pop up in everything from Sgt. Frog to Teenage

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Exploring Gunbuster’s Roots in Shojo

Many anime fans are familiar with Gunbuster, and with good reason. Not only was this OVA the directorial debut of one Hideaki Anno, the man who would go

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A Deep Dive into “Frolicking Animals:” Sengoku Choju-giga and Its Historic Roots

While some may assume anthropomorphic animal art is a creation of the 21st-century furry fandom, it has a long and rich history that spans several

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In the Aftermath of Higurashi Sotsu

After fading from the public consciousness for almost a decade, Higurashi When They Cry returned in 2020 and 2021 with a new anime that’s widely regarded as one…

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Shogo: Mobile Armor Division: The FPS Genre’s Ode to Anime

The American first-person shooter (FPS) scene was wild in the 1990s. The experience exploded into prominence with a one-two punch from Id Software, with

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Hajime no Ippo’s Global Influence on Shōnen Manga Culture and the Boxing World

Editor's Note: Éder Jofre was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia on March 4. He is currently undergoing physical therapy and is in the care of his

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The Unwavering Optimism of The Aquatope on White Sand

“Do what’s right, and everything will work out.” This is the prayer repeated throughout The Aquatope on White Sand, particularly by its two main

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Interview with Michael Adelstein: A Tribute to Miyazaki

Anime Herald: What was your first exposure to anime? Michael Adelstein: I believe it was ‘Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood’. My older brother, Caleb, and

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AnimEigo Talks With Anime Herald (Or “The House that MADOX Built”)

Anime Herald: Many years ago you did a track for Shogun Assassin with Samurai L. Jackson, excuse me, Samuel L. Jackson. How did that come about? Robert

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Anime Herald Talks With Shinji Aramaki (AKA “Do Directors Animate Electric Sheep?”)

Anime Herald: Thanks to the successful Kickstarter, you're gonna have a chance to do a short segment for MADOX-01, a project that you worked on at the

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Why K-On! Deserved its Second Chance

K-On! has had a deeply important influence on modern anime aesthetics and themes, and played a major role in launching the careers of those involved.

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Webtoon Commits to ‘Actively Represent’ the Black Community: But For How Long?

The summer of 2020 saw increased protests around the country in support of the movement for Black Lives. Numerous companies committed to better industry

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VTubers: A Look Behind the Trend

Over the past few years, streaming has become part of the online landscape. Content creators invite others into their corner of the Internet to share in

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From Morocco: Artful Titles Paint History with Relatable Colors

One of the joys and pleasures I had in my tender years that have carried over the course of my life, was pretending I was an explorer and…

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Doujinshi Creators Discover Global Opportunities in the Digital Age

Header Image from Riverbed Projector by Yoimachi Meme (Irodori Comics) The term Doujinshi is an established part of avid manga readers’ lexicons. The term

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An Ode to Tsuritama, a Show that No Longer Exists

For the past two years, I’ve been spending Saturday nights online with an anime club based in Maryland. Most of what they watch each week are popular

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The Many Faces of the Magical Girl: A Breakdown of Types and Subgenres

If you ask the average nerd what a magical girl is, the default response might be to point to the ‘90s animated adaptation of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon.…

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State of the Herald: Winter 2021, or What Awaits in 2022

With the holiday season officially here, I wanted to take a few moments to give you all a quick briefing on what's been happening behind the scenes.

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The Origins of Mecha: The 1990s Part 1: Landmarks and Evolutions

The dawn of the 1990s saw Japan entering a period of economic turbulence and upheaval. Rampant speculation, coupled by inflation from the Plaza Accord saw

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Chainsaw Man and Imposter Syndrome, You’re Better Than You Think You Are

Warning: Contains spoilers for Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man. At first glance, the Chainsaw Man manga appears to be a flurry of B-movie gore and

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From Nigeria: An Anime Community At Its Brightest Yet

The earliest memory of anime in Nigerian homes can be traced back to cable television and DVDs. Anime like Pokémon, Bakugan, Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece

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Of Capes and Crusaders: How Japan Left Its Mark on the Superhero Realm

Superheroes in manga may not yet be as ubiquitous internationally as long-standing characters s.ch as Batman or Spider-Man, but My Hero Academia, a popular series that parodies the…

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Exploring Digimon Tamers, 20 Years Later

DIgimon Tamers is the third iteration of the series, the one that came out right as Digimon reached its cultural zenith outside of Japan, and the one that’s…

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“We’re here! Together!” COVID and Otakon ‘21: the Con at the End of the Rainbow

While dozing on the train home from Washington D.C., I imagined beginning this piece with something suitably poetic, or maybe even sappy — perhaps wiping

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From India: Anime is Here to Stay

During its short time in India, anime has seen quite a few ups and downs. From the excitement of animation’s first introduction to the vilification of

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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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