Tom Speelman

A Beginner’s Guide to Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

By Tom Speelman There are few science fiction franchises more iconic than Mobile Suit Gundam. From the pioneering original anime to the billion-dollar industry that is Gunpla, Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise’s pioneering work of the Real Robot genre is so...

When Daft Punk and Leiji Matsumoto Revolutionized Music Anime 🎶

By Tom Speelman The music world was stunned on February 22 when iconic French electronica duo Daft Punk announced they were breaking up—after 28 years and a career that saw them redefine popular music as we know it. Per Pitchfork, the...

The Many Worlds of Fantasy in Anime ✨

By Tom Speelman Fantasy is a cornerstone of anime and has been since the medium’s inception—it’s easier and cheaper to have people draw the fantastical and bring it to life than spend billions trying to make the unreal real. And...

The Works of SILVER LINK., From Baka & Test to Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World

By Tom Speelman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZAn3EZ5GCc Since its founding in 2007 by producer Hayato Kaneko, and recruitment of one-time Shaft wunderkind director Shin Onuma as its primary director in 2009, SILVER LINK. has produced some of the best-looking anime to date, season after...

The Works of Mamoru Hosoda: From Digimon: The Movie to Mirai

By Tom Speelman Mamoru Hosoda, much like other legendary creators in the anime space, has found great creative and box office success. That's the power of his original, lavishly and lovingly made anime films. After his early career at Toei...

What Are You Watching? Sword Art Online

EDITOR’S NOTE: What Are You Watching? is a feature series that dives deep into why we love the anime we love. You told us what you were watching, and now we’ll dig into why. By Tom Speelman In 2001, Reki Kawahara was...

A Beginner’s Guide to Naruto

By Tom Speelman It happened, believe it! The original Naruto series is now streaming on Funimation. But where to start with this 220-episode classic? From filler arcs, mixed canon, specialized ninja terms like "hokage" or "jutsu" and a ton of characters...

What Are You Watching? Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

EDITOR’S NOTE: What Are You Watching? is a feature series that dives deep into why we love the anime we love. You told us what you were watching, and now we’ll dig into why. RELATED: Tickets are on sale RIGHT NOW for Demon...

What Are You Watching? ID: INVADED

EDITOR'S NOTE: What Are You Watching? is a feature series that dives deep into why we love the anime we love. You told us what you were watching, and now we'll dig into why. By Tom Speelman There’s no shortage of...

What Are You Watching? Samurai Champloo

EDITOR'S NOTE: What Are You Watching? is a feature series that dives deep into why we love the anime we love. You told us what you were watching, and now we'll dig into why. By Tom Speelman How do you follow...

About Me

Tom Speelman is a contributing writer to Funimation, Polygon, Comic Book Resources and more. He's also worked on over 100 manga and light novels as a proofreader, adapter etc. for Cross Infinite World, Seven Seas Entertainment and J-Novel Club.
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My Hero Academia Season 5 Casts Villainous Mastermind Flect Turn

You may have seen his face in the Japanese promotional material for My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission, but...