Deep Dives

Dreams and Kindness: Why Shounen Protagonists Resonate With Us

Shounen manga is one of the most popular genres of comics in the world. Need proof? Manga like One Piece or Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba outsell Western comics in less than half the time. The same could be...

How Androids in Anime Teach Us To Be Human

If you’re even a little bit familiar with sci-fi or dystopian anime, you’ve probably run into your fair share of androids, cyborgs, robots and a myriad of synthetic beings in between. While each may have a slightly different definition,...

What Is Obey Me!? The Dating Sim with Seven Demon Brothers, Explained

Mobile dating sims have been all the rage lately, including the popular Obey Me! — One Master to Rule Them All. The game has garnered so much popularity that it recently released an anime of the same name, streaming...

Why The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent Is the Perfect Slice of Life Isekai

In the world(s) of isekai, we’ve been recently blessed (pun intended) with The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent—a show that, rather than focused on epic action and revenge plots, hones in on good vibes and wholesomeness!  But that only scratches...

The Stranger by the Shore: The Best of BL Anime

By Melissa It’s not every day we get a new queer anime, so I was incredibly excited when Funimation announced the acquisition of The Stranger by the Shore. This movie has been at the top of my watch list ever...

What Is Touken Ranbu? The Ikemen Sword Training Browser Game, Explained

If you’re looking for a game with ikemen or you’ve heard about Touken Ranbu but never got around to playing it, we’re giving you a breakdown of the web browser game that launched an English version this year! From...

The Stranger by the Shore and the Legacy of European Queer Cinema in BL Anime

By Melissa The Stranger by the Shore is gorgeous. It should be no surprise that Blue Lynx’s latest Boys' Love (BL) movie is so stunning—producer Yuka Okayasu characterized the label’s focus as “anime with great stories and animation quality.” The...

Capturing Beautiful Storytelling in Anime Through Cinematography

I enjoy watching anime for many reasons, but what I really love is when an anime’s art and scene direction elevates the storytelling in a beautiful and nuanced way.  Directors who take creative liberties in setting the tone or conveying...

Anime Classics That Taught Me the Importance of Found Family

“Blood does not family make. Those are relatives. Family are those with whom you share your good, bad, and ugly, and still love one another in the end. Those are the ones you select.” - Hector Xtravaganza, the “Grandfather...

Behind Funimation’s Redesign of the All-New iOS App

Funimation’s Product and Engineering Team rebuilt our app.  It was much-needed. It took awhile. But it was all in service to our anime community around the world for a better fan experience! During the height of the pandemic, Funimation committed to...

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Love Star Wars: Visions? Here’s What to Watch Next

Star Wars: Visions has finally arrived, and it's bringing anime to galaxy far, far away! Whether you’re on the...