Deep Dives

Celebrating Straw Hat Crew Day and the History of One Piece’s Best Pirates

Did you know? Not only is today June 13, but it's also Straw Hat Crew Day! Why? Well, the numbers that make up the date (6/13) can be read in Japanese roughly as "Straw Hat Crew."

Plus Ultra: Celebrating 100 Episodes of My Hero Academia

Kohei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia has taken the world by storm. There’s no other way to put it—the series has risen to the top of the charts, serving as a gateway anime and favorite series of those...

Log Horizon Gives Weight to the Isekai World

In isekai, and especially in trapped-in-a-game isekai, the world that the protagonist is transported to is, simply put, mostly just a setting. This isn’t a bad thing, not in the least. The entire...

The Pride and Power of Revolutionary Girl Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena is a series filled with many things—sword fights, surrealism, the postwar avant-garde—and that’s just scratching the surface. But we’re not here today to dissect the many themes of Utena. Today, we’re here to talk...

Kentaro Miura & Berserk: Finding Hope in Insurmountable Darkness

It was just last week that we learned about the passing of the legendary Kentaro Miura, creator of iconic Berserk series. All that was left was shock and mourning, reaching far beyond just the manga and anime...

Combatants Will Be Dispatched! Subverts Modern Isekai

Isekai has changed quite a bit since its early days—what was once a genre focused on female protagonists is now mostly dominated by male power fantasies. This is a simplification, of course, but...

Princess Jellyfish: Fandom, Friendships and Pursuing Your Passion

Fandoms are an excellent way to connect with anime and the things we love about entertainment. In many cases, fandoms lead to lifelong friendships, and for me, that shared love of anime brought me to some of...

Life Lessons That Schooled Us in My Hero Academia

As the immortal Marvin Gaye once said, life is for learning. There are two critical concepts that seem to be at the heart of My Hero Academia: the heroes and the academia (the ‘my’...

A Beginner’s Guide to Kingdom ⚔️

Looking for your next favorite epic historical anime series? Kingdom should fit the bill nicely. It’s an intricate, sprawling tale that currently spans 57 manga volumes and two seasons of anime, with a...

Hiroko Utsumi and the Female Gaze in SK8 the Infinity and Beyond

As we inch further into the 2020s and I into my, well…not twenties, I’ve thought a lot about the types of anime I watch now as a seasoned female otaku vs. what I watched as a teen....

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Sonny Boy Debuts Funimation-Commissioned Key Visual For Sci-Fi Survival Series

The latest original anime from director Shingo Natsume, Sonny Boy, is almost here, and we're excited to...

New Higurashi: When They Cry – SOTSU Trailer Details the Continued Struggle

The summer season is approaching fast, and we've got another look at the upcoming Higurashi: When They Cry - SOTSU series, thanks...

Funimation Summer Season Preview Recap: Reveals, Sneak Peeks & More!

The Funimation Summer Season Preview has officially wrapped, and wow, talk about an eventful hour.  Announcements, first looks and...

The Stranger by the Shore Streams Subbed and Dubbed on Funimation This July

There's no better time for a love story than summer. Just announced at the Funimation Summer Season Preview Event, Kanna Kii and...

She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man Debuts Special Message, Illustration From Director

A special message and illustration from the director of the upcoming fantasy series She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man have...