Deep Dives

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...

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." So I thought, what...

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 who have...

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 point of isekai is that characters...

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 about the...

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 communities. Miura-sensei...

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 the point remains that the isekai...

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Dropout Idol Fruit Tart English Dub Announced, Cast & Crew Revealed

It's time to save their dormitory! We're excited to announce that the Dropout Idol Fruit Tart English dub is...