Anime Explained

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...

What Is A3!? The Actor Anime, Explained

By Deanna Nguyen A spotlight shines on stage and five young men appear, costumed and poised. Their expressions hint at a backstory waiting to unfold and resonate with the audience. Emotions run high from start to curtain drop, but they...

What the Heck Is a Persona? The Persona Series, Explained

By Briana Lawrence I’ve been following the Shin Megami Tensei universe since the early 2000s, back when video rental stores and curious college roommates were how I got ahold of video games. Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne was my first...

The Villains of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Explained

By Chelsea Cruz When the anime adaptation of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba hit the scene, it took fans by storm with its heart-wrenching tale of hope and family, with a backdrop of beautiful animation, gory battles and memorable characters. RELATED: Tickets...

What Is Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga? The Manga-Canon Season, Explained

By Tom Speelman One of the most beloved Aniplex shows of the past decade is undoubtedly Blue Exorcist. Based on Kazue Kato’s monthly manga, the first season of Blue Exorcist⁠—directed by Tensai Okamura, written by Ryota Yamaguchi and animated by...

Royalty and Revolutionaries: Revolutionary Girl Utena, Explained

By Kathleen Townsend Revolutionary Girl Utena is a series that draws on many things—from surrealism to post-war avant-garde to ancient Greek plays—and while some themes are pretty up-front, most people have a reaction more along the lines of: "That was...

The Traditional Japanese Storytelling Art of Rakugo, Explained

By Jonna Miller With a main character named Sherlock Holmes and an opening arc about Jack the Ripper, Case File n°221: Kabukicho might seem like an anime based on Western writing. But it has a fascinating twist! Methods of traditional Japanese...

What is Tama & Friends? The Cuteness Overload of Uchitama, Explained

By Tom Speelman Anime has no shortage of cute pet stories. From icons like Doraemon, Hamtaro and Hello Kitty to recent hits like Kemono Friends and My Roommate is a Cat, anime loves itself some cute kitties and puppies. And...

The Folklore of Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, Explained

By Kathleen Townsend Toilet-bound Hanako-kun is an anime filled with beautiful imagery, an adorable protagonist, and is absolutely chock-full of Japanese folklore and urban legends. Many of the characters, settings and events are based on or directly reference stories from...

What’s Your Count? The World of Plunderer, Explained

By Tom Speelman Anime has no shortage of fantasy. But this winter season is giving us something a bit more unique -- Plunderer. Just two episodes in, this action-fantasy from KADOKAWA is already shaping up to be one of the...

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Interview: Quickfire Questions with My Hero Academia’s Eric Vale

With My Hero Academia Season 5 coming to a close and the franchise’s third movie, My Hero Academia: World...