5 Fictional Anime Countries We’d Love to Visit

Anime makes it possible for us to travel to incredible destinations that differ much from our world. Animators go to great lengths to create these places, seemingly pulling incredible worlds out of thin air. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to actually go to these places, but it doesn’t hurt to dream.  Here are five fictional anime countries we’d like to visit.

The Kingdom of Dowa (ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.)


Fictional anime countries we'd love to visit The kingdom of Dowa from ACCA

Our world’s divided into different regions and countries, each with their own history and culture. But we don’t always get the opportunity to explore these beautiful locations. Luckily, ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept gives us a front row seat to such a place — the Kingdom of Dowa, a country comprised of 13 districts.

For centuries, the nation has experienced the chaos and destruction of war. But thanks in part to the public service organization ACCA, Dowa has been peaceful for the last one hundred years. However, when rumors of a revolt start to surface, it’s up to ACCA to stop it. Tasked with the case is ACCA agent Jean Otus, who must investigate all 13 states to get to the bottom of the rumors.

Not only is ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept intriguing but also rich with culture. Through Jean, we get to see all the different regions of Dowa. Pranetta, in particular, stands out with its desert terrain that’s perfect for a dune buggy ride. There’s also Hare, which boasts beautiful tropical beaches and whose citizens have the longest lifespan in the country.

Alfheim (Sword Art Online)


Fictional anime countries we'd love to visit Alfheim from Sword Art Online

When playing a game, you really don’t want to die in real life. That’s why we’ve skipped Aincard — even though it’s beautiful — and decided on Alfheim, the realm of fairies in ALfheim Online where dying isn’t permanent. Taking place a year after the Sword Art Online incident, the VRMMORPG features nine fairy races competing against each other to reach the top of the giant World Tree. The first to reach the top will turn into the legendary race of Alfheim.

After escaping SAO, Kirito discovers that Asuna is being held captive in ALfheim Online — where the players assume the roles of fairies. Without hesitation, Kirito dives once again into a virtual world and reconnects with old friends to rescue Asuna.

Throughout their journey, we get to explore the beauty of Alfheim — which, like all great vacation destinations, is completely surrounded by water. At the center of this single continent lies the Alne plateau, an area separated from the fairy realms by a mountain range that stretches up into the clouds. It’s essentially the anime version of the Alps, and you don’t need a passport to get there.

Japan (My Hero Academia)


Fictional anime countries we'd love to visit Japan from My Hero Academia

With so many superhero shows and movies coming out, it’s not difficult to imagine ourselves in a world where people have extraordinary abilities. This happens to be the case with My Hero Academia, where 80% of the population has a superpower, aka a Quirk. The anime movie centers around Izuku Midoriya, a Quirkless teenage boy who receives the power of his idol and #1 hero, All Might. To become a certified hero, however, Midoriya must first go through training at the prestigious U.A. High School. And so the story of the world’s greatest hero begins.

We’d love to visit this fictional version of Japan if it meant we could see U.A. High School. The academy is home to the strongest young heroes in the nation — it also doesn’t hurt that All Might is one of the school’s alumni. With the chance to be surrounded by exceptional people, have a Quirk, and study as a hero-in-training, who wouldn’t want to visit (or live in) My Hero Academia‘s Japan?

Amestris (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)


Fictional anime countries we'd love to visit Amestris from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the second anime adaptation based on the manga of the same name. In this fantasy, alchemy — a scientific/mystical process to transform, create, or combine objects — reigns supreme. The series follows brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric who, after a failed attempt to resurrect their mother, go searching for the Philosopher’s Stone to restore their lost bodies. Their journey takes them all over Amesteris, leading them to discover the dark-rooted evil hidden in the country’s past.

Putting Amestris’ history of mass murdering people to produce Philosopher’s Stones aside, it’s a country any anime fan would like to visit. In this fictional world, people can transmute objects into other things without much effort. This makes repairing worn buildings a breeze, and even outlandish feats like building giant walls of ice during a battle are within reach. Despite its 20th-century vibe, Amestris is quite advanced when it comes to automotive armored prostheses, also called automail. These parts not only work in battle, but they also double as prosthetic body parts for amputees. Amestris, with its steampunk, metaphysical feel, serves as the perfect playground for those of us interested in elemental battles.

Land of Fire (Naruto)


Fictional anime countries we'd love to visit Land of Fire from Naruto

Everyone’s dreamed of being a ninja at least once in their lives — especially once Naruto, the inspirational series about Naruto Uzamaki’s quest to become the Hokage, hit the scene in the early 2000s. It was impossible to escape the popular shōnen anime, which has inspired countless playground battles, video games, and of course, a fandom of loyal fans. Naruto takes place on a fictional version of Earth, with a single continent that’s divided into several countries. The majority of the series takes place in the Land of Fire, and more specifically in the hidden village of Konohagakure.

Naruto‘s world resembles feudal Japan in many aspects, with its countries maintaining the balance between themselves through the use of the mystical arts of jutsu. To keep the order and peace, and to protect themselves from attacks, the citizens of these countries go through intense training to control their powers — which includes commanding the elements. When you have the opportunity to live in a world where you can defeat baddies with the power of jutsu — and breath fire from your mouth like a freaking dragon — it becomes impossible to say no.

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5 Must-See Survival Anime to Outlast Your Enemies

The survival genre has brought us many amazing shows such as Btooom! and Gantz. These anime have shown fans what it takes to survive unbelievable situations like alien attacks or when a corporation wants to play a sinister game. However, these two aren’t the only series that’ll help you navigate sticky situations. Here are five survival anime that’ll help you outlast your enemy.

Jyu-Oh-Sei: Planet of the Beast King


best survival anime Jyu-Oh-Sei: Planet of the Beast King

Thanks to technological advancements, humanity has left Earth to live in space colonies. Jyu-Oh-Sei: Planet of the Beast King follows 11-year-old twin brothers Thor and Rai Klein — who are banished by authorities to the prison planet Chimaera after finding their parents dead. Their new home is overrun by carnivorous plants and dangerous wildlife. Despite this, there are four communities, or “Rings,” who live on the deadly planet. Only the person who conquers all four Rings, the Jyu Oh Sei (Beast King), is allowed to leave Chimaera.

With a path home now in sight, Thor decides to do whatever it takes to leave this hellish place. But the boys find themselves in danger from the start, and it isn’t just the carnivorous plants they need to worry about but also the humans determined to kill them. Making matters even worse, these young boys have no idea how to defend themselves. It’s a good thing that Thor can pick up survival skills — including combat — so quickly. Now he’s one step closer to becoming the Beast King.

Danganronpa: The Animation


best survival anime Danganronpa: The Animation

Hope’s Peak Academy is one of the most prestigious high schools in the country. As such, it only accepts the most talented students. So when Makoto Naegi, a seemingly ordinary teenager, gets the opportunity to attend Hope’s Peak, he earns the title Ultimate Lucky Student. But his good fortune runs out when he and the other pupils get trapped in the school by the headmaster, a black-and-white bear named Monokuma.

The only way for them to escape is to graduate, but that means successfully murdering one of their own without getting caught. If they do get caught, it means immediate death for the perpetrator, and the rest of the students must continue the deathmatch until only one of them remains.

Witness the students’ fear and despair as they fight to survive while also searching for the person who’s really behind this horrible game. But with the bodies piling up, who’ll succumb to despair before the end?

Terra Formars


best survival anime Terra Formars

A lot of people are afraid of cockroaches, especially when they start to fly. However, the small pests are nothing compared to those on Terra Formars‘ Mars. In the 21st century, humanity took its first step toward colonizing Mars by sending two species to the planet that could endure its harsh environment, algae and cockroaches. Unfortunately, in the distant future, the lethal disease Alien Engine Virus arrives on Earth. Scientists around the world suspect that the cure is on the red planet. But there’s a huge problem: The creatures that they’d sent centuries ago have evolved into strong and intelligent humanoid cockroaches.

To stop these monsters and find a cure, the Annex I team travels to the planet. The group consists of genetically enhanced men and women capable of defeating the cockroaches. Too bad they’ve underestimated how strong and resourceful these pests actually are. Will humanity be able to reclaim its title as the dominant species, or will the cockroaches reign supreme?

King’s Game: The Animation


best survival anime King’s Game: The Animation

Based on the cell phone novel game of the same name, King’s Game: The Animation isn’t your typical mobile pastime — it’s a game for survival. New transfer student Nobuaki Kanazawa isn’t interested in making any new friends. The reason why becomes clear when his entire class receives a text from someone called “The King.” The message includes instructions for the “King’s Game,” a game all the students are expected to play. Students who refuse to participate, and even those who quit halfway or don’t follow a command in time, will be punished.

Having played the game before, Kanazawa tries to warn his new classmates about the dangers of defying the rules. Unfortunately, they don’t listen to Kanazawa’s warnings until the King’s Game claims its first victims. Now the students must play the game and follow the rules no matter how horrifying or challenging they might be.

Juuni Taisen: Zodiac War


best survival anime Juuni Taisen: Zodiac War

In Juuni Taisen: Zodiac War, astrological signs are more than just marks that map out the sun’s path. Every 12 years, dangerous mercenaries take part in the Zodiac Tournament, a series of vicious battles between warriors who possess the name and attributes of one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. The winner of this bloodbath gets a wish granted.

But this time around, the stakes are much higher. Each participant must ingest a poisonous gem, which consequently imposes a time limit on the tournament and their lives. To win, they must gather all the gems before the deadline. Brute strength, cunning wit, and deadly precision will clash, leading to massive battles for survival. And with such a coveted prize on the line, the Zodiac Warriors will go to unimaginable and sinister lengths to win. Their ruthless encounters will teach you the necessary skills to survive any situation, including a bloody battle royale.

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5 Anime and Manga to Check Out This December

It’s almost the end of the year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any new anime to watch or manga releases to read. On the contrary, anime studios and publishers have left fans a few holiday presents. From Super Saiyans battling it out with returning villains to original news series making their premiere, the final month of 2018 has something for everyone. Here are five anime and manga to check out this December.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly

  • Premiere date: December 14
  • Studio: Toei Animation
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Comedy, Shōnen

Since the Tournament of Power — where the fate of multiple universes was at stake — Goku has undergone many transformations and gone up against incredibly strong warriors. However, there many other challenges that the Saiyan hasn’t faced yet.

Goku and Vegeta come face-to-face with another Saiyan called “Broly.” The only problem: This shouldn’t be possible since the Saiyan race has been nearly completely wiped out. Not to mention, it seems that Broly isn’t just stopping by for some tea and biscuits with his fellow Saiyans. With Goku, Vegeta, and Broly being the strongest warriors around, their encounter will inevitably lead to incredible battles unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Even Frieza refuses to miss this stupendous fight between Saiyans.

Tatsuya Nagamine (One Piece and Saint Seiya Omega) will direct the film with Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama writing the script and designing the characters. Dragon Ball Super: Broly will release in Japan on December 14.

We Never Learn Volume 1 (Manga) US Release


anime and manga to check out this december We Never Learn
  • Premiere date: December 4
  • Publisher: Viz Media
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Romance, School, Shōnen, Harem

Not only will new anime will premiere this December, but also a few manga issues as well. And the romantic comedy We Never Learn happens to be one of them.

Third-year high school student Nariyuki Yuiga has worked hard his entire life to get a scholarship to support his family. The only thing he needs now is his school’s “Special VIP Nomination,” which would cover all future university tuition fees. But he needs to do one thing before he gets it: tutor two genius female students.

Despite their intelligence, literature genius Fumino Furuhashi and math and science genius Rizu Ogata insist on pursuing subjects that they continually fail. On top of overcoming their worst subjects, Fumino and Rizu must control their burgeoning crushes on their tutor Yuiga.

Viz Media will publish the manga in print and digital editions under their Shonen Jump imprint this December.

Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō

  • Premiere date: December 10
  • Studio: Gonzo
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Seinen

This December will bring the latest adaption of the Saint Seiya adventure by Chimaki Kuori to life. The anime will have an entirely new lead and will take place right after the events of Saint Seiya: Knights of the ZodiacSaint Seiya: Saintia Shō follows Athena, the Greek goddess of war and wisdom, as she, with the help of her army of warriors the Saints, protects the Earth from evil.

This time around, Athena enlists the help of young female Saint Shō. Together, along with a new class of female Saints (Saintias), they must fight the goddess of discord, Eris. Follow Shō as she and the first all-women team of armored warriors use everything they’ve got to defend their home and oppose their very destinies.

The original net animation by Gonzo will premiere this December on Amazon Prime and ANIMAX on PlayStation.

Ojojojo Volume 1-2 (Manga) US Release


anime and manga to check out this december Ojojojo
  • Premiere date: December 24
  • Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Romance, School, Slice of Life

From the creator of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid comes a comedy manga about two teenagers who find solace in each other. Jigokumeguri Haru, the heir to one of the most powerful conglomerates in Japan, is not only rich and famous, but also arrogant, cold, and, consequently, friendless.

It’s because of this that she transfers from school to school, looking for a place to fit in. Things begin to look up when she crosses paths with Kawayanagi Tsurezure, the resident school weirdo.

Tsurezure gives Haru (and her stuck-up personality) a run for her money. But the two quickly form a friendship, despite each of them being somewhat socially awkward. You know what they say: Birds of an antisocial feather flock together, and these birds’ funny and, oftentimes, heartwarming adventures in friendship are sure to keep you entertained.

You can check out the slice-of-life comedy manga this December 24, just in time for the holidays.

Hero Mask

  • Premiere date: December 3
  • Studio: Studio Pierrot
  • Genre(s): Action, Mystery, Police, Thriller Sci-Fi

Netflix’s police thriller series Hero Mask heads our way this holiday season. The action-packed crime anime will follow detective James Blood as he struggles to make sense of a string of crimes involving masks. The first season of this mystery will tell its tale in 15 episodes.

Hiroyasu Aoki (Blade, X-Men, Hunter × Hunter: The Last Mission) will direct and write the series for Studio Pierrot. Takahisa Katagiri (Blood-C, Psycho-Pass) will be tasked with bringing the characters to life.

Although the streaming giant hasn’t revealed much about the new project, based on the reception of previous shows  — like Devilman Crybaby and B: The Beginning — chances are that anime fans will love Hero Mask.

Hero Mask will stream exclusively on Netflix on December 3.

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5 Underrated Mecha Anime You Should Check Out

Thanks to groundbreaking shows like Neon Genesis Evangelion (EVA) and Gundam, the mecha genre successfully crossed over to the West. These series opened doors, making way for many new robot-focused anime — perhaps, too many. With such an oversaturated pool to draw from, it’s no wonder anime fans overlooked a few great titles. So we found several hidden gems for you to enjoy. Here are five underrated mecha anime you should check out.

Argento Soma


underrated mecha anime Argento Soma

In the future, a mysterious race of aliens invades Earth. To better understand these creatures, Dr. Noguchi and his assistants, Maki Agata and Takuto Kaneshiro, try to revive a giant metal-being named Frank. But during the process, Frank unexpectedly comes to life and escapes to the wilderness — but not without killing the doctor and Agata, leaving Takuto as the sole survivor.

Soon after the incident, the military organization ‘Funeral’ takes the biomechanical creature into their custody. Meanwhile, Takuto wakes up in a hospital.  With his face disfigured and his girlfriend, Agata, dead, Takuto appears to have lost it all. That is until a mysterious man offers Takuto a new identity as a Funeral officer, and his plan for revenge is set in motion.

While EVA opened a lot of doors for Japanese animation, it also cast a large shadow on mecha series, especially those involving a distressed young male protagonist in a mecha suit. Fortunately, Argento Soma sets itself apart by not heavily drawing from EVA. Instead, the underrated series focuses on telling an extraordinary tale about human interactions and relationships — with a few creative twists to keep things interesting.

Bokurano


underrated mecha anime Bokurano

One of the most popular underrated mecha anime is, undoubtedly, Bokurano. Countless anime fans believe the series deserves the top spot on many mecha anime watchlists. But for some reason it never does.

Bokurano follows a group of children who discover a cave full of computers and electronic equipment. A mysterious man named Kokopelli then makes them an unusual offer — to take part in a game where they’ll defend the Earth from evil aliens. The children accept the challenge without hesitation. But soon come to regret their decision when the game gets a little too real for them.

Like many other shows on this list, Bokurano suffers the fate of being too similar to EVA. But despite the many parallels, Bokurano goes a bit deeper when it comes to playing with the emotions of its young protagonists. It’s a fantastic psychological horror that keeps you entertained until the final second. You should definitely check out this hidden gem right now.

Galaxy Express 999


underrated mecha anime Galaxy Express 999

In the future, humanity swaps their organic bodies for mechanical ones in order to live forever. But immortality is an expense not everyone can afford. Enter Tetsuro Hoshino, a poor little boy who hopes to purchase a ticket for the Galaxy Express 999, a train that travels throughout the universe. A the end of the line, those aboard the train each get a mechanical body for free. But his hopes are dashed when machine-man hybrid Count Mecha kills Tetsuro’s mother.

A mysterious tall woman steps in and saves the young boy from certain death. Surprisingly, she offers Tetsuro a Galaxy Express ticket under the condition that they travel together. So begins Tetsuro’s journey through the stars to obtain a mechanical body.

Galaxy Express 999 has many sequels, but they sadly weren’t easily accessible to fans outside of Japan. The mecha series lost popularity over the decades and eventually fell into obscurity. Now, with shows like Darling in the Franxx dominating the airwaves, it’s even more difficult for hidden gems like this one to stand out.

Zegapain


underrated mecha anime Zegapain

Kyo Sogoru is trying his hardest to keep his swimming club alive, but there’s one problem — he’s the only member. To drive membership up, Kyo asks his friend Ryoko to shoot a recruitment video starring the beautiful Shizuno Misaki. Misaki agrees to do the role, but only if Kyo pilots a mecha unit.

Unknowingly, Kyo gets dragged into two different worlds: one where’s he’s a normal student and another where humans and aliens are at war with each other. What’s even weirder is Kyo gets the feeling he’s done this before. The more the young man fights, the more he uncovers about his life. But will the truth set Kyo free or destroy him?

Despite its unusual title, Zegapain contains the usual mecha tropes about reality, psychology, and, of course, aliens. But it also adds various plot twists to keep you intrigued throughout. So, if you’re interested in a bit of mystery, giant robots, and a young man trying to figure things out; then give this underappreciated series a try.

Fafner in the Azure


underrated mecha anime Fafner in the Azure

In the middle of the Japanese archipelago lies the island of Tatsumiyajima. Every day is the same on Tatsumiyajima, with the island’s children believing that their life will forever remain peaceful and undisturbed. Or so they’ve been taught. The reality is actually much different. Humanity is on the brink of extinction, and Tatsumiyajima serves as the last line of defence against a race of aliens called Festum. When a Festum discovers the island, the children band together to fight these hostile aliens with giant mecha units called Fafner.

Like the other shows on this list, Fafner in the Azure is a fantastic series that sadly gets overlooked in favor of mainstream mecha anime. The original anime borrowed too many elements from classic shows such as EVA and Gundam, which made it impossible for Fafner in the Azure to distinguish itself as a proper mecha series. Even so, the anime has some awesome-looking robots and amazing visuals thanks to the great work of studio Xebec (Break Blade and Heroic Age).

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The Rise and Rise of Anime: Why the Japanese Artform Is Blooming

Japanese animation, Japanimation, or anime as it’s more usually referred to outside of Japan, is big business. Characterised by fantasy-tinged stories brought to the screen in a two-dimensional hand-drawn style, the animated artform has been around since 1917. Think Studio Ghibli’s catalogue of classics, or Toei Animation’s manga adaptations, and any number of titles come to mind that define Japan’s collective animated offering.

In Japan, ‘anime’ simply means animation. To a large part of the rest of the world, anime has historically been considered a genre. But, according to acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda, that is changing. To Hosoda, anime has long been a method of filmmaking, rather than a genre in itself. One chosen, like live action or CGI, to serve a story. And with his latest film, Mirai, honoured by being the first anime to premiere at Cannes, not only does it reflect that the industry outside of Japan is finally catching on, but it also speaks to the growing popularity of anime and its crossover success.

FANDOM spoke to Hosoda, who welcomes the warm, wide global embrace for the field in which he plies his craft.

 The Three Phases of Anime 


Mirai
A still from Hosoda's latest film, Mirai.

“Animation is a method in filmmaking so whether it be animation, be it live-action, computer graphics, so long as the story is good, it’s good and it’s a movie full stop,” says the director, whose films include Wolf Children and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. “It’s not just an anime. It’s not a niche thing at all. I think it’s good to know that animation movies are accepted as standard, normal movies. I was at San Sebastian [Film Festival, this year], and I was there three years ago in the competition, and I can actually feel the trend shifting. At that time, if you were making animation movies they would say: ‘Well, there’s this animation festival that’s separate.’ But I think the borders are really blurred now. And I think it’s a good thing.”

So why does he think this shift is happening and why is anime becoming more and more popular?

“I do actually wonder sometimes why Japanese animations are so popular,” Hosoda muses.

He has an answer, and it has to do with how the artform has evolved: “Back in the day when animation began, animation films were for children, so creators were making children’s movies and TV programmes. So that was the first phase. And the second phase became things that grown-ups can enjoy — but those particular grown-ups are like, say, those who still have the mind of a child, or otakus. So it was a genre. Animation — anime — was a genre of movies.

“And I think the third phase, which is where we are now, is [it’s] not a genre. Animation isn’t a genre, it’s more a method of filmmaking. So it’s not just for children, it’s not a genre, it just is a movie. I think animation movies, recent modern ones, are rich in stories and also have universal appeal [with] a really strong storyline, world and lives. And I think animation creators have [adopted a] more conventional filmmaking method if you like, [in terms of] character development, etc. So I think that’s where we are now and I think that’s why Japanese animation is popular. Just because it has got this universal appeal.”

The Fanbase is Evolving

So the mainstream is cottoning onto the fact that modern anime films and TV shows tell stories that resonate. But does this mean that the avid anime fanbase is disappearing as the films become wider in appeal? Hosoda thinks not. In fact, he thinks their numbers are growing.

“Of course they still exist,” he says. “I do understand both points of view because I was [an otaku] when I was young: ‘This is mine; animation is a genre, this is my genre’. And [I thought] nobody else would understand; it’s a group of us. Grown-ups wouldn’t get it.”

Hosoda, at 51 years old, is now that grown-up, making movies that he wants to appeal to all.

“At the end of the day, I just want people to enjoy my movies, or any animations for that matter,” he says. “When I make my movies, I’m totally aware of the existence [of the anime fanbase] but having said all of that, I think these otaku people… I think there are more of them, and also [that they’re] becoming sort of integrated into the standard moviegoers. They are not that different to how they used to be thought of, I think. But, then again, you don’t want to be making movies for that niche category. And you’ve got to be aware of universal values, and animation, or filmmaking, as an art.”

2-D or Not 2-D?


Bojack
Animations like Bojack Horseman have primed western audiences to embrace anime.

Hosoda’s attitude towards filmmaking, which puts a universal story front and centre, naturally extends to his chosen method of animation. He refuses to elucidate on what he loves about 2-D hand-drawn animation, the medium in which he works, as a result.

“Again, it’s all about different methods and techniques,” he says. “I mean, there’s the theme of a film, its contents, the message you want to tell. These are the most important things. If you think CG works better then use that. Or if you think a hand-drawn technique is better, use that. It’s not about brand new or old. It’s a bit like, OK, you use your pencil, and there’s an Apple pencil. It’s not about which is better, they’re just different tools. Whether that tool you are using would suit what you are making; which is better? That’s what matters. And I’ve been saying this for about 10 years and people don’t get it and it’s really frustrating.”

Animation across the world, including in the west, has become more and more sophisticated in recent years. Pixar movies are loved by children and adults alike and work on both levels, while breakthrough animated TV shows aimed directly at adults — such as South Park, Bojack Horseman and more — are impressing on the collective western mind that animation can push boundaries. And do so arguably more easily than some mainstream live-action fare. As a result, a wide global audience has been cultivated that’s ready to fully embrace animated offerings from further afield and the resonant stories they’re telling.

Hollywood’s Live Action Remakes Are Pointless


Beauty and the Beast
Hosoda does not like the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

In light of all of this, it beggars belief that Disney continues to press forward with live-action remakes of some of their best-loved animated classics.

“OK, I told you that I really, really, really, really, really liked Beauty and the Beast? I really think that live-action versions [of animations] are s—. I’m very angry,” Hosoda spits, albeit with a laugh. “I would make a brand new animation, much better than that.”

He explains, “I might feel this strongly because I’m an animation filmmaker but I just think, say [with] Beauty and the Beast, I don’t see any respect to the original filmmakers. I just kind of feel like they just did it for the money: ‘Beauty and the Beast – great… popular… why not do live action? We get more cash.’ And that’s what I don’t like. I think they just really need to pay more respect to the original animations.”

So if Hollywood came knocking and wanted to remake Mirai as a live action film, Hosoda would presumably tell them where to go, right?

“OK, let’s see how much they want to pay,” he laughs. “I want to know, first of all, why they want to make a live-action version. What I’m trying to say is, as I said earlier, animation is a method of filmmaking. It’s no different from anything else and I think the general concept or idea is that live action is better — if you like, major, and animation is like a little bit of a minor player. And I don’t honestly agree with that at all. OK, there are stories that would work better in animation, there are stories which work better in live action, fine. But [in terms of their individual value] I think animation and live action are the same, so I’d really want to know why they wanted to do a live action [version]. Because this is a fantastic animation movie, so why do you want to remake using these people?”

He makes a strong point. Mirai is in UK cinemas now and hits screens in the US on November 30.

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5 Must-See Anime to Watch This November

It’s almost the end of 2018, but before we can celebrate the new year, we have to get through November. Luckily, this month also has some great anime to enjoy. From planets waging war against each other to giant monsters eating planets, this fall is all about the movies. So here are five anime to watch this November.

Godzilla: The Planet Eater

  • Premiere date: November 9
  • Studio: Polygon Pictures
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The final part of the Godzilla anime trilogy will head our way this November. The latest film will pick up after the events of the previous movie, where the humans discovered the aboriginal descendants of humankind, the Houtua tribe, living on the Godzilla-dominated Earth. With their help, the humans gain a new weapon, Mechagodzilla, to destroy the king of monsters.

But, an internal rift makes it difficult to bring down Godzilla. Not only that, Metphies, the commander of the priestly alien race Exif begins to attract a following. It seems the Exif secretly want Godzilla to take over the world. But little do they know, there’s an even bigger menace heading their way.

Clad in a golden light, the creature known as King Ghidorah descends on the planet. The Earth shakes once again as the human’s battle for their new home reaches even greater heights. Will humanity ever return to Earth or will Godzilla remain its ruler? Find out when Godzilla: The Planet Eater premieres this fall.

I’m Joybo (Season 2)

  • Premiere date: November 9
  • Studio: 2:10 Animation
  • Genre(s): Drama, Music, Romance, Slice of Life

It’s not only Japanese animation making a debut this November, but also Chinese anime (or donghua). The second season of the romance drama I’m Joybo will continue to the tale of editor Jiang Xiaobai and his new work partner, writer Tong Li. The two believe this is the first time they’ve met, but they’re wrong. They’re actually long-lost childhood friends who have forgotten about each other.

A decade ago Jiang was in an accident that left him with amnesia. As a result, he lost all his memories of Tong. Fast forward back to the present, where the sparks between the two co-workers lead him to slowly remember everything. But an old friend stands in the way of his new love, looking to extinguish it before it starts. Will Tong have the opportunity to confess her feelings to her childhood crush or will another take her place?

Expect this new season to be an emotional rollercoaster ride with an amazing score that goes hand-in-hand with the anime’s many twists and turns.

Anemone: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution

  • Premiere date: November 10
  • Studio: Bones
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi

The second part of the Eureka Seven film trilogy makes its debut this upcoming November. Fans were really excited when Studio Bones announced last year that the series would get a new anime adaptation. While the anime studio hasn’t revealed many details about the new film, we know that it will take place in Tokyo and will center around Anemone, a young girl who lost her father seven years before.

But don’t let her tragic past fool you. Along with her stuffed toy Gulliver and A.I. concierge Dominikids, she must defeat the seventh Eureka (Eureka Seven), which has killed millions of people. Even worse, the seventh Eureka also happens to be one of the biggest around.

If you’re not familiar with the anime series, Eureka Seven centers on a young man named Renton who dreams of joining the rebel group Gekkostate. And his life changes forever when Eureka, a member of Gekkostate crashes into his room.

Mobile Suit Gundam NT

  • Premiere date: November 30
  • Studio: Sunrise
  • Genre(s): Action, Drama, Mecha, Military, Sci-Fi, Space

With Mobile Suit Gundam UC now on Netflix, fans have been getting a steady stream of Gundam shows — and there are many more to come. This November, fans will get to see the sequel to UC, Mobile Suit Gundam NT. The mecha movie takes place one year after the events of Laplace’s Box, in the year U.C. 0097. While the revelation acknowledged the existence of Newtypes and their rights, the world hasn’t changed.

Even the battle between the White Unicorn and the Black Lion was removed from public consciousness. However, things are going to pick up again when the RX-0 Unicorn 03, a missing mobile suit, makes its return — albeit, as the Phenex, an immortal golden bird.

Sunrise studio will produce the anime movie, and Shunichi Yoshizawa (Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt, Gundam Reconguista in G, Psycho-Pass) will take the helm. The next chapter in the mecha series premieres this fall. So, don’t miss it!

Zoku Owarimonogatari

  • Premiere date: November 10
  • Studio: Shaft
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Mystery, Supernatural, Vampire

The Monogatari series isn’t quite over yet. This November, the last book of Final Season, Zoku Owarimonogatari will make its anime debut. The story follows Koyomi Araragi post-high school graduation. His life changes (again) when one morning he sees a different person in his own reflection. After touching the reflection, he gets transported to another dimension.

When he wakes up, he sees his younger sister, Karen. But she’s much shorter than she was before, even shorter than him. Even weirder, his older sister, Tsukihi, hasn’t noticed the height difference at all.

Beyond the familiar faces, the trailer also gives viewers a taste of the crazy new adventures awaiting young Araragi. And this won’t be the last that we see of him. There’s plenty more source material to adapt. Nisio Isin’s light novel and anime series have received critical acclaim, with many praising their colorful action scenes and heavy, immersive dialogue.

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8 Best Horror Anime to Watch on Crunchyroll

It just isn’t Halloween without an intense feeling of fear or disgust. Whether it’s mind games or physical torture, there’s something about horror that attracts us to it. Countless anime series evoke these kinds of emotions, and when it comes to streaming them, Crunchyroll has got fans covered. So, here are eight horror anime to watch on Crunchyroll.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories


 horror anime to watch on crunchyroll Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

An anime based on real-life urban legends is a great way to kick off your Halloween watch party. Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories is an anthology series comprised of five-minute-long episodes. However, don’t let the short running time fool you. The series makes good use of its time, serving up scares that’ll have you afraid to take a bathroom break.

Each episode opens with a creepy old man in a yellow mask setting up his Kamishibai — a Japanese street theater structure — at the local park. The children gather around him as he tells various ghost stories and myths using paper figures.

One such creepy story comes from the urban legend of Hachishakusama (aka Eight Feet Tall), a demon who takes the form of a tall woman to abduct children. (Talk about creepy!) Featuring similar tales about supernatural beings, myths, and Japanese folklore, Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories is definitely a must-watch between horror flicks.

Shiki


horror anime to watch on crunchyroll Shiki

Everyone loves vampires, and Crunchyroll has one of the best horror vampire anime series ever produced, Shiki. When a young girl unexpectedly dies from an unknown disease, her village mourns her passing, never once suspecting her death is only the beginning of a ferocious epidemic that will leave their town in shambles.

The town’s doctor, Toshio Ozaki has his doubts about the nature of this epidemic, and with the bodies piling up, he realizes the sinister truth behind these deaths. Meanwhile, antisocial teen Natsuno tries to cope with the sudden death of his best friend, Mutou, and the return of an annoying girl. What mysteries plague this remote little village, and what will its citizens do to survive?

Forget what you know because Shiki isn’t your traditional vampire story. It adds a few twists to the genre that will make you question which side you’re truly on.

Another


Another anime new student

The sudden death of a classmate can be tough for a class to handle, especially if they were well-liked. So, instead of saying their goodbyes and having a period of mourning, the students of Class 3-3 decided to carry one as if their friend never left. But the students (and future Class 3-3 students) would come to regret their decision, as it opened the door to the underworld. Now, deaths and supernatural anomalies plague their school.

Every year an extra dead student or faculty member comes to join the class. And when they show it, it can only mean one thing: the students and their families are about to die. During the first few years, the deaths were kept to a minimum, which made it easier for people to brush them off as weird accidents that could’ve happened to anyone. However, as the years passed, the body count grew. It’s taken two decades since the curse started, but now people no longer consider these gruesome deaths to just be bizarre accidents.

Junji Ito Collection


horror anime to watch on crunchyroll Junji Ito Collection

Junji Ito is the master of horror and suspense, with many of his works receiving critical acclaim for how they play with the human mind. So, when news broke that several of his famous works would get an anime adaptation, horror fans couldn’t help but be excited.

The Junji Ito Collection is an anthology series that includes horror, gore, disgust, and comedy. From a famous and monstrous giant fashion model to the creepy Souichi, whose misfortunes are a welcome relief after watching all that horror, the series has something for every horror fan.

If you’re looking for the perfect series to stream on Crunchyroll this Halloween, this is it. Even those unfamiliar with Junji Ito’s work will appreciate being able to watch something terrifying and still be able to sleep at night. One warning though: Don’t get too attached to these characters, most of them don’t come out unscathed.

The Future Diary


horror anime to watch on crunchyroll The Future Diary

Would you steal, cheat, and kill to gain control of space and time? That’s what happens in horror anime Future Diary. The series follows Yukiteru Amano, a high school student who receives a future diary — a future-reading flip phone co-created by Deus Ex Machina, the God of Time and Space. With this strange phone in his possession, young Amano is forced to take part in a bloody battle royale against 11 other future diary holders. The winner of the battle will become Deus’ successor.

This condition quickly turns the scenario into a game of survival, where killing your opponent is your only chance at victory. Amano reluctantly teams up with his obsessive stalker, Yuno Gasai, who also has a diary, and soon learns that he doesn’t have the courage or skills to survive in this game. On top of that, there’s something strange about his partner. It seems she migh have other plans for her unrequited love.

Parasyte -the maxim-


horror anime to watch on crunchyroll Parasyte - The Maxim -

Without warning, parasitic aliens have invaded Earth. However, their onslaught lacks the bells and whistles of other alien movies and shows. Instead, their attack is more strategic. They’ve burrowed into the brains of several vulnerable targets without anyone noticing. The move allows them to fully take over their host and morph into a variety of forms, such as blades, and to even grow wings.

One of these aliens burrows into the brain of ordinary high school student Shinichi Izumi. But it fails to take over his brain, ending up in his right hand instead. Unable to move, the parasite, now named Migi, has no choice but to rely on Shinichi to stay alive.

Initially, Migi is nothing more than a nuisance, but Shinichi eventually finds the parasite does have its advantages. Thanks to Migi, Shinichi becomes more muscular, no longer needs to wear his glasses, and can withstand serious injuries. Too bad the other parasites see their union as a threat and will do everything they can to eradicate Migi and Shinichi.

Kagewani


horror anime to watch on crunchyroll Kagewani

Monsters are common in horror. But the horrifying creatures of Kagewani are far from what we’ve come to expect. A young man decides to exploit people’s love of the bizarre and unexplained by sharing fake stories of strange animals on his website. Of course, when a giant monster slaughters his entire crew, he comes to regret his actions. Meanwhile, at a college campus, several students become the unexpected prey of a terrifying sand monster.

Sousuke Banba, a researcher obsessed with unidentified mysterious animals, investigates these gruesome attacks and stumbles upon the word “Kagewani.” The strange word leads him to the nefarious pharmaceutical company possibly connected to the monster attacks. But can he stop these creatures or, more precisely, the person behind them?

The Garden of Sinners


horror anime to watch on crunchyroll The Garden of Sinners

The Garden of Sinners is comprised of seven horror films that follow Shiki Ryougi, a young woman whose family is involved with the supernatural. Several family members possess dual personalities that are aware of each other, meaning they’re essentially two people in a single body.  This, along with her upbringing, has led Shiki to live a life of solitude.

Yet, she manages to form a friendship with her classmate Mikiya Kokutou, who sees Shiki not as an enigma but as a shy girl. Well, up until he sees Shiki, knife in hand, standing over a corpse. Although the evidence is damning, Mikiya still refuses to believe that Shiki’s killed someone. He gets closer to Shiki, perhaps too close. Together they investigate the seemingly unrelated anomalies occurring throughout the city.

The Garden of Sinners is a collection of magic, mystery, action, and psychological twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat this Halloween.

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5 Must-See Goth Anime for Lovers of Darkness

The goth movement has grown from its early days in England’s underground pubs and nightclubs to a full-blown lifestyle, influencing books, fashion, and, of course, anime. Japanese animation is no longer only about bright colors and happy-go-lucky characters. It can also be full of dark characters and settings that will appeal to viewers who are into this subculture. So here are five goth anime series full of dark obsessions.

Ergo Proxy


 goth anime Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy takes place in an alternate future where humans and AutoReivs — robots used for everyday tasks — live side by side. Their peaceful coexistence comes to an end, however, when an unknown virus grants the AutoReivs self-awareness, causing them to go crazy and commit several murders. Investigating the murders and the mystery behind the virus is inspector Re-L Mayer. However, the young detective’s investigation will lead her to something much deeper than a bunch of random murders.

Thanks to its washed-out colors and use of a dark landscape to illustrate a dystopian future, the series successfully creates a creepy atmosphere — and a whole lot of suspense — that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Besides that, Ergo Proxy main lead, Re-L — with her pale complexion, all-black dress, and heavy blue eyeshadow — embodies many aspects of goth culture. In a sense, she’s the goth girl deep inside all of us.

Trinity Blood


goth anime Trinity Blood

Religious architecture, dark elements, and, of course, death feature heavily in goth culture — and Trinity Blood delivers on them all. In Gonzo’s supernatural anime, the world has fallen into chaos thanks to the perpetual war between vampires and humans. Even after Armageddon, an event that nearly destroyed the Earth, the battle between the two races still rages. Luckily, working to protect the humans is Abel Nightroad, a traveling priest from the Vatican.

But Abel isn’t your ordinary pastor. He’s actually a Crusnik, a vampire that drinks the blood of vampires. Even though humanity has regained its strength a bit, it seems that a new Armageddon is just around the corner. Leading the latest assault is the group Rosencreutz Orden, led by Abel’s twin, Cain. He and his vampire army seek to rule the world, even if they have to destroy it first.

Darker Than Black


goth anime Darker Than Black

Over a decade ago, two impenetrable fields appeared: Heaven’s Gate in South America and Hell’s Gate in Japan. While various government agencies have conducted countless studies to decipher their secrets or why they’ve appeared, it seems no one has found a clear answer. But one thing is for sure — the gates grant supernatural abilities. Thanks to this, beings called “Contractors” emerge and use their new powers to commit various crimes. Darker Than Black follows Hei, a Contractor for the syndicate and his assistant Yin, a life-like doll, as they work to solve the mystery behind the gates.

Although the anime isn’t full of dark and moody colors, its female protagonist is oh-so goth. Not to mention, her Gothic Lolita assistant, Yin, would make a worthy addition to any anime fan’s figurine collection. From her pale, emotionless expression to her cute purple and black dress, Yin character is the perfect costume for any goth fan to try out this Halloween. (The show also adds a healthy helping of death for good measure.)

The Mystic Archives of Dantalian


goth anime The Mystic Archives of Dantalian

Taking place in England after the Great War, The Mystic Archives of Dantalian follows Huey, who, according to his grandfather’s will, must take custody of Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian — a library that contains forbidden books — and Dalian, a mysterious girl named who lives in the library.

Huey learns that the young child is the guardian of the archives and its countless magical books called “Phantom Books.” Dalian gives Huey a key to unlock the secrets that lie within her. As Dalian’s new key-keeper, Huey helps her investigate supernatural cases involving those in possession of Phantom Books. Using the key, he seals the power of the books they capture to restore order to the areas negatively impacted by them.

The Mystic Archives of Dantalian combines fiction, horror, and death to create a gothic tale to that will appeal to fans of terror. Also, the female lead rocks a Victorian-style laced dress, proving herself a goth fashionista.

Gilgamesh


goth anime Gilgamesh

A group of scientists uncovers the tomb of King Gilgamesh and can now build Heaven’s Gate to advance human knowledge. Their discovery brings them recognition and fame — and new enemies who want to destroy their progress, and they’re successful.

Their attack creates a blast that disables electronic equipment and turns the sky into an electromagnetic mirror. It also leads to the birth of supernatural beings. The anime follows siblings Kiyoko and Tatsuya, who become the targets of people with superhuman abilities — as well as the man behind the attack that started this whole mess.

Gilgamesh is more than fighting mysterious men. It’s a thriller that injects borrowed elements from the Babylonian Era into the anime’s dark world. With soft-spoken main leads who barely do anything adventurous and a striking yet dark visual design and unique plot, Gilgamesh is everything a goth series should be.

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5 Must-See Anime for Fans of ‘American Horror Story’

Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story has filled our nights with paranormal activities. From a house haunted by the corrupt spirits of its victims to a coven of witches seeking to become supreme, fans can’t get enough of its ingenuity. But if you’re an anime fan, you’re in luck —  there are countless shows and movies like the American anthology series. So here are five anime to watch if you like American Horror Story.

Midori (Mr. Arashi’s Amazing Freak Show)


anime to watch if you like American Horror Story Midori or Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show

Starting off our list is Midori, one of the most disturbing movies in anime history. The film centers around a young girl named Midori who, after selling paper flowers to go on a school trip, finds her ailing mother dead. With no one to help her, she turns to a circus run by the creepy Mr. Arashi.

The circus’ acts include snake women, people getting eaten by ants, and performers twisting and turning into impossible shapes. But instead living a joyous life with the circus people, she’s assaulted and forced to perform horrifying acts on stage, like biting a chicken’s eye out. Thankfully, things start to look up for Midori when the magician, Masamitsu “The Bottled Wonder,” brings her under his wing. Is Midori’s luck about to change? Or are things too good to be true?

From bizarre acts that would make you sick to your stomach to humorous scenes, Midori is an ero-guro (erotic grotesque) film that American Horror Story fans will love.

Kagewani


anime to watch if you like American Horror Story Kagewani

One way to boost website traffic is to post about things that people are naturally curious about, like cryptid sightings. And that’s the plan that a video blogger concocts. But things become too real when an actual monster kills his entire crew.

Elsewhere, on a school campus, a sandworm creature is hunting down a group of students, killing them one by one. And more of these attacks take place all over the country.

Sousuke Banba, a researcher with a profound interest in unidentified mysterious animals, explores these events. Soon enough, he gets a break with the word “Kagewani.” The mysterious word leads him to find various connections between a pharmaceutical company and the strange animal attacks.

Did you love the suspense of Asylum or Roanoke? Then don’t waste any time and watch Kagewani. Its picturesque style of animation and use of dark colors brings the creepy factor of American Horror Story. Since it’s shorter than the standard length, it quickly gets to the point with several jump scares and other freaky surprises.

Devilman: Crybaby


anime to watch if you like American Horror Story Devilman Crybaby

There are a lot of things that go bump in the night, including creatures of the netherworld, who feast on the living. The only way to defeat these monsters is to use their own power against them. Akira Fudo, a sensitive and caring young man, gets dragged by his best friend, Ryo Asuka, to fight these creatures, thus becoming a Devilman.

This brings him to the seedy underworld of demons where only bloodshed and death exists. Even so, Akira’s new abilities awaken an insatiable and primal part of him, while also giving him a lean yet sturdy physique. Now, he and Ryo must destroy the demons that bring harm to humanity and their loved ones.

As one of the best anime to premiere on Netflix, Devilman Crybaby gives a new spin to the horror genre, much like American Horror Story. Its new style yet colorful animation and awesome soundtrack featuring catchy Japanese rap tunes are only a few of the reasons to turn on Netflix and give the series a try.

Memories


anime to watch if you like American Horror Story Memories

In the sci-fi horror movie Memories, three seemingly unrelated stories come together to reveal the true narrative. This is a similar approach to how all the seasons of American Horror Story are related, but each brings its unique take to the genre.

The first story, Magnetic Rose, takes place in outer space where two space engineers find a mansion, revealing the tragic fate of a renowned opera singer. However, hallucinations start to take over and they must do everything they can to retain their sanity.

Back on earth, in Stink Bomb, a lab technician accidentally takes several pills that enhance his flatulence to a lethal degree, killing everyone around him. Now, he must take refuge in his company’s headquarters all the way in Tokyo. But, with military forces after him will the lab tech be able to hold it in?

Lastly, in Cannon Fodder, there’s a boy who wants to become an artillery officer in a fortress city. The young boy spends his days dreaming of firing a cannon for the sake of the fatherland.

Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek


anime to watch if you like American Horror Story Kakurenbo

An innocent kids’ game ventures into the horror territory in the short anime film Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek. The movie centers around a group of kids playing the Japanese version of hide and seek, Otokoyo. But, instead of playing in a safe location near adults, they venture into the abandoned ruins of a Kowloon-like city. Rumor has it that a demon appears and takes away children who dare to play the game. To make matters more spooky, some kids have indeed disappeared.

Even though Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek doesn’t have the bloodfest of Hotel or the intricate storyline of Asylum, the movie does deliver a bucket load of suspense and creativity that American Horror Story is known for. From its animation that comes to life thanks to cell shading to its tense mood and easy-to-follow plot, the movie builds up the suspense factor without not much storytelling.

At less than half an hour long, Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek makes for a great horror snack between AHS episodes.

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5 English-Dubbed Anime to Watch This Fall 2018

It’s finally fall, which means new anime releases, and we aren’t just talking about subs but also English-dubbed anime. Several streaming services have released their dub lineup, and we couldn’t be more excited by their selections (including the decision to dub the best anime of 2017). Here are five English-dubbed anime to watch this fall.

Tada Never Falls in Love

  • Premiere date: September 30
  • Studio: Doga Kobo
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
  • Where to watch: HiDive

Earlier this fall, Sentai Filmworks announced that the romantic comedy Tada Never Falls in Love‘s English adaptation would air on HiDive. The anime follows Mitsuyoshi Tada, a boy who has never fallen in love. But that’s about to change. While taking pictures of the cherry blossoms in bloom, Tada meets Teresa Wagner, a transfer student from the European country of Larsenburg.

Upon arriving in Japan, Teresa gets separated from her travel companion. So, Tada helps her out and brings her to his grandfather’s coffee shop. However, their story doesn’t end there. They unexpectedly continue to run into each other — and even end up at the same school.

But it’s after Teresa joins Tada’s Photography Club that the two begin spending even more time together, igniting a spark between them. Throughout the series, viewers see how Teresa and Tada navigate the roller coaster ride that is high school and, of course, the ups and downs of young love.

Tokyo Ghoul:re (Season 2)

  • Premiere date: October 16
  • Studio: Studio Pierrot and Pierrot Plus
  • Genre(s): Action, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Seinen, Supernatural
  • Where to watch: Funimation

The dark fantasy drama Tokyo Ghoul:re continues in Season 2. The series left off with a dead Quinx Squad member — whose body is mysteriously missing from the rest of the deceased. But more importantly, in the final episode, a cold-hearted and sadistic personality takes over young Ken Kaneki‘s body.

The subtitled trailer for the upcoming season revealed that several old and new characters will join the fight between the Ghouls and CCG. It also appears that Tokyo Ghoul:re will be the final season, bringing a close to Ken Kaneki’s story. What does this mean exactly? Fans will find out when the series returns this fall. But if the manga’s to be believed, anime fans are in for an action-packed season.

Fairy Tail (Final Season)

  • Premiere date: October 29
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures and Bridge
  • Genre(s):  Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Magic, Shounen
  • Where to watch: Funimation

Another long-running series comes to an end, allegedly. The supposed final season of Fairy Tail will air its English version this fall on Funimation. The anime series follows the exploits of Fairy Tail, a mage guild that has earned quite a reputation for itself.

The final season will focus on Natsu and Lucy‘s search for their former teammates to convince them to rejoin the guild. However, this is easier said than done. The Spriggan 12, a group of god-like mages, will test the guild in unbelievable ways. Their epic clashes, along with the series’ comedic scenes, will undoubtedly entertain fans.

No one wants to see Fairy Tail come to an end. But if the final chapter is as long as the previous seasons, then the end is definitely far off. Also, let’s not forget that there are plans to adapt Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest into an anime. The story of the infamous guild might never truly come to an end.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

  • Premiere date: October 22
  • Studio: 8bit
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Shounen
  • Where to watch: Funimation

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slimeby author Fuse and artist Mitz Vah, started out as a light novel on the user-generated publishing site, “Shōsetsuka ni Narō” (Let’s Become Novelists) between 2013 and 2016. It went on to receive a manga adaptation, and the anime will air this fall.

The shōnen anime follows Satoru Mikami, a lonely 37-year-old man stuck in a dead-end job and unhappy with his average life. He’s also never had a girlfriend. And things only get worse when he dies at the hands of a robber and finds himself in a fantasy world — as a slime.

Freed from his former boring life, Satoru starts his life-changing journey in this new realm as a monster with special abilities. But not before setting off a chain of events that will change this new world forever.

Made in Abyss

  • Premiere date: October 23
  • Studio: Kinema Citrus
  • Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Fantasy
  • Where to watch: HiDive

HiDive will launch the English adaptation of acclaimed anime series Made in Abyss this fall. Finally, English dub fans will discover why this adventure series is the best anime of 2017.

The series follows Riko, a young orphan girl who lives near the edge of the Abyss, a colossal, unexplored pit. The Abyss contains many hidden relics and treasures called Artifacts. But it’s dangerous to dive into it. Those who do take the plunge succumb to the “Curse of the Abyss” on their way back up. The curse causes a range of problems from nausea to madness — and even death. But that doesn’t stop Riko.

On her way down into the Abyss, she meets Reg, a robot boy who decides to join Riko on her journey. Accompanied by her new friend, and carrying a note from her mother, Riko decides to go deeper, regardless of the danger that awaits her.

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5 Must-See Ghost Anime for Fans of the Paranormal

Are you interested in the supernatural or the netherworld? Do you get the sense that something unknown walks among us? If so, then you might find the ghost subgenre of anime entertaining. From traditional hauntings to supernatural stories about friendship, the subgenre has something for everyone. Here are the five best ghost anime for fans of the paranormal.

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia


anime about ghosts Dusk Maiden of Amnesia

Ghosts come in different shapes and sizes, and the spirit in Dusk Maiden of Amnesia appears in the form of a beautiful school girl. Seikyou Academy is unlike any other school. Instead of focusing on cultural festivals and school trips, the student body tells tales about the occult.

According to a rumor, there’s a ghost on campus. The apparition, known as Yuuko, apparently died in the basement of the old school building. But what the students don’t know is that the rumors are true. It’s a good thing Yuuko is a friendly ghost.

The series follows Teiichi Niiya, a middle school student discovers Yuuko while roaming around the campus’ old building. Initially frightened by Yuuko, Teichi overcomes his fear and befriends the beautiful girl. But he soon learns that Yuuko possesses no memories of her life or death. Determined to help his new friend, Teiichi founds the Paranormal Investigation Club to investigate Yuuko’s life and the cause of her death. But Yuuko’s death isn’t the only mystery that needs solving.

Corpse Party: Tortured Souls


anime about ghosts Corpse Party: Tortured Souls

A longtime favorite of horror and gore anime fans, Corpse Party: Tortured Souls is actually about a sadistic, vengeful ghost of a little girl. Students like to tell spooky tales, and the scariest of all are the ones based on true stories. A few years ago, Heavenly Host Elementary School was shut down after a string of serial kidnappings and murders rocked the community. Years later, they foolishly build a new school in its place.

Fast forward to the present, where nine high schoolers conduct a ritual to remain friends forever. The ritual seems harmless at first. That is until they are transported to another dimension — the place where those heinous murders took place all those years ago.

One by one the school kids suffer gruesome deaths, like getting their eyes poked out or being gutted like a fish, at the hands of the dead girl and her minions. The ones remaining must find a way to escape before they fall victim to these vengeful ghosts.

Le Portrait de Petite Cossette


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Only three-episodes long, Le Portrait de Petite Cossette offers a different take on the supernatural. The short series follows Eiri Kurahashi, an art student who works at his uncle’s antique shop. One day, while at the shop, he sees the image of a beautiful girl in one of the antique glasses.

Upon touching it, he finds himself transported to the world where this beautiful young woman, Cossette d’Auvergne, resides. She reveals to Kurahashi that her betrothed, Marcello Orlando, killed her due to his obsession with Cossette’s beauty. To free her spirit, Kurahashi must suffer the consequences for Marcello’s sinful act.

Le Portrait de Petite Cossette is, in every sense of the word, a refined ghost story about love and obsession. In only three episodes, the series immerses viewers in Cossette’s tragic world, which is an artistic portrayal of nightmarish scenes. So, if you’re looking for something visually unique featuring ghosts, then give this short anime series a try.

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day


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Not every ghost anime has to be about brutal murders or spooky hauntings. Some series can produce beautiful and heart-wrenching feelings, as is the case with Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day.

Instead of spending the summer holidays with friends or traveling, Jinta Yadomi stays home and plays video games. One day, his childhood friend, Menma, suddenly appears and pesters him to grant a forgotten wish. He ignores her — which annoys Menma even more. But Jinta doesn’t care. After all, Menma died years ago.

Initially attributing his sighting to the extreme heat, Jinta soon realizes that he’s actually seeing his childhood friend. When Menma dies, Jinta and the rest of the gang can’t handle the loss and grow apart. Now they must come together to lay Menma’s spirit to rest. But can they endure the pain and guilt that comes with such a heavy task?

Ghost Hunt


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It seems that mystery and the paranormal go hand in hand, as each one drives those affected to discover the truth behind them. The supernatural anime Ghost Hunt evokes these same emotions.

When high school student Mai Taniyama meets 17-year-old Kazuya Shibuya, a detective from Shibuya Psychic Research investigating paranormal activities at Mai’s school, all hell breaks loose.

Mai accidentally knocks over some of Kazuya’s equipment and is saved by his assistant, Lin. Unfortunately, Lin gets injured in the process and can no longer assist Kazuya. Now without help, the young detective demands Mai become his new assistant. Throughout the series, Mai and Kazuya, along with other supernatural investigators, solve various ghost-related mysteries.

Ghost Hunt has several plots, ranging from lighthearted scenes to creepy hauntings to several jump-scares. But, the nightmare factor comes into play in one particular arc, where the villain copycats the heinous crimes of Vlad the Impaler and Elizabeth Báthory. You might want to leave the lights on for that one.

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5 Anime Fights That Fans Will Never Forget

Whether it’s due to the art style or the action, fans love a good anime fight. But the high stakes, massive powerups, and showstopper moves aren’t the only reasons fans are interested. The best of these unforgettable clashes add substance to their shows as well by furthering character development and creating new storylines. So, here are the five anime fights that we’ll never forget.

Goku vs. Frieza (Dragon Ball Z)


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A list of the best animes fights wouldn’t be complete without one of the longest and most iconic battles in the Dragon Ball franchise. Taking place during the Frieza Saga, the battle between the main character, Goku, and the tyrant Frieza lasted a whopping 20 episodes. Each blow makes it clear the two adversaries match each other in both strength and power. Even Goku’s most powerful attack, the Large Spirit Bomb, fails to destroy Frieza.

It’s only after Frieza plays a dirty trick, taking advantage of a distraction to deal a deadly blow, when the gloves come off. Unfortunately, Frieza’s target isn’t Goku, but his best friend, Krillin. Watching his best friend die before his eyes causes an enraged Goku to tap into his inner power reserves, turning him into a golden-haired Super Saiyan for the first time in the series.

With some clever taunting, the Super Saiyan convinces Frieza to use 100% of his power. And while it seems that Frieza still outmatches Goku, the tyrant soon learns the Saiyan was holding back all along. Using an Angry Kamehameha, Goku defeats Frieza, bringing one of the best fights in anime to a close. But it wasn’t just Goku’s triumphant victory that got fans hype, it was realizing his true hero potential.

Kakashi Hatake vs. Obito Uchiha (Naruto: Shippūden)


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One of the most epic fights in Naruto: Shippūden is Kakashi Hatake vs. Obito Uchiha. It sticks with fans, not because of the battle’s extraordinary moves or incredible graphics, but for its simplicity. Here you have two former teammates giving their all. While they both use jutsu at the beginning, the majority of their fight boils down to taijutsu, or hand-to-hand combat. And unlike many other battles in Naruto or the other anime on this list, it doesn’t waste any time getting to the action.

The battle takes place in Kamui’s Dimension, an alternate space created by Obito. However, the real conflict started years ago when they were children. During the battle, flashbacks to the two men sparring as children are intercut with their battle in the present. The technique highlights their respective journeys and how much their skills have grown over time.

The visual contrast between the colorful landscape of the past and dark, cube-filled one in the present further serve to illustrate this point. Despite this noticeable shift in tone, we never lose momentum during this symbolic battle with the past and their inner demons.

The well-choreographed fight scene, although short, shows the real talent of both these men. Even as kids, they were formidable sparring opponents, and in Obito’s case, it’s the beginning of learning who he could’ve been had he chosen the right path.

Saitama vs. Boros (One-Punch Man)


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During the final episode of One-Punch Man, our hero Saitama finally gets to face Boros, the leader of a group of alien invaders. Disgusted by Boros’ egotistical reason (to find a worthy opponent) for destroying A-city, Saitama throws a swift punch at him.

As the two trade blows Saitama manages to destroy Boros’ arm, which infuriates the alien. Boros grabs our hero, throws him around like a rag doll, and then gloats about how strong he is. But he soon comes to regret bragging prematurely.

When a powerful punch sends One-Punch Man to the moon, it looks like he will finally lose. But this is Saitama we’re talking about. At the very last second, he drops a bombshell: He’d been playing with Boros the whole time.

With a single punch, Saitama sends Boros flying back to Earth. But his attack doesn’t end there. He hits Boros with a barrage of punches and finishes him off with his final move — Killer Move: Serious Series, Serious Punch.

Despite the show being about an unbeatable hero, this fight still manages to fill viewers with suspense, as many believed that Saitama had finally met his match. Fortunately, this fight didn’t end One-Punch Man’s quest, which will continue in Season 2 in 2019.

Izuku Midoriya vs. Shoto Todoroki (My Hero Academia)


best anime fights Izuku Midoriya vs. Shoto Todoroki from My Hero Academia

During the U.A. Sports Festival’s fighting tournament, we not only get a glimpse of Izuku Midoriya’s power but also learn more about Shoto Todoroki‘s past and why he doesn’t use his pyrokinesis.

After breaking all his fingers on his right hand and his leg, Izuku realizes Shoto isn’t just a kid with a powerful Quirk, Half-Cold Half-Hot. His judgment, mobility, and reasoning also make him a tough opponent to overcome. But there’s another problem: Shoto only uses the cryokinesis part of his Quirk, as pyrokinesis reminds him of the abuse he suffered at the hands of his hero father Endeavor.

Irritated by this, Izuku headbutts Shoto in the chest and demands he gives it his all. Even though Izuku, being born Quirkless, can’t relate to Shoto’s hesitance to use his fire abilities, he still offers him words of encouragement. But he also doesn’t back down, telling Shoto that he has no right to be the best if he won’t use his full power.

Izuku’s words trigger memories of Shoto’s mother burning his face and another of her telling him to be the kind of hero that he wants to be. Motivated by Izuku and his mother’s words, Shoto finally unleashes his flames and the real fight begins — which ends up destroying the stadium. Despite the damage caused and Izuku’s defeat, we got to see that it takes more than a powerful Quirk to be a hero. Encouraging others to do their best and finding the courage to face yourself is what’s truly important.

Rock Lee vs. Gaara (Naruto)


best anime fights Rock Lee vs. Gaara from Naruto: Shippuden

The fight between Rock Lee and Gaara does two things: it tells a story and also changes your perception of a character. In one corner, there’s the Lee, who can only use taijutsu and appears to be nothing more than comic relief in Naruto. In the other corner, you have Gaara, whose skills and villainy strike fear into the heart of his adversaries.

So, when the time comes for the two to face off, everyone assumes Lee will be afraid of Gaara. But in actuality, Lee couldn’t be more excited. During the fight, Lee finds he can’t break through Gaara’s sand defense. That is until he removes his training weights and reveals how fast he really is without them.

With lighting speed, Lee manages to land several punches, proving with each blow that he’s not a joke but a real threat and a skilled shinobi. By unlocking several of the Eight Gates, Lee’s able to surpass his limits. However, Gaara gains the upper hand when Lee’s body shows signs of being unable to handle the pressure. Still, Lee somehow finds the strength to continue and renders Gaara unconscious with his Reverse Lotus attack.

Unfortunately, his attack isn’t enough, as Gaara manages to break Lee’s limbs, which knocks him out. It’s then that something amazing happens — Lee’s unconscious body stands on its own. Even when victory is hopeless, his fighting spirit keeps him going. Gaara ultimately wins the fight, but Rock Lee does him one better and wins the heart of Naruto‘s fans.

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10 Must-See Scary Anime Shorts

Typically, Halloween enthusiasts plan spooky movie nights featuring scary live-action films. But what they don’t know is that an anime OVA or short can serve up just as many scares in a fraction of the time. The only problem: there’s no shortage of horror series to watch, and there are only 31 days in October. But horror fans shouldn’t let that deter them, as we’ve selected the 10 anime shorts you absolutely need to watch this Halloween.

Demon Prince Enma


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Demon Prince Enma is a remake of the lighthearted 1973 horror anime TV series Dororon Enma-kun. Unlike its predecessor, Demon Prince Enma is a full-fledged horror short with very few lighthearted scenes and is geared towards adults. The anime follows Enma, a fire-wielding demon, and his childhood friend, snow-woman Yuki. Together they ferret out the monsters who have escaped from Hell and either send them back or burn them to ashes.

Le Portrait de Petit Cossette


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This three-episode anime short follows the story of art student Eiri Kurahashi working at his uncle’s antique shop. One day he sees the image of a girl in an antique glass. Upon touching it, he receives a vision of a beautiful young girl, Cossette, whose spirit haunts the Venetian glass. Soon Kurahashi learns her betrothed, Marcelo, murdered Cossette. To free Cossette’s spirit, a man must be willing to take upon himself the punishment for Marcelo’s sin.

Le Portrait de Petite Cossette is, in all sense of the word, an artsy supernatural horror story about love and obsession. Its high points lie in its artistry and portrayal of graphic scenes. Thus, if you’re looking for something different in the supernatural anime genre, then Le Portrait de Petit Cossette is worth the watch for Halloween.

Cat Soup


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Through this anime short, we follow the cat Nyatto on his journey to reclaim his sister’s lost soul. She lost her soul when Nyatto tried to save her from Death. Now, she trails after him, brain-dead. To get it back, they embark on a strange journey filled with mystery, darkness and, of course, difficult obstacles.

Similar to EVA, Cat Soup plays with symbolism; consequently, viewers will react differently and have a different conclusion about this title. Incidentally, the OVA has no dialogue.

Denpa-teki na Kanojo


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Delinquent high school student Juu Juuzawa just wants to be left alone. But, one day, he meets Ame Ochibana, who claims that she knew him in a previous life, and now wants to serve him as his “knight.” At first, Juu wants nothing to do with her. Nevertheless, he accepts her help when a classmate is murdered.

As the title suggests, the story is about crazy girls or yandere. If you haven’t seen a series with yandere, then Denpa-teki na Kanojo is a must-watch. The series perfectly describes the near-death experiences that the male lead goes through without any censorship.

Corpse Party: Tortured Souls


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An anime short that should be on every Halloween watch list is Corpse Party. Based on a game of the same name, it captures the final moments of a group of students in a life and death situation trying to survive the tortures of a little spirit girl.

Corpse Party has no censorship; you will see guts, blood, and eye-popping, and all of this is happening to children.

Kowabon


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Kowabon is a three-minute 13 episode long original horror story exploring the possibility of there being a darker side to the digital age. What if someone or something was looking at us through all our digital devices? Thus, making us think if there’s a supernatural phenomenon behind our obsession with mobile devices.

The series is animated using a technique called rotoscoping. In other words, the animators used live-action images and recreated them to an anime using a rotoscope. The series borrows many scare tactics from famous Japanese films, such as The Ring and The Grudge.

Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne


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The anime short follows Rin a small-time detective who holds a dark secret — she’s an immortal, carrying a “Time Fruit” from the tree of life. These great powers give her the ability to take brutal physical punishment (and can easily regenerate her body parts). Thanks to her abilities she can defend herself against Apos, a supernatural creature with a sadistic streak.

Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne is an adult anime short, i.e. not for kids. Next to all the adult themes, the series has an alluring plot that deepens with each episode while not forgetting its gore and violence. If you’re planning to watch Rin this Halloween, be aware of your surroundings, as the series contains a lot of moaning.

Pupa


anime similar to tokyo ghoul pupa

While the series might be one of the worst rated OVA on several anime websites, the short is a must-watch for gore and horror anime fans this Halloween. Pupa follows the siblings, Utsutsu and his younger sister, Yume. During a visit to the park, the siblings contract a mysterious virus known as Pupa. Shortly after Yume grows a pair of wings and gains an immeasurable desire for flesh, either animal or human. Meanwhile her brother, Utsutsu, only attains regenerative powers. To protect the world from his sister, Utsutsu sacrifices his body to feed Yume’s endless hunger.

An anime must-watch list wouldn’t be complete without some “so bad it’s so good” shows. Pupa is one of those series that the sheer amount of blood and gore makes it worthy for Halloween.

Petshop of Horrors


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This anime short centers around pet shop owner Count D and the store’s exotic pets. He sells rare and hard to come by animals to people longing for something special. However, with each sale comes a contract. If the rules are followed, then everything goes fine. But, if the new owner breaks the rules, the pet shop can’t be held responsible for anything that might happen. Homicide Detective Leon Orcot has linked many odd and unexplainable deaths to Count D’s pet shop. And now, it’s up to Leon so solve the mystery behind this exotic pet store.

Petshop of Horrors has a similar premise as The Twilight Zone. Each episode explores various horrendous themes and often conclude with a moral point. On top of that, Petshop of Horrors is a shout-out to Gremlins where the owner explicitly informs the buyer that having a pet is a huge responsibility, i.e. don’t feed after midnight. The lesson here is: don’t buy something if you can’t follow the rules.

The Curse of Kazuo Umezu


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The Curse of Kazuo Umezu follows two separate stories. In the first story called “What Will the Video Camera Reveal,” a transfer student arrives from Mexico causing great disturbance to the life of a classmate named Masami. In the second part, “The Haunted Mansion,” four girls adventure into a malevolent house in their neighborhood.

This ’90s anime short is everything that we need for a Halloween screamfest: blood, dismemberment, monsters, and a not very smart character. The anime has a similar premise as Tales from the Crypt. Thus, it’s a “good” classic horror with a lot of magnetism.

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