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Masashi Kishimoto Makes His Triumphant Return with Samurai 8

In the world of anime and manga, few have seen the success Mashashi Kishimoto has with his smash hit Naruto. In terms of manga sale numbers, only Eiichiro Oda (One Piece) and Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) have him beat, and perhaps only Toriyama can claim more international success. Maybe. Naruto was, and still is, a phenomenon. For many, Naruto is a coming-of-age story that was airing on TV during their own adolescence. Much of Naruto’s story depicts him struggling...

Dragon Ball Creator Akira Toriyama Has Been Knighted in France

According to Anime News Network, based on a French-language story published by the Huffington Post, the French government named Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) at a ceremony held at the French Embassy in Japan on on May 30, 2019. ANN reports that Toriyama is the sixth anime or manga creator to receive this medal, and his work is credited with bringing manga...

Potemayo Is an Adorably Quirky Take on the Moe Subgenre

Imagine waking up one morning, as you do every single day. You walk down to the kitchen to get yourself a quick bite to eat before you head off to work or school. But when you open the refrigerator, you are stunned to find a pint-sized fairylike creature with cat ears and a tiny body squirming about amongst your eggs and milk. Even stranger, the mysterious creature instantly takes a shine to you, and the two of you are...

Edens Zero, the New Manga from Hiro Mashima, Is Utterly Delightful

Hiro Mashima, best known for his manga Fairy Tail, is beloved by many fans and has a large following in the West. He’s active on Twitter, cranks out extra character drawings every few days, occasionally makes his own fan art, and has written a lot of material. While most other mangaka have only one or two major series, Edens Zero will be Mashima’s third major one and fifth series overall. After Fairy Tail wrapped up quickly and left off in...

The Amazing, High-Stakes World of My Hero Academia

One of my favorite recently released anime, My Hero Academia, returned for its third season in April, and it’s upping the ante. The stakes were high from the beginning for the characters of MHA, but this latest season seems poised to take them to heights and depths far beyond what we’ve seen for them before. If you haven’t checked out this series before, read on to learn about some of the things that make it so great and why it should...

The Promised Neverland Is the Suspenseful, Well-Written Manga You’ve Been Looking For

The Promised Neverland. After deciding to read this manga because of a friend’s recommendation, I knew it would be good, but nothing could’ve prepared me for how good. The chapter one plot twist grabbed me by the throat and punched me in the gut. Almost every chapter since has been highly suspenseful; dialogue is full of tension and plot seems to execute flawlessly. Normally I’m not the type of person who enjoys thrillers, but it only took that one...

One Piece Is the Magnum Opus of Battle Shōnen and Completely Worth Your Time

For many anime enthusiasts, Eiichiro Oda’s monster story One Piece represents a mountain that one has neither the time nor the energy to traverse. After all, Oda’s been writing this story for 20 years with no sign of ending it. The manga is close to a whopping 900 chapters, and the anime isn’t far behind in number of episodes. People usually say, “Sounds interesting, but I don’t want to commit that much time to watching an anime.” I completely understand...

Get to Know the Magic and the Mystery of Nightschool

For my birthday last month, a friend and fellow manga and anime fan gave me the first installment of a manga called Nightschool. As she knows me and my type of nerdiness really well, I knew this story was going to be right up my alley, and I couldn’t wait to read it. My hopes for it were more than fulfilled, and I’ll definitely be adding the rest of the series to my collection soon. Nightschool is written and illustrated by...

Rewatching Bleach Is a Complicated and Nostalgic Experience

As much as I love finding a great new anime to watch, there’s nothing like rediscovering a series I used to love. If it’s one I truly enjoyed when I first saw it, watching it the second time around is somehow both comforting and exhilarating, and it often brings back all kinds of great memories I forgot were in my brain. Most recently, I’ve had the chance to experience this with Bleach, one of my favorite series from when...

Battle Angel Alita Is an Oldie and a Goodie

It’s been nearly 30 years since the manga series Battle Angel Alita came onto the scene in 1990, but Yukito Kishiro’s dystopian masterpiece has stood the test of time. It’s simultaneously a callback to the retrofuturistic cyborg films of yesteryear and a still-fresh story whose relevance has only increased over the years. The series is all set to get the live-action movie treatment, and in honor of the upcoming film, the series is getting a digital exclusive release with an all-new translation—the...
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