Thermae Romae Novae Streaming – Review

Japanese bathing culture, writes Garrett G. Fagan in his exhaustive 1999 text Bathing in Public in the Roman World“bear[s] resemblance…to documented Ancient Roman practice.” Since that is likely to be a persistent question in the back of your mind as you watch Thermae Romae Novaethe most recent adaptation of Mari Yamazaki‘s Thermae Romae manga, it’s … Read more

Industry Reacts to Anime Supremacy! Live-Action Film – Interest

Staff for the live-action adaptation of Mizuki Tsujimura‘s Anime Supremacy! (Haken Anime!) novel held a special animation industry preview screening on May 10. Approximately 200 people from the Japanese animation industry, from directors to animators, attended the screening and have shared their impressions on social media while others wrote their thoughts on an oversized banner … Read more

Episode 9 – Ya Boy Kongming!

Much like the previous episode, this week’s episode of Hey Boy Kongming! barely features Ya Boy. He only appears briefly to sashay away from observing Kabe formally finding himself under a bridge with his old amateur rap-mates, and pops in at the very end having apparently been hiding within a mascot costume during the whole … Read more

DC plans three YA GNs for spring ’23 with Lois, Harley Quinn and Static

DC’s young adult graphic novel line has been a critical and sales success and the hits will keep coming, with three books announced for Spring ’23. This time out the spotlight lands on Lois Lane, Harley Quinn and Static. Definitely three characters that YA readers will relate to – and in the case of Lois … Read more

Poupelle of Chimney Town [Movie Review]

Steampunk settings are always interesting, but Poupelle of Chimney Town gives the idea a unique twist. The technology is antiquated, but instead of Victorian England, the town itself feels more like something out of a dystopian future tale such as Ghost in the Shell. Buildings are stacked haphazardly on top of one another, with smokestacks … Read more

Episode 8 – Deaimon: Recipe for Happiness

Maybe I’m missing something or just being an unreasonable pain-in-the-ass about this, but I’m having trouble seeing how Nagomu and Kanoko broke up over a “misunderstanding.” Even with this week’s flashback to give us more context, it feels less like Kanoko didn’t understand what Nagomu was asking and more was giving him some sort of … Read more

Is In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki as Good as Takagi-san? – This Week in Anime

A female-only village of ninja may have met its match when its young kunoichi in training become aware of a terrifying yet titillating concept: men. This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Spoiler Warning for discussion of … Read more

How Kimberly Brooks draws from her own life to voice tech genius Bumblebee in MAYHEM IN THE MULTIVERSE

Kimberly Brooks is one of the most accomplished professionals in the voiceover industry. So it’s hard to imagine that she, like pretty much everyone at some point, suffered from confidence issues early in her career. It’s likely why voicing Karen Beecher aka the diminutive tech genius Bumblebee in the DC Super Hero Girls cartoon resonates … Read more

Darkstalkers Blu-ray – Review – Anime News Network

Adapting the Darkstalkers games into an animated series is harder than it seems. True, the games are largely plot-free cavalcades of marvelously animated monsters sparring with each other, but therein lies the challenge. Should a Darkstalkers anime series be comedic, in keeping with the goofier characters and the exaggerated cartoon look, or should it be … Read more