Crunchyroll Articles

You can watch the latest episode of your new favorite anime, but what if you want to further engage with anime other than by just watching it? Well, why not read about it on the very platform you watch anime on? After knocking each social media video script for Crunchyroll and VRV out of the park, I started expanding my writing professionally by joining the Crunchyroll Features team to produce top-notch articles. Check out a sampling of my work! 

If you want to check out every single article I've done for Crunchyroll, look no further than the Articles Archive page.

Event Coverage

There's nothing quite like the excitement of an anime convention! More event coverage goodness can be found here.

Kotobukiya and How Hime Came to Life in Figure Form!

When it comes to showing one’s love for their favorite anime character or series, there are a lot of great merchandise options: charms, pins, badges, pillowcases, posters, and clothing are just some of the tips of the iceberg! But the overall reigning champion of anime merch is the figure. Nothing quite captures the charm and excitement of our favorite characters like a sculpted, scaled figure, ranging from the small and adorable chibi-style figurines to large scale plastic and PVC figures like

The Hero has Arrived: The Rising of the Shield Hero Premiere is Ready to Take Us to Another World!

Finding out that you’re a mythical hero summoned from another world is probably confusing enough, but what happens when you find out your legendary weapon is… a shield?! In Rising of the Shield Hero, that’s exactly what happens to Naofumi Iwatani, who ends up summoned to a mysterious new world after examining a book he found about four legendary heroes. Naofumi has a bit of an unfortunate and unusual start to his adventure in another world, as he doesn’t seem to be a flashy, heroic figure like t

Akiyo Nagano, Atsuko Ishizuka, and Akira Himekawa Discuss Being a Woman in the Anime and Manga Industry!

This year’s Crunchyroll Expo was a blast with plenty of amazing panels and premieres! We had the chance to sit in on the Women in Anime and Manga Panel, featuring the Legend of Zelda manga series author duo Akira Himekawa, animation director Atsuko Ishizuka, whose work includes No Game No Life and many more, and Akiyo Nagano, the creator of Bananya! During the panel, these industry professionals talked about their personal experiences in the industry, challenges (and benefits!) of being a woman

Game Reviews

My love for video games is never-ending, so you better believe there are more reviews to be found here.

Fantastic Fighting Action in Arc System Works’ Granblue Fantasy Versus Closed Beta

When I was a kid, one of the most fun ideas around the lunch table was talking about who would win in a fight between favorite characters from various TV shows, anime, and other media. After discovering my love of fighting games, I started talking with people not just about who would win, but how would they play in a fighting game based around their property; who would have what types of moves, what would the system be like, all of those conversations of what-ifs and if-onlys seemed totally fanciful. After all, fighting games were usually original properties, and the history of most licensed fighting games was generally pretty grim. That all changed when Capcom branched out into their VS. series, bringing comic book characters and video game characters to their fighting game engines, giving us amazing titles like Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Nintendo gave us even more food for thought with the Smash Bros. series, pitting fan favorite Nintendo characters against each other in four player brawls. NetherRealms followed suit, giving us the Injustice series, and recently Arc System Works got in on the action with the Persona 4 Arena titles. The rebirth of fighting games seems to be now, and what better time to reignite those debates of “who would win” than with a game filled to the brim with colorful, unique characters: Granblue Fantasy!

Resident Evil 2 Remake Will Have you Seeing S.T.A.R.S.!

I’m supposed to gather some electric parts to turn on the mechanism that opens cell doors in the underground jail cell. I found one after dodging vicious zombie dogs, and now I’ve found myself climbing back into the very police station I was trying to escape less than an hour ago. I know where I need to go--by now the police station is somewhat safe, and I know the best routes to get to where I need to go… until I find myself needing to extinguish a fire. "No problem," I say, and go about doing

Research

From JoJo's references to learning about the history of anime and manga in Brazil, researching about the vast world of anime really gets me going!

The History of Anime and Manga in Brazil

If you were to guess the country that has some of the longest history with Japan and Japanese culture, you might guess the United States, but you’d be wrong. One of the oldest relationships between Japan and Western countries actually falls to Brazil, home to one of the most vibrant and active anime and manga fandoms in the world. But how did that come about, and what lead to the rise of anime in Brazil? The story of anime in Brazil is one that spans over a hundred years of international relatio

Heeding the Call: Cthulhu and Japan

Depending on your interests, the name Cthulhu may stir feelings of some strange familiarity, or an excited, nearly existential sense of horror to come. Despite the fiction that birthed much of the “Cthulhu Mythos” being moderately popular, the cosmic horrors introduced by H.P. Lovecraft have morphed into a life of their own thanks to the work of his protege, August Derleth, leaving future generations to encounter the unknowable in various forms spanning video games, tv shows, movies, and perhaps

Is That Another JoJo Reference?! JoJo's Bizarre Adventure References in Non-Anime Media!

In our previous article, we took a look at the many ways that various anime have paid homage to JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, from small sight-gags to extended visual parodies, the amount of creators who felt some love for the series was easy to find! But what about in non-anime media? It isn’t always easy to make a JoJo pose seem tonally correct in your video game, music video, live action TV show, comic, or other media after all, but these creators we found had more creative and interesting ways o

Special Interest

There's more to anime than people think!

The 90s Television Phenomenon Hiding in Your Favorite Anime

If you never saw it, or are maybe too young to remember it, Twin Peaks was a television show that, on the surface, seemed like many other shows: an FBI agent comes to investigate a murder in a small, close-knit town. What viewers soon discovered, however, is that Twin Peaks was anything but an ordinary town! David Lynch, director of films such as Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, exerted his similarly cryptic and unique style into the tv drama as Agent Cooper investigated the mysteri

Beats and Flow: Discover the Hip Hop Groove in Anime!

When hip hop and rap come to mind, you might think of classic songs, clothing styles, and dances from singers like Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, KRS-One, or Run DMC. What may not be your first thought, though, is anime! However, anime and hip hop have a pretty long-standing relationship, reflecting the popularity and growth of hip hop and rap in Japan over time. Hip hop first appeared in Japan in the 80s, credited to the time Hiroshi Fujiwara spent in the United States before bringing records back

How an 80s Scifi Movie Changed the Destiny of Anime

Rainy, cloud covered grey skies, towering skyscrapers, neon lights, muted colors and a dim prognostication of our future: if this type of imagery brings to mind certain anime titles, you may be surprised to learn that many of them share a unlikely common origin. While not the only film to ever influence anime, and certainly not the only sci-fi film to do so, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner shares an inordinate amount of importance in developing many of the anime classics we know today, and influenci

People & Anime

Going from learning more about popular creators, to learning about famous people who loudly proclaim their love for anime, to showcasing diehard fans and their collections.

Celebrate Hirohiko Araki’s Birthday by Learning About the Man Behind JoJo’s!

Born on June 7th, 1960, Hirohiko Araki celebrates his 59th birthday this year! Hailing from Sendai, Miyagi, Japan, the creator of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has been wowing audiences across the globe with his unique art and storytelling. But aside from JoJo’s, how much else do you know about Araki? Well, whether you answered that with “a lot” or “nothing at all”, we figured there was no better way to celebrate the father of Jotaro, Joseph, Josuke, Giorno, and DIO than with a retrospective look at the man behind the pen. If you’re a long time fan of Araki’s or a newer fan lured in by your friends endlessly talking about JoJo references, we think you’ll find something interesting that you probably didn’t know before!

BTS is Conquering the World, and They’ve got Anime on Their Side!

It’s hard to escape the pull of BTS; even if you aren’t a K-Pop fan or don’t know what it means when someone says that they’re ARMY, you’ve still probably heard of this top selling group. BTS has become inescapable, appearing in Time magazine, Saturday Night Live, and even winning 2 Billboard Music Awards yesterday along with doing an amazing performance with Halsey at the awards show! "But why am I reading about them on Crunchyroll?" you might be asking yourself. Well, as you may have guessed,

Squared Circle Otaku: How Anime Inspired Wrestlers

Two rivals stand across from each other, ready to throw down. This is the culmination of weeks of blood, sweat, and tears of high emotion and raw power. Everything fans have been waiting for is about to happen in an explosive, no holds barred battle, where only the strongest survives! If you had to pick whether that passage described your favorite anime action series or professional wrestling, you might have a hard time picking between the two of them; the fact of the matter is that wrestling an

Listicle / Ranking

There's a lot of hot takes in the anime community. Check out some of mine.

Every Ending Theme in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Ranked!

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has always been deeply tied to music, with many characters and Stand names being derived from various musicians, song titles, and bands, so it comes as no surprise that the ending and opening songs of JoJo’s need to be meticulously chosen and crafted to match the themes of the JoJo chapters they’re attached to. Danni already did a great job ranking the opening themes, and you can read about that over here if you like, but today we’ll be looking at the various ending them

Four Reasons Why Jodeci are the Perfect Match for Golden Wind's Ending Song

One of the favorite traditions of new JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure seasons is trying to discern what the ending song might be; traditionally borrowing from non-Japanese music or anime original themes, the ending songs of JoJo seasons are chosen seemingly to match the setting, time period, or themes of the anime they’re attached to. Songs such as "Roundabout" by Yes, "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles, "Last Train Home" by Pat Metheny Group and "I Want You" by Savage Garden have capped off each e

The Top 10 Lupin the 3rd Episodes

Lupin the 3rd is one of the most infamous thieves around, and his anime history is about as long as his rap sheet. Whether you’re a new Lupin fan or an old hand, have you seen everything the master thief has to offer? Green Jacket, Red Jacket, Pink Jacket and Blue Jacket Lupin are now available to watch here on Crunchyroll, so what better way to work your way through the catalog than with a list of the ten best episodes? These episodes were chosen for their quality, storytelling, memorability,

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