Interview: The Most Shocking Isekai Premiere in Years!

As 2018 draws to a close, we begin some of the usual year ending traditions: celebrating the holidays, spending time with friends and loved ones, giving and receiving gifts, and thinking about the year gone by wistfully. We also get to start thinking of what is to come in the next year: all the opportunities, challenges, and trials that we’ll face. But the most exciting thing to think about? Winter anime season is coming, baby, and this year it’s gonna be a doozy, as it’s bringing with it the ha

Composer Kevin Penkin on Symphonic Metal and Flamenco Music Influences in The Rising of the Shield Hero, and More!

At Crunchyroll Expo, we were excited to premiere the first episode of The Rising of the Shield Hero, and what a premiere it was! If you didn’t get a chance to see the first episode, fear not, because the show will be coming out soon in January 2019, so there’s plenty of time to get ready for this unique take on isekai fantasy action! The Rising of the Shield Hero follows Naofumi Iwatani as he gets summoned into a parallel world, but things don’t go quite as planned for this “hero”--he’s not ver

Ulysses’ Yuko Ono on her Unique Hobbies, Ryosuke Naya’s Insight on Audio Directing, and More!

War is brewing in Europe… the Hundred Years’ War to be exact! Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight is coming soon this fall, and at Crunchyroll Expo we got to see the premiere of the first episode before anyone else. Ulysses is a historical magic action series, following Montmorency, a nobleman’s son obsessed with alchemy; when France scores victory at Agincourt, Montmorency is forced to flee, and he runs into a village girl with miraculous powers: Jeanne d’Arc! Following the premiere

Voice Actor Nobutoshi Canna on Which Lancer He Likes Best, and What He Likes About Tokusatsu Roles!

Nobutoshi Canna has been voice acting for nearly 30 years, portraying classic characters such as Guts in the original Berserk anime, Ban Mido in GetBackers, Basara Nekki in Macross 7, and many more! He’s currently best known as Lancer in the Fate/Stay Night anime adaptations and spin-offs, Kabuto in Naruto, and even Knuckles the Echidna! He’s even had numerous live-action voice over roles in sentai shows. I was honored to get a chance to sit down with this industry veteran at Otakon 2018 and ta

J.C. Staff’s Chief Producer Yuji Matsukura Gives Insight on Adapting Light Novels to Anime and More!

If you’ve been a fan of anime for many years, you’ve likely watched a show produced by J.C. Staff. The beloved anime production studio founded in 1986 has been creating hits ever since! J.C. Staff has worked on popular shows like Slayers, Excel Saga, Azumanga Daioh, R.O.D. -THE TV-, Toradora! and many more! They recently celebrated their 30th anniversary, and are currently behind Angels of Death and Planet With, as well as the upcoming second season of One Punch Man 2, and the long awaited third

Interview - Diving into the World of Fire Pro Wrestling with Tomoyuki Matsumoto!

CEO 2018 was this past weekend, and what an amazing event it was! Combining fighting game action with even a live NJPW show, CEO 2018 was a whirlwind of activity! While I was there, I had the honor to interview the director of the newest Fire Pro Wrestling game, Tomoyuki Matsumoto, about the upcoming console release of Spike Chunsoft’s newest incarnation, Fire Pro Wrestling World. Fire Pro Wrestling is a storied wrestling series that combines strategic battling with nearly endless customization,
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