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A Tribute to Greatness: My 10 Favorite Keiji Fujiwara Anime Voice Roles

Veteran Japanese voice actor Keiji Fujiwara passed away on April 12, 2020, after a long bout with cancer. He leaves behind an astoundingly impressive legacy as a performer, and I thought it would be a fitting tribute to discuss my ten favorite anime roles among his work. What you’ll find is a level of versatility befitting the actor’s talent. Disclaimer: I haven’t seen everything he’s ever been in, so this is less an authoritative list and coming more from the heart. Also, while he has plenty of experience in video games and even dubbed English shows and movies—he was the official Japanese voice of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, for example—I’m limiting it to just anime. 10. Kalos Eido (Kaleido...

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Reasons Why I Think Full Metal Alchemist is Absolutely Legendary

    A mother passes away due to illness. Desperate, the brothers perform Human Transmutation - a Taboo - and the Gate takes away their body parts as sacrifices.   Then, two embark on a journey in search of the Philosopher's Stone, a magical stone that makes anything possible with its ability to overshadow the Law of Equivalence.   It has been almost 12 years since I became a big fan of FMA, and my love for this anime will never fade away.  As the story advances, the mystery becomes deepened, and hypothetical theories emerge. All the unique characters interact with each other in the most heart-warming and/or intense ways, resulting in the audience crying out loud at the ending of the...

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Doremi’s Unexpected Successor: Why You Should Watch Little Witch Academia

Ojamajo Doremi is a fantastic anime series from the early to mid-2000s, but one that can be hard to get into for English-speaking fans. On top of being quite old at this point, it’s also extremely lengthy,, with four yearlong seasons + extra material.  poor English dub from the infamous 4Kids presented Doremi in a less stellar light. The fact that it’s an unabashed kids’ show, with a less direct appeal to the teens and college-age viewers that make up much of anime’s fanbase, also hampers its popularity. However, I think that there is actually a show more readily accessible to fans, which still captures a lot of the appeal of Doremi, and that’s the Little Witch Academia TV series.

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School Idols vs. Pro Idols: The Hints of Sobering Reality in Love Live!

The public face of the idol industry is far different from what lies within. Girls and guys meant to provide images of purity on the surface are often the products of years of intense training, potential exploitation, and an engine of capitalism that tries to extract untold amounts of money from fans in the name of loyalty. It’s hardly unusual that idol anime tend to shy away from that seedy underbelly, which is why it surprises me that the Love Live! anime hints—albeit very subtly—at the harsh difference between fantasy and reality.

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The Best Shounen Superhero: Why It’s Easy to Love Deku from My Hero Academia

There are many reasons My Hero Academia is successful, among them a diverse cast of characters, a world of action and discovery, and an overall sense of positivity that can be downright infectious. One aspect of the series that I think cannot be underestimated is the charm and appeal of the main character, Izuku Midoriya, aka Deku. While the notion of a boy who fulfills his latent potential through hard work and a sense of goodness is not uncommon in shounen manga, Deku’s appeal also comes from how his character stands at a crossroads of both shounen protagonist and superhero archetypes.

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One Punch! Part 2: JAM Project’s Rising Fame at Otakon 2017

In my very first article written one and half years ago, I wrote about the anime music super group JAM Project and how their One Punch Man opening theme “The Hero!! was capable of bringing them out of obscurity among American anime fans.  At this year’s Otakon, this theory was put to the test. Billed alongside veteran Japanese music sensation TM Revolution as part of the Anisong World Matsuri it was time to see if their presence had grown since their US debut in 2008.

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How the Precure Age Experiment Set the Stage for Yuri in Kira Kira Precure a la Mode

Episode 25 of Kira Kira Precure a la Mode is a game changer in the world of children’s anime. Introducing for the first time a virtually unambiguous lesbian couple into the popular magical girl franchise, Precure, it marks the crossing into a new realm that was previously explored only in the fandom. Precure has always had a loyal yuri fan base, but with the burgeoning love story of Akira Kenjou (Cure Chocolat) and Yukari Kotozume (Cure Macaron) spotlighted, it calls to mind famous yuri romances such as Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune from Sailor Moon, or Utena and Anthy from Revolutionary Girl Utena.

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