Hanamonogatari Is Little More Than Two Hours of Philosophical Dialogue

While delayed for several months, Hanamonogatari, the latest tales from the sprawling Monogatari franchise, has finally aired in Japan. Sadly, this six-episode series lacks much of what makes the rest of the franchise so enjoyable—and may be the densest anime I have ever seen. » 8/22/14 8:27am Friday 8:27am

The Five Anime of Summer 2014 You Should Be Watching

We are now six weeks into the summer anime season, and with 44 new anime on the air it can be more than a little difficult to know which ones to watch. Luckily, we at Kotaku East are here to help with our recommendations. » 8/12/14 10:53am 8/12/14 10:53am

New Anime Casts the Ghostbusters as Penguin-Hunting Kidnappers

Tokyo ESP is the story of a teenage girl with the power to phase through solid objects and a teenage boy with the power to teleport who decide to become superheroes. So while I wouldn't have been surprised by an X-Men cameo, I certainly didn't expect the Ghostbusters to show up—especially as villains! » 8/12/14 5:36am 8/12/14 5:36am

Brynhildr in the Darkness Plays with Clichés to Make a Thrilling Story

Take all those overused rom-com anime clichés, throw them into a sci-fi thriller with dark themes and a liberal helping of ultra-violence, and you get one of the most entertaining and well-written anime of this year's spring season. » 8/12/14 5:35am 8/12/14 5:35am

Kawai Complex Is Silly, Light-Hearted, and Ultimately Goes Nowhere

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior is the story of the everyday life of a group of eccentric, diverse people living under one roof. It's silly, lighthearted, and—like most slice-of-life anime tales—ultimately goes nowhere. Though, in this case, that may not be a bad thing. » 8/12/14 5:32am 8/12/14 5:32am

Black Bullet Irredeemably Ruins An Otherwise Good Premise

Back at the start of the spring season, as I wrote short summaries about all the season's then upcoming anime, post-apocalyptic tale Black Bullet was one of the anime I was most looking forward to. However, less than two episodes in I could already see that it was failing to live up to its interesting premise. » 8/12/14 5:32am 8/12/14 5:32am

Chaika: The Coffin Princess is a Fun Fantasy Adventure

Regular readers of my reviews know I love character and thematically driven anime—but that’s not to say I don’t enjoy a good, straight-up adventure when I come across one. And that’s exactly what Chaika: The Coffin Princess is. » 8/12/14 5:17am 8/12/14 5:17am

Blade & Soul Has No Teens or Harems, Just Action and Vengeance

When I talk with older anime fans, the biggest complaint I hear is that everything has become nothing but moé, angsty, high school, love-harems. They claim they want exciting action shows with an adult cast and grown-up stories. To those people, I say this: “Blade & Soul is the anime for you.” » 8/12/14 5:17am 8/12/14 5:17am

Knights of Sidonia Is a Mecha Anime with a Realistic Twist

An isolated human colony ship is on the run from aliens and the only effective defense they have left are giant robots. No doubt, you’ve heard similar setups before; but Knights of Sidonia plays the situation completely straight—from the real world physics to the societal implications. » 7/13/14 11:19am 7/13/14 11:19am

Your Complete Summer 2014 Anime Guide

Summer makes the world a sweltering wasteland, so why not hold up in air-conditioned comfort with the new anime season. Of course, with 44 new anime in the pipeline, how do you know which ones to watch? Check out the trailers and brief blurbs about each to see which of them catches your interest. » 7/08/14 8:36am 7/08/14 8:36am

The Newest Ghost in the Shell Explores Romance in a Cyborg World

This past weekend saw the release of the third part of Ghost in the Shell Arise in theaters across Japan. And while it is still full of all the cyberpunk police action you’ve come to expect from the franchise, Ghost Tears also delves into what romance is like in a cybernetic society. » 7/01/14 10:53pm 7/01/14 10:53pm

Here's How Long It Takes To Binge-Watch The Best Animated Shows

The Nielsen Company has created this handy infographic so that you can precisely determine how much of your life would be required to view every episode of every season of the top animated shows. That way, you can plan accordingly if a planet-destroying asteroid is just one week away from impact. » 6/28/14 12:11pm 6/28/14 12:11pm

Lumpy Space Princess Writes Awful Fan-Fiction, And It's Fantastic

In the third gender-swapped episode of Adventure Time, Fionna and Cake take a backseat to the supremely important savior of candy-king: Lumpy Space Prince. I mean, holy shit — have you seen his eyes? Those things are like crystal mirrors of flawless beauty. I was even hoping that watching this episode would make LSP… » 6/28/14 3:24am 6/28/14 3:24am