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Summer 2022 produced several compelling anime that fans should watch.
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Anime magic users might be overshadowed by swordfighters, but the best spellcasters show they deserve to stand among the greatest anime has to offer.
Some anime characters look cool in black or stylish in red, while others look totally rad in bright green clothes or costumes instead.
Not every anime villain needs to be ruthless to be considered cruel. Plenty of anime villains hide their cruel intentions behind a mask of kindness.
Itachi is a bloody betrayer, a caring older brother, a prodigy, and a cool villain in the Akatsuki, and a few anime characters can relate to that.
Waifus are the ideal life partner in the imagination of anime fans, and some of them are downright legendary as the best of all time.
Mature shojo manga doesn't have to have depressing endings. Here are three shojo characters who deserve happy endings.
Like in real life, uncles in anime can be anything from the family oddball to a beloved mentor for their nieces and nephews.
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The One Piece may be difficult to find, but many anime characters could discover it pretty easily.
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For anime and manga fans seeking a fun and affecting sci-fi series, look no further than the underrated Astra Lost in Space.
From comedies to murder mysteries, some of the greatest anime feature animal protagonists who tackle all sorts of relatable situations.
Some My Hero Academia Quirks are so overpowered that their users would be able to beat almost anyone in the world of Naruto.
Kanao Tsuyuri flips coins to make her decisions, similar to Two-Face from Batman. However, this tends to hold back these characters' personal growth.
The shoujo demographic has spawned wonderful series like Fruits Basket and NANA, but there are plenty of gorgeous manga deserving of recognition.
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An anime character being in the right place at the right time is a common trope that helps to push the narrative forward.
These stellar anime series all embody the best traits of astrological signs, from the bold Leo to the humanitarian Aquarius.
Many anime adaptations don't meet manga readers' standards.
Truck-kun has isekai'd anime characters into new lives for decades. With a reputation as extensive as his, Truck-kun has many memorable moments.
The creativity in Japanese anime has allowed the medium to reach bold new heights, but some anime visuals leave a lot to be desired.
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Shonen series can be full of stereotypes and predictable clichés. But, sometimes, even the most generic shows can grow into something greater.
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Denki Kaminari often falls behind in Class 1-A, but if he must face villains in mortal combat, he'll prove himself as one of U.A.'s best fighters.
There is much debate about love triangles in shonen anime, but fans cannot get enough of their favorite complicated romances.
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Kevin Penkin enhances and elevates the worlds of Made in Abyss, Tower of God, and more through powerful and inspired soundtracks.
Many anime couples wouldn't thrive under real-life circumstances.
Even seemingly lighthearted and unsophisticated comedy protagonists might have some dark secrets lurking in the shadows of their past.
While many spin-offs are thought to be mindless cash grabs, some anime franchises created unnecessary spin-offs that everyone loved.
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As football season begins and Halloween looms on the horizon, Hulu and Prime Video bring the late summer streaming favorites. Here are CBR's picks.
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Fans know that some anime animals are too scary or dangerous to take home.
Throughout Naruto, Kakashi Hatake has aided the protagonist through many hard times.
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Many isekai anime feature characters who have unique or compelling goals. Some of them dream so big that their journeys become grand adventures.
Some of the most dramatic romance anime raise the stakes and keep fans interested.
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Franchise-based Lego sets range from Star Wars to LOTR, and anime fans would love to see their favorite series get their own Lego sets.
These anime characters have managed to master one of the most sophisticated instruments in the world, the piano.
Though fans are excited to see their favorite characters and scenes animated, some mangas rival even the best animation.
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Whatever their motivations may be, many of Naruto's villains end up surprisingly compelling, even if they've committed unforgivable acts.
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Some anime series are so sad that they are hard enough to watch the first time, making a rewatch next to impossible.
These modern anime took old classics and redid them from the ground up, retelling their stories for a new generation.
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Many characters use fire in anime, which means they would translate well into the Pokémon universe and could make formidable Fire-Type Gym Leaders.
Plenty of anime series are perfect for a new, popular challenge: the Try Not To Cry Challenge.
Anime may not get as much credit as the original, but sometimes, an English dub finds a voice actor that embodies the character perfectly.
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While most Naruto characters were unsuccessful in preventing the Uchiha massacre, other anime characters would've had better luck.
There were times when North America never saw a version of the series, with the dub only being released overseas.
It's undeniable that Tanjiro Kamado's empathy is one of his defining character traits in Demon Slayer, but is there more to this than meets the eye?
Fans could make the argument that Mario could take on anime's catalog of strong fighters, though there are just as many who would spell "Game Over."
Tower of God hosts an impressive, powerful cast of characters, but little is known about one of the Tower's strongest and highest-ranking Irregulars.
Some anime characters have the skills to emerge victorious from a battle royale.
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Sometimes good things come from terrible situations, and fate had other plans for these anime characters.
Sherlock Holmes has been in tons of anime, from Moriarty the Patriot to Holmes in Kyoto. Maybe the Great Detective should give mystery anime some room
Stellaris' Overlord expansion adds new features and gameplay, which allows players to explore and expand throughout space in fresh ways.
Most isekai fans would agree it would be better to simply give new seasons to the good anime series rather than continue making more bad ones.
Overlord and Apocalypse Now are very different movies, but one thing they share is the horrifying reality of war many soldiers have experienced.
Power levels vary wildly between anime series, and some attacks that barely leave a scratch in one series could be deadly in another.
In Zombie Land Saga Revenge Episode 5, Lily enters a TV talent competition where she competes against another more obnoxious child star.
Resident Alien Season 2 deals Asta another setback when she seeks out a loved one, but the SyFy series also teaches Harry another life lesson.
2016's Train to Busan did zombie horror at a breakneck pace, but Horror Express crafted an even more terrifying train experience 44 years prior.
Weiss has been saved, but now Yang Xiao Long must save her partner Blake in a fight that hauntingly foreshadows their fight against Adam in Vol. 6.
The return of the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh comes with some interesting revelations about him -- including the possible existence of his very own Robin.
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