ANIME

Remember When Lupin the Third Almost Won the Monaco Grand Prix?

In 1977, Niki Lauda won the Monaco Grand Prix. Sorry, no, not the real Monaco Grand Prix. The real one was won by Jody Scheckter, with Lauda coming in second. (Though Lauda did go on to win the championship that year.) I’m talking about the fictional 1977 Monaco Grand Prix…

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The Fancies 2021: The Best & Worst Anime I Watched While Writing Guides

When it comes to guides writing, I often spend a lot of time listening to podcasts or watching television shows on my second monitor. When you’re on your third playthrough of Resident Evil: Village hunting for collectibles, it’s easy to get bored. I quickly learned that having additional entertainment can…

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FEATURES

ODDTAXI is a Perfect Ensemble Noir About Funny Animals

It’s a tough world out there for furry anime. Sure, there will never be a shortage of shows where basically human teens sport tails and ears to frequently horny ends, but instances of fully anthropomorphized animals are generally expected to be intrinsically Saying Something with their use of animal-people. Given…

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NANA Teaches Readers How to Mourn a Friendship

Do you remember the time you met your best friend — that feeling of apprehension initiating conversation wondering just how much of your true self to reveal? Time has a way of undoing things, including friendships. But endings also mark the opportunity for new beginnings. Making friends comes with figuring out…

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What the Hell Happened to Wonder Egg Priority?

This piece discusses suicide, transphobia, sexual assault, pedophilia, and rape apologism at length. Wonder Egg Priority premiered to dazzling praise back in January, with almost film-quality animation and a creative team of talented newcomers either beginning their careers or stepping into new roles. Its story, about four adolescent girls each…

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Behind Anime Lines: Paranoia Agent Part Four

Behind Anime Lines is a feature where Eric and Chingy watch an anime together and discuss it—its cultural context, its aesthetic qualities, and how it makes us feel. In this first series, we’re watching Satoshi Kon’s TV series Paranoia Agent, one of Chingy’s favorite series and one Eric hasn’t seen…

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Behind Anime Lines: Paranoia Agent Part Three

Behind Anime Lines is a feature where Eric and Chingy watch an anime together and discuss it—its cultural context, its aesthetic qualities, and how it makes us feel. In this first series, we’re watching Satoshi Kon’s TV series Paranoia Agent, one of Chingy’s favorite series and one Eric hasn’t seen…

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Behind Anime Lines: Paranoia Agent Part Two

Behind Anime Lines is a feature where Eric and Chingy watch an anime together and discuss it—its cultural context, its aesthetic qualities, and how it makes us feel. In this first series, we’re watching Satoshi Kon’s TV series Paranoia Agent, one of Chingy’s favorite series and one Eric hasn’t seen…

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Behind Anime Lines: Paranoia Agent, Part 1

Behind Anime Lines is a feature where Eric and Chingy watch an anime together and discuss it—its cultural context, its aesthetic qualities, and how it makes us feel. In this first series, we’re watching Satoshi Kon’s TV series Paranoia Agent, one of Chingy’s favorite series and one Eric hasn’t seen…

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What You Need to Know to Watch the Heaven Official’s Blessing Donghua

Update: As of April, 2021, the first season of Heaven Official’s Blessing can be streamed on Netflix, BiliBili, and Funimation. There is no release date yet for the second season, which has been announced. With Funimation announcing, one day before the show’s premiere, that they are dipping into the world…

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Five Essential Gaming Anime To Watch

Video games show up in plenty of anime series, many are even centered on games. Some of the most well known fall into the “transported to another world” anime subgenre known as “isekai,” but there is so much more to gaming anime than that. Let’s take a look at five…

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LISTS

5 Beloved Anime Series That Got Season 2 Glow Ups

Like any other form of television, anime can and do have individual seasons that see drastic changes in quality. Sometimes they start out great… only to see worsening animation or writing. Other times, though, they start out weak and come back stronger — either by looking noticeably better, or by…

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Eric Thurm Makes merritt k Watch Anime 12: Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! 

Eric Thurm and merritt k go deep on Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! — a series about teen girls who make their own anime. It’s a love letter and brutally honest examination of creativity and craft, with three main characters who act as artist, producer, and director of their own…

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PODCASTS

The God of High School is Good Ol’ Fashion Anime Tournament Fighting

I’m a simple anime fan. Action-packed battles and fighting tournaments are the peanut butter and jelly of the shounen genre. From the classic World Martial Arts Tournament of Dragon Ball Z to the highly stylized (and comically over-narrated fights) of Kengan Ashura, punching each other bloody in the ring is one…

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NEWS

Eric Thurm Makes merritt k Watch Anime 6: Lupin the Third

Fanbyte Secretary of Anime Eric Thurm and Features and Trending editor merritt k took a fun trip this week, through the first few episodes of goofy crime caper Lupin the Third. There are wacky characters, fun wardrobe choices, a lot of crime, and even… a sea monster!  You can download…

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Eric Thurm Makes merritt k Watch Anime 5: One Punch Man

This week on Eric Thurm Makes merritt k watch anime, our hosts discuss the end of Devilman Crybaby (with spoilers!), the first series they successfully navigated through the whole shebang! Then it’s on to One Punch Man, a series about a guy — Saitama — who beats up monsters with…

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Eric Thurm Makes merritt k Watch Anime 4: Chihayafuru

This week on Fanbyte’s premiere anime rewatch show, our Secretary of Anime (Eric Thurm) brought the surprisingly intense card-game series Chihayafuru to Features and Trending Editor merritt k. The show is about a club that plays the ancient Japanese game of Karuta, where players match lines of poetry on cards…

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Eric Thurm Makes merritt k Watch Anime 3: Trigun

This week on the show, Fanbyte’s Secretary of Anime brings three episodes of wacky sci-fi western Trigun to Features and Trending Editor merritt k, to see if she’ll want to watch more. It’s a wild ride, featuring a sort of human natural disaster called Vash the Stampede as he wanders…

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PODCASTS

Fanbyte Evening News March 30, 2020

Here’s your audio roundup for this evening’s news! Direct link here or use the embed below. You can find our Morning, Evening, and Sunday edition short podcasts on the Fanbyte FM feed of your favorite podcatcher.

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Eric Thurm Makes merritt k Watch Anime 2: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Fanbyte Secretary of Anime Eric Thurm brought three episodes of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya to Features and Trending Editor merritt k, a series based on the light novels of the same name. The show features the eponymous Haruhi Suzumiya, a wacky schoolgirl who is obsessed with the supernatural, but…

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