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Dive into FLCL's key frames with E-SAKUGA's upcoming product

Ride on Shooting Sakuga
Nov 05
// Salvador G Rodiles
There's something wonderful about seeing the hard work that goes into creating an animated piece. One nice thing about this process is seeing the project's key frames that make each scene pop out. Speaking of which, FLCL is g...
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Turn A Gundam

Moonlight Butterfly: Right Stuf to release Turn A Gundam on Blu-ray

DVD owners are in for a sweet deal
Aug 14
// Salvador G Rodiles
Right Stuf has been on a good roll with their plan to release the older Gundam titles on Blu-ray. During their Otakon '16, the company mentioned that Turn A Gundam is getting the Blu-ray treatment next year. For those who bou...
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Cyborg 009 vs Devilman

Aw snap: Cyborg 009 and Devilman collide in a new OVA

Sounds like a match made in heaven
Jun 19
// Salvador G Rodiles
Oh wow, now this is what I call an unexpected turn of events. It turns out that the new Cyborg 009 anime is a three-episode crossover OVA with Devilman. Actas (Kotesushin Jeeg and MazinKaiser SKL's Animation P...
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Your Lie in April

Feel emotions again with Your Lie in April OVA

Get Rekt, Emotions. AGAIN
May 15
// Red Veron
I know many of you are still trying to get over the ending Your Lie in April and the wound still fresh in your hearts, why don't take a look at a more simpler time? News of a 23rd anime episode just hit and instead of an epil...

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Digimon Adventure tri.'s latest trailer will please your nostalgic heart

The Crest of Hope shines strong
May 07
// Salvador G Rodiles
This might sound strange, but I have yet to watch Digimon Adventure in its original language. Nonetheless, the series is still one of those titles that I still adore to this day. Anyway, Toei's uploaded a new trail...
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Code Geass: Akito

There is, in fact, a 3rd episode of Code Geass: Akito the Exiled

He really was exiled
Mar 29
// Josh Tolentino
Wow, and here I thought Code Geass had just about departed from living memory, when Bandai releases a trailer to remind us that no, we're not done yet. Or rather, that we'll finally be done soon, since the trailer revea...
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Gundam: The Origin

Watch 7 minutes of the Red Comet in Gundam: The Origin

Watch the veritable Red Comet in action!
Feb 17
// Red Veron
Fans of the Red Comet, rejoice! We finally get to see Char Aznable in action in this new trailer for the upcoming first part of the OVA adaptation of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin. The trailer features Char Aznable laying w...
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Attack on Titan

Captain Levi's past is revealed in upcoming OVA trailer

Where did he get his cleaning skills?
Sep 15
// Hiroko Yamamura
Attack on Titan's top badass is the star of an upcoming OVA, which promises to reveal the cold eyed spinning slashed. Attack on Titan: No Regrets - Birth of Levi, takes us to the time before Levi joins up with the Survey Cor...
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Gundam Unicorn

Final volume of Gundam Unicorn gets another trailer

Comes in sub and dub flavors
Apr 11
// Pedro Cortes
It's been four long years, but we're finally at the end of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. The OVA series, extended to seven episodes from the original solicitation of six, premieres its final episode in several Japanese theater...
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Kill la Kill

Oh look, it's a Kill la Kill OVA teaser video

Yup, episode 25 is coming... in September.
Mar 28
// Ben Huber
Kill la Kill might be over, but that doesn't mean you won't get one last look into the world! A short teaser of an OVA has shown up, giving us the very briefest of glimpses. It's mostly just background art, to be honest, but...
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New character and PV contest for upcoming Gargantia OVA

A new character reveal and 300,000 yen on the line!
Mar 26
// Dae Lee
Gargantia on the Vendurous Planet is a series that I grow more fond every time I think back on it. The amazing art design, fun characters and the intricately crafted world left me wanting to see more adventures with Ledo and ...
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Hayate the Combat Butler

New Hayate the Combat Butler OVA gets first trailer

First OVA episode hits June 18th
Mar 25
// LB Bryant
Not long ago we revealed here on Japanator that Hayate the Combat Butler would be getting a brand new three episode OVA. The episodes are to be bundled with three volumes of the manga which will hit store shelves this summer....
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Mobile Suit Gundam

Gundam 35th anniversary brings new movie, OVA, TV show

Tons of robots coming down the pipe
Mar 21
// Pedro Cortes
I hope you're ready for a whole lot of Gundam in the next couple months, because the air is about to get thick with Minovsky Particles. To commemorate the 35th year of Gundam, Sunrise is prepping an onslaught of media for fan...
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Hayate the Combat Butler

New Hayate the Combat Butler OVAs announced

Celebrating ten years of Hayate
Mar 14
// LB Bryant
I have a very strange relationship with Hayate the Combat Butler. A couple of years ago I watched the first two seasons on Crunchyroll and fell in love pretty much right away. I thought that while it was a pretty typical hare...
Marvel photo

New Marvel Avengers OVA to be released March 25th

Madhouse will be producing this one too!
Jan 24
// LB Bryant
In this apartment the Marvel vs. DC debate is still waged on a weekly basis. My girlfriend believes that DC is the superior brand while I, on the other hand, feel that Marvel is better. Part of my evidence for this is that Ma...
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GitS: Arise

8 minutes of Ghost in the Shell Arise border:2 now online

Get a sneak peek at the latest OVA!
Nov 19
// Ben Huber
You might not get to see Ghost in the Shell: Arise - border:2 Ghost Whispers quite yet, as the Blu-ray doesn't come out in Japan until December 25th, but you can at least catch the first 8 minutes online! The promotional pre...
Ghost in the Shell ARISE photo
Ghost in the Shell ARISE

Ghost in the Shell ARISE border 2: Ghost Whispers trailer

Explosions, gun play, and lots of CG
Oct 18
// Elliot Gay
While not without problems, I enjoyed the first entry of Ghost in the Shell ARISE.  I've always been a big GitS fan, and though ARISE made some odd changes (voice actors, character designs), on the whole it felt like a ...
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Little Witch Academia

Grab your wands! Little Witch Academia's pre-order begins

Don't let the price fool you.
Aug 12
// Salvador G Rodiles
It looks like the real magic has begun, because Little Witch Academia has finally prepared its spell that will allow viewers to pre-order the OVA on Blu-ray! While the limited edition Blu-ray is being priced at ¥ 6,0...
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Little Witch Academia

YES! Little Witch Academia 2 Kickstarter ends at $625k

Let's continue to celebrate all year long!
Aug 11
// Salvador G Rodiles
I feel terrible for being late to the celebration again, since this is one thing that we could all rejoice over for the rest of the year! Speaking of which, I bet the proud people at Studio TRIGGER are still partying as we sp...
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Cutie Honey

New Cutie Honey OVA gets a release date

Aug 06
// Josh Totman
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! As you can see, I'm just a bit excited to hear the news that a new Cutie Honey OVA is coming out on December 6th. This is going to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Go Nagai's creation. No other info is available as of this time, but rest assured, I'll be all over this once I get my sweaty hands on it. My body is ready, Go Nagai!  [via Akihabara News]
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Gundam UC Part 3

Right Stuf launches a release date for Gundam UC Part 3

Three release dates down, one more to go.
Jul 31
// Salvador G Rodiles
If you don't mind owning Gundam Unicorn in standard definition, Right Stuf has revealed an actual date for Gundam Unicorn Part 3. The actual date for the next DVD set will be on the 5th of November.  I know I'm being del...
Little Witch Academia 2 photo
Little Witch Academia 2

REJOICE! Little Witch Academia 2 Kickstarter is live

Trigger and Yoshinari here to save the day.
Jul 09
// Elliot Gay
UPDATE: And in less than 12 hours, TRIGGER's LWA2 KS has reached it's goal of $150,000. Congratulations! Trigger's Little Witch Academia was a fantastic one-off OVA with beautiful animation, fantastic direction, and a charmin...
Corpse Party OVA photo
Corpse Party OVA

Rejoice! Corpse Party: Tortured Souls looks horrific

Late to the corpse party.
Jul 04
// Elliot Gay
Corpse Party is messed up. It's gross, it's horrifying, it's occasionally kind of sexual, and it's a whole lot of fun.  The upcoming animated OVA, Corpse Party: Tortured Souls, looks like it's going to continue that fin...
GITS Arise preview photo
GITS Arise preview

The first 8 minutes of Ghost in the Shell Arise rise up

Or should I say 'arise'?
Jun 14
// Josh Tolentino
Hankering for another dose of Ghost in the Shell and schlocky Microsoft Surface promos aren't enough to do the job? Bandai and Production IG have just the thing for you! How about eight full minutes of Ghost in the Shell Ari...
Gundam UC DVD release  photo
Gundam UC DVD release

Colony drop: Right Stuf to distribute Gundam UC on DVD

Feast your eyes on a cheaper option for Gundam Unicorn.
May 14
// Salvador G Rodiles
It looks like the hope in the form of Gundam is still around in North America, since Right Stuf has signed up with Sunrise to release Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn on DVD. Long story short, the series is going to be re...
GitS: ARISE trailer photo
GitS: ARISE trailer

Ghost in the Shell: ARISE gets a dramatic trailer

This is a much better look at the new GitS.
May 11
// Elliot Gay
Despite some odd design choices, I'm actually really looking forward to the upcoming Ghost in the Shell: ARISE OVAs. I've been a huge fan of the franchise since I was a kid, and I was thrilled to here we'd be getting mo...
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Little Witch Academia

Official English subbed Little Witch Academia on Youtube

Go watch it now. No excuses.
Apr 19
// Elliot Gay
Trigger has uploaded Little Witch Academia to Youtube for free. As if that weren't awesome enough, the half hour OVA has received the English subtitle treatment, which means there's no excuse not to go watch it immediately.  Seriously. It's a fantastic one-off that deserves all the love in the world. Check out our review if you haven't already.  Good show, Trigger. Good show.

Review: Little Witch Academia

Apr 13 // Elliot Gay
Little Witch AcademiaStudio: TriggerRelease Date: March 2, 2013 (Japan) Akko Kagari is a young witch who has aspired to be like her idol, Shiny Chariot, since she was a small child. Not being born of witch blood, she struggles with learning the same techniques that come so easily to her classmates. One day, the class takes a trip to a dungeon below the school, filled with monsters. Their teacher instructs them to go on a hunt for treasure, with the team that brings back the most being declared the winner. Things get out of hand, and Akko is forced to face her dreams head on. Little Witch Academia is an underdog story that wraps itself up quite nicely within its brief 26 minute runtime. Akko is a stubborn, but hardworking protagonist that's easy to relate to. Everyone has felt like an outsider at some point. We've all had something to prove at one time or another, and Academia's protagonist embodies these traits. In an OVA as short as this one, it's important that the audience is able to lath onto the characters in as little time as possible. In that sense, I think main writer Masahiko Otsuka did a fantastic job of bringing the cast to life.  The supporting characters don't get a whole lot of time to flex their muscle, which means they have to make as big an impact as possible in a very small period of time. Akko's rival, Diana, seems like a typical rich-girl sort of character, but backs up her snobbiness via her legitimate magic skills. She's not stupid, and it makes her a fun character to watch Akko bicker with. Susshy, one of Akko's best friends, doesn't have a wealth of lines, but she makes a strong impression with her terrifying magic and goth personality. Unfortunately, Lotte's just kind of there, serving as the straight character to Akko and Susshy's oddness. A feast for the eyes from beginning to end, Little Witch Academia truly begins to shine when you dissect its shot composition and animation. The opening sequence features a young Akko attending a performance by her witch idol, Shiny Chariot, and functions as both an introduction to the world, and a technical showcase. Shiny Chariot moves about the screen with incredible life, her vibrant magic twisting and spiraling around her. The final set piece, an all out battle, is animated action filmmaking at its finest. With key animation handled by six (sometimes more) animators, there is rarely a moment in Little Witch Academia that fails to impress on a technical level. The art style also manages to impress by neither being overly cute or mature, instead balancing between the two. The end effect is an impressive looking OVA that avoids alienating potential audiences. Director Yoh Yoshinari and his team also avoid resorting to easy fanservice to appeal to viewers. There are multiple points during which I expected panty shots, only for them to never come at all. Given the tone of the production, I would have been disappointed by that kind of needless pandering, so to say I was overjoyed would be an understatement. Quite a few Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann veterans lent their talents to Little Witch Academia, and it shows. Shot choice is refreshing, with careful thought put into foreground and background composition. This is a film-level production at its core, and it shows in the way things are framed. Action sequences also feature great choreography; characters are easy to track, and there's a fantastic sense of energy and movement in every shot.  I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Michiru Oshima's (Full Metal Alchemist, Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.) excellent score. Being a relatively short production, Little Witch Academia doesn't have a huge soundtrack, but what's there is great. The main theme is a stirring and emotional piece that supports the underdog narrative effectively. Oshima doesn't get as much animation work these days as I'd like, so just getting to hear her flex her muscle again is a pleasure. Trigger's Little Witch Academia may be brief, but it's fun, exciting, engaging, and a reminder of the kind of quality OVAs that used to be so common back in the 80s and 90s. It's a simple tale of a young girl trying to overcome a giant wall, told in the grandest of fashions. It's proof that there are some incredibly talented young people in the anime industry, just waiting to get their chance to shine. I can't wait to see what they bring to the table next. Little Witch Academia is an excellent trip worth taking for any fan of animation.  8.0 – Great. A great example of its genre that everyone should see, regardless of their interest.
Little Witch Academia photo
A fantastic OVA with a wonderful sense of adventure.
The Young Animator Training Project launched in 2010, designed to help push younger animators to stretch their muscles a bit and put their skills on display. This year's program, dubbed Anime Mirai 2013, featured entries from...

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Ruin Explorers

Licensing GET: Maiden Japan rescues Ruin Explorers

Uncover ruins! Also 90's nostalgia
Mar 20
// Josh Tolentino
Wow, now this is a blast from the past. The nostalgia-and-niche rescue experts at Maiden Japan have just announced their licensing of Ruin Explorers, the beloved 1995 OVA series starring two chicks with spiky hair and HUGE ey...

Ghost in the Shell: Arise OP is... uninspiring at best

Feb 12
// Elliot Gay
Seriously, what happened here? After the incredible openings that both Stand Alone Complex TV series got, this is a complete disappointment. The only thing here that gets me remotely excited is the final shot of Motoko stand...

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled episode 2 is looking good

Jan 31
// Elliot Gay
I'm the last person you'd call a fan of either Code Geass TV series. I will however say that I think they're beautifully animated pieces of television that I don't regret watching, even if the actual story and cast did nothi...

Discotek Media licenses Gunbuster 2: Diebuster

Prepare for hot blood and manly tears
Jan 08
// Pedro Cortes
Long time readers may remember that I reviewed Diebuster a couple years back. I fellated the show, and with good reason. It's one of my favorite OVAs, only topped by it's predecessor, Gunbuster. The only problem is that ...

Make a note in your diaries, Mirai Nikki to be redialled

I apologise in advance.
Dec 23
// Chris Walden
Remember that little message that appeared at the end of Mirai Nikki? Well, it seems we finally have something new that involves those nifty future-telling diaries, as we are due an OVA at the end of July 2013. It comes with ...

Rejoice, 08th MS Team Blu-ray set comes with a new OVA

Sieg Zeon!
Oct 22
// Salvador G Rodiles
Well folks, the best Gundam series in all of Japanator has gotten even better. Not only are we getting all 12 episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team on Blu-ray, but a new short OVA called The Battle Against Thr...

Sweet Jesus, Saint Young Men will be animated

Buddha cosplay up 250%
Sep 27
// Chris Walden
Well, this was certainly unexpected. Saint Young Men, a popular manga that shows what happens when both Jesus Christ and Buddha end up sharing a dorm together, will be receiving an animated movie. Not an OVA, not a short seri...

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled Blu-Ray trailer is hot

Hail Britannia!
Sep 18
// Hiroko Yamamura
If you aren't sure wether or not you wanted to import the Blu-Ray release of Code Geass: Akito the Exiled Volume 1: The Wyvern has Landed, the exciting new trailer might change you mind. I haven't really followed this OVA se...

Kyousogiga returns with a short online series

Aug 26
// Chris Walden
The original Kyousogiga ONA landed in December of last year, offering an intriguing, insane and colourful look at not-Kyoto. On its own, it didn't really reveal a whole lot about what the series is about or where it was going...

First chunk of Code Geass: Akito the Exiled streaming

Aug 09
// Elliot Gay
I'll be honest with you guys and gals. Code Geass has never really appealed to me for one reason or another. The first season didn't do much for me and while I enjoyed the pure eye candy on display, I greatly disliked the cor...

Code Geass spin-off gets the trailer treatment

Jul 16
// Chris Walden
As we creep ever closer to the August 4th release date, more and more information on the new Code Geass project seems to be surfacing. Understandable, considering how highly the franchise is regarded over there. Today saw th...

The World God Only Knows gets an OVA. Thankonomics.

Jul 14
// Chris Walden
Oh boy, I do love me some TWGOK. While it's not an announcement of a third season, I feel that those of us addicted to the show will take this new OVA with open arms. It's to be bundled with the limited edition version of vol...

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