Studio Ghibli anime legend Isao Takahata dies at 82

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Isao Takahata (L) and Yoshiaki Nishimura attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards Oscar Week Celebrates Animated Features at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on February 19, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Isao Takahata, the legendary anime director that co-founded Studio Ghibli alongside Hayao Miyazaki, has died. He was 82. Yahoo Japan reports that he had been suffering from a heart condition and was hospitalized last summer; Studio Ghibli has since confirmed the news of his death.

Although not as internationally well-known as Miyazaki, Takahata directed some of Studio Ghibli’s most beautiful and original films, from the moving Only Yesterday to the heart-wrenching war drama Grave of the Fireflies. He also served as producer on early Miyazaki works Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Castle in the Sky, and his last directorial credit was for the elegaic, visually stunning Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

Takahata never drew himself, which…

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Honkai Impact 3rd guide – What you need to know to get a head start in this anime brawler

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Want a new beat em’ up on mobile? Look no further than Honkai Impact 3rd. This gorgeous anime brawler involves building teams of powerful Valkyries to take down some vicious, futuristic foes. If this sounds like you’re cup of tea, check out this guide to help get you started out on the right foot.

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Eight new anime shows to watch this spring

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The 2018 spring anime season is almost here and with it, a new slate of shows (about 53) as well as 11 carrying over from the winter season. Many of these shows are available for viewing outside Japan within a day thanks to streaming services like Crunchyroll, Netflix, and Amazon. With so many new shows to sort through, we tried to highlight some that might be interesting for anime fans and non-fans alike.

If you like superhero action and high school drama/comedy

My Hero Academia

In a world where 80 percent of people are born with superpowers called quirks, Midoriya wasn’t. Despite that, he dreams of enrolling at UA High School where new heroes begin their training. A chance encounter with his idol and the world’s greatest hero, All…

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Spend a weekend binge-watching anime after you shop this great one-day Amazon Blu-ray sale

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For a limited time, Amazon is offering great deals on a selection of Anime Blu-rays. They start at $ 18.

DBZ fans can snag the entire Dragon Ball Z: Seasons 1-9 Collection on Blu-ray for $ 126. It’s temporarily out of stock, but you can still order it now and it’ll ship as soon as possible. Maybe you’d like to binge the highly-rated Fruits Basket: The Complete Series for $ 44.99 instead.

Some of these even have special collector’s features, like Akira: Movie with a collector’s steelbook case. It also comes with a Blu-ray, a DVD, a 32-page color booklet, and a slew of special features.

Make sure to check out the entire sale before it expires.

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‘Clash Royale’ Anime Trailer Looks Great

Supecell has the art team (and money) to make some great Clash Royale [Free] commercials, and the latest one, called “Cards Coming to Life,” is one of the best commercials yet. The commercial turns many of your favorite Clash Royale characters into perfectly designed anime characters that truly belong on your TV. It’s actually a bit funny that the commercial demonstrates how better Clash Royale‘s art would be if it adopted a style closer to anime versus the one it has now. And that’s saying something given how fun the current art style of the game is.

Supercell is asking if people like this new commercial and whether it should make more of them. The developer has been dabbling into animated episodes starring the Clash Royale characters, so I can see Supercell turning this anime experiment into a new animated series. Reddit seems to be pretty happy with the commercial, although there’s some commentary on the Musketeer’s outfit. What do you think of the commercial and this take on the game’s characters?


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This AI generates pretty good looking anime characters based on your input

Sketching up anime characters could be quite an intricate process – especially for amateurs. But thanks to cutting-edge research in artificial intelligence, soon there might be AI-powered assistants that can help you doodle your own anime renders. Researchers from Fudan University, Carnegie Mellon University, Tongji University and Stony Brook University have developed a generative adversarial network (GAN) that can produce high-quality anime character renders without almost any help from humans. The scientists built a demonstration website where you can try out how good their pre-tested model is at drawing characters. The site practically lets users select a series of options…

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