Star Blazers Got Me Through The Shittiest Year Of My Childhood

I was a happy child, but I didn't have such a happy childhood. Other kids didn't get my weird vibe, especially in elementary and middle school. And one year in particular, we moved to a new city and a new school, and things got ugly. Only one thing kept me from losing my shit: Star Blazers. » 3/13/15 12:30pm 3/13/15 12:30pm

The anime version of Family Matters is way better than the original

Meet Urkel-San, the protagonist of the new Animation Domination High-Def video that transforms Family Matters into an uncanny anime world full of swords, robots and magic potions. I don't know about you but I like this version much better than the original. » 1/26/15 11:25am 1/26/15 11:25am

Watch Hayao Miyazaki animate the last shot of his career

This excerpt from The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness—a new documentary about the legendary Studio Ghibli—shows anime master Hayao Miyazaki drawing the last shot of the last film of his career, The Wind Rises. It was precisely during the shooting of this documentary that Miyazaki decided to retire from filmmaking. » 12/12/14 9:19am 12/12/14 9:19am

These sexy manga-style Lego action figures feel totally NSFW

Reddit user IPlayWithFire shared these awesome Lego action figures in provocative poses. These feel like they should be filth, but are they? They do a wonderful job of representing the genre of fembots or gynoids present in anime and manga today. I'll file it under something awesome you can do with your Bionicle. » 11/03/14 4:38pm 11/03/14 4:38pm

Murakami turned a Pharrell music video into an anime-style video game

Here's the official music video for Pharrell Williams' latest single "It Girl". It's a visual trip that combines lovely anime and nostalgia inducing 8-bit video games with the always colorful imagination of artist Takashi Murakami. It's not so much a music video as it is moving art. » 9/30/14 9:18pm 9/30/14 9:18pm

Oculus Rift Lets You Rest Your Lonely Head on an Anime Woman's Lap

It found you a car. It enlisted in the Navy. It gave this grandma the thrill of her life. And now, at long last, the Oculus Rift is giving you a taste of what it's like to know a woman's touch sort of. Meet your new, anime, virtual girlfriend('s lap). It was only a matter of time. » 8/04/14 10:49am 8/04/14 10:49am

Netflix first original anime series looks Robotech-level awesome

Netflix is launching its first original anime series on July 4: the futuristic Knights of Sidonia. The first season, already broadcasted in Japan, is 12 episodes of space opera epic drama that apparently is full of cool spaceships and mechas. Here's the synopsis: » 6/26/14 11:29am 6/26/14 11:29am

How to Embrace Anime and Never Look Back

The rise of the Internet has come hand-in-hand with anime's explosive growth in popularity and reach. A genre that just a couple decades ago was only available stateside through informal networks trading VHS tapes—the original fan-subbers—has gone mainstream, winning Oscars, breaking box office records, and… » 5/04/13 11:00am 5/04/13 11:00am

An Ode To the Unsung Art of Anime Backgrounds

Backdrops are called backdrops for a reason—they're designed to fade against the focus of a particular scene. But as a new single-serving Tumblr called Anime Backgrounds proves, sometimes the best art is to be found behind the characters. » 4/23/13 3:40pm 4/23/13 3:40pm

Flight Facilities feat. Grovesnor: With You

Combining a block-rocking beat, poignant love story, and a hardcore Astroboy Disco vibe—did I mention, it's anime—With You by Australian electronica duo Flight Facilities will have you grooving faster than you can say "Go! Go! Go!" » 5/16/12 7:00pm 5/16/12 7:00pm

Ghost in the Shell's Think Tanks Are Intimidating, Even in LEGO Form

Major Kusinagi's climactic fight against the Alakuneda Think Tank in the original Ghost in the Shell is easily one of the best fight scenes in modern anime. Now, that arm-shearing battle has gotten a bit cuter with a Think Tank made from stock LEGO bricks. » 2/13/12 10:00pm 2/13/12 10:00pm

The Gundam Leica Camera That Doesn't Really Have Anything to Do With…

When I first heard about a new Leica camera being designed by Kunio Okawara-sama, the man responsible for the mechanical design of the insanely popular Gundam anime series, I nearly shit myself in excitement. Then I saw what it looked like. » 9/08/11 6:40pm 9/08/11 6:40pm

Meet Gizmodo's Guest Artist: Nook

If you're an eagle-eyed reader, you've probably noticed our new guest artist for the month: Nook. He specializes in illustrations and motion design and if you've seen his work, you'll know how eye popping his stuff can be. » 6/22/11 6:20pm 6/22/11 6:20pm

This Is How We Surfed the Web In 1998: Slowly

Thirteen years ago, a man made a VHS recording of himself exploring that newfangled internet thing. He's finally gotten around to posting it on YouTube. So what was the internet like back then? A little slower and fewer kittehs, but the same healthy obsession with scantily clad anime ladies! [OHYST] » 3/21/11 2:00pm 3/21/11 2:00pm

Why Pirating Your Anime Isn't So Bad

During an unscientific focus group, Nate Anderson over at Ars Technica found a few key reasons why animes that you can stream for free and legally online are still pirated. Rather than just pricing, factors like speed of availability, video quality, and especially good subtitles with respect for culture all come into… » 2/22/11 2:49pm 2/22/11 2:49pm

There's A Robot Hiding In My Neon Genesis Evangelion Chopsticks

These Neon Genesis Evangelion Chopsticks are supposed to mimic the entry plugs of the Evangelions in the famous anime. The plug can even be opened to reveal the pilot hiding inside your chopsticks. » 10/16/10 3:00pm 10/16/10 3:00pm

ThunderCats Ho! New Anime Cartoon Network Series Planned

Grab your sword of omens, we need sight beyond sight! Yes, the ThunderCats are planning a return, with the Cartoon Network commissioning an anime series from the same studio that did The Animatrix. [HollywoodReporter via SFX] » 6/03/10 3:42am 6/03/10 3:42am

Crowbot Puts An Army of Crows At Your Command

If this Crowbot, which can attract and repel crows by playing different recordings, isn't quite weird enough for you, wait until you hear about Crowbot Jenny, the elusive superhero babe who uses it to command her crow army. » 2/12/10 5:40pm 2/12/10 5:40pm

Video Surfaces of Man Taking Anime Video Game Character To Be His…

As promised, the wedding ceremony between a man named Sal9000 and Nene Anegasaki, a character from the Nintendo DS game Love Plus, was filmed and broadcast across the internet. It's predictably sad. » 11/24/09 4:27pm 11/24/09 4:27pm

Korea's Massive 364-Foot Taekwon V Statue Will Crush Puny Humans

Holy crap! So Japan builds giant Gundam and Testsujin statues (59 and 60-feet, respectively), now Korea is building this freakin' huge Taekwon V (Voltar the Invincible) replica that will be more than twice the height of the Statue of Liberty. » 9/08/09 7:45am 9/08/09 7:45am