The Most Amazing Cosplay From Wondercon: Day One!

Every year, the Wondercon cosplayers keep astonishing us, both with their attention to detail and with their creativity. You keep thinking you've seen it all — and then you see what people have come up with this year, and it's a brand new delight all over again. Here's our favorite cosplay from Wondercon day one. » 4/19/14 11:45am Today 11:45am

Individual Frames From The Anime Hunter X Hunter Are Amazing, Revealing

It's always cool when animators give fans a look at the what it takes to create a TV show or movie, and these Hunter X Hunter frames prove it takes a lot of work. Takahiko Abiru, one of the animation directors, has been tweeting some of the 18,000 frames he drew for the show since it was rebooted in 2011. » 4/16/14 1:59pm Wednesday 1:59pm

Your Complete Spring 2014 Anime Guide

Spring means we get rain, flowers, warmer weather and, more importantly, a new anime season. But with 60 new anime in the pipeline, how do you know which ones to watch? Check out the trailers and brief blurbs about each to see which of them catches your interest. » 4/08/14 2:58pm 4/08/14 2:58pm

Doraemon Meets Akira In This Bleak Vision of the Future

Japan has selected the adorable robot cat Doraemon as its special ambassador for its 2020 Olympic bid. And as we all know, Akira predicted the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. That can mean only one thing... » 4/07/14 1:01pm 4/07/14 1:01pm

​12 Of The Most Obnoxious Anime Theme Songs Of All Time

Any anime fan can tell you that music is an integral part of anime. Mostly because Japanese music studios use their theme songs to pimp new/hot bands and drive sales, but also partially because this music is often god-awful. While no means a complete list, here are a dozen of the most terrible opening themes anime has… » 3/25/14 10:38am 3/25/14 10:38am

​The Gender-Flipping Martial Artist Who Created The US Anime Industry

It's hard to overstate importance of Ranma ½ to the U.S. anime fandom. Long before Dragonball Z or Pokémon, Rumiko Takahashi's martial arts comedy about a boy who changed genders whenever he's hit with hot or cold water created the first wave of anime fans who actually knew the word anime. And now Ranma ½ is back,… » 3/24/14 2:40pm 3/24/14 2:40pm

​You are not ready for The Visitor, Italy's most insane scifi movie

A young girl with telekinetic powers. A war between good and evil. The fight to give the girl a brother to mate with. And blond Jesus Christ. These are just a few of the elements that make Giulio Paradisi's 1979 movie The Visitor the "Mount Everest of insane '70s Italian movies," coming out this week on DVD! » 3/03/14 2:40pm 3/03/14 2:40pm

​Relive the trauma of the Game of Thrones' Red Wedding all over again!

Kudos to HBO for this marketing campaign for the Game of Thrones season three set, which leads this week's home video releases. There's barely any show footage, just videos of people reacting to the infamous "Red Wedding" sequence in shock which will sell more copies than a regular trailer ever could. » 2/17/14 2:40pm 2/17/14 2:40pm

Anime Super Sale, Humble Sid Meier Bundle, The Walking Dead [Deals]

Once Amazon put up a ton of discounted anime, it wasn't too difficult to decide what we'd headline io9 Deals with today. Evangelion, Akira, Miyazaki, Yamato... so much to choose from here, including movies, television, box sets, and lots of pre-order discounts that include pre-order price guarantee. We'll drop a few… » 2/07/14 11:45am 2/07/14 11:45am

​The time Batman fought evil with the power of racism

Batman's had a pretty spectacular career, but even the Caped Crusader has a few moments he'd like to forget. Chief among them would probably be his first live-action excursion, a serial released in 1943 that featured Bats squaring off against a mad Japanese scientist/horrible stereotype. So if you want to check out the … » 2/03/14 2:40pm 2/03/14 2:40pm