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Anime News Network (ANN) is an anime industry news website headquartered in Quebec Province, Canada that reports on the status of anime, manga, Japanese popular music and other otaku-related culture within North America, Australia and Japan. Additionally, it sometimes features similar happenings throughout the Anglosphere and elsewhere in the world. The website offers reviews and other editorial content, forums where readers can discuss current issues and events, and an encyclopedia that contains a large number of anime and manga with information on Japanese and English staff, theme songs, plot summaries, and user ratings.

It generally indexes the titles based on their English names used when released outside Japan and not the original names transcribed to roman characters, in contrast to sites like MyAnimeList. However, they sometimes use romaji titles when offical English names are not known or uncertain (like romaji, but using "ō"/"ū" style convention over "ou"/"uu").

Founded in July 1998 by Justin Sevakis (Editor-in-Chief 1998-1999), the website claims to be the leading English-language source for news and information about anime and manga on the Internet. The website has separate versions of its news content aimed towards audiences in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. The site operated the magazine Protoculture Addicts (1987 to 2008) which it acquired in 2005.

The site launched the Encyclopedia info database portion of its site on June 30, 2002. The separate version for Australian audiences launched in January 2007. On July 4, 2008, its video platform was launched with a library of anime trailers as well as its own news show ANNtv. ANNtv effectively ended in fall 2014.

On November 1, 2022, Kadokawa announced it had acquired Anime News Network and made it a subsidiary of the Kadokawa World Entertainment holding company.


Anime News Network publishes news stories related to anime and manga that are researched by the ANN staff. Other contributors, under staff discretion, also contribute news articles. The website maintains a listing of anime and manga titles, as well as people and companies involved in the production of those titles, which it dubs an "encyclopedia" The site hosts several regular columns, including a question-and-answer column "Hey Answerman", a review column entitled "Shelf Life", a column on old and forgotten media called "Buried Treasure" written by Sevakis, and a listing of claimed differences between edited and original versions of anime series titled "The Edit List". Staff members of ANN also publish their own blogs hosted on the site.

The site also hosts forums and includes threads to accompany each news item for purposes of discussion. Anime News Network hosts an IRC channel on the WorldIRC network, #animenewsnetwork.

Notable staff[]

  • Senior Editor: Egan Loo
  • Managing Editor: Crystalyn Hodgkins
  • UK Editor: Andrew Osmond
  • South East Asia Editor: Rafael Antonio Pineda
  • India Editor: Adriana Hazra
  • Associate Editors: Alex Mateo, Anita Tai, Joanna Cayanan
  • Executive Editor: Lynzee Loveridge
  • Video Content Producer: Jacki Jing
  • Managing Editor: Crystalyn Hodgkins
Editors at Large
  • Mike Toole
  • Justin Sevakis (Editor Emeritus)
  • Bamboo Dong (Editor Emeritus)



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