Build Your Anime and Manga Collection With These Cheap Classics

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It's never been a better time to be a fan of anime and manga. The internet has made it easier than ever to collect and enjoy almost every series and one-shot you can think of. The Western hunger for Japanese comics and animation has given rise to some really excellent and inexpensive collections, and we've gathered a bunch here to help fill up empty space in both your shelves and your heart.

You can always catch up on your favorite shows on Netflix, Crunchyroll, or less reputable streaming websites, but truthfully the days or crazy expensive anime box sets are over. You can pick up some of the all-time greats and sole nostalgic favorites without breaking the bank. Let's take a look:

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Frank Oz Revisits the Creation of The Muppets

Few filmmakers have ever had as diverse a career as Frank Oz. The writer-director who brought you classic comedies like Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and What About Bob? also directed the beloved musical Little Shop of Horrors, the all-star heist thriller The Score, and played Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back. And he got that gig because of his impressive early career as a puppeteer working for Jim Henson and playing Miss Piggy from The Muppets.

Oz has a fascinating career and he’s not alone. In his new documentary Muppet Guys Talking (which you can watch here), he’s assembled other members of Henson’s puppeteering crew to share the stories about how they created their iconic characters, what made the Muppets so special, and - in a surprising revelation - how playing The Muppets sometimes endangered their lives.

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Sea of Thieves: Rare Details Next Update, Gives Status Update on Known Issues

Rare has detailed what is to come in Sea of Thieves' next update, and given a status update on issues players may be experiencing in the game since launch.

Rare has released a Developer Update video in which Rare Studio Head Craig Duncan and Sea of Thieves' Executive Producer Joe Neate detail updates to the game, top issues players may be experiencing, the studio's priorities in resolving them, and what players can expect going forward.

Some updates include the addition of an option to favorite a pirate during the selection process, removing auto-lock on melee attacks (to keep players from accidentally killing teammates), changing respawn logic so mermaids bring players to their new ship instead of their old shipwreck, and an option for players to progress to level 50 within each trading company, which allows them to unlock tons of new cosmetic items.

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Does ‘Death of the Mighty Thor’ Live Up to Its Name?

Marvel's "Death of the Mighty Thor" storyline reached its dramatic climax today. But did Jane Foster actually meet her end?


Warning: this article contains spoilers for The Mighty Thor #705!

It turns out that Jane did meet her end as she faced down the god-killing monster known as the Mangog. Jane was already at death's door in recent issues, with no less an authority than Doctor Strange warning her that transforming into Thor one more time would cause her body to succumb to its terminal cancer. Unfortunately, with Mangog currently tearing its way through Asgardia, Jane had no choice but to summon Mjolnir and embark on her final mission.

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Thor: Ragnarok’s Tessa Thompson Joins Men in Black reboot

Valkyrie and Thor are reuniting soon for Sony's new Men in Black spinoff.

THR reports Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, is set to star opposite Thor himself Chris Hemsworth in the reboot, who's reportedly close to joining the film. It's not currently known what role Thompson and Hemsworth would play in the film, as story details are being kept under wraps. Earlier reports suggest Sony wanted a diverse cast for the movie featuring a white male, a black woman, and an older man.

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ARK: Survival Evolved Coming to Nintendo Switch

ARK: Survival Evolved is coming to Nintendo Switch, Studio Wildcard announced during Epic Games' "State of Unreal" keynote today at Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2018.

The prehistoric survival game will be released digitally and at retail for Nintendo's console this fall. The Switch version is being co-developed by Abstraction Games, and will feature all of the content found in the original release, including over 100 different creatures.

Studio Wildcard also announced the first wave of closed beta invites to War Drum Studio's recently announced mobile version of ARK: Survival Evolved have been sent out to iOS users. The mobile version will provide the "full online experience" and release for both iOS and Android as a free-to-play title.

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Cave Carson Melts the Brain and the Heart

The Young Animal imprint may do things a bit differently from most superhero comics, but one thing that hasn't changed is the tendency to relaunch and renumber books every so often. But as with Shade, the Changing Woman #1, the new title and #1 issue definitely feel warranted with Cave Carson Has an Interstellar Eye #1. That new title reflects a dramatically different and even more ambitious status quo for the series. Even with the same creative team, this reads like a very different book.

The new series opens with a streamlined cast - Cave, his daughter Chloe and mineralogist Professor Bartow - paying a visit to an oversized rock icon named Star Adam. Essentially a composite of David Bowie, Prince and Freddie Mercury, Star Adam certainly plays into the psychedelic weirdness the series is known for. He's a flamboyant and entertaining addition to the book, and one who allows the creators to shed some extra light on Cave's more carefree younger years.

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PUBG Creator Will Deliver Opening Keynote at PAX East

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds creator Brendan Greene will deliver the keynote speech at this year's PAX East on April 5.

Greene will take viewers through his five-year journey from an ArmA II modder to the creative director of Steam's third-highest selling game of all time. According to the announcement, PUBG sales have now surpassed 35 million copies across PC and Xbox One.

"Brendan Greene's story is a fascinating one, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is only the latest chapter," said Penny Arcade co-founder Jerry Holkins.

Past keynote speakers for the event include XCOM designer Jake Solomon, The Witness creator Jonathan Blow, and Telltale Games co-founders Kevin Bruner and Dan Connors.

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Why the True Story of The Terror is as Scary as the Show

On the surface, AMC's new series The Terror is about a mysterious monster hunting and devouring the crews of two massive ships lost in an icy abyss with little hope of survival. However, as horrifying as the series -- and the Dan Simmons novel it's based on -- may be, it's the true story buried this monstrous fable that might be the most intriguing piece of the puzzle.

In the 1840s, the HMS Terror and the HMS Erebus were lost in the Northwest Passage (the route between the Pacific and the Atlantic through the Arctic Ocean) when the ships became lodged in thick ice, with both crews disappearing, never to be seen or heard from again. While it was well over a century before the ships' true fates were discovered (it's believed the crews died from exposure, starvation or botulism, and there was some evidence of cannibalism among the remains), The Terror has gone into incredible detail when it comes to setting the scene as best it can, with as much historical accuracy as possible. And it all started with a blog.

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An Hour With Xbox’s Chris Charla (ID@Xbox)

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Xbox's Chris Charla sits in with us to talk about the ever-growing success that is Xbox's ID@Xbox indie game program. We discuss Cuphead, Inside, and the slate of upcoming ID@Xbox games including The Last Night, Below, and many others! Plus: Sea of Thieves launches, a new Lego game is on the way, and more!

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