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6:00 PM on 04.04.2014

First Impressions: Mushi-shi S2

I never expected to be writing that headline. A second season of Mushi-shi, the melancholic, atmospheric anime by Hiroshi Nagahama and the crew at ARTLAND never really seemed like a likely event. But yet, here I am writing first impressions of Mushi-shi season 2. I'm really excited, guys -- but in a relaxed, mystical way. You know, just like the show.

Ben Huber

6:30 PM on 04.01.2014

Fanfiction: what is it good for?

Fanfiction. What is it good for? Everything. And nothing. Sure, you might be able to create a variety of situations in which your favorite characters discover their budding sexualities while also crossing the boundaries of ti...

Ben Huber

5:00 PM on 03.30.2014

Annotated Anime: Space Dandy episode 13

We're halfway through Space Dandy, but now we've got to take a break. Lame! At the very least, we're going out on a bang -- a QT-themed bang! Yup, as you may have gathered from the previews last week, this episode is all about QT and his love for coffee. Man, he sure does love coffee. I'm not missing anything here, right? It's just about coffee?

Ben Huber



Final Impressions: Samurai Flamenco photo
Final Impressions: Samurai Flamenco
by Ben Huber

Well, the final episode of Samurai Flamenco finally came out (thanks for that delay, guys), so now I can talk about the last installment of this crazy series. It's really hard to write about it, because so much of it feels incomprehensible -- but in the good way! So, how does everything wrap up, you might be wondering? How does this tokusatsu sandwich taste, now that both pieces of bread have bookended it? What silly metaphor will I make next that's just as bizarre as SamuMenco? Let's find out!

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6:00 PM on 03.23.2014

Annotated Anime: Space Dandy 12

Dandy, you just go looking for trouble, don't you? We're almost done with the first season, and you still keep getting everybody into weird situations. Well, I suppose it's a good thing. Because otherwise we would've have a TV show in the first place. Got to keep that comedy ball rolling, eh? So how about a shape-shifting alien episode?

Ben Huber

8:00 PM on 03.21.2014

Annotated Anime: Samurai Flamenco episode 21

This is it folks, the end is nigh! This crazy roller coaster of an anime is almost over, and I'm glad you've all been along with me for the ride. So, how did the second-to-last episode go? Did Hazama confront all his fears? Maybe. Maybe.

Ben Huber

6:00 PM on 03.16.2014

Annotated Anime: Space Dandy episode 11

This week on Space Dandy, something happened. A thing definitely occurred. I'm just not sure exactly what that was. I've got an idea, how about you guys just explain it to me? That'll work, right? This episode featured mind control, strange mathematical sequences, and moe books. I'm sure you can fit the pieces together and figure out it all works.

Ben Huber

8:00 AM on 03.15.2014

Annotated Anime: Samurai Flamenco episode 20

Where do we go from here, friends? It's rough out there for Hazama, even if he is the number one candidate for world president. Haiji, the crazy terrorist kid is bothering him at every turn... can Hazama convince everyone of the coming danger? Uh, maybe.

Ben Huber

8:00 AM on 03.10.2014

Annotated Anime: Space Dandy episode 10

Is there an unwritten rule that shows need to have a time-loop episode? No, don't link me to the TV Tropes page for it. I don't need to see it. I already know what I'll find within that internet-tome. Anyway, enough of me babbling -- how did Space Dandy handle its time-loop tale? Find out below!

Ben Huber

5:30 PM on 03.07.2014

Annotated Anime: Samurai Flamenco episode 19

After all the insanity from last week, it's time for Hazama to take it easy. We can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the peaceful world he's helped create. No serious crimes, no violence, just an average life. It's so peaceful it's almost unsettling. I highly doubt that something crazy would happen abruptly and throw everything into chaos again, right? Right?! Oh.

Ben Huber





4:00 PM on 03.02.2014

Annotated Anime: Space Dandy episode 9

I always say that the best part of Space Dandy is seeing the individual talents of each director and animator every episode. Variety is the spice of space, and Dandy visits just about everywhere. Even the plants are alive thi...

Ben Huber

3:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Annotated Anime: Samurai Flamenco episode 18

No, really. WHAT IS GOING ON? Samurai Flamenco, how can your writing be so good? It has no right being this excellent, given your material. This is probably the best episode of SamuMenco yet, but if you haven't followed the s...

Ben Huber