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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 2 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 2
by Salvador GRodiles

After going through an exposition-filled episode, you’d think that Sword Art Online II would start Kazuto’s main mission already. Instead, the series chose to introduce the viewers to Sinon, a player who happens to be very experienced in Gun Gale Online. Either way, Sinon was hinted to play an important role in SAO's new season, so there shouldn’t be a problem with seeing this new character in action.

Due to A-1’s decision to focus on Miyuki Sawashiro’s character, I think it’s safe to say that Sword Art Online II will move at a normal pace. Since a good introduction is important for any series, let’s find out if SAO II gets things right with Sinon’s debut.

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First Impressions: Momo Kyun Sword photo
First Impressions: Momo Kyun Sword
by Josh Totman

As the site’s official “boob anime connoisseur”, it is my duty to watch all the boob anime each season.  It’s a filthy dirty job most of the time, but there are times when it can pay off beyond the bounce and deliver a good engaging story. This season, I’m afraid to say, will not be one that I see paying off...

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First Impressions: Hanayamata photo
First Impressions: Hanayamata
by Jeff Chuang

Hello there. I live in the state of New Jersey, here in the USA. Unfortunately my name is not Fountainstand and I've never heard of yosakoi until I first read about Hanayamata.

After doing a few Google searches, I found out that yosakoi is a modern take of the awa odori, where Japanese folk dancing meets modern, western-style dances. The result is something distinctly Japanese but it also looks a lot like hip hop and group cheerleading at times. Well, Wikipedia and Youtube are better subject matter experts than I on yosakoi, and frankly I'm more interested in Hanayamata and why is there a transfer student named Hana N. Fountainstand, hailing from Princeton, New Jersey.

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First Impressions: Glasslip photo
First Impressions: Glasslip
by Dae Lee

I've become a large fan of P.A. Works in the past year or two. The Eccentric Family and Nagi-Asu both proved to be among the top shows of their respective seasons, providing grounded drama in the midst of well-realized fantastical settings.

 

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First Impressions: Persona 4 the Golden Animation photo
First Impressions: Persona 4 the Golden Animation
by Dae Lee

Persona 4 is among the most addictive and stubborn video game properties of the past 4 years -- you couldn't get rid of it if you wanted to! A lightning in a bottle that continues to hook us in with spin-offs and now, a second anime retelling. But this time, we're going full-on New Game Plus.

 

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9:30 PM on 07.09.2014

Yamaha wants you to be the Master of Torque

We all strive to master something, be that mastering our destiny, mastering a foreign language (odds are it's Japanese if you're reading this), or even just mastering the art of killing time. Now motorcycle and keyboard make...

Josh Tolentino



First Impressions: Argevollen photo
First Impressions: Argevollen
by Josh Tolentino

If I were a less charitable and much lazier recapper, I'd point you to my First Impressions of Buddy Complex and call it a day. Heck, nearly all of it except the basic plot description still applies!

That's because Argevollen is "that" mecha anime of this season: It's that show which at first glance, feels like it could've been constructed automatically by some kind of Rube Goldberg machine designed to create products with no human intervention or input.

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4:00 PM on 07.08.2014

New Psycho-Pass movie trailer shows us a lot of nothing

I've been waiting patiently for any new information about the upcoming Psycho-Pass film, slated to hit theaters this winter. You can imagine my frustration when the site posted a teaser trailer, that shows us absolutely noth...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 07.08.2014

Space Dandy is looking Be@ry cool

The folks over at Medicom are always finding really interesting tie-ins to their highly collectable Be@rbrick and Kubrick line of figures. This time, our friends over at Tomopop have shared images of a limited edition of ever...

Hiroko Yamamura



First Impressions: Akame ga Kill! photo
First Impressions: Akame ga Kill!
by Hiroko Yamamura

Like usual, I left it up to my lovely co-workers at Japanator to choose the anime I was going to watch this season. This technique has a few benefits and risks, as they might intentionally be setting me up a hellish few months for laughs, but it also keeps me a bit safe from the anime hype train. This summer Josh Totman threw Akame ga Kill! my way, which I have luckily read a few issues of. I haven't yet decided if knowing what is coming is a good thng or not.

The mighty Studio White Fox has taken the reigns on this one with Tears to Tiara and Ichigo 100% director Tomoki Kobayashi at the helm of the beloved manga adaptation. The series is known for its brutality and high body count, all while mixing in a healthy dose of moe, and sophomoric humor. Make no doubt this is not a horror series, this is honest to goodness shonen business. However, that doesn't mean that it won't still shock, tantalize, and entertain. I guess we have all summer to figure out how well it's worked.

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Check out the first seven minutes of HAL photo
Check out the first seven minutes of HAL
by Hiroko Yamamura

This one seemed have just slipped by me. Studio WIT, which is a subdivision of the mighty Production I.G. has a new animated film coming out, under the unassuming title HAL. The name gives me some serious Space Odyssey flash backs of glowing red circles, but I think the name is where the similarities end.

FUNimation is handling the dub, and so far it sounds alright to my usually biased ears. I can say that the film does look quite nicely detailed, and the character designs look tasty. Dae actually posted a review of the film a bit back, so you shuld probably check it out. The anime seems like a mix of some Rojin Z, and some Astroboy alongside some quickly love story. I'm going to have to make sure he sends me his screener ASAP!

Why do dubs always seem so loud?

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First Impressions: Sword Art Online II photo
First Impressions: Sword Art Online II
by Salvador GRodiles

Back in 2012, Sword Art Online’s first season caused a huge stir in the anime community. Most people hated the show because of Kirito’s character, while others started disliking the series when SAO was in the middle of the Fairy Dance Arc. And then there were those who enjoyed the show for what it was. Due to the divided opinions between SAO's viewers, there were many disputes that raged across the lands.

As for myself, I’m one of the few individuals who enjoyed Sword Art Online through and through. In regards to the show’s problems, let’s just say that I agree with former Japanator Features Editor Karen Mead’s piece where she expressed her views on the common issues that people had with Sword Art Online's first season.

Personally, my main issue with the first SAO series was that Kiroto’s progression through both games felt a little too fast-paced for my taste. That being said, Sword Art Online II seems to only be covering the Phantom Bullet Arc from the original light novel, which means that the show’s pacing might feel just about right. Since I’ve heard from a few Japanator Community Members that Phantom Bullet’s the arc when Reki Kawahara realizes what he wants to do with the series, Sword Art Online II might have the potential to become a better show than its previous season.

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