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First Impressions: Captain Earth photo
First Impressions: Captain Earth
by Elliot Gay

I secretly loved Star Driver.

The ridiculously over-the-top posing, flashiness, strange imagery, and the beautiful animation; it all came together to make for an entertaining whirlwind of confusion and glee. That shouldn't come as too much of a surprise when it had such a strong team working on it. With names like Yoji Enokido (writer of Revolutionary Girl Utena), Takuya Igarashi (Sailor Moon), and a host of others attached to the project, it was bound to at least be intriguing...even if incomprehensible.

Enter Bones' new project, Captain Earth.

Sporting a host of alumni from the Star Driver project, this new giant robot anime is Bones' latest attempt at striking gold.

Is the first episode any good? Are the robots appropriately robotic? Do things go boom?

The answer and so much more, after the break.

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9:00 AM on 03.26.2014

Aldnoah.Zero reveals new trailer, images and staff!

Acclaimed Fate/zero director Ei Aoki and the show's writer Gen Urobuchi are teaming up once again, this time for the original mecha series Aldnoa.Zero, slated for this July. At AnimeJapan this past weekend, anticipating anim...

Dae Lee

9:00 PM on 12.28.2013

Finally! Fafner: Exodus' first trailer has launched

At long last, Xebec has launched its first trailer for Fafner: Dead Aggressor: Exodus! Personally, I was a bit disappointed that we didn't to see any of the Fafner units in action. On the bright side, we get to see Kazu...

Salvador GRodiles

12:00 PM on 12.26.2013

Japanese robot wins DARPA challenge, is anime reference

Robots are great. A lot of folks would agree with me, including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the institution doing all manner of top-secret, top-awesome projects for the government. Another thing th...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 AM on 11.30.2013

Pirate Asuka is dubbed in a new Evangelion 3.33 trailer

Ahoy me hearties! Ready to see Captain Asuka take this battle into space? No problem at all, as Manga UK have released a new trailer featuring the English dub cast for Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo. There's still a lit...

Chris Walden

Japanator Arena: Alteisen Riese VS Blodia photo
Japanator Arena: Alteisen Riese VS Blodia
by Salvador GRodiles

*ding, ding, ding*

It's Over!

Due to his lack of experience with fighting opponents outside of the Akuma and Noah Clan, Allen Walker wasn't GAR enough to go up against Kazuma the Shell Bullet. All it took was one Shocking First Bullet to the face, and the white-haired exorcist went down in a matter of seconds. Kazuma wins! (9 > 0)

There’s something fulfilling about brutally stabbing your opponent with a giant stake after pummeling them with a barrage of heavy missiles and bullets. That being said, of course it's time to feature a brawl between two machines that love to impale their foes in the most brutal way possible.

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9:00 AM on 10.29.2013

AnimEigo aiming to Kickstart Bubblegum Crisis Blu-Ray

Fans of 80's anime and powersuits are sure to be familiar with Bubblegum Crisis, the show about a group of mercs called the Knight Sabers fighting robotic threats. A few years ago, the original eight-episode OVA got a gorgeou...

Pedro Cortes

3:30 PM on 10.22.2013

Mechs and sakura blossoms, new Titanfall trailer

I always find myself hesitant to write about first-person shooters on this site, especially ones developed by western studios. Not because I don't play them, because admittedly I do, but because they simply fail to appeal to...

Tim Sheehy

Review: Godannar Complete DVD Collection photo
Review: Godannar Complete DVD Collection
by Pedro Cortes

The robot genre has changed in many ways over the years. For one thing, the stories have become more complicated, incorporating social commentary in an effort to appeal to wider audiences beyond children who are impressed with shiny metal things. Writers will (usually) attempt to give their characters motivations that extend past hot blood, bromances and revenge. Animation has also generally improved, making it possible to have more complicated robot designs that can do more than occasionally leap into the air and drill their flaming limbs into the gooey innards of their opponents.

Godannar is what happens when you get kids that grew up watching those old robot shows and put them in a position of creative power. In a desire to pay homage to the best of classic giant robot shows, the creators also added a good plot, meaningful character development, a solid budget and voice actors that know when to go for camp and when to play it straight.

Oh, and several metric tons of fanservice.



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Japanator Arena: Dai-Guard vs Giant Robo photo
Japanator Arena: Dai-Guard vs Giant Robo
by Salvador GRodiles

*ding, ding, ding*

It's Over!

Mr. Satan may be easy to trick sometimes, but he was lucky enough to pick up on Don Kanonji's tricks. Seeing how he's one of the strongest humans without Ki on the planet, Don falls victim to his dynamic punches and kicks. Mr. Satan wins! (15 > 1)

If there’s one thing that makes giant robots great, it’s the heart and soul that’s placed into creating each machine. And speaking of which, we’re going to kick off this battle with a match between two robots that were built with great effort and love. 

This machine was originally built to combat a group of monsters that were attacking Japan; however, the attack came to a halt, so the robot ended up being used as a mascot for the same company that was recruited to create the machine until the attacks resurfaced. He may lack the durability that most super robots have, but Dai-Guard’s titular machine will be able to fight on with Akagi, Ibuki, and Aoyama guiding its path.

Going up against the super robot glass cannon, we have a robot that was built by a young boy’s dad for an evil organization. Instead of allowing the machine to fight for evil, he ends up losing his life to ensure that his son will use Giant Robo righteously. Armed with his trusty watch, Daisaku is ready to give his trusty comrade the signal to strike.

Both robots have their strengths and weakness, so I am intrigued to see how the odds will turn out this week. As an important heads up, the Giant Robo in this battle will be based off of the one from the Giant Robo OVA, and both units will have access to their full arsenal. Your votes and persuasion skills will be the key in determining the real winner in this fight. Be sure to use your determination to add a +1 to the robot that you vote for, since it will let us take note of the damage that’s going on. Dai-Guard and Giant Robo will fight from today till Thursday, so make sure that your vote goes up on time. After the battle comes to a close, you are welcome to drop by during the beginning of the next match to see who wins. Before you get too cozy from last week’s match, I recommend that you head to your seat quick, because these robots are about to launch!

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It’s Crushing Time! 

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Japanator Arena: Asura vs Gurren Lagann  photo
Japanator Arena: Asura vs Gurren Lagann
by Salvador GRodiles

*ding, ding, ding*

It's Over!

Well, Crono tried to alter the course of time to gain the upper hand, but Zoro's endurance couldn't handle the combined strikes of Guts and Saber. While Saber was facing some teamwork issues with Guts, she was able to whip out her Excalibur and Avalon combo fast enough to prevent Crono from going back in time. Saber and Guts win! (21 > 8)

We’re back to our usual versus matches this week, and I think it’s time that we change things up once again! Thanks to a suggestion from my local friends, we’re having a demigod that’s powered by his own rage against a machine that’s power by the hotblooded will of many individuals! Most would consider this battle to be random, but it’s not like we've had super beings go up against powerful robots in fiction before. So without further ado, let’s introduce our opponents.

He was one of the Eight Guardians at one point in his life, and his rage knows no bound. Despite his anger, his devotion to saving his own daughter is unmatched, as the amount of time he spent on this quest took him longer than our lifespans combined. Tonight he’s here to show us this power, so let’s step out of the way for Asura from Asura’s Wrath to enter the ring.

Simon and his comrades went through a lot to reclaim the freedom of mankind. In fact their own will allowed them to fight against all odds in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Proving to everyone that the Spiral Energy can work in one’s favor, Gurren Lagann is ready to pull out the Giga Drill Breaker once again!

Both fighters have the ability to harness a great amount of energy, so we can expect to see the galaxy tremble in this fight. Just to be clear with everyone, both sides will be going all out in this battle, which means that no one is holding back.

Your votes and persuasion skills will be the key in determining the real winner here. Please make sure that you add a +1 to the fighter that you vote for, since it will let us keep track of the high octane over-the-top action that we’re about to experience here. Asura and Gurren Lagann will be fighting from today till Thursday, so do you best to vote on time. Once the battle comes to a complete stop, you can drop by during the beginning of the next match to see who wins! Now that we’re done with reviewing the usual rules, you can now use the teleporter to go to the Galactic J-Tor Arena!

*ding, ding, ding*

Spin On! 

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11:56 PM on 08.14.2013

Official Ingram photos for live action Patlabor project

I have a confession to make. I watched the Patlabor TV anime for the first time this past June. It's one of those classics I'd heard so much about, but never had the time to get around to. Needless to say, it's a fantast...

Elliot Gay