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Evangelion

The official Neon Genesis Evangelion trailer is here


Robotech is next?
Apr 01
// Hiroko Yamamura
On the heels of the news that Hideaki Anno would be at the helm of the upcoming Godzilla movie, the great news continues. The crew in Japan had gotten news of an upcoming Hollywood live-action version of the classic anime ser...
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J-Pop / K-Pop

K-Pop and J-Pop are now officially the same


No more confusion
Apr 01
// Hiroko Yamamura
In a response to social media pressures, the Japanese and Korean recording industries have come together to official make the terms, K-Pop and J-Pop interchangeable. Reacting to overwhelming videos and Facebooks posts where t...
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Last Guardian

Last Guardian receives release date


About time
Apr 01
// Hiroko Yamamura
Gamers can finally let out a sigh of relief. The long delayed Playstation game has finally been dated for release on the Playstation 5 on April 1, 2016. The upcoming Team Ico game has seen many false signs of hope in the past...
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Magical Girls

New Magical Girls course announced at Tokyo University


Get a BA in Kawaii
Apr 01
// Anthony Redgrave
The prestigious Tokyo U has announced a new course for 2016 that will focus on the occult elements of the female form. Called the "Applications of Magical Girls Science", Tokyo U will be the first higher education establishme...
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One Piece

One Piece manga to end next week


It's over kids
Apr 01
// Hiroko Yamamura
In shocking anime and manga news, Eiichiro Oda has decided to end his long running manga One Piece next week. The abrupt news coincides with the announcement that Shonen Jump has decided to shut down permanently due to a pape...
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Cyborg 009

Black Ghost beware: Cyborg 009 gets a new anime


Gotta love those special anime anniversaries
Mar 31
// Salvador GRodiles
Back when Toonami had a weekday afternoon block, I caught the 2001 Cyborg 009 anime on TV. One of the things that kept me watching was the main cast's battle against Black Ghost, since they had to deal with their issues ...
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Boomslank

Sweet! Boomslank's "Zero Frame" and "Ronin" shirts get reprinted


It's time for a new mecha upgrade!
Mar 31
// Salvador GRodiles
Listen up, people; our pals at Boomslank have decided to reprint two shirts recently. In case you missed out on purchasing their "Zero Frame" and/or "Ronin" shirt, the two apparels have returned to their store. Best of all, t...

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 23-24

Mar 30 // Josh Tolentino
If you were thinking that Sunrise would be using up two of the season's last three episodes for the battle everyone's been waiting for - the championship bout between Celestial Sphere and the Try Fighters - you'd be wrong. Episode 23 is all prep work, which feels a little bit ludicrous. Don't get me wrong: I'm no fan of overly drawn-out fights, but honestly, the kind of pep talks and character building and introspection involved in episode 23 hardly merits taking up all the allotted time. If I were in charge, I'd have compressed the sequence to the first half and spent the second half and the rest of episode 24 on the fight proper. For better or worse, though, I'm not in charge, and episode 23 reiterates a number of points we've heard before, including the not-exactly-new revelation that Sekai considers himself an amateur, unqualified to truly call himself a "build fighter" (title mention!) due to his inexperience with the building and Gundam lore aspect of the Gunpla Battle scene. That seems a bit at odds with Build Fighters' "enjoy Gunpla however you like" philosophy, but it does stand to reason that the idealized Gunpla Battler would be someone who's at least willing to try engaging with Gunpla on its most involved terms. Let's remember that even if Reiji never watched a Gundam episode in his life, even he got to building his own Gunpla. Besides the brief episode introducing Minato Sakai, Sekai's yet to fly his own work, content to win in Sei, then Yuuma's assemblies.  But of course, now's not the time to play snap-build, because there's fightin' to be done and championships to be won, and while I have my issues with the pacing of the episodes (and the series as a whole), there's no denying that this final battle is one of the most intense Sunrise have delivered for the franchise to date. Going above and beyond the previous encounters, everyone involved in the championship match gets a moment to shine, as well as work together as a team. There's something for every kind of battling fan here: For the teamplay enthusiasts, seeing everyone cooperating, doing combo attacks, and actually using tactics is a treat. Fans of one-on-one dueling and precious drama get that in spades too, as Fumina, Yuuma, Adou, and Shia all take each other out of contention with all the theatrics and epic, trope-filled Gundam gloriousness expected of a marquee mecha show. Heck, Adou and Yuuma even experience the classic "pilot's face dissolves into a white outline" mecha-explosion "death" moment, and it's great. In the end, though, there can only be one (against one), and it's Wilfrid and Sekai that close out the proceedings with a sudden death overtime match, their gunpla cobbled together from the parts of their partners' devastated machines. I can't help but wonder if Bandai will be selling Sekai's Try Burning Frankenstein's Monster, because that'd be a pretty good opportunity to sell gunpla fans on the modular nature of the GBF model kit line. Universal polycaps are almost literally the key to victory in the fight to end all the fights, and even enable Sekai to pull off some truly inventive combinations using the features of the Lighting, Winning, and Burning in complement.  As expected, though, it's the Try Fighters that come out on top, ending the Gunpla Academy's six-year winning streak, rewarding fans with the only glimpse of Sei Iori we're likely to get, and hinting at potential future seasons as the Try Fighters prepare to resolve their respective subplots. After all, Fumina at least has to beat down her heroine, Lady Kawaguchi, right? Then again, there is still one last episode to go. I doubt that this is a thread Build Fighters Try intends to tie off, but you never know what can happen in a denouement.
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Fun, Isn't It?
Welcome to the latest installment of Annotated Anime, brought to you by the Church of GunplaBattology. In the header you can see the benefits being a Build Fighter™ can bring to your life. Our two latest recruits have g...

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Twitch Stream

Watch Japanator Stream some Japanese games


There's gonna be juice
Mar 29
// Red Veron
Watch me play Samurai Warriors 4 on the Playstation 4 tonight at 9PM Central DST via Twitch. It won't be on the usual Japanator Twitch account (which will broadcast all Japanator streams in the future) but will be on my tempo...
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Code Geass: Akito

There is, in fact, a 3rd episode of Code Geass: Akito the Exiled


He really was exiled
Mar 29
// Josh Tolentino
Wow, and here I thought Code Geass had just about departed from living memory, when Bandai releases a trailer to remind us that no, we're not done yet. Or rather, that we'll finally be done soon, since the trailer revea...

Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 4

Mar 29 // Jayson Napolitano
Ranma 1/2 DVD Set 4 Publisher: Viz MediaRelease Date: December 9, 2014MSRP: $44.82 DVD (reviewed) / $54.97 limited-edition Blu-RayI admit I was nervous when the second episode of this set was a recap episode featuring Ranma's rival, Ryoga Hibiki. It obviously felt way too early to be relying on these kinds of episodes, but fortunately it's the only episode of its kind in this set. There are some returning minor characters, including Ling Ling and Lung Lung, Shampoo's Amazon sisters from China, who are comically defeated time and time again in their plot to force Ranma to marry Shampoo. Azusa, the ice skating martial artist, also makes a return appearance, bringing our characters back to the skating rink. There're also two episodes featuring the ghost cat, the second of which features this ethereal being possessing Ryoga's body and proposing to Ranma's love interest, Akane Tendo.There are two multi-episode stories featured this time around. The first centers on Ryoga becoming invincible when a silly marking is tattooed on his stomach that he desperately wants to have removed out of embarrassment. In the second, we learn that Ranma's pigtail is actually tied with a powerful Chinese relic known as the dragon whisker, which can be used to grow hair in bald men, leading to some hilarity when Ranma's father, Genma Saotome, and even their master, Happosai, want the whisker for their own gain. From there, we get a series of one-off episodes. There's an inspirational teacher who begins work at the high school that the characters attend who encourages Ranma and Akane to express their feelings for one another, a disciple that Happosai starts training to help him in his underwear-stealing hi-jinx, and some interesting backstory about Kasumi as a childhood friends returns to town. It was interesting seeing more light on her as a character. Some of the more comical episodes center around a love story between Happosai and a young woman teacher that leads to Happosai giving up his underwear collection, Kuno acquiring a magical sword that grants him three wishes which he promptly wastes in order to woo female Ranma, Shampoo's red thread of fate that attempts to magically seal a loving relationship between Ranma and Shampoo, an episode featuring the "Gambling King," who flips Ranma off and is exposed as a cheater who preys on children, and the final episode that features a rift between longtime comrades Genma Saotome and Soun Tendo.There's nothing really new to report in terms of visuals that I haven't noted several times in reviews of the past sets: Ranma's visual appeal has remained surprisingly intact. We get a new opening an ending theme about halfway through this set, with the "Earth Orchestra" opening that doesn't do much for me, and the melancholy "Hinageshi" closing theme which is fantastic.We reviewed the DVD set, which didn't sport any extras this time around except some Viz Media trailers. Past releases have featured footage from various conventions and such. We didn't get our hands on the Blu-ray this time, but the limited edition sets come with a character portrait card and a booklet with a episode summaries. In all, I had a great time with set 4, but as with set 3, this is the point at which you really need to be invested in the series if you want to continue on. Nothing groundbreaking happens in this set, although the episodes are highly entertaining. In an industry where everything seems so broody and serious with a lot of recent anime series I've seen, having access to the upbeat and comical Ranma 1/2 series has been a real treat.  8.0 – Great. A great example of its genre that everyone should see, regardless of their interest.
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Were finally used to Ranmas new voice
  It’s been a while since we’ve visited the world of Ranma 1/2. It was my favorite anime growing up, though I never came close to seeing all that the series had to offer. Like many people out there, I’v...

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Astro Boy

Astro Boy Reboot flies like the Man of Steel


'They will join you in the sun', and so on
Mar 28
// Josh Tolentino
Ah, Astro Boy. Once the scion mascot of all things "Japanimation", the plucky robo-kid's fortunes have fallen on harder times than anyone this important to anime's history deserves. Even a blockbuster CG film adaptation didn...
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SNAFU

New My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Zoku CM is here with more sour-faced looks


Mr Dead Fish eyes is back
Mar 28
// Red Veron
The commercial for the second season of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is here and boy, the ever anti-social unlikable main protagonist Hachiman looks as anti-social as ever. Looks like there's a new female lead character in t...

Final Impressions: Shirobako

Mar 28 // Josh Tolentino
Honestly, there's not that much more to say: After the director and Aerial Girls creator Nogame worked out their compromise in the previous episode, the only hurdle remaining was to actually produce the episode and get it delivered...in under three weeks. Of course, animating five hundred cuts and ten thousand tween frames at a quality needed to cap off a popular series is a monumental task in and of itself, but at least there's no crisis like the wrath of "God" affecting production as last week. Nevertheless, it's an all-hands-on-deck effort, as pretty much everyone at the studio, and many more beyond, are pulled in to work on the Aerial Girls finale. Even Segawa transfers to the office proper, resulting in much strange awkwardness from Endou and fueling the imaginations of a thousand fanfic authors. There's even a hilarious reference to Nichijou, another anime series which I'm positive was as much a "passion project" for Kyoto Animation as Shirobako is for P.A. Works. Even the show's final challenge, an epic six-way cross-country scramble to get the final on-air tapes to broadcasters out in the boondocks, feels almost perfunctory. Fun as it is to watch it's little more than a way to hark back to Aoi's drifting talents in episode one, and see their roots in office manager Yuka Okitsu's past career as a legendary production assistant. Then again, the train ride home from Hiroshima serves as a way to tie up Aoi's character arc, in its own way. Viewers paying attention will note that Aoi's been struggling to find her own "reason to fly", and trying to find out why she perseveres. In that respect, the creative and technical types like Midori, Ema, Misa, and even the long-suffering Shizuka have it a little easier: They've tailored their skills towards making anime, so that's naturally what they'd try to do. By contrast, Aoi's experience in production is more managerial, only rarely interacting with the final product. The episode even implies that with enough time, Aoi's future career could mirror Okitsu's, with even less involvement with the things Musani makes. Given how much anime and manga life advice tends to hinge on finding one's niche and leaning into it - seriously, how many times have you read a line like "This is something only you can do!" - that's a tough challenge for a generalist like our Oi-chan. And what it takes is a bit of soul-searching and deciding, for realz, that making anime is what she wants to do. That might not seem like a big step, but consider how many people go through life only thinking about getting to the next day. Aoi declaring, with confidence, that this is what she wants to do, is probably the most important thing she could ever do at this stage in her life. Good on her. As to the "why" of it, that's covered in her speech at the after party. Honestly, it's almost cringe-inducing in its earnestness. Hell, if you replaced the references to anime-making with stuff about ninjas and "The Will of Fire" you'd be able to slide her comments into a chapter of Naruto without missing a beat, it's that sappy. And I still effin' adore it, and her, for saying it. This is because, as I said last week, Shirobako is not a documentary. It's an ideal, a love letter, and a statement of intent. It celebrates the making of anime and the people who make it, and hopes and prays that everyone's doing it because they love doing it. That's not the same as "whitewashing" away the industry's many, many problems, though. There's no question that the show is light at its core, and never intended to be the kind of tough wake-up call that some think is needed. But that's sort of the point, in a way. Shirobako's intent is to put the spotlight on the people who "make it happen", and focuses on the good. But the bad's still there, lurking in the margins. Heavy drinking, bad food, worse pay, and lengthy hours are all more than evident, enough that anyone paying enough attention might actually be scared away. No one is going to come away from the show thinking that any of it is easy, and that's all that really needed to be said. And so ends a lovely little series with a whole lot of heart, about how tough it can be to do a good job, but how wonderful it can be to see it through all the same.
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(Do)Nuts About Making Anime
Spoiler alert: Shirobako ends happily.  Of course, that's really only a spoiler to the most stubborn and obnoxious of curmudgeons. There was really no other way for this show to end. And to be frank, it ended as it should have: Full to bursting with sappy, sentimental, idealistic, feel-good cliche. I love it. 

Week Ender - PA Works Edition

Mar 28 // Red Veron
[embed]33687:4620:0[/embed]"Omokage Warp" by Nano RipeAnime: Hanasaku IrohaThe second ending has a happy and gentle song with animation that makes almost feel that gentle breeze that the characters are feeling. This anime was really good and when there was news of a second season, I got excited but nothing has surfaced since but there is that movie that I need to check out.[embed]33687:4621:0[/embed]"Transparent World" by Nano RipeAnime: GlasslipI really like this ending since it's so happy.[embed]33687:4622:0[/embed]"Platinum jet" by Donuts QuintetAnime: ShirobakoA cute ending with a song by the main lead actresses.[embed]33687:4623:0[/embed]"Brave Song" by Tada AoiAnime: Angel Beats!!This first ending that still chokes me up and the final ending (that I will not post here since it is spoiler-y) that makes me cry 90 percent of the time. Angel Beats!! is pretty great despite its flaws and will maek yuo cri evrytiem.So which one is your favorite PA Works ending? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!!!Their works include:-True Tears-Canaan-Angel Beats!!-Another-Hanasaku Iroha-Red Data Girl-Tari Tari-The Eccentric Family-Nagi Asu-Glasslip-Shirobako
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Don-don Donuts!
PA Works is a studio that has had great success as of late with their original anime Shirobako. That wasn't the case with their previous works since their last hit, Hanasaku Iroha but they've been hitting it out of the park w...

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Naruto

Gothic Fashion no Jutsu! Silver rings inspired by Naruto's dark side


"You can never have enough Sharingans"- Danzo
Mar 28
// Anthony Redgrave
Even though Naruto ended last winter, it doesn't prevent us at Japanator from talking about our favourite orange clad ninja. When it comes to fashion, I'll be hard pressed to recommend anything from the Naruto series. Green l...
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Obake-chan

Check out Animator Expo's adorable ghost short


Ghosts don't have to be frightening
Mar 27
// Salvador GRodiles
If you had a rough day today, then Animator Expo's 15th short might be the thing to lift your spirits. Not only that, Shigeto Koyama's (Diebuster's Mechanical Designs) Obake-chan piece takes the concepts of ghosts and changes...
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Garage Hero

Aw snap, Garage Hero share their thoughts on the Ultraman Ginga S movie


Brought to you by Whey Body Protein
Mar 27
// Salvador GRodiles
If you've been interested in checking out Ultraman Ginga S the Movie: Showdown! The 10 Ultra Warriors, Bueno (Gun Caliber's Director, Producer, and Hero), Michael (Gun Caliber's Blue), Max (Hayate's Co-Producer) an...
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Robotech

Deculture! Sony grabs Robotech for live-action options


It's happened
Mar 26
// Josh Tolentino
Yep, you read that right: Robotech. Not Macross, but the world of Rick Hunter, Veritechs, hovertanks, and the Robotech Masters. That Robotech, the oddly compelling Frankenstein's monster assembled from cuts of Macross, S...
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Naruto: The Last

First In, The Last Out: Naruto The Last finally clear for Philippine release


Took 'em long enough
Mar 26
// Josh Tolentino
If you're reading this, chances are you're based in North America: The majority of Japanator's traffic comes from that area. That said, you might be curious as to how folks in other countries outside Japan get their Japanese ...
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Omega Quintet

Omega Quintet's latest English trailer has dancing idols


A.k.a. Momoiro Clover Z the Video Game
Mar 26
// Salvador GRodiles
Alright, people; Spring's around the corner and it's time to look at Idea Factory International's most recent trailer for Omega Quintet, Compile Heart's PS4 title where you battle the forces of evil with an idol group. While...

OP Up! Anime Game Edition

Mar 25 // Red Veron
[embed]33673:4614:0[/embed]"Key Plus World" by Hirata and Yumi KawamuraAnime: Persona 4 The AnimationAn adaptation of a video game from a 2008 Playstation 2 game, this adaptation starts off a bit shaky when it tries to cram 3 hours of a video game story in 30 minutes. The adaptation does do a great job in showing off the major events in the game with interesting choices that provide good entertainment.[embed]33673:4615:0[/embed]"Hacking to the Gate" by Kanako ItoAnime: Steins;GateA great adaptation that is the second entry in a trilogy of games from a collaboration between Nitroplus and 5pb. Considered significantly better than its predecessor, Chaos;Head, is about time travel and a world conspiracy of world domination that starts off with a microwave that can turn bananas in gel. Watch it.[embed]33673:4616:0[/embed]"Digimon Theme Song"Anime: Digimon: Digital MonstersA classic known to many anime fans who watched anime in the late 90's in the US, this one is from a time when anime openings were localized for release in the US. This is interesting because there are things slightly unchanged in the show such as the characters' names, which is quite rare at the time.[embed]33673:4617:0[/embed]"Up On the Sky, The Wind Sings" by KalafinaAnime: Fate/Stay NightAn anime adaptation of a light novel that is a prequel to a visual novel that had a bad anime adaptation. This one is very dark in tone with has great production values written by the guy behind a lot of grimdark stuff, Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Saya no Uta), so abandon all hope ye who watch.So which is your favorite anime adaptation of a video game? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!!!
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Game and Watch
Anime and video games come together like fried chicken and ketchup. I put fried chicken on my ketchup. There are plenty of anime-based games and game-based anime so today let's focus on a few anime based on video games.

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TIE Fighter

This anime-inspired Star Wars fan video will convert you to the Dark Side


May the Anime Force be with you
Mar 24
// Salvador GRodiles
I might get attacked for saying this, but I'm not a huge fan of the Star Wars series. While I enjoyed the original trilogy, Genndy Tartakovsky's amazing Clone Wars miniseries, and a few of the brand's games, my views to...

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 34-35

Mar 24 // Josh Tolentino
Of course, the correct answer is: Because the battle anime in question is JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and our main character is up to bat. Yes, Jotaro is the man to take on D'Arby - that's his name, not "Obie" or "Barbie" - master of the Osiris Stand and a guy with a gambling problem. Well, it's not much of a "problem" per se, for D'Arby, as he's never lost, and tends to win the souls of his opponents. But that's when he's facing normal people and confirmed mooks like Polnareff and old Joseph in games of "Bet on a cat's whim" and perhaps the most sober, high-stakes, dramatic round of Whiskey Pong ever conducted. Naturally, D'Arby isn't playing with a full deck - he's playing with several, all very carefully stacked against the heroes. What's surprising about the episode, though, is just how little the actual Stands come into play in this round.  Ultimately, both Osiris and Star Platinum serve more as narrative devices than the true backbone of the encounter. Osiris, in its ability to take a person's soul once they've conceded the bet, even mentally, demonstrates what's at stake. Star Platinum and its hyper-sensitive perceptions make any kind of normal cheating impossible, a fact demonstrated by its breaking of D'Arby's finger when he attempts some crafty sleight-of-hand. Other than that, though, the entire fight is mental, fought not with psychic powers but psychological gambits, and of this, Jotaro leverages his strongest character trait - his unbreakable stoicism - and turns it into the Ace in the Hole against D'Arby's foolproof cheats. In essence, Jotaro plays the bluff of the century, raising and escalating the stakes by betting his soul, Avdol's souls, and pretty much everyone's souls but the dog's, frightening D'Arby into thinking his cheats have been undermined. His fear is so utterly palpable that it literally ages him, turning his hair from white to elderly gray and basically driving him mad with anxiety. It's kind of amazing, to say the least, and a refreshing reaffirmation as to why, exactly this Jotaro Kujou fellow is the "JoJo" in this arc.
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Always bet on JoJo
What is this, a gambling anime? Actually, scratch that. The better question is: Why are two episodes of a battle anime portraying the drama of gambling better than a number of actual gambling anime?

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Brafile

Accurately measure oppai with the BraFile


No more second guessing
Mar 24
// Anthony Redgrave
Knowing a ladies' three sizes is a blessing and curse. It shows that you are accurate and observant but to the woman in question it just means you're a massive pervert. There has only been one person I know that has the abili...
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TyranoBuilder

Rawr: TyranoBuilder lets you make your own visual novels


Sounds like a roaring good time
Mar 23
// Salvador GRodiles
I may be prehistorically late to the festivities, but there's something intriguing about Nyu Media's collaboration with STRIKEWORKS. Thanks to their cooperation, TyranoBuilder, a user-friendly program that lets you create yo...

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 23

Mar 23 // Josh Tolentino
Despite being one of the "realest" anime series in years, and touching on points that are clearly quite close to home for the many people that create and enjoy anime, Shirobako is, and shall remain, fictional. If it weren't obvious enough: It's not a documentary. Whether it should be is a different discussion, one I shan't tackle here. What I'm getting at here is that episode 23 sees Shirobako - and by extension, P.A. Works - acting to tell and resolve a plotline, rather than reach deep and expose some of the guts from the anime-making process. Director Tsutomu Mizushima and his crew are being storytellers right now, not pundits or commentators. To step right out and say it: This latest climax was perhaps a little too narratively convenient, but screw being cliche, I loved it.  The crisis cliffhanger of episode 22 is out in full force here: Aerial Girls creator Takezou Nogame has rejected the whole of the anime's final episode outright, and given little feedback as to what he wants. It's essentially the character design crisis of earlier in Aerial Girls' life, but with the stakes at their highest possible point: "God" hates the ending you wrote. Fix it! A different story might have converted Shirobako into a tragedy: Stressed and out of options, Musani ends the show with a recap. Jiggly Heaven returns, to send Kinoshita's career down the toilet, along with any prospect of Aoi advancing. Show's over. Aria will never fly again, just like Nogame-sensei insists. Here's where I'm happy that Shirobako is not that kind of fiction, and I don't care that there's a risk of making the show lesser in the eyes of some, for seeking the lower-hanging fruit that is a happy resolution.  Musani finally gets a sit-down with Nogame, after Kinoshita commits a massive foul (in Japanese corporate politics, at least) by going around the editorial staff and contacting the author directly. The two have a meeting - after an epic action sequence featuring the director literally throwing his weight around to get into the Yotaka Booksellers building - and reach an accord. A compromise is arranged that will allow a happier ending for the series without compromising Nogame's vision of the manga. And the editor, Chazawa (aka Mr. "Funny Story") gets his comeuppance for being so willfully obstructionist about it all. After Hiraoka got his human side shown last week, he's the closest the show has gone to having an actual villain, much to the consternation of a few actual Japanese manga editors, who reportedly went off to complain on Twitter about unfair portrayals. And to be fair, episode 23 really isn't that fair to Chazawa. We never get a look at why he was such a jerk about denying access to Nogame (apparently against Nogame's wishes), and editors can and do serve an important role in their position between writers and the people adapting their writing. Then again, more unbelievable things have actually happened in the world of anime adaptations. Jerks also exist in real-life, and the reasons they act that way aren't always valid. In a way, Chazawa comes across as an amalgam of both Tarou and Hiraoka's worst traits. He's Tarou's incompetence made dangerous by Hiraoka's cynicism and uncaring demeanor, marinated in a pool of oily snark. I hate him already, which means P.A. Works did their job just fine. Honestly, though, I can forgive this seeming lapse in narrative integrity on Shirobako's part. One of my favorite movies is 2006's Stranger Than Fiction, and it's essentially about how having the classic "happy ending" is sometimes worth the price you pay to have it. Even if the resulting story is weaker for its presence.  As if to affirm that this conveniently happy resolution was in fact worth it, the tears in Aoi's eyes as she sees Shizuka finally, finally, finally land her anime voice-acting gig, voicing a new character in Aerial Girls, is our reward for this minor compromise. Really, seeing Zuka-chan's long train of suffering finally stop was worth a high price indeed. Well-played, Shirobako! Of course, there's still next week, the last episode of the season. And hell, they aren't even done with the episode yet. The damn thing's still gotta be made, and only then can we think about the future, and how close the five girls from episode 1 have come to their dreams. [Watch Shirobako on Crunchyroll!]
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Showdown time!
Exposition. Rising Action. Climax. Dénouement. These should be familiar, if you remember your grade-school literature classes. Real life, however, isn't so convenient. More often than not, life is a lingering anti...

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Show by Rock!!

Show by Rock!! trailer shows off the rockin' cuteness


Game on!
Mar 22
// Red Veron
Airing this spring season is an anime adaptation of the mobile rhythm music game Show by Rock!!., which is a surprising collaboration of the Sanrio (the Hello Kitty people) and mobile game publisher/developer Greechs.The stor...
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One Piece

Relive the Grand Line in One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 English trailer


One Piece. It's the name of the treasure in the Grand Line
Mar 22
// Anthony Redgrave
Yep here is another One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 trailer but this time it isn't showing off new playable characters.  Bandai Namco games have released the Grand Line (Here they come) trailer in English when it was previ...






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