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Final Impressions: Golden Time photo
Final Impressions: Golden Time
by Chris Walden

We're finally here. The finale of the hottest amnesia-driven romantic comedy aired last week, and while it feels like it's taken several days just to digest what on Earth happened, I feel we've left the show in a good place. But hey, that's just my opinion. What I'm certain of is that Golden Time has been quite the ride, and I'm definitely sad about it ending. Yep, that's me being selfish!

Episode 24 was not without a few more head-scratching moments, but then, would you want it to get this far only to watch it play out any other way? No, if we're going to finish this series, then we need a few explosions to go with it. 

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Final Impressions: Wizard Barristers photo
Final Impressions: Wizard Barristers
by Karen Mead

In the final episode of everyone's favorite poorly-written supernatural law procedural, Cecil agrees to defend her worst enemy in court, because no one in this world has ever heard the phrase "conflict of interest." However, since it's all a big conspiracy and the prosecution is actually in her client's pocket anyway, she ends up prosecuting Makusu from the defense podium while opposing council somehow defends him from the prosecutor's stand. I think we're supposed to think that this defense/prosecution switch is clever, but like everything else on this show the lack of logic makes it all just seem disjointed and silly.

Let's do this crazy Wizard Barristers thing one more time, guys.

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2:00 PM on 04.02.2014

Haneda Airport hosting Anime Music Festival on March 2015

If you ever wanted to fly to Tokyo but don't want to shell out for hotels, here's an event that you can (ostensibly) attend without ever leaving the airport! In celebration of its one year anniversary of expansion and increas...

Dae Lee

1:00 PM on 04.02.2014

Persona 4 appears on ESRB for PS3, still rated M

Here's a quick hit and a no-brainer all in one. A listing for Persona 4 appeared on the ESRB's website recently, indicating some sort of release in the near future for the Playstation 3. No other information was given, but I'...

Pedro Cortes

Final Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters photo
Final Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters
by Pedro Cortes

It’s finally at an end. After 25 episodes of unfiltered Gundam love, Build Fighters has reached its climax. Starting off as a kid who couldn’t find the right pilot for his beloved gunpla, Sei has gone farther than he ever could have imagined: He not only got to the world stage for gunpla fighting, but he managed to win the tournament despite the odds being stacked against him at nearly every turn.

However, there’s one last obstacle for Sei and Reiji to overcome. Thanks to Chairman Mashita’s tantrums, the giant Arista crystal underneath the arena has gone berserk. With Plavsky Particles shooting all over the place and sprouting crystals, what will our heroic duo do? Well, they’ll just have to destroy it. Thankfully, they won’t be doing it alone.

Hit the jump to read my recap of the final episode and my impressions of the series as a whole.

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11:00 AM on 04.02.2014

Tokyo at highest risk to suffer natural disaster

When you think of natural disasters, what cities pop up in your mind? At least for me, I think of places like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Tokyo. Well, according to a 2013 study performed by insurance company Swis...

Pedro Cortes

10:00 AM on 04.02.2014

The Dose: Ken Hirai & Namie Amuro

Nope. This isn't another April Fools trick. This track is real, and it's here, just for you. J-Pop fans should probably know how epic the the idea of Ken Hirai and Namie Amuro teaming up is. Two talented, painfully beautiful...

Hiroko Yamamura

Final Impressions: Recently, My Sister is Unusual  photo
Final Impressions: Recently, My Sister is Unusual
by Brittany Vincent

ImoCho has consistently been a source of great confusion and frustration over the short time it's been airing. It started out as a hilariously trashy series I felt a little sheepish about enjoying, then it evolved into something different entirely. In the end, the entire season evolved into something completely unrecognizable. Mitsuki stopped urinating all over herself, but the chastity belt remained locked in place. Was that some kind of metaphorical sign I should have caught early on? That the show would purify itself somehow into something completely different? No, it's never been that intelligent.

You may have noticed my continued frustration with the lack of real plot exposed with each episode over the past few weeks, especially when it comes to explaining Hiyori's back story and what the deal was with the bookish Yuki Nagato ripoff character Neko, who's got her nose buried in a book all the time. The final episode played out like some kind of sick joke, with Neko coming out of nowhere, throwing some "hypnosis" on Yuuya, and making him especially truthful with everyone around him. That means he calls Mitsuki cute, grabs Yukina's breasts, and calls out every single little thing others do that he notices, doesn't like, or finds attractive, apparently. Despite all this and all the awkward moments that arise from it, he still doesn't do anything but tell Mitsuki to stop wearing her "scary panties." Somehow, this is enough to get Mitsuki's heart gauge filled all the way, and for a brief moment it seemed as though the series would end without giving us any real revelations.

It was all a clever ruse for a second season, however, when Hiyori didn't ascend to Heaven proper and came right back to Earth, much to everyone's chagrin. I suppose from a narrative point this was a good thing since plenty of seeds were planted but never given any additional attention once revealed. Has Neko been writing some sort of bizarre story using Mitsuki and Yuuya as magical pawns this whole time? What's going on with Hiyori, anyway? Is Mitsuki really going to fall in love with her stepbrother and everyone is just going to be okay with that?

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Releases of the Week: Battle Royale is back! photo
Releases of the Week: Battle Royale is back!
by Brad Rice

Viz is celebrating Battle Royale with a "remastered" release of the title, along with Battle Royale Slam Book, a collection of essays. Slam Book takes a deep dive into the world of Battle Royale, opening up a whole new viewpoint on the cult hit. If you've only ever seen the film, reading the book is an absolute must. It presents so much more than the film ever could. A real page-turner.

On the manga side, we've got new volumes of Alice in the Country, Bleach, and Happy Marriage?! to entertain readers. If you're into pants-less girls, then be sure to pick up Vol. 2 of Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky. As for anime, there isn't much besides the hypersexual Ebiten: Ebisugawa Public High School's Tenmonbu and a couple of lower-profile box sets.

Still, check out the full list of releases this week and let us know what you're picking up. The collected works of Japanator fan fiction should be out in May.

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2:00 AM on 04.02.2014

Puchim@s! FUNimation streams second season of mini idol comedy

Producers rejoice! FUNimation is now streaming the second season of the short anime series PUCHIM@S. The series of 3-minute episodes is actually called Petit Idolm@ster, but nobody calls it that! Following the gag comedy anim...

Jeff Chuang

11:00 PM on 04.01.2014

4kids takes on Kill la Kill: Meet Bully la Bully

I'm tempted to post this without comment, but that would be unprofessional of me. So meet Bully la Bully, the 4kids-style redub of Japanimation sensation Kill la Kill. Tumblr user Tony Le created the video based on this old ...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 PM on 04.01.2014

Japanator Loves: AxB: Fanfic a la carte

Sometimes fanfiction happens by chance, like my shipping Agrias and Ramza. Sometimes it happens by divine mandate, like our whole new direction here at Japanator. And sometimes it happens because you asked for it. That third ...

Josh Tolentino