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Annotated Anime: Kantai Collection episodes 5-6 photo
Annotated Anime: Kantai Collection episodes 5-6
by Josh Tolentino

Kantai Collection has an identity crisis. It's trying to split the difference between a splashy, substance-free fan-service fiesta for existing fans of the game it's based on, a more sedate genre piece featuring girls being way too nice to each other, and a weighty war drama befitting the violent and arguably tragic history of the real-life warships the characters channel the souls of.

That's been the apparent narrative of the show's in the first four episodes, as the sudden and unexpected loss of Kisaragi in episode three threw many expectations for a loop. Followed up with the overwhelming antics of episode four, no one was sure just where the pendulum would swing in the following episodes.

Now that we've approached the halfway mark, though, it seems that Kan Colle has picked its path.

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JapanaTen: Ten shows to make you forget Valentine's loneliness photo
JapanaTen: Ten shows to make you forget Valentine's loneliness
by Red Veron

Hey there, buddy. Was today a rough day for ya? I know how you feel. All those "normals" and their stupid capitalist rituals that are designed to exploit those foolish enough to fall it. I am here to give you some suggestions on some good anime shows you can find to forget about today and to enjoy this weekend.

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JapanaTen: Romantic Comedies to celebrate Valentine's by photo
JapanaTen: Romantic Comedies to celebrate Valentine's by
by Red Veron

[Author's Note: This is for those who want romance, those who do not scroll no further! I have something else for you later today]

Valentine's day falls on a weekend this year and I know some of you are in the mood for some romance anime to watch and maybe some comedy to add into the fun. So why not check out this selection of romantic comedy anime that I put together because I love you. Okay, not really but I just wanted make something for you. Don't misunderstand. Baka.

So I've got a list of ten shows that you can watch on streaming services such as Crackle, Hulu, and Netflix for convenience. Check out this list for something that you might like and find one or two that you can curl up to watch and enjoy today.

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5:00 PM on 02.13.2015

Fight off the D-Reaper with Digimon Tamers' 8-bit opening

Well, people; it seems that my prayers have come true, as Studio Megaane remixes another Digimon opening, This time around, the guy Retro Digi-Modified Digimon Tamers' opening, "The Biggest Dreamer," which manages to co...

Salvador GRodiles

3:00 PM on 02.13.2015

Cannon Busters' Website now has a Pledge option

It's been a good while since Cannon Busters met its goal, and LeSean Thomas and his team are have updated the show's Website with a new option. If you missed out on backing the project during its Kickstarter phase, Cannon Bus...

Salvador GRodiles



Happy Tenth Anniversary, Mahou Sentai Magiranger! photo
Happy Tenth Anniversary, Mahou Sentai Magiranger!
by Salvador GRodiles

Today may be Friday the 13th, but that doesn’t mean that we’re in for a heap of bad luck. In fact, Mahou Sentai Magiranger tenth anniversary has landed on Feb. 13, 2015, which means that magic triumphs over random superstitions. To commemorate this legendary moment, I’ve used a magical spell to gather various artworks that are dedicated to the magic-themed Sentai series.

As for the reasoning behind this post, Magiranger still holds the title as one of my favorite Sentai shows, so I thought that I would take advantage of this special day. One thing that made me fall in love with the series was the way how it developed the main team/siblings, since they had to master the ways of magic to fight Infersia's inhabitants. Thanks to the show’s great aspects (such as the sitcom-like moments between the Ozu siblings, and the classic RPG game-like elements), it wasn’t too hard for Magiranger to win me over. Also, the team's robot, Magiking, really knows how to rock a wizard hat.

If you’re interested in reading about my thoughts on the series, I wrote a c-blog about it in 2011. However, expect to encounter some grammatical errors along the way, as I was new to blogging back then. Anyway, you can check out the Magiranger-related art in the gallery below, along with the list of the artists who drew each piece.

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OP Up! Serious Dark Edition photo
OP Up! Serious Dark Edition
by Red Veron



Time to get down and dark! This time of the year fosters dark and depressing feelings for some of you out there who might find yourself lacking the company of a certain person. So we might as well go all out with those gloomy feelings with some anime openings to some dark and serious anime openings for this week.

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12:00 PM on 02.11.2015

Persona 5 is the Lupin III RPG you never knew you wanted

How about that Persona 5 trailer, eh? While the sensible voice in my head cautions me against getting too hyped-up for games that aren't out yet, but the Persona-fan voice in my head is currently drowning it out with shouts a...

Josh Tolentino

6:00 PM on 02.10.2015

Digimon Adventure's opening digivolves into Chiptunemon

Ever since Studio Megaane started branching out into other genres outside of tokusatsu and mecha anime titles, the guy blessed the world with some well-made 8-bit remixes that tackle other forms of anime, along with a few We...

Salvador GRodiles

3:00 PM on 02.10.2015

Let's take a look at an instant Military meal from Japan

Now I've had my share of US military rations, better known as "Meals-Ready-to-Eat" (MREs) I've often wondered how other countries handled their on-the-go meals for their troops. US military MREs aren't the tastiest and often ...

Red Veron

9:00 PM on 02.09.2015

Localization no Jutsu: Press Start's latest video is all about 8-4

Prior to learning about Mighty No. 9's existence, I was unaware of 8-4's (Fire Emblem Awakening and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate's localization) existence. Silly enough, the group known as Press Start have released a video call...

Salvador GRodiles

8:00 PM on 02.09.2015

Golgo 13 is officially Too Old For This Sh*t

Indeed, like a certain police officer, the legendary assassin Golgo 13 is just a few weeks from retirement...literally! After nearly forty-seven years in serialization, the longest-running currently published manga is set to ...

Josh Tolentino