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2:00 PM on 09.22.2014

Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls anime trailer sure is pretty

The era of warring idols continue with The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls turning into an anime next year. Above is the first real trailer for the TV series with a massively profitable, idol-raising mobile game behind it. It also looks gorgeous.

Jeff Chuang


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Mistwalker Celebrates Terra Battle's 500K Downloads Milestone

Having now surpassed 500,000 downloads, Terra Battle fans will soon enjoy new characters from the original character and dragon model designer of Panzer Dragoon, Manabu Kusunoki. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.






Review: Persona 3 The Movie: #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream photo
Review: Persona 3 The Movie: #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream
by Elliot Gay

Despite its pacing problems and general lack of an overarching story, I enjoyed Persona 3 The Movie: #1 Spring of Birth. As far as animated film adaptations of long games go, I think it did a novel job of compressing hours of gameplay and story into about 90 minutes. The first film had the unlucky task of handling the least interesting part of Persona 3's tale, the intro hours, but director Noriaki Akitaya and the production team managed to shift the focus enough that it totally worked. Fortunately for new director Tomohisa Taguchi and for us viewers, the next chunk of Persona 3 is far more intriguing.

Picking up after the end of Spring of Birth, Midsummer Knight's Dream begins with the crew taking down yet another large Shadow, only now with the help of Mitsuru and her powerful ice Persona. With all the hard work they've put into their after school monster hunting activities, it's about time for some R&R. Summer vacation is in full swing, which means its time for an all expenses paid island trip Yuki, Junpei, and Aikhiko go on an adventure to pick up girls, things go poorly, and the three young men are left to soak in their own self-pity. This doesn't last too long, as Yuki notices a beautiful blonde-haired girl staring off into the ocean, dress flowing in the wind. Who is she, and where did she come from...?

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2:00 PM on 07.02.2014

The new Black Butler: Book of Circus trailer is now served

There's a sexy new trailer for the highly anticipated new Black Butler television series, set to debut this month. Black Butler: Book of Circus is set to cover the enigmatic Ciel Phantomhive's journey a bit closer to the ori...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 06.30.2014

Feast your eyes on the new extended Aldnoah.Zero promo

There's a delicious new trailer for Gen Urobuchi and Ei Aoki's upcoming new sci-fi series, Aldnoah.Zero. There seems to be plenty of drama, beautiful scenery, and people dying everywhere! Did we mention that there's mecha? M...

Hiroko Yamamura

11:52 AM on 05.02.2014

Big Persona announcement? Persona 4 Golden getting a show

After a fair amount of speculation earlier this week, the big news that Atlus was sitting on was none other than a new Persona 4 TV show, called Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION, or P4GA for brevity's sake. Once again, we'll be...

Pedro Cortes



First Impressions: World Conquest Zvezda Plot photo
First Impressions: World Conquest Zvezda Plot
by Jeff Chuang

There's just something evocative when a little girl in a revealing magical outfit make grand gestures about world conquest. For some people it's a hot fashion statement. For some, it's about a sense of shame, or the lack there of. And then there's me, who thinks late-night TV anime tries a bit too hard with their pilots, and would rather skip the first episode in favor of the second. Of course, you might have your own, unique opinion too.

World Conquest Zvezda Plot is the latest anime from Tensai Okamura, who is probably best known for creating series such as Darker than Black and Wolf's Rain. With that in mind, Svezda Plot is yet another original anime that Okamura has created along with Meteo Hoshizora, who is better known for writing visual novels and now is affiliated with Type-Moon. Now, this is where everyone should suspend their snap judgment, and give this crew at least a three-episode try, even if so far Zvezda Plot is nothing like what Okamura has produced so far.

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Review: Oreshura photo
Review: Oreshura
by Jeff Chuang

Oreshura, or Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru, is an elaborate reimagining of a simple idea. Short for "My girlfriend and my childhood friend argue a lot," the shortened name makes marketing and looking up the show on search engines easy, but more importantly it curtly sums up a really messy premise. Let's not beat around the bush: It's a harem anime. If that alone turns you away, I won't think any less of you.

But being the postmodern animals that we are, saying an anime is a harem is like saying air smells like something that you can breathe; it doesn't convey or express the quality (if it's smoky, fresh, or stale) or if you would like more or less of it. More importantly, have you had an Oreshura experience before? How do you compare this harem anime with the countless before it? How does this light novel story with a childhood friend and his girlfriend shed light upon the adolescent condition? Is it worth your time, for those of you who care to discern the dancing angels on the animated pin?

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Review: Vividred Operation photo
Review: Vividred Operation
by Karen Mead

I knew basically nothing going into Vividred Operation. I wasn't watching much anime during the Winter 2013 season anyway, and Vividred kind of got blurred together with all those other shows in that broad category of "cute girls with [insert gimmick]." I had seen some figure designs floating around, so I had a vague idea that the series featured young ladies who are prone to wearing short-shorts, but that was about it.

Since I had zero expectations, I wasn't disappointed; however, I have to wonder how the show would have come across if I'd been anticipating anything in particular. If I was expecting a magical girl show, which Vividred basically is, I would have been let down; If I'd been expecting a sci-fi show, I would be annoyed that the show doesn't really deliver on any of the interesting ideas it presents at the beginning. I guess if I'd wanted a moe fetish-fest I would have been reasonably satisfied, because seriously, this show loves butts. This show loves butts like Attack on Titan likes killing people off-- no, I think it loves butts even more than that. There is simply no describing how much this show loves 14-year-old girls' butts.

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12:00 PM on 12.06.2013

New Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment details

It was a sure thing that after Namco Bandai's PSP release, Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment, sold over a few hundred copies, they were gonna get another game out ASAP. Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment for the Vita looks to ...

Elliot Gay



Review: Sword Art Online BD Box Set I-IV photo
Review: Sword Art Online BD Box Set I-IV
by Elliot Gay

Not even original light novel scribe Reki Kawahara could have predicted how big his Sword Art Online franchise would eventually become. Since the first novel was published in April of 2009, Kawahara's creation has seen 12 sequel novels, five separate manga series, a video game (with another one the way), a spin-off light novel series, and a 25-episode anime. I'd say he ended up doing pretty well for himself.

Yet Sword Art Online's success has not been limited to Japan. Indeed, the show has somewhat crossed over into the mainstream through airing on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Aniplex has decided to give the series quite the deluxe BD treatment, but the question is whether or not these box sets are worth their relatively high asking price for fans.

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1:00 PM on 10.06.2013

Sword Art Online TV special get a date and a synopsis

You probably thought I'd never write about the anime adaptation of Sword Art Online ever again. You were wrong. The time and date have been revealed for the upcoming Sword Art Online: Extra Edition TV special. It'll be airing...

Elliot Gay





9:00 AM on 10.06.2013

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment announced for the Vita

It should come as no surprise that Namco Bandai is eager to produce a follow up to its PSP Sword Art Online game. The release sold exceptionally well on a platform that is essentially dead, and it makes sense that they would...

Elliot Gay