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Final Impressions: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic photo
Final Impressions: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
by Elliot Gay

The first season of the Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic anime has come and gone, and I'm left wondering what exactly happened. My experience with the series came after reading a substantial portion of the original manga in preparation of covering the anime. I figured it couldn't hurt to have a broader knowledge of the source material.

I could hardly contain my excitement; despite my overall dislike of Sword Art Online, A-1 had at least made it a lavish production. There was little doubt in my mind that Magi would get the same kind of backing. It seemed like a surefire recipe for a wonderful series.

Instead all I can do is wonder why Magi wasn't as great as it could have been.

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3:43 AM on 03.31.2013

Magi anime gets a 2nd season this fall

It's almost tragic how this Magi business turned out. To prepare for my coverage of the show in Annotated Anime, I decided to read the original Magi manga first. I ended up purchasing the whole series, and enjoyed the read so...

Elliot Gay

12:00 PM on 03.25.2013

It's almost Oreimo time!

We're only a couple weeks away from the premiere of the second season of everyone's favorite sis-con romp, Oreimo. There's a new commercial on the airwaves in Japan, and I have to say the animation and artwork are ...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:54 AM on 02.10.2013

Are you ready? The Idolm@ster to become a movie

Rejoice, The Idolm@ster fans. It looks like Namco Bandai isn't done with those spunky girls from 765Pro just yet. At "THE IDOLM@STER MUSIC FESTIV@L OF WINTER!!" live event held over the past few days, it was announced that a ...

Elliot Gay

Review: AnoHana - The Flower We Saw That Day photo
Review: AnoHana - The Flower We Saw That Day
by Brad Rice

I largely passed up on watching new anime in 2011, spending most of my time watching older series and Western television. One show that I was continually bugged about was AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day. It was a big hit in 2011, and NIS licensed it to much fanfare. May as well watch it, and see what all the hubbub was about.

The show is about a scuttled friendship in the wake of the death of a friend. Our protagonist is haunted by this girl's ghost years down the line, and now has to unravel the mystery behind how to get her to heaven, and just how this group's friendship faltered all those years ago.

How did the show stack up to expectations? Find out after the jump!

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2:00 PM on 12.04.2012

Magi: The First Dungeon 3DS game gets a trailer

As a huge fan of the Magi manga, I can't even begin to describe how relieved I am that the anime adaptation has finally begun to get things right. The series is just good fun with a genuinely likable core cast, which makes i...

Elliot Gay

12:00 PM on 12.04.2012

Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment gets a 2nd CM

If you follow Annotated Anime, you probably already know how I feel about Sword Art Online these days. I think it's got a whole lot of problems, many of which will probably never be fixed. That being said, I'm still sort of ...

Elliot Gay

12:00 PM on 11.27.2012

Blue Exorcist finally sees a full theatrical trailer

The sharp-eyed folks over at Alafista spotted an update to the official Ao no Exorcist website which included the long-overdue full theatrical trailer for the upcoming movie. We've already reported on the film several times, ...

Kristina Pino

8:00 AM on 11.08.2012

Get hype for Blue Exorcist: The Movie

We've already posted some teaser info and such for the upcoming Blue Exorcist movie, and it looks like there has been another update to their official website with a buttload of new design, work-in-progress, storyboard, and c...

Kristina Pino

First Impressions: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic photo
First Impressions: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
by Elliot Gay

Love them or hate them, A-1 Pictures has been tearing it up in the anime world. They have numerous successes under their belt and their most recent project, Magi, is looking to keep up that track record.

A few weeks ago, I started purchasing and reading the original Magi manga in preparation for covering the TV anime. What I ended up finding was a delightful story of adventure, with truly lovable characters and a fascinating take on the Arabian Nights-theme. In fact, I liked it so much that I ended up reading all the way through volume 14 and am impatiently waiting on the next compilation release. 

That being said, I went into A-1's adaptation knowing full well that the beginning chunk of the story would see some major changes. 

Follow me after the break as I explore the magical world of flying carpets, dungeons and giant plant things.

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9:00 AM on 10.09.2012

Astronaut lends his voice to Space Bros... from space!

How amazing is this? Space Bros, the anime that follows Nanba Mutta in his quest to become an astronaut like his brother, has received a little more help from NASA and JAXA than we first thought. It seems that Akihiko Hoshide...

Chris Walden

9:00 AM on 10.07.2012

Imouto at the ready, Oreimo returns in April

Everyone's favourite closet otaku little sister will be returning for a second season of Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai, not that she's happy about that or anything. The announcement comes from the Dengeki Bunko ...

Chris Walden