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Annotated Anime Roundup: Winter 2014 Week 3 photo
Annotated Anime Roundup: Winter 2014 Week 3
by Josh Tolentino

Welcome to the Annotated Anime Roundup for Spring Week 3: as the weather continues to warm and the world is rife with change, there's something comforting about the fact that every single week, without fail, Yowapeda continues to stall for time.

Catch up with us on all the latest happenings in cycling bromance, Tonari no Seki-kun, Is the Order a Rabbit?, The World is Still Beautiful, Baby Steps, One Week Friends, and Riddle Story of the Devil. Damidaler The Sound Robot is MIA this week, but you know what? No one even noticed until right now, so I guess we can do without it.

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Review: Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day photo
Review: Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day
by Chris Walden

As far as bundles go, this is a bit of a strange one. Part-movie collection, part-video game, Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day is something that could only be pulled off on a home console. I suppose it's not surprising to see that Bandai Namco is the company publishing it, as it wasn't too long ago that they were offering a similar package with Tekken Hybrid, which included Tekken Tag Tournament HD and the Tekken: Blood Vengeance movie. 

Interestingly, the four films that the 'Short Peace' refers to were actually released in Japan in the middle of last year. These short films were animated by Sunrise, combined and released in theaters as a single showing. Crispy's Inc and Grasshopper Manufacture collaborated to create a game based on the Short Peace films, titled Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day, which was later released in Japan in a bundle with the four films. It only took three months to hit our shelves after the Japanese release, which is pretty impressive. 

But is this media mash-up worth a place in your game collection? 

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3:00 PM on 04.21.2014

Daisuki announces M3 simulcast

Well this is it. With only a couple of series left to premiere, this looks to be one of the final simulcast announcements of the season and it goes to Daisuki. In a press release sent out last night, the streaming site has re...

LB Bryant



First Impressions: Kamigami no Asobi  photo
First Impressions: Kamigami no Asobi
by Brittany Vincent

Kamigami no Asobi is a lively reverse-harem series based on the visual novel of the same name, and if it ends up anything like the Hakuoki series, it should be a treat to follow. It's got everything: gorgeous boys (for everyone into that), fanservice, and a heroine who might actually be able to hold her own, unlike Diabolik Lovers' Yui. It's also rocking animation that doesn't prompt me to recoil in horror from the screen. I think it might be worth following!

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Annotated Anime: The Irregular at Magic High School Ep 3 photo
Annotated Anime: The Irregular at Magic High School Ep 3
by LB Bryant

Maybe it's because I'm absolutely exhausted from SakuraCon, but this week's episode of The Irregular at Magic High School didn't do much for me. They've finally moved past the character introductions for the most part and are finally advancing into the school year proper but despite that. I'm still just not feeling pulled into this series as much as I thought I would be by this point. Oh well. 

In this week's episode the story is split into three distinct parts. In the first part, everyone is gushing over Tatsuya's victory over Hanzo. They spend a good few minutes asking him about his magic and marveling over his equipment before the opening credits roll. After some more names are dropped in the disciplinary committee's headquarters, we come to the second important scene, which features Miyuki wanting to have her CAD recalibrated by Tatsuya so that she can use another type of magic a bit easier. After a bit of fan service and sibling flirting we come to the third part of the episode, which has the disciplinary committee being sent out in squads because clubs are recruiting new members and sometimes get a little rowdy and overzealous. Naturally, a couple of the sports clubs are plenty rowdy, and it's up to Tatsuya to step in and take control of the situation. 

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1:00 AM on 04.21.2014

First clip of Masaaki Yuasa-directed Adventure Time episode

Some really cool news came out of WonderCon 2014 for anime fans, in a place you might not expect: the Adventure Time panel. At the panel for the popular show, it was announced that Masaaki Yuasa would direct, write, and stor...

Ben Huber

10:00 PM on 04.20.2014

Sakura-Con '14: Crunchyroll announces two more simulcasts

So SakuraCon has come and gone but we still have more news to share with you that came out of our weekend in Seattle. Yesterday, Crunchyroll held an industry panel at the con and despite getting through the bulk of their pane...

LB Bryant



Shonen Showdown 4-20-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 4-20-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Welcome to another weekly installment of Shonen Showdown, your everyday look at the latest in battle shows. This week we're catching up on the status of our favorite anime memes, and it appears that the evergreen "Moe Moe Kyun!" remains perennially popular, even among people who themselves could be described as "perennial". Truly, a meme for the ages.

Oh, and there's also some stuff here from the latest chapters in Bleach, Naruto, and Hunter x Hunter. Those are nice, as well.

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8:00 PM on 04.19.2014

Annotated Anime: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episode 2-3

Well, we already knew that the first episode of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders was quite alright, but it's a sad reality of watching these kinds of programs that you can't just rely on the pilot alone to te...

Josh Tolentino

6:00 PM on 04.19.2014

Snag El Hazard - The Magnificent World Blu-ray box set on July 30

I've been interested in El Hazard - The Magnificent World for some time, given its classic animation style and fantasy elements. I've just never been sure of which El Hazard I needed to start with or if I would like it, and I...

Brittany Vincent

3:35 PM on 04.19.2014

Sword Art Online II to simulcast worldwide, airing in Japan in July

Following the success of the first Sword Art Online series, the second installment, Sword Art Online II, will be simulcast worldwide. Aniplex confirmed the announcement today, and the series will be airing in Japan in July of...

Brittany Vincent





10:00 AM on 04.19.2014

Dragon Ball Kai's Buu saga will last almost a year and a half

Dragon Ball Kai has quite a noble goal in trying to cut out all of the added fluff from the original Dragon Ball Z series. Even though I'd seen the original series in its entirety, as well as plenty of times via Toonami as a ...

Chris Walden