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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 9 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 9
by Salvador GRodiles

As Sword Art Online II begins to imply that the Phantom Bullet Arc is coming to a close, things are starting to get intense around these parts. In the midst of this event, A-1 has fully recovered from their injuries, so that they can get ready to load up the big cannons. Since there are many important at play during these major moments, let's hope that the team hits their main target.

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8:00 AM on 09.04.2014

Rejoice! Viz is holding a Sailor Moon streaming event

If you missed out on watching Sailor Moon's English episodes at Anime Expo and Otakon 2014, then you'll be happy to hear that Viz's having a Sailor Moon Moonlight Party where they're streaming the show's first four ...

Salvador GRodiles



Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 8 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 8
by Salvador GRodiles

It seems that A-1 might be in the clear right now. And to think that the BoB tournament was the key to helping Sword Art Online II move in the right direction. However, my main concern right now is that the Phantom Bullet Arc won't take up an entire season. Based on the direction the show is taking, this event might be the one to determine the storyline's actual length.

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Happy Birthday, Makoto Kikuchi! photo
Happy Birthday, Makoto Kikuchi!
by Jeff Chuang

Makoto Kikuchi, from The Idolm@ster series, celebrates her birthday on August 29th. It'll be her ninth annual celebration this year as the maturing arcade-turned-multimedia franchise kicked off its 9th year via a full length feature film. The Idolm@ster movie hits home video in Japan in October. On top, there's the Puchim@s shorts and a new flagship game out this past May, The Idolm@ster: One For All.

With the series seeing a resurgence, both old and new fans came together to celebrate with well wishes and fan works. Take a look.

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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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A Letter to Momo opens in America this week photo
A Letter to Momo opens in America this week
by Hiroko Yamamura

The award winning Production I.G. film A Letter to Momo, is set to hit theaters this week, and with any luck might be hitting your home town. The beautiful looking film has the makings of a classic, and is a tale of a shy kid meeting supernatural friends under unfortunate circumstances. Although stylistically is definitely its own piece of art, I can't help but draw a few Studio comparisons by the trailer. 

The dub sounds quite whimsical so far, and stars soap opera actress, Amanda Pace in the lead role. I'm hoping to catch the film when it hits theaters in Chicago this week. Any of you guys planning to see it? I'm pretty excited for this one.

  • The Wooly - Gainesville, FL (opens Aug 21)
  • Landmark TBD - Denver, CO (Aug 22)
  • Gene Siskel Film Center - Chicago, IL (Aug 29)
  • Landmark Nuart Theatre - Los Angeles, CA (Aug 29)
  • Landmark E Street - Washington, DC (Aug 29)
  • Landmark Kendall Square - Boston, MA (Aug 29)
  • Landmark Edina - Minneapolis, MN (Aug 29)
  • Landmark Midtown Art - Atlanta, GA (Aug 29)
  • Landmark Varsity - Seattle, WA (Sept 5)
  • Landmark TBD - San Francisco, CA (Sept 5)
  • Landmark Shattuck Cinemas - Berkeley, CA (Sept 5)
  • Landmark TBD - San Diego, CA (Sept 5)
  • Landmark Ritz at the Bourse - Philadelphia, PA (Sept 5)
  • Cedar Lee Theatre - Cleveland, OH (Sept 14)
  • Jean Cocteau Cinema - Santa Fe, NM (Sept 19)
  • Guild Cinema - Albuquerque, NM (Sept 19)
  • Salt Lake City Library Theater - Salt Lake City, UT( Dec 6)

[Via ANN]

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 7 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 7
by Salvador GRodiles

Yikes. I never expected to be concerned about Sword Art Online II’s well-being. While there was a bit of hope for A-1 to get back on track, things are taking a slight turn for the worse with the way how they followed up on the show’s latest conflict. From the looks of it, the SAO II might be in a grim state until things pick up again.

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Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 6-7 photo
Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 6-7
by Jeff Chuang

When Hanayamata first introduced Yaya, she played with a band. If we logically assume the story is about the formation of a yosakoi club, then the band probably has to go. How does it happen? More importantly, how does Yaya's identity, which is wrapped up a lot around both her reputation and perception at school along with the band, resolve in such a way to further that club story?

I'm not sure if I like the way the plot resolves, but in the process there were some pretty heartful character development. Maybe it's okay for Hanayamata to keep things really simple. Let's see.

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1:00 PM on 08.19.2014

Watch The Tale of Princess Kaguya's North American trailer

Studio Ghibli may be pondering its potentially bleak future right about now, but that doesn't mean it won't be delivering dreams to the screen for people in the meantime. Case in point: Distributor GKids has just released a ...

Josh Tolentino



Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 18-20 photo
Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 18-20
by Josh Tolentino

After a bit of a wait, we're back with more Stardust Crusaders, and things get kind of nuts. Of course, that's hardly something we should be surprised by in a series called JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

But anyway, onward, dear readers! Rally ho!

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8:00 AM on 08.15.2014

Chaika gets hers in this 'Avenging Battle' trailer

I liked what I saw of Chaika the Coffin Princess. In fact, at first glance I was convinced that someone was blatantly ripping off the underappreciated Scrapped Princess, until I found out they were from the same author....

Josh Tolentino







Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 6 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 6
by Salvador GRodiles

Right when I was feeling comfortable with Sword Art Online II’s pacing, A-1 decides to speed things up a bit. One moment, the presentation’s going smooth, and all of a sudden, the show breezes through two battles before we get the chance to take in the action. Luckily, the episode's other parts were moving steadily, which means that the studio's increase in speed might not shorten the Phantom Bullet Arc's total episode count.

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