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10:00 AM on 06.26.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

This week we travel back a little over a decade to a little known show, Fullmetal Alchemist. Ok, you know I'm kidding here right? FMA served as the entry point to anime for many people, with its unique mix of fantasy, magic,...

Hiroko Yamamura


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.






Review: Blast of Tempest S2 photo
Review: Blast of Tempest S2
by Karen Mead

There's something inscrutable about Blast of Tempest. Even now that I've had a few days to digest everything and figure out the answers to most of my lingering story questions, I still feel that there's something about the show that I don't quite get. And it's not that I don't "get" it in some artistic sense, where I don't understand the themes or whatnot; I mean, I'm not sure I completely understand what even happened. Or why it happened.

Or, as Shakespeare once wrote:

What seest thou else
In the dark backward and abysm of time?

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Annotated Anime: Captain Earth episode 2 & 3 photo
Annotated Anime: Captain Earth episode 2 & 3
by Elliot Gay

I can't remember the last time I watched a mech anime with so much nonsensical techno babble.

Bones' latest stab at the genre, Captain Earth, seems to have no qualms with throwing out made-up words and leaving them undefined for the viewers at home. For some people, this is understandably maddening.

For me, this is just Tuesday.

Daichi launches into space with the Earth Engine, though things go less than great as the attacking Kill-T-Gang robot kicks his ass all over the place. With our hero incapable of piloting the massive white mech, the situation grows dire, prompting resident mysterious scientist guy, Peter Westvillage, to call in some help from an outside source: Akari Yomatsuri, Tsutomu's daughter. She helps Daichi as best as she can, though ultimately it's he who manages to get a grip on the Earth Engine's controls, and effectively drive off the intruder. He returns to back to base, and after some internal strife with Salty Dog's (the best name) representative, Daichi promptly causes some much-needed chaos. Teppei and Hana, the latter being the girl who was locked away in a weird bubble, are freed from the tight monitoring they were under, and everybody lives happily ever after, or at least for the rest of the evening.

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First Impressions: Soul Eater NOT photo
First Impressions: Soul Eater NOT
by Jeff Chuang

When Soul Eater first rushed on to the screens and shelves of North America years ago, it brought along a fun story about Meisters with special powers who team up with Weapons who are also people with special powers. Its stylish visuals and shounen battle formula made for easy watching with some attractive characters. Soul Eater NOT, a spin-off manga-turned-anime, picks up the main thing Soul Eater left on the table: its setting.

In that sense, Soul Eater NOT is everything like Soul Eater: you have this crazy school full of people with super powers, people fight, and it's hardly what you'd expect of an everyday life sort of existence. In Soul Eater NOT, people still turn into weapons and students study to better hone their powers at school. Soul Eater NOT is, however, everything Soul Eater is not about: a few school kids getting along and growing up together, without the pressure of having to save the world.

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First Impressions: Captain Earth photo
First Impressions: Captain Earth
by Elliot Gay

I secretly loved Star Driver.

The ridiculously over-the-top posing, flashiness, strange imagery, and the beautiful animation; it all came together to make for an entertaining whirlwind of confusion and glee. That shouldn't come as too much of a surprise when it had such a strong team working on it. With names like Yoji Enokido (writer of Revolutionary Girl Utena), Takuya Igarashi (Sailor Moon), and a host of others attached to the project, it was bound to at least be intriguing...even if incomprehensible.

Enter Bones' new project, Captain Earth.

Sporting a host of alumni from the Star Driver project, this new giant robot anime is Bones' latest attempt at striking gold.

Is the first episode any good? Are the robots appropriately robotic? Do things go boom?

The answer and so much more, after the break.

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3:00 PM on 04.05.2014

Crunchyroll to stream Captain Earth

Crunchyroll will be adding Captain Earth to its growing list of anime set to stream this season. The series will premiere at 11:00 AM PDT on April 5th for premium members, with episodes available for free users a week after a...

Tim Sheehy

7:00 PM on 03.15.2014

New Captain Earth PV features opening theme

We've got a new season of anime coming up fast, and Captain Earth by BONES looks to be one of the bigger titles airing. The show comes from the same team behind Star Driver, which explains some of the similarities. I could d...

Ben Huber

2:00 PM on 02.22.2014

New Captain Earth PV shows up

BONES is returning this spring with a new original series: Captain Earth. The name is a little silly, but it has some of BONES great staff behind it -- most of them folks from Star Driver. Now, I covered Star Driver way back...

Ben Huber



Annotated Anime: Space Dandy ep. 02 photo
Annotated Anime: Space Dandy ep. 02
by Ben Huber

Space Dandy episode two was definitely better than the first.

Oh, did that catch your attention, maybe? There was a lot of disappointment over the first episode of Space Dandy. Whether that was due to raised expectations, the desire for "another Cowboy Bebop," the lackluster humor, the abundance of boobs, or a combination of the above, it didn't seem to hit home with everyone. I didn't hop on board either until the second half, which displayed more animation money on screen than any other show this season. But can pretty art alone save a show? Has Dandy brushed up and improved in episode two? Let's talk about it!

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2:30 PM on 01.06.2014

Toonami's trailer for Space Dandy episode 2

So the first episode of Space Dandy aired and reactions seem mixed. I'm sure Ben didn't expect the response to be so polarizing, but I admit I saw it coming a mile away. Any time a series receives this much hype, it's bound ...

Tim Sheehy

8:00 AM on 12.13.2013

Party in Vegas with Space Dandy and Otakon Vegas

Las Vegas seems like the right place to celebrate the first episode of Space Dandy, and so Otakon Vegas and FUNimation are having a sneak preview on the day it airs on Adult Swim, on Saturday, January 4th. Space Dandy's premi...

Jeff Chuang





3:00 PM on 12.02.2013

Watch all the new Space Dandy trailers right here

You don't need me to sell you on Space Dandy anymore, do you? It should be patently obvious why this show is a big deal: not only is it Shinichiro Watanabe's return to space, but it's also the first anime to be dubbed and br...

Ben Huber