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Gurren Lagann

Aniplex finally brings Gurren Lagann to Blu-Ray in the United States

How many copies of this do I need to buy?
Sep 15
// Hiroko Yamamura
If you ended up buying the imported version of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann last year, I'm sorry. It looks like Aniplex USA has heard our wishes, and is finally bringing the beloved anime series Stateside, with a muli-part rele...
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Gainax's Aoki Uru set for 2018

That's a long ways away
May 03
// Elliot Gay
Last year, Studio Gainax announced that they were finally returning to their Aoki Uru film project. A sequel to the classic Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise, the film was initially conceived of in 1992, but for a va...
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Wind Rises Critique

The original Otaking and his 99 cents on The Wind Rises

Crowd-translated critique now on Amazon
Mar 04
// Jeff Chuang
The Wind Rises opened in theaters last Friday in the States, did you see it? Yes? Great. Because now you can pick up a copy of Toshio Okada's review and critique of this Hayao Miyazaki masterpiece on Amazon, in English. Toshi...
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GAINAX preps 33rd anniversary project for Daicon III

Fan service and bunnies. Few things have changed.
Dec 28
// Pedro Cortes
Anime history buffs might be familiar with Daicon III & IV, but most won't know about these important bits of animation. For one, the guys who made those animations later went on to form GAINAX, a company you may have hea...

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Some time back, you may remember that Aniplex rescued Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann from the depths of license limbo. This meant two things: the release will come with a bunch of extra stuff and it will be pricey. Based off Sal...

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Eva 2.22

PSA: Catch Evangelion 2.22 on Toonami tonight

Kick off September with the end of the world!
Aug 31
// Josh Tolentino
[Update: Turns out the surprise announcement was a special one-time-only airing of Kick-Heart, the Kickstarter-funded pro-wrestling anime by Masaaki Yuasa. The anime aired right after Eva 2.22, and at the time of this writing...
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Can the wrath of Asura overcome Gurren Lagann's spiral energy?
*ding, ding, ding* It's Over! Well, Crono tried to alter the course of time to gain the upper hand, but Zoro's endurance couldn't handle the combined strikes of Guts and Saber. While Saber was facing some teamwork issues with...

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PBS Idea Channel on Eva

Aw snap, the PBS Idea Channel tackles Anno's views on Eva

Another neat idea by Mike Rugnetta.
Aug 06
// Salvador GRodiles
YouTube's Geek Week is happening as we speak, and the PBS Idea Channel has decided to answer a question that's related to Evangelion. And that question is whether Anno's view on the series are important or not.  If ther...

Impressions: Stella Women's Academy Class C3

Aug 06 // Josh Tolentino
For those unfamiliar with the terms, airsoft is best described as paintball's nerdier brother. Played with meticulously-modeled replica guns shooting plastic pellets, the emphasis is more on simulation rather than sport. Themed matches featuring teams doing what practically amounts to military cosplay are common. Airsoft is especially popular for doing "MilSim", basically mock scenarios using real military tactics. What does that have to do with young Yura Yamato, a high school freshman seeking her social debut at an all-girls academy? Not much, really. The first two episodes fit almost smack-dab onto early K-ON! as Yura gets badgered into joining the C3 Club - an airsoft club. The "C3" comes from the less-SEO-friendly military abbreviation "C3" for "Command, Control & and Communications", but really, it's named that way because you can pronounce it as "C-Cubed" in Japanese. You can even figure out which K-ON! archetypes map onto which characters. Yura is Yui and Azusa with a dash of social anxiety and a tendency to daydream (more on that later), while the rest of the club are mixes of Mugi and Ritsu tempered by varying quantities of Mio-ness. Club head Sonora, voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro, is the consummate badass who does real shooting and can't be bothered to wear her uniform properly. Mind you, I say these things not to be reductive, but rather give an impression of how mundane the first couple of episodes feel. It's one thing to start out slow and build up to more excitement with time, but in the saturated field of cute girls doing cute things things need to distinguish themselves right off the bat. It's a necessary thing to avoid being dropped, or say, being forgotten about until a busy blogger remembers that it exists and that he had committed to watching it weeks ago. Which is totally not a thing that happened to this busy blogger. No, sir! These episodes just barely drop hints that there's more to Class C3 than girls in a girls' club not actually doing the thing their club is for. In fact, the C3 Club does plenty of airsoft, so much so that Yura gets carried away into various action-movie references, including Rambo, The Bodyguard, and more. Yura's overactive daydreaming is something of a plot device, even, and it's implied later on that it's practically her superpower. Speaking of superpowers, perhaps the oddest aspect of Class C3 - at least, it'll be odd for the viewer that watches for the airsoft - is how readily the show steps into superpower territory...sort of.  In Class C3, airsoft, that nerdier brother of paintball and likely origin of the term "Tacticool", is treated with a level of reverence that is, well, ludicrous, even for the most hardcore hobbyists. Sonora has an airsoft "master" that taught her the ropes like it was a martial art, and has a personal airsoft policy that frankly makes no sense (though the show acknowledges that part at least). Karira has an inexplicably insane level of agility, performing spinzaku-like feats of wall-running and backflips up the wazoo. A rival airsoft team chews Yura out for forfeiting, lambasting her lack of resolve, which leads Yura to cut her hair in a show of determination. The result is something of an identity crisis, one that might be linked to the fact that it's about airsoft. One of the things that feels "off" about airsoft (and MilSim-level paintball), is that it falls into a simulation "Uncanney Valley". When you play airsoft, you're effectively simulating an otherwise deadly firefight...except you're not. Your average airsoft gun can hold far more plastic pellets than any real firearm. At regulation strength, an airsoft pellet strike at combat range impacts with less force than a rubber band, and there's no substantial recoil to speak of. Actual physicality aside you'd get a more accurate firearms simulation playing Call of Duty. Of course, physicality counts for quite a lot, and Class C3 pulls out some fun stuff. Seemingly accurate hand signals permeate the early encounters, and as far as I know, the different "Survival Game" game modes mentioned seem to be real things.  Character development is also more of a priority in this show than it ever was in the likes of Girls und Panzer or Upotte!. Though the rest of the crew is decidedly one-note so far, Yura and Sonora have their own motivations, history, and personalities, even if they are still two-dimensional (which is more than one, at least).   But the identity issues persist. Is Class C3 about airsoft? Is it a straight sports-team show? A slice-of-life-er about a girls' club? An absurdist parody? Or about a girl finding herself? It's all of these things, but doesn't quite do enough on any one front to fully satisfy. There's certainly time left to both raise the stakes and get more balls rolling, so I'll be sure not to forget it moving forward.
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Girls und Airsoft
Melding cute girls and an unusual activity of some kind is hardly a new thing. Hundreds of full anime, manga, and book series have been mined from the rich vein of "Girls x [Weird Pastime]", and Gainax's Stella Women's A...

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Crunchyroll's new animes

Simulcast GET! Crunchyroll grabs Monogatari S2 and more

Simulcasts Assemble!
Jul 03
// Salvador GRodiles
I have a feeling that Crunchyroll has developed a new fetish for the summer season, since magical girls, dolls, and airsoft guns are joining their summer lineup. With that being said, Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen and F...
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Evangelion 3.0 jackets

Movic preparing new jackets based on Evangelion 3.0

You can (not) wear. Or something.
Jun 17
// Elliot Gay
Love it or hate it, Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo certainly surprised a lot of folks. It also made a whole lot of money. Like any good money making property, Eva 3.0 merchandise has been hitting the market at a consisten...
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Daily Dose

A Daily Dose of Final Blows: FLCL

Now that's a finishing move!
Jun 05
// Hiroko Yamamura
It's all led up to this. Our hero has been bruised and battered, and on the bring of defeat. What can saved the day? Is there any hope left for humanity? In anime, you can alway count on the final blow! This week your favori...
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Daily Dose

A Daily Dose of Final Blows: The End of Evangelion

A valiant attempt!
May 31
// Hiroko Yamamura
It's all led up to this. Our hero has been bruised and battered, and on the bring of defeat. What can saved the day? Is there any hope left for humanity? In anime, you can alway count on the final blow! This week your favori...

Friday Night Fights: Ideon vs Dix-Neuf

May 17 // Salvador GRodiles
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Will the Milky Way Galaxy survive this week's battle?
*ding, ding, ding* It's Over! Shanoa was ready to use the Glypths that allowed her to defeat Dracula in Order of Ecclesia; however, Bayonetta has punched a being equivalent to God into the sun, so that makes her a stronger op...

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Daily Dose

A Daily Dose of Final Blows: Diebuster

Now that's a kick
May 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
It's all led up to this. Our hero has been bruised and battered, and on the bring of defeat. What can saved the day? Is there any hope left for humanity? In anime, you can alway count on the final blow! This week your favori...
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Gurren Lagann is back

Giga License Breaker: Aniplex rescues Gurren Lagann

Who the hell do you think we are?!
Mar 30
// Salvador GRodiles
It shouldn't be a surprise to people that the Gurren Lagann TV series would get revived by Aniplex USA, since they were the ones who licensed the two movies in North America. Knowing who the hell Aniplex is, they pl...
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Pleiades movie is a thing

Drive a Subaru: Gainax's Pleiades anime becomes a movie

Gainax really wants you to own a Subaru.
Mar 21
// Salvador GRodiles
Honestly, I am confused right now. I could've sworn that Gainax and Subaru's Wish upon the Pleiades was suppose to be said and done. Never mind, I forgot to take one important thing into consideration. Seeing how Pl...
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Royal Space Force HOOOH!

Gainax returns to their long dormant Blue Uru project

Did anybody expect this?
Mar 20
// Elliot Gay
If you haven't seen Gainax's Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise, what are you doing? Go grab a copy and enjoy some fantastic sci fi filmmaking. All right, you're back? Cool. As fantastic as Gainax's first f...
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Daily Dose

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursday

Aim for the Top!
Mar 14
// Hiroko Yamamura
In honor of receiving my lovely new Super Robot Chogokin: Gunbuster, we have a lovely old school gem from one of my all time favorite series, Gunbuster: Aim for the Top!! Besides containing amazing charac...

Friday Night Fights: Ayumu vs Makina

Mar 01 // Salvador GRodiles
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Are magical garment zombies stronger than corpse princesses?
*ding, ding, ding* It's over! The Ragnell may be a powerful sword that was blessed by the Goddess, but to Guts, this meant nothing. When it came to his goal, Guts is willing to do whatever it takes to win. Utilizing ...

Friday Night Fights: KOS-MOS vs Nono

Jan 11 // Salvador GRodiles
The clash of the female weapons of mass destruction!
*ding, ding, ding* It's over!  Despite Bit and Liger Zero's slow turning speed, the duo's ability to adapt to any situation was put into place. Knowing that the Strike had the advantage in mobility, Bit attempts to ...


Discotek Media licenses Gunbuster 2: Diebuster

Prepare for hot blood and manly tears
Jan 08
// Pedro Cortes
Long time readers may remember that I reviewed Diebuster a couple years back. I fellated the show, and with good reason. It's one of my favorite OVAs, only topped by it's predecessor, Gunbuster. The only problem is that ...
Imaishi's most vulgar characters duke it out.
*ding, ding, ding*  It's over! Saber experienced a close call, as Tenchi's Lighthawk Wings was too much for her Excalibur and Avalon combo. Luckily for her, Ayeka and Ryoko's squabbling tampered with Tench...

Review: Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

Nov 19 // Elliot Gay
Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) RedoStudio: Studio KharaRelease Date: November 17, 2012 (Theatrical release) When we last left Shinji in Evangelion: 2.0, he had managed to pull Rei out of Zeruel, accidentally initiating 3rd impact. Riding Eva Unit 06, Kaworu descended from the moon and pierced Unit 01 with the Lance of Longinus, seemingly putting an end to the process. A lot of time has passed since then; 14 years, to be exact. You Can (Not) Redo kicks off with Asuka and Mari retrieving a sealed Shinji and Unit 01 from space, only to come under attack by a strange Angel-like monster. The creature is obliterated by a briefly awakened Unit 01, and from there our slumbering hero is transported to the AAA Wunder; headquarters of the anti-NERV organization, Wille. Awake and unsure of what the hell is going on, Shinji is led to the bridge where he comes face to face with aged versions of all the NERV operatives that he had come to know in his time as an Eva pilot. Leading this group of hardened soldiers is none other than Misato Katsuragi, his former guardian and friend. With the world having fallen to pieces and no one giving him the answers he seeks, will Shinji be able to find his own form of happiness as everything and everyone around him moves on?  The first thing that needs to be made clear about You Can (Not) Redo is that it doesn't at all follow the template of the source material. 2.0 added many new plot elements, but the main story beats were mostly kept intact. This is not the case in 3.0, as Studio Khara has instead taken the Rebuild story in a completely different direction. By keeping Shinji out of the picture for 14 long years, the characters of Evangelion have been able to grow in unique ways. It's fascinating to see Misato unchained from the shackles of NERV. She was never really able to capitalize on the information about SEELE that she uncovered in the original TV series. Here, she leads the charge in an aggressive attempt to stop the 4th Impact from occurring. While completely different than the road she ends up taking by End of Evangelion, it's nonetheless in line with her character and the way the Rebuild films have developed her up until now. Despite technically being more divided than ever before, it's good to see the core group of characters finally unite against a common threat. I do wish we could have gotten more scenes with some of the new Wille characters, but with a runtime of 106 minutes, I can understand why they didn't have more screen time. Asuka in particular comes as a pleasant surprise. Despite her outer appearance being mostly unchanged (the silly excuse being LCL exposure), she's aged internally by 14 years, making her a 28 year old adult. This newfound adulthood is reflected in her personality and the way she chooses to deal with others. Her anger toward Shinji isn't born from childish romance, but rather frustration that he hasn't changed at all. Now more of an older sister than an object of romance, Asuka's new dynamic with Shinji is a fresh take on an old relationship. In an interview with Asuka's voice actress, Yuka Miyamori, she said that after reading the script for 3.0, all she could think was that Asuka has finally "taken a step forward." I couldn't agree more. Unfortunately, Maaya Sakamoto's character, Mari Makinami Illustrious, doesn't get a whole lot to do in You Can (Not) Redo. Her banter with Asuka is a lot of fun to watch and she gets some great action sequences, but her presence and purpose are still huge question marks. In some ways, she reminds me of the battle-loving side of Asuka from the TV series, which makes for an interesting contrast with the current version. I'm not sure that's enough to justify her existence at this point, however it looks like she might have a fairly large role to play in the 4th film. Rei's role in 3.0 is also diminished compared to the previous two films, but no less important. Going into detail about her story arc would be like trying to navigate a spoiler minefield, but I will say that I look forward to seeing what's next for the character. I wish she had been given more screen time, but she was clearly not the focus of the story. Where Evangelion: 3.0 really shines is in its handling of Kaworu and Shinji's relationship. Unlike his brief appearance in the TV series, Kaworu is given the majority of the film's focus, and the end result is a friendship that feels much more sincere and less rushed. Shinji has effectively lost everything near and dear to him, leaving him alone and beaten. Kaworu represents hope; the hope that maybe he can redo things. There's something fascinating and truly sweet about their friendship, and that forms the crux of 3.0's narrative. It keeps the audience connected to Shinji, and much like Kaworu, we want to see him find some measure of joy amidst all the chaos. You Can (Not) Redo is a slower paced, less action-filled affair than the previous films, but the emotional payoff is greater. Shinji is at times frustrating to watch, but more justified than ever in his decision making and thought processes. Cast into a mysterious new world with people he doesn't even recognize anymore, Shinji is lost. Every truth he learns only serves to hammer that fact in further. It's in finding friendship and love through Kaworu that Shinji is able to move forward, for better or worse.  There were rumors that midway through production, Studio Khara discarded their work and started from scratch. The fact that none of the scenes in 2.0's post-credit trailer made it into the film lends credence to that. Evangelion: 3.0 is a great looking film, for the most part. The first and third act of the film are beautiful, filled with an electric mix of CG and traditional animation. The second act suffers from some dull looking locations and a few too many shots of the sky, which I suspect might get cleaned up by the time the BD hits Japanese shelves. That being said, the final action set piece is so crazy that it more than makes up for some of the rushed scenes.  Shiro Sagisu continues to bring his musical talents to the Evangelion franchise with his signature choral arrangements. Nothing really sticks out in my mind, but that doesn't take away from how consistent the music is. In particular, the final battle features a rousing piece that really adds to the tension onscreen. At this point, I can't imagine Evangelion without his compositions. Utada Hikaru's Sakura Nagashi serves as an appropriately melancholic ending theme, emphasizing the weight of what transpired onscreen. The idea beyond the song was to emphasize how we should value the people and things that are immediately around us. I normally don't pay too much attention to ending credits music, but Utada Hikaru nailed it. Evangelion: 3.0 is a hard film to stick a number on because it leans so heavily on the story that has already been established. It's a film that serves as a bridge between the old and the new, and it sets up the final conflict. With all the major forces ready to clash in the 4th film, 3.0 lacks closure. You Can (Not) Redo also avoids the breakneck pacing of its precursors, opting to be a slower, more personal film. It's impenetrable to those who haven't kept up with theRebuild films, and carries a huge amount of baggage in the form of the original TV series. Yet despite the nagging little issues here and there, Studio Khara has proven that there's plenty of life left in this beast, and I can't wait to see where these characters end up in the fourth and final film. By moving forward instead of replicating the old experience, this new series of films has carved its place into anime history. I just hope we don't have to wait too long to see its conclusion.  8.0 – Great. A well executed film or series that defines its genre without resorting to cliches.
It all returns to nothing.
[SPOILER WARNING!!! This review was written to be as spoiler-free as possible. Unfortunately, in order to talk about Evangelion: 3.0 in any substantial way, I do spoil the basic premise of the film. If you want to go into 3.0...


Evangelion: Q's theatrical trailer hits the internet

Do want.
Nov 01
// Elliot Gay
The theatrical trailer for Evangelion: Q has hit the internet, and boy is it a doozy. Between the giant pink Eva units, and Asuka being a badass, I probably couldn't be more excited. With all hell breaking loose in this thir...

Medaka Box season two is ready to burst onto the screen

Something looks like it's going to burst at least!
Sep 12
// Hiroko Yamamura
Following up this Spring's highly successful Gainax show Medaka Box, this Fall's second season looks to continue all the crazy antics we loved so much. It looks like things are kind of back to normal on&n...

Japanator Kinda Recommends: Panty and Stocking

Aug 21 // Brad Rice
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt Creator: Gainax Publisher: FUNimation Release Date: MSRP: The title characters: Panty and Stocking, are two angelic sisters who need to eliminate ghosts plaguing the world in order to earn enough "heavenly coins" to get themselves back to heaven. With the guidance of the preacherman Garterbelt, that should be a piece of cake, right? Sure, in a rational world. This is far from it. Our "angels" frequently cope with their sex and sweets addictions, spew enough foul language to give television censors seizures, and exhibit no sense of morality. The show's charm exists in the deepest reaches of the toilet humor genre: fans of Crayon Shin-chan will feel right at home watching this. The episodes are generally broken up into two smaller episodes, operating on a vague parody title of famous films, such as Battles without Honor or Humanity and Night of the Living Dead. Within each episode, the plot is fairly textbook: Find a demon, defeat it, get a coin. Along the way, the girls unleash a torrent of vulgarity and do whatever their little corrupt hearts wish to do. The second half of the series cuts back on the random romps about, and starts to develop a plot: the girls must stop hell from being unleashed on the world. A large part of my interest in watching this show was because it's produced by Gainax. Panty and Stocking is a far cry from the likes of Evangelion or Gurren Lagann, both in tone and art style, but that's what interested me: Gainax really taking a step in a different direction with this show. I'm always willing to open myself up to new projects, especially since this one was highly touted when it first debuted. I am not much for toilet humor, and such the first part of the show was difficult for me to get into. There comes a certain point where cursing just loses its appeal for me, and mindlessly shoving sex and shit down my throat made me want to fast-forward through some episodes. I'm of the same mind about South Park: I can take it in small pieces, but when that's your whole concept, it goes stale very quickly. At least South Park is frequently laced with sharp commentary. The second half greatly improved, though, with the introduction of the angels' demonic foils Scanty and Kneesocks and the aforementioned "save the world" plot. Episodes sometimes stretch for 23 minutes, as opposed to two 12-minute episodes. The characters show some modicum of development. The humor got a bit more sophisticated. While I didn't need them as a driving force throughout the show, the inclusion of them took it above a level of insipid humor. By the end of the show, I found myself really enjoying the show: once accustomed to the environment of the show -- much like adjusting to a different altitude -- it becomes a lot of fun. The show's English-language cast was fantastic, and made the show infinitely more enjoyable. The Japanese cast came across as flat and not terribly engaging, but Jamie Marchi and Monica Rial really made Panty and Stocking come alive. I did have one detraction from FUNimation's production of the show: the dialogue was quiet. It seems as though there was an issue with how the show was mixed, because dialogue comes across much quieter than sound effects, to the point where I had to keep my finger on the volume control throughout the show in order to enjoy it. If you're a big fan of toilet humor, then you've already signed up for the Panty and Stocking bandwagon, so you may as well hop on board. For those of you who are sitting on the fence about it, this is a tough one: if you can shut your brain off and enjoy the show for it's highly stylized art, foul language, and debauched humor, then you'll have a good time. 6.5 – Okay. 6’s are flawed, but still enjoyable. These titles may not have attempted to do anything special or interesting, but they are nonetheless enjoyable. These typically make great rental fodder or bargain grab.

Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt was, without a doubt, a unique venture by Gainax. Unlike all their other shows about giant robots and emotional teenage boys, this one featured two hyper-sexualized angels looking to earn th...

Final Impressions: Medaka Box

Jul 14 // Hiroko Yamamura
Yes, I did just refer to myself in third person. I guess my ego is starting to get the best of me. I better be careful of that action. Anyway --yes, I hated the show at first. I didn't get any of the zany humor, or anime gags going on. Most of all, the show made my eyes bleed. I don't watch much comedy anime, so I was setting myself up for a rough ride. By the second episode I was about to give up, and just watch my HBO shows. Luckily, my pal Elliot Gay was a fan of the manga, and encouraged me to stick with the show. What happened slowly was a realization I really judged the show all wrong. Sure it was brash, full of boobie jokes, and still was designed by a jerk. However, the show really did have a lot of things going on underneath. It was a slow build up, bit it often got dark, personal, and most of all human. The show itself was based around the character of Medaka Kurokami and her student council. In the end, Medaka represented an almost inhumane idea. A concept and ideal that was larger than life, seemingly flawless and invincible. Yet, that was her huge fault. That untouchable nature is what drew you to the world around her and the other members of the Student Council. No one could ever match her beauty, skills, and power, yet their humanity is what set them apart. The show was surprisingly touching at times, although the moments were brief enough to steer clear of being a tear jerker. The spilt nature of the episodes were a bit jarring as the stories were summed up quickly. When ideas spanned a whole episode it really seemed tow work best. Some of the characters were also quite a bit underdeveloped. I get that it was only 11 episodes spanning a large part of the manga, but a lot of that time could have been used a little better. Lots of things about my favorite character Shiranu had been implied, but never gave me the payoff I wanted. Just what is her story? Or is she just what she is? From what I've read about the manga, a lot of the background about what exactly is going down at this zany school is just not covered. From a technical perspective, the animation and details did seem to pick up quite a bit at the end. I'm glad the show was smart enough to make fun of the ridiculous way that Medaka is dressed. It made the whole design of her make just a bit more sense. One thing I still find unforgivable is the soundtrack. Most of the music is severely out of place, and just plain boring. Perhaps I watch the show a little too late at night, but damn, that music always made me angry. Please hire someone else to do the music next season! I could go on about what I don't know about the show, but I'll just describe it as good clean fun. There wasn't a ton of deep meaningful things going on, but it turned into a pleasure to watch. The last few episode really turned up the heat, and actually had me early awaiting the next week. The way the show wrapped up was also pretty interesting. Medaka didn't even appear. It was all about the aftermath of her breaking her seemingly impermeable shell. Pretty cool if you ask me. I'm sure this isn't the last we've seen of Hakoniwa Academy and the Medaka Box. They seemingly have a lot o ground to cover in the next season, and I for one am looking forward to it. Now that they've tackled the ideas of Medaka and her humanity, where do they do from here? Oh yeah, next season definitely needs more Mogana!

Medaka Box was a show that really grew on me. I decided to claim the show right away when I heard Gainax was making it, but did very little research on what the show was all about. As soon as I started seeing the artwork, man...


FUNimation shares English dub cast for Panty & Stocking

Apr 30
// Bob Muir
A little more than a year after announcing their license, FUNimation finally announced the English cast list for Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt at Anime Central. Jamie Marchi will be trying to get laid as Panty, w...

First Impressions: Medaka Box

Apr 10 // Hiroko Yamamura
The story is nice and simple. Student Council president Medaka Kurokami is out to solve her the school's problem. One suggestion box letter at a time. Unfortunately her childhood friend Zenkichi Hitoyoshi is roped along with her plans. to make matter even worse, he is deeply in love with her. A pair versus the whole school one problem at a time? A pretty promising set up. Hopefully it will lend itself to some story arch instead of a battle of the week scenario. After a season of watching some pretty doom and gloomy shows, it's actually kind of refreshing to watch soothing pretty silly. The problem is… I kind of like doom and gloom.The show establishes pretty early on that super tusndere Medaka is all power, all smart and pretty badass. She's also extremely well endowed. She's kind of a cross between Haruhi Suzumiya and well, someone with big boobs and a lot more positive energy. Zenkichi seems to be the real star of the show here. The situation is pretty much from his angle, and his desire to see Medaka's dreams come true. As expected the rest of the school tries to manipulate this whole set up, and Zenkichi is not with out his skills in ass kicking and smarts.  The animation isn't bad for the show, but the production quality is pretty much what you' expect for this time of anime. I had high hopes after seeing the productions values of Gainax's previous outing, the Mystic Archives of Dantalian, but prepared myself as soon as he trailers started showing. It's competent, but I can't get past the character designs. They seem true to the manga, but are just not my cup of tea. Something I have a hard time getting past. The action is fun and humorous, and I did have a genuine chuckle or two. I think people who enjoy harem anime or tsundere shonen may get a kick out of it. There are some cute endearing parts, but the show doesn't try to get deep. The show does seem to have an interesting group of side characters at its disposal, so the success may be hinging on they are developed or not. I can't say I disliked Medaka Box, but I wouldn't go as far as recommending it... yet. News just hit that the show has been picked up by Crunchyroll, so I'll catch up with episode 2 when it airs there in 3 weeks. Until then, I'm going to hold my reservations until that episode airs. There is always a crazy amount of pressure on a first episode, and there could be some excited surprises waiting for me.

When I heard Gainax was going to be behind the anime adaption of the popular manga Medaka Box, I jumped the opportunity to check it out. Slowly as details came out, and I took a peak at the manga, my heart sank a bit. Definit...

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