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Yuru Yuri second season HNNNG


Dec 17
// Chris Walden
According to the official website itself, the adorable yet hilarious Yuru Yuri will soon be getting its second season! We'll be seeing the first glimpse of this new season, which seems to be titled Yuru Yuri♪♪, in...
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Sell a kidney for a new Toradora! episode!


Sep 11
// Chris Walden
You know what would make a good Christmas present? The Toradora! box-set of course! Due to land on the 21st of December, the six-disc Blu-ray edition of this emotional roller-coaster will finally allow us to see the palmtop t...
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A Daily Dose of Music: Heavenstemp


Sep 10
// Hiroko Yamamura
Oh Heavenstamp, I love you so much. Today's Daily Dose is pretty special, as it features one of my most favoritist bands. Their newest track Waterfall is no exception, nice pop melodies, with a bit of 90's brit rock action fe...
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The new Persona games will be Ultimately Golden


Aug 30
// Hiroko Yamamura
Remember that little Persona teaser we posted about a week or so back? Well, it seems there is more than just one Persona game on the horizon. Famitsu reports some details on a few upcoming Persona games by our favorite publi...

First Impressions: Bunny Drop

Jul 15 // OxKing
The conflict in Bunny Drop is very simple and apparent: 30-something-year old Daikichi visits his grandmother and attends a funeral upon hearing about the death of his grandpa. While there, he learns about Rin, the timid, stoic and wise six-year old girl who happens to be the illegitimate daughter of Dai's grandfather (who, mind you, was 79). With no one else in the family willing to take care of her, Dai bites the bullet and offers the girl he's had little to no interaction with to stay with him. She accepts. Merely setting things up, this first episode does nail down a few noteworthy things. First off, the opening and ending credits are just absolutely lovely, if not just catchy. For a drama series, music really is a huge must for me, as I'm a firm believer that feel-good OP's get you into the mood to enjoy the episode, while sweet ED's leave you off on the right note to remembering that episode. Even moving away from the credits, the animation in the show itself is gorgeous as well. Reminiscent of last winter's Hourou Musuko, things seem fluid and very soft. Colors are vibrant, character models help exaggerate age for the young and the old, and on a related note the voices and dialogue feel natural, surprisingly free of melodramatic quips and lines. By the way some characters talk, like Dai's younger sister, you can immediately tell apart those you may hate and those who may actually be thinking rationally in taking care of Rin. Second of all, and while we're on the subject, Rin is just plain adorable. Her shy, yet curious antics have her running around, being caught by Dai's eye, before staring at him followed by running away, much the way a real scared six-year old would do. Even without saying too much other than a few grunts and "hmm"'s, the child-like omniscient presence is very apparent, not only when shown that she really did love her father by knowing a lot of the things he liked, but also when opposed to the wild-child of the same age Reina, daughter of Dai's relative Haruko. The fact that Rin is seen as nothing more than an embarrassing burden to the rest of the family is unsettling to Dai and the viewer; it's clear they want nothing more than to get rid of her, but also it seemed more like a matter of who has the free time and resources rather than who Rin would be happy with. Other than the adventures Rin and Dai have in the following episodes, I'm also kind of excited to see more interaction between this daughter seemingly exiled from a family through no fault of her own. So what happens next? Stubborn as I am, I'm not about ready to spoil anything that might happen by beginning to read the adapted Bunny Drop manga, but if I had to guess what's to come I would assume funny incidents between the two mixed in with the harsh realism of parenthood to hit Dai hardcore. However, given the terrible circumstances that Rin has lived under thus far, I have a feeling that she may as well be able to take care of herself in some cases, and maybe even Dai in dire moments, too. There's a lot to explore between the relationship of an unexciting single man in his 30's and a six-year old burden-of-a-child, but exactly what awaits them I can't yet prove to be very tragic. There's a lot that I want to say about Bunny Drop, or put differently, so much that I wish to come out of Bunny Drop. As it is, however, the first episode merely sets things up for our new family, and exactly what happens afterwards I have no idea. Whether it becomes an hilarious affair, a sad and tough look at being a father or a mixture of both is unknown to me, but no matter what happens so long as the interactions between Dai and Rin stay where they are with the same amount of heart (or better yet, closer together as time goes on), I'll gladly keep my heart open for some more warm and fuzzy moments down the road.
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I'm always either laughing at or baffled as to how some people can stick on the edge of their seats with a long-running TV series like Lost, yet at the end of a series like Kimi ni Todoke or Video Girl Ai, I end up weepi...

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Large Bagel is the best manga of all ages


Dec 06
// OxKing
Have you heard of the sensation Large Bagel yet? Well, not many have, but consider this your wake-up call: Large Bagel is the most sugoi kawaii manga you have ever read. No, seriously! Never before has a piece of work be...
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15 hot nerd costumes for guys


Oct 24
// Crystal White
It's getting closer to Halloween, and hopefully all of you are hard at work on your costumes. I know I am, and I'll be sexing it up at my annual Halloween party as a slutty female version of Mr. Spock. Then I got to thinking,...
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Kimi ni Todoke season two on its wa-HHHHHHNNNNNGGGGGG


Oct 06
// Brad Rice
Ohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboy.Call the EMTs, because you're going to need saving -- in the latest issue of BetsuMa magazine, they announced a second season of the Kimi ni Todoke anime. So that means ...
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Weekly Wallpaper: DRR!! Bonus Edition!


Jul 14
// Ben Huber
As many of you may have noticed, in the Cblogs I've been doing a weekly blog called Weekly Wallpaper (how original and inspired, I know). I take votes from the community and make a wallpaper base on those, with new subjects a...
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Looking for a good time? Yakuza dealers sell fake Viagra


Jun 05
// Crystal White
So it's a Friday night and you're looking for a good time. Me? I usually have a few drinks with friends. But occasionally I need some Viagra to get me through the shame of having to bang a hooker. Really. I just pop one of th...
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Kimi ni Todoke to have extra episode bundled with manga


May 13
// Brad Rice
When Kimi ni Todoke ended, I was happy and frustrated at the same time. Happy, because this story that I had become so attached to was finally coming to a conclusion, and frustrated because I didn't get the ending I wanted. M...
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Momohime's thigh perfectly realized in this Muramasa fig


Mar 19
// Josh Tolentino
Everyone knows that Muramasa: The Demon Blade for the Wii isn't about a Demon Blade or sword-slicing action. It's about the achingly beautiful artwork of Vanillaware and George Kamitani, and seeing a kind of alternate gaming ...
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The Toradora! straps collection will weigh my phone down


Mar 10
// Brad Rice
It's no secret that I love me some Toradora!, and if you ever pay attention to the Japanator twitter account, you'll see that I post pictures of Taiga from time to time, attempting to induce sugary-sweet heart attacks in my f...

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