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Annotated Anime: One Piece 684 photo
Annotated Anime: One Piece 684
by Anthony Redgrave

Over the past few weeks, I've been re-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender with a friend. He enjoys the characters, setting, martial arts, and story because Avatar is a really good show. But the last two episodes we've seen; The Swamp and Avatar Day rubbed him the wrong way as they both concluded with antagonists becoming allies. The change of heart to resolve conflict is very common in very childish shows but didn't fit the mature manner Avatar treated most themes. This intro does have something to do with this weeks Annotated Anime on One Piece and not a glorified excuse for me to talk about Avatar

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Week Ender - Kenshin Edition photo
Week Ender - Kenshin Edition
by Red Veron

I'm sure plenty of y'all out there grew up with the very popular Samurai X and saw it as it aired on Toonami in the late 90's in the US. In 2012, Rurouni Kenshin got a live action film adaptation and got two sequels in 2014.

Last weekend, I got to watch the entirety of the live action Rurouni Kenshin film trilogy and it was great. That got me reminiscing about the anime adaption's many great ending songs. So to cap off this week, here is a few of the many endings of the Samurai X.






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OP Up! Samurai Edition photo
OP Up! Samurai Edition
by Red Veron

So I just saw the third live action movie adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The live action film trilogy of Ruroni Kenshin were surprisingly good: great action choreography, beautifully designed sets, superb performances, talking parts were minimal and never boring. It very much felt like it was made for an international audience and it very much is that way.

This week's OP Up! selection is a few openings from Samurai themed anime. Hope ya enjoy!

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Week Ender - Chuunibyou Edition photo
Week Ender - Chuunibyou Edition
by Red Veron

The term "Chuunibyou" translates to "Second Year Middle School Syndrome" and is simply defined as "one who has delusions of grandeur". Those who have it, mainly young teens in the second year of middle school, believe that they have special powers or abilities much like in works of fantasy.

The term "Chuunibyou" has become more known in the last few years in otaku culture because of the anime Chunibyo, Love and Other Delusions yet the characters who have the said syndrome have been around for a bit.

This week's Week Ender is about endings from anime that have such characters so enjoy this small selection:

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OP Up! Late Adaptation Edition photo
OP Up! Late Adaptation Edition
by Red Veron

I apologize for the late post of Japanator's premiere anime opening roundup feature (Sorry, Len) due to my sudden illness because of crazy bipolar Houston weather where it's 83F (28C) one day and then it's 43F(6C) the next day. Oh and it's snowing up in Dallas. Cray.

I thought I'd turn my being late with this post into this week's theme. So this week's day late edition features openings from anime that either took a long time to get an anime adaptation or had a long time between anime adaptations.

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Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 683 photo
Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 683
by Anthony Redgrave

It seems wherever the Straw Hats go, there will always be chaos. It's pretty rare for them to land on an island, wait peacefully for the log pose to adjust then carry on without getting into an 8 episode fight. I'm sure it has happened before in a filler, but recently they've been doing some major landscaping an island before hoisting the main sail for departure. Dressrosa is one of their finest works as not only is it undergoing major re-construction but also mass murder on all it's citizens. With that pleasant note let's talk about this episode.

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Week Ender - Naruto Edition photo
Week Ender - Naruto Edition
by Red Veron

The Naruto manga is officially done and with the Naruto: The Last movie, the story of Naruto is officially over. It's been a long 15 years since Naruto began back in 1999 in Japan, when Bill Clinton was still in the White House and The Matrix was a thing that was popular. Young teens who started reading Naruto at that time are now adults and someone who is part of that generation, I now understand that all things come to an end even if you don't want it to end. It's part of life, a beginning and an end.

So let's take a look at some Naruto endings so we can properly say goodbye (even though the anime isn't over yet).

Don't cry. There's going to be a spinoff. Where Naruto is a dad. Hahahaha. Naruto as a father? Believe it. Narudad. Naruotou-san.

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OP Up! Naruto Edition photo
OP Up! Naruto Edition
by Red Veron

Naruto: The Last just premiered last weekend in theaters across the United States and the story of Naruto Uzumaki's adventures has come to a close. It's been 16 years since the first chapter of the Naruto manga was published in Japan and an entire generation of otaku have grown up with the orange-clad ninja and I'm sure many of you readers out there are part of that generation.

So I'd like to make this week's selection of anime openings to be about Naruto. I've forgotten just how many awesome songs were in Naruto openings and I still have them on my music players for some great listening. So let's go take a ninja dash down memory lane for a quick look at some Naruto openings.

[There's also a review for Naruto: The Last that is incoming so watch out for that later this week.]

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Week Ender - My Favorites Edition photo
Week Ender - My Favorites Edition
by Red Veron

So it was my birthday last wednesday so I chose to post some of my favorite openings over at OP Up! and now I am doing the same here on Week Ender. So here I am giving you a few of my favorites that I can remember off the top of my head. Most of these are happy because I like endings with a happy or uplifting tone.

Hope y'all enjoy this week's selection.

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OP Up! My Favorites Edition photo
OP Up! My Favorites Edition
by Red Veron

This week's theme is about my personal favorites, but not all of them since I really can't keep track of all of them. Why is it about a few of my favorites? Because it's my birthday today and I do what I want. Honestly, I just didn't want to think up of a theme this week and want to take it a bit easy (not that my job here is hard, it's quite easy).

So this week's selection is about my favorite anime openings that I can think off the top of my head. These openings may have been good though the anime they are featured in may not be as good (unless stated otherwise in the description) but they still are openings that I look up from time to time or even have on my iPod for working out.

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Week Ender - Presidents Edition photo
Week Ender - Presidents Edition
by Red Veron

It's President's Day weekend in the US and I only know that because my brother who is in high school has a day off while I have to go learn Japanese. So why don't we have endings with presidents? What I really mean are presidents of student council in Anime.

So with this flimsy excuse of a theme to make a selection of anime endings, have a look at the stuff I prepared below. Enjoy!

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OP Up! Serious Dark Edition photo
OP Up! Serious Dark Edition
by Red Veron



Time to get down and dark! This time of the year fosters dark and depressing feelings for some of you out there who might find yourself lacking the company of a certain person. So we might as well go all out with those gloomy feelings with some anime openings to some dark and serious anime openings for this week.

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