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1:00 PM on 03.08.2015

Hibike! Euphonium trailer shows off all that nice brass

Kyoto Animation's adaptation of the manga Hibike! Euphonium (Sound! Euphonium) is set to air this upcoming spring season on April 7, 2015. While this anime seems similar to K-On!, another KyoAni anime about girls playing musi...

Red Veron

Week Ender - Kyoto Animation Edition photo
Week Ender - Kyoto Animation Edition
by Red Veron

"Hare Hare Yukai (Sunny Sunny Happiness)"
Anime: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Year: 2006

Welcome to start of endings extravaganza here at Japanator, this is Week Ender and here to give your weekend some great anime endings. This week's spotlight goes to Kyoto Animation, commonly referred to as "KyoAni", one of the most popular and prolific anime studios in the last ten years.

We start off these videos with their first big hit with the ending for the monster success that is The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The ending song Hare Hare Yukai became as popular as the show and the featured dance routine also became a familiar sight at anime conventions.

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Annotated Anime: Chuunibyou Ren episode 5 and 6 photo
Annotated Anime: Chuunibyou Ren episode 5 and 6
by Chris Walden

It seems my worry that this show would be unnecessary may been legitimate, as we're now halfway through the new season with nothing to show for it. Sure, there's been some relationship business with Rikka and having her finally step out of her shell, but perhaps it was too tall an order to have a plot that would rival that of the first season.

But even though I'm saying all of this, I'm pretty certain that this show is going somewhere. Eventually. But you know, I think I'm about done waiting. Chu2Koi Ren has been enjoyable at times, but without any substantial plot moving things along, this may as well be a third season of K-On!. At least, that's how it feels to me, and it's definitely not what I signed up for. 

Anyway, let's focus on the good bits! 

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Annotated Anime: Chuunibyou Ren episode 4 photo
Annotated Anime: Chuunibyou Ren episode 4
by Chris Walden

I think I've spent the past quarter of an hour playing over the new Chuunibyou opening in my head. It's becoming borderline maddening, but it's a pretty great tune so I'm not sure I mind. Anyone that has a problem with turntable magic circles can take it up with me! 

You know, I keep talking about plot and when this season's story arc is going to show up, but I'm starting to feel pretty okay with the slow pace we're currently moving at. Sure, I want something to go down with Shichimiya eventually, but so long as this show stays fun, I don't really mind where we go.

Speaking of fun, we finally have an episode that focuses on arguably the two best characters in this show. Move over Rikka and Yuuta, this is all about Nibutani and her new-found friendship with Dekomori. Wait, what?

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4:00 PM on 02.01.2014

Cosplayers reenact Beyond the Boundary idol dance

Hey, remember that crazy filler episode of Beyond the Boundary where the whole crew tries to take down a monster by distracting it with an idol dance number? I seem to recall spending way more time writing about that inciden...

Karen Mead

12:00 PM on 01.26.2014

Hello, Next Summer: Free! gets a new season

Are you ready to get wet? I'm always ready for a frolic in the water, and Kyoto Animation's betting that you are, too, because they've just announced that Free! Iwatobi Swim Club, the premier animated place to see a gaggle of...

Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Chuunibyou Ren Ep. 3 photo
Annotated Anime: Chuunibyou Ren Ep. 3
by Chris Walden

A new challenger approaches! We finally have our new character, and it looks like she'll fit right in with the rest of the cast. That is, assuming she's going to invite herself into their school every day, or she gets herself transferred. Either way, there's a new chuunibyou on the scene, and she's found a rival in Rikka. 

But is this going to be the love triangle that Nibutani thinks it will? I find myself doubting this the further we get into this series, but it has to be, right? Anyway, let's forget about that for a bit and talk about how Yuuta finds himself as a magical girl. 

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Annotated Anime: Chuunibyou Ren Ep. 2 photo
Annotated Anime: Chuunibyou Ren Ep. 2
by Chris Walden

Another episode deep and I'm wondering if my concerns about this show are actually justified. That's not to say that this latest episode is an animated masterpiece that knocks it out the park, but Rikka and Yuuta's extended adventures are thus far proving to be plenty of mindless fun. 

It's become pretty clear that this series is going to focus on their unconventional relationship, and while this episode has a definite conclusion, the introduction of 'Mysterious Girl B' should prove to be enough of a shake-up to warrant the extra season...probably. Maybe?

Anyway, I'm finding the OP pretty catchy, so that's something!

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First Impressions: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren photo
First Impressions: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren
by Chris Walden

Wonderful, wonderful Chuunibyou, what a surprise conclusion to 2012's slate of anime you were. It's no secret that I'm quite fussy with the shows that KyoAni pumps out, but this slice-of-life/science fiction/romance/comedy was gripping from the get-go. Suffice to say that made me pretty excited for the continuation, even though the justification for a sequel is dubious at best. 

But hey, it happened, and nothing could hold me back from more adventures with the crazy-yet-lovable Rikka and her overly patient boyfriend, Yuuta. But what do we even want from a sequel? I'm not sure, but I might not be too worried about it so long as we reach the end of this season without feeling the need to wonder why this exists in the first place.

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11:00 AM on 01.08.2014

New Chūnibyō's first episode leaked online

In an all to familiar story, the first episode of Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren was leaked before its official debut. It appeared briefly on, a region locked and Chinese-owned website, rather tha...

Chris Walden

Final Impressions: Beyond the Boundary photo
Final Impressions: Beyond the Boundary
by Karen Mead

I'm kind of at a loss with Beyond the Boundary right now, to be honest. There are some great characters and the animation never disappoints-- in fact, sometimes it's hard to get a good screencap from this show because the action moves so fast that a single frame only captures a tiny part of what's going on. However, the ending failed to answer any of the questions I've been asking all along, and left me completely unsatisfied as a result.

What's worse is that I'm afraid that KyoAni plans to sell us the answers to these questions in the form of OVA episodes, which is pretty much reprehensible. It's fine if the final episode doesn't answer absolutely everything, but to have to buy a continuation just to get explanations for everything the series has been hinting at for its entire run? That's just not Kosher.

Well, let's start off by going over the final episode and maybe I'll somehow get a handle on how I feel about this show.

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3:00 PM on 12.16.2013

Chūnibyō sequel gets a new trailer

It might be a case of 'blink and you'll miss it', but hey, it's enough to get me excited! It's almost time for the delusions to return, so we've been gifted with the finest seventeen seconds of video from Kyoto Animation in ...

Chris Walden