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11:00 AM on 02.17.2014

Annotated Anime: Chuunibyou Ren episode 5 and 6

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 final...

Chris Walden


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.






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 tv.sohu.com, 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



Annotated Anime: Beyond the Boundary, Ep. 11 photo
Annotated Anime: Beyond the Boundary, Ep. 11
by Karen Mead

After last week's surprisingly satisfying outing with Akihito and co., this week's episode felt a little rushed and underwhelming. I was kind of expecting more of an epic struggle on Akihito's part to get to where Kuriyama is, and Miroku's actions continue to baffle.  However, none of that matters because HOT CATGIRL MOM DESUUUUUU~~~~~~~~~~~~~!!!!!

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Annotated Anime: Beyond the Boundary, Ep. 10 photo
Annotated Anime: Beyond the Boundary, Ep. 10
by Karen Mead

Just when we thought we knew exactly what to expect from this show, it goes all M. Night Shyamalan on us. The twist in this episode doesn't completely transform the show, but it does shed some light on some of Kuriyama's baffling behavior. I don't know if this new direction makes 100% sense, but I know I wasn't expecting it and I'm pleasantly surprised to see the show do something different.

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