Hibike! Euphonium

Hibike! Euphonium trailer shows off all that nice brass

All about that brass
Mar 08
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... read
More than a decade's worth of endings from KyoAni
"Hare Hare Yukai (Sunny Sunny Happiness)"Anime: The Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaYear: 2006Welcome to start of endings extravaganza here at Japanator, this is Week Ender and here to give your weekend some great anime endings.... read feature

Sorry, KyoAni
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... read feature

Check out this phone I found!
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 turnta... read feature


Cosplayers reenact Beyond the Boundary idol dance

Who said Beyond the Boundary was pointless?
Feb 01
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... read
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

Hello, Next Summer: Free! gets a new season

Boys, Be Wet
Jan 26
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... read
Sophia Ring SP Saturn VII just rolls off the tongue.
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... read feature

Someone please buy me a sheep pillow
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 a... read feature

Astonishing lack of Rikka's butt-wiggle
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 wa... read feature

Chūnibyō leaked

New Chūnibyō's first episode leaked online

This sounds too familiar.
Jan 08
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... read
Who needs answers to questions?
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 act... read feature

Chu2koi2 Trailer

Chūnibyō sequel gets a new trailer

I am pretty excited for more Chuunibutts.
Dec 16
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 ... read
Hot Catgirl Mom sure knows how to make an entrance
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~!!!!! read feature

We need to go deeper
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. read feature

When a hug is not enough
The battle of the Calm, which is not in the least bit calm, continues. The most notable thing that happened in this episode was the fact that Izumi knocked that smug look off of Miroku's face for a whole two seconds, so go Iz... read feature

Calm Night is alright for fighting
This kind of felt like half an episode of Beyond the Boundary. Granted, what we got was fairly interesting, but when the end credits started to roll I wasn't satisfied. If Mirai and Sakura could have skipped their interminabl... read feature

Beyond the Boundary

First Beyond the Boundary short features idol dancing

I don't even know where to start with this
Nov 18
Okay, so, you want your hot-off-the-presses Beyond the Boundary news? Very well, I shall oblige. Kyoto Animation has just started streaming a short called Idol Trial! Even as You Waver, The Nation Judges You, where super... read
The plot both thickens and congeals
After the delicious buffet of crazy that was last week's episode, pretty much anything would have been a let down. However, even going into this episode with my expectations lowered appropriately, I still found it rather lack... read feature

AA: BtB, Ep. 6

Annotated Anime: Beyond the Boundary Ep. 6

It reeks so good
Nov 07
This week, Kuriyama and friends decide to take on a monster that explodes into a super-stinky fluid whenever it senses a threat, and the crew can only hope to defeat it by forming an idol group and harnessing the magic of sin... read
You wouldn't like him when he's mad
I try to keep the very beginning of these posts relatively spoiler-free, because I don't want someone just casually browsing the front page to be spoiled on a show they may not have even started watching yet. However, because... read feature

Here's a major baddie, so let's waste energy fighting each other
I think we're at the point where we can tell what BtB does really well, and what it does badly. The show continues to excel at creating a creepy supernatural atmosphere-- like when the invisible monsters started popping out o... read feature

Beyond the Boundary

Simulcast GET! Crunchyroll grabs Beyond the Boundary

Crunchyroll is ready to bleed for justice!
Oct 01
I don't know about you, but I think that Crunchyroll is going all out with their new simulcasts for the Fall Anime Season. Now that they have announced that Kyokai no Kanata will be streamed under the name of Beyond the Bound... read
Relays make you hallucinate dolphins
Free! was the show we were all kind of making fun of, right? Instead of Kyoto Animation's typical "Cute girls doing cute things" formula, they switched it up with cute boys who kind of act like girls, except for the fact that... read feature

Kyokai no Kanata promo

Have a bloody good time with Kyokai no Kanata's new promo

I'm not kidding, there is some good blood in this trailer.
Sep 04
I'm probably the worse person to ask when it comes to Kyoto Animation related things, since the last KyoAni related thing that I saw was the first episode of Chuunibiyo and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumia. Instead of mak... read
KyoAni KnK

KyoAni's Kyoukai no Kanata airs this fall

This fall is shaping up to be Sakuga heaven
Aug 05
Kyoto Animation announced yesterday that their next TV anime, Kyokai no Kanata, would be airing this October here in Japan.  The series is shaping up to be an supernatural action kind of deal, which is exciting for a num... read
Free at last, free at last.
Kyoto Animation's latest TV anime, Free!, is a bit different from the studio's standard output.  While KyoAni is clearly aiming this latest project at female anime watchers, that doesn't necessarily mean Free! can't be e... read feature

Chuunibyou 2nd season

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! 2nd season confirmed

Looks like it won't just be an OVA!
May 08
Thanks to an early Newtype leak, we now have confirmation that KyoAni's wacky romantic comedy, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!, is in fact getting a second sequel. While we knew a new project was underway, there was some specu... read
KyoAni FREE!

KyoAni's next TV anime is FREE!

High school boys swimming and being bros.
Apr 26
Kyoto Anime announced during a live Nico Nico broadcast that their next TV anime will be FREE!, a series about high school boys on the swimming team. If this sounds familiar to you, that's because you probably saw KyoAni's a... read
A market I would shop at
Moe can be a hard pill to swallow to a lot of people. For me, I put it into a bowl with sugary cereal and milk and consume in mass quantities. OK, so that was a little over the top. I do enjoy moe shows more than a grown... read feature

New KyoAni anime

KyoAni goes ahead with a Kyoukai no Kanata TV anime

Remember that commercial from last summer?
Apr 03
Last year, Kyoto Animation (K-On!, Hyouka) produced a commercial to advertise the new light novel, Kyoukai no Kanata. It seemed like a fairly safe bet that they'd be animating a TV adaptation, but months upon months passed, ... read

KyoAni hints at a new Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai work

Return of the (moe)blob
Mar 27
Prepare to experience love, middle-schooler syndrome, and other delusions once again, because now that Tamako Market has just ended (Josh Totman's Final Impressions are pending), it's time to think of the future. And in... read

KyoAni's new animation test is filled with manly men

No seriously. Manly men swimming.
Mar 06
Well this is pretty damn cool. Kyoto Animation, the studio behind Nichijou, Hyouka, and many beloved shows has released a new animation test/commercial in which attractive men swim around and look attractive. That sounds rid... read

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