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12:00 PM on 10.18.2014

First Impressions: Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works

These day it's hard to imagine an active otaku who isn't at least passingly familiar with Fate/stay night, Type-MOON's juggernaut of a visual novel series.  I'm sure those sorts of folks exist, though, and the duty ...

Josh Tolentino


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First Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters Try photo
First Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters Try
by Josh Tolentino

Gundam Build Fighters was a show aimed at children and designed to promote the toys Bandai wants them to build. It also happened to be the most refreshing Gundam show in years, and an love letter to Gundam's enduring legacy, as well as its oldest fans.

Now, here's Gundam Build Fighters Try, which is, for better or worse (though there's not much "worse" to this proposition, a second helping of all of the above.

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First Impressions: Terra Formars photo
First Impressions: Terra Formars
by Josh Tolentino

Let's get the obvious thing out of the way first: Terra Formars is not very good "Mars" fiction. The concept of Martian colonization and its myriad possibilities is just about the furthest thing from this show's mind, even three episodes in. But that's hardly a problem, because tough badasses have insect powers and use them to beat up cockroach versions of the Hulk.

Which is good enough for me.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 598-600 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 598-600
by Josh Tolentino

Since Ywach and his party of Quincy butt-kickers have entered the Soul King's palace itself, we shift focus. Now Bleach is all about the battle between the aforementioned and the Royal Guard, who are (allegedly) above all others when it comes to all things Soul Reaper.

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Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 693-694 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 693-694
by Josh Tolentino

Well, I'm sure you've heard the news by now, but The End is near, and it's coming in six-odd chapters.

It's not completely over, of course. There's still a movie to go, the anime is some months behind even if they never touch filler again, and there's at least one more Ultimate Ninja Storm game  in the pipeline (many more if Bandai Namco's legacy of Dragon Ball Z games is any indication), so the saga of ninja madness will go for a long while yet after the last page is printed.

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episodes 10-13 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episodes 10-13
by Salvador GRodiles

It may have happened sooner than expected, but Sword Art Online II is ready to deliver the final showdown between our heroes and Death Gun. While the right pieces were set in motion, the story decided to take it slow, as more talking invades the Phantom Bullet Arc’s last moments. Luckily, the show’s build-up throughout these past few episodes lead to an intense climax, as the storyline prepares for its resolution.

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Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 691-692 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 691-692
by Josh Tolentino

If you were one of the many readers to think that this end to Naruto and Sasuke's struggle seemed a little bit too convenient, you were right to hold that view: This isn't the end.

And really, how could it be?

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 19-23 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 19-23
by Salvador GRodiles

It looks like Garo: Makai no Hana is on a roll again. As the show begins its final arc, Amemiya and his crew have managed to remain on a solid winning streak for five episodes. Come to think of it, it wasn’t too hard for Garo: Makai no Hana to impress us, as there were a some great bits of comedy and serious moments present in these segments.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 596-597 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 596-597
by Josh Tolentino

The continuing freak-off that is the Vandenreich army persists in the latest installments of Bleach, as if we weren't yet sure who the good guys were in this fight.

Of course, being not-a-freak has never been an especially telling sign of moral superiority in this series, what with freak-in-chief Kurotsuchi being one of Soul Society's top people. And yet one can't shake the feeling that every new Sternritter revealed is another underline in the mission statement: "These Quincy guys are EVIL! Can't trust 'em!"

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episodes 23-26 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episodes 23-26
by Salvador GRodiles

Honestly, I never expected to use the word “Super Duper” around here, since the term feels rather childish. Then again, ToQger is a children's show after all, so I shouldn't be surprised when a term like this pops up once and a while.

On the bright side, ToQger has developed in a way that has exceeded my expectations, as the show’s new direction managed to take us to an unexpected stop.

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Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 21-22 photo
Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 21-22
by Josh Tolentino

If the last couple of episodes seemed tailored towards characters who still hadn't forgiven Kakyoin for his actions way back in episode 2, this latest two-parter feels addressed to make Polnareff pay for his comparatively greater sins.

After all, dude got Avdol, one of anime's best black men, killed. He needs to suffer.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 594-595 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 594-595
by Josh Tolentino

Now that we've reached this latest stage in Bleach's Quincy v. Soul Reaper freak-off, I'm pretty glad to see that Tite Kubo still has a good handle on how to escalate a fight. Because there's nothing quite like raising the stakes.

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