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8:00 AM on 08.20.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 17-18

Whenever Garo: Makai no Hana goes through a weak moment, the show somehow manages to come out strong during the next episode. That being said, a backstory and a progression segment is just what the doctor ordered to help improve the program’s quality. Thanks to a special touch, things are still looking bright for the series’ overall quality.

Salvador GRodiles


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: Stardust Crusaders episodes 18-20 photo
Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 18-20
by Josh Tolentino

After a bit of a wait, we're back with more Stardust Crusaders, and things get kind of nuts. Of course, that's hardly something we should be surprised by in a series called JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

But anyway, onward, dear readers! Rally ho!

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 6 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 6
by Salvador GRodiles

Right when I was feeling comfortable with Sword Art Online II’s pacing, A-1 decides to speed things up a bit. One moment, the presentation’s going smooth, and all of a sudden, the show breezes through two battles before we get the chance to take in the action. Luckily, the episode's other parts were moving steadily, which means that the studio's increase in speed might not shorten the Phantom Bullet Arc's total episode count.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 592 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 592
by Josh Tolentino

When last we left the latest melee on Bleach's order of battle, Captain Kurotsuchi's revived Arrancar seemed to have GiGi Gewelle and her zombie troops in the bag. 

That is, until she brought out her trump card, a "zombie" Captain Hitsugaya, who was last seen half-dead following a tussle with Bazz-B and Cang Du. Will the frozen prince live up to his reputation as a (now-posthumous) prodigy?

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Annotated Manga: Naruto 688 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto 688
by Josh Tolentino

Though we did just bid goodbye to the fifth wheel in Team 7's Reunion of Destiny, we were still left with a lingering question: Without the former final boss, how would the leads stand up to a risen deity? 

More particularly, what would Kakashi do, robbed as he was of his Sharingan, so long the key to all his abilities? 

This chapter answers that question, though not necessarily in the manner one might expect.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 22 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 22
by Salvador GRodiles

Wait a minute! I thought that marriage was supposed to be a wonderful time when two people who love each other want to start a family. Normally, everyone gets to partake in some food and an extravagant cake during the ceremony; however, ToQger missed the memo on how to prepare a proper matrimony.

Due to this outcome, the show’s threading into some new grounds that might change the plot’s overall tone. In other words, our next destination is going to blow our socks off.

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 5 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 5
by Salvador GRodiles

At long last, Slow Art Online is ready for the moment that we've all been waiting for. It's finally time to see how A-1 handles the first fight that features you know who. In all seriousness, is this really the thing that we were looking forward to? Either way, if this battle contributes towards the show's progression, then our patience shall be rewarded.

Seeing that I haven’t demeaned SAO II for taking its sweet time, my new nickname for Sword Art Online II is meant to compliment the show’s current pacing.

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Annotated Anime: Persona 4 Golden Animation 3 & 4 photo
Annotated Anime: Persona 4 Golden Animation 3 & 4
by Dae Lee

An Akira homage? What show am I watching?! The further into Persona 4 the Golden Animation we go, the better I think of it -- the stranger the better. There is one consistency though, and that lies with Marie's storyline.

 

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Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 4-5 photo
Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 4-5
by Jeff Chuang

If you survived the initial three episodes, Hanayamata goes straight for the jugular using its array of fantastic visuals and adorable middle schoolers talking about adorable things. Things like hopes, aspirations, and what it means to go out on a limb and accomplish something as a team of friends are at the heart, and Hanayamata, like Hana's gaijin antics, shows it off, bears it all, whatever.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episode 16 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episode 16
by Salvador GRodiles

Congratulations, Garo: Makai no Hana. You’ve managed to remind me that it’s been a long time since I’ve ridden on a roller coaster, let alone a motion simulator. Oh great. Now a part of me wants to experience the exhilarating thrill of moving in the air at high speeds again. Of course, these attractions can be scary at times, which allows for Garo to create a segment based around rides.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 591 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 591
by Josh Tolentino

This week's chapter of Bleach is all about endings. Not about the ending, of course, but about the endings of the fights that much up this big, dumb manga, and how they can, on occasion, not be the end.

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Annotated Anime: Aldnoah Zero episode 5 photo
Annotated Anime: Aldnoah Zero episode 5
by Dae Lee

The plot thickens and the cast gets larger as we get to know the minds behind the Vers Empire. While the latest episode serves as a brief respite from the tireless slaughter being dished out by Martians, things seem to be turning for the worse.

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