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Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episodes 8-9 photo
Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episodes 8-9
by Josh Tolentino

Oh geez. Everything you chalked up to mere chuunibyou in this show turned out to be really, truly, real.

I guess it's time to shut it down. Inou Battle is over.

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8:00 AM on 12.02.2014

CineGround unleashes The Akira Project's VFX Behind-the-Scenes video

It's been a good while since CineGround released their live-action take on Akira, and the team is now ready to show everyone the process behind the fan trailer's VFX designs. In regard's to the actual project itself, I agree...

Salvador GRodiles



Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 9 photo
Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 9
by Josh Tolentino

Here's an MMO confession of mine: I was never much of a raider. Even as a high schooler with virtually unlimited free time, I didn't want to give that much of it to any one game, and without the social element guilds provided, the mere promise of better loot wasn't enough to get me to deal with the pressure of having to give it my all beside a couple dozen strangers repeatedly. There were other games to play, Japanese cartoons to watch, and more besides. 

Watching this latest episode of Log Horizon almost makes me wish I had done it more often. Almost. 

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4:00 PM on 11.30.2014

Idolmaster Cinderella Girls begs for your love and fandom

Given that The Idolm@ster was my favorite anime of its year, I feel almost obligated to find something to like about this new adaptation of Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls, the mobile game spinoff I gave approximately zero ...

Josh Tolentino



Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 8 photo
Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 8
by Josh Tolentino

After harping on and on about Unlimited Blade Works "odd-numbered episode"-based sense of pacing, it seems that ufotable have seen fit to show me the boot, by implanting some of the tastiest sequences yet in this week's installment, which for all other intents and purposes serves as a pause for place-setting, punctuated by a tragedy of the highest order.

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10:00 AM on 11.30.2014

Unlimited Blade Works' opening gets an ideal 8-bit remix

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works has been a great adaptation to the original visual novel game's second route so far, and Studio Megaane is ready to make people rejoice with his next move. In other words, the show's&nb...

Salvador GRodiles



Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 7-8 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 7-8
by Josh Tolentino

When last we checked in with Gundam Build Fighters Try, "teamwork" was the name of the game, as Fumina debuted her support-specialized Winning Gundam, acting as a true leader should, to bridge the gaps between her two superstars, Yuuma and Sekai to form the trio into a more cohesive unit.

Episodes 7 and 8, on the other hand, are about setting up the pairings and rivalries that form the bedrock of Gundam character dynamics. This happens both on the individual level and team level, though in the latter case, it takes sacrifice to establish that bond. 

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Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 7-8 photo
Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 7-8
by Jeff Chuang

Shirobako takes a step back in these latest two episodes to talk about our individual motivations. While it doesn't quite avoid all the usual pitfalls most 22-minute episodes of anime fall into when they tackle complicated and deep topics like this, it gave us a few good interwoven examples to draw on. At the same time, Shirobako never ceases to be educational. Maybe it's the cat therapy.

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Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 3 photo
Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 3
by Jayson Napolitano

After reviewing Ranma 1/2 set 2 earlier this month, I knew it was time to hunker down and dig deep. This series had a seven season run, and while this latest re-issue from Viz Media has resequenced the episodes to align more with the manga, there are still seven planned sets. It would seem as though 50-60 episodes in would be the appropriate time for Ranma fatigue to set in, which in my mind, makes set 3 a make-or-break experience.

The premise of Ranma 1/2 should be familiar enough by now: Ranma Saotome of the Anything Goes School of Martial Arts has fallen victim to a Chinese curse that turns him into a girl when he's splashed with cold water, and back to a boy when splashed with hot water. Several other characters are under similar curses, and much hilarity ensues at the show's large cast of characters falls in love with one version of Ranma or the other, and so on.

Does set 3 do the trick to keep things interesting, or does it start to grow stale?

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8:00 PM on 11.28.2014

Draw: Animator Expo's fourth short is out for revenge

Gather around, people. The next short in the Japan Animator Expo project has been uploaded (NSFW) onto their Website before its targets could draw their weapons. While the fourth piece doesn't bring the abstract goodness that...

Salvador GRodiles



Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 4-7 photo
Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 4-7
by Josh Tolentino

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers, as well as you savvy non-Americans who've appropriated their holiday as an excuse to stuff your faces! You might be full of coma-inducing food right about now, but we've got a nice hot dish of recaps for you, packed to the brim with the fall season's tastiest animation!

Ufotable may be sticking to its strange, see-saw pacing for its rendition of Unlimited Blade Works - once again I stand by my assertion that it would be better as a bi-weekly one-hour program, but doesn't disappoint whenever one of its odd-numbered episodes comes to the fore.

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11:00 PM on 11.24.2014

Huzzah: More Garo installments are heading your way

Ladies and gentlemen. I seems that we're in for an amazing Thanksgiving Week, as a bunch of Garo project get announced during the Garo: Golden Wolf Thanksgiving event. Since next year is going to be the franchise's 10th anni...

Salvador GRodiles