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3:00 PM on 04.24.2014

Annotated Anime: Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 2

After the weirdness of the first episode of Brynhildr, it finally fins a groove of its own, and I'm pleased to see a growing familiarity between Elfen Lied (a personal favorite series of mine) and this show, especially in the...

Brittany Vincent


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Annotated Anime: Selector Infected WIXOSS 3 photo
Annotated Anime: Selector Infected WIXOSS 3
by Karen Mead

The show wastes no time delivering on the double face-off we were promised, only it's not as exciting as I would have hoped. Yuzuki loses hard to Akira because she's an idiot, while Ruko wins because she's been practicing WIXOSS every night with her awesome grandma -- I mean, they don't say that's why she won, but it totally is, right?

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Annotated Anime: Captain Earth episode 2 & 3 photo
Annotated Anime: Captain Earth episode 2 & 3
by Elliot Gay

I can't remember the last time I watched a mech anime with so much nonsensical techno babble.

Bones' latest stab at the genre, Captain Earth, seems to have no qualms with throwing out made-up words and leaving them undefined for the viewers at home. For some people, this is understandably maddening.

For me, this is just Tuesday.

Daichi launches into space with the Earth Engine, though things go less than great as the attacking Kill-T-Gang robot kicks his ass all over the place. With our hero incapable of piloting the massive white mech, the situation grows dire, prompting resident mysterious scientist guy, Peter Westvillage, to call in some help from an outside source: Akari Yomatsuri, Tsutomu's daughter. She helps Daichi as best as she can, though ultimately it's he who manages to get a grip on the Earth Engine's controls, and effectively drive off the intruder. He returns to back to base, and after some internal strife with Salty Dog's (the best name) representative, Daichi promptly causes some much-needed chaos. Teppei and Hana, the latter being the girl who was locked away in a weird bubble, are freed from the tight monitoring they were under, and everybody lives happily ever after, or at least for the rest of the evening.

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Annotated Anime Roundup: Winter 2014 Week 3 photo
Annotated Anime Roundup: Winter 2014 Week 3
by Josh Tolentino

Welcome to the Annotated Anime Roundup for Spring Week 3: as the weather continues to warm and the world is rife with change, there's something comforting about the fact that every single week, without fail, Yowapeda continues to stall for time.

Catch up with us on all the latest happenings in cycling bromance, Tonari no Seki-kun, Is the Order a Rabbit?, The World is Still Beautiful, Baby Steps, One Week Friends, and Riddle Story of the Devil. Damidaler The Sound Robot is MIA this week, but you know what? No one even noticed until right now, so I guess we can do without it.

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Annotated Anime: The Irregular at Magic High School Ep 3 photo
Annotated Anime: The Irregular at Magic High School Ep 3
by LB Bryant

Maybe it's because I'm absolutely exhausted from SakuraCon, but this week's episode of The Irregular at Magic High School didn't do much for me. They've finally moved past the character introductions for the most part and are finally advancing into the school year proper but despite that. I'm still just not feeling pulled into this series as much as I thought I would be by this point. Oh well. 

In this week's episode the story is split into three distinct parts. In the first part, everyone is gushing over Tatsuya's victory over Hanzo. They spend a good few minutes asking him about his magic and marveling over his equipment before the opening credits roll. After some more names are dropped in the disciplinary committee's headquarters, we come to the second important scene, which features Miyuki wanting to have her CAD recalibrated by Tatsuya so that she can use another type of magic a bit easier. After a bit of fan service and sibling flirting we come to the third part of the episode, which has the disciplinary committee being sent out in squads because clubs are recruiting new members and sometimes get a little rowdy and overzealous. Naturally, a couple of the sports clubs are plenty rowdy, and it's up to Tatsuya to step in and take control of the situation. 

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8:00 PM on 04.19.2014

Annotated Anime: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episode 2-3

Well, we already knew that the first episode of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders was quite alright, but it's a sad reality of watching these kinds of programs that you can't just rely on the pilot alone to te...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 04.19.2014

Annotated Anime: Mushishi episode 3

Snow. I'm sick of of it. I'm sure most of you guys are, too, given that we on the east coast have had quite the winter. But it looks like there's plenty of snow wherever Ginko is travelling. And it sounds like the mushi he's encountering would be the worst mushi ever -- at least for me. Let's take a look at this week's episode.

Ben Huber

6:00 PM on 04.18.2014

Annotated Anime: Ping Pong episode 2

The focus switches from Peco to Smile this week, as he is about to be swept into something he doesn't want to be a part of. His coach wants to bring out his skills, but as we all know, Smile doesn't want to make that effort. Let's jump in and see where everyone is headed this episode. No matter what happens, we're going to get some Yuasa goodness.

Ben Huber



Annotated Anime: Selector Infected WIXOSS 2 photo
Annotated Anime: Selector Infected WIXOSS 2
by Karen Mead

In this episode we learn that Yuzuki's whole fixation on her twin brother Kazuki is even worse than we thought, but she gets a reprieve when the show introduces Akira, who is such an awful person that everyone else looks fantastic by comparison. Meanwhile, Ruko still doesn't have any wishes because she doesn't know that she's supposed to Become Everybody's Hope yet (what?), and card stores in this world don't know how to sell cards.

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Annotated Anime Roundup: Spring 2014 Week 2 photo
Annotated Anime Roundup: Spring 2014 Week 2
by Josh Tolentino

Oh man, there's too many anime out! We can't handle it! This is the Annotated Anime Roundup!

In case you've gleaned your first impressions from our top men and women of Spring's latest sensations in our Annotated Anime solo recaps, this is where you'll find the latest from Yowapeda, Tonari no Seki-kun, Riddle Story of the Devil, Baby Steps, Daimidaler, Keroro, The World is Still Beautiful, and One Week Friends!

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Annotated Anime: The Irregular at Magic High School Ep 2 photo
Annotated Anime: The Irregular at Magic High School Ep 2
by LB Bryant

When I wrote my First Impressions for the first episode for Irregular at Magic High School, I said that I was sure that the series would be building toward something and I was very curious to know what it was. Now, after watching the second episode, I'm not so sure that I'm that curious anymore if it means that we're going to be spending the next twenty-something weeks listening to Tatsuya and Miyuki casually flirting with each other. 

The story behind this week's episode is that Miyuki has been invited to join the student council. Before she accepts however, she implores all of the present members to also invite her brother, Tatsuya, to join as well because... well, I'm not not really sure why. She just wants him there. Unfortunately there's a rule in place which doesn't allow members of the reserve class to join. You'd think that this would be the end of the discussion, but a member of the disciplinary committee thinks up a loophole which would allow Tatsuya to join. This goes over well with everyone except for the vice presiden,t whose full name includes Hattori Hanzo. Yes, seriously. 

After Hattori goes on and on about how a Weed shouldn't be allowed to join, Tatsuya challenges him to a magic battle in order to prove that his sister wasn't just being a raving, brother-crushing loon when she said that Tatsuya could hold his own on the disciplinary committee if he had to.

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7:00 PM on 04.11.2014

First Impressions: Ping Pong

Ping Pong is one of my most anticipated shows this season. It has an all-star cast, both of voice actors and animators, backed up by a talented auteur in the industry, Masaki Yuasa. However, you can have all the skilled staff in the world, but if the show itself isn't compelling, people won't stick around. How does Ping Pong hold up? I'll tell you, friends.

Ben Huber