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3:00 PM on 03.25.2015

OP Up! Anime Game Edition

Anime and video games come together like fried chicken and ketchup. I put fried chicken on my ketchup. There are plenty of anime-based games and game-based anime so today let's focus on a few anime based on video games.

Red Veron

Week Ender - SEED Edition photo
Week Ender - SEED Edition
by Red Veron

I have spoken to many anime fans and it seems that Gundam SEED and SEED Destiny elicits a very mixed reaction. There are those who absolutely love it and those who think it's the worse thing ever. I sit in the middle of those two viewpoints, while I love the mecha and the more updated reimagining of the original Gundam elements in SEED, I do dislike certain elements in the show.

I think the best part of the show is the soundtrack and many people seem to agree, there are plenty of really great openings and endings in the Gundam SEED series. Now I present some of those endings for this weekend's edition of Week Ender.

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OP Up! Green Edition photo
OP Up! Green Edition
by Red Veron

Yesterday was Saint Patrick's Day, a day that people in the US use as an excuse to pinch others not wearing green, wear green, and get drunk in the middle of the day. I am writing in this in the past so why not use this as a theme? Not the drinking part, I'm referring to the "green" part.

So this week's contrived theme is about "green", well it's mostly anime with green haired characters. Oh and a song by the band Greeeen sung with awkwardly translated english lyrics by Hugh Jackman, though I don't think the lyrics are his fault. Enjoy!

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Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 20-22 photo
Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 20-22
by Josh Tolentino

As we roll into the endgame for Shirobako, our longtime Producer-san Jeff Chuang faces a crisis at his own day job, and called me in for support. So far, so Shirobako, and here I am to take over the weekly recap for the time being.

And just like the old, reliable fellow that steps back just far enough for the youngsters taking his place to realize how they'd taken the old-timer for granted, things get about as loud, heavy, and outright violent as they ever have in this anime about making anime.

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Annotated Anime: One Piece 684 photo
Annotated Anime: One Piece 684
by Anthony Redgrave

Over the past few weeks, I've been re-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender with a friend. He enjoys the characters, setting, martial arts, and story because Avatar is a really good show. But the last two episodes we've seen; The Swamp and Avatar Day rubbed him the wrong way as they both concluded with antagonists becoming allies. The change of heart to resolve conflict is very common in very childish shows but didn't fit the mature manner Avatar treated most themes. This intro does have something to do with this weeks Annotated Anime on One Piece and not a glorified excuse for me to talk about Avatar

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Week Ender - Kenshin Edition photo
Week Ender - Kenshin Edition
by Red Veron

I'm sure plenty of y'all out there grew up with the very popular Samurai X and saw it as it aired on Toonami in the late 90's in the US. In 2012, Rurouni Kenshin got a live action film adaptation and got two sequels in 2014.

Last weekend, I got to watch the entirety of the live action Rurouni Kenshin film trilogy and it was great. That got me reminiscing about the anime adaption's many great ending songs. So to cap off this week, here is a few of the many endings of the Samurai X.

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OP Up! Samurai Edition photo
OP Up! Samurai Edition
by Red Veron

So I just saw the third live action movie adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The live action film trilogy of Ruroni Kenshin were surprisingly good: great action choreography, beautifully designed sets, superb performances, talking parts were minimal and never boring. It very much felt like it was made for an international audience and it very much is that way.

This week's OP Up! selection is a few openings from Samurai themed anime. Hope ya enjoy!

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Week Ender - Chuunibyou Edition photo
Week Ender - Chuunibyou Edition
by Red Veron

The term "Chuunibyou" translates to "Second Year Middle School Syndrome" and is simply defined as "one who has delusions of grandeur". Those who have it, mainly young teens in the second year of middle school, believe that they have special powers or abilities much like in works of fantasy.

The term "Chuunibyou" has become more known in the last few years in otaku culture because of the anime Chunibyo, Love and Other Delusions yet the characters who have the said syndrome have been around for a bit.

This week's Week Ender is about endings from anime that have such characters so enjoy this small selection:

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OP Up! Late Adaptation Edition photo
OP Up! Late Adaptation Edition
by Red Veron

I apologize for the late post of Japanator's premiere anime opening roundup feature (Sorry, Len) due to my sudden illness because of crazy bipolar Houston weather where it's 83F (28C) one day and then it's 43F(6C) the next day. Oh and it's snowing up in Dallas. Cray.

I thought I'd turn my being late with this post into this week's theme. So this week's day late edition features openings from anime that either took a long time to get an anime adaptation or had a long time between anime adaptations.

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Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 683 photo
Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 683
by Anthony Redgrave

It seems wherever the Straw Hats go, there will always be chaos. It's pretty rare for them to land on an island, wait peacefully for the log pose to adjust then carry on without getting into an 8 episode fight. I'm sure it has happened before in a filler, but recently they've been doing some major landscaping an island before hoisting the main sail for departure. Dressrosa is one of their finest works as not only is it undergoing major re-construction but also mass murder on all it's citizens. With that pleasant note let's talk about this episode.

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Week Ender - Naruto Edition photo
Week Ender - Naruto Edition
by Red Veron

The Naruto manga is officially done and with the Naruto: The Last movie, the story of Naruto is officially over. It's been a long 15 years since Naruto began back in 1999 in Japan, when Bill Clinton was still in the White House and The Matrix was a thing that was popular. Young teens who started reading Naruto at that time are now adults and someone who is part of that generation, I now understand that all things come to an end even if you don't want it to end. It's part of life, a beginning and an end.

So let's take a look at some Naruto endings so we can properly say goodbye (even though the anime isn't over yet).

Don't cry. There's going to be a spinoff. Where Naruto is a dad. Hahahaha. Naruto as a father? Believe it. Narudad. Naruotou-san.

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Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 16-19 photo
Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 16-19
by Jeff Chuang

Shirobako remains my favorite anime since a long while, and since I last recapped, it continues to roll forward like an unstoppable boulder of heartful comedy. I can only apologize about the late update since you, and Shirobako, deserved better. Let's see how Shirobako's momentum knocks down the pins our ace project manager Aoi Miyamori manage to overcome to produce the Third Aerial Squad.

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