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Ping Pong

Annotated Anime: Ping Pong episode 3

Apr 24
// Ben Huber
Hey, what's going on?! We finally have an opening! That's not too bad for an initial treat this week. Actually, it's a really well-done OP, with some impressive work in storyboarding and animating -- you also don't get spoiled on short bits from the episode anymore, either. It's a win-win all around! And you know, Shinya Ohira is freaking awesome.

First Impressions: Nanana's Buried Treasure

Apr 18 // Karen Mead
Nanana is a ghost who lives in high-schooler Tama Juugo's new apartment. She can eat pudding, play online games and even wrestle, strangely enough, but she cannot leave the apartment. However, Nanana is not just any ghost who can't move on; in life, she was an important person who helped establish everything on the experimental, student-focused island where the story takes place. In addition to being some kind of super-genius, she also loved treasure hunting and apparently buried all sorts of mythological "treasure" all over the island, and students from her former school have made a club out of hunting for it. Juugo gets involved in the hunt, figuring he might as well try to solve the mystery of who killed Nanana in the first place while he's at it. There's no reason why this set-up couldn't work, except the show doesn't seem to know what to focus on. So much time in these two episodes is wasted on typical rom-com humor, and lame humor at that, plus I just don't buy Nanana as this great treasure hunter. The Nanana we see is a typical gamer type who stays up all night playing MMO's and flips out over pudding; I feel like I have no reason to believe that she was ever this great treasure hunter, except for the show telling me so. Granted, she's a ghost, which tends to dampen one's spirit of adventure, but I just don't feel Nanana the ghost and Nanana the exalted, Lara Croft-like adventurer are in any sense the same person. It feels like a "hot ghost girl in my room" story was tacked on to a pre-written narrative about someone else. The other characters aren't helping much. Juugo is an affable dude who likes seeing girls in maid costumes, but nothing makes him stand out from typical romcom protagonists. We meet a detective-obsessed loli, a character type that seems to be growing in popularity, and a transgender character who gets to be the butt of some jokes because she's transgendered -- my, how classy. I'm not that easily offended, but I do find the inclusion of this particular character incredibly mercenary -- like "Have we checked off 'cute girl who is a boy' on the list yet? No? Get us one of those, and put her in a maid costume, stat!" Outside of the hilarious (NOT REALLY) reveal that she's trans, she serves zero purpose in the story. At least it looks nice; there's no shortage of pretty colors on display, and the character designs are quite attractive, especially Nanana herself. If you just shut off your brain and look at the pretty people on screen, I guess you could find this show pretty enjoyable. There's also something very lush about the visuals-- this feels like a spring anime, somehow. Still, I really wish the creators had streamlined the concept and made an honest-to-goodness treasure hunting show, instead of whatever the heck this weird harem/romcom/magical girlfriend mystery stew is. This title is a whole bunch of stuff thrown together without much apparent thought, all stitched together like some kind of terrifying moe Frankenstein, and I can't watch it without being distracted by all the seams that are showing.
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How does a ghost eat pudding?
This show probably sounds like a really good idea on paper. It's filled with cool concepts like treasure hunting and classrooms that attack you until you solve puzzles, but it's also filled with multiple girls in maid outfits...

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Ping Pong

First Impressions: Ping Pong

Yuasa brings the heat.
Apr 11
// Ben Huber
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.

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Ping Pong

First long PV for Masaaki Yuasa's Ping Pong

Colors! COLORS!
Mar 22
// Ben Huber
  Noitamina has been a roll recently with some excellent choices for TV adaptions. The one I've been most interested in has been Masaaki Yuasa's anime of Ping Pong, based on the popular manga by Taiyo Matsumoto. I'm in...
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Shinichiro Watanabe to direct Zankyo no Tokyo on Noitamina

Yoko Kanno is confirmed, too!
Mar 21
// Ben Huber
Shinichiro Watanabe isn't letting up anytime soon! With his recent success in Space Dandy, he's been staying in the spotlight more and more. Noitamina has just announced several new items, but the most exciting is Watanabe's...
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Ping Pong

Here's another colorful new Ping Pong CM

They're dragging these out, aren't they?
Mar 15
// Ben Huber
Briefly: here's the latest CM for Masaaki Yuasa's Ping Pong anime, based off of Taiyo Matsumoto's manga. They've been releasing character-themed CMs for the past few weeks and each one gives a little tease at what to expect ...
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Masaaki Yuasa is back with Ping Pong on Noitamina

Jan 18
// Ben Huber
Masaaki Yuasa has returned, this time with a TV anime on Noitamina! He'll be adapting the popular manga by Taiyo Matsumoto, Ping Pong, for TV audiences along with Tatsunoko. The manga was adapted into a live-action film back...

Final Impressions: Galilei Donna

Dec 23 // Jeff Chuang
Let us address the biggest problem I have with this series: Galilei Donna engages with serious issues with all the weighty intensity of a feather. It isn't a comedy, but the adventure is as exciting as a bunch of clowns in an airship. Granted our clowns are all kinds of cute, emotional and dynamic, and one of them is even a traitor-turned-good-girl. I guess that's the thing--on paper, this is a grand adventure in the making. In reality, there isn't any driving motivation behind it, even after learning that Galileo Tesoro is the cure for the ice age. Or maybe we should learn about that first? Or rather, the problem isn't that the ice age is coming, but that there's an evil company hounding them and trying to make money at the expense of people's welfare? And the way to beat them has nothing to do with the trip itself, but everything to do with exposing the evil deeds of this company. Humanity might have been okay even without the Galileo's miracle compound. I mean, why is the last episode spent inside a courthouse? Do the rule of law and human decency counting for nothing in Galilei Donna's world? Clearly, that's not the case. So why this treasure hunt? I'm not sure if it's closer to Ace Attorney or My Cousin Vinny; I'll give it the benefit of doubt and say it's both. I hope Kei Shindo, the voice of Hazuki, is a fan of the Ace Attorney series, especially Phoneix Wright's dramatic objections. They sure sound fun to sound off, overruled or not. Ultimately, the finale episode was well-executed. There are all these clumsy hand-waves, both in terms of the trial, the somewhat-biased judge, and ultimately how Mom, Dad, Anna and Mr. Black Ganymede were able to turn the tables on Adni Moon by using the sister's exploits as a spotlight for the public. It's almost funny how easily Kazuki's crush totally lost faith in her during the trial, causing her to give up on him, given all those emo stares we had to sit through throughout the series. While not every loose end was wrapped up, generally things ended on a good note. I think at the same time they could've gone further and let the viewers really swim in the afterglow of the series, though. I mean, that's really the most enjoyable thing about Galilei Donna; that everything is ultimately a feel-good trope. Galilei Donna is a silly and fun series on noitaminA, but it also deals with some serious themes such as the nature of energy use in Japan and how we should take responsibility for it. In light of Japan's post-3/11 energy issues, it's quite serious. It's even quite meticulous when you examine the various plot details and elements. But at the same time the creator of Mezzo plays things loose in the way he has been known to do so, and the plot meanders like a run-on sentence. Perhaps in the end, it did end well (and all's well that end's well), but I expect more out of a noitaminA show that looks this good. The opening animation is still a treat 11 weeks later, after all. [Find the inheritance on Crunchyroll!]
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Time travel first, objections later
It's been a rough ride on board the home-made goldfish airship along with the three descendants of Galileo Galilei. It's also a learning experience; Galilei Donna is a textbook example of both what you can do with suspension ...

AA: Galilei Donna photo
AA: Galilei Donna

Annotated Anime: Galilei Donna Ep. 9

A goldfish jumps over Back to the Future
Dec 06
// Jeff Chuang
I give a lot of props to anime that can surprise me in a pleasant way. Over the years I've seen a lot of stuff, and it's well-known that a lot of shows stick to the same basic patterns. Galilei Donna seemed to walk that same,...
AA: Galilei Donna photo
AA: Galilei Donna

Annotated Anime: Galilei Donna Ep. 8

Grandpa gives thanks, Anna gives back
Nov 29
// Jeff Chuang
Let's take a different approach for this week's Galilei Donna recap. Plot-wise, while the girls obtain the fifth moon sketch in an ancient graveyard belonging to the Yaguu clan in Nara, they take a vacation to visit Grandpa. ...
AA: Galilei Donna photo
AA: Galilei Donna

Annotated Anime: Galilei Donna Ep. 7

Fishing for goldfish in the Caspian
Nov 24
// Jeff Chuang
Hazuki, Kazuki, Hozuki, and Anna find themselves again cornered by Aldi Moon's faithful hunting dog, Roberto. This time they were blasted out from under the sea while en route to the next moon sketch. It's about time for Gali...
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AA: Galilei Donna

Annotated Anime: Galilei Donna Ep. 5

Requiem of young lovebirds
Nov 08
// Jeff Chuang
As the Galilei Donna sisters (and their fourth wheel) travel north away from Germany, Holland greets them with a deep breeze and more piracy. The local ring of pirates, on the other hand, are the friendliest lot. As usual, Ho...
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Galilei Donna

Annotated Anime: Galilei Donna Ep. 2

Da Galilei Code TV
Oct 19
// Jeff Chuang
Last week's Galilei Donna was all over the place. It intrigued but didn't offer much in terms of explanation. This week's Galilei Donna still doesn't quite offer much in terms of explanation, but at least it wraps up the pilo...

First Impressions: Galilei Donna

Oct 13 // Jeff Chuang
For those of you who remember Umetsu's Kite, you might liken the big action scenes (there's even a part taking place inside a restaurant restroom) in episode one with that; or the big explosion lead-in. Nonetheless, the SF-nature of Galilei Donna might be a curveball to some. For me, the somewhat distinct, meandering directional style is a reminder of the less popular Mezzo TV. It's most clearly seen when the family of five--parents included--begin to argue among each other. The three girls and their mom and dad went on as if you already knew who they were, what their backgrounds were, and how they relate to each other. The dialog is fluid and sometimes lifelike, but also rough in patches. In a way it brings a certain level of believably to the episode right off the bat, but it clashes with the science fiction lead-in and the climatic aerial battle between two hovercrafts. It might be important to realize that Galilei Donna takes place in the not-so-far future, when mother Earth is in the starting phases of the next ice age. It's also important to know a middle school girl is capable of engineering a collapsible rocket moped that doubles as a stun cannon power enough to shoot down an enemy hovercraft. Neither of these things are really telegraphed ahead of time, so it was left to the viewer to figure it out. The latter event with the stun cannon is more a point for amusement, but the former seems important enough that by omitting it, we might spin some of the more fantastical events negatively when it's really just eye candy. Like that goldfish; it's not uncommon to have an avatar to pilot your ship or spacecraft or whatever. The youngest of the three girls, Hozuki, relies on her pet goldfish AI to pilot a similarly-shaped hovercraft. The fish also paints some of the symbolic imagery seen in the OP and ED. And then there's the images themselves--Galilei Donna is outright fantastic at times. The color and art direction is vibrant and, perhaps, stereotypically Italian.  To the meat of the matter--episode one of Galilei Donna relied on the gap of information we don't have. It plays on the fact that we don't really know what's going on, so it's delightful to see a girl take down something many times bigger than her size, as a surprise. If you dig the introverted, quiet engineer archetype, then Hozuki will be up your alley as she dodges not only the aforementioned hovercraft, but how she rocks her own fighter-craft and pull some Gs as she outmaneuver some missiles. Or it might be the little details such as her retina-scanning, high security door to her secret lab. The middle sister Kazuki is moody, quiet, and a martial artist--there just wasn't enough time for her this week. The eldest Hazuki is outspoken, a lush and somewhat eloquent, as a university law student. Galilei Donna throws us in the middle of the action from episode one. The three girls immediately are faced with mysterious abductors and each fought them off, in their own ways. The family then meet in result to the crisis and only to be captured by an equally mysterious outlaw in a gaudy-looking fish flyer (are all the hovercrafts fish-looking in Italy?). Hozuki then shows up with her version of the flying ship and blows the bad guy up. For an episode full of action and dialog, the exposition parts of the show mostly just shows itself. Simply put, there's not enough time to explain even all the basics of what we want to know in one episode of Galilei Donna. The weird premise of having anything special just because you inherited Galileo's genes somehow is even posited as a question. There's a mix of realism and fantasy that's hard to sort out, especially when we don't know enough to make heads or tails of everything. What's up with the methane hydrate (ie., natural gas) anyway? Who is Hazuki's curly-haired friend? It's hard to do the math at the end of the first episode of Galilei Donna. While not everything adds up, it's clear that hunting for these missing pieces will be the game this story plays over time. The foundation of the show, however, is quite solid. Maybe it'll make more sense next week, at least that's what I'm hoping. [Galilei Donna is on Crunchyroll!]
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The common thread among three sisters, a dead astronomer, and a goldfish
Along with Samurai Flamenco, the second half of this season's renewed noitaminA segment is Galilei Donna. From Yasuomi Umetsu, the creator of Mezzo and Kite, Galileo Donna is an original story about three sisters carrying the...

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Samurai Flamenco

A Samurai Flamenco ad with animation - finally!

I was getting really worried for a second there.
Oct 08
// Ben Huber
Samurai Flamenco premiers on Thursday on Crunchyroll. That's why I was a little worried that we hadn't seen a commercial yet with actual animation in it. Every ad just featured portraits flying left and right or the characte...

First Impressions: Silver Spoon

Jul 28 // Brad Rice
A-1 Pictures' latest noitaminA joint is Silver Spoon, which will teach you about the harsh realities of what it is to be a farmer. Sure enough, our protagonist is running away from life back home in Sapporo, where presumably his parents pushed him to study endlessly, he had few friends, and life was generally miserable in middle school. Thus, his teacher points him to Oezo Agricultural High School. Once he arrives, Hachiken realizes he's in a totally different world: he considers most of the people there to be meatheads, and sees himself above them when they talk about how poorly they did in math and English. But bring up cloning and its implications in the bovine industry? Well, you'll need a dictionary for that. At three episodes in, it's clear that the message for the show is exposing what life is like for those who toil away to bring us the food we eat. Through Hachiken's inexperience, just about every aspect of farm life is explained to us. Dilemmas are presented, and we work through them right alongside Hachiken. Some of the classic issues: how do you deal with eating the chicken you just saw beheaded in front of you? Or eat the egg that very clearly just came from its anus? Or manage to raise the pig you know will become bacon in three months' time? And that's stuff that a lot of people grapple with. If you're really into local farming, and you go visit a farm for the first time and see what they really do, you might get turned off of meat entirely. But when you're there for three years, you've got no choice but to come to terms with it if you're going to be doing back-breaking labor day in and day out. Thus far, we've seen that Oezo is staffed with wizened faculty, who know all too well about the harshness of life -- especially the horse instructor who looks a bit too much like Buddha. It can come off a little heavy-handed at times, especially because the show makes it clear that everyone else at the school is at a much higher level than Hachiken, and they're explaining the basics just to inform us, the viewer. That's all-too-common in anime, but what can you expect? I really appreciate how grounded in reality the show is. All of the other characters have issues of their own to deal with, and yet they carry on like normal people. The show doesn't glamorize farm life, making sure you understand what both the good and bad aspects about this work is. And yet, there's a clear camaraderie amongst the students, bolstered by Hiromu Arakawa's trademark humor. If you have no interest in farm life, or are already living on a farm, then this show won't be for you. But much like the artisanal and local movement that has a vice-like grip on New York City, this show will do well with people who have an interest in where their food comes from, or want to know what it's like to work out in the countryside.
Silver Spoon anime photo
It's like Green Acres, but in high school!
Taking an incredibly tired trope and giving it an original spin is what makes good shows. Shows that last in our memories for years to come. Madoka Magica and Evangelion are two that completely flipped genres on the...

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AKFG to Europe!

Asian Kung-Fu Generation to visit Europe

You know, where the K-On! girls went.
Mar 27
// Chris Walden
[Update: Tickets will be up for sale tomorrow in the UK and they will be playing at the O2 Islington venue. You can buy tickets early with the O2 Priority service, and it'll set you back £22.50, fees included. Not bad!...

Final Impressions: Kids on the Slope

Jul 18 // Bob Muir
The core of Kids on the Slope is really just a love triangle with a few further romantic interests attached to it. While the jaded critic in me is ecstatic that there was no harem angle mixed in, I was surprisingly disappointed that jazz wasn't as big an influence on the plot and tone. The various jazz sessions provided reasons for the characters to interact, but based on Watanabe's work on Bebop and Samurai Champloo, it's not wrong to expect the music to harmonize with the style of the anime. Here, there's nothing disharmonious, but the jazz element was never integrated into the show's heart because Kids on the Slope isn't about jazz. It's about romance. I feel like once a few episodes had aired, the buzz for Kids on the Slope died down, and I won't deny that I was disappointed. It's a shame, because the audience's initial hype about what the anime could have been prevented the enjoyment of what was actually there. The relationship between Kaoru and Ritsuko may be formulaic at times, but unlike so many other generic romances, it feels real. Maybe that's because Kaoru is kind of a creepy guy and Ritsuko is rather plain, in contrast to the male underdog cipher and unattainable feminine ideal so often present in anime romances and romantic comedies. It doesn't feel like the producers are trying to take advantage of the fact that the male viewers generally like cute girls. But as refreshing as it is to see the drama of a boy and girl trying to discover their true feelings, the bromance of Kaoru and Sentaro was far more interesting. It would have been really easy to preach the story of a bookworm learning to chill out while also helping the delinquent smarten up. They even could have put a bow on it with an ending scene where the delinquent is overjoyed to graduate, while the bookworm says something like "I'll never forget the time I spent with Sentaro." Thankfully, Kids on the Slope avoids such sappy cliches. Watching Kaoru's feelings toward Sentaro change from annoyance to begrudging acceptance to fond companionship is extremely rewarding. Sure, when they have an argument, Kaoru can be a little whiney -- in fact, he acts just like a jealous girl! But it's still interesting to see them learn and grow from each other without completely changing who they are. Though none of my friendships have followed the same story beats, it was easy to relate to their heartfelt friendship. The last episode was set up to easily make or break the series, either excusing the whirling romantic merry-go-round or hardening the emotional center of the story. Thankfully, it capped off the series quite nicely. After a weird forced make-out session, Kaoru and Ritsuko graduate with their romance seemingly dead. Kaoru takes a train to Tokyo to attend college, with Ritsuko suddenly running after the train. Eight years later, Kaoru is a resident at a hospital and happens to meet Yurika, pregnant with Jun's child. She shows him a picture of a church's clergy and Kaoru notices a familiar face. Upon finding the church, he discovers a drumset and begins playing jazz on the organ nearby. This attracts the attention of Sentaro, a priest-in-training who cares for the orphans, and the two have a happy reunion, with even Ritsuko showing up to see her two best friends. I applaud this mature ending, because it recognizes that their high school problems that seemed so important didn't matter. No one "gets the girl," because their friendship was more important, even years down the road. It was surprisingly cathartic, considering all the drama in the series. Kids on the Slope wasn't what I wanted, and I'm not even sure it ended up being my anime of the season. But as expected from Watanabe, it was a wonderfully told story with believable characters that I grew attached to. I just hope we don't have to wait another eight years for his next work.

No one can deny that Kids on the Slope had fantastic pedigree. It's the adaptation of Yuki Kodama's award-winning josei manga, directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and with music by Yoko Kanno. Based on the pairing of Cowboy Bebop vets Watanabe and Kanno, I expected another anime heavily influenced by jazz, as I imagine many viewers did. This couldn't have been farther from the truth.


Sentai Filmworks licenses Tsuritama

Apr 19
// Michelle Rodanes
Sentai Filmworks means business. Earlier this month, the company announced that they will be streaming and releasing on home video the shows Kids on the Slope and Mysterious Girlfriend X --both of which are also availabl...

Robotics;Notes will have an anime this October

Mar 30
// Chris Walden
The third of 5pb's visual-novels, following ChäoS;HEAd and Steins;Gate, will be receiving the anime treatment this October. It is due to air in the noitaminA block, along with an original anime called Psycho-Pass. F...

The Black Rock Shooter anime trailer has some primo CG

Oct 31
// Josh Tolentino
Really, just look at it here. You'll only catch flashes of it among the regular, less-CG'd portions depicting the life of two schoolgirls (which happened to be the conceit from Studio Ordet's earlier Black Rock Shooter OAV), ...

Black Rock Shooter TV Anime Confirmed

Aug 19
// Chris Walden
According to the official website, a TV anime based on the infamous Black★Rock Shooter franchise is slated to air in January next year. The series is set to air on the noitaminA programming block, which has been home to...

Anime on Demand to simulcast [C] for the UK

Apr 20
// Bob Muir
[C]: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, the new series by Tatsunoko, has a long and confusing name. I don't know if this is the standard yet, but how about we just stick with [C]? It rolls off the tongue a lot easier,...

First Impressions: [C] The Money of Soul and Possibility

Apr 15 // Ben Huber
[C] has a great lineup of talent behind it, most notably Kenji Nakamura (Mononoke, Kuchu Buranko) at the director's helm. His quirky style shows through here, but it's still a little restrained compared to the inherent wackiness of some of his previous work – at least, so far. The story and script is being handled by Baccano! and Durarara!! writer Noboru Takagi, who is maybe not the first person I'd expect on this kind of show. Tatsunoko (yes, that Tatsunoko) is producing. Oh, and the music is pretty good too... Taku Iwasaki (Gurren Lagann, Katanagatari) is composing that, you say? Oh, yes. Oh, yes. So with that kind of a team, you'd expect the show to be AWESOME, right? Well, not necessarily. I actually don't know what to quite say about this show yet. It quite frankly could swing either way. Why? Well, let me explain. The story starts out fairly interesting, featuring a businessman who enters into the world of the Financial District. He attempts to battle against (presumably) a very powerful user there called Mikuni who easily beats him in a battle of money. Essentially, they receive a credit card of sorts that summons a being that users command in battle, and duke it out over the dough. The exact details of the battle weren't made clear in this episode, but one thing that is clear is that the loser's money is dropped into the winner's account. We see the businessman return to the real world, and promptly commits suicide by jumping in front of a train. And riding on this train is our main character, Kimimaro Yoga. As you might guess, this student isn't really all that interested in money. He wants to live a simple and modest life, which is why when Masakaki, a mad hatter-esque character, shows up on his doorstep offering him bucketloads of cash in exchange for his future, Yoga initially refuses. However, the next day, when he check his bank account he finds half-a-million yen has been added to it. At first he avoids it, but soon he succumbs and withdraws a bit of it. Oh, and look who's back: Masakaki. Withdrawing the money was essentially agreeing to his offer, and so Yoga is brought into the Financial District. I'll start with the art first, because that's going to be hit-or-miss for a lot of people. I find it interesting, mostly. Neither bad nor good, it sits in a weird state where I end up complaining about the poor CGI one moment and compliment the animation next. I think I'll need some time for the character designs to grow on me as well, because right now only a few are really standing out. It is apparently mebae's first time doing character design, so that may explain some of the absurdity I see in them. But mostly it's the terrible CGI that bugs me. Especially when they try to replace characters will CGI and it looks even worse. Just... no, don't do that guys. The storytelling is well-done as well, but some cuts felt too quick (and not intentionally so). We're given a fair amount of the usual anime tropes in framing and camera panning, so I suppose there's not much to discuss there. Thankfully, there were a few nice bits to lead the viewer on, such as when Yoga wakes up from his "dream" twice rather quickly.  I can't go by without also noting that the opening and ending are pretty awesome, both with great music (NICO Touches the Walls and School Food Punishment) and visuals to boot. I hate to finish a First Impressions like this, but quite frankly, [C] is a "wait and see" show right now. It has a glimmer of promise and is mostly well-done in the technical aspect of things. But with a show so dependent on solid storytelling, we can only watch how things will advance from here on out. I'm willing to put my trust in Kenji Nakamura and Noboru Takagi though, so if you're looking for something that might surprise you this season, I'd say [C] would be a good start. Hey, at least if it's terrible we'll still get an awesome OST from Taku Iwasaki! [[C] will be streaming on FUNimation's video portal.]

...CONTROL. Sorry, I couldn't fit that last one in there. Although I could write out the full title for the rest of this article, [C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, I think I will spare you all and call it simply ...


Learn the secrets of Japan's economy in these [C] promos

Mar 10
// Josh Tolentino
And we mean secret secrets, not that pansy-ass medieval wolf-goddess stuff Lawrence deals with in Spice and Wolf. We're talking freakonomics. Well, you won't learn them from the promo per se, but from [C] The Money of Soul an...

noitaminA announces its upcoming slate of shows

Jan 07
// Ben Huber
Ready for a bunch of awesome new shows? I know I am. At Fuji TV's noitaminA press conference earlier this Friday, the broadcaster announced quite a few upcoming shows for July, as well as running trailers for the batch of pre...

Kuuchuu Buranko is going live-action, maybe UPSIDE DOWN

Dec 10
// OxKing
Wait, what?Some of you might remember Kuuchuu Buranko as an anime on the noitaminA block in late 2009, and even fewer might have remembered sitting through it without getting a headache. Well, for those who missed it, th...

NoitaminA's new anime is Hourou Musuko

Nov 14
// Josh Tolentino
It's a few weeks into the Fall anime season, and you know what that means: It's time to think about the anime for the Winter season!And one of Winter's upcoming anime is Hourou Musuko ("The Wandering Son"), which is...

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