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6:30 PM on 04.24.2014

Annotated Anime: Ping Pong episode 3

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.

Ben Huber

First Impressions: Nanana's Buried Treasure photo
First Impressions: Nanana's Buried Treasure
by Karen Mead

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 and tons of stale harem humor that kills the momentum early on. It's like two different kinds of shows were crammed together: one of them is a show about a group of students embarking on an exciting treasure hunt on a mysterious man-made island, and the other one is a harem show about a pervy dude who has a beautiful magical girlfriend floating around his apartment. Two episodes in, I don't feel like these two concepts have given any indication of working together.

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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

8:00 AM on 03.22.2014

First long PV for Masaaki Yuasa's Ping Pong

  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...

Ben Huber

1:00 PM on 03.21.2014

Shinichiro Watanabe to direct Zankyo no Tokyo on Noitamina

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...

Ben Huber

11:00 AM on 03.15.2014

Here's another colorful new Ping Pong CM

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 ...

Ben Huber

5:00 PM on 01.18.2014

Masaaki Yuasa is back with Ping Pong on Noitamina

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...

Ben Huber

Final Impressions: Galilei Donna photo
Final Impressions: Galilei Donna
by Jeff Chuang

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 of belief, and some examples of what not to do to mess with that magical realism many anime rely on to make fantasy work. If anything, however, Galilei Donna is consistently inconsistent--the final episode puts a pretty ribbon on top, but leaves me wondering what it has left on the table.

Following their arrest, the three sisters ended up in custody, and what happen in this week's Galilei Donna is an episode of Hazuki Ferrari: Ace Attorney. [Editor's Note: I kept waiting to hear that Law & Order "Chu-CHUNG!" sound.] Both the Adni Moon group and the Galilei Donna throw evidence every which way in an attempt to reveal the truth. It feels like one of those "replay" novels where authors play a tabletop RPG, complete with thick narratives about what each character does, why they do it, and how it's done. Except it's done using a legal trial instead of swords and spells. Our law student sister gets her day in the sun, or at the defendant's table in this case. How many times can she scream "Objection!"? I lost count.

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5:30 PM on 12.06.2013

Annotated Anime: Galilei Donna Ep. 9

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,...

Jeff Chuang

3:00 PM on 11.29.2013

Annotated Anime: Galilei Donna Ep. 8

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. ...

Jeff Chuang

10:00 AM on 11.24.2013

Annotated Anime: Galilei Donna Ep. 7

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...

Jeff Chuang

4:00 PM on 11.08.2013

Annotated Anime: Galilei Donna Ep. 5

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...

Jeff Chuang