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12:00 PM on 04.22.2014

Annotated Anime Roundup: Winter 2014 Week 3

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 continue...

Josh Tolentino


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Shonen Showdown 4-20-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 4-20-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Welcome to another weekly installment of Shonen Showdown, your everyday look at the latest in battle shows. This week we're catching up on the status of our favorite anime memes, and it appears that the evergreen "Moe Moe Kyun!" remains perennially popular, even among people who themselves could be described as "perennial". Truly, a meme for the ages.

Oh, and there's also some stuff here from the latest chapters in Bleach, Naruto, and Hunter x Hunter. Those are nice, as well.

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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



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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Shonen Showdown 4-12-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 4-12-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Alright everyone, it's time for Shonen Showdown, the weekly fighting manga and anime recap that gets it, OK, we know about the whole duality thing in Naruto's themes. Gaawhhhd

Anyway, we've got it all for you this fine evening, including the latest from Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, One Piece and Bleach! Catch it all below after you read the latest round of First Impressions from all the new Spring anime series!

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First Impressions: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders photo
First Impressions: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
by Josh Tolentino

Well, this is it. This...is JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

Of course, I'm utterly wrong on this one, factually speaking. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure started with Phantom Blood, way back in 1987, after all, as a manga. 

Then again, I'm also utterly right, because for a goodly number of folks, Stardust Crusaders IS JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. There's a reason Jotaro is the biggest guy on the cover of All Star Battle, and not Jonathan, Joseph, Josuke, Jolyne, Giorno, or Other Josuke. 

This isn't to say that Stardust Crusaders is the best JoJo's arc, or even the most well-regarded, but there's no denying that this what quite a few fans have been waiting for since David Production first started with Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency.

And now, after a brief dabbling with Hyperdimension Neptunia, they're back and ready to get down to the real thing. Was it worth the wait?

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Annotated Anime Roundup: Spring 2014 Week 1 photo
Annotated Anime Roundup: Spring 2014 Week 1
by Karen Mead

Since we're in the middle of that weird season-opener grace period where most of the previous season's shows have ended, but all the new shows are still in First Impressions territory, the only episodes eligible for the roundup this week are Yowapeda 25 and Tonari no Seki-kun 14. This means that this installment of Annotated Anime is all mine, a prospect which excites me so much that I actually bothered to look up how to spell the word "eligible."

In all seriousness, we're still working out behind the scenes which shows are destined for the roundup and which ones will be getting the solo treatment, so as of right now, no one knows what this feature will contain next week. It could be athletes, could be giant robots, could be schoolgirl assassins, it's all up for grabs; the future is, as of yet, unwritten. I'm getting chills.

And if you're looking to get our at the real new shows of Spring and the last word on winter's leavings, check out our First Impressions and Final Impressions, going up throughout the week!

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Shonen Showdown 4-7-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 4-7-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Happy Monday, folks! It's time to get focused on fighting off the banality of the week with Shonen Showdown, the weekly recap that's using the title bar to conveniently censor the werewolf above! Don't look! It's a....compromising position.

Where we don't compromise, however, is on the hottest new chapters of Naruto, Bleach, and Hunter x Hunter, with a side order of PreCure to boot! Get on below to get all that into your system!

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Annotated Anime Roundup: Winter 2014 Week 12 photo
Annotated Anime Roundup: Winter 2014 Week 12
by Josh Tolentino

It's time everyone! Time..for shopping! We present Annotated Anime, the premier choice for well-to-do denizens of the Nine Hells, brought to you by the Gold Devil Express, European Hell's official credit solution!

Gold Devil Express...because you've sinned.

Today's complement of exclusive offers for discerning mortals includes the latest recaps from Yowapeda, Tonari no Seki-kun, Saki: The Nationals, and a double header of Hozuki no Reitetsu! Get your comment cards ready to swipe!

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Shonen Showdown 3-29-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 3-29-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Welcome to the latest edition of your weekly fight-show roundup, Shonen Showdown! And now it's time for your daily Mad Ninja Skillz™ Top Tip:

You can't expect to intimidate anyone when you select the "Nervous Teddy Bear" expression as your Ninja Mask.

This helpful tip was brought to you by the latest episodes and chapters of Naruto, Bleach, Hunter x Hunter, and One Piece!

Oh, and have you checked out the latest addition to our Shonen Showdown stable? That's right, manly men, we've got HappinessCharge Precure! And no, we're not kidding!

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Annotated Anime: Wizard Barristers, Ep. 11 photo
Annotated Anime: Wizard Barristers, Ep. 11
by Karen Mead

It's been a few days and I still can't quite get over just how bad the animation in this episode was. Really, "bad" isn't quite accurate, because scenes have to actually exist before they can even qualify as badly animated; what this episode really is, is shockingly unfinished. Sound effects are forced to do the brunt of the work in telling the story while the camera frequently stays trained on still shots of characters' faces, entire sequences seem to be missing, and even the sequences that are animated are poorly composed. We're encroaching on Kill La Kill-levels of using animation so limited that it borders on a motion comic -- except at least with Kill La Kill, you can tell they planned it that way from the beginning. Whatever plan existed for this episode, it clearly went awry.

You know, I feel like I should have be having fun snarking about how awful this episode looks, but the truth is that it's honestly just sad. Remember the nigh-theatrical quality animation from the first episode? How in God's name did we get from that to this? What the hell happened in the studio that could cause this deep a dive in quality, and during the story's climax no less?

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Annotated Anime Roundup: Winter 2014 Week 11 photo
Annotated Anime Roundup: Winter 2014 Week 11
by Josh Tolentino

Hello everyone and welcome to the Annotated Anime Roundup, your weekly dose of hot short-form recaps! With the party over we were told we didn't have to go home (but we couldn't stay there), and so we decided to watch the latest from Nisekoi, Sakura Trick, Pupa, Saki: The Nationals, Engaged to the Unidentified, Yowapeda, Tonari no Seki-kun, Oneechan ga Kita, and World Conquest Zvezda Plot!

I guess that means that our party was still going, after all! Awww, yeah

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