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12:00 PM on 02.25.2015

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 18-20

It's been a while since we last checked in with Gundam Build Fighters Try, but being able to watch the last few episodes in quick succession as I caught up to the latest developments has led me to one, inescapable conclusion: Sekai might be the Try Fighters' ace, but Fumina is their MVP.

Josh Tolentino




Review: htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary photo
Review: htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary
by Josh Tolentino

[This post originally appeared on Destructoid.com]

No, that isn't an encoding error up there in the headline: "htoL#NiQ" is indeed this PS Vita game's title, and is essentially a very stylish way to type "The Firefly Diary" in Japanese.

Whatever personal peculiarities led the team at Nippon Ichi to title their new game this way seem to extend to the game's design as well. htoL#NiQ marches to its own rhythm, and ends up being two things at once: a fascinating work of minimalism, and a needlessly difficult ordeal best enjoyed only by the most masochistic of flagellants.

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Annotated Anime: One Piece 682 photo
Annotated Anime: One Piece 682
by Anthony Redgrave

Ahoy there Japanator! Ensign Redgrave reporting for duty. I'll be taking over the SS. Annotated Anime for One Piece so I hope you're ready. 

From last we left our heroes, the devious Doflamingo had started the hunger games within Dressrosa with the help of his string string fruit. Manipulating the natural greediness of pirates and criminals, he places bounties on our heroes with the highest amount being given to Usopp due to his God like status. 

Hit the jump to see how the Straw Hats rally to counter to Doflamingo's massacre.

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We Chat With Gun Caliber's Bueno: Toys, Choreography, and Toku's current state photo
We Chat With Gun Caliber's Bueno: Toys, Choreography, and Toku's current state
by Salvador GRodiles

After a long and perilous journey, we've reached the end of our long interview with Bueno. To close things off, the man shares with us his plans for the future, along with his own thoughts on the tokusatsu industry and a certain group of fans. While a majority of the segment focuses on the cold hard truth behind tokusatsu, Bueno also unleashes a few motivational words that'll get anyone cracking on their own special projects.

With basic introductions out of the way, it's time for us to witness Bueno's true Fatal Recoil, as we wrap up this feature with a huge bang. In case you missed out on the previous segments, you can check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our talk with Garage Hero's Founder.

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Annotated Anime: Kantai Collection episodes 5-6 photo
Annotated Anime: Kantai Collection episodes 5-6
by Josh Tolentino

Kantai Collection has an identity crisis. It's trying to split the difference between a splashy, substance-free fan-service fiesta for existing fans of the game it's based on, a more sedate genre piece featuring girls being way too nice to each other, and a weighty war drama befitting the violent and arguably tragic history of the real-life warships the characters channel the souls of.

That's been the apparent narrative of the show's in the first four episodes, as the sudden and unexpected loss of Kisaragi in episode three threw many expectations for a loop. Followed up with the overwhelming antics of episode four, no one was sure just where the pendulum would swing in the following episodes.

Now that we've approached the halfway mark, though, it seems that Kan Colle has picked its path.

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JapanaTen: Ten shows to make you forget Valentine's loneliness photo
JapanaTen: Ten shows to make you forget Valentine's loneliness
by Red Veron

Hey there, buddy. Was today a rough day for ya? I know how you feel. All those "normals" and their stupid capitalist rituals that are designed to exploit those foolish enough to fall it. I am here to give you some suggestions on some good anime shows you can find to forget about today and to enjoy this weekend.

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JapanaTen: Romantic Comedies to celebrate Valentine's by photo
JapanaTen: Romantic Comedies to celebrate Valentine's by
by Red Veron

[Author's Note: This is for those who want romance, those who do not scroll no further! I have something else for you later today]

Valentine's day falls on a weekend this year and I know some of you are in the mood for some romance anime to watch and maybe some comedy to add into the fun. So why not check out this selection of romantic comedy anime that I put together because I love you. Okay, not really but I just wanted make something for you. Don't misunderstand. Baka.

So I've got a list of ten shows that you can watch on streaming services such as Crackle, Hulu, and Netflix for convenience. Check out this list for something that you might like and find one or two that you can curl up to watch and enjoy today.

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Happy Tenth Anniversary, Mahou Sentai Magiranger! photo
Happy Tenth Anniversary, Mahou Sentai Magiranger!
by Salvador GRodiles

Today may be Friday the 13th, but that doesn’t mean that we’re in for a heap of bad luck. In fact, Mahou Sentai Magiranger tenth anniversary has landed on Feb. 13, 2015, which means that magic triumphs over random superstitions. To commemorate this legendary moment, I’ve used a magical spell to gather various artworks that are dedicated to the magic-themed Sentai series.

As for the reasoning behind this post, Magiranger still holds the title as one of my favorite Sentai shows, so I thought that I would take advantage of this special day. One thing that made me fall in love with the series was the way how it developed the main team/siblings, since they had to master the ways of magic to fight Infersia's inhabitants. Thanks to the show’s great aspects (such as the sitcom-like moments between the Ozu siblings, and the classic RPG game-like elements), it wasn’t too hard for Magiranger to win me over. Also, the team's robot, Magiking, really knows how to rock a wizard hat.

If you’re interested in reading about my thoughts on the series, I wrote a c-blog about it in 2011. However, expect to encounter some grammatical errors along the way, as I was new to blogging back then. Anyway, you can check out the Magiranger-related art in the gallery below, along with the list of the artists who drew each piece.

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 17 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 17
by Josh Tolentino

It's worth pointing out that among many similarities to other episodes in the series, this week's installment of Build Fighters Try is the second time they've spent the opening minutes on the puppy-love angle between Fumina, Sekai, Gyanko, and now Shia. As a fan of cute, dumb things, I can't help but like it, and anyone looking to Build Fighters for a serious war drama has long since been frightened off, so there's no problem there.

What IS a problem, though, is having sound effects in the opening sequence. Why do you do these things, Sunrise? When David Production did it to the openings for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure late into the Battle Tendency arc I thought it was just some kind of rookie mistake, but you've been making Gundam for several decades now. You should know better!

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We Chat With Gun Caliber's Bueno: Ninjas, Zombies, and Hardships photo
We Chat With Gun Caliber's Bueno: Ninjas, Zombies, and Hardships
by Salvador GRodiles

Welcome to the second part of our interview with the one and only Bueno. In this installment, the man talks about his experience with creating tokusatsu and shooting porn. On top of that, we get to learn the dark secrets behind his involvement with Gaion Sigma, and how his ideas were stolen when a tokusatsu called Raidenmaru was born. Other than that, the guy reveals his inspirations for Gun Caliber, and we ask him the most important question in the world.

Things are about to get real in this interview, as Bueno continues his with story. In case you missed out on the first part of this segment, you can head over here to catch up on our chat with the guy.

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Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 14-15 photo
Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 14-15
by Jeff Chuang

Times like this I wish I have all the time in the world to drill into the last two episodes of Shirobako, because they are rich. I guess you might already guessed that to me, most every episode of Shirobako is rich in some ways, often more than one. In these two episodes, we cover the pre- and early production work that goes into an anime adaptation of a popular manga, and something much more precious.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 610-613 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 610-613
by Josh Tolentino

While it's been at least six weeks since the last time we checked in with Bleach, various publishing breaks and delays have given us just four-odd chapters to work with, and given the pace Bleach tends to move at, it feels like we've barely been gone at all.

Such a laid-back pace is well-suited to the series' place in the weekly Shonen JUMP roundup, but I'd hate to be the guy who only reads collected volumes, because that's a lot of paper to buy for comparatively little movement.

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