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12:00 PM on 01.24.2015

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 25-27

It's been far too long, but after its season-long hiatus, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has returned to the airwaves!  And neither Joseph Joestar's Stand-user party nor the hardworking folks at David Production are wasting any time getting back in the saddle, as they dive into Egypt to hunt down Dio Brando once and for all.

Josh Tolentino


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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 15 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 15
by Josh Tolentino

It hasn't even been 24 hours since the last Build Fighters Try recap, but let's get this train going. After all, we've finally arrived at...THE NATIONALS.

Let's fighting!

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Contest: Ring in the New Year with this Right Stuf giveaway! [Updated] photo
Contest: Ring in the New Year with this Right Stuf giveaway! [Updated]
by Josh Tolentino

[Update: The contest is over, and congratulations to Japanator Community Member Gnikdrazil! We'll be contacted soon at the email address you used to register to Japanator with more details!]

It's January 9th, but sometimes it just doesn't feel like the new year's quite begun yet, doesn't it? Maybe some brand-new, absolutely free anime box sets can wipe 2014's haze from your mind? Thanks to our friends at Right Stuf, your house for hot deals, you've got the opportunity to test the notion out!

From right this moment until January 16th at 23:30 CST, all you have to do is post your New Year's resolution in the comments for a chance to win copies of Space Adventure Cobra: The Original Series Part 1, Cat's Eye Season 1, and the just-released Fantastic Detective Labyrinth DVD Collection! Three hot box sets for the price of nada, and all you have to do is confess your plans for 2015.

Oh, you also have to comment using your Japanator account (and make one if you don't have one yet), and be living in the U.S. or Canada (sorry, international readers!). You've got just under six days to enter, so don't delay!

[Image courtesy Matataku]

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try eps. 13-14 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try eps. 13-14
by Josh Tolentino

Watching Build Fighters Try is fascinating, not just because it's a fun, well-produced piece of mecha entertainment, puppy love and Fumina reaction-face gallery, but also to compare it to the first Build Fighters season and see just how the Build Fighters brand has evolved over the weeks and months.

Sunrise's sophomore gunpla battle effort is both an effective continuation of its predecessor's legacy, but like its characters, mecha, and setting, it's also a different sort of beast, with different goals and ambitions.

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First Impressions: Kantai Collection ~Kan Colle~ photo
First Impressions: Kantai Collection ~Kan Colle~
by Josh Tolentino

The first episode of Kantai Collection kicks off with what might be regarded as an almost galling display of pretentiousness: Against a black background, a serious-voiced woman recites the Gosei, a set of five meditative precepts laid out by Imperial Japanese Navy Vice Admiral Hajime Matsushita. To this day, naval students at Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Forces are encouraged to reflect on them every evening.

For better or worse, the material that follows doesn't anywhere near that level of consideration, but if nothing else, Kantai Collection puts on a good display as a properly entertaining anime about cute girls wearing big guns. 

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Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 13 photo
Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 13
by Jeff Chuang

With the new year break behind us, it's time to hit the ground running at Musani. With Honda's departure and the new anime project for Third Aerial Girls Squad secured, Aoi gets thrown right in the fire as the lead production desk. How will team Musani sprint to the finish line, one which is a year away?

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First Impressions: Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! photo
First Impressions: Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!
by Josh Tolentino

Magical Boys. 

As I mentioned back in our Winter 2015 Preview Guide, just mentioning the concept drives home just how golden it is. There's so much potential in the idea of a Magical Boy show, with all the trappings and tropes that make Magical Girl shows so evergreen, that it might just be a bad indicator of the state of the industry if it took this long for it to happen.

That's not to say that Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! gets away on premise alone. True to the legacy of Director Shinji "Daily Lives of High School Boys" Takamatsu and writer Michio "Shirobako" Yokote, the misadventures of the Battle Lovers make for the funniest anime viewing of the season. 

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Lantis Fest Vegas: An Interview with Faylan photo
Lantis Fest Vegas: An Interview with Faylan
by Jeff Chuang

As a part of promotion for Lantis Festival Las Vegas, we were able to ask anison singer Faylan a few questions! Since her tie-in with CANAAN, Faylan has done a slew of rocking songs for various shows and games, like BlazBlue Alter Memory, Griasia no Meikyuu and Tokyo ESP.

Big thanks to Lantis Fest for the opportunity!

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Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 12 photo
Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 12
by Jeff Chuang

Last time on Shirobako, the final episode of Exodus is in trouble as Aoi cannot find enough animators to complete the complex and difficult animations needed for the climatic moment. This week, in a stroke of fortune, Aoi runs into a particular animation veteran--or god to some--by the name of Kanno, who directed a popular show called Ava that aired in 1995. 

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Japanator's Winter 2015 Anime Preview Guide! photo
Japanator's Winter 2015 Anime Preview Guide!
by Josh Tolentino

Winter may be upon us, and as the weather cools, it's the perfect time to curl up by the fire or stick your legs under the kotatsu and let the Japanese cartoons roll! This is Japanator's official Winter 2015 Anime Preview Guide!

As ever, we're here to dig deep into the dozens-strong animated offerings straight from Glorious Nippon, to separate the wheat from the chaff and tell you just what might be worth watching, as well as to tell you what we'll be keeping an eye on ourselves.

This winter seems thankfully light in total new series count, with a few standouts, a lot of sequels both widely anticipated and out of left field, and some intriguing newcomers. Let's check 'em out!

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Lantis Fest Vegas: Interview with Choucho photo
Lantis Fest Vegas: Interview with Choucho
by Jeff Chuang

Japanator got to ask Choucho a few questions over email! The self-starting anisong artist is now attached to a bunch of great shows and her melodic tones make them all the more memorable, like Girls und Panzer and Gargantia on the Verderous Planet. Big thanks to Lantis Festival for making this interview possible!

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Japanator Awards 2014: Salís Top 3 Toku Shows photo
Japanator Awards 2014: Salís Top 3 Toku Shows
by Salvador GRodiles

Due to there being a short amount of tokusatsu airing on television these days, I was on the fence on doing a list about my favorite hero shows for the year. Compare to the 70s and 80s, there aren't that many shows airing besides the usual Super Sentai and Kamen Rider programs. While Garo has been receiving more installments lately, there still isn't enough content to warrant a special list-- even if the Ultra series releases a new series here and there. However, there are a few instances where we’re surprised with some unexpected projects like Akibaranger and After V, which means that there are some instances where the medium receives more stuff. Combined with a few original toku films that enter the scene once in a while, the tokusatsu industry still has some form of a fighting chance in this day and age; thus granting the medium the right to appear in its own special list.

Anyway, let’s get ready to transform, as we take a look at the top three toku shows that quenched my thirst for justice during 2014. As a heads-up, I’m only doing one series per franchise, since it wouldn’t be fair for the other contenders.

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