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4:00 PM on 09.11.2014

Hajime no Ippo punches a PS3 trailer right into your gut

I've never been much into boxing. It always looked so painful to watch two dudes (or ladies) smack each other in the face, even if the faces being smacked weren't mine per se. That said, boxing fiction is rife with tales of ...

Josh Tolentino

9:00 AM on 09.08.2014

Five Star Stories manga is on its way

After a bit of a break, my all time favorite manga is finally due to get back into the swing of things. Momoru Nagano's epic manga series, Five Star Stories is kind of like my Game of Thrones. It's a series that I got into as...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 09.06.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 594-595

Now that we've reached this latest stage in Bleach's Quincy v. Soul Reaper freak-off, I'm pretty glad to see that Tite Kubo still has a good handle on how to escalate a fight. Because there's nothing quite like raising the stakes.

Josh Tolentino

9:00 PM on 09.01.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 690

Welcome (again) to the second incarnation of this week's Annotated Manga for Naruto! It seems that some technical foulup wiped all the text from the recap while the watchers were looking the other way (or asleep). Never fear, though, for a good ninja always keeps a backup, and this is it. Apologies for the mixup!

Josh Tolentino

10:30 PM on 08.24.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 593

Bleach is lookin' good, if you don't mind my saying.  I don't mean that by the state of its plot or the quality of its writing, but I do think that this last chapter has put out surprisingly striking visuals, a strong contrast to the relatively lackluster panels of the last few weeks.

Josh Tolentino

8:45 PM on 08.13.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 592

When last we left the latest melee on Bleach's order of battle, Captain Kurotsuchi's revived Arrancar seemed to have GiGi Gewelle and her zombie troops in the bag.  That is, until she brought out her trump card, a "zombie" Captain Hitsugaya, who was last seen half-dead following a tussle with Bazz-B and Cang Du. Will the frozen prince live up to his reputation as a (now-posthumous) prodigy?

Josh Tolentino

1:00 PM on 08.11.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto 688

Though we did just bid goodbye to the fifth wheel in Team 7's Reunion of Destiny, we were still left with a lingering question: Without the former final boss, how would the leads stand up to a risen deity?  More particul...

Josh Tolentino

4:00 PM on 08.03.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 591

This week's chapter of Bleach is all about endings. Not about the ending, of course, but about the endings of the fights that much up this big, dumb manga, and how they can, on occasion, not be the end.

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 08.03.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 687

Well, that was sort of a long goodbye.  Obito meets his end this chapter, and thanks to the magic of conveniently slow death-curses, he gets a chance to say his goodbyes.

Josh Tolentino

4:00 PM on 07.29.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 686

And now it's time for everyone's favorite cowboy manga recap! Mosey on down to this 'ere ranch and let's get caught up in the tales of rootin'-est, tootin'-est cowboy that ever fought in the Fourth Ninja World War!

Josh Tolentino

9:30 PM on 07.28.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 590

What is it with Quincy and creepers? I mean, every army has one or two creepy types, but it seems to me that when Ywach summoned all the "true" Quincy to his side the only place that had them was the madhouse.  Well, whatever the reason for the Sternritter's unusually high nutball quotient, it seems that Kubo is grooming young Giselle "Gigi" Gewelle for a top spot.

Josh Tolentino

4:00 PM on 07.17.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 685

Welcome again to your weekly dose of Association Ninja Soccer coverage. In today's update from the Interdimensional Ninja Cup 2014, and top-tier striker, Sasuke Uchiha, is ninja-running at speed toward his goal! Will he make it? Or will humanity lose against the rabbit goddess in a crushing 7-1 final tally? Check out our detailed pitch analysis below!

Josh Tolentino