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12:00 PM on 09.15.2014

Aniplex finally brings Gurren Lagann to Blu-Ray in the United States

If you ended up buying the imported version of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann last year, I'm sorry. It looks like Aniplex USA has heard our wishes, and is finally bringing the beloved anime series Stateside, with a muli-part rele...

Hiroko Yamamura


Mistwalker's mobile-RPG Terra Battle has surpassed 1.5 million downloads worldwide

Unlock new "adventurers" from iconic Final Fantasy character designer Yoshitaka Amano and a new scenario from Yasumi Matsuno, designer of Final Fantasy XII. Also, Terra Battle received the highly anticipated online co-op mode update that allows players to work together to clear stages and adds summons to the battlefield. More Info.

10:00 AM on 05.03.2014

Gainax's Aoki Uru set for 2018

Last year, Studio Gainax announced that they were finally returning to their Aoki Uru film project. A sequel to the classic Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise, the film was initially conceived of in 1992, but for a va...

Elliot Gay

5:00 PM on 03.04.2014

The original Otaking and his 99 cents on The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises opened in theaters last Friday in the States, did you see it? Yes? Great. Because now you can pick up a copy of Toshio Okada's review and critique of this Hayao Miyazaki masterpiece on Amazon, in English. Toshi...

Jeff Chuang

8:00 PM on 12.28.2013

GAINAX preps 33rd anniversary project for Daicon III

Anime history buffs might be familiar with Daicon III & IV, but most won't know about these important bits of animation. For one, the guys who made those animations later went on to form GAINAX, a company you may have hea...

Pedro Cortes

Japanator Unboxes: Gurren Lagann DVD box set photo
Japanator Unboxes: Gurren Lagann DVD box set
by Pedro Cortes

Some time back, you may remember that Aniplex rescued Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann from the depths of license limbo. This meant two things: the release will come with a bunch of extra stuff and it will be pricey. Based off Sal's post, both of those assertions were correct. Both the DVD and Blu-ray versions came with a lot of bonuses and both cost an arm and a leg. That meant that a good amount of people weren't going to get a chance to see all these bonuses.

Lucky for ya'll, I got my hands on Aniplex's DVD release. Being a huge fan of Gurren Lagann, I couldn't just keep this to myself. I decided to open that sucker up and show you what's inside Enjoy the unboxing!

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4:00 PM on 08.31.2013

PSA: Catch Evangelion 2.22 on Toonami tonight

[Update: Turns out the surprise announcement was a special one-time-only airing of Kick-Heart, the Kickstarter-funded pro-wrestling anime by Masaaki Yuasa. The anime aired right after Eva 2.22, and at the time of this writing...

Josh Tolentino

Japanator Arena: Asura vs Gurren Lagann  photo
Japanator Arena: Asura vs Gurren Lagann
by Salvador GRodiles

*ding, ding, ding*

It's Over!

Well, Crono tried to alter the course of time to gain the upper hand, but Zoro's endurance couldn't handle the combined strikes of Guts and Saber. While Saber was facing some teamwork issues with Guts, she was able to whip out her Excalibur and Avalon combo fast enough to prevent Crono from going back in time. Saber and Guts win! (21 > 8)

We’re back to our usual versus matches this week, and I think it’s time that we change things up once again! Thanks to a suggestion from my local friends, we’re having a demigod that’s powered by his own rage against a machine that’s power by the hotblooded will of many individuals! Most would consider this battle to be random, but it’s not like we've had super beings go up against powerful robots in fiction before. So without further ado, let’s introduce our opponents.

He was one of the Eight Guardians at one point in his life, and his rage knows no bound. Despite his anger, his devotion to saving his own daughter is unmatched, as the amount of time he spent on this quest took him longer than our lifespans combined. Tonight he’s here to show us this power, so let’s step out of the way for Asura from Asura’s Wrath to enter the ring.

Simon and his comrades went through a lot to reclaim the freedom of mankind. In fact their own will allowed them to fight against all odds in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Proving to everyone that the Spiral Energy can work in one’s favor, Gurren Lagann is ready to pull out the Giga Drill Breaker once again!

Both fighters have the ability to harness a great amount of energy, so we can expect to see the galaxy tremble in this fight. Just to be clear with everyone, both sides will be going all out in this battle, which means that no one is holding back.

Your votes and persuasion skills will be the key in determining the real winner here. Please make sure that you add a +1 to the fighter that you vote for, since it will let us keep track of the high octane over-the-top action that we’re about to experience here. Asura and Gurren Lagann will be fighting from today till Thursday, so do you best to vote on time. Once the battle comes to a complete stop, you can drop by during the beginning of the next match to see who wins! Now that we’re done with reviewing the usual rules, you can now use the teleporter to go to the Galactic J-Tor Arena!

*ding, ding, ding*

Spin On! 

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6:30 PM on 08.06.2013

Aw snap, the PBS Idea Channel tackles Anno's views on Eva

YouTube's Geek Week is happening as we speak, and the PBS Idea Channel has decided to answer a question that's related to Evangelion. And that question is whether Anno's view on the series are important or not.  If ther...

Salvador GRodiles

Impressions: Stella Women's Academy Class C3 photo
Impressions: Stella Women's Academy Class C3
by Josh Tolentino

Melding cute girls and an unusual activity of some kind is hardly a new thing. Hundreds of full anime, manga, and book series have been mined from the rich vein of "Girls x [Weird Pastime]", and Gainax's Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C3 is just the latest in the trend.

Given the show's early episodes, you might think that the above subtitle is indeed correct, that Class C3 is pretty much "Girls und Airsoft", or "K-ON! with fake guns" (if Upotte! was "K-ON! as guns"). 

At the same time, as of episode four, this airsoft show may be harder than it lets on at first.

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6:00 PM on 07.03.2013

Simulcast GET! Crunchyroll grabs Monogatari S2 and more

I have a feeling that Crunchyroll has developed a new fetish for the summer season, since magical girls, dolls, and airsoft guns are joining their summer lineup. With that being said, Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen and F...

Salvador GRodiles

12:00 PM on 06.17.2013

Movic preparing new jackets based on Evangelion 3.0

Love it or hate it, Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo certainly surprised a lot of folks. It also made a whole lot of money. Like any good money making property, Eva 3.0 merchandise has been hitting the market at a consisten...

Elliot Gay

10:00 AM on 06.05.2013

A Daily Dose of Final Blows: FLCL

It's all led up to this. Our hero has been bruised and battered, and on the bring of defeat. What can saved the day? Is there any hope left for humanity? In anime, you can alway count on the final blow! This week your favori...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 05.31.2013

A Daily Dose of Final Blows: The End of Evangelion

It's all led up to this. Our hero has been bruised and battered, and on the bring of defeat. What can saved the day? Is there any hope left for humanity? In anime, you can alway count on the final blow! This week your favori...

Hiroko Yamamura

Friday Night Fights: Ideon vs Dix-Neuf photo
Friday Night Fights: Ideon vs Dix-Neuf
by Salvador GRodiles

*ding, ding, ding*

It's Over!

Shanoa was ready to use the Glypths that allowed her to defeat Dracula in Order of Ecclesia; however, Bayonetta has punched a being equivalent to God into the sun, so that makes her a stronger opponent than the Count. As the moon begins to shine, Bayonetta graces the night sky with her victory over Shanoa. Bayonetta wins! (4 > 3)

For this week's showdown, the J-tor Arena will use our galaxy for its stage, because we are pitting two robots that are capable of obliterating planets. Our first opponent is a machine that’s apparently capable of destroying the entire universe. Let’s hope that he doesn't go berserk during this battle; otherwise, Ideon’s weapons could wipe us all out. When there’s danger, there’s always a person that uses guts and determination to overcome all odds. Her Buster Machine’s full potential has been reached, and Lal’C from Diebuster plans to keep us safe with Dix-Neuf. This is going to be one hell of a risky battle, and there’s a chance that we might not survive the outcome. Hopefully, our passion will prevail, as we see this fight through the end.

Your hopeful votes and determined persuasion skills will be the key in the outcome of this battle. Make sure that you add a +1 to the giant robot that you side with, since it will allow us to keep the Earth safe from destruction. The Ideon and Dix-Neuf will fight from today till Wednesday, so make sure that your vote goes up on time. Now that we are done with the introductions, let’s hope for the best that we survive this battle. If you happen to come out unharmed, be sure drop by during the beginning of the next match to see who wins.

*ding, ding, ding*


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10:00 AM on 05.13.2013

A Daily Dose of Final Blows: Diebuster

It's all led up to this. Our hero has been bruised and battered, and on the bring of defeat. What can saved the day? Is there any hope left for humanity? In anime, you can alway count on the final blow! This week your favori...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:30 AM on 03.30.2013

Giga License Breaker: Aniplex rescues Gurren Lagann

It shouldn't be a surprise to people that the Gurren Lagann TV series would get revived by Aniplex USA, since they were the ones who licensed the two movies in North America. Knowing who the hell Aniplex is, they pl...

Salvador GRodiles

3:00 PM on 03.21.2013

Drive a Subaru: Gainax's Pleiades anime becomes a movie

Honestly, I am confused right now. I could've sworn that Gainax and Subaru's Wish upon the Pleiades was suppose to be said and done. Never mind, I forgot to take one important thing into consideration. Seeing how Pl...

Salvador GRodiles

9:48 PM on 03.20.2013

Gainax returns to their long dormant Blue Uru project

If you haven't seen Gainax's Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise, what are you doing? Go grab a copy and enjoy some fantastic sci fi filmmaking. All right, you're back? Cool. As fantastic as Gainax's first f...

Elliot Gay

10:00 AM on 03.14.2013

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursday

In honor of receiving my lovely new Super Robot Chogokin: Gunbuster, we have a lovely old school gem from one of my all time favorite series, Gunbuster: Aim for the Top!! Besides containing amazing charac...

Hiroko Yamamura

Friday Night Fights: Ayumu vs Makina photo
Friday Night Fights: Ayumu vs Makina
by Salvador GRodiles

*ding, ding, ding*

It's over!

The Ragnell may be a powerful sword that was blessed by the Goddess, but to Guts, this meant nothing. When it came to his goal, Guts is willing to do whatever it takes to win. Utilizing his crossbow, cannon arm, and Berserker Armor, Ike was no match for the all out force that Guts brings to battle. Guts wins! (16 < 5) 

Under the moonlight of this week’s match, zombies are going to be the main theme for tonight; however, this is going to be a fight between two living corpses that defy the rules of typical zombie tropes. He was murdered once, but thanks to Eu’s powers as a Necromancer, he has returned to the world of the living. Don’t let his new found crossdressing appearance fool, because Ayumu from Is this a Zombie? packs a powerful punch -- more like a chainsaw. Just like Ayumu, she was also murdered, except that Corpse Princess’s very own Makina hopes to accomplish her goal of killing 108 corpses, so that she can go to heaven. These two undead fighters are determined to track down their murderer, and the winner will be determined by the zombie that can use its skills more effectively.

Your votes and persuasion skills will determine which character is the superior zombie. Be sure to add a +1 to the contender that you side with, since it will let us keep track of the pieces flying around. Ayumu and Makina will fight from today till Wednesday, so make sure that your vote goes up on time. In order to keep the audience safe from any guts flying by, we have added a protected glass case across the seating section of the J-tor Arena. Both corpses are now ready to fight, so let’s head to our seats as soon as possible

*ding, ding, ding*

Let’s set those corpses loose! 

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Friday Night Fights: KOS-MOS vs Nono photo
Friday Night Fights: KOS-MOS vs Nono
by Salvador GRodiles

*ding, ding, ding*

It's over! 

Despite Bit and Liger Zero's slow turning speed, the duo's ability to adapt to any situation was put into place. Knowing that the Strike had the advantage in mobility, Bit attempts to counter with the proper armor pack. Schneider tried to go toe to toe with Sword Strike, but Schneider's limited strikes were no effect. Taking speed into account, Jager manages to use its speed to take down Sword and Launcher Strike. Down to one last pack, Mu uses Aile's mobility to destory Jager. With one pack left for both sides, Bit switches to Panzer mode. However, Mu somehow manage to block and/or dodge most of Panzer's projectiles. As Liger Zero suffers from overheating, Mu fires his last shot. Strike wins! (10 > 7)

Because of an important piece of news that went on during this week, Nono is going to show us her true abilities as a Buster Machine. And what better way to test these skills by having her go against KOS-MOS Version 4. These two robot girls are equipped with weapons that can obliterate the entire J-tor Arena, so I advise that you find a good spot to avoid the debris.

Your votes and persuasion skills will be the key in determining the stronger female robot. Make sure that you add a +1 to the android that you side with, since it will allow us to keep track of the destruction at hand. KOS-MOS and Nono will fight from today till Wednesday, so make sure that your vote goes up on time. Hurry up and find your seat, because things are going to get chaotic.

*ding, ding, ding*

Fight On! 

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9:00 AM on 01.08.2013

Discotek Media licenses Gunbuster 2: Diebuster

Long time readers may remember that I reviewed Diebuster a couple years back. I fellated the show, and with good reason. It's one of my favorite OVAs, only topped by it's predecessor, Gunbuster. The only problem is that ...

Pedro Cortes

Friday Night Fights: Panty & Stocking vs Pandy & Retro photo
Friday Night Fights: Panty & Stocking vs Pandy & Retro
by Salvador GRodiles

*ding, ding, ding* 

It's over!

Saber experienced a close call, as Tenchi's Lighthawk Wings was too much for her Excalibur and Avalon combo. Luckily for her, Ayeka and Ryoko's squabbling tampered with Tenchi's concentration, which gave Saber the opportunity that she's been looking for. Saber wins! (19 > 7)  

For the last few weeks, the J-tor Arena has only focused on one-on-one fights, but that doesn't mean that we are not open to other types of matches. So let's begin the first double battle of the night! You might recognize these two from their antics in Daten City. Make way for the Anarchy sisters, Panty and Stocking! These two may be dangerous convicts, but the prison has given us their approval to alllow them participate in this week's fight. Get ready to be on the look out, because Pandy and Retro are here to go all out. Both groups share Hiroyuki Imaishi's crazy direction, so look forward to some unexpected shenanigans. 

Only the combined efforts of your votes and persuasion will determine the outcome of this vulgar battle. In order to make the score count easy to keep track off, be sure to add a +1 to the group that you side with. The fight will go on from today till Wednesday, so make sure that your vote goes up on time. 

*ding, ding, ding*

Flying away now, flying away now, fly away! 


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Review: Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo photo
Review: Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo
by Elliot Gay

[SPOILER WARNING!!! This review was written to be as spoiler-free as possible. Unfortunately, in order to talk about Evangelion: 3.0 in any substantial way, I do spoil the basic premise of the film. If you want to go into 3.0 completely fresh, I recommend skipping to the last few paragraphs for my overall thoughts. Studio Khara has done a remarkable job of keeping this film under wraps.]

Evangelion: 3.0 is not the film you think it is.

The third entry in the Rebuild of Evangelion project is a surprising movie that takes enormous risks with familiar and well-loved characters. You Can (Not) Redo is probably the gutsiest film I've seen all year. 

Is that a good thing though?

Read on after the break as I take a look at the third piece of Studio Khara's Rebuild of Evangelion series.

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4:23 AM on 11.01.2012

Evangelion: Q's theatrical trailer hits the internet

The theatrical trailer for Evangelion: Q has hit the internet, and boy is it a doozy. Between the giant pink Eva units, and Asuka being a badass, I probably couldn't be more excited. With all hell breaking loose in this thir...

Elliot Gay

1:00 PM on 09.12.2012

Medaka Box season two is ready to burst onto the screen

Following up this Spring's highly successful Gainax show Medaka Box, this Fall's second season looks to continue all the crazy antics we loved so much. It looks like things are kind of back to normal on&n...

Hiroko Yamamura

Japanator Kinda Recommends: Panty and Stocking photo
Japanator Kinda Recommends: Panty and Stocking
by Brad Rice

Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt was, without a doubt, a unique venture by Gainax. Unlike all their other shows about giant robots and emotional teenage boys, this one featured two hyper-sexualized angels looking to earn their wings and get back into heaven.

And unlike most Gainax shows, Panty and Stocking has a very different art style. Hell, everything about the show is different than what you've previously experienced.

Follow me after the jump to see if this show is worth your time, or if it should be flushed down the toilet, along with its humor.

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Final Impressions: Medaka Box photo
Final Impressions: Medaka Box
by Hiroko Yamamura

Medaka Box was a show that really grew on me. I decided to claim the show right away when I heard Gainax was making it, but did very little research on what the show was all about. As soon as I started seeing the artwork, manga, and character designs I started to get scared. The simple plot of a Student Council responding to a school's request via suggestion box seemed a bit too simple for me.

I'm one of those gals that often can't get past character designs. They really set the tone for me, and since half my enjoyment of anime is esthetics, I started to get scared. If you followed any of my Annotated Anime updates, you probably know I was pretty disappointed after watching the first episode. Was I going to be a victim of my own hype, or was I about to learn a lesson in judging a book by its cover. Hit the jump to see if Hiroko finally gets put in her place.

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8:00 AM on 04.30.2012

FUNimation shares English dub cast for Panty & Stocking

A little more than a year after announcing their license, FUNimation finally announced the English cast list for Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt at Anime Central. Jamie Marchi will be trying to get laid as Panty, w...

Bob Muir

First Impressions: Medaka Box photo
First Impressions: Medaka Box
by Hiroko Yamamura

When I heard Gainax was going to be behind the anime adaption of the popular manga Medaka Box, I jumped the opportunity to check it out. Slowly as details came out, and I took a peak at the manga, my heart sank a bit. Definitely not the kind of show I generally enjoy. Obviously there i a crowd for this kind of thing, and I'm trying to broaden my entertainment horizons a bit, so I thought I'd look at it with an open mind.

How would the Weekly Shonen Jump story translate to anime? I was also interested to see what kind of influence Gainax's production might have with character development and story pacing. Could this this be the wacky show to turn my on to wacky comedies? The show has a ton of potential and possibilities. Let's see how they played out in episode 1.

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