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8:00 AM on 08.27.2014

Review: Persona 3 The Movie: #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream

Despite its pacing problems and general lack of an overarching story, I enjoyed Persona 3 The Movie: #1 Spring of Birth. As far as animated film adaptations of long games go, I think it did a novel job of compressing hours of...

Elliot Gay


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.






A Letter to Momo opens in America this week photo
A Letter to Momo opens in America this week
by Hiroko Yamamura

The award winning Production I.G. film A Letter to Momo, is set to hit theaters this week, and with any luck might be hitting your home town. The beautiful looking film has the makings of a classic, and is a tale of a shy kid meeting supernatural friends under unfortunate circumstances. Although stylistically is definitely its own piece of art, I can't help but draw a few Studio comparisons by the trailer. 

The dub sounds quite whimsical so far, and stars soap opera actress, Amanda Pace in the lead role. I'm hoping to catch the film when it hits theaters in Chicago this week. Any of you guys planning to see it? I'm pretty excited for this one.

  • The Wooly - Gainesville, FL (opens Aug 21)
  • Landmark TBD - Denver, CO (Aug 22)
  • Gene Siskel Film Center - Chicago, IL (Aug 29)
  • Landmark Nuart Theatre - Los Angeles, CA (Aug 29)
  • Landmark E Street - Washington, DC (Aug 29)
  • Landmark Kendall Square - Boston, MA (Aug 29)
  • Landmark Edina - Minneapolis, MN (Aug 29)
  • Landmark Midtown Art - Atlanta, GA (Aug 29)
  • Landmark Varsity - Seattle, WA (Sept 5)
  • Landmark TBD - San Francisco, CA (Sept 5)
  • Landmark Shattuck Cinemas - Berkeley, CA (Sept 5)
  • Landmark TBD - San Diego, CA (Sept 5)
  • Landmark Ritz at the Bourse - Philadelphia, PA (Sept 5)
  • Cedar Lee Theatre - Cleveland, OH (Sept 14)
  • Jean Cocteau Cinema - Santa Fe, NM (Sept 19)
  • Guild Cinema - Albuquerque, NM (Sept 19)
  • Salt Lake City Library Theater - Salt Lake City, UT( Dec 6)

[Via ANN]

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 7 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 7
by Salvador GRodiles

Yikes. I never expected to be concerned about Sword Art Online II’s well-being. While there was a bit of hope for A-1 to get back on track, things are taking a slight turn for the worse with the way how they followed up on the show’s latest conflict. From the looks of it, the SAO II might be in a grim state until things pick up again.

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Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 6-7 photo
Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 6-7
by Jeff Chuang

When Hanayamata first introduced Yaya, she played with a band. If we logically assume the story is about the formation of a yosakoi club, then the band probably has to go. How does it happen? More importantly, how does Yaya's identity, which is wrapped up a lot around both her reputation and perception at school along with the band, resolve in such a way to further that club story?

I'm not sure if I like the way the plot resolves, but in the process there were some pretty heartful character development. Maybe it's okay for Hanayamata to keep things really simple. Let's see.

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1:00 PM on 08.19.2014

Watch The Tale of Princess Kaguya's North American trailer

Studio Ghibli may be pondering its potentially bleak future right about now, but that doesn't mean it won't be delivering dreams to the screen for people in the meantime. Case in point: Distributor GKids has just released a ...

Josh Tolentino



Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 18-20 photo
Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 18-20
by Josh Tolentino

After a bit of a wait, we're back with more Stardust Crusaders, and things get kind of nuts. Of course, that's hardly something we should be surprised by in a series called JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

But anyway, onward, dear readers! Rally ho!

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8:00 AM on 08.15.2014

Chaika gets hers in this 'Avenging Battle' trailer

I liked what I saw of Chaika the Coffin Princess. In fact, at first glance I was convinced that someone was blatantly ripping off the underappreciated Scrapped Princess, until I found out they were from the same author....

Josh Tolentino



Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 6 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 6
by Salvador GRodiles

Right when I was feeling comfortable with Sword Art Online II’s pacing, A-1 decides to speed things up a bit. One moment, the presentation’s going smooth, and all of a sudden, the show breezes through two battles before we get the chance to take in the action. Luckily, the episode's other parts were moving steadily, which means that the studio's increase in speed might not shorten the Phantom Bullet Arc's total episode count.

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8:00 AM on 08.11.2014

Under the Dog Anime Kickstarter has some great talents behind its wheel

First, I'd like to apologize for being late to the party in regards to news about the Kickstarter for Under the Dog, an anime that features story elements similar to those found in titles like Akira and Ghost in the Shell. H...

Salvador GRodiles

10:00 AM on 08.10.2014

Let's raise our swords for the Garo anime's characters and staff

For a good while, I was speculating that Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames was going to be a prequel to the late-night tokusatsu franchise. As Garo Project's website for the anime revealed the TV series' four main characte...

Salvador GRodiles



Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 5 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 5
by Salvador GRodiles

At long last, Slow Art Online is ready for the moment that we've all been waiting for. It's finally time to see how A-1 handles the first fight that features you know who. In all seriousness, is this really the thing that we were looking forward to? Either way, if this battle contributes towards the show's progression, then our patience shall be rewarded.

Seeing that I haven’t demeaned SAO II for taking its sweet time, my new nickname for Sword Art Online II is meant to compliment the show’s current pacing.

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4:00 PM on 08.07.2014

Stardust Crusaders hoodies are JoJo's Bizarre Apparel

Have you ever wanted a Stand of your very own? Too bad, they aren't real, but clothing brand BEAMS may have just brought us the next best thing, in the form of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure-themed hoodies, designed to look like St...

Josh Tolentino