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11:00 PM on 11.24.2014

Huzzah: More Garo installments are heading your way

Ladies and gentlemen. I seems that we're in for an amazing Thanksgiving Week, as a bunch of Garo project get announced during the Garo: Golden Wolf Thanksgiving event. Since next year is going to be the franchise's 10th anni...

Salvador GRodiles



10:10 PM on 11.23.2014

Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 8

Ever done a raid just to kill one mob? Of course not, that's weird. But it's what the Maidens of Watermaple just did. And in doing so, they've saved Akihabara, as well as netted Akatsuki some phat loot. 

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 11.21.2014

The second Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin trailer is here

So much Char, my mind can't even...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 11.21.2014

Get a little Char history in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Blue-Eyed Casval

Man, I totally had no idea this was happening. Somehow I totally missed the news that there was a new OVA series coming out about some back story about our favorite Gundam characters. First up is the ever mysterious and char...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 11.21.2014

Animator Expo's third short has some catchy tunes

I knew that something good would come out of Japan Animator Expo, and the third short (NSFW), ME!ME!ME!, managed to exceed my expectations-- event if it's on the bizarre side. At the same time, TeddyLoid and daoko's sing...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 PM on 11.19.2014

Attack on Titan's live-action cast posters look real badass

I'll readily confess that I haven't paid much attention to Attack on Titan since the anime finished its run last year, but now that the live-action adaptation of Hajime Isayama's blockbuster manga is further along, I'm b...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 11.19.2014

Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episodes 4-7

Christmas comes early to the world of Elder Tale, but the presents are far worse than any lump of coal, for the Santa Claus of this database is less a benevolent gift-giver than a violent death-bringer with a mad-on for Adventurers. What's to be done about this serial killer's depredations?!  Call in the girls, that's what.

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 11.19.2014

This ad for a Unicorn Gundam model goes full Psycho (Frame)

I've never been that much into model-making, Gundam or otherwise, so I've never had much of a reason to pay attention to commercials for the things. Then again, if they're all as cool as Bandai's new ad for an upcoming ...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 11.18.2014

Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episode 7

Yes, it is a bit odd for barely a day to have gone by since the last Inou Battle recap, but this latest episode upends the show's status quo in a great way that's hard not to want to talk about. Better still, it casts many of my previous comments about Inou Battle's "true nature" in doubt. And in this case, I'm quite glad to be wrong.

Josh Tolentino



5:00 PM on 11.17.2014

Frieza will return in 2015

The previously announced Dragon Ball Z movie, slated for 2015 has released its first key visual, and it's one that's going to drum up some reaction. Yes, it looks like Frieza is coming back. In the upcoming Dragon Ball Z...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 11.17.2014

Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episodes 5-6

Much as the header image would lead you to believe, the latest episodes of Inou Battle aren't about hard rock, starting a band, or even the chuuni value of music appreciation. No, instead the stories of episodes 5 and 6 ...

Josh Tolentino



3:00 PM on 11.16.2014

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 6

Shirobako continues to be an important anime series for anyone that's interested in how their favorite Japanese cartoons are made. Not to say that it's some kind of primer for how the industry works, though it goes furth...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 PM on 11.14.2014

Animator Expo's second short focuses on riding bicycles

Now that Japan Animator Expo has uploaded its second anime short, it seems that the project has yet to create a solid piece. While Hill Climb Girl gave us a simple premise about bicycle racing that evolved into a love story, ...

Salvador GRodiles



7:30 PM on 11.14.2014

Gundam Build Fighters Try's first opening gets an amazing 8-bit remix

As Gundam Build Fighters Try continues to impress us with its Solid Winning Streak, Studio Megaane has used his Retro Gunpla building skills to turn the show's opening into an 8-bit masterpiece. All in all, Megaane's ta...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 11.14.2014

A New Dragon Ball Z film is expected next year

The new issue of V Jump has announced information that a new Dragon Ball Z film will be released on April 25th of 2015. There's very few details at this time, besides the fact very exciting fact that Akira Toriyama will be de...

Hiroko Yamamura



9:30 PM on 11.13.2014

It's time to listen to Sailor Venus' new English voice

Wow. That was fast. I didn't expect Viz to release another Sailor Moon dub clip so soon. At least this means that we can finally see Minako/Sailor Venus' new voice in action. Overall, Cherami Leigh knocked it out of the ball...

Salvador GRodiles



5:30 PM on 11.12.2014

Sailor Jupiter brings down the thunder in Sailor Moon's new dub clip

As Viz prepares for the release of Sailor Moon's second box set, the company has uploaded a new preview that shows off Makoto/Sailor Jupiter's new voice. Also, it seems that Viz's going back to YouTube again, which might hav...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 11.12.2014

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 6

Though we took quite a break between installments of our coverage of Gundam Build Fighters Try last time, I'm not about to let a good battle pass by, especially not as things are beginning to heat up for Team Try Fighters. Plus, this week's engagement, though short, is a lovely treat for anyone who loved the Universal Century's more realistic spinoffs.

Josh Tolentino



6:00 PM on 11.11.2014

Preview Durarara!!x2's opening song

We only have to wait until January until we return to the mean street of Ikebukero, but for those who can't wait there's a new version of the Durarara!!x2 trailer. This version features the new song HEADHUNT, by Japanese gar...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 11.11.2014

Annotated Anime: Your Lie in April episode 5

This is really the kind of show you have to watch alone, due to the crazy emotions that tug at you during viewing. Everything is so subtle and delicate, you feel like any distraction might take away from the experience. The m...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 11.11.2014

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 5

The story this week on Shirobako is complicated otaku-level hand wringing. Again. It's not particularly engaging unless you have a stake in the overall evolution of animation styles and methods in Japan. As someone who has li...

Jeff Chuang



10:00 PM on 11.10.2014

The Last: Naruto The Movie will be 'a love story'

The main plot of Naruto may be over, but that won't be stopping this ninja train. No, sir. After all, there's still the upcoming film, The Last: Naruto The Movie to take into account. And if you're in the crowd that igno...

Josh Tolentino



6:00 PM on 11.10.2014

Hayao Miyazaki receives honorary Oscar

Legendary writer and director, Hayao Miyazaki accepted an honorary Oscar this weekend, highlighting his prolific career. While the road hasn't been smooth over the past few years for the Studio Ghibli head honcho, there's no...

Hiroko Yamamura



5:00 PM on 11.10.2014

Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer heads to Blu-Ray in Japan

Fans of the classic annoying aliens can rejoice early next year with the release of the 1984 classic, Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer. The Mamoru Oshii classic was a game changer in the world of anime feature films, and ...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 11.10.2014

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 2-5

It's been a while last we checked in with Build Fighters Try, but for a fan of the first season, things have been going about as well as can be expected. Sunrise has once again managed to deliver an easily digested, intricately produced action show that also manages to mine the nostalgia of Gundam fans old and young. So far, so good.

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 11.08.2014

Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 2

Ranma 1/2 was my first anime. Sure, I might have watched a few feature-length titles like Ninja Scroll or Akira before sitting down to watch Ranma 1/2 with my half-Japanese friend who was always up on the latest gam...

Jayson Napolitano



5:00 PM on 11.07.2014

Dragon Cavities beware: Animator Expo's first short is out

It seems like Japan Animator Expo is off to a nice start, as the first short, The Dragon Dentist, is streaming on the project's Website. Best of all, the video features English subtitles, and the page contains the animat...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 11.05.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Nobodyknows

It's time again for a Daily Dose of Music! In honor of the increasing likelihood that Naruto might in fact not be over yet, let's take a trip down memory lane with the aid of Nobodyknows "Hero's Come Back!", the theme t...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 11.04.2014

First Impressions: Your Lie in April

I have to admit, it's been a while since I've actually gasped while watching an anime. However, that's exactly what occurred after I processed the sheer beauty that was the first episode of A-1 Picture's Your Lie in April. I ...

Hiroko Yamamura



1:00 AM on 11.03.2014

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 4

On her day off, Aoi the animation assistant meets up with her high school buddies and keep in touch. It sounds like just the thing a 20-something female working out in the big city would do on an off day. Except these people ...

Jeff Chuang



5:00 PM on 10.31.2014

Trailer for Arpeggio of the Blue Steel DC compilation movie surfaces

While it doesn't seem like there's going to be any new content for fans of the Arpeggio of the Blue Steel -Ars Nova- anime, any chance to see my favorite battleships in action gets me giddy. I was totally surprised at how mu...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 10.31.2014

The Last: Naruto the Movie trailer is here!

Naruto fans rejoice! There's finally a new trailer for the highly anticipated upcoming film, The Last: Naruto the Movie. I haven't followed the story in quite some time except for the tidbits that Josh drops me once in a whi...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 10.30.2014

Impressions: When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace

"What would you do if you had superpowers?" It's a question people love to ask each other, and the answers are usually quite mundane. They often involved finding ways to make lots of money using superpowers. Very few of us wo...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 10.28.2014

Annotated Anime: Psycho Pass episode 1

Psycho Pass season two is in full swing and as usual, your favorite Editor in Chief is late to the game. So, things kind of pick up right where season one left off, albeit a bit too casually. In fact, the whole episode plays ...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 10.28.2014

Seriously, stop pirating anime and manga

There's no denying that piracy is rampant amongst anime and manga, which is deplorable given how affordable and accessible things are now. I know this makes me sound old, but you kids have no idea how good you have it. When ...

Hiroko Yamamura



11:30 AM on 10.28.2014

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 2-3

The more I watch of Unlimited Blade Works, the more I'm convinced that everyone would've been better off if each episode were an hour long rather than the standard length. It'd work, even if the show became bi-weekly because ...

Josh Tolentino



11:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Annotated Anime: Terra Formars episodes 4-5

When last I wrote about Terra Formars I noted its tonal and structural similarities to another of the year's darlings, Attack on Titan. That got some folks riled up for some reason, but I'm standing by those words, espec...

Josh Tolentino



5:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Does Naruto end up with Hinata in the last movie?

So, it looks like Naruto is coming to a close. I haven't followed the show or manga in quite some time, but all the hoopla around the end has got me a bit interested again. I also have just found out that it seems like Naruto...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 10.27.2014

Megadeth helps you learn English Jojo style

Although I pretty much started ignoring Megadeth the day that lead singer Dave Mustane's public opinions started to swing to the far right, I used to be a pretty big fan. I actually had no idea that lead guitarist Marty Frie...

Hiroko Yamamura



7:00 PM on 10.26.2014

Animator Expo's trailer contains some amazing visuals

If you've been in the mood to experience some beautiful anime shorts, then you'll be happy to hear that the Anima(tor)'s Exhibition'll showcase 30 different pieces by different directors on niconico. Interestingly, Hideaki A...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 10.26.2014

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 3

Shirobako episode 3 brings us to Aoi's primary tasks to the finish. We first see the innocuous name sake--the white jewel case that hosts the final cut of the TV episode, thus "shirobako." The joy ride continues all the way to the end.

Jeff Chuang



4:00 PM on 10.23.2014

First Impressions: Log Horizon 2

We neglected to cover Log Horizon back when it debuted, beyond first look by Karen, who came away distinctly unimpressed. That was a missed opportunity, because, like many a good show, Log Horizon was very much a sl...

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 10.22.2014

First Impressions: Shirobako

Shirobako is many things--a story about a struggling animation studio, an anime production starting to go haywire, the promise of five young women in the pursuit of their dreams, and that is just to list a few. Shirobako, ...

Jeff Chuang



9:00 PM on 10.20.2014

The Simpsons are pretty big Shonen JUMP readers

This one's more of a blip compared to the cameo-fest in last week's issue of Spider-Man, but I'm intrigued by a peculiar level of anime savvy shown in a new visual gag from Sunday's episode of The Simpsons. Doing their yearly...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Uncensored Terra Formars to air on Crunchyroll

I'm sure I'm not the only one who was totally shocked by the hardcore, over the top censorship of this season's Terra Formars. I mean come on! I've seen 10 second commercials on TV this week that showed way more than what was...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 10.18.2014

First Impressions: Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works

These day it's hard to imagine an active otaku who isn't at least passingly familiar with Fate/stay night, Type-MOON's juggernaut of a visual novel series.  I'm sure those sorts of folks exist, though, and the duty ...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 AM on 10.17.2014

Edge of Spider-verse packs in the anime references

While western superhero comics (known as "Ame-comi" in Glorious Nippon) don't usually fall under Japanator's purview, there's no denying that the influence of anime and manga can reach far and wide. That's exactly what's hap...

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 10.15.2014

First Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters Try

Gundam Build Fighters was a show aimed at children and designed to promote the toys Bandai wants them to build. It also happened to be the most refreshing Gundam show in years, and an love letter to Gundam's endurin...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 10.12.2014

First Impressions: Terra Formars

Let's get the obvious thing out of the way first: Terra Formars is not very good "Mars" fiction. The concept of Martian colonization and its myriad possibilities is just about the furthest thing from this show's mind, ev...

Josh Tolentino



7:00 PM on 10.11.2014

Rejoice: Right Stuf to distribute more Gundam shows in North America

At long last, Right Stuf's deal with Sunrise has expanded outside of Gundam UC, as the company's been given the rights to release the original Gundam series in North America. On top of that, Right Stuf is distributing Gu...

Salvador GRodiles




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