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10:00 AM on 08.29.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 8

It seems that A-1 might be in the clear right now. And to think that the BoB tournament was the key to helping Sword Art Online II move in the right direction. However, my main concern right now is that the Phantom Bullet Arc won't take up an entire season. Based on the direction the show is taking, this event might be the one to determine the storyline's actual length.

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 08.29.2014

Happy Birthday, Makoto Kikuchi!

Makoto Kikuchi, from The Idolm@ster series, celebrates her birthday on August 29th. It'll be her ninth annual celebration this year as the maturing arcade-turned-multimedia franchise kicked off its 9th year via a full length ...

Jeff Chuang



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



2:00 PM on 08.25.2014

A Letter to Momo opens in America this week

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 ki...

Hiroko Yamamura



11:00 PM on 08.22.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 7

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.

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 08.21.2014

Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 6-7

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...

Jeff Chuang



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



3:00 PM on 08.16.2014

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 18-20

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!

Josh Tolentino



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



8:00 AM on 08.14.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 6

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 ...

Salvador GRodiles



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



10:00 AM on 08.08.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 5

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 ...

Salvador GRodiles



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



12:00 PM on 08.07.2014

Annotated Anime: Persona 4 Golden Animation 3 & 4

An Akira homage? What show am I watching?! The further into Persona 4 the Golden Animation we go, the better I think of it -- the stranger the better. There is one consistency though, and that lies with Marie's storyline.  

Dae Lee



8:00 AM on 08.07.2014

Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 4-5

If you survived the initial three episodes, Hanayamata goes straight for the jugular using its array of fantastic visuals and adorable middle schoolers talking about adorable things. Things like hopes, aspirations, and what it means to go out on a limb and accomplish something as a team of friends are at the heart, and Hanayamata, like Hana's gaijin antics, shows it off, bears it all, whatever.

Jeff Chuang



8:00 AM on 08.05.2014

Aw snap, Viz is hosting a Sailor Moon event at Otakon

Yikes! I almost forgot that Otakon's happening this weekend. Anyway, if you're planning to attend the con, Viz is having another Sailor Moon Day event, which happens to be almost similar to the one from Anime Expo '14. This t...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 08.04.2014

Sunrise unveils its new dragon-hunting anime

It's August now, dear readers, and you know what that means: Getting hyped for anime that's not due out until October! Yay! First up on the block is a new show from Sunrise, maker of Gundam and a lot of stuff that'...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 08.04.2014

Kantai Collection anime PV shows us how these girls surf

With the news that the popular mobile game Kantai Collection, or Kancolle, becoming an an anime, fans have been anticipating how they will turn these girls who wear ship parts into some sort of traditional animation concept....

Jeff Chuang



9:00 PM on 08.03.2014

Studio Ghibli shutting down...sort of

It looks like a number of rumors swirling around the internet have just been confirmed: The legendary production house Studio Ghibli - they of a large proportion of anime films worth watching - might shutting down. The announ...

Josh Tolentino



6:00 PM on 08.03.2014

So some guy has 13 Idolm@ster character standees

So over the past couple weeks, the internet is circulating all kinds of pictures of fans posing (or not posing) with their latest purchase. Big deal, right? It's only notable because standees are really cool, and they're rare...

Jeff Chuang



2:00 PM on 08.03.2014

Annotated Anime: Aldnoah Zero episode 5

The plot thickens and the cast gets larger as we get to know the minds behind the Vers Empire. While the latest episode serves as a brief respite from the tireless slaughter being dished out by Martians, things seem to be turning for the worse.

Dae Lee



1:00 PM on 08.02.2014

Annotated Anime: JoJo: Stardust Crusaders episode 17

When last we left Stardust Crusaders, a hostage situation was afoot. Steely Dan and his Stand, The Lovers, held poor old Joseph's brain hostage, with Jotaro turned into a 7-foot-tall punching bag, stripped of the ability to return the favor.  Boy, thank goodness payback's a b*tch, innit?

Josh Tolentino



11:00 PM on 07.30.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 4

It may have taken SAO II's story a bit to get this far, but it’s finally time for A-1 to animate Kirito’s Gun Gale Online debut. Seeing that Kazuto’s current character is different from his usual a...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 AM on 07.28.2014

Ufotable's take on Fate/stay night UBW looks hot

In what can only be described as a "oh wait, really?" kind of moment, Ufotable revealed this past Sunday that their upcoming new Fate/stay night TV series would be adapting the Unlimited Blade Works route of the video game. ...

Elliot Gay



7:30 PM on 07.27.2014

Feast your eyes on two new Sailor Moon dub previews

Well played, Viz Media. Right when you've gotten us used to checking YouTube for the latest Sailor Moon-related dub previews, the company decided to upload their newest videos on Hulu instead. Despite Viz's unexpec...

Salvador GRodiles



9:00 PM on 07.24.2014

First Impressions: Terror in Resonance

A new, original anime series directed by Shinichiro Watanabe with music from Yoko Kanno?Whose hand do I shake for making this happen? Terror in Resonance was a wildcard since it was announced,  featuring a relatively unknown studio (MAPPA) and a story that revolves around teenage terrorists with some frightening plans.  

Dae Lee



9:00 PM on 07.23.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 3

Sword Art Online II sure loves to take its sweet time with presenting its story to the audience. In all seriousness, SAO II’s pacing isn’t a bad thing, as it gives us some time to soak in certain aspects that the ...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 07.23.2014

Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 2-3

Reporting live from New Jersey: There are no uprising of Yosakoi, blonde teenage kids wanting to start clubs, or anything out of ordinary from Princeton. Not that I know what's going on down in that part of south-central...

Jeff Chuang



8:00 AM on 07.23.2014

Annotated Anime: Persona 4 Golden Animation episode 2

Now that the semi-obligatory introduction is out of the way, time to go wild! Skipping entire characters, plot points, and any redundant mainline story, we're taken on a jaunty ride to the stuff Persona 4 the Golden fans have been waiting for.  

Dae Lee



1:00 PM on 07.20.2014

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 13-16

One of the things I've grown to love about Stardust Crusaders is that it passes by quickly. It's amazing how I can basically leave the series for weeks on end and then catch up with all of them and remark "Wow, that was ...

Josh Tolentino



7:00 PM on 07.18.2014

Queen Beryl and Jadeite devise an evil scheme in Sailor Moon's third dub clip

It seems that my prediction about Viz uploading a new Sailor Moon-related video everyday was incorrect, as the company chose to post their third dub clip today. Either way, it's still nice of Viz to show off Sailor Moon's ne...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 07.18.2014

Annotated Anime: Aldnoah Zero episode 2

"Operation Earthfall" has been begun, igniting war on planet Earth. Launching massive structures called "landing castles" all over the world, they strategically destroy every communications resource they find on land, sea, and space. I guess it's up to a group of teenagers to set things right!  

Dae Lee



10:00 PM on 07.16.2014

Sailor Moon's second dub clip shows off Luna's new English voice

After giving us a quick sample of Usagi and Mamoru's new English voices for the new Sailor Moon dub, Viz  has uploaded a new video that features Michelle Ruff's take on Luna. Since I've enjoyed most of Ruff's roles, I t...

Salvador GRodiles



9:00 AM on 07.16.2014

Shonen Showdown: One Piece Episodes 647 - 653

As we’re in the thick of a pretty serious arc, the pace for One Piece has slowed to a crawl. Not only that, but there are so many different things going on that it’s taking forever for major plot points to deal wi...

Pedro Cortes



11:00 PM on 07.15.2014

Let's take a quick look at Sailor Moon's new dub

Back when Viz Media announced the English voice actors for the new Sailor Moon dub at Anime Expo 2014, I couldn't help but to be intrigued by their choices. With the first Sailor Moon boxset getting ready to hit North Americ...

Salvador GRodiles



11:00 AM on 07.15.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 2

After going through an exposition-filled episode, you’d think that Sword Art Online II would start Kazuto’s main mission already. Instead, the series chose to introduce the viewers to Sinon, a player who happ...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 PM on 07.14.2014

First Impressions: Momo Kyun Sword

As the site’s official “boob anime connoisseur”, it is my duty to watch all the boob anime each season.  It’s a filthy dirty job most of the time, but there are times when it can pay off beyond the bounce and deliver a good engaging story. This season, I’m afraid to say, will not be one that I see paying off...

Josh Totman



8:00 AM on 07.14.2014

First Impressions: Hanayamata

Hello there. I live in the state of New Jersey, here in the USA. Unfortunately my name is not Fountainstand and I've never heard of yosakoi until I first read about Hanayamata. After doing a few Google searches...

Jeff Chuang



8:00 AM on 07.12.2014

First Impressions: Glasslip

I've become a large fan of P.A. Works in the past year or two. The Eccentric Family and Nagi-Asu both proved to be among the top shows of their respective seasons, providing grounded drama in the midst of well-realized fantastical settings.  

Dae Lee



5:00 PM on 07.11.2014

First Impressions: Persona 4 the Golden Animation

Persona 4 is among the most addictive and stubborn video game properties of the past 4 years -- you couldn't get rid of it if you wanted to! A lightning in a bottle that continues to hook us in with spin-offs and now, a second anime retelling. But this time, we're going full-on New Game Plus.  

Dae Lee



9:30 PM on 07.09.2014

Yamaha wants you to be the Master of Torque

We all strive to master something, be that mastering our destiny, mastering a foreign language (odds are it's Japanese if you're reading this), or even just mastering the art of killing time. Now motorcycle and keyboard make...

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 07.09.2014

First Impressions: Argevollen

If I were a less charitable and much lazier recapper, I'd point you to my First Impressions of Buddy Complex and call it a day. Heck, nearly all of it except the basic plot description still applies! That's because Argev...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 07.08.2014

New Psycho-Pass movie trailer shows us a lot of nothing

I've been waiting patiently for any new information about the upcoming Psycho-Pass film, slated to hit theaters this winter. You can imagine my frustration when the site posted a teaser trailer, that shows us absolutely noth...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 07.08.2014

Space Dandy is looking Be@ry cool

The folks over at Medicom are always finding really interesting tie-ins to their highly collectable Be@rbrick and Kubrick line of figures. This time, our friends over at Tomopop have shared images of a limited edition of ever...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 07.08.2014

First Impressions: Akame ga Kill!

Like usual, I left it up to my lovely co-workers at Japanator to choose the anime I was going to watch this season. This technique has a few benefits and risks, as they might intentionally be setting me up a hellish few month...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 07.08.2014

Check out the first seven minutes of HAL

This one seemed have just slipped by me. Studio WIT, which is a subdivision of the mighty Production I.G. has a new animated film coming out, under the unassuming title HAL. The name gives me some serious Space Odyssey flash...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 07.07.2014

First Impressions: Sword Art Online II

Back in 2012, Sword Art Online’s first season caused a huge stir in the anime community. Most people hated the show because of Kirito’s character, while others started disliking the series when SAO was in the midd...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 AM on 07.06.2014

Final Impressions: Mekakucity Actors

To take a collection of narratively contained songs, light novels and manga and spin it into a television series makes this show a anthology about a unique group of characters connected to each other in the same (and perhaps multiple) universe(s).  

Dae Lee



8:00 AM on 07.06.2014

First Impressions: Aldnoah Zero

On a monolithic object in space, men in colonial attire stand around with grave faces as a young princess giddily marvels at the chance of visiting the primordial blue sphere that spawned all humans: Earth. What this show doesn't tell you right away, is that these people are in fact, Martians.

Dae Lee




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