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10:00 PM on 04.18.2014

Teaser trailer for The Tomb of Daisuke Jigen released

I don't know about you guys, but I'm super hyped for the Lupin III special film, The Tomb of Daisuke Jigen. It's directed by Redline director Takeshi Koike and features music by James Shimoji (also of Redline) and will tell ...

Ben Huber



8:00 PM on 04.18.2014

Daily Beast claims Hollywood has been "ripping off" anime

With this week's release of Transcendence, a movie where a scientist played by Johnny Depp escapes his death by digitizing himself, talk has started up again about concepts that first appeared in anime showing up in big Holly...

Pedro Cortes



6:00 PM on 04.18.2014

Annotated Anime: Ping Pong episode 2

The focus switches from Peco to Smile this week, as he is about to be swept into something he doesn't want to be a part of. His coach wants to bring out his skills, but as we all know, Smile doesn't want to make that effort. Let's jump in and see where everyone is headed this episode. No matter what happens, we're going to get some Yuasa goodness.

Ben Huber



5:00 PM on 04.18.2014

First Impressions: Nanana's Buried Treasure

This show probably sounds like a really good idea on paper. It's filled with cool concepts like treasure hunting and classrooms that attack you until you solve puzzles, but it's also filled with multiple girls in maid outfits...

Karen Mead



4:22 PM on 04.18.2014

Sakura-con '14: Aniplex announces dub project for Magi season 2

Aniplex at Sakura-con has announced a special audition for Magi. The season two of Magi will have a Bang Zoom! dub. In addition, there will be public auditions at Anime Expo this summer for roles in Magi. Also, Aniplex of Ame...

Jeff Chuang



11:00 AM on 04.18.2014

Jtor AM 27: Are they going to school with ghosts?

This week, some staff members who shall remain nameless would rather have a Game of Thrones podcast then talk about silly Japanese cartoons all day. But alas, we are Japanator, not DaenerysTargaryenator, so we must perse...

Karen Mead



4:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Lots of new Persona 3 movie stuff revealed

Today we're talking Persona 3 the Movie. A lot of stuff is being released for the film, and I'm quite excited.  A second trailer was posted, which includes the famous love hotel scene. Everyone is talking about it! Hones...

Amber Hunt



3:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Third Berserk Golden Arc trilogy film available on Blu-ray and DVD

If you didn't already know this about me, I'm a huge Berserk fan. I've even got Guts' brand tattooed on my left shoulder. If I could, I'd have my own behelit. Alas, the best I can hope for is getting to watch the third and fi...

Brittany Vincent



1:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Review: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Volume 2

The second volume of Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Volume 2 completes what is better known as the first season of the Magi anime. These next 13 episodes wrap up the Balbadd arc and bring the story to the end of the second dung...

Jeff Chuang



11:00 AM on 04.17.2014

Annotated Anime: Selector Infected WIXOSS 2

In this episode we learn that Yuzuki's whole fixation on her twin brother Kazuki is even worse than we thought, but she gets a reprieve when the show introduces Akira, who is such an awful person that everyone else looks fant...

Karen Mead



2:00 AM on 04.17.2014

Sentai Filmworks swoops in and makes a damsel out of Kamigami no Asobi

Adding to their recent list of acquisitions, Sentai Filmworks has licensed Kamigami no Asobi, a reverse harem darling that Karen, L.B., and myself all agree is full of pretty men and worth watching, especially for the male tr...

Brittany Vincent



1:00 PM on 04.16.2014

Review: Steins;Gate

[As originally posted at Destructoid.] Time travel is infinitely more interesting once you leave the trappings of the TARDIS or any one of those familiar (some would say hackneyed) science fiction mainstays behind. Stein...

Brittany Vincent



8:00 AM on 04.16.2014

First Impressions: Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san

Normally, I don't like reviewing shorts because it's really difficult to get a full review out of something that's less than five minutes long. Every so often though, you come across a short that manages to pack a ton of laug...

LB Bryant



6:00 PM on 04.15.2014

First Impressions: Love Live School Idol Project Season 2

It's been around a year since the last time we saw the girls from Otonokizaka High School and a lot has changed in that time. The nine girls are still school idols, but now Honoka has stepped up to become the new student...

LB Bryant



2:00 PM on 04.15.2014

First Impressions: Black Bullet

Taking place in the not too distant future, humanity has been infected with giant bugs called Gastrea. These bugs attack humans and infect them with a virus which then turns the victims into giant bugs themselves. There is no...

LB Bryant



9:00 AM on 04.15.2014

First Impressions: Soul Eater NOT

When Soul Eater first rushed on to the screens and shelves of North America years ago, it brought along a fun story about Meisters with special powers who team up with Weapons who are also people with special powers. Its styl...

Jeff Chuang



8:00 AM on 04.15.2014

Shoujo series Ao Haru Ride receives first promo video

You guys know me. I love horror and shoujo manga, and all kinds of stuff in between. I hadn't heard of Ao Haru Ride, however,it looks like something I might want to tune into, especially given the art style. The official sit...

Brittany Vincent



12:45 AM on 04.15.2014

Annotated Anime Roundup: Spring 2014 Week 2

Oh man, there's too many anime out! We can't handle it! This is the Annotated Anime Roundup! In case you've gleaned your first impressions from our top men and women of Spring's latest sensations in our Annotated Anime s...

Josh Tolentino



5:00 PM on 04.14.2014

Wake Up, Girls! to shake up Anime Central

Anime Central announced last Friday that seiyuu-idol group Wake Up, Girls! will be attending as guests, along with their producers--anime director Yutaka Yamamoto and producer Hiroaki Takeuchi. Naturally the WUGs will be pres...

Jeff Chuang



2:00 PM on 04.14.2014

First Impressions: Mekakucity Actors

"Oh hey, a Shaft show! I didn't end up watching Nisekoi, so I'll be sure to watch this." This was the only reason I decided to pick up Mekakucity Actors. I had no idea that I was diving into what seems like a reasonably well-...

Chris Walden



11:00 AM on 04.14.2014

First trailer for Aldnoah.Zero premieres

I know that we're only two weeks into the spring season but that doesn't mean that we can't already be looking forward to the summer season. An example of this would be the highly anticipated new work from writer Gen Urobuchi...

LB Bryant



10:00 AM on 04.14.2014

First Impressions: Baby Steps

I really wish I was good at tennis. It's really the only professional sport that I have a lot of familiarity with, since my Mom often watched professional tournaments on TV dating back to when I was very young. I remember see...

Karen Mead



8:00 AM on 04.14.2014

Annotated Anime: The Irregular at Magic High School Ep 2

When I wrote my First Impressions for the first episode for Irregular at Magic High School, I said that I was sure that the series would be building toward something and I was very curious to know what it was. Now, after watc...

LB Bryant



11:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Attack on Titan inevitably headed to Toonami on May 3

I called this a few episodes into Attack on Titan when I watched it during its original run at Crunchyroll, but FUNimation has just made it official: Attack on Titan will be airing on Toonami beginning Saturday, May 3rd. If ...

Brittany Vincent



10:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Final Impressions: Saki: The Nationals

The final episode of Saki: The Nationals doesn't really feature much in terms of climatic wrap-up. The series end with a giant standing nod to the other half of the story: the Episode of Side A. And maybe that's for the best....

Jeff Chuang



9:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Shonen Showdown 4-12-2014

Alright everyone, it's time for Shonen Showdown, the weekly fighting manga and anime recap that gets it, OK, we know about the whole duality thing in Naruto's themes. Gaawhhhd.  Anyway, we've got it all for you this fine...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 PM on 04.12.2014

The Seven Deadly Sins manga gets an anime series

Nanatsu no Taizai, or better known as The Seven Deadly Sins, is a manga by Nakaba Suzuki. It's about a princess who discovers the truth about her king guards, and is forced to run away. She is trying to find the sins to help ...

Amber Hunt



6:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Impressions: Bodacious Space Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace

I firmly believe that Satelight's scifi space opera, Bodacious Space Pirates, is a series that deserves a better name. Even the original novel's title (Miniskirt Space Pirates) betrays the actual content of the show. Hell, I ...

Elliot Gay



4:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Knights of Sidonia Blu-rays releasing with additional angles

Sci-fi anime Knights of Sidonia is already set for a Blu-ray release in Japan on May 28. While the disc will contain only the first two episodes, it's going to be packing additional angles fo certain scenes. Because it's dig...

Brittany Vincent



1:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Gurren Lagann stage play hitting Tokyo in October

Just who the hell do you think Kamina is? Do you think he'd star in a Gurren Lagann stage play adaptation? I think he'd want that, don't you? Good thing, because Office Endless announced plans for Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann -...

Brittany Vincent



9:00 PM on 04.11.2014

Jtor AM 26: All those horrible shows you love

This week's show is longer than usual because we discuss pretty much every show that exists. Join Tim "I think this show is stupid and you're stupid for liking it," Sheehy, Ben "I'm too nice to say you're stupid but I'll just...

Karen Mead



7:00 PM on 04.11.2014

First Impressions: Ping Pong

Ping Pong is one of my most anticipated shows this season. It has an all-star cast, both of voice actors and animators, backed up by a talented auteur in the industry, Masaki Yuasa. However, you can have all the skilled staff in the world, but if the show itself isn't compelling, people won't stick around. How does Ping Pong hold up? I'll tell you, friends.

Ben Huber



6:00 PM on 04.11.2014

K: Missing Kings to premiere at AX and JX

Before the film opens in Japan, K: Missing Kings will premiere at Anime Expo and Japan Expo. King Records announced this information a few hours ago.  It opens in Japan on July 12th, but will air in LA at AX from July 3r...

Amber Hunt



4:30 PM on 04.11.2014

Annotated Anime: Mushishi S2 episode 2

It's so nice to be back in the Mushishi saddle. It's like a warm, cozy blanket that wraps around and comforts you with soothing music and beautiful art. We had a strong opening episode but I've got to say: episode 2 was even better. Yup, you heard me. Let's jump right in to my impressions.

Ben Huber



3:30 PM on 04.11.2014

Log Horizon author announces new classes for world servers

Mamare Touno, the 2ch/4chan-friendly light novel author, has released on his website the a list of player classes for his fantasy setting MMORPG, Elder Tales, as detailed in the Log Horizon series. It's an exhaustiv...

Jeff Chuang



3:00 PM on 04.11.2014

Final volume of Gundam Unicorn gets another trailer

It's been four long years, but we're finally at the end of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. The OVA series, extended to seven episodes from the original solicitation of six, premieres its final episode in several Japanese theater...

Pedro Cortes



2:00 PM on 04.11.2014

First Impressions: The Comic Artist and His Assistants

I wanted to like this. Maybe it's just due to super-fond memories of Doujin Work, but I have a bias towards any anime that happens to be about making comic books. So even though I knew this was going to be a series about a pe...

Karen Mead



9:00 AM on 04.11.2014

First Impressions: Is the Order a Rabbit?

You know, I can enjoy some unapologetic fluff too. Sometimes these kinds of shows can be just the palate cleanser I need between heavier offerings. It was for that very reason that I carefully curated Is the Order a Rabbit?, ...

Dae Lee



5:30 PM on 04.10.2014

First Impressions: Selector Infected WIXOSS

While taking in WIXOSS, I couldn't stop thinking to myself, "This show really, REALLY wants to be Madoka Magica," and you know what? That's probably really unfair. After all, Madoka was a groundbreaking show; there's nothing ...

Karen Mead



4:30 PM on 04.10.2014

First Impressions: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

Well, this is it. This...is JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Of course, I'm utterly wrong on this one, factually speaking. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure started with Phantom Blood, way back in 1987, after all, as a manga.  Then...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 04.10.2014

First Impressions: Haikyu!!

If we were ranking these new shows based on animation quality alone, Haikyu!! would be king of the mountain; out of everything I've seen so far this season, only the first episode Captain Earth has better animation...may...

Karen Mead



1:00 PM on 04.10.2014

Mekaku City Actors gets a teaser, go nuts

Eyes! Super powers! Shaft! What else could you possibly want from an anime series that's based on a few Vocaloid tunes? Mekaku City Actors is that anime, and it'll be airing in just a few days time. Meanwhile you can try and...

Chris Walden



12:00 PM on 04.10.2014

First Impressions: No Game, No Life

Last year there was a series involving young geniuses being transported into a new world where they had to help people by playing various games. Fast forward to now and we have a new series that follows that same general prem...

LB Bryant



9:00 AM on 04.10.2014

First Impressions: Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara

Last season, I was pretty into Noucome, a series that forced the protagonist to randomly choose from three actions to take during daily life. They ranged from bizarre to extreme, and caused the lead a whole bunch of undue str...

Brittany Vincent



4:00 PM on 04.09.2014

First Impressions: Brynhildr in the Darkness

I'm not sure what I expected from Brynhildr in the Darkness, but it wasn't what I got. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, but given the fact that I had only truly skimmed the summary when choosing the show for coverage, I s...

Brittany Vincent



8:00 AM on 04.09.2014

First Impressions: The World Is Still Beautiful

I do love me some good shoujo, so I jumped on this one as soon as I could. Now that I've seen it I'm ready to declare that yes, this here is some good shoujo.  In this particular fantasy series, the rain princess Nike ha...

LB Bryant



6:00 PM on 04.08.2014

First Impressions: Dragonar Academy

The hardest series to give your First Impressions on are those series which are purely middle-of- the-road: The series that have no strong redeeming qualities, but aren't so offensive as to be called bad either. Dragonar Acad...

LB Bryant



5:00 PM on 04.08.2014

Final Impressions: Nagi no Asukara

Nagi no Asukara was a show featuring intriguing ideas and frequently beautiful imagery, but it never quite gelled into a cohesive experience for me. For the show's entire 26-episode run, I kept feeling like the story was just...

Karen Mead



4:00 PM on 04.08.2014

First Impressions: The Irregular at Magic High School

In the months leading up to April, I asked a lot of people what they were most looking forward to during the spring season. Without a doubt, the most common answer was The Irregular at Magic High School (AKA Mahouka). Cu...

LB Bryant



2:00 PM on 04.08.2014

First Impressions: Kenzen Robo Daimidaler

There are a few key pieces of information that would help one to further understand the idea behind Kenzen Robo Daimidaler anime. First, the word "midara" means lewd, and the phrase sounds just like the words they're singing ...

Jeff Chuang




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