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6:00 PM on 12.19.2014

Explore Evangelion's ruined world in Animator Expo's seventh short

It's been two weeks since Animator Expo featured a piece that was based on an existing anime property, and the project is now ready to release another special short. This time around, Tadashi Hiramatsu's (worked on Key Animat...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 12.18.2014

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 9-10

Our "imprisoned" director finds his creative spark, while Misa finds courage to get out of a prison of a different kind. A week later Aoi might be the key to help these the two to freedom, if she can overcome the most difficult task of them all. Shirobako, finally, gears up to the final episode...of Exodus.

Jeff Chuang



8:15 PM on 12.17.2014

Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 11

This is the episode in which things go according to plan. Well, mostly anyway. And where things don't follow the plan, we and our heroes still come out ahead, ready for the next stage.  So, all in all, a raid well-executed.

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 12.14.2014

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 9-10

Perhaps I was being premature when I declared that Unlimited Blade Works had finally gotten over its tendency to swing between "boring" episodes and action-packed showcases, because the last two weeks have seen a return ...

Josh Tolentino



1:30 PM on 12.12.2014

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 10

Survival guides teach us that a good way to deal with a bear is to make ourselves look larger, make a bunch of noise, and generally give the impression that you're no easy prey.  But what about Beargguys? More importantly, what about Mama Beargguys?!

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 12.12.2014

Race through an apartment room in Animator Expo's sixth short

Well. I believe that Animator Expo's most recent short (NSFW) has broken a new record. Going by the name of 20min Walk From Nishi-Ogikubo Station, 2 Bedrooms, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, 2mos Deposit, No Pets Allowed, ...

Salvador GRodiles



2:30 PM on 12.09.2014

Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 10

Are you a raider? Do you have the will, the drive, the bladder control to stomach the toughest raiding game in the MMO wasteland? Then join our guild! It's what we do! Just ask our guild master! Send him a tell!

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 12.06.2014

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 9

Y'know, I like Build Fighters Try and all, but in retrospect, it's kind of nuts that it took this long for someone to put the "Burning" in "Build Burning Gundam".  But hey, it finally did happen, and it was awesome.

Josh Tolentino



8:00 PM on 12.05.2014

Animator Expo's Gundam Short will please your burning soul

Right when I thought that Animator Expo was only dedicated to showcasing original anime shorts, the project's fifth piece ended up being a tribute to Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (Gundam's Character Designer and Animation Director) and...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Gundam the Origin's subbed trailer shows off blue-eyed Char

In case you haven't gotten enough Char in your life from the last Gundam The Origin trailer, it's time to have some in a language you can understand! Yep, they've officially subtitled the first trailer in English, which...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Kishimoto gives us a peak behind Naruto's studio

Can you believe Naruto is really coming to a close? It seems like only yesterday the world was under a total Naruto invasion, with most people being unable to run into the spiky haired blonde ninja around every corner. Well,...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 12.02.2014

Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episodes 8-9

Oh geez. Everything you chalked up to mere chuunibyou in this show turned out to be really, truly, real. I guess it's time to shut it down. Inou Battle is over. .

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 12.02.2014

CineGround unleashes The Akira Project's VFX Behind-the-Scenes video

It's been a good while since CineGround released their live-action take on Akira, and the team is now ready to show everyone the process behind the fan trailer's VFX designs. In regard's to the actual project itself, I agree...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 12.01.2014

Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 9

Here's an MMO confession of mine: I was never much of a raider. Even as a high schooler with virtually unlimited free time, I didn't want to give that much of it to any one game, and without the social element guilds provided...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 11.30.2014

Idolmaster Cinderella Girls begs for your love and fandom

Given that The Idolm@ster was my favorite anime of its year, I feel almost obligated to find something to like about this new adaptation of Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls, the mobile game spinoff I gave approximately zero ...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 11.30.2014

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 8

After harping on and on about Unlimited Blade Works "odd-numbered episode"-based sense of pacing, it seems that ufotable have seen fit to show me the boot, by implanting some of the tastiest sequences yet in this week's installment, which for all other intents and purposes serves as a pause for place-setting, punctuated by a tragedy of the highest order.

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 11.30.2014

Unlimited Blade Works' opening gets an ideal 8-bit remix

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works has been a great adaptation to the original visual novel game's second route so far, and Studio Megaane is ready to make people rejoice with his next move. In other words, the show's&nb...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 11.30.2014

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 7-8

When last we checked in with Gundam Build Fighters Try, "teamwork" was the name of the game, as Fumina debuted her support-specialized Winning Gundam, acting as a true leader should, to bridge the gaps between her two superst...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 11.29.2014

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 7-8

Shirobako takes a step back in these latest two episodes to talk about our individual motivations. While it doesn't quite avoid all the usual pitfalls most 22-minute episodes of anime fall into when they tackle complicated and deep topics like this, it gave us a few good interwoven examples to draw on. At the same time, Shirobako never ceases to be educational. Maybe it's the cat therapy.

Jeff Chuang



10:00 PM on 11.28.2014

Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 3

After reviewing Ranma 1/2 set 2 earlier this month, I knew it was time to hunker down and dig deep. This series had a seven season run, and while this latest re-issue from Viz Media has resequenced the episodes to align more ...

Jayson Napolitano



8:00 PM on 11.28.2014

Draw: Animator Expo's fourth short is out for revenge

Gather around, people. The next short in the Japan Animator Expo project has been uploaded (NSFW) onto their Website before its targets could draw their weapons. While the fourth piece doesn't bring the abstract goodness that...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 11.28.2014

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 4-7

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers, as well as you savvy non-Americans who've appropriated their holiday as an excuse to stuff your faces! You might be full of coma-inducing food right about now, but we've got a n...

Josh Tolentino



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




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