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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




Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 3 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 3
by Salvador GRodiles

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 anime presents to us. Since we were introduced to Sinon’s character last time, the show's ready to introduce us to her true self.

Just like Sinon’s previous segment, this episode will be the one that’ll seal everyone’s opinion on the character once and for all. That being said, it’s time to find out if Sword Art Online II’s heroine has what it takes to maintain the show’s foundation.

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Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 2-3 photo
Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 2-3
by Jeff Chuang

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 part of the Garden State, but everything seems same-old.

What I can report is that if I did a three-episode test with Hanayamata, it would pass with flying colors. By that I mean it's full of colors flying past my eyes, not because it carried itself in some super-compelling way. In fact, all signs points at the odds that Hanayamata is a story that all of us have seen countless time. It's about execution and telling that good old story told countless times with ways of making it fresh.

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Annotated Anime: Persona 4 Golden Animation episode 2 photo
Annotated Anime: Persona 4 Golden Animation episode 2
by Dae Lee

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.

 

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Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 13-16 photo
Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 13-16
by Josh Tolentino

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 quick."

Not to say that this is a Bleach type of situation where episodes pass by quickly because nothing is happening, but more that every episode of Stardust Crusaders is so damn lively that the time passes by as fast as a strike from an unarmored Silver Chariot.

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Annotated Anime: Aldnoah Zero episode 2 photo
Annotated Anime: Aldnoah Zero episode 2
by Dae Lee

"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!

 

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 2 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 2
by Salvador GRodiles

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 happens to be very experienced in Gun Gale Online. Either way, Sinon was hinted to play an important role in SAO's new season, so there shouldn’t be a problem with seeing this new character in action.

Due to A-1’s decision to focus on Miyuki Sawashiro’s character, I think it’s safe to say that Sword Art Online II will move at a normal pace. Since a good introduction is important for any series, let’s find out if SAO II gets things right with Sinon’s debut.

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First Impressions: Hanayamata photo
First Impressions: Hanayamata
by Jeff Chuang

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, I found out that yosakoi is a modern take of the awa odori, where Japanese folk dancing meets modern, western-style dances. The result is something distinctly Japanese but it also looks a lot like hip hop and group cheerleading at times. Well, Wikipedia and Youtube are better subject matter experts than I on yosakoi, and frankly I'm more interested in Hanayamata and why is there a transfer student named Hana N. Fountainstand, hailing from Princeton, New Jersey.

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First Impressions: Glasslip photo
First Impressions: Glasslip
by Dae Lee

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.

 

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First Impressions: Persona 4 the Golden Animation photo
First Impressions: Persona 4 the Golden Animation
by Dae Lee

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.

 

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First Impressions: Argevollen photo
First Impressions: Argevollen
by Josh Tolentino

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 Argevollen is "that" mecha anime of this season: It's that show which at first glance, feels like it could've been constructed automatically by some kind of Rube Goldberg machine designed to create products with no human intervention or input.

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First Impressions: Akame ga Kill! photo
First Impressions: Akame ga Kill!
by Hiroko Yamamura

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 months for laughs, but it also keeps me a bit safe from the anime hype train. This summer Josh Totman threw Akame ga Kill! my way, which I have luckily read a few issues of. I haven't yet decided if knowing what is coming is a good thng or not.

The mighty Studio White Fox has taken the reigns on this one with Tears to Tiara and Ichigo 100% director Tomoki Kobayashi at the helm of the beloved manga adaptation. The series is known for its brutality and high body count, all while mixing in a healthy dose of moe, and sophomoric humor. Make no doubt this is not a horror series, this is honest to goodness shonen business. However, that doesn't mean that it won't still shock, tantalize, and entertain. I guess we have all summer to figure out how well it's worked.

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