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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


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.






Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 18-20 photo
Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 18-20
by Josh Tolentino

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!

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 6 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 6
by Salvador GRodiles

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 before we get the chance to take in the action. Luckily, the episode's other parts were moving steadily, which means that the studio's increase in speed might not shorten the Phantom Bullet Arc's total episode count.

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 5 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 5
by Salvador GRodiles

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 were looking forward to? Either way, if this battle contributes towards the show's progression, then our patience shall be rewarded.

Seeing that I haven’t demeaned SAO II for taking its sweet time, my new nickname for Sword Art Online II is meant to compliment the show’s current pacing.

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Annotated Anime: Persona 4 Golden Animation 3 & 4 photo
Annotated Anime: Persona 4 Golden Animation 3 & 4
by Dae Lee

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.

 

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Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 4-5 photo
Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 4-5
by Jeff Chuang

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.

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Annotated Anime: Aldnoah Zero episode 5 photo
Annotated Anime: Aldnoah Zero episode 5
by Dae Lee

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.

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Annotated Anime: JoJo: Stardust Crusaders episode 17 photo
Annotated Anime: JoJo: Stardust Crusaders episode 17
by Josh Tolentino

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?

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 4 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 4
by Salvador GRodiles

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 avatars, his new look can either be a great blessing or a burden that’ll turn his GGO experience into a nightmare.

Now that Sword Art Online II's main pieces are set into motion, it's time for the show to begin the Death Gun case.

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First Impressions: Terror in Resonance photo
First Impressions: Terror in Resonance
by Dae Lee

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.

 

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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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