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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


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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 9 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 9
by Josh Tolentino

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.

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 7-8 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 7-8
by Josh Tolentino

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 superstars, Yuuma and Sekai to form the trio into a more cohesive unit.

Episodes 7 and 8, on the other hand, are about setting up the pairings and rivalries that form the bedrock of Gundam character dynamics. This happens both on the individual level and team level, though in the latter case, it takes sacrifice to establish that bond. 

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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

4:00 PM on 06.05.2014

A Look at the next season of SPACE D-A-N-D-Y

Our erratic alien hunter and his bemused crew are due for another season, and soon! More throwbacks, homages, and alternate universes are just waiting to be discovered.  Here we get a full-fledged trailer that puts all ...

Dae Lee



Space Dandy's English cast revealed photo
Space Dandy's English cast revealed
by Tim Sheehy

In an effort to hype us all to death -- and no, we certainly don't mind -- Bandai Visual has reaffirmed Space Dandy's January 4th premiere for Adult Swim's Toonami block. They've also passed along a short list of English voice actors currently involved with the show, courtesy of Funimation. There's plenty of familiar names, such as Ian Sinclair, Alexis Tipton, Joel McDonlad, and so on -- sorry Bebop fans, no Steve Blum. We've included the full list below.

They've also launched a new official website for the series, so if you're curious you can check that out at space-dandy.com, though the site's primarily in Japanese aside from the menu. I imagine they'll be launching an English portal sometime soon, but there's no word on that yet. In the meantime, you can catch some of the recent trailers if you haven't already.

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4:00 PM on 11.25.2013

Funimation licenses Eureka Seven TV series

We really shouldn't be surprised. Today, Funimation announced they've licensed Eureka Seven. It's not unheard of for a show to be rescued long after a publisher folds. Following the dissolution of Bandai Visual USA, Funi...

Tim Sheehy

5:00 PM on 11.20.2013

First teaser for the final episode of Gundam Unicorn

The seventh and final installment of Mobile Suit Gundam UC is almost upon us, and while that news should bring a huge smile to our face, it's sad knowing that the series is headed for it's epic conclusion. To tease us and pu...

Tim Sheehy



Review: Akira 25th Anniversary Edition photo
Review: Akira 25th Anniversary Edition
by Pedro Cortes

If you ask most people who grew up in the late 80s/early 90s what anime was, they’d probably say Akira. This film impacted not only the geeks and nerds, but had the sort of cross-over appeal that most shows don’t reach now. It was part of the early kick of adult-oriented, ultra-violent titles like Vampire Hunter D and Demon City Shinjuku that would appear in Blockbuster’s anemic anime shelf and would get rented over and over again, until the tape was falling off the spool.

Several years ago, Bandai released the Blu-Ray of Akira to critical praise and general adoration. Unfortunately, it went out of print fairly quick and became pricey in the after market. I know I’ve spent the last couple of years looking for a copy at a decent price. Thanks to Funimation, we’ve got a new version of the film for its 25th anniversary. Does the film still hold up or are those glasses getting rose-tinted? Well, you’ll just have to hit the jump to find out!

 

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12:00 PM on 10.16.2013

Christmas cakes are boring, buy a Zaku cake instead

If you're living in Japan and thinking ahead for December, consider treating your honey to the Zaku that is rumored to be three times tastier than the average Christmas cake. I mean, what could go wrong when you've got chocol...

Kristina Pino



First Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters photo
First Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters
by Pedro Cortes

To say that Gundam AGE was a disaster is an understatement. While the show started off well and had good intentions, it fell victim to holier-than-thou protagonists spitting out anti-war propaganda messages that made little to no sense. Not even a set of good-looking robots could save that mess. When the last episode limped to a flaccid conclusion, I wondered where the franchise would go next. It utterly failed in home video and kit sales, so the next entry would have to be something that could appeal to a wide audience, and make fans want to buy the kits again. Normally, this would mean that Sunrise would run to make another revision of the One Year War...but the thing is, that's what AGE was supposed to be. When the old standard fails, what comes next?

The answer is Gundam Build Fighters, an interesting play on nostalgia and fan service. Instead of a serious show set against the backdrop of war, Gundam BF involves kids duking it out with their special model kits. You read that right: people put together mobile suits from the entire history of the franchise and fight in virtual Gunpla Battles, with their pride in their kits on the line. If you think that sounds like a desperate attempt to sell old suits to a new audience, then you're not entirely wrong. However, that doesn't mean that the final product is bad- in fact, it's quite the opposite. I really enjoyed this lower-key Gundam.

 

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10:00 PM on 10.12.2013

Get your hot-stuff Free! plushes ready to swim

Hey, Free!'s a thing, right? Kyoto Animation may be on to Beyond the Boundary now, but the legacy of their landmark swimming anime will live on, if Bandai has anything to say about it. All the ladies and lads that want to snu...

Josh Tolentino