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8:00 AM on 07.25.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 14-15

Don’t you hate it when a show releases a recap episode after impressing you with a solid segment? Well, Garo: Makai no Hana has fallen into this category, as we’re exposed to a chapter that almost wastes our time ...

Salvador GRodiles




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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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 Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 20 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 20
by Salvador GRodiles

Normally I don’t repeat a pun during my segments, but I couldn’t resist using another “orange” pun, since it’s relevant to ToQger’s 20th episode. That, and I guess this pun is sort of a last resort. I’m kidding.

Anyway, it’s time for us to find out if the show’s quality has gone up or down, as we catch up on my latest rambling about ToQger. Come to think of it, it’s been a while since I used that introduction.

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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 Manga: Naruto chapter 685 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 685
by Josh Tolentino

Welcome again to your weekly dose of Association Ninja Soccer coverage. In today's update from the Interdimensional Ninja Cup 2014, and top-tier striker, Sasuke Uchiha, is ninja-running at speed toward his goal!

Will he make it? Or will humanity lose against the rabbit goddess in a crushing 7-1 final tally? Check out our detailed pitch analysis below!

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 589 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 589
by Josh Tolentino

Y'know, when Urahara said that getting transport ready to take Ichigo and crew to the Royal Palace would take "a minute or sixty", he wasn't kidding. Or maybe he was kidding, since I took him about two weeks worth of chapters to start us on this journey.

Either way, this week we get the principals ready for the next big fight while unfortunate humor and other nonsense tides us over back at the front lines.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Kanpai Senshi After V episode 9 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Kanpai Senshi After V episode 9
by Salvador GRodiles

Things are getting difficult for the After V again, as Pink has to deal with her comrades crying over their recent loss. Considering that they’re short on one member again, the team’s going to have to restructure their group around the new person who joins them.

At this rate, evil might have the upper hand against good-- unless if an uncontrollable situation takes over. In the meantime, the main thing that needs to be fixed is the depression that both sides are facing at the moment.

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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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