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6:00 PM on 05.27.2014

Annotated Anime: Mekakucity Actors episode 7

In typical Mekakucity Actors fashion, they once again subvert my expectations by actually picking up where the last episode left off. The story seems to be taking a more recognizable form now; having thoroughly explored the tip of the iceberg, this episode suits up for the deep plunge below the surface to give us a glimpse of what this show is really about.

Dae Lee

Annotated Anime: Mekakucity Actors episode 6 photo
Annotated Anime: Mekakucity Actors episode 6
by Dae Lee

This week's entry starts with a bang, passing on the usual OP and going straight into a action setpiece, where a black-haired Ene races down the metropolitan city blocks that seem to be collapsing all around her. The high tension beginning is followed by a trip to the past which lays down yet even more enticing circuits in this labyrinth of a chipboard that is Mekakucity Actors.

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AA: Mekakucity Actors episode 5 photo
AA: Mekakucity Actors episode 5
by Dae Lee

The events from last episode, I'm afraid, will have to be resolved at another time. We're transported back to follow the events from episode 3, after the gang return to hiding, dragging the unconscious Shintaro behind them. Waking up in a unfamiliar room, he gets introduced to the Mekakushi-dan in the most awkward and chaotic way possible, as is the norm with our fellow band of misfits.

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Annotated Anime: Mekakucity Actors 4 photo
Annotated Anime: Mekakucity Actors 4
by Dae Lee

Words like "fate" or "destiny" are often associated with victory and love, but it can also be a horrific concept. It's not only the most confusingly presented episode of Mekakucity Actors, it seems to be going straight for Shaft's "Most Abstract Presentation" award.

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Annotated Anime: Mekakucity Actors Episode 2 & 3 photo
Annotated Anime: Mekakucity Actors Episode 2 & 3
by Dae Lee

I volunteered to pick Mekakucity Actors up because Chris is currently handling many fulfilling challenges in the real world, and found it difficult to follow the show on a regular schedule. I will try to capture the madness in his stead, so jump in for the screenshot-laden Shaft-isms after the break!

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First Impressions: Mekakucity Actors photo
First Impressions: Mekakucity Actors
by Chris Walden

"Oh hey, a Shaft show! I didn't end up watching Nisekoi, so I'll be sure to watch this."

This was the only reason I decided to pick up Mekakucity Actors. I had no idea that I was diving into what seems like a reasonably well-established fandom, involving a bunch of Vocaloid songs and the stories that they may or may not be telling. 

I still haven't listened to any of these songs, or attempted to figure out what the deal is with this fandom, as I figured it'd be better to just go in blind. Or at least, as blind as the people I follow on Twitter would allow me to be. 

The hype reached a fever pitch when it aired on Saturday, and while screenshots of Vocaloid-y looking characters began to trickle onto my timeline, I was busy wondering whether this was going to be another Black Rock Shooter

Nah, I think we're okay. Shaft is handling it, after all!

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4:00 PM on 04.05.2014

Aniplex announces Mahouka and Mekaku City Actors simulcast info

Aniplex just dropped some news announcing the simulcast dates of its shows: Mahouka, also known as The Irregular at Magic High School, and Mekaku City Actors. Mahouka will air starting from today, while Mekaku City Actor...

Brad Rice

8:00 AM on 03.25.2014

Hanamonogatari gets its first teaser trailer

Nothing is going to slow down Shaft's Monogatari train, especially when you consider how popular the franchise has become. Heads would roll if people couldn't get the next available dose of Mayoi getting beaten up by Araragi...

Chris Walden

First Impressions: Nisekoi photo
First Impressions: Nisekoi
by Elliot Gay

Once upon a time there was an awesome Jump manga series called Double Arts by a man named Naoshi Komi. A wonderful little story about a pair of people who had to hold hands at all times, Double Arts would go on to be canceled after its third volume despite how great it was. I still cry myself to sleep every night over its cancellation.

Years later and here I am, watching Shaft's anime adaptation of his latest series, Nisekoi. Going in fairly blind, the only thing I knew about it was that it was a romantic comedy taking place in a non- fantasy world where people didn't have to hold hands in order to survive.

A little under half an hour later and I find myself thinking "maybe that isn't so bad."

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4:00 PM on 01.13.2014

Third Madoka film to have English subs in Japan

Are you getting Madoka withdrawal symptoms? Want something to cure that itch? Well, assuming you've got some money to play with, you could consider putting in a pre-order for the Japanese release of the third movie, Pue...

Chris Walden

8:00 AM on 10.24.2013

Final Madoka Magica film gets a 90 sec trailer

Some of you might not be aware of this, but Madoka Magica The Movie -Rebellion- hits Japanese theaters on Saturday. It's hard to believe that we finally seem to be reaching the end of this long, dark magical girl journey.&nb...

Elliot Gay

11:00 PM on 10.07.2013

Madoka Magica x Monogatari shorts coming soon

Looks like the third Puella Magi Madoka Magica film in Japan will get something extra! SHAFT has announced they'll be releasing four Madoka Magica x Monogatari shorts that will air prior to the movie encouraging courtesy and ...

Ben Huber