Shaft

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The red-eyed man is king.
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. read feature

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Before the apocalypse
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. read feature

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Mom, I've made friends!
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. read feature

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"Screw you, cat."
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. read feature

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Actors, assemble!
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! read feature

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Mekakumonogatari
"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-... read feature

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Aniplex

Aniplex announces Mahouka and Mekaku City Actors simulcast info


Put ya simulcast on!
Apr 05
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... read
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Hanamonogatari

Hanamonogatari gets its first teaser trailer


It's Kanbaru flavor.
Mar 25
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... read
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Shaft gonna Shaft
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... read feature

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Madoka Third Movie

Third Madoka film to have English subs in Japan


Perfect if you have deep pockets.
Jan 13
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... read
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Madoka Magica

Final Madoka Magica film gets a 90 sec trailer


Bad things will probably happen
Oct 24
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... read
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Turn off your phone!

Madoka Magica x Monogatari shorts coming soon


New shorts before 3rd Madoka Magica film.
Oct 07
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 ... read
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A new Madoka character

More Contracts! A new character joins Madoka's third film


Kyubey is getting those papers ready.
Sep 03
It looks like I missed Kyubey's memo earlier during the day, but that doesn't mean that this is going to be huge! So what's this big event that's been getting me intrigued? Well, Madoka Magica the Movie III: Rebellion will be... read
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Kabukimonogatari

See the next chapter of the Monogatari Series


Kabukimonogatari incoming!
Aug 16
I have to say, it feels almost weird to be posting this trailer. Not that this new trailer for the next part of Monogatari Series Second Season is at all "weird", but that the show is still going. I usually expect Shaft... read
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Madoka Movie 3 trailer

Madoka Magica Rebellion's confusing trailer gets subbed


Now you can see what everyone is saying.
Jul 17
If you weren't able to understand the dialogue during the last trailer for Madoka Magica The Movie -Rebellion-, Aniplex USA has uploaded the current trailer with English subtitles. While it gives us a chance to rea... read
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Madoka Magica

Third Madoka film gets a confusing teaser trailer


The whole movie is spoiled I tell you! Spoiled!
Jul 15
Anime fans have a whole lot of love for Shaft's Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime series. It's not hard to see why either. Hell, I personally enjoyed the ever living crap out of it. The most recent two films were basically all... read
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Madoka Movie 3 showings

YES! Madoka Movie 3 gets a US, CAN, and France showing


My prayers have been answered!
Jul 08
Kyubey has made his verdict at Japan Expo 2013, and Madoka Magica the Movie III: Rebellion will be shown in the United States, Canada, and France! In other words, you can thank good old Sal for offering his soul to Kyubey to ... read
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Madoka Movie 3 info

Home Run! New details about Madoka's third movie surface


Homura's hitting those home runs in October!
Jul 04
The magical climax that we've been waiting for is transforming again, and Mezamashi Terebi has taken a step into Shaft's studio to scope out the latest stuff about Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion! During the segm... read
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Nisekoi anime

Nisekoi adaptation being handled by SHAFT


Prepare to get shafted. Again.
Jul 03
Well that's kind of unexpected. The anime adaptation of Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi manga is being handled by SHAFT (Madoka Magica, Bakemonogatari, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei), a studio that has quite the assortment of TV series... read
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Crunchyroll's new animes

Simulcast GET! Crunchyroll grabs Monogatari S2 and more


Simulcasts Assemble!
Jul 03
I have a feeling that Crunchyroll has developed a new fetish for the summer season, since magical girls, dolls, and airsoft guns are joining their summer lineup. With that being said, Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen and F... read
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Daisuki.net's new shows

Streaming GET! Daisuki.net adds DBZ, One Piece, and more


Toei is finally adding things!
Jul 03
I'm not sure what the hold up was with Toei in the past, but Daisuki.net has assured us that Dragonball Z and One Piece have finally landed on Daisuki's turf. As they say, better late than never. Hopefully, this is a sign tha... read
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Monogatari S2 on Daisuki

Brush your Teeth! Daisuki.net to simulcast Monogatari S2


Will they get the streaming quality right?
Jun 22
This is going to make me into a big target, but I could never get into the Monogatari series. However, I will admit I did enjoy the relationship between Araragi and Hitagi, along with the fact that Karen made a reference to D... read
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Aniplex Monogatari GET

Toothbrush time! Aniplex licenses Monogatari S2, Nekokuro


Streaming and discs to follow
Jun 14
Rejoice, fans of licensing acquisitions, for another one of those has happened! In a move that's sure to delight fans of the Monogatari franchise, Aniplex of America has announced their pickup of the latest two Monogata... read
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A Haiku about Sasami-san

Final Impressions: Sasami-san@Ganbaranai


Sasami-san@Shaft
Apr 01
Sasami, the God, High school girl issues and stuff, Not quite Madoka. read
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Madoka Movie 3

Do we learn Homura's fate in the third Madoka movie?


Embed fixed!
Apr 01
Entropy can't stop, Homura's face gets scary, This I am hype for!   read
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Prism Nana's sixth pilot promo focuses on cleavage shots


Magical girl fanservice galore!
Mar 11
Beach episodes are something that always pop up in most anime, and Prism Nana is ready to show viewers a broader sample of the beach segments from its first trailer. Overall, I find it silly that Red and Green's bo... read
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Error fixed: Madoka's third film to premiere in the fall


Even big magazines can make mistakes from time to time.
Mar 04
Well, that was a bit embarrassing (not on my behalf), because Smart, the magazine that revealed the summer premiere for Madoka Magica's third movie, has made a huge miscalculation in their post. Thanks to a report b... read
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It keeps on going: Sandy gets a taste of Madoka's magic


Will we see more showtimes in the US?
Feb 28
Oh snap, the contract express is still on course, and the people of Sandy, Utah are next on the list of places that will be showing the first two Madoka movies. Will this be the last that we hear from Kyubey's collaborat... read
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Witness the band unite in Prism Nana's fifth pilot promo


Could this be the birth of a magical girl anime music video series?
Feb 27
It looks like I was wrong about my two predictions for Prism Nana's pilot promos. First of all, the newest video has nothing to do with the project's villains, because the current video focuses on the three girls r... read
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Ending complete: Madoka's third film gets a premiere date


The Puella Magi movie trilogy comes to an end.
Feb 23
As Kyubey's massive contract spree comes to a close, a new listing appears in the form of the ultimate closure for becoming a Puella Magi. In accordance to this new piece of information, the final part of the Madoka Magica mo... read
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Kyubey is back: Madoka takes a right turn in Albuquerque


April has nowhere to run.
Feb 03
Making Puella Magis is some serious business, and Aniplex's contract has yet to diminish. Kyubey is lucky that he's not a gray rabbit, because his next destination is one that most underground travelers tend to miss. Thanks t... read
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Will the gun wielding Puella Magi triumph over the Magus Killer?
*ding, ding, ding* It's over! Red XIII is taking quite a blow from Repede's swift knife attacks -- very impressive, Repede. And right as Repede readies one of his Artes, Red XIII attacks with Cosmo Memory. Luckily, ... read feature

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When life gives you SHAFT, make SHAFT-AID
[Did you find Sasami-san@ganbaranai as confusing as I did? Well, don't drop or bash it just yet, because Jeff's got an expert breakdown of the first episode's deep-rooted symbolism. It's an enlightening read straight fro... read feature

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Shaft out of 100.
Is it possible to fall in love with a series after just one episode? Okay, let's backtrack a little. It's a Shaft offering, so of course one of us was going to pick it up. Did I know anything about this show before going in? ... read feature

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Diabetus.
The festivities at the end of December seem to be at fault for putting off the finale of this show so long, but hey, the Hidamari Sketch ladies didn't appear to be all that fussed about it. It may have been our fourth excitin... read feature

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Rock out with Prism Nana's fourth refreshing pilot promo


A bubbly head banging good time.
Dec 22
My prediction about the fourth promo was almost right on the mark, since the third girl uses her electric guitar to cool us down with some rock music. All in all, I am up for a magical girl that combines the power of water a... read
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Purr in excitement at the Nekomonogatari (Black) trailer


A catgirl is more than fine, too
Dec 12
Rejoice -monogatari series fans, for your catgirl goddess has arrived! Or rather, will be arriving soon, as Nekomonogatari (Black) has just received a trailer in advance of its December 31st airing. In case you've ... read
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Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Tulsa receive Madoka's blessing


You are next, January.
Dec 11
[Update: Washington, DC is becoming the capital of contracts, because the Madoka movies are going to be shown there as well.] Watch out, January. You have nowhere to go, because Kyubey is eating up your days with his precious... read
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Cheers! Boston joins the Madoka Magica contract party


Now that's something that we can all drink to.
Dec 08
I am proud of you, Aniplex, because you guys are putting the effort in going all out for the Madoka Magica double feature. And best of all, you are exceeding my expectations for your deadly contract spree. ... read
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Raise your gems up: Portland jumps on the Madoka wagon


Keep it up, Aniplex!
Dec 05
Congratulations, lucky people of Portland, because you are all going to get your contracts soon. As you become part of the Madoka movie showings, Aniplex is one step closer towards making December the month of ... read






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