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One Piece

Shonen Showdown: One Piece Episodes 647 - 653

Shark to the head
Jul 16
As we’re in the thick of a pretty serious arc, the pace for One Piece has slowed to a crawl. Not only that, but there are so many different things going on that it’s taking forever for major plot points to deal wi... read
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AM: Naruto

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 683

Your face when redeemed
Jul 07
It's time now for a bit more Naruto, and to be honest, there's not all that much to say about the latest chapter despite the copious amounts of talking they do. And without a truly striking image to latch onto, the last week in Naruto ends up as yet more place-setting for the next set of steps in the fight, as well as another potentially infuriating hint-drop. read
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The gang's all here
I've got to hand it to the Sternritter: Though we've barely known any of them for more than a panel or two, they do make quite the powerful impression. That said, it's high time we spent these last portions of Bleach in the company of badasses we're more familiar with, yes? read feature

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The B*tch is Back
And now we move into the endgame. Wait. Didn't I just say that? I did! Well, this is getting us off to a good start, isn't it? read feature

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Return of the Mack
The Mack is back, and by "Mack" we mean, "The Strawberry", because Bleach is once again graced by the presence of its lead character. It makes for quite the entrance, as Kenpachi, the one guy in this series nobody e... read feature

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One Piece

Annotated Anime: One Piece 643-647

Things are getting heated in Dressrosa
Jun 03
Phew, I've been gone for a while. That means that you guys haven't gotten your proper dose of One Piece in weeks. That's a bloody shame, and I'm here to fix you guys right up. Thing is, in terms of major plot developments, th... read
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Just as Keikaku
And here we are: At the endgame. In the words of an Xbox marketing campaign, it's time for Naruto to finish the fight. Of course, I've said that about seven times by now, but really, more than ever, it looks like the final battle against this most final of bosses has entered its final phase. read feature

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Face-melting fury
Welcome to the next evolution of our Shonen Showdown fight show recap! In case you haven't noticed, we at Japanator have sunsetted the Annotated Anime Roundup, and honored every show we cover with its own, solo post. Our reca... read feature

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Pincer attack!
Welcome to Shonen Showdown, the battlin' anime and manga recap that's graduated from Ninja Academy, and is now cleared to use proper dates in its titles! Check out that fully spelled-out glory! In honor of our new author... read feature

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Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter manga to resume

Apr 22
You know, I had a feeling we'd be getting this announcement soon, seeing as the Hunter x Hunter anime is creeping closer and closer to the final complete arc from the manga. If you're not clued up on what's been going on for ... read
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Moe Moe Kyuu~n
Welcome to another weekly installment of Shonen Showdown, your everyday look at the latest in battle shows. This week we're catching up on the status of our favorite anime memes, and it appears that the evergreen "Moe Moe Kyu... read feature

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Got chakra for days
Alright everyone, it's time for Shonen Showdown, the weekly fighting manga and anime recap that gets it, OK, we know about the whole duality thing in Naruto's themes. Gaawhhhd.  Anyway, we've got it all for you this fine... read feature

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Magical errand-running
Helping others out is awesome, but getting caught up on PreCure is cool too. We're gonna get there yet. Here's another dose of Happiness Charge PreCure! I'm having a good time covering it. How's everyone else feeling about it? read feature

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Conveniently censored
Happy Monday, folks! It's time to get focused on fighting off the banality of the week with Shonen Showdown, the weekly recap that's using the title bar to conveniently censor the werewolf above! Don't look! It's a....comprom... read feature

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Advice ninjas!
Welcome to the latest edition of your weekly fight-show roundup, Shonen Showdown! And now it's time for your daily Mad Ninja Skillz™ Top Tip: You can't expect to intimidate anyone when you select the "Nervous Teddy Bea... read feature

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PreCures can't fall in love
It's another double dose of Happiness Charge PreCure as I get up to speed on the series for regular Shonen Showdown coverage! This week we're rapidly developing some characters and checking out some new PreCards. I'm ready for the third PreCure to make her appearance. How about you? read feature

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It's magically delicious!
I'm no stranger to magical girl anime, but I've never watched a PreCure series. I've always been interested, but once I sat down and started watching, the daunting task of sitting through 50+ episodes of each series no longer... read feature

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Neither grief nor pity!
It's time now for Shonen Showdown, the recap that doesn't want your pity or your mourning, for it is doing what it was always meant to do...recap battle anime and manga, and recap it hard. We've got a full house today with th... read feature

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All wooden up in here
Hello and welcome to Shonen Showdown, the weekly recap that--HAH! Got you! You thought you were gonna make this column late? You just delayed my clone! No one stops the recap train! We're up tonight with the latest workplace drama from Naruto, the latest child-abuse drama from Bleach, and a new dose of awesome from Hunter x Hunter, all tonight and ready! read feature

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Your face when
Hey there! It's time again for some sweet Shonen Showdown goodness, so put on your happy faces, everyone! Oh, maybe not that happy. OK, please take off your happy face now.  It's an extra full house this week, with ... read feature

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We lineart now
Welcome to this week's round of Shonen Showdown, the weekly anime and manga battlin' recap that's coming to you today courtesy of booting into Safe Mode! Aww yeah, core drivers, networking support, and nothing else, coming at... read feature

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Battle of the century
It's that time on Saturday, people: The time to FIGHT! It's Shonen Showdown time! It's a week of epic reversals as Bleach makes us EAT last week's harsh judgment and Naruto turns a heel into (half a) face, while One... read feature

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Feeling the baby bump
It's time again for Shonen Showdown, the weekly fighting anime and manga roundup that's opting to use this week's header selection to anticipate the end result of many a successful Valentine's eve! How did your love-love... read feature

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The kiss you always wanted to see
Welcome to the past-midnight edition of Shonen Showdown, your weekly roundup of anime and manga's most belligerent battle series! What's so different about the past-midnight edition and the usual one? Well, we've hot hot hot*... read feature

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Psyched for the kickoff
Hey everyone, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL fighting Japanese cartoons and comics?! Yeah, that's the answer I wanna hear! It's time for Shonen Showdown, the most "super" bowl of hot action anime and manga you're gonna ... read feature

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An unexpected reference
Hello and welcome to the latest installement of Shonen Showdown, your weekly recap of the best in battle anime and manga! We've got the full cast in this week, with sweet double-dose recaps of One Piece, Naruto, and Hunt... read feature

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The ultimate question
Hello and welcome to this week's edition of Shonen Showdown, your weekly battle anime and manga recap that's been left to ponder the ultimate question: What does the need to poo feel like? Truly, an inquiry for the ages.... read feature

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How we spent our vacation
It's the first Shonen Showdown of 2014! Hooray! And it's all anime, what with most of the manga taking their New Year's hiatus. But that's OK too, it'll give us time to meditate on the ideal state of filler content in our mod... read feature

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Bro, do you even Star?
Hey there, and welcome to the SUPERSTAR fighting anime and manga roundup, Shonen Showdown! And yeah, bro, we DO even Star! We Star so much that we brought you the last chapters of the latest big fights of 2013, with Naruto, B... read feature

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Choked up with heroism
Hello, everyone, and welcome to Shonen Showdown, your weekly roundup of all things things to do with the things we do - and what we do is recap your favorite battle anime and manga each week, no matter what gets stuck in... read feature

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Beams for justice!
Hello and welcome to Shonen Showdown, the latest in battle anime, manga, and JUSTICE BEAMS! Today we're both educated and entertained by the latest in Hunter x Hunter, Bleach, and Naruto, while simultaneously reminded of the value of animation. Get on below and consume your recommended dose of nutritious, delicious great-justice fighting! read feature

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Biting off more than you can chew
Hey there! Welcome to Shonen Showdown, the battle anime and manga recap you can read with your mouth full! And no, we don't know if your mouth is full at the moment. Heck, you could be reading Shonen Showdown with an empty mo... read feature

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Got Tryptophan?
Hello, and welcome to the weekend! It's time now for Shonen Showdown, the periodic tradition that leaves you in a satisfied slumber, no food required! To those of you that celebrate the occasion, we hope you had yourselves a happy Thanksgiving! Now, work off all that extra holiday mass with a hearty dose of hot fighting courtesy of Naruto, Bleach, and Hunter x Hunter! read feature

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All the lights in the sky are zombies dying again
Hey there, everyone! It's Saturday, which means it's time for Shonen Showdown, your weekend roundup of the best in battling anime and manga, as well as a spot of health advice! Yes, health advice.  Today's Tip For Preser... read feature

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That feeling at the end of the world
Hey there, and welcome to Shonen Showdown, your gateway to the latest and greatest in Japanese cartoon fighting! After a lengthy vacation wherein our own Salvador G-Rodiles took over the column, yours truly is back, with... read feature

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The smoke has thickened
Welcome to another jam-packed edition of Shonen Showdown where my role is to come up with a random introductory post for the feature. Even though Josh is busy with chasing after giraffes and elephants in Africa, he was still ... read feature

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Try not to inhale the smoke
Josh has ventured off into the land of Africa for two weeks in his custom Girls und Panzer tank, so he has trusted me with the crucial task of hosting Shonen Showdown until he returns to us unharmed. However, before... read feature

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The face of destiny
Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Shonen Showdown, the anime and manga fightin' recap that you can count on! We've got a bunch of cool recaps for you today, dear reader, including ever-reliable Hunter x Hunter  fun, and hot color art from Naruto, and the first glimpses of Bleach's next swing in the escalation game! read feature

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Now starring the new hero!
Hello and welcome to Shonen Showdown, your weekly roundup of the best, brightest, and most badass fight anime and manga around!  With Naruto Shippuden on break today we've got a hot three-to-two ratio of manga-to-anime, with Pedro's recap of One Piece carrying the torch alongside Chris's ready coverage of Hunter x Hunter and my own recaps of Naruto and Bleach!  read feature

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Oh no you didn't!
Welcome to another installment of Shonen Showdown, the weekly fight show and anime recap that's waggling its finger at you from the mouths of four giant snakes! You did not just do what you did, girlfriend! Nuh-uh! What we did just do, however, was recap the latest from Naruto, Bleach, and Hunter x Hunter! read feature

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