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6:00 PM on 04.18.2014

Annotated Anime: Ping Pong episode 2

The focus switches from Peco to Smile this week, as he is about to be swept into something he doesn't want to be a part of. His coach wants to bring out his skills, but as we all know, Smile doesn't want to make that effort. Let's jump in and see where everyone is headed this episode. No matter what happens, we're going to get some Yuasa goodness.

Ben Huber


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First Impressions: Nanana's Buried Treasure photo
First Impressions: Nanana's Buried Treasure
by Karen Mead

This show probably sounds like a really good idea on paper. It's filled with cool concepts like treasure hunting and classrooms that attack you until you solve puzzles, but it's also filled with multiple girls in maid outfits and tons of stale harem humor that kills the momentum early on. It's like two different kinds of shows were crammed together: one of them is a show about a group of students embarking on an exciting treasure hunt on a mysterious man-made island, and the other one is a harem show about a pervy dude who has a beautiful magical girlfriend floating around his apartment. Two episodes in, I don't feel like these two concepts have given any indication of working together.

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Jtor AM 27: Are they going to school with ghosts? photo
Jtor AM 27: Are they going to school with ghosts?
by Karen Mead

This week, some staff members who shall remain nameless would rather have a Game of Thrones podcast then talk about silly Japanese cartoons all day. But alas, we are Japanator, not DaenerysTargaryenator, so we must persevere through a season of less-than-inspiring shows. We do however manage to discern a few bright lights of hope in the form of One Week Friends and Ping Pong, and Ben would be totally up for discussing Mushishi S2 if anyone else would ever watch it.

Notable questions of the week: Will the Gurren Lagann stage play feature giant paper mache robot heads? Is the school in Kamigami no Asobi filled with ghosts, and if so, shouldn't Yui be a little concerned about that? Has L.B. discovered the ultimate secret behind Nisekoi? And finally, what does BONES have against hiring actual writers who know how to write more than one story? All this, and more, on an exciting, conflict-filled Jtor AM 72!

...Oh and Tim of all people watched Marvel Disc Wars, seriously I don't even know where to start with that.

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4:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Lots of new Persona 3 movie stuff revealed

Today we're talking Persona 3 the Movie. A lot of stuff is being released for the film, and I'm quite excited.  A second trailer was posted, which includes the famous love hotel scene. Everyone is talking about it! Hones...

Amber Hunt

3:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Third Berserk Golden Arc trilogy film available on Blu-ray and DVD

If you didn't already know this about me, I'm a huge Berserk fan. I've even got Guts' brand tattooed on my left shoulder. If I could, I'd have my own behelit. Alas, the best I can hope for is getting to watch the third and fi...

Brittany Vincent



Review: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Volume 2 photo
Review: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Volume 2
by Jeff Chuang

The second volume of Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Volume 2 completes what is better known as the first season of the Magi anime. These next 13 episodes wrap up the Balbadd arc and bring the story to the end of the second dungeon for Aladdin and Alibaba. In that sense, it completes a story. In another sense, given Magi's ongoing manga, the first season of the anime is only just the beginning.

Watching the series through the second time, it gave me time to focus on some of the little things that I either didn't notice or didn't pay much attention to the first time around. The visuals are better; the animation got a bump compared to the TV airing as, presumably, the production team went back and made minor fixes. The famed Morgiana dance scene looks better than ever on home video.

Unmistakably, the first and second volumes of Magi go hand in hand. And now that we have the whole season, we can talk about the bigger picture: the way Magi the anime is trying to tell its story.

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Annotated Anime: Selector Infected WIXOSS 2 photo
Annotated Anime: Selector Infected WIXOSS 2
by Karen Mead

In this episode we learn that Yuzuki's whole fixation on her twin brother Kazuki is even worse than we thought, but she gets a reprieve when the show introduces Akira, who is such an awful person that everyone else looks fantastic by comparison. Meanwhile, Ruko still doesn't have any wishes because she doesn't know that she's supposed to Become Everybody's Hope yet (what?), and card stores in this world don't know how to sell cards.

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2:00 AM on 04.17.2014

Sentai Filmworks swoops in and makes a damsel out of Kamigami no Asobi

Adding to their recent list of acquisitions, Sentai Filmworks has licensed Kamigami no Asobi, a reverse harem darling that Karen, L.B., and myself all agree is full of pretty men and worth watching, especially for the male tr...

Brittany Vincent



Review: Steins;Gate photo
Review: Steins;Gate
by Brittany Vincent

[As originally posted at Destructoid.]

Time travel is infinitely more interesting once you leave the trappings of the TARDIS or any one of those familiar (some would say hackneyed) science fiction mainstays behind. Steins;Gate, the visual novel that inspired a 24-episode anime series, film, and several other spinoffs, has woven a masterful tale that explores the trope in a manner not unlike the popular deconstruction of magical girl series, Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

We're all familiar with the philosophy that altering even the smallest detail from a past event could alter the future drastically, but how much damage could a text message do? Could it destroy the hopes and dreams of everyone you love? How far could you go to make things right again?

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First Impressions: Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san photo
First Impressions: Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san
by LB Bryant

Normally, I don't like reviewing shorts because it's really difficult to get a full review out of something that's less than five minutes long. Every so often though, you come across a short that manages to pack a ton of laughs, heart and potential into a bite-sized package. This is one of those times. 

In this yuri comedy, you have two main characters and a supporting best friend character. Inugami-san is a girl who likes cats despite her name and Nekoyama-san is a girl who likes dogs despite her name. They are introduced by a straight man... err, mutual friend, and thus begins their friendship. 

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First Impressions: Love Live School Idol Project Season 2 photo
First Impressions: Love Live School Idol Project Season 2
by LB Bryant

It's been around a year since the last time we saw the girls from Otonokizaka High School and a lot has changed in that time. The nine girls are still school idols, but now Honoka has stepped up to become the new student council president. More importantly though, it seems that after a successful first event there will be a second Love Live competition for school idol groups to participate in and everyone wants to enter...except Honoka that is. For the entire first episode, the girls try to figure out why Honoka doesn't want to enter the competition and how they can change her mind.

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First Impressions: Black Bullet photo
First Impressions: Black Bullet
by LB Bryant

Taking place in the not too distant future, humanity has been infected with giant bugs called Gastrea. These bugs attack humans and infect them with a virus which then turns the victims into giant bugs themselves. There is no cure. The only defense that humans have against these attacks are cursed children: young girls who were infected with the virus while still in the womb. These girls are born with superhuman physical capabilities and are able to fight off the Gastrea, with the help of their 'promoters,' or normal humans who keep them in check. This series is about one such pairing: a loli is named Enju and her promoter Satomi Rentaro, who lost his parents ten years earlier in a great war. 

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