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6:00 PM on 09.13.2014

Happy Kaixa Day!

It's Sept. 13th, and it's time to celebrate an important holiday. Today marks the special day that's dedicated to Masato Kusaka, a.k.a. Kamen Rider Kaixa. Due to the fact that the guy dials 9-1-3 on his Kaixa Phone before he ...

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episodes 23-26 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episodes 23-26
by Salvador GRodiles

Honestly, I never expected to use the word “Super Duper” around here, since the term feels rather childish. Then again, ToQger is a children's show after all, so I shouldn't be surprised when a term like this pops up once and a while.

On the bright side, ToQger has developed in a way that has exceeded my expectations, as the show’s new direction managed to take us to an unexpected stop.

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I'm looking for some new friends, want to join the team? photo
I'm looking for some new friends, want to join the team?
by Hiroko Yamamura

Do you love Japanese pop culture, music, or anime? Are you so deep into Yuri or Yaoi that you can't look at yourself in the mirror sometimes? Perhaps you know how to do all of Summoning Hand Jutsus from Naruto by heart. If so we might just be great friends.

We're looking for some interns at Japanator right now, and hope you might want to join the team. Just to make things clear, I'm looking for people who are experts at what they're into. We don't really do casual here, we go all the way.

You'll also need some writing chops. You don't need to be a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, but the skill and talent to really express those hentai feelings you have deep inside is, in the words of the sages, "totes import". Some writing experience will help.

So, if you want to hang out with some of the coolest friends I've ever made, I'd love it if you emailed me via team@japanator, and tell me a little bit about yourself. Also, you'll need to write up a Community Blog entry about a kick-ass Japanese thing you enjoyed recently. It could be a recap of a show you loved, a review of a game you played, a report on an awesome meal you had, or a place you visited. The sky's the limit, and as you might have guessed, we'll be using the entry to help us determine if you're right for the site.

The most important thing is that you have a love for this stuff, as that's the glue that keeps us all together. I'm looking forward to seeing how you show it!

Hiroko Yamamura
Editor-in-Chief 

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Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 21-22 photo
Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 21-22
by Josh Tolentino

If the last couple of episodes seemed tailored towards characters who still hadn't forgiven Kakyoin for his actions way back in episode 2, this latest two-parter feels addressed to make Polnareff pay for his comparatively greater sins.

After all, dude got Avdol, one of anime's best black men, killed. He needs to suffer.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 594-595 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 594-595
by Josh Tolentino

Now that we've reached this latest stage in Bleach's Quincy v. Soul Reaper freak-off, I'm pretty glad to see that Tite Kubo still has a good handle on how to escalate a fight. Because there's nothing quite like raising the stakes.

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 9 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 9
by Salvador GRodiles

As Sword Art Online II begins to imply that the Phantom Bullet Arc is coming to a close, things are starting to get intense around these parts. In the midst of this event, A-1 has fully recovered from their injuries, so that they can get ready to load up the big cannons. Since there are many important at play during these major moments, let's hope that the team hits their main target.

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Final Impressions: Kanpai Senshi After V photo
Final Impressions: Kanpai Senshi After V
by Salvador GRodiles

Back when After V premiered during the Spring Season, I couldn't help but to be excited over the fact that we were getting a sitcom about a Sentai team that spends their time in bars after battle. While the show’s premise was amusing, the series had its faults when the New Yellow episodes started to kick in. However, things managed to improve when the show started to return to its roots.

Surprisingly, After V brought up a major point that changed the way how we see the never-ending battle between costumed heroes and the forces of evil, which acted as a great element to wrap up the series.

Since every finale deserves a proper sendoff, it’s time for us to fill our favorite mugs with booze, as we bid farewell to the After V.

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 8 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 8
by Salvador GRodiles

It seems that A-1 might be in the clear right now. And to think that the BoB tournament was the key to helping Sword Art Online II move in the right direction. However, my main concern right now is that the Phantom Bullet Arc won't take up an entire season. Based on the direction the show is taking, this event might be the one to determine the storyline's actual length.

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Happy Birthday, Makoto Kikuchi! photo
Happy Birthday, Makoto Kikuchi!
by Jeff Chuang

Makoto Kikuchi, from The Idolm@ster series, celebrates her birthday on August 29th. It'll be her ninth annual celebration this year as the maturing arcade-turned-multimedia franchise kicked off its 9th year via a full length feature film. The Idolm@ster movie hits home video in Japan in October. On top, there's the Puchim@s shorts and a new flagship game out this past May, The Idolm@ster: One For All.

With the series seeing a resurgence, both old and new fans came together to celebrate with well wishes and fan works. Take a look.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episodes 40-41 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episodes 40-41
by Salvador GRodiles

We’re at the bottom of the inning, and Urobutcher continues to hit his home-runs like it’s no tomorrow. Based on the current score board, Kamen Rider Gaim's events from episode 40 and 41 have changed the playing field for the upcoming segments. One thing for sure, the last stretch is going to be an intense journey through the fruit aisle.

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 7 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 7
by Salvador GRodiles

Yikes. I never expected to be concerned about Sword Art Online II’s well-being. While there was a bit of hope for A-1 to get back on track, things are taking a slight turn for the worse with the way how they followed up on the show’s latest conflict. From the looks of it, the SAO II might be in a grim state until things pick up again.

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Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 6-7 photo
Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 6-7
by Jeff Chuang

When Hanayamata first introduced Yaya, she played with a band. If we logically assume the story is about the formation of a yosakoi club, then the band probably has to go. How does it happen? More importantly, how does Yaya's identity, which is wrapped up a lot around both her reputation and perception at school along with the band, resolve in such a way to further that club story?

I'm not sure if I like the way the plot resolves, but in the process there were some pretty heartful character development. Maybe it's okay for Hanayamata to keep things really simple. Let's see.

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