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9:00 AM on 04.23.2014

Annotated Anime: Selector Infected WIXOSS 3

The show wastes no time delivering on the double face-off we were promised, only it's not as exciting as I would have hoped. Yuzuki loses hard to Akira because she's an idiot, while Ruko wins because she's been practicing WIXOSS every night with her awesome grandma -- I mean, they don't say that's why she won, but it totally is, right?

Karen Mead


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First Impressions: M3 The Dark Metal photo
First Impressions: M3 The Dark Metal
by Dae Lee

A unique art style and mysteriously dark premise was beckoning me, telling me that this show had the potential to bring something really interesting to the season. With Junichi Saito at the helm, director of acclaimed Sailor Moon and Princess Tutu, and a script by Mari Okada of Anohana and Toradora!, there was no way I wasn't checking this out. And while this episode wasn't a home run, it established some interesting concepts and carries itself with a unique aura.

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Annotated Anime: Captain Earth episode 2 & 3 photo
Annotated Anime: Captain Earth episode 2 & 3
by Elliot Gay

I can't remember the last time I watched a mech anime with so much nonsensical techno babble.

Bones' latest stab at the genre, Captain Earth, seems to have no qualms with throwing out made-up words and leaving them undefined for the viewers at home. For some people, this is understandably maddening.

For me, this is just Tuesday.

Daichi launches into space with the Earth Engine, though things go less than great as the attacking Kill-T-Gang robot kicks his ass all over the place. With our hero incapable of piloting the massive white mech, the situation grows dire, prompting resident mysterious scientist guy, Peter Westvillage, to call in some help from an outside source: Akari Yomatsuri, Tsutomu's daughter. She helps Daichi as best as she can, though ultimately it's he who manages to get a grip on the Earth Engine's controls, and effectively drive off the intruder. He returns to back to base, and after some internal strife with Salty Dog's (the best name) representative, Daichi promptly causes some much-needed chaos. Teppei and Hana, the latter being the girl who was locked away in a weird bubble, are freed from the tight monitoring they were under, and everybody lives happily ever after, or at least for the rest of the evening.

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Annotated Anime Roundup: Winter 2014 Week 3 photo
Annotated Anime Roundup: Winter 2014 Week 3
by Josh Tolentino

Welcome to the Annotated Anime Roundup for Spring Week 3: as the weather continues to warm and the world is rife with change, there's something comforting about the fact that every single week, without fail, Yowapeda continues to stall for time.

Catch up with us on all the latest happenings in cycling bromance, Tonari no Seki-kun, Is the Order a Rabbit?, The World is Still Beautiful, Baby Steps, One Week Friends, and Riddle Story of the Devil. Damidaler The Sound Robot is MIA this week, but you know what? No one even noticed until right now, so I guess we can do without it.

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First Impressions: Kamigami no Asobi  photo
First Impressions: Kamigami no Asobi
by Brittany Vincent

Kamigami no Asobi is a lively reverse-harem series based on the visual novel of the same name, and if it ends up anything like the Hakuoki series, it should be a treat to follow. It's got everything: gorgeous boys (for everyone into that), fanservice, and a heroine who might actually be able to hold her own, unlike Diabolik Lovers' Yui. It's also rocking animation that doesn't prompt me to recoil in horror from the screen. I think it might be worth following!

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Annotated Anime: The Irregular at Magic High School Ep 3 photo
Annotated Anime: The Irregular at Magic High School Ep 3
by LB Bryant

Maybe it's because I'm absolutely exhausted from SakuraCon, but this week's episode of The Irregular at Magic High School didn't do much for me. They've finally moved past the character introductions for the most part and are finally advancing into the school year proper but despite that. I'm still just not feeling pulled into this series as much as I thought I would be by this point. Oh well. 

In this week's episode the story is split into three distinct parts. In the first part, everyone is gushing over Tatsuya's victory over Hanzo. They spend a good few minutes asking him about his magic and marveling over his equipment before the opening credits roll. After some more names are dropped in the disciplinary committee's headquarters, we come to the second important scene, which features Miyuki wanting to have her CAD recalibrated by Tatsuya so that she can use another type of magic a bit easier. After a bit of fan service and sibling flirting we come to the third part of the episode, which has the disciplinary committee being sent out in squads because clubs are recruiting new members and sometimes get a little rowdy and overzealous. Naturally, a couple of the sports clubs are plenty rowdy, and it's up to Tatsuya to step in and take control of the situation. 

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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 27!

...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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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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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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The Adventures of Ai-Fi 5 photo
The Adventures of Ai-Fi 5
by Karen Mead

When we last left our favorite humanoid Japanator android, she had acquired a DVD copy of the anime masterpiece Bible Black. After looking up the show in her extensive, internal anime database, she is faced with a difficult decision.

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