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8:00 AM on 08.21.2014

Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 6-7

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...

Jeff Chuang


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.






Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 17-18 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 17-18
by Salvador GRodiles

Whenever Garo: Makai no Hana goes through a weak moment, the show somehow manages to come out strong during the next episode. That being said, a backstory and a progression segment is just what the doctor ordered to help improve the program’s quality. Thanks to a special touch, things are still looking bright for the series’ overall quality.

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Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 18-20 photo
Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 18-20
by Josh Tolentino

After a bit of a wait, we're back with more Stardust Crusaders, and things get kind of nuts. Of course, that's hardly something we should be surprised by in a series called JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

But anyway, onward, dear readers! Rally ho!

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Impressions: Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition photo
Impressions: Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition
by Salvador GRodiles

Being a hero can be a very tough job, since you’re forced to be on the look out for villainous activities at all times. On top of that, vacations are nonexistent, due to evil's inability to sleep. While these policies can be hard to follow, Gun Caliber’s titular character manages to get the job done without having to worry about the usual issues that plague many heroes.

As Bueno and Garage Hero continue to work hard on Gun Caliber, a bootleg version of the movie was officially streamed on YouTube during Easter Weekend (April 18th through the 20th) as a means to give their viewers a taste of what’s to come. Judging from the content shown in the video, the only thing that was missing was the film’s official soundtrack, which’ll be composed by Koichi Terasawa (Rider Chips) in the completed version.

While it seemed that Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition was only going to be shown once, Bueno and Garage Hero have decide to feature an encore stream of the film’s bootleg version from August 15th through the 17th; thus giving more people the opportunity to catch a peak at the movie itself. As a person’s who’s been fascinated with the tokusatsu medium, it’s no surprise that I was excited to revisit Bueno’s creative story.

Since the film isn’t finished yet, this post will only be an Impressions piece. Once Gun Caliber's completed version is out, you can expect a full review with a score in the future. That being said, it’s time for us to take a look at Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition.

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 6 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 6
by Salvador GRodiles

Right when I was feeling comfortable with Sword Art Online II’s pacing, A-1 decides to speed things up a bit. One moment, the presentation’s going smooth, and all of a sudden, the show breezes through two battles before we get the chance to take in the action. Luckily, the episode's other parts were moving steadily, which means that the studio's increase in speed might not shorten the Phantom Bullet Arc's total episode count.

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Otakon '14: Cosplay photo
Otakon '14: Cosplay
by Jeff Chuang

Otakon 2014 flew by last weekend, in usual form, cramming way more content than what one can expect within a simple weekend. The cosplayers are out and baffling the crowd. The local baseball program even talked about it, and what kind of pictures the broadcasters can take if they were perusing the convention halls.

At the East Coast's biggest cons, major franchises struck somewhat of a balance. No one show dominated the other, probably because with Sailor Moon making a comeback, there is a bandwagon for everyone. Check out the gallery below!

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 22 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 22
by Salvador GRodiles

Wait a minute! I thought that marriage was supposed to be a wonderful time when two people who love each other want to start a family. Normally, everyone gets to partake in some food and an extravagant cake during the ceremony; however, ToQger missed the memo on how to prepare a proper matrimony.

Due to this outcome, the show’s threading into some new grounds that might change the plot’s overall tone. In other words, our next destination is going to blow our socks off.

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Japanator Eats: Mango Ritz Bits Sandwiches photo
Japanator Eats: Mango Ritz Bits Sandwiches
by Kristina Pino

I just had to try these when I saw them at the store. I've never seen (or noticed) there were flavors besides cheese for Ritz Bits Sandwiches, and lately I've had trouble finding mango juice in my area, so I figured maybe a mango-flavored snack would satisfy my craving.

As I type this, I've got the bag open next to me and the smell is kind of making me queasy. It's that strong.

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 5 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 5
by Salvador GRodiles

At long last, Slow Art Online is ready for the moment that we've all been waiting for. It's finally time to see how A-1 handles the first fight that features you know who. In all seriousness, is this really the thing that we were looking forward to? Either way, if this battle contributes towards the show's progression, then our patience shall be rewarded.

Seeing that I haven’t demeaned SAO II for taking its sweet time, my new nickname for Sword Art Online II is meant to compliment the show’s current pacing.

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Annotated Anime: Persona 4 Golden Animation 3 & 4 photo
Annotated Anime: Persona 4 Golden Animation 3 & 4
by Dae Lee

An Akira homage? What show am I watching?! The further into Persona 4 the Golden Animation we go, the better I think of it -- the stranger the better. There is one consistency though, and that lies with Marie's storyline.

 

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Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 4-5 photo
Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 4-5
by Jeff Chuang

If you survived the initial three episodes, Hanayamata goes straight for the jugular using its array of fantastic visuals and adorable middle schoolers talking about adorable things. Things like hopes, aspirations, and what it means to go out on a limb and accomplish something as a team of friends are at the heart, and Hanayamata, like Hana's gaijin antics, shows it off, bears it all, whatever.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episode 16 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episode 16
by Salvador GRodiles

Congratulations, Garo: Makai no Hana. You’ve managed to remind me that it’s been a long time since I’ve ridden on a roller coaster, let alone a motion simulator. Oh great. Now a part of me wants to experience the exhilarating thrill of moving in the air at high speeds again. Of course, these attractions can be scary at times, which allows for Garo to create a segment based around rides.

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