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9:00 PM on 07.23.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 3

Sword Art Online II sure loves to take its sweet time with presenting its story to the audience. In all seriousness, SAO II’s pacing isn’t a bad thing, as it gives us some time to soak in certain aspects that the ...

Salvador GRodiles




Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 2-3 photo
Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 2-3
by Jeff Chuang

Reporting live from New Jersey: There are no uprising of Yosakoi, blonde teenage kids wanting to start clubs, or anything out of ordinary from Princeton. Not that I know what's going on down in that part of south-central part of the Garden State, but everything seems same-old.

What I can report is that if I did a three-episode test with Hanayamata, it would pass with flying colors. By that I mean it's full of colors flying past my eyes, not because it carried itself in some super-compelling way. In fact, all signs points at the odds that Hanayamata is a story that all of us have seen countless time. It's about execution and telling that good old story told countless times with ways of making it fresh.

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Annotated Anime: Persona 4 Golden Animation episode 2 photo
Annotated Anime: Persona 4 Golden Animation episode 2
by Dae Lee

Now that the semi-obligatory introduction is out of the way, time to go wild! Skipping entire characters, plot points, and any redundant mainline story, we're taken on a jaunty ride to the stuff Persona 4 the Golden fans have been waiting for.

 

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 20 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 20
by Salvador GRodiles

Normally I don’t repeat a pun during my segments, but I couldn’t resist using another “orange” pun, since it’s relevant to ToQger’s 20th episode. That, and I guess this pun is sort of a last resort. I’m kidding.

Anyway, it’s time for us to find out if the show’s quality has gone up or down, as we catch up on my latest rambling about ToQger. Come to think of it, it’s been a while since I used that introduction.

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Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 13-16 photo
Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 13-16
by Josh Tolentino

One of the things I've grown to love about Stardust Crusaders is that it passes by quickly. It's amazing how I can basically leave the series for weeks on end and then catch up with all of them and remark "Wow, that was quick."

Not to say that this is a Bleach type of situation where episodes pass by quickly because nothing is happening, but more that every episode of Stardust Crusaders is so damn lively that the time passes by as fast as a strike from an unarmored Silver Chariot.

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Annotated Anime: Aldnoah Zero episode 2 photo
Annotated Anime: Aldnoah Zero episode 2
by Dae Lee

"Operation Earthfall" has been begun, igniting war on planet Earth. Launching massive structures called "landing castles" all over the world, they strategically destroy every communications resource they find on land, sea, and space. I guess it's up to a group of teenagers to set things right!

 

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Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 685 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 685
by Josh Tolentino

Welcome again to your weekly dose of Association Ninja Soccer coverage. In today's update from the Interdimensional Ninja Cup 2014, and top-tier striker, Sasuke Uchiha, is ninja-running at speed toward his goal!

Will he make it? Or will humanity lose against the rabbit goddess in a crushing 7-1 final tally? Check out our detailed pitch analysis below!

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 37 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 37
by Salvador GRodiles

Are you looking for a more exciting soccer match than the World Cup?  If so, then you’re in luck, my friend. It turns out Kamen Rider Gaim is taking a break from their main story to deliver the All Rider Cup, a soccer tournament where the fruit-based Riders are fighting to win the Golden Apple. Unlike your normal soccer game, you can look forward to special feats that professional players wish they could do.

From the looks of it, this episode’s meant to introduce us to the upcoming Kamen Rider Gaim movie’s setting, so we can rest assure that the main story remains unaffected.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Kanpai Senshi After V episode 9 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Kanpai Senshi After V episode 9
by Salvador GRodiles

Things are getting difficult for the After V again, as Pink has to deal with her comrades crying over their recent loss. Considering that they’re short on one member again, the team’s going to have to restructure their group around the new person who joins them.

At this rate, evil might have the upper hand against good-- unless if an uncontrollable situation takes over. In the meantime, the main thing that needs to be fixed is the depression that both sides are facing at the moment.

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 2 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 2
by Salvador GRodiles

After going through an exposition-filled episode, you’d think that Sword Art Online II would start Kazuto’s main mission already. Instead, the series chose to introduce the viewers to Sinon, a player who happens to be very experienced in Gun Gale Online. Either way, Sinon was hinted to play an important role in SAO's new season, so there shouldn’t be a problem with seeing this new character in action.

Due to A-1’s decision to focus on Miyuki Sawashiro’s character, I think it’s safe to say that Sword Art Online II will move at a normal pace. Since a good introduction is important for any series, let’s find out if SAO II gets things right with Sinon’s debut.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 19 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 19
by Salvador GRodiles

The ToQ 6 Saga's about to wrap up, and ToQger’s ready to unveil Akira’s signature machine. Since our rainbow-loving hero repairs railroads for a living, the man’s blessed with a train that suits his position. Who knows, we might get to see a robot that actually looks cool.

Unlike the typical sixth Ranger‘s Mecha’s debut episode, Akira decides to do something that’ll surprise the other ToQger. As long as sparks don’t fly, then everything should be good for Akira's little adjustments to his sweet new ride.

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First Impressions: Hanayamata photo
First Impressions: Hanayamata
by Jeff Chuang

Hello there. I live in the state of New Jersey, here in the USA. Unfortunately my name is not Fountainstand and I've never heard of yosakoi until I first read about Hanayamata.

After doing a few Google searches, I found out that yosakoi is a modern take of the awa odori, where Japanese folk dancing meets modern, western-style dances. The result is something distinctly Japanese but it also looks a lot like hip hop and group cheerleading at times. Well, Wikipedia and Youtube are better subject matter experts than I on yosakoi, and frankly I'm more interested in Hanayamata and why is there a transfer student named Hana N. Fountainstand, hailing from Princeton, New Jersey.

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