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11:30 PM on 07.07.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 587

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Not a whole lot happens in any single chapter of Bleach. Oftentimes a given 16-20 page installment is little more than the next few steps in a fight, which can, at times, prove a ch...

Josh Tolentino


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Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 682 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 682
by Josh Tolentino

If there's been one advantage to having Kaguya be a truly "God"-type enemy for Naruto and Sasuke to throw down with, it's anticipating how effin' awesome everything is going to look when it all appears in an installment of Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm

Sure, it's a bit late to expect the Kaguya fight to be rendered in loving detail this September, when Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution hits, but those games will almost certainly continue on while Naruto remains in print. Besides Dragon Ball (and perhaps moreso by now), Naruto is probably the profitable anime license from a game-adaptation perspective. Which, of course, means a lot of cool fights from Cyberconnect2, eventually.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 584-585 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 584-585
by Josh Tolentino

I've got to hand it to the Sternritter: Though we've barely known any of them for more than a panel or two, they do make quite the powerful impression.

That said, it's high time we spent these last portions of Bleach in the company of badasses we're more familiar with, yes?

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4:00 PM on 06.18.2014

Rejoice: Viz reveals their plans for Anime Expo '14

It was a glorious day when Viz Media announced that they licensed Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal. Now Viz’s planning an event for Anime Expo 2014 that’ll please Sailor Moon, Gargantia's fans. During the ...

Salvador GRodiles



Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 678-679 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 678-679
by Josh Tolentino

And now we move into the endgame.

Wait. Didn't I just say that? I did!

Well, this is getting us off to a good start, isn't it?

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 582-583 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 582-583
by Josh Tolentino

The Mack is back, and by "Mack" we mean, "The Strawberry", because Bleach is once again graced by the presence of its lead character.

It makes for quite the entrance, as Kenpachi, the one guy in this series nobody expected to see getting his ass kicked by anyone other than Ichigo, went and got his ass kicked. And by a quartet of chicks that would usually be wiped out in one hit at any other time, no less.

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2:00 PM on 05.29.2014

One Piece crosses 310M volumes sold

BREAKING NEWS: One Piece is pretty damn popular. Well, that might not be so breaking. It's been at the top of the shonen game for years, and now we have some numbers to back that up. With the 74th (!) volume selling four mil...

Pedro Cortes



Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 579-581 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 579-581
by Josh Tolentino

Welcome to the next evolution of our Shonen Showdown fight show recap! In case you haven't noticed, we at Japanator have sunsetted the Annotated Anime Roundup, and honored every show we cover with its own, solo post. Our recaps were guilty of "showism" and discriminated based on profile. No more! 

The same goes for our favorite battle programs, and even their source manga! We open our brave new world with a look at Bleach's latest chapters. Because there's nothing like starting a new chapter in the glory of battle by recapping badass show!

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5:00 PM on 05.02.2014

Here are the 20 most popular manga

Last week on a post about the Attack on Titan manga reaching 30 million volumes sold, I wondered what the numbers were for other popular series. Several days later, Mangazenken posts which are the top 20 manga series based on...

Pedro Cortes

6:00 AM on 04.22.2014

Hunter x Hunter manga to resume

You know, I had a feeling we'd be getting this announcement soon, seeing as the Hunter x Hunter anime is creeping closer and closer to the final complete arc from the manga. If you're not clued up on what's been going on for ...

Chris Walden



First Impressions: Haikyu!! photo
First Impressions: Haikyu!!
by Karen Mead

If we were ranking these new shows based on animation quality alone, Haikyu!! would be king of the mountain; out of everything I've seen so far this season, only the first episode Captain Earth has better animation...maybe. Possibly. These volleyball-loving kids spike, set and tumble into the scenery with a real sense of weight and inertia, and even the characters who don't move around much are animated with a lot of care. The character designs aren't quite my cup of tea, but still, everyone's facial expressions are invested with plenty of emotion.

The shows charms aren't strictly limited to its visuals either. While this is a standard sports anime in most regards, with stock character types you've seen before, it kicks off the story from a different angle than I'm used to, and even subverts a cliche or two at the same time. Really, Production I.G. couldn't have done much better with this first episode...but for whatever reason, I just don't feel hooked.

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Shonen Showdown 3-9-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 3-9-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Hey there! It's time again for some sweet Shonen Showdown goodness, so put on your happy faces, everyone!

Oh, maybe not that happy. OK, please take off your happy face now. 

It's an extra full house this week, with recaps of the best in fighting anime and manga, including Bleach, Hunter x Hunter, One Piece, and a double-header of Naruto Shippuden in addition to the Naruto manga!

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