Welcome to this week's edition of the Annotated Anime Roundup, your long batch of short recaps for the week in Japanese anime goodness! Today, in addition to finding Harem Bros Infinite Stratos' One True Pairing*, we ped...
Hey there! Welcome to Shonen Showdown, the battle anime and manga recap you can read with your mouth full! And no, we don't know if your mouth is full at the moment. Heck, you could be reading Shonen Showdown with an empty mouth, though we don't recommend it because the intensity of the battling in this week's installments of Naruto, Bleach and Hunter x Hunter could cause you to bite your tongue off!
So check yourself and prepare to be rocked by hot recaps of the latest in action and adventure!
So I continued my "Catch Up on Titan" project and watched through episode 13.5, the end of the "Battle for Trost" arc. I'm still enjoying the combat portions (and have more or less gotten used to the violence, for better or for worse), but what's interesting to me is that the parts of the show that seem to really strike a cord with me come out of seemingly incidental dialogue rather than major plot action.
In one episode, Commander Pixis asks Eren about the old theory that in the face of a great external threat, humanity would band together in solidarity (basically the Watchmen theory), which the commander and Eren both think is pretty much bunk based on their experience. The thing is though, hasn't humanity basically banded together against the Titans in this world? Sure, humans still have petty disagreements, but you don't hear about wars between Trost and such-and-such province, and ethnicity effectively no longer exists so there's no racial tension. I wonder if the point is that the theory works to the extent that humans will band together only when things have actually gotten so bad that there's nothing left to fight over.
If you've been struggling with trying to become an elegant person, then you'll be happy to know that the process is very simple. As long as you cycle your noodles through hot water, you'll come out as a fancier person after your meal is ready.
Since it takes a while for the noodles reach their proper texture, you can sit back and listen to my ramblings about the latest episodes of Kyoryuger, Kamen Rider Gaim, and Shougeki Gouraigan. Then again, it won't take too long, so we'll be eating a fancy treat as we dive into this week's segment.
Akihiko Yoshida, character designer at Square Enix, has left us all with a shocking message recently! You might recognize his works in games like Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, and his most recent work, Bravely Default: For the Sequel. Yoshida has been working alongside Square Enix since 1995, which is nearly 18 years.
Well on December 5th, Yoshida officially confirmed that he will no longer be working with the company. An art book called The Art of Bravely was released and shipped with copies of Bravely Default: For the Sequel in Japan. In the book, Yoshida left us a heartfelt note explaining that him and Square Enix are finished.
The note, seen above, was translated too: "This is a personal message of mine, but I'd like to say thank you for all the support these past 18 years. I have decided to leave Square Enix, but I believe our relationship will continue going on. And as long as I'm needed [laughs,] I will continue working on the Bravely Default series. Thank you for your continued support.
Bravely Default main character designer & lead artist,
Quite shocking, right? However, 18 years is a long time! Although he is no longer with Enix, I'm curious as to what he has up his sleeve next.
In an effort to hype us all to death -- and no, we certainly don't mind -- Bandai Visual has reaffirmed Space Dandy's January 4th premiere for Adult Swim's Toonami block. They've also passed along a short list of English voice actors currently involved with the show, courtesy of Funimation. There's plenty of familiar names, such as Ian Sinclair, Alexis Tipton, Joel McDonlad, and so on -- sorry Bebop fans, no Steve Blum. We've included the full list below.
They've also launched a new official website for the series, so if you're curious you can check that out at space-dandy.com, though the site's primarily in Japanese aside from the menu. I imagine they'll be launching an English portal sometime soon, but there's no word on that yet. In the meantime, you can catch some of the recent trailers if you haven't already.
Actually it isn't, it's time for the latest episode of Jtor AM, but Golden Time is involved, so it's kind of true. This week: the Toonami people try to get us hyped about a new anime from the creators of "KOWBOI BEEBAP!!", Samurai Flamenco is still thoroughly in WTFBBQ country, a swimsuit episode for Kill La Kill is effectively impossible since no mere bathing suit could be more revealing than Ryuko's battle outfit, Linda-sempai is bad at dealing with moral dilemmas, Celia-sempai wins everything just for existing, and Sal and I fight over who gets to propose to Pierre from Kamen Rider Gaim first. Considering the fact that I'm already married, I guess Sal has the edge there, but maybe we can work something out? I really do dig that Durian Rider.
Happy Cyber Monday, everyone! And for those of you who don't celebrate the most cyberpunk of shopping holidays, a plain old "Happy Monday" to you, too! This is the Annotated Anime Roundup, the bowl of recapping blurbs that....Oh. Emm. Gee. You told him you loved anime?! You done goofed, girl!
While Kanzashi grasps the full magnitude of her terrible mistake, we get to read about the latest in Japanese cartoons, including Gingitsune, Yowapeda, Infinite Stratos 2, Diabolik Lovers, and Kyousougiga!
You've already seen our holiday recommendations for anime, manga, and video games; what could possibly be left? Quite a lot, actually. Not only do we have recommendations for music lovers (and we hope that group includes pretty much everyone), but also suggestions for some odds and ends that didn't fit into any of the other guides, but still make great gifts for the right people.
However, unlike the items in the previous three guides, the products on this list range from difficult to impossible to pick up at retail, so you'd better get your cyber-shopping started now.
Welcome to Japanator's 2013 holiday guide to excellent video games. Just like anime and manga, there's a seemingly endless parade of titles out there vying for your attention, and we're here to ensure you don't swerve off the path into purchasing something like My Baby Girl or Jerry Rice & Nitus' Dog Football. I've played both, and you don't want to go down that road. Really. Now, you may not see all of these popping up as criminally cheap deals, but you can rest assured that you're giving the gift of awesome compared to so many other titles out there. We've scaled down our selections to games we feel that would best cater to the Japanator audience, so keep that in mind when perusing the list. If you're a good girl or boy this year, you might be able to get some of them for yourself if you've cleared out your backlog.
It looks like everyone evacuated the Jtor Arena last week, as Alteisen Riese unleashed the Claymore Overlord on Blodia. Bullets flew everywhere, and Jin wasn't safe from the Plasma Horn and the rain of titanium spheres that pierced his machine. Before he had the chance to recover, Kyosuke rammed Riese's Revolving Bunker through Blodia's chest. Thankfully, a few people remembered that the seating grounds were reinforced to withstand all forms of devastating attacks, which allowed for us to record Kyosuke's victory. Alteisen Riese wins! (2 > 0)
Due to a special occurrence that went on this week, we’re going to have a battle between two canines who know how to fight! However, that doesn’t mean that the action is going to be toned down, since we’re going to have a supernatural Shiba Inu go up against a ninja Great Pyrenees. Of course, this will be a one-on-one battle, so there won’t be any interference from any outside parties.
Black Friday has already come and gone, which means that the days are quickly counting down before you need a gift. Bookstores are still a viable retailer for manga, which saves you with that last-minute gift.
Are you standing in front of the aisle this very minute, unsure of what to buy? Don't worry, we've got you covered.
Manga makes a great gift (much better than anime or videogames) because you can easily add on based on how much you like the person. Secret Santa at your anime club? One volume. College buddy? Three volumes. Your significant other? A complete series.
Follow me after the jump, and we'll delve into all the titles you should buy this season.