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12:00 PM on 11.20.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 605-606

It's the moment you've been waiting for, Bleach fans. It's all come to this...a big fight between two senior citizens, an epic battle of who has the most magnificent facial hair and the saltiest opinions about kids today. Which grandpa will win?

Josh Tolentino


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Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episodes 4-7 photo
Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episodes 4-7
by Josh Tolentino

Christmas comes early to the world of Elder Tale, but the presents are far worse than any lump of coal, for the Santa Claus of this database is less a benevolent gift-giver than a violent death-bringer with a mad-on for Adventurers. What's to be done about this serial killer's depredations?! 

Call in the girls, that's what.

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Final Impressions: Kamen Rider Gaim photo
Final Impressions: Kamen Rider Gaim
by Salvador GRodiles

Back when it was announced that Urobuchi would become Kamen Rider Gaim’s Main Writer, it was certain that 2013’s Rider series was going to be an interesting tale. Despite Gaim being a children’s show, this restriction didn’t stop Gen the Butcher from using his knives to make the show's characters suffer. In fact, the aftermath resulted in a solid story that took us back to the early Heisei Rider shows where intense scenarios reigned supreme.

As Gaim’s final six episodes get ready to leave the stage, it time for us to bow down to the fruity performers before the curtains close for good.

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Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episode 7 photo
Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episode 7
by Josh Tolentino

Yes, it is a bit odd for barely a day to have gone by since the last Inou Battle recap, but this latest episode upends the show's status quo in a great way that's hard not to want to talk about.

Better still, it casts many of my previous comments about Inou Battle's "true nature" in doubt. And in this case, I'm quite glad to be wrong.

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Contest: Win Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings! photo
Contest: Win Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings!
by Josh Tolentino

We've got a treat for you story-game fans out there, and it comes to you courtesy of our buds at Moenovel! The fine folks over there have given us five copies of their hit visual novel If My Heart Had Wings, in commemoration of the game's impending release on Steam, everyone's favorite digital distribution platform.

Those five copies are going out to five lucky commenters who can answer a simple question below! All you have to do is visit the game's website and find the answer, then place in a comment on this post while logged into Japanator (this part's important, otherwise we won't be able to contact you if you win!). The winners will be selected randomly from the pool of correct answers and contacted upon the game's release.

You've got from now until November 23rd, 2014, at 2200 (10PM) CST to post your answers, so get to it!

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Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episodes 5-6 photo
Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episodes 5-6
by Josh Tolentino

Much as the header image would lead you to believe, the latest episodes of Inou Battle aren't about hard rock, starting a band, or even the chuuni value of music appreciation. No, instead the stories of episodes 5 and 6 are about Inou Battle showing its true nature to anyone hoping that the members of the Literature Club would eventually discover their epic destinies, as is the fate of all people with superpowers.

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Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 6 photo
Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 6
by Josh Tolentino

Shirobako continues to be an important anime series for anyone that's interested in how their favorite Japanese cartoons are made. Not to say that it's some kind of primer for how the industry works, though it goes further deeper into the production  process than virtually any non-documentary work to date.

No, Shirobako's importance lies in using 2D, animated fictional characters to humanize the 3D, flesh-and-blood people that make anime.

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 6 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 6
by Josh Tolentino

Though we took quite a break between installments of our coverage of Gundam Build Fighters Try last time, I'm not about to let a good battle pass by, especially not as things are beginning to heat up for Team Try Fighters.

Plus, this week's engagement, though short, is a lovely treat for anyone who loved the Universal Century's more realistic spinoffs.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 604 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 604
by Josh Tolentino

When last we checked in with Bleach, Quincy big boss and mutton chop aficionado Ywach had pulled a real jerk move by regifting a whole buttload of power from his Sternritter on the ground.

The intended destination of this "take from the poor, give to the rich" approach to group dynamics was clear enough, and in this chapter, we deal with the repercussions. 

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Annotated Anime: Your Lie in April episode 5 photo
Annotated Anime: Your Lie in April episode 5
by Hiroko Yamamura

This is really the kind of show you have to watch alone, due to the crazy emotions that tug at you during viewing. Everything is so subtle and delicate, you feel like any distraction might take away from the experience. The music, color pallets, and those eyes! Yes, I still love Your Lie in April.

It feels weird going so gaga for a show. I'm trying to remain as objective as possible, but it just feels like new love. After Kosei and Kaori gain the adoration of those in attendance for their insane show, we find Kaori is hospitalized, claiming that this is the first time that she's fainted. She says it in such a way, that we can't help but want to believe her. Too bad we find out later, that's just not true. Tsubaki is confronted by a long time crush, but is just not having the reaction she thought she would. Ryota is still pimping his goods and scoring goals.

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Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 5 photo
Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 5
by Jeff Chuang

The story this week on Shirobako is complicated otaku-level hand wringing. Again. It's not particularly engaging unless you have a stake in the overall evolution of animation styles and methods in Japan. As someone who has lived through the chemical paint to digital paint transition, I'm more inclined to find the whole 3DCG discussion tiresome and I would rather talk about something else: Rinko Kobayakawa on the 3DS.

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 2-5 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 2-5
by Josh Tolentino

It's been a while last we checked in with Build Fighters Try, but for a fan of the first season, things have been going about as well as can be expected. Sunrise has once again managed to deliver an easily digested, intricately produced action show that also manages to mine the nostalgia of Gundam fans old and young.

So far, so good.

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