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4:00 PM on 07.29.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 686

And now it's time for everyone's favorite cowboy manga recap! Mosey on down to this 'ere ranch and let's get caught up in the tales of rootin'-est, tootin'-est cowboy that ever fought in the Fourth Ninja World War!

Josh Tolentino




Review: Kamen Rider Battride War II photo
Review: Kamen Rider Battride War II
by Salvador GRodiles

Back when Kamen Rider Battride War was first announced, many toku fans were excited over the fact that they were getting a Dynasty Warriors-like game that featured their favorite Heisei Riders from Kamen Rider Kuuga through Wizard (Gaim didn't exist back then). At the time, Namco Bandai seemed like they had a good tokusatsu video game on their hands. However, the company made a slight error when they commissioned Eighting (Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the Kamen Rider Climax Hero series) to develop the game instead of Omega Force (the Dynasty Warriors series).

While Eighting's known for creating many interesting fighting games and multiplayer brawler titles, the team rarely tackles the hack ‘n’ slash genre. Due to Eighting's inexperience in this department, the first Battride War game felt like an underwhelming title. Even though the team managed to almost get each Rider’s fighting style right, the game’s small character and boss roster prevented Battride War from reaching its true Form. Thankfully, the title had a few fun aspects for Kamen Rider fans, which gave players hope that Eighting could learn from their mistakes when they complete Battride War's next installment.

Since the development team have updated a few of game’s key elements, Kamen Rider Battride War II might be the Rider Musou-like adventure that we’ve been waiting for.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 21 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 21
by Salvador GRodiles

I love Fridays. Whenever this day arrives, I can’t help but to rejoice over the fact that the weekend has started. Even if I have to work during that time frame, there’s something refreshing about reaching the fifth day of the week. I guess this has to do with the feeling that comes from triumphing over the past few days in one’s routine-- kind of like beating an evil villain that was giving you trouble. However, Fridays can be a bit tedious when you add the word “Freaky” to the equation.

When you’ve watched more than five Super Sentai shows (maybe more than two), you start to notice that each series shares a few episode themes. One of these tropes is the body-switching segment, which is present in almost every Sentai installment. Based on my experience with the franchise, I haven’t had an issue with these chapters, as they managed to bring a new take on the overused premise.

Considering that ToQger’s having its first Freaky Friday episode, the major characters that partake in this scenario are going to have to go all-out to entertain us this time around. That being said, it’s time to find out if the rainbow train’s still on course.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 590 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 590
by Josh Tolentino

What is it with Quincy and creepers? I mean, every army has one or two creepy types, but it seems to me that when Ywach summoned all the "true" Quincy to his side the only place that had them was the madhouse. 

Well, whatever the reason for the Sternritter's unusually high nutball quotient, it seems that Kubo is grooming young Giselle "Gigi" Gewelle for a top spot.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 38 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 38
by Salvador GRodiles

It’s time to go back to Kamen Rider Gaim’s main story, and things are about to get fierce again. Is there no more hope for our heroes to triumph over evil? Well, I guess there’s one option that Gaim’s main cast could use to win, but it’s not going to be pretty one.

While Kouta and the gang’ll get to achieve their main objective, they’ll have to deal with an inevitable betrayal before they get the chance to do their victory dance.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 14-15 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 14-15
by Salvador GRodiles

Don’t you hate it when a show releases a recap episode after impressing you with a solid segment? Well, Garo: Makai no Hana has fallen into this category, as we’re exposed to a chapter that almost wastes our time right when we were hoping for the show to follow up on Mayuri's development.

Luckily, there are a few redeeming qualities to this outcome. While these results aren't enough to restore our lost time, most viewers were given the chance to feel warm inside during Garo Season 4’s most recent episode.

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First Impressions: Terror in Resonance photo
First Impressions: Terror in Resonance
by Dae Lee

A new, original anime series directed by Shinichiro Watanabe with music from Yoko Kanno?Whose hand do I shake for making this happen? Terror in Resonance was a wildcard since it was announced,  featuring a relatively unknown studio (MAPPA) and a story that revolves around teenage terrorists with some frightening plans.

 

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 3 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 3
by Salvador GRodiles

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 anime presents to us. Since we were introduced to Sinon’s character last time, the show's ready to introduce us to her true self.

Just like Sinon’s previous segment, this episode will be the one that’ll seal everyone’s opinion on the character once and for all. That being said, it’s time to find out if Sword Art Online II’s heroine has what it takes to maintain the show’s foundation.

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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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