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 ...
Last week's Kill la Kill predictions proved to be true.
I think ultimately the last thing anybody wanted was for this particular mini-arc to get dragged out for longer than a handful episodes. In a show that is often very fast paced, it was especially important that we didn't get stuck with a renegade Ryuko for too long. With the show coming up on its climax, Imaishi and his team needed to bring her back to the side of light and make her a contributing member of the party again sooner rather than later.
Welcome to this week's round of Shonen Showdown, the weekly anime and manga battlin' recap that's coming to you today courtesy of booting into Safe Mode! Aww yeah, core drivers, networking support, and nothing else, coming at you this weekend!
That said, our stripped-down circumstances this week won't stop us from giving you the very latest in hot Hunter x Hunter, Naruto and Bleach recaps, all of which are set below and hosted on our site, which is thankfully more reliable than a bad set of video drivers!
Much like last week's romp, Kill la Kill episode 20 spends lots of time with the secondary characters as we watch them make a rescue attempt by diving deep into enemy lines. Ragyo continues to taunt her youngest daughter, pushing her to come to Honnouji Academy and face her head on. Ryuko of course completely falls for it, abandoning her comrades and charging straight into the the trap laid out by Nui and Ragyo.
Things naturally go sour, but Satsuki manages to free herself via the power of toenails, regrouping with Nudist Beach and the Elite Four on board the Naked Sun. The situation goes from bad to worse when Ryuko, now brainwashed and equipped with Junketsu, crashes the party, threatening to destroy the entire ship and everybody on board. Satsuki steps up to the plate donning Senketsu, and the battle begins.
As long as Kosuke Fujishima's most celebrated manga has been running, it wasn't actually around during Benjamin Franklin's time. We can discern this because if it had been, his famous quotation would have stated that the only certainties in life were "death, taxes and Oh My Goddess!" That's how inevitable each new volume feels.
The series has been slogging along for something like 25 years, and though there have been some plot twists here and there, the fundamentals seem set in stone: Keichi and Belldandy love each other, but Bell's two meddling sisters make trouble for them. Keichi and Belldandy love each other, but their relationship will never advance beyond the hand-holding, kindergarten level for some reason; presumably because Fujishima is a pretty classy fellow and has no interest in sullying his premiere series with dirty Goddess/human sex. Keichi and Belldandy love each other, but the plot will never really progress, and so on and so forth.
Or at least, that's what we thought. The last few volumes of OMG! have turned what we thought we knew about this series on its head, and I'm honestly not sure how I feel about it yet.
In one fell swoop, they went and announced that Persona 5 (PS3), Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS), Persona 4: Dancing all Night (Vita), and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3/360) will all be getting English language releases in North America. None of this is particularly surprising, but I know a whole lot of people have been waiting for this news. Are you happy now?
Persona 5 and Dancing All Night are currently scheduled to cross the ocean sometime in 2015,while Persona Q and Arena Ultimax will be hitting this fall. Some of these dates are a little bit far out, but I don't think anyone was expecting all of these games to hit in 2014.
For those of you not in the know, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is a crossover featuring the cast of both P3 and P4, done up in the style of Atlus' Etrian Odyssey games. Dungeon exploring, first person battles, and a huge pool of playable characters are the order of the day here. Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a rhythm game in which Narukami, the protagonist of P4, dances to some chill beats in order to fell some Shadows. It's being co-developed by Dingo, the developers of the first Hatsune Miku Project Diva game. Persona 4 Arena Climax is the sequel to Arena, a 2D fighting game designed by Arc System Works.
Last but certainly not least is Persona 5, the big one. Details are still thin, but its comforting to see Atlus finally talking about it out in the open.
Atlus sent us a whole bunch of screenshots and trailers for the games, so feel free to check those out below and bask in all the glory.
Happy Monday midnight, everyone! It's time now for Annotated Anime, the recap roundup that will always approve of you, no matter how much of a perverse deviant you turn out to be! Thumbs-up!
Indeed, "thumbs-up" should be a symbol for this whole shebang, as Karen, Brittany, and yours truly deliver the latest in Yowapeda, Hozuki no Reitetsu, Engaged to the Unidentified, Tonari no Seki-kun, Pupa, Onee-chan ga Kita, and Sakura Trick.
Our own Jeff Chuang is currently enacting his regular pilgrimage to Glorious Nippon, and will be back with the latest from Saki: The Nationals, World Conquest Zvezda Plot, and more soon!
And of course if you'd like to know the latest happenings from the rest of the season's high-profile animated offerings like Space Dandy, Kill la Kill, Golden Time, Gundam Build Fighters, Wizard Barristers, Samurai Flamenco, Wake Up Girls, and more, our solo recaps are all collected right here!
It's that time on Saturday, people: The time to FIGHT! It's Shonen Showdown time!
It's a week of epic reversals as Bleach makes us EAT last week's harsh judgment and Naruto turns a heel into (half a) face, while One Piece drops in the weirdos and runs into a sugar-wall, and Hunter x Hunter reveals its oh-so-effective coping mechanism for stress: EXPLOSIONS!
Join us now as Pedro, Chris and yours truly charge up and punch in with the latest battle anime and manga recaps!
When I dream of becoming God, these fantasies usually don't involve a white-haired pretty boy with fox ears who follows me around and does my bidding; clearly, I've been doing it wrong. Now that Kamisama Kiss has taught me the error of my ways, my visions of deity will probably contain more sexy fox men and less sending other drivers to burn in eternal hellfire when they forget to use their blinkers. It's probably healthier this way.
Have your own delusions of Godhood been too full of wrath and too light on supernatural boyfriends lately? Then you too could probably use some Kamisama Kiss in your life.
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After performing series of experiments, I have discovered that mixing orange juice with Sprite, 7 Up, or any type of lemon soda results in a delicious concoction that pleases the taste buds. With all of this talk about mixing liquids, I think I’m going to grab a quick drink before I start this segment.
Now that I’ve quenched my thirst, let’s catch up on my latest thoughts on Kyoryuger and Kamen Rider Gaim. Before we begin, I would like to point out that I’m not depressed anymore-- at least for now. Crocodile Sunshine’s getting used to his new magical abilities, and I’m ready to test my powers with a double serving of the Fruity Warlord. Hopefully, I’ll adjust to using magic soon. That way I don’t misuse my spells when the going gets tough.
In order to be a little more up to date, I’m doubling up my Gaim recaps, so that we can be ready for the next wave! Also I would like to apologize for my huge delay, since I’ve been overcoming some unknown forces at the moment-- curse you, mysterious entities.
To say that Persona 3 changed the RPG landscape in significant ways is no overstatement.
Atlus' PS2 RPG arrived late in the life cycle of the console, yet miraculously managed to find dedicated audiences on both sides of the Pacific. It paved the way for its successor, Persona 4, and a sizable amount of other games that would take cues from its odd combination of school life simulation and dungeon crawling fun.
Persona 4 would go on to get various spin off projects, including a full TV series, various novels, and even sequels via the Arena fighting games. Persona 3 on the other hand seemed destined to play second fiddle to its sibling.
That's all geared to change with the release of Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth; the first in a series of films set to adapt the entirety of P3, Spring of Birth faces the difficult hurdle of trying to fit hours upon hours of material into a 90-minute block.
Spring of Birth follows Makoto Yuki, an orphaned high school student who moves to Tatsumi Port Island for school. Aloof and alone, he arrives at his new dorm in the middle of the night, surrounded by coffins and strange Shadow creatures prowling about. Here he meets his fellow dorm mates, members of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad, S.E.E.S.. They wield the power to summon Personas, powerful beings that represent their inner selves. S.E.E.S. has but one goal: to rid the world of the Shadows.
Hello, and welcome to the late (but not late late) anime recap that's got you up and rearing to go on Tuesday morning! Your day isn't complete without a heaping dose of hot Japanese cartoon goodness, after all!
Today's complement of sweet and saucy short-order anime recaps comes to you courtesy of Yowapeda, Onee-chan ga Kita, Hozuki no Reitetsu, Pupa, Tonari no Seki-kun, and Engaged to the Unidentified, with special partnerships from our deluxe-sized solo-flight recaps, available each week right here!