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Annotated Tokusatsu: Kanpai Senshi After V episode 9 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Kanpai Senshi After V episode 9
by Salvador GRodiles

Things are getting difficult for the After V again, as Pink has to deal with her comrades crying over their recent loss. Considering that they’re short on one member again, the team’s going to have to restructure their group around the new person who joins them.

At this rate, evil might have the upper hand against good-- unless if an uncontrollable situation takes over. In the meantime, the main thing that needs to be fixed is the depression that both sides are facing at the moment.

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 2 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 2
by Salvador GRodiles

After going through an exposition-filled episode, you’d think that Sword Art Online II would start Kazuto’s main mission already. Instead, the series chose to introduce the viewers to Sinon, a player who happens to be very experienced in Gun Gale Online. Either way, Sinon was hinted to play an important role in SAO's new season, so there shouldn’t be a problem with seeing this new character in action.

Due to A-1’s decision to focus on Miyuki Sawashiro’s character, I think it’s safe to say that Sword Art Online II will move at a normal pace. Since a good introduction is important for any series, let’s find out if SAO II gets things right with Sinon’s debut.

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First Impressions: Momo Kyun Sword photo
First Impressions: Momo Kyun Sword
by Josh Totman

As the site’s official “boob anime connoisseur”, it is my duty to watch all the boob anime each season.  It’s a filthy dirty job most of the time, but there are times when it can pay off beyond the bounce and deliver a good engaging story. This season, I’m afraid to say, will not be one that I see paying off...

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 19 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 19
by Salvador GRodiles

The ToQ 6 Saga's about to wrap up, and ToQger’s ready to unveil Akira’s signature machine. Since our rainbow-loving hero repairs railroads for a living, the man’s blessed with a train that suits his position. Who knows, we might get to see a robot that actually looks cool.

Unlike the typical sixth Ranger‘s Mecha’s debut episode, Akira decides to do something that’ll surprise the other ToQger. As long as sparks don’t fly, then everything should be good for Akira's little adjustments to his sweet new ride.

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First Impressions: Hanayamata photo
First Impressions: Hanayamata
by Jeff Chuang

Hello there. I live in the state of New Jersey, here in the USA. Unfortunately my name is not Fountainstand and I've never heard of yosakoi until I first read about Hanayamata.

After doing a few Google searches, I found out that yosakoi is a modern take of the awa odori, where Japanese folk dancing meets modern, western-style dances. The result is something distinctly Japanese but it also looks a lot like hip hop and group cheerleading at times. Well, Wikipedia and Youtube are better subject matter experts than I on yosakoi, and frankly I'm more interested in Hanayamata and why is there a transfer student named Hana N. Fountainstand, hailing from Princeton, New Jersey.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 36 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 36
by Salvador GRodiles

Holy moly! Did Kamen Rider Gaim just do what I think it did?

Since the show's plot has developed in a depressing way recently, I think we can all agree that there's no hope for anyone in this series. In fact, there’s no way in hell that Gaim will receive a happy ending, because we all know that Urobutchi doesn’t roll that way.

Whether it’s a bad or bittersweet ending, I’m certain that Gaim’s resolution will surprise and shock us when the curtains close. Hopefully, we won’t be too stressed out by the time the show’s story gets resolved.

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First Impressions: Glasslip photo
First Impressions: Glasslip
by Dae Lee

I've become a large fan of P.A. Works in the past year or two. The Eccentric Family and Nagi-Asu both proved to be among the top shows of their respective seasons, providing grounded drama in the midst of well-realized fantastical settings.

 

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First Impressions: Persona 4 the Golden Animation photo
First Impressions: Persona 4 the Golden Animation
by Dae Lee

Persona 4 is among the most addictive and stubborn video game properties of the past 4 years -- you couldn't get rid of it if you wanted to! A lightning in a bottle that continues to hook us in with spin-offs and now, a second anime retelling. But this time, we're going full-on New Game Plus.

 

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 588 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 588
by Josh Tolentino

I was reading through a bunch of my old recaps for Bleach - reading your old writing is a great way to make sure you don't get too full of yourself - and realized that I spend a lot of time talking about Bleach in generalities, rather than tackling the specifics of a given chapter or episode.

Let's do that again for a bit, shall we?

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Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 684 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 684
by Josh Tolentino

It's time to consider what would actually happen if the above panel was more a certainty than a bait-and-switch. What if Naruto died?

Well, for one, we'd probably have to change the title to Obito or Sasuke or even Team 7 if they wanted to honor the whole crew. And then the ending would probably be pretty dark.

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Japan Cuts Roundup: Why Don't You Play the Eternal Zero in Hell? photo
Japan Cuts Roundup: Why Don't You Play the Eternal Zero in Hell?
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Tomorrow marks the official start of the 2014 Japan Cuts film festival, which means today starts our official roundup series. We're kicking things off with two of the biggest films to play at the festival, Sion Sono's brilliant Why Don't You Play in Hell and Takashi Yamazaki's not-so-good The Eternal Zero.

Since not all of the many Japanese films played at the New York Asian Film Festival make the crossover, I've added my thoughts on some of the more compelling NYAFF-only things to come out of Japan this festival season. They may have already come and gone, but you should definitely keep your eye out for them in the future.

So without further ado, let's get's get this party started.

[For the next couple of weeks, Japanator's sister site Flixist will be covering the 2014 Japan Cuts Film Festival. They will be rounding up their coverage here for your convenience. For their full coverage, click hereFor their coverage of the New York Asian Film Festival, which is a Japan Cuts partner, click here. Keep up with the Japanator roundups here.]

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First Impressions: Argevollen photo
First Impressions: Argevollen
by Josh Tolentino

If I were a less charitable and much lazier recapper, I'd point you to my First Impressions of Buddy Complex and call it a day. Heck, nearly all of it except the basic plot description still applies!

That's because Argevollen is "that" mecha anime of this season: It's that show which at first glance, feels like it could've been constructed automatically by some kind of Rube Goldberg machine designed to create products with no human intervention or input.

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