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Annotated Manga: Naruto 688 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto 688
by Josh Tolentino

Though we did just bid goodbye to the fifth wheel in Team 7's Reunion of Destiny, we were still left with a lingering question: Without the former final boss, how would the leads stand up to a risen deity? 

More particularly, what would Kakashi do, robbed as he was of his Sharingan, so long the key to all his abilities? 

This chapter answers that question, though not necessarily in the manner one might expect.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 22 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 22
by Salvador GRodiles

Wait a minute! I thought that marriage was supposed to be a wonderful time when two people who love each other want to start a family. Normally, everyone gets to partake in some food and an extravagant cake during the ceremony; however, ToQger missed the memo on how to prepare a proper matrimony.

Due to this outcome, the show’s threading into some new grounds that might change the plot’s overall tone. In other words, our next destination is going to blow our socks off.

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 5 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 5
by Salvador GRodiles

At long last, Slow Art Online is ready for the moment that we've all been waiting for. It's finally time to see how A-1 handles the first fight that features you know who. In all seriousness, is this really the thing that we were looking forward to? Either way, if this battle contributes towards the show's progression, then our patience shall be rewarded.

Seeing that I haven’t demeaned SAO II for taking its sweet time, my new nickname for Sword Art Online II is meant to compliment the show’s current pacing.

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Annotated Anime: Persona 4 Golden Animation 3 & 4 photo
Annotated Anime: Persona 4 Golden Animation 3 & 4
by Dae Lee

An Akira homage? What show am I watching?! The further into Persona 4 the Golden Animation we go, the better I think of it -- the stranger the better. There is one consistency though, and that lies with Marie's storyline.

 

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Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 4-5 photo
Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 4-5
by Jeff Chuang

If you survived the initial three episodes, Hanayamata goes straight for the jugular using its array of fantastic visuals and adorable middle schoolers talking about adorable things. Things like hopes, aspirations, and what it means to go out on a limb and accomplish something as a team of friends are at the heart, and Hanayamata, like Hana's gaijin antics, shows it off, bears it all, whatever.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episode 16 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episode 16
by Salvador GRodiles

Congratulations, Garo: Makai no Hana. You’ve managed to remind me that it’s been a long time since I’ve ridden on a roller coaster, let alone a motion simulator. Oh great. Now a part of me wants to experience the exhilarating thrill of moving in the air at high speeds again. Of course, these attractions can be scary at times, which allows for Garo to create a segment based around rides.

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Studio Ghibli shutting down...sort of photo
Studio Ghibli shutting down...sort of
by Josh Tolentino

It looks like a number of rumors swirling around the internet have just been confirmed: The legendary production house Studio Ghibli - they of a large proportion of anime films worth watching - might shutting down. The announcement comes by way of General Manager Toshio Suzuki on the TV program Jounetsu Tairiku.

That's not the whole story, though the sexy headline would lament the fact that "Ghibli is dead!". Read on for more details about how this isn't really the end for the house Miyazaki built.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 591 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 591
by Josh Tolentino

This week's chapter of Bleach is all about endings. Not about the ending, of course, but about the endings of the fights that much up this big, dumb manga, and how they can, on occasion, not be the end.

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Annotated Anime: Aldnoah Zero episode 5 photo
Annotated Anime: Aldnoah Zero episode 5
by Dae Lee

The plot thickens and the cast gets larger as we get to know the minds behind the Vers Empire. While the latest episode serves as a brief respite from the tireless slaughter being dished out by Martians, things seem to be turning for the worse.

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Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 687 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 687
by Josh Tolentino

Well, that was sort of a long goodbye. 

Obito meets his end this chapter, and thanks to the magic of conveniently slow death-curses, he gets a chance to say his goodbyes.

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Annotated Anime: JoJo: Stardust Crusaders episode 17 photo
Annotated Anime: JoJo: Stardust Crusaders episode 17
by Josh Tolentino

When last we left Stardust Crusaders, a hostage situation was afoot. Steely Dan and his Stand, The Lovers, held poor old Joseph's brain hostage, with Jotaro turned into a 7-foot-tall punching bag, stripped of the ability to return the favor. 

Boy, thank goodness payback's a b*tch, innit?

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 39 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 39
by Salvador GRodiles

Man. Time sure flies when you’re watching the world end. One moment, we're listening to a bunch of characters spouting out random lines about their ideals and what not. Then things break out into an all-out Fruity Warfare before you get to let out your first breath. At least that’s how I felt during Gaim’s most recent episode-- unless if I accidentally mistook one the show’s previews for an entire chapter.

Hopefully, I watched the right video; otherwise, I might’ve accidentally eaten at the wrong all-you-can-eat fruit buffet.

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