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Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 3 photo
Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 3
by Jayson Napolitano

After reviewing Ranma 1/2 set 2 earlier this month, I knew it was time to hunker down and dig deep. This series had a seven season run, and while this latest re-issue from Viz Media has resequenced the episodes to align more with the manga, there are still seven planned sets. It would seem as though 50-60 episodes in would be the appropriate time for Ranma fatigue to set in, which in my mind, makes set 3 a make-or-break experience.

The premise of Ranma 1/2 should be familiar enough by now: Ranma Saotome of the Anything Goes School of Martial Arts has fallen victim to a Chinese curse that turns him into a girl when he's splashed with cold water, and back to a boy when splashed with hot water. Several other characters are under similar curses, and much hilarity ensues at the show's large cast of characters falls in love with one version of Ranma or the other, and so on.

Does set 3 do the trick to keep things interesting, or does it start to grow stale?

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Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 4-7 photo
Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 4-7
by Josh Tolentino

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers, as well as you savvy non-Americans who've appropriated their holiday as an excuse to stuff your faces! You might be full of coma-inducing food right about now, but we've got a nice hot dish of recaps for you, packed to the brim with the fall season's tastiest animation!

Ufotable may be sticking to its strange, see-saw pacing for its rendition of Unlimited Blade Works - once again I stand by my assertion that it would be better as a bi-weekly one-hour program, but doesn't disappoint whenever one of its odd-numbered episodes comes to the fore.

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Japanator Eats: Taste Japan video unboxing part I photo
Japanator Eats: Taste Japan video unboxing part I
by Hiroko Yamamura

There's few things that I love more than anime and video games. One of them is unfortunately my unhealthy obsession with chowing down on snacks, particularly Japanese snacks! I live in Chicago right now, and actually have a lot of access to sweet and savory items from back home quite easily, but I know for some, the tastes of the east are not as easily aquired.

Here's where services like Taste Japan come into play. In the UK you can pay a monthly subscription fee of £15, and they will deliver you an exciting box of treats to your doorstep. The fine people of Taste Japan sent us a box for free to review, and of course I did not refuse an opportunity to stuff my fat face. 

In this first video we take a look at the contents of the shipment, in the follow up I'll be chowing down.

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Congrats to our If My Heart Had Wings giveaway winners! photo
Congrats to our If My Heart Had Wings giveaway winners!
by Josh Tolentino

Free stuff is great, isn't it? That's likely what you all were thinking when you signed on to our giveaway with Moenovel for free Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings! Sadly, we only had five copies to give away, and we've just chosen them, thanks to the power of random selection.

Congratulations to our lucky handful, whose names and user accounts were selected out of the pool of correct answers to the contest question:

Kerlin

DarkDarts

MSJ

Lesik

Binary Mind

You lucky handful, you! You'll be contacted soon via email with your Steam keys! 

For the rest of you, if you're still interested in the game, it's available right now!

And remember: When in doubt, the answer is probably "Keifuu Academy". That's good life advice right there.

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Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 8 photo
Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 8
by Josh Tolentino

Ever done a raid just to kill one mob? Of course not, that's weird. But it's what the Maidens of Watermaple just did. And in doing so, they've saved Akihabara, as well as netted Akatsuki some phat loot. 

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 605-606 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 605-606
by Josh Tolentino

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?

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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

[Update: Contest is over, everyone! The winners will be contacted by the email address they signed up for Japanator with!]

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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