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May 25 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 38-44

Well, it's been weeks since we last checked in with the Stardust Crusaders, a group name, which, come to think of it, doesn't make all that much sense in the grand scheme of things. I mean, sure there's a "Star" in "Star Platinum", and Egypt has a lot of dust, as well as a few Crusades, but...well, I guess it does make sense, after all. So let's carry on, then!    
May 17 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 19

Ufotable's take on Unlimited Blade Works may be in many ways the Fate/stay night adaptation fans always wanted, but it's not without its sticking points. Besides the usual caveats that can be attached to a prop...
May 12 // Josh Tolentino

Behold, the Attack on Titan and Marvel crossover nobody asked for

I've been getting back into reading comic books of late, the fabled "ame-comi" from across the Pacific, and one fun part of American comic book culture is the practice of "Free Comic Book Day", when comic stores and publisher...
May 11 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 16-18

The last time we checked in with Unlimited Blade Works, we'd seen the lengths Ufotable was willing to go to give the passing of Ilya and Berserker the gravitas that moment deserves. It worked, for the most part, though t...
May 10 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Plastic Memories episodes 4-6

A month and change. That's actually a very short time, when you think about it. For example. I haven't written a recap of Plastic Memories in almost three weeks. That's about half the time Isla's got left on her android clock, and with the latest three episodes, we're just about ready to start plumbing the show's potential depths.
May 06 // Josh Tolentino

Your first look at Ufotable's God Eater anime

I've mentioned this before, but of the many games that tried to steal Monster Hunter's fire, I liked God Eater the most. While mechanically it was often just "diet" Monster Hunter, its approach to storytelling and anime...
May 05 // Josh Tolentino

Review: Chroma Squad

Ever since a badly-dubbed lady popped out of a dumpster on the moon, sending a weird computer-man to seek "teenagers with attitude," geeks of a certain age have been on the lookout for a game that can capture the es...
Apr 30 // Josh Tolentino

Review: Omega Quintet

Omega Quintet is a game of firsts. Chronologically, it's the PlayStation 4's first exclusive Japanese RPG (Final Fantasy Type-0 originally being a PSP game). It's also developer Compile Heart's first PS4 game, and b...
Apr 26 // Josh Tolentino

Atlus tweaking Dungeon Travelers 2 to not get banned

Fans of the To Heart series, or of developer AquaPlus' various visual novel franchises, are no doubt pretty excited by the impending release of Dungeon Travelers 2 on the PS Vita. Like Aquapazza, Dungeon Travelers 2&nbs...
Apr 23 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Plastic Memories episode 3

If you were looking for more intriguing world-building or sci-fi details to chew on in this installment of Plastic Memories, you may be disappointed. On the other hand, if you came for tender and chuckle-worthy romantic hijin...
Apr 21 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 15

And so ends one of the sadder stories (and backstories) in Fate/stay night's large (some might say overly large) collection of sad backstories. Of course, having a sad backstory is par for the course in a Type-MOON-based fiction, so that's not remarkable in and of itself, but Ufotable's presentation of such in their take on Unlimited Blade Works is certainly worthy of note.
Apr 19 // Josh Tolentino

Impressions: Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine

And...we're back! Yes, it's been quite a while since the last time Japanator went in-depth with Knights of Sidonia. In fact, we're verging on a full year since the last recap. That's partly my fault. You could say I mimicked ...
Apr 18 // Josh Tolentino

It's your kids, Naruto! Something's gotta be done about your kids!

I'll be honest, I've always wanted to say that in relation to, something, so I may as well say it now that the new teaser for Boruto -Naruto the Movie- is out. But it's not just Marty Naruto's kid that's the problem: Sa...
Apr 12 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Plastic Memories episode 2

Who would ever buy an android that has to go to the bathroom?  Worse still, who would ever buy an android that, though it doesn't age, degrades in much the same way that people do when its up there in years? These are questions I'd like to ask of SAI, the big company behind Plastic Memories' setting.
Apr 11 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 13-14

When last we checked in with Unlimited Blade Works, ufotable's big, fabulously expensive-looking adaptation of Fate/stay night's most beloved story arc left our heroes in the lurch. Though an adorable date opened episode twel...
Apr 10 // Josh Tolentino

First Impressions: Plastic Memories

There's a lot I don't get about Plastic Memories. There a few critical points that I encountered in its first episode that don't make a huge amount of sense to me, nor would they to any sensible contemporary person. That's great!
Apr 09 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 36-37

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure may be best known in this day and age for helping define the landscape of shonen storytelling conventions, but one thing that shouldn't be ignored is ome of the sheer creativity creator Hirohiko ...
Apr 06 // Josh Tolentino

Final Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters Try

In my mind, in the story I've built for myself for lack of genuine information, Gundam Build Fighters is The Little Gundam That Could, a show and concept that someone in the bowels of Bandai or Sunrise had to fight ...
Apr 03 // Josh Tolentino

Japanator's Spring 2015 Anime Preview Guide!

Spring is in the air, folks! First-semester romance, flower-viewing parties, and the first blooms of the season! And like those youngest, prettiest buds, we here at Japanator are ready to scope out the brand-newest (and brand...
Mar 30 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 23-24

Welcome to the latest installment of Annotated Anime, brought to you by the Church of GunplaBattology. In the header you can see the benefits being a Build Fighter™ can bring to your life. Our two latest recruits have g...
Mar 29 // Josh Tolentino

There is, in fact, a 3rd episode of Code Geass: Akito the Exiled

Wow, and here I thought Code Geass had just about departed from living memory, when Bandai releases a trailer to remind us that no, we're not done yet. Or rather, that we'll finally be done soon, since the trailer revea...
Mar 28 // Josh Tolentino

Astro Boy Reboot flies like the Man of Steel

Ah, Astro Boy. Once the scion mascot of all things "Japanimation", the plucky robo-kid's fortunes have fallen on harder times than anyone this important to anime's history deserves. Even a blockbuster CG film adaptation didn...
Mar 28 // Josh Tolentino

Final Impressions: Shirobako

Spoiler alert: Shirobako ends happily.  Of course, that's really only a spoiler to the most stubborn and obnoxious of curmudgeons. There was really no other way for this show to end. And to be frank, it ended as it should have: Full to bursting with sappy, sentimental, idealistic, feel-good cliche. I love it. 
Mar 26 // Josh Tolentino

Deculture! Sony grabs Robotech for live-action options

Yep, you read that right: Robotech. Not Macross, but the world of Rick Hunter, Veritechs, hovertanks, and the Robotech Masters. That Robotech, the oddly compelling Frankenstein's monster assembled from cuts of Macross, S...
Mar 26 // Josh Tolentino

First In, The Last Out: Naruto The Last finally clear for Philippine release

If you're reading this, chances are you're based in North America: The majority of Japanator's traffic comes from that area. That said, you might be curious as to how folks in other countries outside Japan get their Japanese ...
Mar 24 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 34-35

What is this, a gambling anime? Actually, scratch that. The better question is: Why are two episodes of a battle anime portraying the drama of gambling better than a number of actual gambling anime?
Mar 23 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 23

Exposition. Rising Action. Climax. Dénouement. These should be familiar, if you remember your grade-school literature classes. Real life, however, isn't so convenient. More often than not, life is a lingering anti...
Mar 21 // Josh Tolentino

Studio MADHOUSE winds up for One Punch Man anime

[Update: Check out a hot cam promo for the show below, straight from the AnimeJapan 2015 show floor!] I must say that as hyped-up as I am about the prospect of a hot new anime adaptation of One Punch Man, the skeptic in ...
Mar 19 // Josh Tolentino

It's happening: One Punch Man anime officially announced

Given the climate of anime production these days, one could see it as inevitable, but as a fan of the One Punch Man manga, it's pretty exciting to hear that the show will finally be getting a TV anime adaptation.  U...
Mar 17 // Josh Tolentino

Review: Bladestorm: Nightmare

Bladestorm: Nightmare is not a Dynasty Warriors game. That bit of information might be good or bad news, depending which side of the fence one falls on with regard to Tecmo Koei's long-running brawler series. A...
Mar 16 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 20-22

As we roll into the endgame for Shirobako, our longtime Producer-san Jeff Chuang faces a crisis at his own day job, and called me in for support. So far, so Shirobako, and here I am to take over the weekly recap for the time ...
Mar 14 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 21-22

Ah, whiskey and pocky: The snack of champions. Gunpla Battle champions, that is! With the latest installments of Build Fighters Try out of the way, the road has been paved to the finals, with the buildup handled by two of the better engagements in the series' run so far. 
Mar 07 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 28-33

It's been a while since we last checked in with JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, but the fun thing about this kind of story is that not a lot of plot movement happens from week to week. The true character of the series really only u...
Mar 06 // Josh Tolentino

Persona 4: Dancing All Night's new trailer is fixated on...meat

Mention "meat fixation" to a fan of Persona 4 and you'll most likely trigger fond memories of Chie Satonaka, the franchise's resident martial arts junkie and legendary carnivore. That said, I think even Chie would find ...
Mar 05 // Josh Tolentino

Battleship Musashi rediscovered 70 years after World War II

I'm not sure who should be more overjoyed by this news: History buffs or Kantai Collection fans. Perhaps both? I am, of course, referring to a cool tweet from a fellow named Paul Allen, formerly a founder of Microsoft and now...
Mar 03 // Josh Tolentino

Review: Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines

[This review originally appeared on Destructoid] Like many games of its type, Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines features a tiny graphic in its text boxes to remind players they can press a button to advance to the next l...
Mar 01 // Josh Tolentino

Impressions: Gundam The Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval

Char Aznable. In all of Mobile Suit Gundam's long history, there's perhaps no better icon of the franchise (besides the Gundam itself) than the Red Comet and his trademark mask. In fact, Char himself has become a fixture of G...
Feb 25 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 18-20

It's been a while since we last checked in with Gundam Build Fighters Try, but being able to watch the last few episodes in quick succession as I caught up to the latest developments has led me to one, inescapable conclusion: Sekai might be the Try Fighters' ace, but Fumina is their MVP.
Feb 25 // Josh Tolentino

Now here's a Dragon Ball Z fan film that gets it right

Today seems to be a banner day for notable and/or impressive fan creations, so let's keep the ball rolling. Remember Dragon Ball: Evolution? If you're lucky enough not to, it was quite awful. This new project, Dragon Ball Z:...
Feb 25 // Josh Tolentino

Check out a Hollywood pro's ultraviolent take on Power Rangers

Don't you love it when, for some trick of fate or circumstance, the idle fantasies you used to dream up when you were a dumb kid somehow come true? That's what happened for a lot of folks a couple days ago when Director Jose...






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