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May 03 // Ben Huber

You can finally defeat the Spiny Blue Shell in Mario Kart 8

Nintendo recently had a Mario Kart 8-centered Direct, and they ran through a bunch of the new features in game. They revealed some new playable characters (Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach), the new ability to upload replay...
May 03 // Ben Huber

Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro remaster trailer arrives

Lupin is heading back to Cagliostro after 35 years. A digitally remastered version of The Castle of Cagliostro, Hayao Miyazaki's first theatrical film, and beloved Lupin the Third movie, will begin showing in Japanese theate...
May 02 // Ben Huber

Annotated Anime: Mushishi episode 5

Time for another tale of the supernatural and humanity colliding, just so perfectly as to deliver a moral about life. Perhaps the best way to describe Mushishi is to call it a fable. The moral is always clear and directly tied to the mushi, but then again they don't beat you over the head with it like many other fables. Let's jump in.
May 02 // Ben Huber

Annotated Anime: Ping Pong episode 4

After the intense matches of last week, we get a second dose of climactic battles, this time between Peco and Akuma, then Kong and Dragon. We're still fairly early in the series, so I don't think it's much of a surprise to say that the people you might be rooting for don't get very far. Or maybe you're rooting for someone else?
Apr 30 // Ben Huber

Masao Maruyama wants to make Pluto anime, doesn't have the cash

You may know about FicZone 14, an otaku convention in Granada, Spain. It's a fairly recent event, but it's been nabbing some big-name guests pretty rapidly. Most recently, they featured Masao Maruyama, a producer and co-found...
Apr 26 // Ben Huber

Princess Jellyfish live-action cast revealed

A short while ago we reported on the announcement of a Princess Jellyfish film (based off of Akiko Higashimura's manga), but the listing neglected an important detail: whether it was live-action or animated. I surmised that i...
Apr 25 // Ben Huber

Lupin III live-action teaser arrives

Hey you! Yeah, you! Do you want to see a short teaser for the upcoming Lupin III live-action adaption? I bet you do! This 30-second clip came out a few days ago, but it was covered in the typical trappings of Japanese TV, so...
Apr 25 // Ben Huber

Annotated Anime: Mushishi episode 4

Gather round, little ones, it's time for another dark tale of mystical creatures and people getting involved with strange things they don't understand. Thankfully, we have a guide to help us understand all the mushi we encounter: Ginko! Yes, his skilled hand and expert advice will guide you through the tough and bewilder land covered with mushi, all for the low price of $19.95!
Apr 24 // Ben Huber

Annotated Anime: Ping Pong episode 3

Hey, what's going on?! We finally have an opening! That's not too bad for an initial treat this week. Actually, it's a really well-done OP, with some impressive work in storyboarding and animating -- you also don't get spoiled on short bits from the episode anymore, either. It's a win-win all around! And you know, Shinya Ohira is freaking awesome.
Apr 21 // Ben Huber

First clip of Masaaki Yuasa-directed Adventure Time episode

Some really cool news came out of WonderCon 2014 for anime fans, in a place you might not expect: the Adventure Time panel. At the panel for the popular show, it was announced that Masaaki Yuasa would direct, write, and stor...
Apr 19 // Ben Huber

New Godzilla poster is retro-awesome

I think I'll take a few more excuses to write about Godzilla before the film comes out! Yes, this new Godzilla poster is just about perfect. I wish it was a tad more detailed, but other than that, it's pretty spot-on. I'd lik...
Apr 19 // Ben Huber

Annotated Anime: Mushishi episode 3

Snow. I'm sick of of it. I'm sure most of you guys are, too, given that we on the east coast have had quite the winter. But it looks like there's plenty of snow wherever Ginko is travelling. And it sounds like the mushi he's encountering would be the worst mushi ever -- at least for me. Let's take a look at this week's episode.
Apr 18 // Ben Huber

Teaser trailer for The Tomb of Daisuke Jigen released

I don't know about you guys, but I'm super hyped for the Lupin III special film, The Tomb of Daisuke Jigen. It's directed by Redline director Takeshi Koike and features music by James Shimoji (also of Redline) and will tell ...
Apr 18 // Ben Huber

Annotated Anime: Ping Pong episode 2

The focus switches from Peco to Smile this week, as he is about to be swept into something he doesn't want to be a part of. His coach wants to bring out his skills, but as we all know, Smile doesn't want to make that effort. Let's jump in and see where everyone is headed this episode. No matter what happens, we're going to get some Yuasa goodness.
Apr 15 // Ben Huber

Sentai Filmworks brings over Love Lab

Hello! Welcome back, Sentai, it's good to see you again. What can I do for you today? Ah, you'd like to license Love Lab? An excellent choice! Let me just wrap that up for you and we'll get you on your way! I'm certain you'll...
Apr 11 // Ben Huber

First Impressions: Ping Pong

Ping Pong is one of my most anticipated shows this season. It has an all-star cast, both of voice actors and animators, backed up by a talented auteur in the industry, Masaki Yuasa. However, you can have all the skilled staff in the world, but if the show itself isn't compelling, people won't stick around. How does Ping Pong hold up? I'll tell you, friends.
Apr 11 // Ben Huber

Annotated Anime: Mushishi S2 episode 2

It's so nice to be back in the Mushishi saddle. It's like a warm, cozy blanket that wraps around and comforts you with soothing music and beautiful art. We had a strong opening episode but I've got to say: episode 2 was even better. Yup, you heard me. Let's jump right in to my impressions.
Apr 10 // Ben Huber

Tomodachi Life announced for June 6th in crazy Nintendo Direct

A while back we got word that Nintendo was going to be bringing over the incredibly popular Tomodachi Collection. Today, Nintendo released a surprise Nintendo Direct that detailed the game mechanics and the release date...
Apr 09 // Ben Huber

First images of Lupin III live-action film actors in costume

A while back we heard tale of a live-action Lupin III film on the way. Now, we've gotten our first look at the actors in costume, so you can judge them! Yes, judge them. Who looks like a washed-up cosplayer? Who looks like a ...
Apr 07 // Ben Huber

Princess Jellyfish film announced

I know there is a small but dedicated fanbase out there for Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime). Both the original manga by Akiko Higashimura and the anime by Brain's Base for Noitamina were great versions of the story, and I'm a...
Apr 05 // Ben Huber

Japanese Twitter user reveals the truth behind Thomas the Tank Engine

Let's end your week right: with a creepy drawing of Thomas the Tank Engine! Japanese Twitter user Yui apparently took some photos of an old notebook of hers, in which she drew several illustrations of Thomas. I imagine it was...
Apr 05 // Ben Huber

FUNimation to simulcast Ping Pong

Briefly: FUNimation has announced their latest nab this season. They'll be licensing and simulcasting Ping Pong, Masaaki Yuasa's upcoming Noitamina show, so you'll be able to catch it on their site and Hulu. The simulcast beg...
Apr 04 // Ben Huber

First Impressions: Mushi-shi S2

I never expected to be writing that headline. A second season of Mushi-shi, the melancholic, atmospheric anime by Hiroshi Nagahama and the crew at ARTLAND never really seemed like a likely event. But yet, here I am writing first impressions of Mushi-shi season 2. I'm really excited, guys -- but in a relaxed, mystical way. You know, just like the show.
Apr 01 // Ben Huber

Fanfiction: what is it good for?

Fanfiction. What is it good for? Everything. And nothing. Sure, you might be able to create a variety of situations in which your favorite characters discover their budding sexualities while also crossing the boundaries of ti...
Mar 30 // Ben Huber

Annotated Anime: Space Dandy episode 13

We're halfway through Space Dandy, but now we've got to take a break. Lame! At the very least, we're going out on a bang -- a QT-themed bang! Yup, as you may have gathered from the previews last week, this episode is all about QT and his love for coffee. Man, he sure does love coffee. I'm not missing anything here, right? It's just about coffee?
Mar 29 // Ben Huber

Hidden batch of risque Tezuka art released by his daughter

Want to take a walk on the weird side? Osamu Tezuka, the god of manga, drew a lot of risque and taboo things in his lifetime. He tackled a variety of subjects (sexuality, politics, etc) that at the time pushed the boundaries ...
Mar 29 // Ben Huber

Attack on Titan and Titanfall collide

If you've been listening to Jtor AM, you know Tim and I have been talking about Titanfall plenty these past few weeks -- and with good reason. Who doesn't love giant robots plummeting from the sky, ready to do battle? No one...
Mar 28 // Ben Huber

Oh look, it's a Kill la Kill OVA teaser video

Kill la Kill might be over, but that doesn't mean you won't get one last look into the world! A short teaser of an OVA has shown up, giving us the very briefest of glimpses. It's mostly just background art, to be honest, but...
Mar 28 // Ben Huber

Final Impressions: Samurai Flamenco

Well, the final episode of Samurai Flamenco finally came out (thanks for that delay, guys), so now I can talk about the last installment of this crazy series. It's really hard to write about it, because so much of it feels in...
Mar 23 // Ben Huber

Annotated Anime: Space Dandy 12

Dandy, you just go looking for trouble, don't you? We're almost done with the first season, and you still keep getting everybody into weird situations. Well, I suppose it's a good thing. Because otherwise we would've have a TV show in the first place. Got to keep that comedy ball rolling, eh? So how about a shape-shifting alien episode?
Mar 22 // Ben Huber

First long PV for Masaaki Yuasa's Ping Pong

  Noitamina has been a roll recently with some excellent choices for TV adaptions. The one I've been most interested in has been Masaaki Yuasa's anime of Ping Pong, based on the popular manga by Taiyo Matsumoto. I'm in...
Mar 21 // Ben Huber

Annotated Anime: Samurai Flamenco episode 21

This is it folks, the end is nigh! This crazy roller coaster of an anime is almost over, and I'm glad you've all been along with me for the ride. So, how did the second-to-last episode go? Did Hazama confront all his fears? Maybe. Maybe.
Mar 21 // Ben Huber

Takeshi Koike to direct Lupin IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone

Can I freak out, guys? I love Takeshi Koike works -- not just Redline, but his earlier stuff too, like Trava: Fist Planet. His style is killer and when combined with his insane dedication to smooth animation, it results in so...
Mar 21 // Ben Huber

Shinichiro Watanabe to direct Zankyo no Tokyo on Noitamina

Shinichiro Watanabe isn't letting up anytime soon! With his recent success in Space Dandy, he's been staying in the spotlight more and more. Noitamina has just announced several new items, but the most exciting is Watanabe's...
Mar 16 // Ben Huber

Annotated Anime: Space Dandy episode 11

This week on Space Dandy, something happened. A thing definitely occurred. I'm just not sure exactly what that was. I've got an idea, how about you guys just explain it to me? That'll work, right? This episode featured mind control, strange mathematical sequences, and moe books. I'm sure you can fit the pieces together and figure out it all works.
Mar 15 // Ben Huber

New Captain Earth PV features opening theme

We've got a new season of anime coming up fast, and Captain Earth by BONES looks to be one of the bigger titles airing. The show comes from the same team behind Star Driver, which explains some of the similarities. I could d...
Mar 15 // Ben Huber

Here's another colorful new Ping Pong CM

Briefly: here's the latest CM for Masaaki Yuasa's Ping Pong anime, based off of Taiyo Matsumoto's manga. They've been releasing character-themed CMs for the past few weeks and each one gives a little tease at what to expect ...
Mar 15 // Ben Huber

Annotated Anime: Samurai Flamenco episode 20

Where do we go from here, friends? It's rough out there for Hazama, even if he is the number one candidate for world president. Haiji, the crazy terrorist kid is bothering him at every turn... can Hazama convince everyone of the coming danger? Uh, maybe.
Mar 11 // Ben Huber

A day in the life of Senketsu

If you had your own Senktesu, what would you do with him? Wear him? Use his abilities to take down an oppressive school leadership system? Or perhaps just tuck him gently into bed. That's what a Japanese Kill la Kill fan ma_o...
Mar 10 // Ben Huber

Annotated Anime: Space Dandy episode 10

Is there an unwritten rule that shows need to have a time-loop episode? No, don't link me to the TV Tropes page for it. I don't need to see it. I already know what I'll find within that internet-tome. Anyway, enough of me babbling -- how did Space Dandy handle its time-loop tale? Find out below!

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