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I'm very interested going forward reading the Vertical Bakemonogatari light novels having seen the anime first i.e. the reverse of what I did with Kizumonogatari. Would I think the novels are too bland without the superb animation/ direction of the anime?


Kizumonogatari films 1+2 are technically marvellous and brilliant adaptation of the highlights from the source material. Despite the Monogatari origins it is not beginner friendly. A lot of Monogatari staples are omitted/muted and has more horror elements

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Today in Anime: Ponytail Day

Japan likes to obsess over different things blowing up the ordinary and mundane to make them fantastic and exciting. Think about how many slice-of-life anime shows there are based on a high school. I don't think my high school life was ever...

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Review: Project X Zone 2

As an idea Project X Zone 2 is wonderful. It takes players through different worlds celebrating the creativity and unique aspects of each game. Having our favourite characters mingling together as they form a vanguard against an ultimate ev...

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Final Impressions: Oshiete! Galko-chan

Slice of Life with a school background is a genre that is overplayed in anime. Used to capture the youthful adolescence of an endless high school as characters transition from immature teenagers to adults often fails in this genre sinc...

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Annotated Anime: Oshiete! Galko-chan episode 11

I'm not sure what to think of Galko-chan nowadays. The last few episodes have been ho-hum since I'm not learning much but we're getting a lot more slice of life character introductions. It's becoming something that is the same and when I lo...

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Review in Progress: Project X Zone 2

Dream match up games between companies is few and far between. Licencing issues, accurate portrayals, and regional differences in licencing can cause a cross-over game to be left on the cutting room floor of any game development company or ...

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Annotated Anime: Oshiete! Galko-chan episode 10

When I first started watching Oshiete! Galko-chan it wasn't for the visuals or the premise, it was because it was kinda interesting to see the show answer these quite weird questions. Questions and queries that made you go 'hmmm...' but wer...

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Bar Oasis opens for business later this month

Bar Oasis 2 Aftertaste 1 finally has a release date and it's sooner than you think, March 24th. The third sequel to the bartender simulator cum visual novel, Bar Oasis was received warmly for its excellent soundtrack and colourful cast...

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Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 732

I know anime takes a lot of liberties with real world scientific laws. Pretty much everything we know about modern science can be skewed in anime and then thinly explained before becoming the norm in that series. Time isn't one of those pro...

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Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 731

There is so much in anime that happens in between minutes of time that if I was able to that much done in the span of a few short minutes, you would see a lot more Annotated Anime articles on Japanator each week. One Piece's  time mani...

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Annotated Anime: Oshiete! Galko-chan episode 8

I'm not adverse to learning new things but the stuff that really stick are told through anime. Detective Conan/ Case Closed  has taught me the signs of cyanide poisoning, Lucky Star the benefits of leaving curry out to make it tas...

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First Impressions: Oshiete! Galko-chan

It's another anime that I joined a little behind the viewing schedule and now it's halfway through the season. This time, it's an anime about high school girls discussing their daily life in a high school peppered with jokes, nice visuals, ...


I don't know what this is, but it's tres Adorbs!

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Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 729

From browsing Reddit, I stumbled upon an excellent Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike match between Dudley and Ryu where they go back and forth, back and forth. And it's how I feel about the final match between Luffy and Doflamingo. A...

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Today in Anime: Happy Valentine's Day!

No matter the country, the day of love and romance will always fall on the 14th day of the second month of the year. Valentine's day is a day dedicated to being with your loved one and is common practice to exchange heart-shaped dairy confe...

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Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 728

It's been a while since I've caught up with One Piece and there's been so much to see. A quick first impression of Fourth Gear is it looked so stupid. And I think that's what Oda was going for because when I saw it in action it was ama...

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Review: Kizumonogatari

I don't think I could ever think of the Monogatari series without Shaft's trademark animation and visuals. It would be like eating PB and J sandwiches all my life and then discovering peanut butter could exist on starch without its conserve...

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Let's break down the Kizumonogatari movie trailers

It's a very interesting time for English literate Monogatari fans. With the first officially translated Monogatari light novel coinciding with the often delayed and heavily anticipated Kizumonogatari movie set to release later thi...


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The Japanator Awards 2015: Anthony's Top 5 Anime of the Year

It's that time of the year to wax retrospective about the year we just had. Whether it was good or bad, we give this year a final look before looking forward to 2016. Today is my day to look back at my top 5 anime of 2015. This year I incre...

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Annotated Anime: One Piece episodes 722-724

And now we close on another year in Dressrosa. We had made substantial progress through the arc with most of the executive fights over and only the biggest fight to tackle now. The pacing is still slower than a tortoise and the animation qu...

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Today in Anime: Christmas

I don't think I'll need to preface this Today in Anime section with an explanation about Christmas. It's grown past it's pagan roots and grown into an international holiday celebrated by cultures all over the world and that includes the lan...

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Berserk fans rejoice as a new anime series is announced

The Internet is blowing up today at the news of Berserk finally getting another anime adaptation. The dark fantasy tale of a man enacting revenge of a land now plagued with demons and monsters only produced one arc back in 1998. B...

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Annotated Anime: Owarimonogatari Episode 12

The Monogatari series can be sometimes hard to follow. Lots of characters interact in the background, a substantial amount of lore and exposition is dumped on the watcher every two episodes, and if you're a subtitle reader you'll spend the ...

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Annotated Anime: Owarimonogatari Episode 11

The Monogatari series is part of the rare breed of anime genres of having a lot of harem traits and showing the consequences of misleading actions. Araragi being a harem lead has perverted tendencies, but also the decency not to cheat ...

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Return to Bar Oasis very soon with After Tastes

It's been more than a year later since the last Bar Oasis game was released and finally, Corner Studios have started to trickle out information on the next chapter Bar Oasis: After Tastes. Bar Oasis is an iOS bar role-playing game released...

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Annotated Anime: One Piece episodes 720+ 721

Whenever this show has a juicy title, you can always guarantee that 90% of the episode will be filler. The part you want to see will be at the very beginning then quickly revisited at the end for a cliff hanger. Or on the flip side, will be...

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Annotated Anime: Owarimonogatari episodes 9-10

Monogatari fans that love reading will really enjoy these next two episodes. Monogatari fans that like Izuko Gaen and think that she isn't in the show enough will really like these episodes. Monogatari fans that also like Monogatari would a...

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Indivisible closes extended crowd funding campaign

First a brief history lesson. Back in October Indivisible's crowdfunding campaign was launched. With a team that had produced the decade's best indie fighting game and a solid prototype ready on day one for PC players, I was certain this wa...

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Annotated Anime: Durarara!!x2 Ten episodes 9-12

I really cannot catch a break with recapping this series. When last last weekend rolled around I was only expecting to binge watch One Piece, read some dialogue heavy Owarimonogatari, and enjoy just ONE episode of Durarara!!x2 Ten. However,...


About Anthony Redgraveone of us since 6:06 PM on 08.03.2011

Born in the 90's, Anthony was raised on Anime and cultivated a strong passion for Japanese culture and paraphernalia. He has dabbled all manner of web shenanigans; from webcomics to game development before finding Japanator.

Likes; Haruki Murakami, SCANDAL, Asian Kung-Fu Generation, and Street Fighter.

Top 10 Anime in no particular order:
One Piece
Paranoia Agent
Monogatari (Series)
Attack on Titan
Fullmetal Alchemist (Both)
Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
Ouran Host Club
Azumanga Daioh
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

Always up for a fight
PSN: The_Makster