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First Impressions: March comes in like a lion episodes 1-3

It's been almost a decade since the first time I watched the anime adaptation of Chika Umino's Honey and Clover. I was hooked right from the first episode; from its beautiful art and animation to the memorable characters, it was a lot of fu...

 
 
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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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Shaft mash up art exhibit Madogatari looks incredible!

Shaft has to be one of my favourite anime studios just because they made the Monogatari Series. I love that anime to pieces; from the extremely witty dialogue to the contrasting colour art style. The studio is coming up to its 40th annivers...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Mekakucity Actors episode 7

In typical Mekakucity Actors fashion, they once again subvert my expectations by actually picking up where the last episode left off. The story seems to be taking a more recognizable form now; having thoroughly explored the tip of the icebe...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Mekakucity Actors episode 6

This week's entry starts with a bang, passing on the usual OP and going straight into a action setpiece, where a black-haired Ene races down the metropolitan city blocks that seem to be collapsing all around her. The high tension beginning ...

 
 
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AA: Mekakucity Actors episode 5

The events from last episode, I'm afraid, will have to be resolved at another time. We're transported back to follow the events from episode 3, after the gang return to hiding, dragging the unconscious Shintaro behind them. Waking up in a u...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Mekakucity Actors 4

Words like "fate" or "destiny" are often associated with victory and love, but it can also be a horrific concept. It's not only the most confusingly presented episode of Mekakucity Actors, it seems to be going straight for Shaft's "Most Abs...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Mekakucity Actors Episode 2 & 3

I volunteered to pick Mekakucity Actors up because Chris is currently handling many fulfilling challenges in the real world, and found it difficult to follow the show on a regular schedule. I will try to capture the madness in his stead, so...

 
 
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First Impressions: Mekakucity Actors

"Oh hey, a Shaft show! I didn't end up watching Nisekoi, so I'll be sure to watch this." This was the only reason I decided to pick up Mekakucity Actors. I had no idea that I was diving into what seems like a reasonably well-established fan...

 
 
 
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Hanamonogatari gets its first teaser trailer

Nothing is going to slow down Shaft's Monogatari train, especially when you consider how popular the franchise has become. Heads would roll if people couldn't get the next available dose of Mayoi getting beaten up by Araragi, and while the...

 
 
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First Impressions: Nisekoi

Once upon a time there was an awesome Jump manga series called Double Arts by a man named Naoshi Komi. A wonderful little story about a pair of people who had to hold hands at all times, Double Arts would go on to be canceled after its thir...

 
 
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Third Madoka film to have English subs in Japan

Are you getting Madoka withdrawal symptoms? Want something to cure that itch? Well, assuming you've got some money to play with, you could consider putting in a pre-order for the Japanese release of the third movie, Puella Magi Madoka...

 
 
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Final Madoka Magica film gets a 90 sec trailer

Some of you might not be aware of this, but Madoka Magica The Movie -Rebellion- hits Japanese theaters on Saturday. It's hard to believe that we finally seem to be reaching the end of this long, dark magical girl journey.  I'll be the...

 
 
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Madoka Magica x Monogatari shorts coming soon

Looks like the third Puella Magi Madoka Magica film in Japan will get something extra! SHAFT has announced they'll be releasing four Madoka Magica x Monogatari shorts that will air prior to the movie encouraging courtesy and proper behavior...

 
 
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More Contracts! A new character joins Madoka's third film

It looks like I missed Kyubey's memo earlier during the day, but that doesn't mean that this is going to be huge! So what's this big event that's been getting me intrigued? Well, Madoka Magica the Movie III: Rebellion will be getting a new ...

 
 
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See the next chapter of the Monogatari Series

I have to say, it feels almost weird to be posting this trailer. Not that this new trailer for the next part of Monogatari Series Second Season is at all "weird", but that the show is still going. I usually expect Shaft-animated shows...

 
 
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Madoka Magica Rebellion's confusing trailer gets subbed

If you weren't able to understand the dialogue during the last trailer for Madoka Magica The Movie -Rebellion-, Aniplex USA has uploaded the current trailer with English subtitles. While it gives us a chance to read out everyone'...

 
 
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Third Madoka film gets a confusing teaser trailer

Anime fans have a whole lot of love for Shaft's Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime series. It's not hard to see why either. Hell, I personally enjoyed the ever living crap out of it. The most recent two films were basically all 12 episodes of...

 
 
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YES! Madoka Movie 3 gets a US, CAN, and France showing

Kyubey has made his verdict at Japan Expo 2013, and Madoka Magica the Movie III: Rebellion will be shown in the United States, Canada, and France! In other words, you can thank good old Sal for offering his soul to Kyubey to make sure that ...

 
 
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Home Run! New details about Madoka's third movie surface

The magical climax that we've been waiting for is transforming again, and Mezamashi Terebi has taken a step into Shaft's studio to scope out the latest stuff about Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion! During the segment, sketches a...

 
 
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Nisekoi adaptation being handled by SHAFT

Well that's kind of unexpected. The anime adaptation of Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi manga is being handled by SHAFT (Madoka Magica, Bakemonogatari, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei), a studio that has quite the assortment of TV series under its belt...

 
 
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Simulcast GET! Crunchyroll grabs Monogatari S2 and more

I have a feeling that Crunchyroll has developed a new fetish for the summer season, since magical girls, dolls, and airsoft guns are joining their summer lineup. With that being said, Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen and Fantasista Doll&...

 
 
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Streaming GET! Daisuki.net adds DBZ, One Piece, and more

I'm not sure what the hold up was with Toei in the past, but Daisuki.net has assured us that Dragonball Z and One Piece have finally landed on Daisuki's turf. As they say, better late than never. Hopefully, this is a sign that Toei will be ...

 
 
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Brush your Teeth! Daisuki.net to simulcast Monogatari S2

This is going to make me into a big target, but I could never get into the Monogatari series. However, I will admit I did enjoy the relationship between Araragi and Hitagi, along with the fact that Karen made a reference to Dekamaster from ...

 
 
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Toothbrush time! Aniplex licenses Monogatari S2, Nekokuro

Rejoice, fans of licensing acquisitions, for another one of those has happened! In a move that's sure to delight fans of the Monogatari franchise, Aniplex of America has announced their pickup of the latest two Monogatari propert...

 
 
 
 
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Prism Nana's sixth pilot promo focuses on cleavage shots

Beach episodes are something that always pop up in most anime, and Prism Nana is ready to show viewers a broader sample of the beach segments from its first trailer. Overall, I find it silly that Red and Green's boobs look bigger...

 
 
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Error fixed: Madoka's third film to premiere in the fall

Well, that was a bit embarrassing (not on my behalf), because Smart, the magazine that revealed the summer premiere for Madoka Magica's third movie, has made a huge miscalculation in their post. Thanks to a report by Nikkei Entert...

 
 
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It keeps on going: Sandy gets a taste of Madoka's magic

Oh snap, the contract express is still on course, and the people of Sandy, Utah are next on the list of places that will be showing the first two Madoka movies. Will this be the last that we hear from Kyubey's collaboration with A...

 
 
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Witness the band unite in Prism Nana's fifth pilot promo

It looks like I was wrong about my two predictions for Prism Nana's pilot promos. First of all, the newest video has nothing to do with the project's villains, because the current video focuses on the three girls rocking it out i...

 
 
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Ending complete: Madoka's third film gets a premiere date

As Kyubey's massive contract spree comes to a close, a new listing appears in the form of the ultimate closure for becoming a Puella Magi. In accordance to this new piece of information, the final part of the Madoka Magica movie trilogy is ...

 
 
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Kyubey is back: Madoka takes a right turn in Albuquerque

Making Puella Magis is some serious business, and Aniplex's contract has yet to diminish. Kyubey is lucky that he's not a gray rabbit, because his next destination is one that most underground travelers tend to miss. Thanks to his proud dec...

 
 
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Friday Night Fights: Homura vs Kiritsugu

*ding, ding, ding* It's over! Red XIII is taking quite a blow from Repede's swift knife attacks -- very impressive, Repede. And right as Repede readies one of his Artes, Red XIII attacks with Cosmo Memory. Luckily, Repede isn't yo...

 
 
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Promoted: Breaking down Sasami-san@ganbaranai's symbolism

[Did you find Sasami-san@ganbaranai as confusing as I did? Well, don't drop or bash it just yet, because Jeff's got an expert breakdown of the first episode's deep-rooted symbolism. It's an enlightening read straight from his personal ...

 
 
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First Impressions: Sasami-san@Ganbaranai

Is it possible to fall in love with a series after just one episode? Okay, let's backtrack a little. It's a Shaft offering, so of course one of us was going to pick it up. Did I know anything about this show before going in? Absolutely not....

 
 
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Final Impressions: Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb

The festivities at the end of December seem to be at fault for putting off the finale of this show so long, but hey, the Hidamari Sketch ladies didn't appear to be all that fussed about it. It may have been our fourth exciting outing into t...

 
 
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Rock out with Prism Nana's fourth refreshing pilot promo

My prediction about the fourth promo was almost right on the mark, since the third girl uses her electric guitar to cool us down with some rock music. All in all, I am up for a magical girl that combines the power of water and rock 'n' rol...

 
 




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