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Annotated Anime: Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans episodes 4-5

It's been a little while since we last checked in with Iron-Blooded Orphans, and as a result, we're a little behind. Stuff is definitely happening, though, from table-setting in cornfields to the beginning of what is clearly the Tekkadan's ...

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Annotated Anime: Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans episode 3

Back when first wrote about Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, I noted that the show's more morally ambiguous, grittier approach seemed to set it apart from its peers in mainline Gundam fiction. As of the latest episode, that se...

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First Impressions: Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

Another year, another new Gundam series. My interest in Sunrise and Bandai's flagship has waxed and waned over the years, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm rarely attracted to the "mainline" shows that make up the core of the franchis...

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Saint Seiya returns next month

Get your polish ready! Toei's Saint Seiya is set to return to the airwaves next month, and you're going to want your armor looking spiffy. The show will be available via a stream on Bandai's channel globally, so many fans of the old school...

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Asians and Swiss get a merry Gundam Christmas

While not everyone celebrates the Christmas season, the occasion has become widespread enough that most companies usually trot something out to commemorate the holiday. The fine folks running the Gundam.info website have done just that for ...

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 10

Survival guides teach us that a good way to deal with a bear is to make ourselves look larger, make a bunch of noise, and generally give the impression that you're no easy prey.  But what about Beargguys? More importantly, what about M...

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 9

Y'know, I like Build Fighters Try and all, but in retrospect, it's kind of nuts that it took this long for someone to put the "Burning" in "Build Burning Gundam".  But hey, it finally did happen, and it was awesome.

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 7-8

When last we checked in with Gundam Build Fighters Try, "teamwork" was the name of the game, as Fumina debuted her support-specialized Winning Gundam, acting as a true leader should, to bridge the gaps between her two superstars, Yuuma and ...

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This ad for a Unicorn Gundam model goes full Psycho (Frame)

I've never been that much into model-making, Gundam or otherwise, so I've never had much of a reason to pay attention to commercials for the things. Then again, if they're all as cool as Bandai's new ad for an upcoming 1/60th-scale Pe...

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A Look at the next season of SPACE D-A-N-D-Y

Our erratic alien hunter and his bemused crew are due for another season, and soon! More throwbacks, homages, and alternate universes are just waiting to be discovered.  Here we get a full-fledged trailer that puts all the other lukew...

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Space Dandy's English cast revealed

In an effort to hype us all to death -- and no, we certainly don't mind -- Bandai Visual has reaffirmed Space Dandy's January 4th premiere for Adult Swim's Toonami block. They've also passed along a short list of English voice actors curren...

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Funimation licenses Eureka Seven TV series

We really shouldn't be surprised. Today, Funimation announced they've licensed Eureka Seven. It's not unheard of for a show to be rescued long after a publisher folds. Following the dissolution of Bandai Visual USA, Funimation and Sent...

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First teaser for the final episode of Gundam Unicorn

The seventh and final installment of Mobile Suit Gundam UC is almost upon us, and while that news should bring a huge smile to our face, it's sad knowing that the series is headed for it's epic conclusion. To tease us and pull at our heart...

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Review: Akira 25th Anniversary Edition

If you ask most people who grew up in the late 80s/early 90s what anime was, they’d probably say Akira. This film impacted not only the geeks and nerds, but had the sort of cross-over appeal that most shows don’t reach now. It w...

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Christmas cakes are boring, buy a Zaku cake instead

If you're living in Japan and thinking ahead for December, consider treating your honey to the Zaku that is rumored to be three times tastier than the average Christmas cake. I mean, what could go wrong when you've got chocolate mousse insi...

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First Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters

To say that Gundam AGE was a disaster is an understatement. While the show started off well and had good intentions, it fell victim to holier-than-thou protagonists spitting out anti-war propaganda messages that made little to no sense. Not...

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Get your hot-stuff Free! plushes ready to swim

Hey, Free!'s a thing, right? Kyoto Animation may be on to Beyond the Boundary now, but the legacy of their landmark swimming anime will live on, if Bandai has anything to say about it. All the ladies and lads that want to snuggle up to thei...

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Dragon Ball Z hair wax is like Gatsby for Saiyans

I'm sure there are some of you out there who dream of styling your hair like a super Saiyan, but have yet to find a suitable way of spiking your hair into a giant golden cone without having to rely on buckets of hairspray or industrial stre...

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The first 8 minutes of Ghost in the Shell Arise rise up

Hankering for another dose of Ghost in the Shell and schlocky Microsoft Surface promos aren't enough to do the job? Bandai and Production IG have just the thing for you! How about eight full minutes of Ghost in the Shell Arise's first epis...

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Backlog Episode 01: Mobile Suit Gundam

Like a lot of folk who buy anime, I have a bad habit of purchasing shows and not watching them. At this moment, I can turn around, look at my shelf and find at least two dozen shows that I haven't completed. Hell, some of them haven't even...

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Behold, a figure that costs 60 million Yen

Yes, friends, you read that headline correctly. Sixty million Yen. As of this writing, that's a shade under $586,000. What a way to celebrate Saint Seiya, right? In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of Saint Seiya's Saint Cloth Myth pr...

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The TV commercial for Gundam UC 6 has appeared

Gundam Unicorn 6: Two Worlds, Two Tomorrows is creeping up on us, with it's digital release less than a week away. We get a peak at the new television commercial, which features some nice shots of Full Frontal and Sinanju, but doesn't real...


Ghost in the Shell: Arise project launch to be streamed

The Ghost in the Shell franchise holds a very special place in my heart. When I was just a little kid, my uncle purchased a copy of the film on CD. While I didn't understand any of the story content at the time, I was blown away by the aest...


Things are getting deep in Gundam Unicorn 6

Today we're treated to the follow-up trailer for Gundam Unicorn Episode 6: Two Worlds, Two Tomorrows. We see a lot of the same footage, but get to hear some deep lecturing by Full Frontal. His hair-cut just looks so uncomfortable! Does som...


The latest Gundam Unicorn trailer has been sighted

It feels like I've been waiting for forever, but the new trailer for Gundam Unicorn 6: Two Worlds, Two Tomorrows is finally upon us. Banagher is geared up for battle, and it doesn't look like Full Frontal is just going to be sitting around...

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NYCC '12: The toy roundup

Now that NYCC is pretty much covered, I'll be dropping in with some anime-related toy stuff that we wrote about at Tomopop! Check out these links: Gallery: Vash the Stampede Kotobukiya booth overview Namco Bandai and ShiftyLook booth overv...


Unboxing! Macross: DYRL 30th Anniversary set

I've been holding onto this unboxing video for this week, just like unwrapping a birthday present for Macross's anniversary. So I dug into the special edition Blu-Ray set, which includes goodies like the remastered Macross: Do You Rem...


JapanaTen: Ten Bandai shows you should pick up right now

With Bandai announcing the final date that it will be accepting renewal orders, a ton of shows will be going out of print. Granted, there's a chance that some of the properties that Bandai had will be rescued, but it's entirely po...


Bandai Entertainment's anime titles to go out of print

It's been eight months since Bandai Entertainment decided to stop its localization of anime and manga titles. According to the news from Robert's Anime Corner Store, Bandai Entertainment is going to close down its distribution on March 1, 2...


Kyousogiga returns with a short online series

The original Kyousogiga ONA landed in December of last year, offering an intriguing, insane and colourful look at not-Kyoto. On its own, it didn't really reveal a whole lot about what the series is about or where it was going, only that it ...


Gilgamesh has a cool Fate/Zero chess set, and you can too

Of course, I'm reasonably sure the King of Heroes doesn't call his Fate/Zero-themed set a "Fate/Zero-themed chess set. He probably just calls it "My chess set". Just like he'd call everything else "mine", as per his "I own everything" ...


Gundam UC gets extended, going to 7 volumes

It's time to rejoice, Gundam-lovers, particularly those into the Universal Century, because your beloved UC is about to get a little bit of EX. That's short for "extra" in Japanese acronym parlance. Bandai has announced that Gundam Unicorn ...


Bandai announces Jin-Roh, Sword of the Stranger for Hulu

While Bandai may be done and over with releasing new titles, their role of license distribution continues on. Bandai just announced that two of their titles, Jin-Roh and Sword of the Stranger, will be available on Hulu and Hulu Plus. A...


This Code Geass pachislot ad is 13 minutes long

In Japan, pachinko is serious business. So is pachislot, a slot machine with pachinko balls. According to Wikipedia, the Japanese government estimates that this industry makes around ¥29 trillion ($378 billion) a year. There are tons of...


Ten Years After...Please Teacher

[Ten Years After is a new monthly feature where I'll be taking a look at shows that turn ten years old in 2012.] 2012 is a momentous year for me. This marks the tenth anniversary since I got into the amazingly bizarre world of anime and man...


Bandai Entertainment to stop localisation

[Update: Further titles are now confirmed as cancelled. The lists have been updated to reflect this.] Here is the first bad news of 2012, and it's a doozy. Bandai Entertainment have announced that they will stop releasing new anime and mang...


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