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Impressions: Gun Gale Online Manga Vol. 1

Most of us can agree that Sword Art Online isn’t the best series out there, especially with protagonists like Kirito and Asuna, but it’s spin-off series, Gun Gale Online, is enjoyable. Personally, I like the main character, Kare...

 
 
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Impressions: Splatoon Manga Vol. 1

If you’re familiar with the phrase “YOU'RE A KID NOW! YOU'RE A SQUID NOW!” then you are probably familiar with the Splatoon franchise. I haven’t had the opportunity to play too much of Splatoon 2 since I don’t ...

 
 
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Impressions: Dragon Ball Super Blu-Ray Sets Parts 1 & 2

So, I had the opportunity to review the manga, now it’s time to tackle the anime. The anime premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block on January 7, 2017, at 8 pm EST in the US. Thinking that it was going to take even longer for the Drag...

 
 
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Impressions: Dragon Ball Super Manga Vol. 2

Around half a year later after the release of the first volume in North America, we get the second volume featuring the rest of the "Universe 6 Arc" and the beginning of the "Future Trunks Arc." Like I stated in my impressions of the first ...

 
 
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Impressions: Gabriel Dropout Manga Vol. 1

Looking back, 2017 had a decent start with it’s anime lineup, including Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon, Konosuba Season 2, and Gabriel Dropout, which were among my favorite during the first quarter of the year. Many months later, co...

 
 
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Impressions: Golden Kamuy Manga Vol. 1

One of my favorite things as an Otaku is being introduced to series that I had no idea they existed. When receiving my Dragon Ball Super manga volume from Viz Media, I got Golden Kamuy alongside it. Just by the fron...

 
 
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Impressions: Dragon Ball Super Manga Vol. 1

Dragon Ball has been one of the most popular franchises in Japan during the last three decades, and with good reason, and when it finally ended, it really makes you feel empty, at least it did for me when I finished watching all three ...

 
 
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Impressions: Fate/Grand Order: First Order

I have to admit that I was initially rather disappointed to learn that Fate/Grand Order: First Order was being planned as a one-off TV special, rather than a full-season TV series, as the rumors had originally stated. After all, i...

 
 
 
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First Impressions: Kamen Rider Ex-Aid

When it comes to shows with hybrid motifs, I’m always down for titles filled various things that would normally not go together. Even though the latest Kamen Rider series, Ex-Aid, mixes video games with the medical field, the idea isn...

 
 
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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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First Impressions: Keijo!!!!!!!!

Keijo!!!!!!!! has both the best and worst first episode I have ever seen in anime. It's most likely one of the biggest surprises of the Fall season merely for its audacity to exist. In a wonderful maelstrom of fan service, slick action anim...

 
 
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First Impressions: Tiger Mask W

A number of months ago, it was announced during a New Japan Pro Wrestling show that the company was working with animators to bring a new Tiger Mask series to the airwaves of Japan. The day has finally come with the debut of Tiger Mask W. I...

 
 
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JapanaFive: The best moments from AJIN's first season

Would you want to live forever? Even if it meant that practically the entire human race wanted you imprisoned? I’m talking secret government agencies who want to torture experiment on you, bounty hunters and national prominence as a m...

 
 
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First Impressions: Thunderbolt Fantasy

Ever since Urobuchi was involved with Kamen Rider Gaim, my desire to see him tackle other types of mediums outside of his usual things went up since it would be great to see how his writing style would cut up those stories. Since the Butche...

 
 
 
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Japanator's Summer 2016 Anime Preview Guide!

A happy Monday to you, and a happy July 4th to all our American readers! What better way is there to celebrate American independence than by staying home and watching a buttload of Japanese cartoons? Welcome to Japanator's Summer 2016 Anime...

 
 
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First Impressions: Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto

I fell really hard into the manga scene about 10-12 years ago. I pretty much checked manga scan sites everyday. They're not so cool now that I can afford to buy whatever volume of manga I want (and, you know, it's still theft), but they wer...

 
 
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First Impressions: Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-

Out of all the anime this season, one in particular really stood out to me. Taking two common anime plots and essentially mushing them together into some kind of peanut butter and monster sandwich, Re: ZERO - Starting Life in Another World ...

 
 
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First Impressions: Space Patrol Luluco

Whenever a show presents itself as a short, it’s important for the staff to establish a beginning, middle and end in the piece. If it’s a comedy, then the jokes have to be properly established so that the viewers are laughing th...

 
 
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First Impressions: Ace Attorney

Growing up as handheld gamer during my middle school days, I played many games on the DS including the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series. What made Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney more interesting than your average Visual Novel is that it ad...

 
 
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First Impressions: Kabaneri of The Iron Fortress

So what can we expect from Wit Studio this time around? Well, more of the same - don't take that as a criticism, it's an observation. Wit Studio has brought us a number of post-apocalyptic stories, where humanity is on the brink, fighting o...

 
 
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First Impressions: Haifuri

Keeping up with the news, one thing that I knew about Haifuri before watching the first episode was that it's about a bunch of moe high school girls working as some kind of sea patrol. The soft designs and color schemes on the PR material e...

 
 
 
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Japanator's Spring 2016 Anime Preview Guide!

It may be April 1st today, but it's also the start of the Spring Anime Preview, which means that folks can have fun with boisterous humor and anticipation for the latest in Japanese cartoon goodness. This is Japanator's Spring 2016 Ani...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Haruchika: Haruta & Chika episodes 8-10

We are closing in on the end of Haruchika: Haruta and Chika, the big concert competition is fast approaching and all the members of the Brass band club we will meet are here. We have a concert to perform and mysteries to solve! Let's jump r...

 
 
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First Impressions: Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger episodes 1-3

It’s hard to believe that the Sentai franchise is now airing its 40th installment. Honestly, this feeling comes from the fact that the previous series, Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, was celebrating the franchise’s real anniver...

 
 
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The Trial of Myotismon: Growing Up and Digimon's Legacy

In the second half of 2015, something amazing happened in the world of anime. Digimon returned. But not just any incarnation of the series, rather Digimon Tri is a continuation of the original first season, based on Taichi and the other D...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Haruchika: Haruta & Chika episodes 5-7

We are checking in with our favorite high school friends of the Japanese TV season again as we look at the next three episodes of Haruchika: Haruta and Chika. The gang is finishing up the school term and new faces arrive to make their lives...

 
 
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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, ...

 
 
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Impressions: Dimension W episodes 1-6

Anime with a futuristic, science fiction setting are always a toss up. For example, another science fiction series this season, Luck & Logic, ended up being awful halfway through its second episode. So I was really nervous about Dimensi...

 
 
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First Impressions: Myriad Colors Phantom World

Animation is a fantastic medium. With it you can do all sorts of otherworldly things like outlandish hair colors, crazy stories full of physical feats you can't do in the real world, and most importantly, you can really nail boob physics. A...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Haruchika: Haruta & Chika episodes 2-4

So now that we took a look at the first episode of this series, now it's time to see more of what makes this show go and what makes these characters tick. We've already seen that this series is not one of shock and surprise and is a very ge...

 
 
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First Impressions: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

If you've ever held the opinion that the medium of Japanese anime could stand to see more mature stories for adults, you absolutely owe it to yourself to at least try watching Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu.  I'm not saying you're ...

 
 
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First Impressions: ERASED

If there's anything universal to the experience of being an adult, it's probably regret. Or more specifically, regretting the mistakes of childhood. Come on, you've done it before, too, I'm sure. Perhaps you've lost touch with an old buddy ...

 
 
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First Impressions: Haruchika: Haruta & Chika

I'm not exactly sure why I picked this new show of the winter season, really. I had no idea what it was about or the background behind it. Just a very brief description and one picture from a preview of the new anime debuting during these c...

 
 
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Impressions: Yo-kai Watch Manga Vol. 1 and 2

Ever since the first game released in Japan back in 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS, the Yo-kai Watch franchise has captivated the entire Japanese population. While the manga was published a few months before the game officially released but it f...

 
 
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Impressions: Kuroko's Basketball Extra Game

Ever since emerging myself into the wonderful world of Anime and Manga, I’ve being a fan of many sports series such as Hajime no Ippo, Captain Tsubasa, Slam Dunk, and Prince of Tennis. One of my recent favorites ha...

 
 
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First Impressions: Anitore! EX

There has always been sports anime around that I can never get into. Either I have no interest in the sport or the drama part takes too much away from the sport that I like, or the show is more interested in showing off the attractive ...

 
 
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First Impressions: Durarara!!x2 Ten

The release of Durarara!!'s second cours dubbed started broadcasting last month and it went completely under my radar. 5 episodes in and I've become reacquainted with the denizens of Ikebukuro and the thin line called destiny that intertwin...

 
 




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Mazinger Z: INFINITY"A Hero's Comeback"

 

Mob Psycho 100 Limited Edition Blu-Ray Set"Mob? Mob? What do you want? "

 

The Morose Mononokean Blu-ray Set"A Charming Story of Yo-kai"

 

Digimon Adventure tri: Loss"The worst out of the five movies out so far"

 

Napping Princess: The Story of the Unknown Me"Do Not Sleep On Napping Princess"

 

Mary and The Witch's Flower"A Charming Story about Witches"

 

Your Name Blu-Ray Set"Can I ask you your name?"

 

Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You!"PIkachu, I Choose you!"

 

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Ransengan Collection Blu-Ray Set"Four Action Packed Movies In One Package!"

 

Ramna 1/2 OVAs & Movies Blu-Ray Set"A Trip Down Memory Lane"

 

Little Witch Academia (Season 1) "My name is Akko and I love to get Wakko"

 

Japanator Unboxing: TokyoTreat - February 2017"Sweet Strawberry, Savory Seafood"

 

Digimon Adventure tri: Reunion Blu-Ray Set"A New Digi-Adventure Emerges!"

 

Boruto: Naruto the Movie Blu-ray Set"The New Generation hits Blu-Ray!"

 

Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa)"Can I ask you your name?"

 

Ghost in the Shell"Cyber-Bodied"

 

Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale"Is this the (Augmented) Real Life?"

 
 
 
 
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