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Kyoto Animation studio attacked by arsonist, dozens hurt

[Update: The death toll now stands at 33] Late on the morning of July 18th, Japan time, an arsonist spread an unknown liquid around the "Studio 1" building of famed anime production company Kyoto Animation (also known as "KyoAni"), and igni...

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Final Impressions: Myriad Colors Phantom World

If you've been following along with my occasional thoughts on Myriad Colors Phantom World, you've no doubt noticed how many times I've gone back and forth on the series as a whole. While folks in the comments suggested that I just take the ...

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Annotated Anime: Myriad Colors Phantom World episodes 7-9

I've been hard on Myriad Colors Phantom World since its inception because I went in expecting more from Kyoto Animation's effort. Their past shows have been great when they work, so I was hoping this too would be one of the better series in...

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Hibike! Euphonium trailer shows off all that nice brass

Kyoto Animation's adaptation of the manga Hibike! Euphonium (Sound! Euphonium) is set to air this upcoming spring season on April 7, 2015. While this anime seems similar to K-On!, another KyoAni anime about girls playing musical instrument...

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Week Ender - Kyoto Animation Edition

Welcome to start of endings extravaganza here at Japanator, this is Week Ender and here to give your weekend some great anime endings. This week's spotlight goes to Kyoto Animation, commonly referred to as "KyoAni", one of the most popular ...

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Annotated Anime: Chuunibyou Ren episode 5 and 6

It seems my worry that this show would be unnecessary may been legitimate, as we're now halfway through the new season with nothing to show for it. Sure, there's been some relationship business with Rikka and having her finally step out of ...

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Annotated Anime: Chuunibyou Ren episode 4

I think I've spent the past quarter of an hour playing over the new Chuunibyou opening in my head. It's becoming borderline maddening, but it's a pretty great tune so I'm not sure I mind. Anyone that has a problem with turntable magic circl...

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Cosplayers reenact Beyond the Boundary idol dance

Hey, remember that crazy filler episode of Beyond the Boundary where the whole crew tries to take down a monster by distracting it with an idol dance number? I seem to recall spending way more time writing about that incident than it proba...

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Hello, Next Summer: Free! gets a new season

Are you ready to get wet? I'm always ready for a frolic in the water, and Kyoto Animation's betting that you are, too, because they've just announced that Free! Iwatobi Swim Club, the premier animated place to see a gaggle of hot guys get h...

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Annotated Anime: Chuunibyou Ren Ep. 3

A new challenger approaches! We finally have our new character, and it looks like she'll fit right in with the rest of the cast. That is, assuming she's going to invite herself into their school every day, or she gets herself transferred. E...

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Annotated Anime: Chuunibyou Ren Ep. 2

Another episode deep and I'm wondering if my concerns about this show are actually justified. That's not to say that this latest episode is an animated masterpiece that knocks it out the park, but Rikka and Yuuta's extended adventures are t...

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First Impressions: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren

Wonderful, wonderful Chuunibyou, what a surprise conclusion to 2012's slate of anime you were. It's no secret that I'm quite fussy with the shows that KyoAni pumps out, but this slice-of-life/science fiction/romance/comedy was gripping from...

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New Chūnibyō's first episode leaked online

In an all to familiar story, the first episode of Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren was leaked before its official debut. It appeared briefly on tv.sohu.com, a region locked and Chinese-owned website, rather than being a slip-...

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Final Impressions: Beyond the Boundary

I'm kind of at a loss with Beyond the Boundary right now, to be honest. There are some great characters and the animation never disappoints-- in fact, sometimes it's hard to get a good screencap from this show because the action moves so fa...

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Chūnibyō sequel gets a new trailer

It might be a case of 'blink and you'll miss it', but hey, it's enough to get me excited! It's almost time for the delusions to return, so we've been gifted with the finest seventeen seconds of video from Kyoto Animation in preparation for...

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Annotated Anime: Beyond the Boundary, Ep. 11

After last week's surprisingly satisfying outing with Akihito and co., this week's episode felt a little rushed and underwhelming. I was kind of expecting more of an epic struggle on Akihito's part to get to where Kuriyama is, and Miroku's ...

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Annotated Anime: Beyond the Boundary, Ep. 10

Just when we thought we knew exactly what to expect from this show, it goes all M. Night Shyamalan on us. The twist in this episode doesn't completely transform the show, but it does shed some light on some of Kuriyama's baffling behavior. ...

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Annotated Anime: Beyond the Boundary, Episode 9

The battle of the Calm, which is not in the least bit calm, continues. The most notable thing that happened in this episode was the fact that Izumi knocked that smug look off of Miroku's face for a whole two seconds, so go Izumi. Just like ...

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Annotated Anime: Beyond the Boundary, Ep. 8

This kind of felt like half an episode of Beyond the Boundary. Granted, what we got was fairly interesting, but when the end credits started to roll I wasn't satisfied. If Mirai and Sakura could have skipped their interminable conversations...

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First Beyond the Boundary short features idol dancing

Okay, so, you want your hot-off-the-presses Beyond the Boundary news? Very well, I shall oblige. Kyoto Animation has just started streaming a short called Idol Trial! Even as You Waver, The Nation Judges You, where super-deformed versi...

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Annotated Anime: Beyond the Boundary Ep. 7

After the delicious buffet of crazy that was last week's episode, pretty much anything would have been a let down. However, even going into this episode with my expectations lowered appropriately, I still found it rather lackluster. On a pl...

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Annotated Anime: Beyond the Boundary Ep. 6

This week, Kuriyama and friends decide to take on a monster that explodes into a super-stinky fluid whenever it senses a threat, and the crew can only hope to defeat it by forming an idol group and harnessing the magic of singing and dancin...

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Annotated Anime: Beyond the Boundary, Ep. 4

I try to keep the very beginning of these posts relatively spoiler-free, because I don't want someone just casually browsing the front page to be spoiled on a show they may not have even started watching yet. However, because of that, I am ...

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Annotated Anime: Beyond the Boundary, Ep. 3

I think we're at the point where we can tell what BtB does really well, and what it does badly. The show continues to excel at creating a creepy supernatural atmosphere-- like when the invisible monsters started popping out of the walls in ...

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Simulcast GET! Crunchyroll grabs Beyond the Boundary

I don't know about you, but I think that Crunchyroll is going all out with their new simulcasts for the Fall Anime Season. Now that they have announced that Kyokai no Kanata will be streamed under the name of Beyond the Boundary, I think we...

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Final Impressions: FREE!

Free! was the show we were all kind of making fun of, right? Instead of Kyoto Animation's typical "Cute girls doing cute things" formula, they switched it up with cute boys who kind of act like girls, except for the fact that they're consta...

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Have a bloody good time with Kyokai no Kanata's new promo

I'm probably the worse person to ask when it comes to Kyoto Animation related things, since the last KyoAni related thing that I saw was the first episode of Chuunibiyo and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumia. Instead of making fun of me f...

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KyoAni's Kyoukai no Kanata airs this fall

Kyoto Animation announced yesterday that their next TV anime, Kyokai no Kanata, would be airing this October here in Japan.  The series is shaping up to be an supernatural action kind of deal, which is exciting for a number reasons. Wh...

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First Impressions: Free!

Kyoto Animation's latest TV anime, Free!, is a bit different from the studio's standard output.  While KyoAni is clearly aiming this latest project at female anime watchers, that doesn't necessarily mean Free! can't be enjoyed by men. ...

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Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! 2nd season confirmed

Thanks to an early Newtype leak, we now have confirmation that KyoAni's wacky romantic comedy, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!, is in fact getting a second sequel. While we knew a new project was underway, there was some speculation that it ...

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KyoAni's next TV anime is FREE!

Kyoto Anime announced during a live Nico Nico broadcast that their next TV anime will be FREE!, a series about high school boys on the swimming team. If this sounds familiar to you, that's because you probably saw KyoAni's animation demo f...

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Final Impressions: Tamako Market

Moe can be a hard pill to swallow to a lot of people. For me, I put it into a bowl with sugary cereal and milk and consume in mass quantities. OK, so that was a little over the top. I do enjoy moe shows more than a grown man should, bu...

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KyoAni goes ahead with a Kyoukai no Kanata TV anime

Last year, Kyoto Animation (K-On!, Hyouka) produced a commercial to advertise the new light novel, Kyoukai no Kanata. It seemed like a fairly safe bet that they'd be animating a TV adaptation, but months upon months passed, and nothing sur...

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KyoAni hints at a new Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai work

Prepare to experience love, middle-schooler syndrome, and other delusions once again, because now that Tamako Market has just ended (Josh Totman's Final Impressions are pending), it's time to think of the future. And in Kyoto Animatio...


KyoAni's new animation test is filled with manly men

Well this is pretty damn cool. Kyoto Animation, the studio behind Nichijou, Hyouka, and many beloved shows has released a new animation test/commercial in which attractive men swim around and look attractive. That sounds ridiculous, but it...


Final Impressions: Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!

I was more than a little excited when I got the chance to finally cover a Kyoto Animation series for Annotated Anime. I fell in love with Hyouka, and Full Metal Panic Fumoffu and TSR are two of my favorite shows from the last decade. No, I ...


First Impressions: Tamako Market

Come on in children. The water is a bit murky on the moe end of the anime pool. It’s a bit cold, not at all hot, and there may be warm spots here and there. Tamako Market from Kyoto Animation is finally on the air to hopefully fill th...


Get cooking with KyoAni's new original winter anime

There are two shocking twists in regards to Kyoto Animation's new series. First of all, it's coming out in January, which is not a normal thing for KyoAni shows. since they tend to go for the Spring and/or Fall season. And the next surpris...


First Impressions: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!

As some of you are aware of, in the daytime I double as an English teacher at Japanese elementary and junior high schools. I can say with great confidence that "eighth-grader syndrome" (chuunibyou) is a term that's tossed around all too oft...


Final Impressions: Hyouka

Like most anime that are set and based in high school, Hyouka ends with a proclamation of love. But similar to most other Kyoto Animation titles, it's a lot sweeter and quieter than, say, a boy screaming it from the rooftops. Trea...


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