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Strong Style: Champion vs. Champion

Hello, and welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look at new Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. This week we look at the two matches not shown last week from day 8 of the G1 Climax 25 tournament. Since this is a continuation of last week's B blo...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Haifuri episode 7

As Harekaze's expedition drags on in the search of her missing fleet, the crew runs low on water. It is then we get these hijinks about what saltwater can do for you, or not. The story carries on despite these distractions as this week, Hig...

 
 
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Strong Style: Double stuffed full of action!

Hello, gang and welcome back to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. This week we have 2 scoops of fun as we have two hours of wrestling this week looking at the 25th G1 Climax tournament. We get a look at bo...

 
 
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Strong Style: G1 is here!

Hello and welcome back to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. Welp, after a month-long break we are back with the big G1 Climax tournament. If you read my primer last week then you know what is going on. If ...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Haifuri episode 6

Believe it or not, in 6 episodes a lot has happened in High School Fleet. Our high school frosh class of seafarers swept mines, dodged torpedos, avoided cannon fire, foiled mind-control mice, and developed a vaccine for the possible vi...

 
 
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Strong Style: Things to come

With AXS TV covering concert festivals the last month, Strong Style has taken a bit of a break. Next week, however, we kick things into high gear with 10 shows in 6 weeks covering the 25th G1 Climax tournament.  With so much action cra...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Haifuri episode 4

What is the maidens' big trouble on a boat? They ran out of toilet paper. As Harekaze's expedition ran longer than initially expected, the crew listed the supplies they were short of, and it wasn't just torpedoes and depth charges. Haifuri ...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Ace Attorney Episode 5

So Episode 5 is the start of "Turnabout Samurai,” the third case in the original Phoenix Wright game.  Just like the game, it begins with Maya watching “The Steel Samurai: Warrior of Neo Olde Tokyo,” a very popular to...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Haifuri episode 3

When I was growing up I watched a lot of Star Trek: The Next Generation. One of the things I liked about the show was all these naval-style battle scenes where Captain Picard would say stuff like, "fire" or "full to starboard" as if they we...

 
 
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Strong Style: One match, One belt!

Hello, Japanator readers and welcome back to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. Ths week we conclude our look at the 2015 Dominion card with the main event of that show. We've had some incredible action so ...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Haifuri episode 2

At the end of episode 1, Haifuri drops its full name and a cliffhanging curve ball--the protagonists are framed as traitors and attacked one of their own. It's good to learn that the second episode keeps up the pace and follows the same for...

 
 
 
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Strong Style: Osaka ass-kicking time!

Welcome back puro fans to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. Before we begin I'd like to send my thoughts to those in the Kyushu area of Japan right now as they've been hit with a couple of strong earthquak...

 
 
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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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Strong Style: Back for more!

Hello Hello, fans and welcome back to Strong Style, Japanator's look at new Japan Pro wrestling on AXS TV. This week we are back at the Osaka-Jo Hall looking at the Dominion card from 2015. This week's matches are a bit of a dichotomy. On o...

 
 
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Strong Style: No Foolin'

Hello again you motley crew of April fools and welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. While most wrestling fans have their eyes to Texas this weekend for Wrestlemania, we turn our eyes to Osaka for D...

 
 
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Final Impressions: Haruchika: Haruta and Chika

What an interesting trip Haruchika has been. The concept of two reunited childhood friends trying to save a school club by solving mysteries was an interesting one from the start and a good hook. The fact that it was based on a series of li...

 
 
 
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Strong Style: It doesn't get better than this!

Greetings Puro fans and welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. Last week we took a look at the first day of competition from the 2015 Best of the Super Jr.s tournament. The competition takes the best...

 
 
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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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Strong Style: Junior Tournament time!

Hey hey gang we are back with Strong Style as Japanator looks at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. This week we start a look at the Best of the Super Juniors tournament. This tournamnt is much like the G1 tournament where you have two bloc...

 
 
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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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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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Strong Style: Belts and Beauties

Happy Weekend to you all and welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. This week we go back to Wrestling Dontaku 2015, held in Fukuoka on May 3rd. In our second part of looking at the event, we hav...

 
 
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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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Strong Style: Don'taku go away!

Hello, again gang. After a week off we are back with Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. This week we start a new era of the show as Jim Ross becomes the new play by play man for our weekly look at Japan's b...

 
 
 
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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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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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Strong Style: Man up!

Welcome back everyone to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. This week we have two title matches from the April 29th, 2015 show at the Grand Masse Kummamoto in Kyushu. The title of the show wa...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu episodes 4-6

The last time we checked in on Shouwa Rakugo, it was shaping up to be one of the best (or at least, most grown-up) anime series to air in years. Anime fans looking for more mature, grounded plotting and complex character work were surprised...

 
 
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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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Strong Style: Cash-in time!

It's that time of week again! Japanator's look at NJPW on AXS TV takes us back one more time to the Sumo Hall on April 5, 2015. This week we take a look at the main event of Invasion Attack 2015 in what should be a good one.

 
 
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Strong Style: The attack is back!

Hello and welcome back to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. This week we go back to the Sumo Hall in Tokyo for a look at more of the "Invasion Attack" show from April 5, 2015. This week we have a big title...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: GATE episodes 13-16

The last time we checked in with GATE, A-1 Pictures' chronicle of the Japan's encounter with nothing less than an entire other world, I noted that the show was considerably less, well...controversial than I had been led to believe by some f...

 
 
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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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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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