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Review: Little Witch Academia (Season 1)

I've been anticipating Little Witch Academia for quite some time. Studio Trigger, the studio behind Kill la Kill and Space Patrol Luloco, produced a series created by Yoh Yoshinari, who's worked on Medabots, Gu...

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Final Impressions: Space Patrol Luluco

Not many shows have the guts to end during the beginning of a new season. One possible reason is that it would confuse the masses if the title were to end after making a comeback. Despite this move being very risky, this is what allowed Lul...

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Annotated Anime: Space Patrol Luluco episode 12

For a second, I thought that Luluco’s fourth season was going to be the end the series. Not that I’m against there being a new season, as there are still many things that the show has yet to resolved. If anything, this continues...

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Annotated Anime: Space Patrol Luluco episodes 5-11

You got to hand it to shows that outdo themselves to the point where they can convert any doubtful viewer into a fan. In this case, my concern for Luluco’s episode length was wiped out of my system as Imaishi and the Studio TRIGG...

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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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Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episodes 5-6

Much as the header image would lead you to believe, the latest episodes of Inou Battle aren't about hard rock, starting a band, or even the chuuni value of music appreciation. No, instead the stories of episodes 5 and 6 are about Inou ...

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Anime Next '14: Studio Trigger

At Anime Next 2014, the "Creative Officer" and "Creative Director" of Kill la Kill, Shigeto Koyama and Hiromi Wakabayashi, respectively, did some show-and-tell for the crowd. Their Saturday panel on Kill la Kill was not only packed to ...

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Final Impressions: Kill la Kill

The final episode of Kill la Kill has come and gone, with the story of the lone transfer student seeking revenge for her father's death having come to its conclusion.  Things exploded, Gainax references were made, people were cut into ...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill episode 23

To quote a good friend of mine after watching episode 23, "my body exploded and then came back together." With Ryuko back on the side of good, Kill la Kill dashes full throttle toward its climactic conclusion, bringing out all the heavy gun...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill episode 21

Last week's Kill la Kill predictions proved to be true. I think ultimately the last thing anybody wanted was for this particular mini-arc to get dragged out for longer than a handful episodes. In a show that is often very fast paced, it was...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill episode 20

All hail Satsuki. Much like last week's romp, Kill la Kill episode 20 spends lots of time with the secondary characters as we watch them make a rescue attempt by diving deep into enemy lines. Ragyo continues to taunt her youngest daughter, ...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill episode 19

The sheer amount of nudity in Kill la Kill episode 19 is mighty impressive. Nearly every major and minor character appears naked this week, barely batting an eye.  Respect. A whole lot more went down, as the plot took several huge step...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill episode 18

Oh Kill la Kill. Just when I thought you couldn't top yourself, you go ahead and give us episode 18. An explosion of plot progression, action, drama, and even a bit of humor, this week's Kill la Kill epitomizes what this show can be at...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill episode 17

With last week's exposition explosion out of the way, Kill la Kill continues to move forward with its insane narrative. The end result is an episode of build up and release that wouldn't feel out of place as the climax of a series. Some mig...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill episode 16

And just like that, the curtain has been pulled back from many of Kill la Kill's ongoing mysteries. The exposition episode has come and gone, leaving behind a wealth of new information and revelations. Things on the show will likely never b...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill episode 15

Goddamn. The School Trip arc ended in a blaze of glory this week with Ryuko taking the fight to Satsuki and the conflict between Honnouji and Nudist Beach coming to light. Revelations were had, nipples glowed, and buildings were smashed as ...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill episode 14

The action moves away from Honnouji Academy this week as Satsuki takes her conquest on the road to the best part of Japan: the Kansai region. Football teams, old lady networks, and a whole lot of kansai dialect combine to form episode 14 of...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill 13

2013 has come and gone, which means it's time for the return of TRIGGER's Kill la Kill. When last we left off, Ryuko was in a not so great place, the treacherous Nui was causing all sorts of problems, and Mako was off being Mako and saving ...

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Kill la Kill's US website gets updated

While we're off watching the latest episode of Kill la Kill, Aniplex updated their US site for the popular bombastic scissor action show. Every 30-second promo is now available in the story section as well as updated info in the character s...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill Episode 11

There was something of a tonal shift in this week's Kill la Kill, and I suspect that going forward we're going to see it become more and more pronounced. All parties are now on the move; Ryuko, Nudist Beach, Satsuki and her vague ambitions,...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill 10

Well that was certainly a loaded episode. Kill la Kill picks up this week with Ryuko taking on two more members of the Elite Four, Inumata and Nonon. There’s a whole lot less phallic imagery this time around, but much more in the way ...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill Episode 09

While the first chunk of this past week's Kill la Kill was dedicated to the build up, the back half dove further into Gamagoori's past with Satsuki as well as the duel with Ryuko. In many ways it was a lot like episode six in that the battl...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill Episode 08

I normally don't expect much from the big tank characters that often pop up in action anime. They frequently have super flat personalities that are limited to their stupidity and/or physical strength. In that sense, Kill la Kill's Gamagoori...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill Episode 07

Back when Kill la Kill first started airing seven weeks ago, Mako Mankanshoku came as a pleasant surprise to me. Now that we've finally had an episode with the spotlight on her, my opinion remains unchanged. Mako gonna Mako. I don't think t...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill Episode 06

It feels like Kill la Kill has found its groove. After a strong set of episodes, Imaishi and co. follow up with another right hook in the form of entry number six. The focus moves away from Ryuko and Mako, this time casting the spotlight on...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill Episode 05

That was one hell of a rush. After the over-the-top madness that was last week's Kill la Kill, episode five brings things back to the ground level, resulting in what I think is the most tight package thus far. Writer Nakashima slows things ...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill Episode 04

Last week, Imaishi and his team brought Kill la Kill to an early climax of sorts. Our main characters had a face off, buildings were destroyed, and people were blown into the sky. This begs the question: how do you follow up something so bi...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill Episode 03

Kill la Kill's third episode is about as climactic as anime can get without outright ending a series. It's a packed 24 minutes that devotes a majority of its run time to a large scale battle between the two leads, stopping only briefly to d...

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill Episode 02

There's a moment in episode two of Kill la Kill where Mako gives a rousing speech about truth, love, and friendship. Through a complicated series of gestures and poses, she articulates why Ryuko is one bad mofo, before handing her new best ...

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Inferno Cop 2? Nope, sorry!

Yesterday, Twitter went abuzz for a brief moment as the official Twitter account of Inferno Cop changed its name to Inferno Cop 2 along with the message that a sequel was announced in a "distant land." Obviously this seemed pretty jokey, bu...

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First Impressions: Kill la Kill

I made it two minutes into the first episode of studio TRIGGER's Kill la Kill before feeling a huge, stupid grin take over my face The way I see it, that's got to be some kind of record. The latest TV anime by Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagan...

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Kill la Kill Instagram filled with awesome rough sketches

It's impressive how much TRIGGER and Aniplex have been pushing their brand new show, Kill la Kill. I don't just mean in Japan either; they've done a remarkable job of giving English speaking fans stuff to enjoy in the lead up to the first e...

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Kill la Kill USA Official Website launches

I'm perhaps unreasonably hyped for Trigger's first original TV anime, Kill la Kill. My love for their OVA Little Witch Academia knows no bounds, and the projects that the core staff worked on prior to creating Trigger are all personal favor...


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