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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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Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episodes 8-9

Oh geez. Everything you chalked up to mere chuunibyou in this show turned out to be really, truly, real. I guess it's time to shut it down. Inou Battle is over. .

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episode 7

Yes, it is a bit odd for barely a day to have gone by since the last Inou Battle recap, but this latest episode upends the show's status quo in a great way that's hard not to want to talk about. Better still, it casts many of my previo...

 
 
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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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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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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 30 second CM is to die for

A few days back we posted a link to the latest Kill la Kill CM. It was only fifteen seconds long, but it was the first real look we've had at the series since it was first announced by TRIGGER. Aniplex since has uploaded an extended versio...

 
 
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This new Kill la Kill CM has me hyped

One look at this 16 second Kill la Kill commercial tells me everything I need to know about the series. Read as: I need this show in my eyes right now. Trigger's (Little Witch Academia) first original TV anime series is looking every bit a...

 
 
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Little Witch Academia BD preorders start August 13th

I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but if you haven't seen Studio TRIGGER's excellent Little Witch Academia short film, you're doing anime wrong.  Anyhow, TRIGGER has announced that international preorders for the Little Witch...

 
 
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Editorial: The Success of the Little Witch Academia 2 KS

In less than six hours, TRIGGER reached the goal of $150,000 on their Little Witch Academia 2 Kickstarter project. While this certainly doesn't break any KS records, it is nonetheless a huge victory for fans of animation and original conten...

 
 
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New Kill-la-Kill characters revealed in Newtype

My level of hype for Trigger's upcoming TV anime, Kill-la-Kill, has reached impossible levels at this point. Sushio, one of my personal favorite key animators is handling the character designs, and the duo behind Gurren Lagann have reunited...

 
 
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Little Witch Academia getting a collector's edition in NA

Not too long ago, we reported that Trigger would be bringing their phenomenal half hour animated film, Little Witch Academia, to BD. There weren't a whole lot of details to be shared. Until now. The Little Witch Academia Collector's Editio...

 
 
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Trigger's KILL la KILL gets its first CM

The level of hype I have for Hiroyuki Imaishi's KILL la KILL is borderline ridiculous at this point. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is probably my favorite TV anime of the past decade, and with Imaishi, Nakashima, and Sushio on board for KILL ...

 
 
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Have a look at some Kill-La-Kill character designs

Thanks to the power of people on the internet getting things early, we now have a really fantastic look at some of the character designs for Trigger's Kill-La-Kill. Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by Kazuki Nakashima, Kill-La-Kill ...

 
 




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