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GARO THE ANIMATION ‒ Episode 4

"I hope that the show maintains this impressive level of compelling, efficient narrative construction from here on out. Bravo."
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Terraformars ‒ Episode 5

"After a messy but promising start, the series has steadily refined its mix of action and horror, and this latest installment shows the result of that effort."
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Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru

"Yuki Yuna is doing everything right so far: good artistry, good animation, likable characters, great interactions, great battles, and some ground-breaking features add up to a great start."
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Hanasaku Iroha the Movie: Home Sweet Home [Premium Edition] Sub.Blu-Ray

Even at only 66 minutes, it's a fully-realized film designed to serve as a complement to the original work, and it does that job very well. ― The Hanasaku Iroha series was a personal favorite back in 2011, so any anime expansion of its franchise is a welcome one. This 86 minute movie, subtitled Home Sweet Home, is neither a summative movie nor a stand-alone production; while newcomers to the franchis...
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Your lie in April ‒ Episode 3

"If it follows the standard set by this week, this will be the show to watch this season—not just for music lovers, but for anyone who yearns for a good romance or character piece."
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Answerman - Rabbit Ears

Lots of TV questions this week, from a TV network that came and went, to another TV network few fans know exists. Plus, flip phones in anime, and why Western fans don't care for vintage characters. ― I went to a friend's band's concert last night. It was a Wednesday, and they didn't go on until nearly midnight. It was fun to see them play, but halfway through their set I sat off to the side, head-in...
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Psycho-Pass 2 ‒ Episode 3

"Psycho-Pass 2 still has a long way to go to live up to the high expectations set from season one, but the one thing it can't be accused of is repeating itself."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 383

"This episode is an example of how close the show can come to balancing things right without quite pulling off anything impressive."
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Shirobako ‒ Episode 3

"It would be nice if it allowed its characters some genuine conflict and turmoil, and didn't keep sacrificing that on the altar of moe fanservice."
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DENKI-GAI ‒ Episode 4

"Denki-gai continues to balance three sweet romances among coworkers with the far more adult humor intrinsic to the manga they're working to sell."
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Sengoku Collection Sub.DVD

Sengoku Collection is a series very easy to dismiss on first impression, but its stories have the capacity to pleasantly surprise even those who are not Japanese history buffs, however. ― Sengoku Collection was originally a mobile social networking game created by Konami in 2010 and operated through the Mobage portal. As a result, it should come as no surprise that the anime adaptation has only a thi...
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House of 1000 Manga - Detroit Metal City

Jason attempts a little Krauser control. WARNING: NSFW language. ― Detroit Metal City "They start feeling like prisoners, helpless/Till someone comes along on a mission and yells, bitch!" —Eminem Warning: this is a manga where the main character's power is to say the word "rape" 10 times in one second. Detroit Metal City is the one of the filthiest, most offensive comedy manga ever translated. At le...
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Parasyte -the maxim-

"Whether you're here for the meat or the metaphors, Parasyte is a substantive meal, and I'm looking forward to cataloging this journey into its dark heart."
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Chaika - The Coffin Princess Avenging Battle

"In a medium that's filled to the brim with ambitious story ideas and novel visual styles, there's something to be said for getting the simple things right."
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Trinity Seven

"...wants to be funny and sexy but also have serious undertones, but as of the end of episode 3 it has yet to find a good balance."
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Gundam Build Fighters Try ‒ Episodes 1-3

"At long last, the Gundam franchise is using its 35 years of source material to create a show as passionate and diverse as its fanbase."
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The X Button - Scare Supply

This week: Todd gets into the spirit of the season with a Halloween roundup! Plus Guilty Gear Xrd, Freedom Wars, and a letdown you might’ve seen coming. ― I seldom use this column to celebrate holidays, but this Halloween is different. This week I'll address the vital issue of appropriate games for this time of year, and next week should have the results of our Halloween contest. There's still time ...
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The Evil Within

It's hard to blame Shinji Mikami for going back to the well, especially when everything else, from Gears of War to The Last of Us, has spent the past ten years stripping Resident Evil 4 to its bones. ― The Evil Within introduces its first enemy in a perfect recreation of Resident Evil's iconic zombie reveal, as if it wants to be certain you know it is a Shinji Mikami game. This is a game with a lot o...
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Yona of the Dawn

"Seeing Yona go from scared bratty princess to confident warrior will be an interesting journey. That journey needs to step it up, however, and get going in episode four, or attention will start to wane."
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RIGHT TURN ONLY - By Request

Sometimes current debates spill over into manga releases in the strangest ways. Join Rebecca as she checks out new and upcoming volumes of Spell of Desire and Vinland Saga, along with the manga adaptation of this season's most hotly debated anime and several more! ― You never can tell what you'll find when you're unpacking. Sometimes it's horribly melodramatic stories written in middle school (I can...
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Rage of Bahamut Genesis ‒ Episodes 1-3

"This is easily the most "gateway drug" series of the season, if not the whole year."
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When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace ‒ Episodes 1 - 3

"Each episode is an unrelenting barrage of clever, self-aware jokes that embrace the tropes of the genre even as the show pokes fun at them."
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Shelf Life - Four Your Eyes Only

This week, a special club for a special aesthetic, grave diggers, and good ol' hijinks.
- Dr. Slump Movies 1-5
- Meganebu
- Sunday without God
― Shelf Worthy Sunday without God Complete + OVA BD Rental Dr. Slump Movies 1-5 DVD Perishable Meganebu Complete Series BD This may sound like an insignificant thing, but a few years ago, I turned off the notification sound on my iPhone for new emails. Leavin...
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Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road

"We're on season two of the sports anime with plenty of heart, friendship, and suspenseful two-kilometer race legs that drag on, Dragonball Z-like, for episodes at a time."
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ANNCast - Klein Times

Vice President of New Generation Pictures Jonathan Klein returns to the podcast to discuss his two latest projects, the conclusion of Hellsing Ultimate and Bayonetta: Bloody Fate! Plus: stories from the old days, the dub scene in LA and Twitter time! ― ANNCast 203 - Klein Times Get the Flash Player to see this player. Vice President of New Generation Pictures Jonathan Klein returns to the podcast to...
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Gugure! Kokkuri-san ‒ Episodes 1-3

"Comedy fans will adore this series, and there's a little something extra for fans of all things kawaii and bishōnen as well."
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Akame ga KILL! ‒ Episode 16

"Enjoyable but hardly amazing and flies by without seeming to accomplish much."
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A Certain Scientific Railgun S DVD

A Certain Scientific Railgun S' first half is much more action-packed than its predecessor and focuses more on Misaka than on the girl group dynamic of the earlier season. ― How much you enjoy this second series (whose “S” subtitle is explained in episode three) may depend on whether you preferred the action-oriented moments of the first season or the humorous slice-of-life aspects. If you are a fan ...
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Mushishi: The Next Chapter ‒ Episode 11

"This episode was a beautiful and intensely rewarding surprise even by the high standards set by the series, especially if you really like Ginko and want to learn more about him."
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CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon

"Cross Ange is an edgy, somewhat trashy, often in-your-face viewing experience, the kind of series which actively strives for attention and is willing to risk offending some potential viewers to do so."
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Anime Spotlight - Hi☆sCool! SeHa Girl

In order for Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, and Mega Drive to graduate SeHaGaga Academy they must complete one more assignment. Do they have what it takes to get it done? ― Hi☆sCool! SeHa Girl Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins October 8, 2014 (JST) Key Staff Original Creator:SEGA (Hero Bank (TV), Valkyria Chronicles (TV), Virtua Fighter (TV) ) Director...
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Lord Marksman and Vanadis

"This show's weird little blend of worldbuilding, character building, solid action, and battle strategy really works for what it's trying to do."
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Wolf Girl & Black Prince ‒ Episodes 1-3

"Wolf Girl and Black Prince is just humorous and self-aware enough to intrigue fans of this genre, even if it's not unique."
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The Fruit of Grisaia

"The Fruit of Grisaia is playing its cards close to the vest, but there's enough to keep you watching."
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Celestial Method

"It's going to have to start moving just a little faster within the next one or two episodes if it wants to maintain its precarious balance."
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The Mike Toole Show - Let's Talk It OVA

Mike takes a tour of obscure OVA releases from the early 90s. Hammerpants not included. ― Twenty years ago, everything had started coming up Tenchi Muyo!. The series actually kicked off in Japan in 1992, but went global in ’94, and just kept on truckin’. There was an OVA series, then another OVA series, then a TV series and more OVA stuff and a movie and another TV series and another movie and anothe...
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World Trigger ‒ Episodes 1-3

"By virtue of its source material, World Trigger isn't a bad show, but it's a terrible adaptation"
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Manga Dogs GN 1

Manga Dogs' first volume is, overall, a very funny look at those whose greatest desire/delusion is to be a mangaka. ― If Manga Dogs seems like a bit of a departure for Ema Toyama, that's because it is. Her fourth series to be published in English – TokyoPop published Pixie Pop and Del Rey/Kodansha brought us I am Here and Missions of Love – is a much funnier, more cynical story than her cute romances...
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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ‒ Episode 0-2

"If the visual novel is an unpolished diamond coated in three inches of compacted dirt, ufotable has brought out the buffer here."
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Sword Art Online II ‒ Episode 15

"We all have our bad weeks, and I don't really have any worries SAO will dust itself off after this one."
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Sailor Moon Crystal ‒ Episode 8

"Overall, this episode is a step up, and adequately develops Sailor Moon Crystal's most compelling story thread."
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Log Horizon 2

"Log Horizon continues to do what it has always done - be a solid, reliable, never-ostentatious slice of animated entertainment."
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The List - 7 Anime Characters With Killer Hair

Terrifying tresses! Maniacal manes! Fiendish follicles! Rampaging ringlets! Just try not to wig out. ― Hair has a long (pun intended) history in cultures around the world, and Japan is no exception. Only women in the upper echelons for society were allowed to wear their hair long while poor classes were required to tie up their hair. Boys were given a specific hairstyle to acknowledge their entry in...
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GARO THE ANIMATION ‒ Episode 1-3

"It's a rip-roaring fantasy adventure with a little sprinkled in there for the lower brain, and that's fine."
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Terraformars ‒ Episodes 1 - 4

"The show has made serious strides towards becoming a good source of dumb, violent fun, but it's not there yet."
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Attack on Titan Part II BD+DVD

From its understated politics and foreshadowing to its grandiose gore and hairpin twists, the second half of Attack on Titan is tough to process and tougher to discuss. ― The second half of Attack on Titan is a colossal step in a darker direction compared to the first. If there was any doubt in the viewer's mind about the depths of horror and cruelty this story is out to plunge, doubt no more as the ...
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Psycho-Pass 2 ‒ Episodes 1-2

The MWBSP is after a ghost. At least, he might as well be a ghost. There's a new drug on the market called LACOUSE that can supposedly alter a person's hue and this "living ghost," an unknown man who's never been caught on the citywide cymatic scans and works exclusively through elaborate holograms, has been using it to protect criminals for unknown reasons. This is especially weird because the d...
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Answerman - Jerkwatch

This week Justin takes on the alarming prevalence of rape in anime, as well as the first season of FREE!, anime on free-to-air TV, and fans being jerks to convention guests. ― Writing this column a little early this week. I'm flying to New York City on Wednesday to attend a friend of mine's live show. And then I am flying back the next morning. I will literally be spending more time in flight than w...
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Your lie in April ‒ Episodes 1-2

"It's a musical romance with enough of a mix between reality and fantasy to keep it both believable and emotionally resonant."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 382

"It isn't skippable per se, and it's not boring, but it reeks of being an unimportant episode from start to finish."
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Shirobako ‒ Episodes 1-2

"Shirobako is legitimately like nothing else out there, and as long as it keeps looking and sounding good, that novelty should be enough to make up for its lack of realism."
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DENKI-GAI ‒ Episodes 1 - 3

“Contributing to society is fun!” That there's a rewarding joy that comes from working minimum wage has been a subtle message to otaku apparent in many recent anime hits like Wagnaria!! and The Devil Is A Part-Timer. Denki-gai no Honya-san puts a tantalizing fandom twist on this message, telling the story of the Umanohone (literally: “Horse Bone”) bookstore in the electronics district. Here, empl...
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I Am Alice: Body Swap in Wonderland GN 1

If you haven't read other recent English language releases of Alice-based titles, you may find this book more enjoyable, but even if you aren't a collector of all things Alice, this volume is fairly mediocre. ― The arrival of this book on bookstore shelves (physical or virtual) might raise some reasonable questions: Is this part of the Alice in the Country of Hearts juggernaut? Is it related to, perh...
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House of 1000 Manga - The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service

Just in time for Halloween, Shaenon digs up Eiji Otsuka's gruesome tale of those who can speak to the dead. There's no turning back now! ― The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Psychic. Dowsing. Hacking. Embalming. Channeling. Puppet. Each cover of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service advertises the unique skills possessed by each of the five-and-a-half members of its titular startup. Individually th...
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The X Button - All Day Long

This week: shocking rebels, humble thieves, and the adventures of Ranko Tsukigime! Plus PlayStation TV, Harvest Moon, and a Halloween contest! ― October means Halloween, and I think Halloween means contests. So here's your chance to win a pile of appropriately scary, bizarre, and otherwise unsettling games! This Halloween prize pack includes the classic PSP compilation of Castlevania: The Dracula X ...
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Battle Angel Alita: Last Order GN 19

A somewhat unsatisfying conclusion to the 14-year Last Order saga, but Alita's story isn't finished yet. ― When it comes to discussing the defining writers of cyborg-focused sci fi manga, two names invariably come up: Masamune Shirow and Yukito Kishiro. While Shirow took an “integrate them into the real world” approach with his Ghost in the Shell stories and emphasized the cybernetic aspects of what ...
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Your Daily Streaming Reviews List for Fall 2014

Check out the full list of Fall 2014 anime being covered by our daily streaming reviews team! ― Recently we ran a poll to see which shows you guys wanted us to cover in our daily streaming reviews section for fall 2014. The results were swift and decisive (and thanks to everyone who voted!), and we have compiled the list of shows that will be covered weekly here on the site, within 24 hours of airing...
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Pile of Shame - Dead Heat & 3D Anime

Justin takes a look at the first (and one of the only) 3D anime ever made, for an obscure videodisc system only sold in Japan. ― Dead Heat Sometimes the reasons behind an anime getting made are more interesting than the show itself. That's definitely the case with Dead Heat, an obscure 1987 OAV from Sunrise that runs only a half hour. Back in the wild days of the nascent 80s home video market, there...
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Shelf Life - The Sound of μic

This week, happy pop tunes, a buffet of exotic foods, and larger-than-life robots.
- Gurren Lagann Movies 1 & 2
- Love Live! School Idol Project s1
- Toriko Collection 1
― Shelf Worthy Gurren Lagann Movie Double Feature BD Love Live! School Idol Project Season 1 BD Toriko Collection 1 DVD Rental Nothing this week Perishable Nothing this week After sifting through some of the new fall anime simulcast...
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Interview: Yousei Teikoku

The enigmatic and eccentric band Yousei Teikoku, who performed themes for Future Diary and Tokyo ESP, sat down with us for a few questions. ― After the Lantis Festival's third day ended, ANN got to sit down with Yousei Teikoku, a group with a complicated story behind their band, filled with military ranks and ancient history. The band has performed theme songs for The Qwaser of Stigmata, Future Diary...
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Akame ga KILL! ‒ Episode 15

"Even with the minimal amount of action, episode 15 nonetheless offers a very solid addition to the series."
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Astro Toy - Figma Ryuko Matoi

David's back to the Figma line again, this time with Kill la Kill's hot-blooded heroine Ryuko. ― Figma Ryuko Matoi Maker: Good Smile Series: Kill La Kill Price: $50-60 After a little sidetrack into the unknown, we're back on Kill La Kill. See Nendoroid Mako previously. This time we have the figma of the main character Ryuko wearing her battle armor, the living, speaking, blood-sucking sailor uniform...
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Anime Spotlight - Lord Marksman and Vanadis

Count Tigrevurmud Vorn begins his journey to become legendary! ― Lord Marksman and Vanadis Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins October 2014 (JST) Key Staff Director:Tatsuo Sato (Bodacious Space Pirates (TV), Martian Successor Nadesico (TV), Shigofumi: Letters from the Departed (TV) ) Art Director: Masatoshi Kai (Valvrave the Liberator (TV), Blue E...
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Anime Spotlight - Gugure! Kokkuri-san

a daydreaming girl and her handsome animal friends equals fluffy comedy gold. ― Gugure! Kokkuri-san Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins October 2014 (JST) Key Staff Director:Yoshimasa Hiraike (AKB0048 (TV), Wagnaria!! (TV), Amagami SS (TV) ) Character Design:Miwa Oshima (Baka and Test- Summon the Beast (TV), Koihime Muso (TV) ↑ Top Introduction An...
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The List - 7 Times Hatsune Miku Jumped the Shark

Miku straps in to a pair of waterskis and heads for the ramp. ― The sensational freeware popstar Hatsune Miku is enjoying a stellar career. She's got fashion make overs from big name fashion designers, she sells out convention concerts in front of huge audiences not to mention opening for flesh-and-blood popstar Lady Gaga. She has her own racing team and a bevy of fellow idols to pal around with in ...
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ANNCast - The Fall Guys

The fall season has begun and what better time for Zac and Justin to sit around and gab about it? Plus: Time of Eve, Terror in Resonance, and over an hour of Twitter time! ― ANNCast 202 - The Fall Guys Get the Flash Player to see this player. The fall season has begun and what better time for Zac and Justin to sit around and gab about it? Plus: over an hour of Twitter time! You can listen to the sho...
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The Fall 2014 Anime Preview Guide

The Fall 2014 Anime Preview Guide has begun! Check back daily for previews of the fall's newest shows.

Available Now: Girl Friend BETA - Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! - Your Lie in April - Psycho-Pass 2 - SHIROBAKO - GARO - Chaika Avenging Battle - Daitoshokan no Hitsujitai - Parasyte - Trinity Seven - Akatsuki no Yona - Laughing Under the Clouds - When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace - and much more!
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Happy Marriage!? GN 1

It's funny, it's sexy, and it has potential. ― Chiwa Takanashi doesn't seem to have a lot in common with her office lady (OL) friends. Everyday at lunch they gab about this guy or that guy with a definite fixation on the highly attractive young president of their company, Hokuto Mamiya. Chiwa, however, couldn't care less. She not only has never seen him (she slept through his speech), but she's also ...
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Answerman - Service, Merchandise

Who is this "Great Eastern" company that makes all our Naruto T-shirts? Why does my anime have English songs in it? Also: streaming on multiple sites, and censored TV shows. ― There'll be some minor cosmetic changes to the column this week. You see, since the column's inception way, way back in 2001, we've always laid things out the same way. Questions in italics; answers in bold. Back in the day, b...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 381

"Balancing a dash of humor with a bit of horror and an ever-building threat, this is one of the better episodes in recent memory."
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House of 1000 Manga - Attack on Titan

Jason blows the dust off of an obscure old manga about humanity's desperate struggle against giant humanoid monsters. You've probably never heard of it. ― Attack on Titan "I killed dangerous beasts! They only happened to resemble humans!" Zombie stories work because, deep down, we know human beings are the scariest things on Earth. Sure, on a cosmic scale, the planet might be destroyed by solar flar...
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Anime Spotlight - TRIBE COOL CREW

Get up and then get down with the coolest kids around! ― TRIBE COOL CREW Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 7:00 AM (JST) Key Staff Director: Masaya Fujimori (Fairytale The Movie: Phoenix Priestess) Series Composition: Atsuhiro Tomioka (Pokemon: XY (TV), LBX (TV), Hero Bank (TV), Ehrgeiz (TV) ) Character Design:Yoshi...
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Anime Spotlight - Amagi Brilliant Park

Amagi Brilliant Park is in danger of closing down! Can Seiya pull it together and find away to save it? ― Amagi Brilliant Park Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins October 2014(JST) Key Staff Original Creator: Shouji Gatou (Full Metal Panic!) Director: Yasuhiro Takemoto (Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid (TV), Hyoka (TV), The Disappearance of Haruh...
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The X Button - Go Westone

This week brings a farewell to a talented game studio! Plus news about Terra Battle, Vib Ribbon, Captain Toad, and an NES nightmare. ― This week's column has a lot to do with those talented studios, designers, and characters who labor behind the scenes. For example, the upcoming Terra Battle may bring in Manabu Kusunoki, whose artwork you may have enjoyed in Panzer Dragoon and Sonic the Hedgehog. We...
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Helter Skelter GN

Helter Skelter is both the story of a descendant of Mary Shelley's monster and a biting commentary on the cult of beauty that pervades popular culture. It is not an easy read, but it is an important one. ― Helter Skelter, josei mangaka Kyoko Okazaki's English-language debut, is a hard book to read. It is the sort of book that you seriously consider putting down at least half a dozen times as the hero...
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Planetarian

Key's heartstring-tugging postapocalyptic kinetic novel finally comes to the US thanks to Sekai Project, and it just might make you cry. ― Yumemi is possibly the best employee anyone could ask for. She's cute, polite, and cares deeply for each and every customer that sets foot in the planetarium at the top of the giant Flowercrest department store. She's also exceptionally knowledgeable about the dis...
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RIGHT TURN ONLY!! - Fragmented Incarnations

Come join Rebecca as she explores some recent releases that range from the weird and wacky, like D-Frag, to the sweet and charming, like My Love Story, along with a digital release that is neither in this edition of RTO!! ― My sister and I have inadvertently made our guest room as creepy as possible. You see, Jenn collects dolls and I have quite a few china ones from when I was little that I can't b...
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Akame ga KILL! ‒ Episode 14

"Not been a fan of Esdeath and her obsession with Tatsumi so far? Then you are probably not going to be a fan of this episode, either."
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Uzumaki [3-in-1 Deluxe Edition] GN

Junji Ito's tale of a town possessed by a simple shape may have been written in the 1990s, but it has lost none of its impact. ― In the town of Kurouzo-cho, strange things are happening. One day on her way home, teenager Kirie Goshima comes across her boyfriend Shuichi's father, crouched down in the road staring intently at a snail. When she asks him what he's doing, he responds with something about ...
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Anime Spotlight - In Search of the Lost Future

When strange occurences begin to happen at Uchihama Academy The Astronomy Club takes up the challenge of solving the mystery. ― In Search of the Lost Future Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins October 2014 (JST) Key Staff Director: Naoto Hosoda (The Devil is a Part-Timer! (TV), Shuffle (TV), The Future Diary (TV) ) Sound Director: Satoshi Motoyama...
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Anime Spotlight - GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS TRY

A new team has entered the tournament! Do they have what it takes to win it all?!?!? ― GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS TRY Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins October 8 (JST) Key Staff Director: Shinya Watada (MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM AGE Memory of Eden) Series Composition: Yosuke Kuroda (MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00 (TV),GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS (TV), INFINITE∞RYVIUS (TV)...
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The Mike Toole Show - Strike Up The Dandy

Mike's got an entire column about Space Dandy, Baby! ― Some years back, I was talking to my friend Carl Horn about interesting anime directors. Mamoru Oshii was mentioned, of course, as was Hiroyuki Okiura, Mamoru Hosoda, and Mister Cowboy Bebop himself, Shinichiro Watanabe. At this point, Carl made an interesting observation: the anime business seemed to be awfully good at training up these impressi...
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Sword Art Online II ‒ Episode 14

"On both the emotional and thematic front, this episode acted as a nearly perfect bookend to the core concepts of GGO, and ended this arc more gracefully than I ever really expected."
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Sailor Moon Crystal ‒ Episode 7

"The constant zombie plots, lifeless storytelling, and the puppet-like character designs make this show into a sort of Frankenstein's Sailor Moon, technically animated, but not recognizably human."
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The List - 6 Inseparable Sisters

Neither crowbar nor blowtorch nor misbegotten romantic feelings for the same guy can sap these siblings of their steadfast solidarity. ― Sisters are best friends that never leave. You either have a little sister that wears your clothes without permission and follows you around everywhere, or an older one who can do no wrong (or both, if there's three of you). Childhood with a sister can be rough in ...
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ANNCast - Kleckbait

Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner returns to the show to give us the update on how the company's doing, what's selling well, what retail looks like right now and much more! ― ANNCast 201 - Kleckbait Get the Flash Player to see this player. Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner returns to the show to give us the update on how the company's doing, what's selling well, what retail looks like right now and much m...
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The Man of Tango GN

If you are tired of impossibly pretty feminine men living in scenes of perfection and beauty, The Man of Tango might be what you're looking for. ― The Man of Tango is a bit of an oddity in the BL genre as most Western readers have experienced it. The men are distinctly masculine - “manly” may actually be the better term – and one of the main characters is a woman. Many of the more sensual scenes are ...
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Answerman - Business Reasons

This week, the possibility of more magical girl show releases, American dubs being used worldwide, the reasons for a reboot, and a fan is REALLY obsessed with making sure her discs are problem-free. ― My parents are visiting me in Los Angeles this week, so I'm spending some quality time with them (which involves eating and watching stuff, possibly anime, which is pretty much how I spend my quality t...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 380

"There may have been fewer jokes and too much reliance on flashbacks in this episode, but we walk away from it feeling that something very important has been accomplished."
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Blood Lad BD+DVD

For all of its fun factor and attempts to be stylish, that's all it is for now unless an additional season or two gets animated to round out the existing story threads. ― Vampires are not commonly cast as heroic protagonists in anime because they tend to quickly be overpowered. Strike the Blood solved that problem last year by making its protagonist a fledgling who was still growing into the mighty l...
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House of 1000 Manga - Rumic World & Rumic Theater

Shaenon leafs through the two anthologies of Rumiko Takahashi's short-form manga. ― Rumic World/Rumic Theater When I think of the comics that floored me as an impressionable young nerd, the ones that got me obsessed with what this mongrel art form can do, I think of a lot of the acknowledged heavy hitters. Maus. Understanding Comics. Phoenix. The works of Lynda Barry and Moto Hagio. But there are al...
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The X Button - Absolute Values

Import fashion brings us the latest in Danganronpa, Fatal Frame, and flashy trails! Plus Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day, The Last Guardian’s latest spawn, and a Samurai Shodown comeback! ― Still waiting for Fumito Ueda's The Last Guardian to come out? Worried that it wasn't shown at The Tokyo Game Show? Soon you may not care so much. Each major convention seems to bring a new game with a restrained p...
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Honey Blood GN 1

Honey Blood is a one of those series that makes you understand the continued popularity of urban fantasy. Despite some issues, it is a quick, almost compulsive read. ― At this point in the literary game, if you're going to write a young adult vampire novel, you'd better have some new and interesting twist on the genre, or at least do the basics really, really well. Miko Mitsuki squeaks in under the w...
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