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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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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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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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GUNDAM Reconguista in G

Tomino Celebrates Gundam's 35th Anniversary with a new series! ― GUNDAM Reconguista in G Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins October 2014(JST) Key Staff Chief Director:Yoshiyuki Tomino (Mobile Suit Gundam (TV), Heavy Metal L- Gaim (TV), Overman King- Gainer (TV) ) Animation Production:SUNRISE (Cowboy Bebop (TV), Buddy Complex (TV), The Big 0 (TV),...
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CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon

When all is lost only determination and a will to fight gives Ange the strength to move forward. ― CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins October 2014(JST) Key Staff Director:Yoshiharu Ashino (First Squad- The Moment of Truth (OAV), Tweeny Witches (TV) ) Mecha Design:Junichi Akutsu (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebe...
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Gatchaman Crowds Blu-Ray

There are too many mature ideas without enough mature execution here, leaving only those firmly aligned with its point-of-view with much reason to care as the narrative spins out of control. ― As the plot summary above may indicate, Gatchaman CROWDS is a hard anime to describe plainly and even harder to approach critically. It leaves a sort of impossible impression: bizarre and yet conventional all a...
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Pile of Shame - Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman

Justin revisits what was once considered the finest sentai parody in the land. Does it still hold up? ― Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman It's always a terrifying thing, going back to old shows you loved when you were younger and revisiting them. Many of them, comedies in particular, tend to age very poorly. They connect with us at the time, but humor is just so particular and fickle -- what made y...
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Bladedance of Elementalers ‒ Episode 12

"Bladedance of Elementalers certainly managed to get its act together in the end, but a couple of decent episodes aren't really enough to make up for the rest of the series."
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World Trigger GN 1

Right now this is definitely a series to keep an eye on: unique enough to pull you in and well-written with attractive art that will keep you reading. ― There's a real skill to explaining everything about a story's world without just having long, explanatory speeches or panels. Daisuke Ashihara has that down to a science in World Trigger's first volume. While the story itself is fascinating and a jus...
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Space Dandy Season 2 ‒ Episode 13

"This is a triumphant conclusion to Space Dandy, a celebration of all that has come before, both dramatically and thematically satisfying."
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Akame ga KILL! ‒ Episode 13

"For the most part the episode fritters away its time on frivolities, although it throws out a few tantalizing suggestions about what might be coming next."
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Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 49 ‒ Episode 13

"It's an appropriate ending, given this show's larger themes... a fine conclusion to a surprisingly great little show."
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Astro Toy - Dynamite Action Big Dai-X

It's that special time of year when the leaves turn, the air turns crisp and brisk, and David reviews another extremely obscure and expensive giant robot. ― Dynamite Action Big Dai-X Series: X-Bomber/Star Fleet Maker: Evolution Toy Price: $130 I know that you're all looking at me like I've lost it again. I haven't topped Galvion for obscurity: I'm not sure I'll ever be able to beat reviewing somethi...
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Barakamon ‒ Episode 12

"A fine goodbye to a lovely show, and it reminded me of all the reasons I've enjoyed this series. I'm gonna miss you, Barakamon."
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Sword Art Online II ‒ Episode 13

"Once again, Sword Art Online's worst tendencies have made it its own worst enemy."
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Magimoji Rurumo ‒ Episode 12

"If the series was going to ignore its most important plot element, it should have at least left us with a funny and memorable exit."
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Invaders of the Rokujyōma!? ‒ Episode 12

"While this isn't the conclusion I'd expected, it's at least a pleasant way to say farewell to the series."
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The List - 6 Relaxing Anime About Life on the Farm

Whether your chickens are coming home to roost or you didn't buy the cow because the milk was free, these 6 farm anime will have you more relaxed than a conbine during an unseasonable drought. ― There was a short string of shows focusing on rural farm life and agriculture recently. The shows worked as a natural step from "healing" anime, where the primary function is to provide a tranquil environmen...
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Persona 4 the Golden Animation ‒ Episode 12

"Episode 12 acts as the conclusion to a very inconsistent series, plagued with serious narrative flaws throughout its run."
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Tokyo ESP ‒ Episode 12

"Tokyo ESP started with strong potential but suffered during the latter half in large part because of pacing and execution issues, and the finale is little different."
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Hatoful Boyfriend

For something so pointedly aware of its camp, for something predicated on silliness, Hatoful Boyfriend is remarkable in its sincerity. ― Since this game's absurd premise has seemingly been spread around and bird-punned to death there's no sense belaboring the description: Hatoful Boyfriend is a dating sim where your potential suitors are pigeons. As the only homo sapiens in the game, Hiyoko, your mis...
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Answerman - Jiggly Puffs

This week, the merits of anime boobs, the annoyance of people who only talk about the big mainstream classics, and the software used to make almost every anime around. ― Hey everybody. Due to time constraints this week, I'm returning back to 3 questions. Hopefully I can expand some more next week. Shaun asks: I am among probably the most vocally reviled groups of American Anime Fans, the one who una...
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Terror in Resonance ‒ Episode 11

Shinichiro Watanabe's rumination on terrorism and Japanese nationalism comes to a close, but does it go out with a bang or a whimper?
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 379

"Of course the show will keep its focus on the major characters, but you have to wonder if Naruto Shippūden misses out a little on its grand scale potential."
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House of 1000 Manga - Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs

Jason em-barks on the tail of a girl who loves dogs, a guy who loves dogs, and the store they run together. Warning: it gets a little ruff. ― Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs "I've been thinking of hiring somebody who can think about nothing but dogs 24/7. Someone simpleminded…" If you've been following my Twitter or, really, talking to me at all in the last two years, you've probably noticed: we got a dog a...
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Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Novel 1

For established fans this is a treat – well-written, engrossing, and with the feel of historical fiction rather than fantasy, showing how immersed in the world the author became. ― Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga has spawned an impressive juggernaut – as of this writing, there are multiple manga spin-offs, a successful anime series, and a variety of goods both serious and non. Ryo Suzukaze, a ...
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Momo Kyun Sword ‒ Episode 12

"This is a low-key series finale that may leave some viewers disappointed and is mostly concerned with tying up the plot's loose ends."
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Interview: Choucho

A few moments with pop singer Choucho, who performed the theme songs for Heaven's Memo Pad and Glasslip. ― On the final day of the Lantis Festival event at Tokyo's Shiokaze Park, singer Choucho, known for her contributions to such anime as Heaven's Memo Pad and more recently Glasslip, performed onstage. Choucho took time late after the concert ended to talk with ANN about her experiences and aspirat...
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Free! Eternal Summer ‒ Episode 13

"Swimming season is over, but this emotional rollercoaster of a finish ensures that it won't be forgotten."
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Nobunaga Concerto ‒ Episode 10

"I couldn't imagine how they'd wrap up such a complex story, and the short answer is they didn't."
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The X Button - Now Showing

Let’s recap the surprises, the letdowns, and the horrible embarrassments of the Tokyo Game Show! Plus Natural Doctrine, Smash Bros., and Nintendo’s birthday! ― As a Nintendo-crazed kid, one of my favorite pieces of useless trivia involved the company's age. I liked telling people that Nintendo was over 100 years old and that it had started off as a playing card company in 1889. Most of my fellow Nin...
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Noragami: Stray God GN 1

Noragami's first volume feels like set up, but it's good set up. ― Some first volumes have the definite air of a prologue to the story to come. This is one of them. Noragami: Stray God, the first solo effort by artist duo Adachitoka (one does backgrounds while the other does the action) is clearly gearing up to be a more complex story than we see here, but it is very enjoyable despite that. At only t...
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RIGHT TURN ONLY!! - Novel Ideas

Rebecca tries out having a theme with new and recent releases based on light novels with Seraph of the End, Kokoro Connect, and Sword Art Online and more! ― Our neighbor had to move and he couldn't find his cat. We offered to look for her and hold on to her until he could come get her, only to get the cat and have him offer her to us since, as it turns out, he was unable to keep her. We had every in...
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Aquarion Evol BD+DVD

Aquarion Evol's conclusion is largely satisfying, especially if you're familiar with the first series. While it has many cheesy elements, it also successfully delivers a resolution to past mistakes. ― How high is your tolerance for cheese? Because Aquarion Evol's second half, while beautiful to behold, is rife with enough cheese to make an omelet. While it also has far less of the awkward moaning and...
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 23

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