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Well, it’s pretty much impossible for me not to watch his through the lens of MADOKA MAGICA. Now that I’m finally seeing the show hat inspired the deconstruction, it’s actually very easy to imagine how Urobuchi’s thought process probably charted out when he was looking for gaps IN WHICH to infer darker implications. Show More Summary

No Game No Life 09 – In Following Him, I Follow But Myself

Summary: In a confusing twist, it turns out that those slacker Werebeasts didn’t start their game at all yet.  Rather, Sora has baited Kurami into challenging him in order to prevent a loss of...

BLEACH Ch. 581 & 582 Review

Fashionably late to the war. Just as it seems that Kenpachi's fate would finally be sealed, he has a very unlikely rescuer. Ichigo Kurosaki has arrived!! The Good I like the new look. I joke and all, but it sure has been a while since Ichigo last appeared in the series. Show More Summary

BLADE & SOUL #6 -- Watch & Learn

Sadly, the praise train’s hitting a little bump with this episode… One interesting quality in the previous episodes was the… beneficially irrelevancy of specifics of this universe. We knew our mysterious heroine was navigating a landscape thrown into conflict by an evil empire. Show More Summary


I swear, I might as well have a tally nearby. A new character’s introduced with a name referencing some musician or band? Check. Another character is shown who was rather clearly ripped off by Capcom? Double check. Maybe Jeff Beck was a bigger deal in the 80’s, but a fetish-zombie named for one of his specific albums plays quite obscure today. Show More Summary

NARUTO Ch. 677-678 Review

Is it really too late to take the Blue Pill? Even as the influence of Madara's plan has reached far and wide, we have still have more mysteries to be unearthed. The Good The work put into the art is up to Kishimoto's normal standards, and in some places excels. Show More Summary

BLADE & SOUL #5 -- Special Review

Well, it’d be interesting if the show kept up this formula... Each episode, the A-plot centers on a new, incidental morality play that Alka gets involved with, while the B-plot gradually advances her larger quest for revenge. It’s a more retro style of TV plotting, more like KUNG FU on its most basic level. Show More Summary

Anime Caption Contest! -- 6/2/13 -- AV MOD MATERIAL

Welcome back to the Anime Vice Caption Contest! You know the drill; we have three new images that need some funny captions! See who won the previous contest below! Rules! You can caption any or all of the images! You can caption theShow More Summary


Speaking of tropes… Considering how often we see shonen heroes inevitably run hrough various martial arts mentors, it’s a nice novelty to see Jojo have some romantic tension with Lisa Lisa. Or, is it more accurately a love triangle - - or love quadrangle? - - with Caesar and Suzy Q involved? The more complication, the better, in this case. Show More Summary

Skipping Ahead to NARUTO SHIPPUDEN #363

Last time I checked in with Naruto, he was on a toilet, wrestling with explosive diarrhea. The previous episode, he’d been dodging threats of kancho being… ahem… thrown at him by his instructor and his classmates. That was the sixth episode of ‘Regular’ NARUTO, and it might as well be a show entirely distinct from SHIPPUDEN. Show More Summary

Love Live Season 2 07 – Heavy Rotation

Summary: The ominous letter Yukiho found in Honoka’s room turned out to be her results from the school’s physical evaluation, and they are truly shocking! Honoka has gained weight. As such, Umi places her...

The History of Sports Manga & Anime

This past Sunday at FanimeCon in San Jose, I gave a 50-minute panel about the history of sports manga and anime. It was held in the smallest of the four available panel rooms at the convention but the room looked full when I started speaking so that was good. Show More Summary

BLADE & SOUL #4 -- Watch & Learn

I was going to talk about how this episode made me think of A Man with No Name flick, or any number of Westerns, but I think that’d be redundant. It’s been… what? 60 years, at least, since THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN and YOJIMBO respectively...Show More Summary

ONE PIECE Ch. 748 Review

Pica won't stand in the way of the Straw Hats and allies from taking down Doflamingo. The only trouble is in deciding who's going to actually face him. The Good Watching the bickering between all these characters on who gets to faceShow More Summary

Anime Caption Contest! -- 5/29/14 -- AV MOD MATERIAL

Welcome back to the Anime Vice Caption Contest! You know the drill; we have three new images that need some funny captions! See who won the previous contest below! Rules! You can caption any or all of the images! You can caption theShow More Summary

More Columns More Hueman

Pardon the mess while I fiddle with the theme.  It looks like most of the core functionality is working, in spite of the seat-of-my-pants approach to updating.  Every few iterations I like to flip...

No Game No Life 08 – Playing the Race Card

Summary: With the clues left by Stephanie’s grandfather and a few choice bluffs, Sora quickly confirms that the Werebeasts cannot read minds at all, and simply combine their sharp senses with intuition to accurately guess at the subject’s thoughts. Show More Summary

Akuma no Devil 06 – Triple kill!

Summary: Flashback to the first day of school and Chitaru is helps the helpless Hitsugi find her way to school. Meanwhile it’s finally the school festival, and with the play around the corner everyone does their final preparations. Hitsugi decides to ask Chitaru who her real target is in the Black Class as she’s made […]

Akuma no Devil 05 – Akuma and Juliet

Summary: In her dreams Tokaku thinks back to her childhood training to be an assassin, while her ?aunt tells her to stop training and enjoy herself before the aunt is reprimanded and Tokaku’s status as heir to the Azumas is once again renewed. At school that day the teacher decides to stage a play for […]

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