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Spring 2014 Anime Guide -- AV MOD Material

Welcome to the Spring 2014 Anime Seasonal Guide! My teammates and I prepare lots of discussion threads for you guys and gals packed with awesome trailers. Check the synopsis and click on the links to view them and hit those discussion threads. Show More Summary

HUNTER X HUNTER #48 + 49 + 50 Makes Vengeance Fun!

So I basically just watched Gon and Killua guest on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. If there’s any human interaction that can have a defined winner or loser, you can be sure Togashi’s had many thoughts about how it’d benefit from a shot of shonen kickass. Show More Summary

VIDEO: When Tom Interviewed Fans at an ANOHANA Screening

Later last month, my friends at Anime Expo invited me to play MC at Aniplex’s screening of ANOHANA: THE MOVIE at LA’s famous Downtown Independent. Truth be old, I’d never gotten to see any of the series prior to this engagement, but I could quickly see why it was another feather in the cap of NoitaminA and its innovative programming block. Show More Summary

Wake Up, Girls! 02 – Maid To Perform

Summary As expected, Sudo was up to no good. But before they know it, the girls are at some dumpy onsen resort singing their one song for a crowd of salivating men while wearing skimpy white bikinis. How can you possibly get a whole job out of one song? Well, you have to fill the […]

The Holy Shonen Trilogy: What will replace NARUTO and BLEACH?

As we pause to reflect on the year gone by, you also have to wonder about the year ahead and what it holds for us in terms of anime and manga. Something we know to expect are he ends to two super-popular shonen series: BLEACH and NARUTO. Together...Show More Summary

Zyl’s 2013 Anime List

I started a new job in January 2013 and moved into my own place which needed a lot of repairs so it’s been hectic and anime watching and blogging suffered as a result. Hopefully 2014 will be better. This post looks back on series that finished airing in 2013 (this leaves out Golden Time and […]

Golden Time 11 – Unemployment Rate at 0%

Summary: Banri is still not 100% sure that Kouko took the picture of Banri and Linda, but at least he is no longer bedridden.  However, there is some tension at the Festival Club since Banri is slightly jealous of how close Kosshi-san and Linda are, and because Kouko is now known as RoboGirl for her […]

Golden Time 10 – Gonna Make You My Beach

Summary: For a brief moment, suddenly 18anri is in control.  Unfortunately, 18anri is completely unused to being in a body again, and immediately trips, busts his chin open, and catches a bad cold.  Apparently some people can’t walk and use their immune system at the same time, to say nothing of walking and chewing gum […]

ONE PIECE #619 Gets Away with Breaking the Rules of Good Plotting

Didn’t… Smoker get his heart back? Sue me, I haven’t been keeping a score card, but I feel like there was a point a few episodes back about Trafalgar Law putting everybody’s ticker back where it belonged. I kind of suspect that the gag...Show More Summary

VISION OF ESCAFLOWNE #6 - - Watch & Learn

As I’ve said repeatedly, I don’t have an inflexible preference regarding subs or dubs. There are awful dubs (we’ve seen plenty of incredibad edits, natch), and there are great dubs hat take enough smart creative liberty to offer something more enjoyable than a rote sub. Show More Summary

A ONE PIECE Noob Jumps into the Season 5, Yoyage 3 Box Set - - Review

As Tom and I recently discussed in the Vice Pit, I am a ONE PIECE n00b. Before now, I had only partial knowledge of the show that I'd absorbed from friends, and had never seen an episode in its entirety (well, I had also seen the amazi-bad US rap theme song but we're not counting that, right?). Show More Summary

Monogatari Series Second Season 14 – TIL Bangs Inhibit Kansai-ben

Summary: Tsukihi is surprised to find that her glomp hits Nadeko instead of Koyomi, but as revenge for taking Koyomi’s bed Tsukihi starts hitting Nadeko with some real talk.  First, Tsukihi tells Nadeko to stop feeling bad about being cute and then calls Nadeko out for wearing terrible dated clothes and a hairstyle meant to cover […]

Monogatari Series Second Season 10 – The Backpack Grew Up To Be A Wonderful Backpack

Summary: Surrounded and outnumbered, Koyomi and Shinobu are saved by the power of carbohydrates when rice grains suddenly rain down on everything.  For whatever reason the jiangshi are weak to rice, and the savior is none other than a grown-up Mayoi.  Mayoi is surprised to learn that Koyomi is real and hands him a letter […]

Why is STREET FIGHTER Still Popular? -- THE VICE PIT

Watch "I Am Street Fighter" here...! Recent Vice Pit sessions on... Anime Questions Answered! HUNTER X HUNTER: Most Underrated Shonen? Best Anime Theme Song -- FIST OF THE NORTH STAR! Disappointing Manga Adaptation! Top 3 Favorite Anime Tropes! Recent sessions in Vice Pit: Undercover... Show More Summary

Monogatari Series Second Season 04 – More like Black HomeWreckawa, Amirite?

Summary: When Tsubasa wakes up, it’s clear that she’s been Black Hanakawa-ing all night, but since it doesn’t look like BH did anything bad Tsubasa does not take any action.  We then get a slightly awkward sequence where Araragi-okasan makes sure that Tsubasa knows that the Araragi family harem is not accepting any permanent members, [...]

Dangan Ronpa 03-04 – This is No Game

This is Japanese Killing Game Rush It was obvious from the very beginning that this was going to be the case, but wooooooooooooow this series is SO RUSHED. On one hand I still enjoy it because it’s still true to the story and atmosphere of the game (which I loved), but on the other hand [...]

Monogatari Series Second Season 03 – In Ur Jammies, Burning Ur Schoolz

Summary: Although Koyomi’s just a fake do-gooder, the only way you totally get to being an amazing goody-two-shoes who doesn’t know everything but knows what she knows is by being super bland and just not giving a damn about yourself.  Hitagi tells Tsubasa that someone so dull to shadows (is that like low contrast?) will [...]

Summer 2013 Anime Movie Guide - - AV MOD MATERIAL

Movies Special Thanks to Acura Max, BigHeart711, and Takashichea for their hard work! Anohana: The Flowers We Saw That Day Genre: Slice of Life, Drama, SupernaturalRelease Date: August 31Produced by A-1 Pictures.An alternative retelling of the anime series. Show More Summary

Suisei no Gargantia 13 (Final) – Hugging Solves Everything

Summary: The golden key activates an artillery cannon with decent accuracy, which everyone decides to pretend is more powerful than Chamber’s beam weapons.  While Amy uses her lights to calibrate the Stairway to Heaven’s targeting, Pinion tries to rig his cannon to blow up some zealots.  In spite of Pinion sucking so much, he manages [...]

Valvrave the Liberator 11

  Summary: As Module 77 approaches the moon, everyone is excited at the prospect of finally getting some downtime because due to the moon’s neutral status, Dorsia would have to withdraw. Haruto takes this time to meet up with Saki to apologize for VALVRAPE while the physics teacher, Thunder, and Inuzuka practice flying their Valvraves [...]

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