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Non Non Biyori Gets Second Season

I believe that I've mentioned before that 2013 was a good year for moe. We had series like GJ Club in the early part of the year, Kiniro Mosaic towards the middle of the year and then in the fall season we had a cute little moe comedy that took place in the middle of nowhere called Non Non Biyori. Show More Summary

Final Impressions: Sakura Trick

Too often, romance anime is relegated to tsundere girls and beautiful bishounen. Where's the yuri representation? True, we've got plenty of harems and beautiful boys, but there's a huge dearth of relationships between women in anime....Show More Summary

First Impressions: The Kawai Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior

In this comedy, the main character is a first-year high school student named Usa (and if you hear that name and picture him a pink bunny rabbit, you're not alone). His parents are being transferred to a new location, leaving Usa to live by himself in an apartment building. Show More Summary

Animazement adds several seiyuu from original Mobile Suit Gundam

I was already going to Animazement. Their announcement of KOTOKO as the main musical guest was enough for me to plop down the cash for a weekend pass, plane tickets and a shared hotel. With their latest guest announcements, I have aShow More Summary

The Dose: LoVendo?

Kicking off this week is a surprising new release from the UP-FRONT CREATE managed band, LoVendo?. The new single has a way more matured and sophisticated rock sound than I was expecting. Powerful pop-rock, yet emotional and allows the...Show More Summary

Arpeggio ships transform into stuffed bears, comedy ensues

Remember Arpeggio of Blue Steel? That computer-generated anime about ship girls that's not Kancolle? The show is getting a TV rerun in Japan, and for the occasion, a clip to promote the rerun and home video release surfaced with allShow More Summary

Shonen Showdown 4-7-2014

Happy Monday, folks! It's time to get focused on fighting off the banality of the week with Shonen Showdown, the weekly recap that's using the title bar to conveniently censor the werewolf above! Don't look! It's a....compromising position. Where...Show More Summary

Last beers under the cherry blossoms

The relative cold and heavy showers may not have been ideal, but, when it comes to last beers under the cherry blossoms, it takes way more than that to deter most people. So beers were drunk. Good times were had.

First Impressions: Keroro

Sgt. Frog never appealed to me during high school. I had joined 1Up to be part of the gaming community and noticed a few people were excited for the manga release, but it didn't strike me as very interesting -- especially given the fact...Show More Summary

First Impressions: Blade and Soul

It's that time again! Time to dive into the new season, that is. For my first series I've decided to tackle the bloody action series Blade and Soul, adapted from a Korean MMORPG. In this first episode, we're introduced to Alka, a warrior without a home. Show More Summary

Japanese Twitter user reveals the truth behind Thomas the Tank Engine

Let's end your week right: with a creepy drawing of Thomas the Tank Engine! Japanese Twitter user Yui apparently took some photos of an old notebook of hers, in which she drew several illustrations of Thomas. I imagine it was probably...Show More Summary

Final Impressions: Soni-Ani: SUPER SONICO the Animation

It was patently obvious we didn't expect much from Soni-Ani: no one on Japanator even bothered to write up a First Impressions for it at the start of the season. We figured it would be a vapid, 12-episode long commercial for super-curvy...Show More Summary

Flowers of Evil manga ending in June

Remember how much fun I had with Flowers of Evil? I also am a fan of the manga, which does a much better job of delving into the events of the anime series further, especially given the complex nature of the relationship betwen Kasuga and Nakamura. Show More Summary

Aniplex announces Mahouka and Mekaku City Actors simulcast info

Aniplex just dropped some news announcing the simulcast dates of its shows: Mahouka, also known as The Irregular at Magic High School, and Mekaku City Actors. Mahouka will air starting from today, while Mekaku City Actors will hit sites next Saturday. Both shows will stream on Hulu, Aniplex Channel, Crunchyroll, and Daisuki. Show More Summary

Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro!! headed to Crunchyroll

The shonen-sports genre is one of a niche I usually avoid, and not because every show is terrible, they're not -- it's just that many of them seem so interchangeable. A group of down-trodden students join a club and bound together to overcome the odds and triumph. Show More Summary

Crunchyroll to stream Captain Earth

Crunchyroll will be adding Captain Earth to its growing list of anime set to stream this season. The series will premiere at 11:00 AM PST on April 5th for premium members, with episodes available for free users a week after air. This series is just one of several being produced by Bones this season, along with Soul Eater Not! and Hitsugi no Chaika. Show More Summary

FUNimation to simulcast Ping Pong

Briefly: FUNimation has announced their latest nab this season. They'll be licensing and simulcasting Ping Pong, Masaaki Yuasa's upcoming Noitamina show, so you'll be able to catch it on their site and Hulu. The simulcast begins on April 10th at 11:50am, and will air each Thursday after that. Show More Summary

TokyoPop founder Stu Levy does AMA on Reddit

Buried in the midst of Reddit's Ask Me Anything section, TokyoPop founder Stu Levy popped in for two hours to answer questions from fans about the company, the industry, and manga in general. One of the more interesting questions (for...Show More Summary

Final Impressions: Engaged to the Unidentified

As much as I enjoyed watching Engaged to the Unidentified, the end of the series left me feeling more than a little conflicted. Seriously, I haven't felt this conflicted at a series conclusion since, er...Golden Time. Which was maybe a week ago. Show More Summary

Final Impressions: World Conquest Zvezda Plot

I don't have a good grasp as to how to truly enjoy enjoy an anime like World Conquest Zvezda Plot, where clever writing and smart world building paint an internally consistent story but what happens in this story about a little girl who tries to conquer the world comes together like a fistful of sand. Show More Summary

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