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Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 701

We've now entered the back story portion of the arc where tragedy is the dish of the day. No matter how pleasant and beautiful the setting may seem, the shit will hit the fan and the tear ducts will open once Mother Sea begins to play. I've never cried while watching One Piece, it so happens something gets in my eye when that song plays. Read more...

First Impressions: GANGSTA

Truncated versions of words bug the hell out of me. I always hear it in my mind's ear being spoken by an loud spoken and arrogant individual; 'GANGSTA!' emphasis on the -STA part with a line a spit flickering from their lip flaps. Apart...Show More Summary

Review: The IDOLM@STER Cindrella Girls Season 1

What happens when you take one of the longest running media-mixed franchise about idols and give it new life? What happens when you take a mobile game money mill and try to develop its CCG-style characters? What is an idol? These are the questions surrounding The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls anime. Show More Summary

Recycle Shops in Saga

Where are the recycle shops in Saga located?

A Daily Dose of Music: SCANDAL

The girls are back from their first world tour and are already producing more songs with their upcoming single Stamp!. This music video reminds me of Spring breakers before they start to go crazy. Lots of Sun, late night parties, road trips, throw in some bright guitar riffs and you have a noughties rock video. Show More Summary

Week Ender - One Piece Edition

One Piece just reached its 700th episode and on this week's Week Ender, we're celebrating by giving you some One Piece endings for your viewing pleasure! When the first episode of One Piece aired, Clinton was still in the White House...Show More Summary

SDCC '15: Dairanger fights its way to North America

Congratulations, people! Thanks to everyone who supported Shout! Factory's Zyuranger release, the company has announced at Comic Con 2015 that Gosei Sentai Dairanger is heading to North America on DVD. Of course, I'm happy over the idea...Show More Summary

Strong Style: New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS S2 episode 7

Back again this week as Strong Style takes a look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV's coverage of the G1 Climax 24 tournament. So far we've seen some great matches selected from the tournament's action. Tonight we look at three matches...Show More Summary

SDCC '15: Power Rangers Dino Super Charge gets an electrified teaser

Ever since Saban got the rights to Power Rangers again, I felt that their latest installments were disappointing. Samurai could've been a decent show, but the terrible acting direction held it back. Right when it seemed that the brand...Show More Summary

Final Impressions: Plastic Memories

Plastic Memories ended well. For a show that's all about what people leave behind, about legacy, about leaving the world with a lot of good memories, and about literally ending on an up note, that's the best outcome one could ask for. Read more...

Aw snap: Mega Ran and Mighty No. 9 team up for a sweet deal

I may not be up to date with Mega Ran's music, but there's something amazing about the way how the guy tells an engaging story while he raps. Whether it's his tunes about the Blue Bomber, Final Fantasy VII, or other neat topics, theShow More Summary

Annotated Anime: The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan episode 6

We are nearing the half-way point of Nagato Yuki-chan and so far it's been very good. I really like the familiar elements and emphasised comedic moments when comparing it to Haruhi. A lack of Asahina dials down the uncomfortable moments...Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 700

Whew! 700 episodes. I can still remember starting One Piece nearly a decade ago. Back then there were no official streaming sites so I had to go by Youtube episodes that were chopped up into 3 bits. I was inspired to watch it after I...Show More Summary

A little Tokyo bar that an old lady also sleeps in

Despite the city’s modern, neon-lit image, small, old and cluttered bars are not a rarity in Tokyo. Quite the opposite in fact. It’s just finding them that’s all, as they are often tucked away down side streets near the capital’s more suburban train stations. Although even when a potential drinking spot has been spied, it’s […]

OP Up! One Piece Edition

Having 700 episodes in 16 years, the One Piece anime has amassed quite a collection of openings and endings throughout its run. So this week's OP Up! and Week Ender selections are special, as we celebrate 700 episodes of One Piece openings and endings. Show More Summary

Japana-Seven: The 7 best One Piece anime filler arcs

Today I'm here to count down the top 7 animated fillers in One Piece as part of the 700th episode celebration. To make this list, it can be anything animated with One Piece slapped on it, from movies to omake. However, if Oda had a direct influence over it like Strong World and One Piece Z then I will have to consider it canon. Show More Summary

Japana-Seven: The 7 best One Piece storylines

The Straw Hats have been through a lot in their 16 years on TV. Through smiles, tears, Gomu Gomu no's, and devil fruits I've sat through it all just to see that glimmer of that almighty One Piece. So to celebrate 700 episodes/ 350 hours/ 14 days of my life glued to the screen, I'm going to count down my top 7 One Piece animated canon arcs. Show More Summary

Combat Summer Sweat And Smell In Japan

One of the common laments for many an expat in Japan is the relative paucity of deodorant. It's understandable. Japan's motley collection of sprays and roll-ons appear moribund in comparison to the sprightly and exotic odors we may have...Show More Summary

Hello Kitty diving suit is just in time for Shark Week

Sanrio has done it again! The company behind the world famous Hello Kitty character has gone to new depths to bring you the latest in Hello Kitty merchandise. Like below sea level deep. Yes, Sanrio, in collaboration with Osaka-based World Dive diving equipment bring you the limited edition Hello Kitty Drysuit collection. Read more...

An old style Tokyo convenience store

Convenience stores are everywhere in Tokyo. Inside their bright, modern interiors, they stock pretty much everything too. But their older, more traditional counterparts, are very different. So different in fact that it’s amazing they still exist. But exist they do. And they will no doubt continue to exist for as long as their owners do.

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