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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 601-602

After a couple of chapters spent seemingly breaking down Royal Guards' invincible mystique, it all gets built back up again, with the arrival of one guy: Oetsu Nimaiya. And while the precedent Bleach has established for itself threatens...Show More Summary

Small and faded Tokyo bar. Big and bright Japanese smiles

The decor of this old bar in Tokyo’s western suburbs clearly hasn’t changed for decades — if indeed it has ever changed at all. But then that’s really what gives it such charm. Along with its friendly regulars, who similarly haven’t changed for some time.

Japanese video game addiction?

When his mother told him to go outside and play, this is probably not what she had in mind.

Shinjuku in monochrome

A hint of the past without the distracting hues of the present.

In Tokyo, the real price of poverty?

No matter how many times one may hope for a different outcome, the total of nothing multiplied by nothing is unfortunately always nought.

Contemplation in a Tokyo shopping arcade

Super convenient they may not be, but quiet shopping streets do allow for similarly quiet moments.

Old Tokyo?

No robots. No neon. No super busy crossings. Just Tokyo as it once was, and in so many ways, still is.

Animator Expo's trailer contains some amazing visuals

If you've been in the mood to experience some beautiful anime shorts, then you'll be happy to hear that the Anima(tor)'s Exhibition'll showcase 30 different pieces by different directors on niconico when Nov. 9 arrives. Interestingly, Hideaki Anno and Studio Khara are involved with presenting the project. Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 3

Shirobako episode 3 brings us to Aoi's primary tasks to the finish. We first see the innocuous name sake--the white jewel case that hosts the final cut of the TV episode, thus "shirobako." The joy ride continues all the way to the end. Read more...

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 695-697

At this point, we're not even three chapters from THE END OF NARUTO, and yet I'm left with little to comment on. That's not to say that these last few chapters have been bad, or the ending especially shallow, but simply that as far as "endings" go, there's simply not that much "happening" in a narrative sense. Read more...

Watch a sumo wrestler go up against a polar bear in Shinjuku

During the early week of October, there was a video that featured a person walking a polar bear through Shibuya to promote LALSH's Oct. 24 announcement. Now that the promised day has passed in Japan, Eagle Liang uploaded a video of the event to YouTube, which happens to be a fight between the arctic beast and a sumo wrestler. Show More Summary

Zyuranger's English DVD cover art features too much blue

It's been a good while since Shout! Factory announced their plan to release Zyuranger on DVD, and the company has revealed an image of the show's cover art. Based on the design, the cover doesn't look too bad-- even if the color blue dominates the image. Show More Summary

First Impressions: Log Horizon 2

We neglected to cover Log Horizon back when it debuted, beyond first look by Karen, who came away distinctly unimpressed. That was a missed opportunity, because, like many a good show, Log Horizon was very much a slow, thoughtful burn...Show More Summary

Trademark no Jutsu: 2015's Sentai series gets a title

We have a few weeks until October returns to the shadows, and it's time to learn about the 39th Sentai show's title. Going by the name of Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, the next installment in the franchise'll likely feature a ninja motif. Come...Show More Summary

First Impressions: Shirobako

Shirobako is many things--a story about a struggling animation studio, an anime production starting to go haywire, the promise of five young women in the pursuit of their dreams, and that is just to list a few. Shirobako, to me, is the love letter of the anime creation process as shared and dramatized by the same creators to the people that watch it. Show More Summary

Death Note's Takeshi Obata drops some love at NYCC

Mangaka extraordinaire, Takashi Obata was on hand at New York Comic Con last week to the delight of Death Note, Hikaru no Go, and Bakuman fans who were in attendance. The folks over at Viz gave us a peak at his amazing handy work, and showed all us who didn't attend, exactly what we missed out on. Show More Summary

A Daily Dose of Music: Chatmonchy

If you haven't had your morning coffee yet, you might want to hold off on watching this video. All the swirling colors and intense tone took me by surprise, so I needed to get my body ready for such aural intensity. As usual the power...Show More Summary

Quick Reminder: Mighty Boy short film is streaming on FIBABC

I may not have read any of Naoki Urasawa's (Monster, 20th Century Boy, Pluto) works, but there's something neat about seeing a group people creating a short film based on one his stories. In this case, a Spanish team have decided to adapt Urasawa's Mighty Boy manga into movie. Show More Summary

The Simpsons are pretty big Shonen JUMP readers

This one's more of a blip compared to the cameo-fest in last week's issue of Spider-Man, but I'm intrigued by a peculiar level of anime savvy shown in a new visual gag from Sunday's episode of The Simpsons. Doing their yearly "Treehouse...Show More Summary

Uncensored Terra Formars to air on Crunchyroll

I'm sure I'm not the only one who was totally shocked by the hardcore, over the top censorship of this season's Terra Formars. I mean come on! I've seen 10 second commercials on TV this week that showed way more than what was edited out. Show More Summary

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