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Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 686

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:00

And now it's time for everyone's favorite cowboy manga recap! Mosey on down to this 'ere ranch and let's get caught up in the tales of rootin'-est, tootin'-est cowboy that ever fought in the Fourth Ninja World War!

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Review: Kamen Rider Battride War II

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 08:00

Back when Kamen Rider Battride War was first announced, many toku fans were excited over the fact that they were getting a Dynasty Warriors-like game that featured their favorite Heisei Riders from Kamen Rider Kuuga through Wizard (Gaim didn't exist back then). At the time, Namco Bandai seemed like they had a good tokusatsu video game on their hands. However, the company made a slight error when they commissioned Eighting (Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the Kamen Rider Climax Hero series) to develop the game instead of Omega Force (the Dynasty Warriors series).

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 21

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:00

I love Fridays. Whenever this day arrives, I can’t help but to rejoice over the fact that the weekend has started. Even if I have to work during that time frame, there’s something refreshing about reaching the fifth day of the week. I guess this has to do with the feeling that comes from triumphing over the past few days in one’s routine-- kind of like beating an evil villain that was giving you trouble. However, Fridays can be a bit tedious when you add the word “Freaky” to the equation.

When you’ve watched more than five Super Sentai shows (maybe more than two), you start to notice that each series shares a few episode themes. One of these tropes is the body-switching segment, which is present in almost every Sentai installment. Based on my experience with the franchise, I haven’t had an issue with these chapters, as they managed to bring a new take on the overused premise.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 590

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:30

What is it with Quincy and creepers? I mean, every army has one or two creepy types, but it seems to me that when Ywach summoned all the "true" Quincy to his side the only place that had them was the madhouse. 

Well, whatever the reason for the Sternritter's unusually high nutball quotient, it seems that Kubo is grooming young Giselle "Gigi" Gewelle for a top spot.

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Ufotable's take on Fate/stay night UBW looks hot

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 22:00

In what can only be described as a "oh wait, really?" kind of moment, Ufotable revealed this past Sunday that their upcoming new Fate/stay night TV series would be adapting the Unlimited Blade Works route of the video game. I can hear some of you out there making surprised noises, and I bet its because Studio DEEN already did a theatrical version of that very same story.

Well as it turns out, Ufotable doesn't particularly care. Thematically, UBW has a narrative arc that better follows up Fate/Zero's core story.

Aniplex and Ufotable, not content with just revealing the TV series route, also announced a Heaven's Feel theatrical adaptation. Basically all Fate fans win everywhere. 

Check out the trailers above and below and feel free to freak out with the rest of the fandom.

Now about that Tsukihime remake...

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Feast your eyes on two new Sailor Moon dub previews

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 15:30

Well played, Viz Media. Right when you've gotten us used to checking YouTube for the latest Sailor Moon-related dub previews, the company decided to upload their newest videos on Hulu instead.

Despite Viz's unexpected move, I'm beginning to like the new Sailor Moon dub even more with each new preview. Kate Higgins (Ami) and Christina Vee (Rei) both did a fantastic job with their roles, which shows that Viz put some thought into choosing the show's English cast. Other than that, Stephanie Sheh's Usagi voice is shaping up nicely, as we hear her take on Sailor Moon's signature line.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 38

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 05:00

It’s time to go back to Kamen Rider Gaim’s main story, and things are about to get fierce again. Is there no more hope for our heroes to triumph over evil? Well, I guess there’s one option that Gaim’s main cast could use to win, but it’s not going to be pretty one.

While Kouta and the gang’ll get to achieve their main objective, they’ll have to deal with an inevitable betrayal before they get the chance to do their victory dance.

 Kamen Rider Gaim episode 38 screenshot

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SDCC '14: Shout! Factory to release Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger on DVD

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 16:00

Ladies and gentlemen. I would like to announce that hell has frozen over. Why you say? Well, it turns out that Shout! Factory has plans to bring Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger to North America.

As a person who's been wanting to own a Sentai series for a good while, it's great to see that more people in the west'll get to experience the 1992 tokusatsu series that helped give birth to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Not only that, this news is an huge moment in history, since this is the first time that a Super Sentai series gets an uncut DVD release in the west.

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Check out Kamen Rider Drive's gadgets and four-wheeled vehicle

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 06:00

Man. What's with all of these heroes getting cars all of the sudden? First it was Ghost Rider, and now 2015's new Rider, Kamen Rider Drive, is following this trend. Are motorcycles going out of style? Whatever the case may be, this new hero might as well call himself Kamen Driver. Then again, Kamen Rider Black RX had a car and a motorbike, so there's a chance that Drive will have his own moto as well.

Based on the upcoming toy-line, our new Rider's sporting a car motif, and his automobile goes by the name of Trideron. Speaking of cars, 2015's Rider'll transform with a belt called -get this- the Drive Driver. Despite the belt's unoriginal name, I love the fact that the Drive Driver is basically a modernized Showa Rider Belt.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 14-15

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:00

Don’t you hate it when a show releases a recap episode after impressing you with a solid segment? Well, Garo: Makai no Hana has fallen into this category, as we’re exposed to a chapter that almost wastes our time right when we were hoping for the show to follow up on Mayuri's development.

Luckily, there are a few redeeming qualities to this outcome. While these results aren't enough to restore our lost time, most viewers were given the chance to feel warm inside during Garo Season 4’s most recent episode.

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First Impressions: Terror in Resonance

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 17:00

A new, original anime series directed by Shinichiro Watanabe with music from Yoko Kanno?Whose hand do I shake for making this happen? Terror in Resonance was a wildcard since it was announced,  featuring a relatively unknown studio (MAPPA) and a story that revolves around teenage terrorists with some frightening plans.


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Akiba's Trip gets a release date, PS4 version crossing pond

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:00

XSEED games are really going all-out with their upcoming release of Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed. Not only have they ported the Acquire's open-world Akihabara cosplay vampire-stripping game to the English language, they've gone the extra mile and added dual-language voiceovers as well as exclusive female-oriented fanservice content. Now both the PS3 and Vita versions are coming out on August 12th in North America, and I'm honestly excited to expose some vampire flesh to the sunlight...if you know what I mean.

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Japanator Eats: Green Tea Snacks Part 2

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:00

All your green tea snacks are belong to me.

All your green tea snacks are belong to me.

All your green tea snacks are belong to me.

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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 3

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:00

Sword Art Online II sure loves to take its sweet time with presenting its story to the audience. In all seriousness, SAO II’s pacing isn’t a bad thing, as it gives us some time to soak in certain aspects that the anime presents to us. Since we were introduced to Sinon’s character last time, the show's ready to introduce us to her true self.

Just like Sinon’s previous segment, this episode will be the one that’ll seal everyone’s opinion on the character once and for all. That being said, it’s time to find out if Sword Art Online II’s heroine has what it takes to maintain the show’s foundation.

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Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 2-3

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:00

Reporting live from New Jersey: There are no uprising of Yosakoi, blonde teenage kids wanting to start clubs, or anything out of ordinary from Princeton. Not that I know what's going on down in that part of south-central part of the Garden State, but everything seems same-old.

What I can report is that if I did a three-episode test with Hanayamata, it would pass with flying colors. By that I mean it's full of colors flying past my eyes, not because it carried itself in some super-compelling way. In fact, all signs points at the odds that Hanayamata is a story that all of us have seen countless time. It's about execution and telling that good old story told countless times with ways of making it fresh.

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Cheers! Trails in the Sky's PC version gets a release date

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:00

As XSEED Games and Carpe Fulgur continue to work on The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC, the awesome folks at XSEED have announced that the first Trails in the Sky game's hitting Steam and GOG on July 29th (next Tuesday) for only $19.99. Best of all, the title's first week releases'll be sale for 15% off the actual price!

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Annotated Anime: Persona 4 Golden Animation episode 2

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:00

Now that the semi-obligatory introduction is out of the way, time to go wild! Skipping entire characters, plot points, and any redundant mainline story, we're taken on a jaunty ride to the stuff Persona 4 the Golden fans have been waiting for.


 Persona 4 Golden Animation episode 2 screenshot

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So I guess the Ninja Turtles are Japanese Kappa, now?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:00

That seems to be the story Paramount have gone with in their new "Legend of the Yokai" trailer for this year's big Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, opening on August 8th. According to the stylized animations and stereotypically accented narration, ninja turtles first came about after demons terrorized a small village. A quartet of Kappa - a turtle-like magical creature of Japanese folklore - were summoned to learn the ways of ninjutsu and take the fight to the enemy.

Considering that the very first incarnation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came about as a parody of the 1980's most popular comic book concepts, I suppose this interpretation of the nature of the Ninja Turtle is as valid as any.

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Sony invokes dongs to sell the new PS Vita

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:00

Remember that time in middle school you and your friends would get naked in the locker room and compare genitals? Me neither, but Sony does. This Japanese ad for the PS Vita calls up youthful PS-envy as young boys remark on the sheer size of their friend's little (electronic handheld) friend. 

For what it's worth I actually think it's a cute ad, and not nearly as bizarre as some of Sony's other efforts. On the software side, the ad namedrops future Vita titles like Oreshika 2, Toukiden Kiwami and Freedom Wars, with a mosaic at the end including titles that probably wouldn't be on your average middle-schooler's to-buy list, like a Love Live! dancing game and a pair of otome titles.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 20

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 04:00

Normally I don’t repeat a pun during my segments, but I couldn’t resist using another “orange” pun, since it’s relevant to ToQger’s 20th episode. That, and I guess this pun is sort of a last resort. I’m kidding.

Anyway, it’s time for us to find out if the show’s quality has gone up or down, as we catch up on my latest rambling about ToQger. Come to think of it, it’s been a while since I used that introduction.

 Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 20 screenshot

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