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Mirai Nikki – 04

「手書き入力」 (Tegaki Nyūryoku)
“Handwritten Input”

Purely in terms of development this was certainly the most important episode of Mirai Nikki yet. It was also the first time I felt the anime’s version of events lacked a little bit of the punch the manga packed.

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October 31, 2011 at 3:01 pm Comments (107)

Gundam AGE – 04

「白い狼」 (Shiroi Ookami)
“The White Wolf”

For a “supposed” kid show, there sure is a lot of man-service in Gundam AGE. I must’ve missed the memo on how the latest Gundam isn’t only for children. Oh wait, no I didn’t.

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October 31, 2011 at 4:45 am Comments (72)

Ben-To – 04

「豚肉生姜焼き弁当 852kcal」 (Butaniku Shōgayaki Bentō 852kcal)
“Ginger Fried Pork Bento 852kcal”

Horee sheeto. Dis episode. Was amazing.

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October 31, 2011 at 3:47 am Comments (47)

Last Exile -Ginyoku no Fam- – 03

「Light square」

You’ll have to forgive me if I begin this post with a “Danger: Hazardous Curves Ahead” sign after last week…

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October 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm Comments (100)

Fate/Zero – 05

「凶獣咆哮」 (Kyoujuu Houkou)
“Howl of a Mad Beast”

They’re really pulling out all the stops now, as what looked like four Servants standing off against one another suddenly became six. I don’t recall that ever happening in Fate/stay night. With the way they were assessing the situation and feeling one another out, it could’ve easily turned into a free-for-all battle royal.

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October 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm Comments (344)

WORKING’!! – 05

「ワグナリアの巨大な胃袋」 (Wagunaria no Kyodai na Ibukuro)
Wagnaria’s Big Stomach

Another week at Wagnaria yet we don’t actually see much working again (big surprise there).

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October 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm Comments (28)

THE IDOLM@STER – 17

「真、まことの王子様」 (Makoto, Makoto no Ouji-sama)
“Makoto, A True Prince”

You know, I tried to go with the flow of this episode and see Makoto as a girl — I really did — but it’s so damn hard to. It’s like they designed her character so well that it’s practically impossible to her any other way. Sorry Makoto, you’ll forever be the idol prince who dreams of being a princess.

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October 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm Comments (38)

Mawaru Penguindrum – 16

「死なない男」 (Shinanai Otoko)
“The Man who Won’t Die”

Rock Over Japan! It feels like ages since I heard that song (nine episodes in fact). It’s just too bad this episode didn’t confirm or deny my interpretation of what happened to Yuri. Instead, it raised some new questions, the biggest of which was, “What the heck did I just watch?”

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October 29, 2011 at 1:00 am Comments (80)

Macross Frontier – Sayonara no Tsubasa

「恋離飛翼~サヨナラノツバサ~」 (Sayonara no Tsubasa)
“The Wings of Goodbye”

Almost one year ago, I said in my coverage of Itsuwari no Utahime that I considered a trip to Japan to coincide with the theatrical release of Sayonara no Tsubasa. I can definitively say now that it would’ve been well worth it, as the second movie shuffles the story around more and features brand-new jaw-dropping animation. Movie-quality visuals backed by an epic soundtrack by Kanno Youko and new songs by May’n and Nakajima Megumi, plus a conclusion where Alto finally picks one of the songstresses? What more could a longtime Macross fan possibly ask for?

Spoiler warning: This post (minus the screen caps) is purposely free of major spoilers. There’s no summary of the plot, the final battle, or the ending. Still, I mention some specific developments, so it’s not recommended for those who don’t want to be spoiled at all.

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October 28, 2011 at 5:40 am Comments (152)

Persona 4 the ANIMATION – 04

「Somewhere not here」

Another day, another awakening. Sure, I enjoyed this episode of Hanasaku Iroha: Persona 4 Edition, but at the rate the story is progressing, I’m beginning to lose sight of the series’ central premises.

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October 28, 2011 at 3:21 am Comments (62)

Guilty Crown – 03

「顕出 void-sampling」 (Kenshutsu)

It’s somewhat regrettable that I may have inadvertently hyped Guilty Crown too much — at least for our regular readers — because rather than impressing audiences with everything that the series does well, it’s now struggling to live up to everyone’s high expectations.

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October 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm Comments (224)

Naruto 561 – The Weight of the World on One’s Shoulders

October 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm Comments (62)

UN-GO – 03

「覆面屋敷」 (Fukumen Yashiki)
“Masked Mansion”

Based on the last two cases, in terms of pure mysteries I’m beginning to suspect that UN-GO is a cut above the likes of Gosick, Kami-Memo and Dantalian.

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October 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm Comments (31)

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon – 04

「夜天下の暗躍者」 (Yotenka no Anyakusha)
“Covert Ops under the Night Sky”

For a show that’s only redeeming factor was a flamboyant main character with a complete disregard for the rules society has set, I’m glad to see that bigger things are coming into play.

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October 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm Comments (69)

Bleach – 345

「襲われた雨竜、仲間達に迫る脅威!」 (Osowareta Uryuu, Nakama-tachi ni Semaru Kyoui!)
“Uryuu is Attacked, A Threat Draws Near the Friends!”

This episode shifted things into high gear with none of the usual Bleach drag, and I hope non-manga readers are finding the plot and mystery interesting.

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October 27, 2011 at 1:03 am Comments (29)

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