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Senkou no Night Raid – 00 (Prologue)

「船上のクランクアップ」 (Senjou no Kuranku Appu)
“The Crank Up On Board”

While anime looks pretty great in 720p, it’s even better in 1080p. It’s particularly noticeable when I watch a series on my 40 or 52 inch LCD TVs where all the pixel sizes are much larger, as is the case with this special prologue episode of Senkou no Night Raid. Mmm, Yukina in 1080p…

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June 30, 2010 at 6:59 pm Comments (12)

Senkou no Night Raid – 13 (END)

「せめて、希望のかけらを」 (Semete, Kibou no Kakeru wo)
“At The Very Least, A Fragment of Hope”

Picking up from Aoi’s first encounter with Kazura since his betrayal, I honestly had no idea how things would wrap up and was looking forward to being surprised every step of the way. Well, Anime no Chikara sure delivered in this finale by throwing out twist after twist after twist.

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June 29, 2010 at 5:17 pm Comments (16)

Senkou no Night Raid – 12

「夜襲」 (Yashuu)
“Night Raid”

I’ve been wondering what the significance of the series’ title is all this time and it looks like I finally got my answer upon learning Isao’s true motive — the sight of an atomic bomb going off in the middle of the night.

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June 22, 2010 at 2:59 pm Comments (17)

Senkou no Night Raid – 11

「闇の探索」 (Yami no Tansaku)
“Dark Investigation”

It was the first time in the series that I actually heard someone say that someone else’s actions directly influenced the course of history in a significant way, but that clearly wasn’t Aoi’s intention when he went after Shizune and prevented Puyi from meeting with her.

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June 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm Comments (6)

Senkou no Night Raid – 10

「東は東」 (Higashi wa Higashi)
“East is East”

Just when I thought Anime no Chikara was ambitious for animating the Mukden Incident, it turns out that was just a precursor to their real goal — the untold fictional events leading up to the Second World War. While probably less controversial, the scale is by far and wide immensely incomparable, as Takachiho Isao suggests a war to end all wars may be necessary.

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June 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm Comments (21)

Senkou no Night Raid – 09

「新しき京」 (Atarashiki Miyako)
“New Capital”

As much as I’ve enjoyed how Anime no Chikara has taken their fictional piece of work and overlaid it on top of actual history, things are getting more interesting now that the focus has shifted to the characters’ involvement in all of this.

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June 1, 2010 at 8:31 pm Comments (14)

Senkou no Night Raid – 08

「凍土の国で」 (Toudo no Kuni de)
“On the Frozen Soil of a Country”

Following the Mukden Incident last episode, Japan uses the opportunity to seize the entire Manchuria region in the next six months.

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May 25, 2010 at 8:54 pm Comments (10)

Senkou no Night Raid – 07

「事変」 (Jihen)
“Incident”

I can sort of see why this series isn’t actively fan-subbed, because unless you’re pretty fluent in Japanese, know your Asian history fairly well, and have an inquisitive attention span, it can get a bit difficult to follow at times. In my case, I was never formally taught Asian history in school, so I’m actually enjoying how much I’m learning about it from watching an anime.

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May 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm Comments (16)

Senkou no Night Raid – Special Chapter

「預言」 (Yogen)
“Premonition”

So as I mentioned last time, airing on television this week is a recap in lieu of episode seven that will be streamed online. However, that didn’t stop them from slipping in some key story at the very end, namely how Japanese militarists bombed their own South Manchuria Railway and blamed it on the Chinese to provide a pretext for war.

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May 18, 2010 at 1:36 am Comments (15)

Senkou no Night Raid – 06

「乱階の夜」 (Rankai no Yoru)
“Night of the Approaching Disturbance”

After I brought up the controversy this series is edging upon back in episode two, it looks like Anime no Chikara dares to tread on that iffy time frame in history after all, as the story rapidly approaches its take on the Mukden Incident.

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May 11, 2010 at 8:56 pm Comments (49)

Senkou no Night Raid – 05

「夏の陰画」 (Natsu no Inga)
“Photo Negative of Summer”

As suggested in the preview last time, this week we have a mini story on an old friend of Kazura’s, whom he starts asking around about after seeing him in a photo that Aoi took.

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May 4, 2010 at 5:36 pm Comments (9)

Senkou no Night Raid – 04

「カメラと包子と野良猫と」 (Kamera to Paozu to Naraneko to)
“A Camera, Baozi, and a Stray Cat”

I wasn’t expecting anything on the more lighthearted side in this series, but watching Aoi and Kazura’s contrasting personalities try to work together proved to be just that.

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April 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm Comments (9)

Senkou no Night Raid – 03

「ビッグフォーに影は落ちる」 (Biggu Foo ni Kage wa Ochiru)
“A Shadow is Cast Upon the Big Four”

Despite the somewhat episodic nature of Senkou no Night Raid, I’m rather enjoying the mission-style progression and the overarching character subplots that come with it.

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April 20, 2010 at 7:32 pm Comments (14)

Senkou no Night Raid – 02

「回想のロンド」 (Kaisou no Rondo)
“Rondo of Reminiscence”

Given the controversy over Japanese textbooks and how they distort history, I’m curious as to how this original series will approach matters involving Manchuria, the Mukden Incident, and the Nanking Massacre, but it hasn’t touched upon any of them yet.

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April 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm Comments (34)

Senkou no Night Raid – 01

「救出行」 (Kyuushutsu-kou)
“Rescue”

Coming off the completion of their first project, So-Ra-No-Wo-To, Anime no Chikara follows up with their second original series — an espionage anime involving secret intelligence agents who can use super-human abilities.

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April 6, 2010 at 3:12 am Comments (52)