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ISUCA – 02

「真名」 (Mana)
“True Name”

After last week’s disappointing performance, this week’s episode did a rather good job at translating what makes the manga so good into the anime. Sort of.

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January 31, 2015 at 10:04 pm Comments (23)

ISUCA – 01

「邂逅」 (Kaigou)
“Chance Encounter”

So, after hyping the show up both in my mind and on the preview, does the anime adaptation manage to do the series justice? Hint: Sort of, but not really.

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January 24, 2015 at 7:27 pm Comments (34)


「キング・オブ・ルーキー」 (Kingu Obu Rookii)
“King Of Rookies”

I’m not quite sure what the I just watched but what we got felt like a strange mixture of cool and confusing.

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January 12, 2015 at 10:34 pm Comments (47)

Seiken Tsukai no World Break – 01

「転生せし者」 (Tensei Seshi Mono)
“The Reincarnator”

Of all the magical-fantasy-action-harem anime based on a light novels I’ve watched so far this season, this one may not be the worst, but it disappointed me the most. This first episode is an absolute mess.

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January 12, 2015 at 3:41 pm Comments (75)

Junketsu no Maria – 01

「完全なる乙女」 (Kanzen’naru Otome)
“Perfect Virgin”

There’s potential here for an impressive historical action filled with war, witches, dragons, and sex jokes.

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January 12, 2015 at 7:38 am Comments (37)

Kuroko no Basuke 3 – 01

「全力でやってるだけなんで」 (Zenryoku de Yatterdu Dakenande)
“I’m Just Going At Full Strength”

After a length hiatus (unless you’re like me and marathoned the past two seasons within a few weeks), Kuroko no Basuke makes it triumphant return.

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January 12, 2015 at 3:27 am Comments (82)

Yoru no Yatterman – 01

「世界は真っ暗闇」 (Sekai wa Makkura Yami)
“The World is in Total Darkness”

This is one that’s going under everyone’s radar, but seriously, you should all watch this right now. It’s ambitious, emotional, and funny just when it wants to be. I’d even go as far as to say this was the best first episode of the entire season.

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January 11, 2015 at 4:26 pm Comments (33)

THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls – 01

「Who is in the pumpkin carriage?」

So much positivity! This light! It buuuurnses us!

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January 10, 2015 at 11:57 pm Comments (81)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc – 01

「(「愚者」(ザ・フール)のイギーと「ゲブ神」のンドゥール その1) 」(Za Fuuru no Igi to Gebu-shin no Nduuru Sono 1)
“Iggy the Fool and Geb’s N’doul, Part 1″

It’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. What else is there to say?

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January 10, 2015 at 5:03 am Comments (35)

Kantai Collection -KanColle- – 01

「初めまして!司令官!」 (Hajimemashite! Shireikan!)
“Nice to Meet You! Commander!”

I knew Kusakawa Keizo was directing, but I didn’t expect a magical girl show.

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January 8, 2015 at 10:40 am Comments (187)

Shinmai Maou no Testament – 01

「妹ができた日」 (Imouto ga Dekita hi)
“The Day I Got a Little Sister”

Yes, this is a magical-fantasy-action-harem-ecchi anime, but so far it’s executing well on both the concept and its own story. I was optimistic going in, and it hasn’t let me down yet.

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January 7, 2015 at 8:02 pm Comments (99)

Kamisama Hajimemashita◎ – 01

「神様またはじめました」 (Kamisama mata hajimemashita)
“I’ve Started the “Being a God” Thing Again”

Every schedule is better off when it’s blessed with a show or two like Kamisama Hajimemashita – ones that are simply a pleasure to watch and easy to enjoy.

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January 7, 2015 at 1:28 am Comments (12)

Absolute Duo – 01

「焔牙(ブレイズ)」 (Homura Kiba (Bureizu))

I didn’t come in with high expectations, so I wasn’t that disappointed. I was still disappointed, though.

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January 6, 2015 at 9:10 pm Comments (94)

Shingeki no Bahamut GENESIS – Favarooo!

Certainty of death, *small* chance of success… What are we waiting for?

This is how you do a card game adaptation. Step 1: Take the basic mechanics and/or setting of the game. Step 2: Create an interesting cast of characters who work well together, even if they need to be original. Step 3: Use the setting as a jumping off point to tell a good story. That seems simple, but the key is to not remain shackled to the game. Use its assets, but always remember the most important thing: tell a good story. That’s what Shingeki no Bahamut GENESIS did, and it worked damn well.

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December 31, 2014 at 1:22 pm Comments (63)

Madan no Ou to Vanadis – The Adventures of Human Legolas

For some reason, I feel like playing Risk.

An entire civil war in one season. If only the real ones passed as quickly … though I would’ve liked to have spent more time with this one, so we could really get to know these characters and this world.

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December 30, 2014 at 12:04 am Comments (69)

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