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Monogatari Second Season – 26 (END)

「ひたぎエンド其ノ陸」 (Hitagi Endo So no Roku)
“Hitagi End Part Six”

It’s been a damn good ride everyone.

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December 30, 2013 at 2:20 am Comments (112)

Little Busters! Refrain – 13 (END)

「リトルバスターズ」 (Ritoru Basutaazu)
“Little Busters”

I’m still struggling mightily to wrap my thoughts – and feelings – around that ending.

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December 30, 2013 at 12:58 am Comments (53)

Reader’s Choice – Best Anime 2013 Poll

The end of the year is here and it’s time for the Eighth Annual Reader’s Choice poll! Do you have a favorite series you’d like to see win? Are you just curious to see what everyone else enjoyed this year? Either way, the microphone’s in your hands now. Make your vote count.

As per the usual, there will be two polls for you to vote on this year – one for regularly broadcast TV series, and another for OVA/movies. We’re asking you for your top 5 picks in each poll, which should stop the results from being heavily skewed towards the mega-popular shows. This year we have an astounding 160~ TV series (shorts are included this year) and 120~ OVA/movies/specials for you to choose from, so make sure you look over the entire list before deciding. Keep in mind that like all entertainment, anime is subjective. There is no one size fits all here. Please respect the opinions of others, even if you may disagree vehemently with them.

More after the jump.

Note: The polls will close at midnight PST on Thursday, January 2nd. This means the morning of the 3rd, or 8:00 AM GMT on the 3rd. Results will be posted in the Best of Anime 2013 post, which will be written by myself and Stilts (the two active writers who have watched the most anime this year).

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December 29, 2013 at 10:23 am Comments (371)

Log Horizon – 13

「盾と自由」 (Tate to Jiyuu)
“Shield and Freedom”

A lazy, spoiled, can’t-be-bothered NEET princess is the best princess.

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December 28, 2013 at 6:09 pm Comments (111)

Yozakura Quartet – Hana no Uta – 11, 12

「ハナノウタ 1, 2」 (Hana no Uta 1, 2)
“Song of Flowers 1, 2″

Nothing feels quite a refreshing the second time around, even if its the “yandere psychopath with one hell of an obsessive streak” card being played.

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December 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm Comments (18)

Kakumeiki Valvrave – 24 (END)

「未来への革命] (Mirai e no Kakumei)
“Revolution to the Future”

Where does one begin to go in describing that episode?

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December 27, 2013 at 6:34 pm Comments (147)

Nagi no Asukara – 13

「届かぬゆびさき」 (Todokanu Yubisaki)
“Unreachable Fingertips”

And that is why one must always take into consideration the possibility that things could work a little too well.

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December 26, 2013 at 9:56 pm Comments (101)

Winter 2014 Preview!

With winter already upon us and the third year of the Tyranny of Stilts set to begin, it’s time to introduce you to the upcoming anime season. Last season was strangely weak for fall, with many of the most highly anticipated series ending in disappointment while only a few dark horses stepped up to pick up their slack. Can winter, traditionally one of the weaker seasons, do any better? I think it may be able to, and that’s not just my eternal optimism talking. This season is pleasantly plump with original series, including the anime-saving space adventure SPACE☆DANDY, the ridiculous interplanetary mecha brawl Nobunaga the Fool, the world dominating loli fantasy Sekai Seifuku ~Bouryaku no Zvezda~, and the magical courtroom procedural Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil. Notable adaptations include the magical fantasy mish-mash Witch Craft Works, the airborne epic Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta, the Shaft harem romcom Nisekoi, and another ridiculous Nobunaga-based sci-fi romp in Nobunagan. There are encouraging sequels as well, including a second season of the perverted slice-of-life comedy Seitokai Yakuindomo, another season of ridiculously awesome mahjong with Saki Zenkoku-hen, the second cour of the deep agriculture coming-of-age story Gin no Saji, and the second season of KyoAni’s delusional romcom Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! There’s a lot of enjoy this winter, so join me for Random Curiosity’s Winter 2014 Season Preview. Read on to find out what you should be watching.

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December 26, 2013 at 7:18 pm Comments (217)

Ghost in the Shell ARISE – 02

「Border:2 – Ghost Whispers」

As the second part of a quadrilogy, one of the things I was looking for was whether or not it served as a proper bridge between the introductory portion of the series and the overarching plot line it wants to give us. Powered by the always fabulous Kusanagi Motoko, it does just that.

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December 26, 2013 at 5:22 pm Comments (11)

Hunter X Hunter 2011 – 110

「コンワク × ト × オモワク」 (Konwaku × to × Omowaku)
“Confusion × And × Expectation”

Shoot, I think I’ve figured out what you were talking about…

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December 26, 2013 at 7:06 am Comments (15)

Bleach 563 – Superstar Never Die

December 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm Comments (43)

Naruto 660 – A Concealed Heart

December 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm Comments (27)

Bleach 562 – Bloody Murder

December 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm Comments (28)

Monogatari Second Season – 25

「ひたぎエンド其ノ伍」 (Hitagi Endo So no Go)
“Hitagi End Part Five”

I apologize for the late post — Christmas the Holidays are upon us and with them come an over abundance of work and family responsibilities.

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December 23, 2013 at 9:15 pm Comments (71)

Log Horizon – 12

「ラグランダの杜」 (Raguranda no Mori)
“The Forest of Lagranda”

A beautiful dance leads to a lover’s quarrel, while across the world the newbies dive into some proper dungeon crawling fun.

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December 23, 2013 at 8:51 pm Comments (106)

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