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Winter 2016 Non-Schedule

A mysterious schedule. Let the freaking out begin.

Normally, this is where we would publish our blogging schedule. We’re going to do something different this time.

We won’t be announcing any blogging picks until the second or third week of the season. This is a change which, if it works well, we will continue with going forward. Read on to find out why.

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December 29, 2015 at 2:40 pm Comments (76)

Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou – 13 (END)

「新宿擾乱」 (Shinjuku Jōran)
“Riots in Shinjuku”

All the twists and turns of Concrete Revolutio lead to this.

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December 29, 2015 at 12:27 pm Comments (13)

WORKING!!! – 14 (END)

「ロード・オブ・ザ・小鳥遊」 (Roudo obu za Takanashi)
“Lord of the Takanashi”

It’s rare for anime comedies to get three seasons, an hour-long finale, and reach a natural conclusion – yet WORKING!! is a rare sort of series, I suppose. It feels good to see it end like this, yet sad to see it end at all.

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December 29, 2015 at 4:21 am Comments (22)

Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans – 13

「葬送」 (Sousou)

Is there such a thing as the 13-episode rule?

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December 28, 2015 at 11:30 pm Comments (62)

Noragami Aragoto – 13 (END)

「福の神の言伝」 (Fukunokami no kotodzute)
“The God of Fortune’s Message”

What a way to end it.

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December 28, 2015 at 8:25 pm Comments (22)

Reader’s Choice – Best of Anime 2015 Poll

The end of the year is here and it’s time for the tenth 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 194 TV series/shorts and 111 OVA/movies 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 with them.

More after the jump.

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December 28, 2015 at 2:11 pm Comments (191)

Haikyuu!! Second Season – 13

「シンプルで純粋な力」 (Shinpuru de Junsuina Chikara)
“A Simple and Pure Strength”

Being tall is awesome and it sure helps a lot when it comes to sports like volleyball, but it’s no substitute for talent, practice, and game sense.

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December 27, 2015 at 7:05 pm Comments (13)

Gundam Thunderbolt – 01


Gundam fans got a much-appreciated Christmas present this year – we’re jumping back into the One Year War of the Universal Century timeline, telling the story of two pilots destined to kill one another. It’s slick, cool, jazzy, and the animation is gorgeous yet brutal. Strap in for Gundam Thunderbolt.

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December 27, 2015 at 5:55 am Comments (51)

Heavy Object – 12

「二人三脚登山は命懸けて, イグアズ山岳砲撃戦 III」 (Ninin Sankyakutozan wa Inochikaete, Iguazusan Gaku Hougekisen III)
“Three-Legged Mountain-Climbing Is Life-And-Death, The Artillery Battle In The Iguazu Mountains III”

This has probably been Heavy Object’s best arc yet.

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December 27, 2015 at 1:47 am Comments (29)

Bleach 657 – The Power of Shihoin

December 26, 2015 at 5:15 pm Comments (28)

Hibike! Euphonium – OVA – 14

「響け!ユーフォニアム 番外編 かけだすモナカ.」 (Hibike! Euphonium: Kakedasu Monaka)
“Kakedasu Monaka”

Hibike! Euphonium returns with an appetiser for the second season coming next year, giving Hazuki and her fellow rejects the time to shine.

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December 24, 2015 at 10:04 am Comments (37)

Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru – 12 (END)

「櫻子さんの足下には…」 (Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa…)
“Under Sakurako’s Feet…”

In a surprising and belated turn of events, Sakurako-san ends with a prologue – showing us what could (and perhaps should) have been the very first episode, rather than the last

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December 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm Comments (24)

Winter 2016 Preview!

Brace yourselves… winter is coming. And like tired-ass memes from creatively bankrupt bloggers, that means it’s time for another season preview. The world of sequels is still going strong, with a continuation of the wonderful medieval romance Akagami no Shirayukihime 2nd Season, the final installment of the new Durararas in Durarara!!x2 Ketsu, and a return of the ridiculous[ly awesome] octopus-flavored assassination story in Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 2nd Season. Not to be outdone, there are exciting new adaptations as well, such as the multiple award-winning josei drama Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, the gritty sci-fi of Dimension W, and the latest cute-boys-doing-sports-things otome game adaptation in Prince of Stride Alternative. As for originals—there are a lot of originals. I don’t even know where to start as there are so many of them, but some to look out for are studio Sanzigen’s CGI action series Bubuki Buranki, the powersuit cop action of Active Raid: Kidou Kyoushuushitsu Dai Hakkei, and what might be a reprise of your favorite childhood game in Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation. All in all, there’s a wide range to look forward to for anime fans of all types. Join us once again as we tell you which ones we think will be good—this is Random Curiosity’s Winter 2016 Preview.

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December 23, 2015 at 2:40 pm Comments (148)

Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans – 12

「暗礁」 (Anshou)

I’ll say this for Tekketsu no Orphans – when the flag is raised, it sure doesn’t take long to salute.

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December 22, 2015 at 5:25 pm Comments (55)

Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! – Ever Sweet

All the colours of the yuri rainbow.

Yuru Yuri is a rare case where each season is better than the last.

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December 22, 2015 at 8:00 am Comments (11)

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