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Mushi-shi Season 2: Episode 01 Review

Mushi-shi Season 2: Episode 01 Review

Like reuniting with old friends or picking up a conversation years later as if no time had passed at all, Mushi-shi (Sequel Series) continues its tradition of meditative stories and soft-spoken, thought-provoking concepts enhanced by beautiful backgrounds and beautiful music.

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Brynhildr in the Darkness: Episode 01 Review

Brynhildr in the Darkness: Episode 01 Review

This first episode has left me with so many questions, and I have only a few answers. Brynhildr in the Darkness, judging from the opening credits, is obviously aiming for a mystery with some misery generously sprinkled on for good measure.

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Baby Steps: Episode 01 Review

Baby Steps: Episode 01 Review

Eiichiro Maruo is a first-year high school student, and he’s at the top of his class. In fact, he’s known as “Ei-chan” (A-chan) for his grades and his painstaking meticulous notes. After deciding to join a sports club to balance his otherwise sedentary academic lifestyle, he settles on taking advantage of a free trial at the local tennis club. Little does he know that one year from now, he’ll be competing in the Kanagawa Junior Tennis Circuit!

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Ressha Sentai ToQger – First Impressions

Ressha Sentai ToQger – First Impressions

This year marked the start of the 38th Super Sentai Season in Japan, called Ressha Sentai ToQger. The story starts off with Bag Shadow, a minion of the Shadow Line, abducting children with imagination and taking them aboard one of the evil Kuliner trains.

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Kill la Kill: Episode 02 – 11 Review

Kill la Kill: Episode 02 – 11 Review

I'll be totally honest: after the first episode of Kill la Kill, I watched the second and gave up hope of having the motivation to go on. I just wasn't very interested. The plot was lacking, the characters were god-awful obnoxious, and the fan service was too blatant to be taken seriously.

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Yowamushi Pedal – First Impressions

Yowamushi Pedal – First Impressions

The start of high school always means selecting a club for new students. For Onoda Sakamichi, it seems like an easy choice. Being a closet otaku to whom Akihabara is the promised land, and wanting nothing more than to have friends he can talk about anime and manga with, it’s definitely be the anime club.

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Beyond the Boundary – First Impressions

Beyond the Boundary – First Impressions

Kyoukai no Kanata is this season's offering from KyoAni, based on a novel series. While it does hit a lot of their normal tropes—mainly Kuriyama and her endearing klutz personality—there's a lot that seems to be going on in the background that is promising.

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Galilei Donna – First Impressions

Galilei Donna – First Impressions

From its description, Galilei Donna has the potential to be either amazing or a glorious train wreck: three moons, inhabiting the female bodies of Galileo's descendants, are pursued by international agencies.

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Yu-sibu – First Impressions

Yu-sibu – First Impressions

Sometimes even the most persnickety among us anime connoisseurs desires to mellow out and seek refuge in the warm bosoms of guilty pleasures, and this ridiculously long-named anime promises to be just the thing. Thus begins my report on I Couldn't Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job, or the Japanese shortened title Yu-Sibu.

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Nagi no Asakura – First Impressions

Nagi no Asakura – First Impressions

The only reason this anime even came up on my radar this season is due to the breathtaking animation photos of the scenery in this world circulating the internet. I'm really not a huge fan of the slice of life romantic anime genre. In my experience it's always some kind of coupling of two characters who are childhood friends about to enter a new school and must overcome the challenge of....

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Kill la Kill – First Impressions

Kill la Kill – First Impressions

I was drawn into watching Kill la Kill for a few different reasons. First and foremost, the creators of Gurren Lagaan, Director Hiroyuki Imaishi and Writer Kazuki Nakashima are involved. Secondly, it comes from Studio Trigger who recently released an amazing one shot anime, Little Witch Academia.

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Diabolik Lovers – First Impressions

Diabolik Lovers – First Impressions

Well, I cringed, and I complained, but not so much because this was a bad anime in the sense that Sparrow's Hotel is a bad anime—it was more because of the number of creepy and extremely controversial elements found within the series. Basically, it’s the Twilight of anime.

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Oreimo Season 2: Final Review

Oreimo Season 2: Final Review

Kyosuke is confronted with the reality that he does, in fact, love his sister in a very unnatural but romantic way, and realizes that he must now tell the other potential girlfriends in his life the truth. One by one, he rejects their advances and confesses to them his love for Kirino, thereby sabotaging any potential relationships. Eventually, Kyosuke proposes to his sister in public, and she accepts......

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Yuyushiki: Final Review by Miki

Yuyushiki: Final Review by Miki

Yui, Yukari, and Yuzuko are in their first year of high school, and haven’t found a club to join yet. They’re stopped while wandering the halls by a flyer for the “Data Processing Club,” and their homeroom teacher, who happens to be the advisor for this club, comes across them and asks them to join. Unable to resist the teacher’s cuteness (or breasts, depending on the member of the trio), the three girls agree. Their club meetings consist of sitting at computers and randomly searching for information on the internet on any variety of topics, but the range of their friendship stretches far beyond the confines of the tiny club room, their school grounds, or the sheer absurdity of Yuzuko’s mind.

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Danganronpa: The Animation – Episode 04

Danganronpa: The Animation – Episode 04

Danganronpa has some serious star power in its cast of characters, but that doesn’t mean the visuals or story can be ignored. The episodes following the first are full of melodrama, and while the voice acting is great, the characters themselves are way too over-the-top.

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Danganronpa The Animation – First Impressions

Danganronpa The Animation – First Impressions

Danganronpa: The Animation has finally hit the summer season, and this much-anticipated anime has a lot of hype to live up to...Thus far Danganronpa has been...mediocre. I already know some of the plotline for Danganronpa, and while that knowledge is intriguing, this first episode isn’t great at selling its story to me.

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Oreimo Season 2: Episode 13 Review

Oreimo Season 2: Episode 13 Review

We have arrived at the end of another season of Oreimo, and there is still much work to be done tying up the loose ends in the last three episodes...Season Two of Oreimo pretty much met the kind of expectations I had at the onset of watching it. Every character had a significant amount of development and started really interacting with each other in very amusing ways.

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Sunday Without God – Episode 04 Review

Sunday Without God – Episode 04 Review

Sunday Without God is very interesting, from an animation standpoint. The saturated and sometimes blown-out colours continue, with glows and colour washes that create a whimsical atmosphere to contrast with the macabre nature of the show. Episodes two through four see Ai gain and lose her father, and some details about the world come to light that prove deeply disturbing and highly intriguing, marking the beginning of a plot arc I anticipate with delight and dread.

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Gatchaman Crowds – Episode 04 Review

Gatchaman Crowds – Episode 04 Review

Gatchaman Crowds has gotten pretty interesting in the last couple episodes, and surprisingly, it hasn't devolved into a “monster of the week” show, but actually has some interesting stuff in it.

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Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club: Episode 10 Review

Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club: Episode 10 Review

After the events of episode seven and the angst race, Free! has definitely taken a turn for the angstier, with lots of side glances, snide smirks, and glares. Rin is still an insufferable asshole, obsessed with winning, and even the addition of more backstory in episode ten can't help him (in fact, it just made it worse, since there wasn't much of a reason for his actions). However, Free! has made it clear just how amazing the rest of the Iwatobi Swim Club is.

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Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA: Episode 04 Review

Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA: Episode 04 Review

First and foremost, Prisma Illya is a parody. A parody of magical girl genres, card game shows, and Fate/Stay Night itself. It's easy to remember this when the show does things like Illya calling Ruby out on teasing her by stating that "a magical girl's greatest weapon is her cuteness," or the way Illya stumbles about her first battle (and runs away).

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Gatchaman Crowds – First Impressions

Gatchaman Crowds – First Impressions

Gatchaman Crowds is the latest installment/spin-off of the famed Gatchaman franchise, first started by Tatsunoko in 1972. It's a fresh, modern take on the series with a slick new look and an interesting design.

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Arata: The Legend – Episode 10 Review

Arata: The Legend – Episode 10 Review

After Lord Kannagi loses his Hayagami, he decides that his best course of action is to travel with Arata Hinohara and guide him to rule the world, even if the Earth boy doesn’t know if he wants to do so. They enter the land of Lord Yorunami, but before they progress any further, Kannagi tests Arata’s mettle....

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Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club: Episode 07 Review

Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club: Episode 07 Review

Seven episodes in and it's pretty obvious that KyoAni knows their main demographic. We all knew from the start, but these recent episodes have definitely played right into the hands of the fujoshi crowd.

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Silver Spoon: Episode 04 Review

Silver Spoon: Episode 04 Review

Silver Spoon has easily been my favorite series this season, from the fantastic art to the characters that really grow on you, and I've been digging it above all the others. Main character Hachiken has been developing and catching on to farm life pretty well, and his friends make for a colorful group of characters. Mikage, the girl he has a crush on, meshes well with him, and their personalities really balance each other.

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Zettai Boei Leviatan: Final Review by Skie

Zettai Boei Leviatan: Final Review by Skie

Leviatan is a water wielding mage with a missing brother living in a quiet village populated by dragon-scaled, elf-eared people. It is during her daily magic lessons that Leviatan meets a fairy named Syrop bearing dire news: the planet is being invaded by monsters bent on world destruction. To counter this, Syrop invites Leviatan to join the Aquafall Defense team and repel the invading insectoid creatures. Along the way she meets fire mage Bahamut and the axe wielding Jörmungandr. Together they embark on adventures, befriending Guardians, restoring temples, and pondering ways of getting stronger.

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Karneval – Episode 7 Review

Karneval – Episode 7 Review

Things are going two small steps forward and one step back for Karneval. Like Valvrave, this show tries to be too many things at once, and the Circus/Karneval motif is still largely tacked on for stylistic and filler effect.

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Blood Lad: First Impressions

Blood Lad: First Impressions

Imagine a vampire. Tall, pale, mysterious, in a big cloak, and completely unable to control itself around humans because it wants their blood, right? Meet Staz. Staz is a modern vampire, which means he has a slightly different obsession: manga, games, and anime.

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Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club: Episode 4 Review

Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club: Episode 4 Review

Still backed by a dubstep background piece that comes in at the most giggle-worthy moments, Free! jumps from serious rivalry and competition-based angst to girls ogling muscles and guys trying on swimsuits that seem to become more and more ridiculous (and when you're starting off with a pair of rainbow-striped jammers, you'd think it would be hard to top).

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Symphogear G – First Impression

Symphogear G – First Impression

Some time long ago (before people saw things in color, apparently), there was a lab where subjects were put through harmonization tests with Relics in order to return the power of the Relics to human control. Like the Japanese laboratory, not every subject survived unharmed… or possibly alive at all.

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Genshiken Niidaime – First Impressions

Genshiken Niidaime – First Impressions

Genshiken: 2nd Generation doesn’t miss a beat. The running commentary on the events in the show is back, and so is the relatability of the new characters to the viewer.

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Gifuu Doudou!! Kanetsugu to Keiji: Episode 4 Review

Gifuu Doudou!! Kanetsugu to Keiji: Episode 4 Review

Gifuu Doudou has started to impress me now, finally picking up after a somewhat slow start. With the first two episodes consisting mostly of exposition about the first meeting of Naoe Kanetsugu and Maeda Keiji, it has started to actually go into their adventures and some of their fights.

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Silver Spoon First Impression by Skie

Silver Spoon First Impression by Skie

When I first picked Silver Spoon (also known as Gin no Saji) I wasn't really sure what to expect. All I knew was that it was about a city slicker out in rural areas, in over his head, and that was it. This first episode has proven particularly enjoyable and expands that basic premise to a refreshing twist on the usual high school setting.

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Attack on Titan: Episode 16 Review by Skie

Attack on Titan: Episode 16 Review by Skie

The summer season of Attack on Titan picks up with an oddly-cut and remixed summary episode, which can be skipped entirely if you’ve watched the first season, but it does its job for newcomers to the show. Afterward, we’re dropped into a trial for Eren’s life as the Military Police and the Survey Corps vie for his destiny....

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Silver Spoon First Impression by Hitmage

Silver Spoon First Impression by Hitmage

This one had me pretty interested just because of the premise itself, and I'm pretty intrigued by it. It's about a boy who goes to an agricultural boarding school in rural Japan, something that you really don't see too often. Along the way he makes new friends and has to prove that he really can be cut out for the hard work of country life, with plenty of laughs along the way.

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Sunday Without God: First Impressions

Sunday Without God: First Impressions

The premise of Sunday Without God is one of the more unique settings I've encountered – the world was created by God, who was present as a great light in the sky, but after resting upon completing the creation of the world, God declared it a failure and abandoned it.

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The Eccentric Family: First Impressions

The Eccentric Family: First Impressions

The city of Kyoto, from the days it was founded as the capital of Japan, has involved a mix of tanuki (racoon dogs), tengu (mystical crows), and humans. It is this mix and the way they interact with each other that has allowed the city to continue on as it has into modern day.

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Il sole penetra le illusioni~ Day Break Illusion: First Impressions

Il sole penetra le illusioni~ Day Break Illusion: First Impressions

Il sole penetra le illusioni~ Day Break Illusion is one of the latest additions to the mahou shoujo genre this summer. Despite how much I sometimes complain about this genre being one of the dominating forces in the anime world, I can’t argue that it also includes some fantastic series; Madoka Magica and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha come to mind for me.

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Gifuu Doudou!! Kanetsugu to Keiji: First Impression

Gifuu Doudou!! Kanetsugu to Keiji: First Impression

Gifuu Doudou is an anime based off of a manga created by Tetsuo Hara, famous for Fist of the North Star, and I could tell when I first saw the character designs. It's a pretty interesting little show, and I'll have to see how it develops. It's about two Sengoku Era heroes, Maeda Keiji and Naoe Kanetsugu, who were best friends, and it probably is going to cover their history and exploits. I was interested in the idea of this, so here's my first impression!

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Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist: First Impressions

Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist: First Impressions

William Twining’s family has it all - wealth, British noble lineage, large estate, genius heir at a prestigious school - until his uncle makes some bad investments and loses everything of value in the house except Kevin Cecil, the family’s loyal butler. Lurking behind a locked door in the basement, however, is a summoning circle that brings the Demon Duke Dantalion over to the real world when William’s blood is spilled on it, activating a millenia-old contract....

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Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA: First Impressions

Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA: First Impressions

To anyone who knows Type-Moon, Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Ilya might seem strange - a happy, super-moe magical girl show with a young Ilya von Einzbern as the center. It's a total AU, where the Holy Grail Wars don't exist and the servants we're all familiar with exist as cards.

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Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club: First Impressions

Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club: First Impressions

There's been so much buzz about Free!, from the first announcement to the first episode, that it's almost impossible to really know what to expect going into the show. I'll also say it straight out: no one was as excited for this show as I was. As a long time competitive swimmer and a long time sports series addict, the lack of a series about swimming (even if Golden Boys' swimming scene is classic) was a huge hole to me that needed to be filled.

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Chronicles of the Going Home Club: First Impressions

Chronicles of the Going Home Club: First Impressions

While deciding on the anime to cover during the summer 2013 season, I came across the title The Going Home Club. That on its own was reason enough for me to question just what this anime was even about.

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Aiura: Episode 10 Review

Aiura: Episode 10 Review

The characters have all been pretty well-established at this point, and the majority are at least somewhat memorable. Since that's been accomplished, watching "Aiura" has kind of been like visiting a familiar friend.

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Sparrow’s Hotel: Episode 10 Review

Sparrow’s Hotel: Episode 10 Review

I've concluded that Sparrow's Hotel is now actively trying to crush any minuscule hope I place in it to turn around. This anime remains pretty terrible and overall disappointing. Continue to avoid it. You're better off, I promise.

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Valvrave the Liberator: Episode 10 Review by Drake

Valvrave the Liberator: Episode 10 Review by Drake

The intense feelings I felt after episode one quickly diminished as I awoke from my ideal dream of what Valvrave would be, and I was left with what it actually was. The two are pretty different. I expected the anime to continue on with Haruto following a path to work....

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Zettai Boei Leviatan: Episode 10 Review

Zettai Boei Leviatan: Episode 10 Review

This anime has so little impact that it is immediately forgettable, which is unfortunate considering the popularity of its source material but also begs the question that if the anime is this flat, what’s the original app-game like?

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Majestic Prince: Episode 10 Review

Majestic Prince: Episode 10 Review

I just finished Episode Ten of Majestic Prince and I must say, I am really satisfied. In a nutshell, in the last three episodes we have been treated to beautiful battle scenes and good character development, but we also got details of the plot we've yearned for since the start.

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Gargantia on the Verduous Planet: Episode 10 Review by Skie

Gargantia on the Verduous Planet: Episode 10 Review by Skie

Gargantia’s had a pretty even keel in its story up until this latest round of episodes, where it’s added several twists to the mix that have left me wondering just where this show will go. After Ledo kills the whalesquid in episode seven, he is faced with the social backlash such brutality of a sacred creature incites.

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Yuyushiki: Episode 10 Review

Yuyushiki: Episode 10 Review

It’s business as usual for Yuyushiki, though the lesser characters show up more often in this stretch of episodes and get some more development… until they don’t show up in episode 10 at all.

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Gargantia on the Verduous Planet: Episode 10 Review by Miki

Gargantia on the Verduous Planet: Episode 10 Review by Miki

The makeup of the Gargantia and the direction of the series take a significant turn over this span of episodes. Relics from Earth’s distant past inform Ledo’s understanding of how humanity reached the point of his own situation, and they weigh heavily on him.

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Valvrave the Liberator: Episode 10 Review by Miki

Valvrave the Liberator: Episode 10 Review by Miki

Valvrave is still very much a balancing act, with this spread of episodes bouncing from aspect to aspect of the show. Episode 8 was largely Dorssian backstory with some action, 9 was student development development with some action, and 10 was all school life and virtually nothing else.

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Attack on Titan: Episode 10 Review by Miki

Attack on Titan: Episode 10 Review by Miki

After some fancy strategizing by Armin and a startling revelation about what could be humanity’s best chance against the Titans, the last two episodes largely take place in the exact same corner of the city in one of the stupidest standoffs in anime history.

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Karneval: Episode 4 Review

Karneval: Episode 4 Review

After being taken into Circus’s care, Gareki and Nai try to find out more about Nai’s bracelet and end up discovering more about Nai himself instead. Afterwards, more of Gareki’s past is revealed, and we discover little to nothing else new about the eponymous Karneval.

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Attack on Titan: Episode 10 Review by Skie

Attack on Titan: Episode 10 Review by Skie

We’ve gone from desperate fighting with our backs up against the wall and mysterious titan-on-titan fighting to the hope of humanity rising and a (somewhat) clear path being revealed. Attack on Titan is shaping up to be one epic storyline with what feels like the first overarching story hitting its pinnacle.

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Oreimo Season 2: Episode 07 Review

Oreimo Season 2: Episode 07 Review

We now arrive at the heart of Season Two’s plot at long last. Much of the previous episodes was made up of filler and fan service before, but things are really starting to heat up.

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Sparrow’s Hotel: Episode 07 Review

Sparrow’s Hotel: Episode 07 Review

In all seriousness, this anime is still going nowhere. There are attempts to give a slice-of-life look into working at a hotel, however that slice of life is ruined when, during a crazed week of tourism, a great deal of emphasis is put on Sayuri's breasts.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Episode 7 Review

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Episode 7 Review

Devil Survivor is definitely living up to the expectations put on it, coming from a best-selling game from a huge-name franchise. Since episode one, Hibiki, Nitta, and Daichi have gone through a number of battles - a lot for only three days in the series - and learned a lot about their situation.

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The Severing Crime Edge: Episode 7 Review

The Severing Crime Edge: Episode 7 Review

For a show we all expected to be full of lolicon and hair porn/innuendo, The Severing Crime Edge is turning out to be one of the better shows this season, if not one of the most all-around entertaining. In the first episode, we were tantalized with the idea of Killing Goods,

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Aiura: Episode 07 Review

Aiura: Episode 07 Review

The series is starting to grow on me. It has an extremely loose storyline - just the main characters’ daily lives - but it's starting to pick up as the characters begin to develop.

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Arata: The Legend: Episode 7 Review

Arata: The Legend: Episode 7 Review

The shape of events in Amawakuni after the loss of the princess is becoming clearer as Akashi, one of Kannagi’s fellow Shinsho, starts trying to gather other Hayagami as his own. Arata Hinohara figures out more of his role, and how he’ll go about fulfilling it.

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Arata: The Legend: Episode 4 Review

Arata: The Legend: Episode 4 Review

Arata Hinohara, in the place of the Amawakuni Arata, is captured and charged with the murder of the princess and sentenced to a prison island (along with Kotoha, the girl from Arata’s tribe) where random executions keep the populace there on edge.

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Gargantia on the Verduous Planet: Episode 7 Review by Skie

Gargantia on the Verduous Planet: Episode 7 Review by Skie

Gargantia remains a vibrant story about high-tech war meeting low-tech cohabitation. There’s not too much to report on here as the story continues to follow Ledo’s efforts to fit in, map the sky, and understand the strangeness that is Gargantia.

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Valvrave the Liberator: Episode 07 Review by Miki

Valvrave the Liberator: Episode 07 Review by Miki

After episode 4, the show was meandering in all kinds of directions. Was it a mech show? Was it just a sci-fi school rom-com? It finally has meshed the two together into what this show should have been from the beginning.

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Valvrave the Liberator: Episode 04 Review by Miki

Valvrave the Liberator: Episode 04 Review by Miki

Valvrave isn’t a very good roller coaster. It’s a buffet of sorts, a smattering of servings of different tropes and themes, and the chef preparing the feast is only good at one or two of the offerings. There’s isn’t a really good sense of whether or not this is a mech show, a school drama show, a politics show, or a mysterious powers show.

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Majestic Prince: Episode 7 Review

Majestic Prince: Episode 7 Review

When we last left Team Rabbits, they had just successfully completed their mission and surpassed all expectations during the process, especially mine! At the end of the first episode, we were left with many different questions.

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Attack on Titan: Episode 07 Review by Miki

Attack on Titan: Episode 07 Review by Miki

The security forces at Wall Rose, the middle of the three walls protecting mankind, are surprised by a renewed Titan attack, sending the newly commissioned forces into battle. As usual for Titan attacks, the human forces don't fare very well.

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Gargantia on the Verduous Planet: Episode 7 Review by Miki

Gargantia on the Verduous Planet: Episode 7 Review by Miki

The low-key, meandering plot hits its lowest and highest notes thus far in these episodes, and Ledo finds his place on the ship thrown into genuine uncertainty.

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Attack on Titan: Episode 07 Review by Skie

Attack on Titan: Episode 07 Review by Skie

Attack on Titan has remained gripping, brutal, and masterfully woven in episodes 5 through 7. It spotlights deep-running weaknesses in each of the characters present on screen, be it cowardice or arrogance, and meets that with the often fatal results of such weakness.

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Attack on Titan: Episode 04 Review by Miki

Attack on Titan: Episode 04 Review by Miki

Three episodes later, humanity has been forced inside the next of three concentric walls, Wall Rose, since the outermost - Wall Maria - was completely overrun by the Titans. Eren, Armin, and Mikasa have made their way through military training along with a partially colorful group of other students.

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Gargantia on the Verduous Planet: Episode 4 Review By Miki

Gargantia on the Verduous Planet: Episode 4 Review By Miki

It’s been a slow but impressive learning process for Ledo – but he’s finally getting the hang of the culture and the language. He’s made faux-pas that have put the Gargantia in jeopardy, he’s taken the care to learn from those mistakes and fix them. Uttering his first words in the Earth language was a particularly endearing moment as well.

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Yuyushiki: Episode 04 Review

Yuyushiki: Episode 04 Review

It’s been a slice-of-life slog for Yuyushiki, but an ADD one to be sure. Most of the humor, as the show goes on, involves equal parts totally random gags, the pink and dark-haired girls fawning over the blonde one and their teacher, and the search-engine free association I was hoping would be the focus of the show.

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Oreimo Season 2: Episode 04 Review

Oreimo Season 2: Episode 04 Review

Season Two has so far shaped up to meet the expectations of fans of the series, and then some. Episode One reinstated Kirino as the eroge otaku that she is, much to the chagrin of a supportive Kyosuke. Episode 2 was an Ayase-centric story, in which she had to come to terms with Kirino’s eroge obsessions as it related to their long-term friendship.

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Sparrow’s Hotel: Episode 04 Review

Sparrow’s Hotel: Episode 04 Review

When we left our discussion of Sparrow's Hotel, I was thanking the creators for only giving me three minutes of this train wreck to watch. Since then, I've watched an additional three episodes, which brings my time lost to this anime to twelve minutes. Let's just say I'll be sending the creator my invoice for time that I would like back.

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Attack on Titan: Episode 04 Review by Skie

Attack on Titan: Episode 04 Review by Skie

This series began strong and has continued to tell its story with impact and aplomb. It is brutal, gritty, and simply does not shy away from the terrible implications of a society trying to flourish under threat from nearly invincible predators.

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Aiura: Episode 04 Review

Aiura: Episode 04 Review

I'm three more episodes (so like 12 more minutes) into the series now, and nothing very memorable has happened. The main character's name is Ayuko, and she is basically devoid of personality, merely serving as the voice of reason for her two friends, Kanaka and Saki (who really aren't even that frivolous…just somewhat annoying).

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Gargantia on the Verduous Planet: Episode 4 Review By Skie

Gargantia on the Verduous Planet: Episode 4 Review By Skie

Gargantia began with a sci-fi bent and a cleverly written juxtaposition between new and old, and culture and utility, and it’s grown into a wonderful comparison between strife and life. Ledo remains confused by the concept of culture and the seemingly wasteful traditions of the fleet for which he’s become a feature.

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Zettai Boei Leviatan: Episode 04 Review

Zettai Boei Leviatan: Episode 04 Review

Zettai Boei Leviatan is, in a nutshell, incredibly boring. Going on episode five, the story has yet to develop… there are random, awkward scenarios thrown at the characters with arbitrary obstacles and nonsensical, easy-out solutions that do nothing to foster a sense of fear or tension.

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Aiura – First Impressions

Aiura – First Impressions

I will say that the artwork is very beautiful, however - it's shaded more than a typical anime and looks a lot like watercolor. It has a very illustrative feel, which makes me hope that the story itselfwill be very smooth, atmospheric, and interesting.

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Valvrave the Liberator – First Impressions by Drake

Valvrave the Liberator – First Impressions by Drake

I just completed episode 1 of Valvrave the Liberator, and all I can say is ‘WOW!’ and ‘OH MY GOD! WHAT EVEN?’ Suffice it to say, this anime blew my mind away in ways I never expected, and completely took me by surprise. Instead of being the typical run-of-the-mill giant robot anime, like Majestic Prince was last week and the many others that came before them, this anime is already displaying some themes that just hit home on many levels.

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Valvrave the Liberator – First Impressions by Miki

Valvrave the Liberator – First Impressions by Miki

The year is True Calendar 71. Humanity has moved 70% of its populations to space colonies known as “Dyson Spheres” (no, they are not styled after vacuum cleaners), and on the neutral colony of JIOR, at least, things seem to be at peace. However, teenage agents from an aggressing force invade the colony and the academy found there in search of some sort of secret base.

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Yuyushiki – First Impressions

Yuyushiki – First Impressions

Without being aware of too many of them, I get the feeling that “slice-of-life school club comedies” are a dime a dozen now. After Azumanga Daioh set the standard for the genre (well, without the club bit) in the early 2000s, it’s difficult to call the rest true “copycats” – they all explore different clubs, even if the style of humor is largely the same. It’s not like a ton of these all run concurrently, so it’s kind of like a burger that you keep ordering over and over again. It was great the first time, and it’s still good the other times, except for the occasional bad lettuce or old bun or something like that.

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Karneval: First Impressions

Karneval: First Impressions

Suffice to say, the ringleader and his sidekick, a blonde martial artist with a bulletproof cloak, are members of a secret defense organization called “Circus,” butts are kicked, the hostages are freed, and more is discovered by the viewer about the organization the Lady in the beginning was working for, which Circus was sent to investigate in the first place but arrived too late. The first few minutes were interesting, gripping, excitingly scored, and all-in-all a very fine piece of directing, and the rest of the episode tied itself up plot-wise with the absolute neatest of bows, while still leaving the ends of the ribbon trailing off for you to follow for later episodes.

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Sparrow’s Hotel – First Impressions

Sparrow’s Hotel – First Impressions

First, the animation was just plain awful. Its only possible mark of quality was that it was in color. The movement was terribly awkward and the character designs did not fit the environment. The musical opening was also pretty unmemorable and did nothing to even remotely explain the anime. Once I regained my composure from the animation and accepted it, the plot - if we can even call this a plot - kicked in.

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Arata: The Legend: First Impressions

Arata: The Legend: First Impressions

One boy named Arata is tasked by the matriarch of his tribe to stall for time at the ceremony to become the next princess of the fantasy world of Amawakuni so a more suitable candidate can be found. The other is a first year high school student bullied and betrayed by his “friends,” first back in middle school, and now by someone else he trusted.

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Ketsuekigata-kun!: First Impressions

Ketsuekigata-kun!: First Impressions

A narrator begins the Blood Type Quiz and asks which blood type doesn’t show their feelings when in love. What follows is a series of VERY short scenes, giving each anthropomorphized blood type a chance to show their characteristics.

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Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live: First Impressions

Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live: First Impressions

I picked up this anime not expecting a whole lot from a show about rainbows, dancing, and singing featuring a thirteen year old. Set in modern day and very much geared for the pre-teen or teen demographic, Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live (PRRL) is a show blending the magical girl and music idol genres with a bit of a twist. It’s bright, it’s happy, and it’s fun, but it lacks much depth which means one must be content with the what-you-see-is-what-you-get sparkles, copious amounts of rainbows, and numerous hearts.

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Flowers of Evil: First Impressions

Flowers of Evil: First Impressions

I initially agreed to pick this up because of the director, Hiroshi Nagahama, who directed two of my favorites - Detroit Metal City and Mushi-shi - and the premise sounded interesting - psychological slice-of-life teenage drama. There's a lot here to turn off potential viewers - the art style contrasts highly detailed backgrounds with character designs

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The Severing Crime Edge: First Impressions

The Severing Crime Edge: First Impressions

This is a tricky series to classify. From the name, The Severing Crime Edge, as well as the font that the title is in, you'd think it's a horror show. From the artwork, something lighter and sweet. From the description, a romantic comedy. I mean, come on. A guy who loves cutting hair a little too much and a girl with supposedly cursed hair that can never be cut? Match made in anime heaven.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: First Impressions

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: First Impressions

I've gotta admit, this was the show I was most looking forward to this season. I'm a big Shin Megami Tensei fan, and I've always been disappointed in myself that I never got around to playing Devil Survivor 1 or 2. The fact that the anime is an adaptation of the second game might be a little off-putting to people, making them think that they missed something or need to have played the first game. However, it actually stands alone, so there's no reason not to jump in.

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Oreimo Season 2 – First Impressions

Oreimo Season 2 – First Impressions

The epic bro-meets-sis romantic comedy continues on in Season Two. When we last left our heroine, Kirino had returned to Japan with the encouragement of big bro Kyosuke after a brief time attending to a track camp in America (for anybody keeping score of things from season one, this is a continuation of the season one True Route Ending, NOT the Good Ending).

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Attack on Titan – First Impressions by Skie

Attack on Titan – First Impressions by Skie

Shingeki no Kyoujin comes out of the gate strong. Its style, design, and sound are all superb, as is the attention to detail in animating even highly dynamic sequences. There are a few odd choices regarding what doesn’t get animated but that’s a minor bump in the road for the first episode. The story begins with the reveal of a titan more than 50m tall and the decided lack of sound that fades into eerie music is a fantastic choice to develop instant foreboding.

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Gargantia on the Verduous Planet: First Impressions by Miki

Gargantia on the Verduous Planet: First Impressions by Miki

Coming from the mind of Gen Urobochi, the creator and scriptwriter of recent fan-favorites Madoka Magica and Fate/Zero, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet has big shoes to fill, and in its first episode does an admirable job of doing so. Ledo is a pilot for a group of humans that have built a space colony far, far away from Earth, which now only still exists as a rumor (Battlestar Gargantia?)

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Gargantia on the Verduous Planet: First Impressions by Skie

Gargantia on the Verduous Planet: First Impressions by Skie

It begins in deep space where soldiers are taught through dream sequences and peaceful life is the reward for duty well done in the face of an all-consuming war. The Hideauze are a race of aliens locked in mortal combat with humankind and Ledo is an Ensign of the Galactic Alliance of Humankind tasked with piloting a Machine Caliber in a last ditch effort to end the war. Needless to say, things don’t go as planned and the show drops you into the last few moments of the military fleet with spectacular space combat, nonstop action, and a flurry of information delivered in in-world communications.

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Attack on Titan – First Impressions by Miki

Attack on Titan – First Impressions by Miki

The Titans have largely been dormant, or have stayed away from the city, for a century. The city guards are ridiculed as freeloaders, but at least the Recon teams they send out to observe the Titans have some respect... until one day, a Recon team returns battered with several missing members.

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Zettai Boei Leviatan – First Impressions

Zettai Boei Leviatan – First Impressions

Based on a mobile game by GREE in Japan, Zettai Boei Leviatan is set on the water planet Aquafell and is populated by elf-eared dragon people. So far, in this first episode, it appears to be setting itself up as a magical girl adventure story, introducing the world, the world’s Creation Myth, and three main characters who wield staves and call upon elemental magic. Leviatan is a water magic user with a...

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Zettai Boei Leviatan

Zettai Boei Leviatan

Leviatan is a water wielding mage with a missing brother living in a quiet village populated by dragon-scaled, elf-eared people. It is during her daily magic lessons that Leviatan meets a fairy named Syrop bearing dire news: the planet is being invaded by monsters bent on world destruction. To counter this, Syrop invites Leviatan to join the Aquafall Defense team and repel the invading insectoid creatures. Along the way she meets fire mage Bahamut and the axe wielding Jörmungandr. Together they embark on adventures, befriending Guardians, restoring temples, and pondering ways of getting stronger.

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Red Data Girl: Initial Thoughts

Red Data Girl: Initial Thoughts

I just started watching Red Data Girl. It seems really cute. It’s about a young girl by the name of Izumiko Suzuhara who has a strange power - whenever she touches an electronic device, it breaks. Because of this, her guardian recommends that she attend a new school in Tokyo. Accompanying her is his son, Miyuki Sagara. Miyuki has been asked to watch over Izumiko during her stay at this new school.

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Majestic Prince: Initial Thoughts

Majestic Prince: Initial Thoughts

Well, the Spring 2013 Anime Season is upon us, and the first series to step up to bat for me was Majestic Prince. Initially this anime was nowhere even close to my radar, but then I stumbled across a trailer. It sparked my interest with promises of amazing mech battles, stunning animation, and an interesting story. Needless to say, I was pretty excited and quickly added it to my queue on Crunchyroll. I’m so glad I did.

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