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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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Aiura

Aiura

Kanaka, Saki and Ayuko meet before joining highschool, when Kanaka accidentally bumps into Ayuko spilling the latter's ice cream, a friendship is formed. Together with Saki, the girls enter highschool and take on all the normal trials of school, while strengthening their friendship and having fun.

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Cosplayer Spotlight #11: Reya Skye

Cosplayer Spotlight #11: Reya Skye

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Taryn, but I go by Terra or my cosplay alias, Reya Skye. Not to sound like a hipster, but I'm from a small town you've probably never heard of in the panhandle of Florida. It's been an interesting journey cosplaying because in my town there wasn't and still isn't an Anime Club in high school so I've always just done my own thing.

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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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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

At the conclusion of the Brood War, the complete rout of the United Earth Directorate’s expeditionary forces and the decimation of the protoss and terran Dominion armies poised the zerg Swarm for ultimate domination of the Koprulu Sector. In spite of her major victories, Kerrigan the Queen of Blades and her Brood mysteriously halted their campaign of conquest and retreated from the conflict. Four years have passed since the war and the reconstructed terran Dominion once again emerged on top as a formidable military force seeking retribution against all of her enemies, zerg and protoss alike. Meanwhile, Jim Raynor continued his struggle against the Dominion’s self-made emperor Arcturus Mengsk, whose cruel and merciless tactics during the revolution against the Confederacy and subsequent rise to power drew his righteous ire (the most poignant being the betrayal of their then-human comrade Kerrigan). He spearheaded a resistance movement, Raynor’s Raiders, to oppose Mengsk’s tyrannical rule. When an old friend from his shady past reentered his life in Mar Sara with a business proposal to gather highly-coveted xel’naga artifacts for the Moebius Foundation, Raynor seized the opportunity to strike against Mengsk. From aboard the battle cruiser Hyperion, Jim now leads the Raiders on a series of covert missions across the sector to uncover the secrets of the artifacts and bring justice to the oppressed people of the Dominion.

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The Four Horsemen of the Patriarchy: Part 3 Miki

The Four Horsemen of the Patriarchy: Part 3 Miki

Miki, the secretary of the Student Council, is in seventh grade and the youngest member by far. He is also the most “normal” (as far as that goes in this series) and likable of the student council, and throughout the show usually treats Utena and Anthy with dignity and respect. He is highly intelligent and sometimes serves as the innocent, virginal foil to his compatriots. But innocence can lead to black and white thinking and one being easily manipulated, as is the case with Miki and his virgin/whore complex.

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The Four Horsemen of the Patriarchy: Part 2 Saionji

The Four Horsemen of the Patriarchy: Part 2 Saionji

We first see Saionji through Utena’s eyes. Unnoticed, she watches as Saionji and Anthy quarrel outside of Anthy’s rose garden, until Saionji slaps her across the face. Utena is horrified as Saionji prepares to strike her again, but Touga catches his hand before he can, ending the confrontation.

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Fanime 2013

Fanime 2013

Fanime has always stuck by its motto, “By Fans, For Fans,” meaning no industry presence in either the convention itself or in the dealer's room.

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Sakuracon 2013

Sakuracon 2013

For all that Fanime will always have my allegiance as my home con, Sakuracon is swiftly becoming one of my favorites, and it’s only slightly because it is close and grants easy access to delicious food that friends and I look forward to months in advance.

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