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Black Bullet - 02

Black Bullet – 02

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Would so many of Tokyo’s elite promoter-initiator pairs really stand around like idiots and wait for the obviouslytelekinetic bag guy to fire their bullets right back at them? I’m not sure, but it’s definitely a big power move that establishes to everyone that the half-man, half-machine Hiruko Kagetane and his adorable daughter/initiator Kohina are not to be trifled with. Kagetane challenges all…

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Nagi no Asukara - 14

Nagi no Asukara – 14

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It’s been three and a half months since I temporarily closed the book on Nagi no Asukara to focus on a very full Winter season, but after watching this first installment of the second half, re-opening that book, my first reaction was “Wow…Was it always this damn good?” The Big Boardindicates the answer is: “Yes, at times,” and this episode excelled in the same way the best episodes of the first…

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Weekly OP: Gokukoku no Brynhildr

Gokukoku no Brynhildr goes against the grain with its totally instrumental OP, a rarity in anime both past and present.

Nobunaga the Fool - 14

Nobunaga the Fool – 14

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Since some French was spoken in this episode (albeit not much…and not well), I’ll use some as well: this episode lacked the particular je ne sais quoi of previous episodes that had held everything together and held my interest. This episode was kind of a mess, and rather boring even when it was supposed to be at its most exciting. I chalk this up to a combination of disappointment that the trip…

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Gokukoku no Brynhildr – 02

Gokukoku no Brynhildr – 02

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Brynhildralternates between silly and dark, intriguing and repetitive this week, and a familiar pattern emerged: Vexed by her resemblance to Kuroneko, Ryouta tries to make nice with Neko; Neko rejects him and tells him to stay away; Ryouta persists and learns more about her; rinse, repeat. I was annoyed with Ryouta because he was being nosy, but I was also annoyed by Neko’s feeble attempts to…

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Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei – 02

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei – 02

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Vice President Hattori is neither grateful nor impressed with Tatsuya’s neat little bit of diplomacy, but Tatsuya earned the gratitude of two other Blooms, as well as the attention of Disciplinary Committee Chairman Watanabe Mari. By the end of this episode, both the positive and negative ramifications would play in his favor.

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When President Saegusa Mayumi offers Miyuki a spot on the student…

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Nisekoi - 14

Nisekoi – 14

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Four. Now there are four girls after Raku. Just what the hell kinda pheremones are on this guy? That’s a lot of girls in one show to be after one guy, and the episode seems to acknowledge that by having poor Kosaki fade into the background, as well as limiting Seishirou’s screen time.

Thus, out of all the triangles that could be drawn, the one this episode focuses on is between Raku, Chitoge,…

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Akuma no Riddle - 02

Akuma no Riddle – 02

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I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of the sketchy guy who wears sunglasses in a dark office and is always rolling dice, talking to himself, and occasionally texting Azuma riddles. But despite the ridiculousness of its premise, the show is keeping me invested with it’s thick, threatening atmosphere, and a few interesting twists that surface this week.

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Four of the assassins decided to be fashionably…

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Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin - 01

Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin – 01

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When the show cut from three schoolgirls running through an Indiana Jones-style treasure dungeon to a sardonic Kyon wannabe arriving at the umpteenth “academy city on an island,” I’ll admit I let out a bit of a groan. But when Yama Juugo moves triumphantly into his first apartment and finds the ghost of one of the island’s seven elite founders, things started to look up.

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The ghost, the titular…

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Hitsugi no Chaika - 01

Hitsugi no Chaika – 01

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Well, here it is: my favorite first episode of the Spring so far, slightly edging out Mahouka.It sneaked up on me, too; I had no idea what I’d be getting into, but I didn’t think it would be so stylish, plucky, vibrant, and witty—words with which I’d also describe myself. From the first scene where Chaika pops out of the bushes, surprising the plant-foraging Tooru, who though she was a rabbit—I…

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Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil – 12 (Fin)

Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil – 12 (Fin)

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We were a bit weary that this last episode would be another nightmare of poor animation and cut corners, but thankfully there was enough gas in the tank for a respectable-looking finale. We even get a shot of Cecil talking next to a reflective sculpture; a nice effect. Ironically, while this was a far better episode in terms of production values, we thought the previous episode had a better…

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Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil – 11

Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil – 11

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The whole purpose of anime and most other audiovisual media, is to show as well as tell what is going on. This episode told us quite a bit, much of which could have been very interesting, but unfortunately it was also one of the single worst-animated episodes of anime we have ever reviewed. It doesn’t seem right to call it badly-animated, since a very large portion wasn’t animated at all.This…

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Black Bullet - 01

Black Bullet – 01

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I was pleased with how polished and efficient this first episode of Black Bulletwas. It offered a little bit of everything: a glimpse of the hellish past that was to the fragile peace of the present, some nice world-building, a hint of comedy, some romantic undertones, and last but not least, a decent helping of action; though not enough to break the budget in the first week. If I were to pick…

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Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil - 10

Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil – 10

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Cecil always knew there was something fishy about her mom’s trial and conviction, but she didn’t know there was something fishy about still being alive after the altercation. Nor did she know of the ongoing war between the Labone and Macal, two Wud factions for and against coexistence with muggles normal humans, respectively.

wizbar102

This week Cecil continues to be swept up in a torrent of new…

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Black Bullet - 02

Black Bullet – 02

black21

Would so many of Tokyo’s elite promoter-initiator pairs really stand around like idiots and wait for the obviouslytelekinetic bag guy to fire their bullets right back at them? I’m not sure, but it’s definitely a big power move that establishes to everyone that the half-man, half-machine Hiruko Kagetane and his adorable daughter/initiator Kohina are not to be trifled with. Kagetane challenges all…

View On WordPress

Nagi no Asukara - 14

Nagi no Asukara – 14

nagi141

It’s been three and a half months since I temporarily closed the book on Nagi no Asukara to focus on a very full Winter season, but after watching this first installment of the second half, re-opening that book, my first reaction was “Wow…Was it always this damn good?” The Big Boardindicates the answer is: “Yes, at times,” and this episode excelled in the same way the best episodes of the first…

View On WordPress

Weekly OP: Gokukoku no Brynhildr

Gokukoku no Brynhildr goes against the grain with its totally instrumental OP, a rarity in anime both past and present.

Nobunaga the Fool - 14

Nobunaga the Fool – 14

nobu141

Since some French was spoken in this episode (albeit not much…and not well), I’ll use some as well: this episode lacked the particular je ne sais quoi of previous episodes that had held everything together and held my interest. This episode was kind of a mess, and rather boring even when it was supposed to be at its most exciting. I chalk this up to a combination of disappointment that the trip…

View On WordPress

Gokukoku no Brynhildr – 02

Gokukoku no Brynhildr – 02

bryn21

Brynhildralternates between silly and dark, intriguing and repetitive this week, and a familiar pattern emerged: Vexed by her resemblance to Kuroneko, Ryouta tries to make nice with Neko; Neko rejects him and tells him to stay away; Ryouta persists and learns more about her; rinse, repeat. I was annoyed with Ryouta because he was being nosy, but I was also annoyed by Neko’s feeble attempts to…

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Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei – 02

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei – 02

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Vice President Hattori is neither grateful nor impressed with Tatsuya’s neat little bit of diplomacy, but Tatsuya earned the gratitude of two other Blooms, as well as the attention of Disciplinary Committee Chairman Watanabe Mari. By the end of this episode, both the positive and negative ramifications would play in his favor.

mahouka22

When President Saegusa Mayumi offers Miyuki a spot on the student…

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Nisekoi - 14

Nisekoi – 14

nise141

Four. Now there are four girls after Raku. Just what the hell kinda pheremones are on this guy? That’s a lot of girls in one show to be after one guy, and the episode seems to acknowledge that by having poor Kosaki fade into the background, as well as limiting Seishirou’s screen time.

Thus, out of all the triangles that could be drawn, the one this episode focuses on is between Raku, Chitoge,…

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Akuma no Riddle - 02

Akuma no Riddle – 02

akuma21

I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of the sketchy guy who wears sunglasses in a dark office and is always rolling dice, talking to himself, and occasionally texting Azuma riddles. But despite the ridiculousness of its premise, the show is keeping me invested with it’s thick, threatening atmosphere, and a few interesting twists that surface this week.

akuma22

Four of the assassins decided to be fashionably…

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Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin - 01

Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin – 01

nanana1

When the show cut from three schoolgirls running through an Indiana Jones-style treasure dungeon to a sardonic Kyon wannabe arriving at the umpteenth “academy city on an island,” I’ll admit I let out a bit of a groan. But when Yama Juugo moves triumphantly into his first apartment and finds the ghost of one of the island’s seven elite founders, things started to look up.

nanana012

The ghost, the titular…

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Hitsugi no Chaika - 01

Hitsugi no Chaika – 01

chaika11

Well, here it is: my favorite first episode of the Spring so far, slightly edging out Mahouka.It sneaked up on me, too; I had no idea what I’d be getting into, but I didn’t think it would be so stylish, plucky, vibrant, and witty—words with which I’d also describe myself. From the first scene where Chaika pops out of the bushes, surprising the plant-foraging Tooru, who though she was a rabbit—I…

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Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil – 12 (Fin)

Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil – 12 (Fin)

wizbar121

We were a bit weary that this last episode would be another nightmare of poor animation and cut corners, but thankfully there was enough gas in the tank for a respectable-looking finale. We even get a shot of Cecil talking next to a reflective sculpture; a nice effect. Ironically, while this was a far better episode in terms of production values, we thought the previous episode had a better…

View On WordPress

Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil – 11

Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil – 11

wizbar111

The whole purpose of anime and most other audiovisual media, is to show as well as tell what is going on. This episode told us quite a bit, much of which could have been very interesting, but unfortunately it was also one of the single worst-animated episodes of anime we have ever reviewed. It doesn’t seem right to call it badly-animated, since a very large portion wasn’t animated at all.This…

View On WordPress

Black Bullet - 01

Black Bullet – 01

black11

I was pleased with how polished and efficient this first episode of Black Bulletwas. It offered a little bit of everything: a glimpse of the hellish past that was to the fragile peace of the present, some nice world-building, a hint of comedy, some romantic undertones, and last but not least, a decent helping of action; though not enough to break the budget in the first week. If I were to pick…

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Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil - 10

Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil – 10

wizbar101

Cecil always knew there was something fishy about her mom’s trial and conviction, but she didn’t know there was something fishy about still being alive after the altercation. Nor did she know of the ongoing war between the Labone and Macal, two Wud factions for and against coexistence with muggles normal humans, respectively.

wizbar102

This week Cecil continues to be swept up in a torrent of new…

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Black Bullet - 02
Nagi no Asukara - 14
Nobunaga the Fool - 14
Gokukoku no Brynhildr – 02
Mekakucity Actors - 01
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei – 02
Nisekoi - 14
Akuma no Riddle - 02
Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin - 01
Hitsugi no Chaika - 01
Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil – 12 (Fin)
Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil – 11
Black Bullet - 01
Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil - 10

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