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It’s probably no coincidence that the episode after the chief confirms that Makishima is rare…

pp141

It’s probably no coincidence that the episode after the chief confirms that Makishima is rare but not unique in his ability to confound Sybil, brutal crimes start cropping up that are committed by those with similarly clear Psycho-Passes. Unlike Makishima, they’re wearing helmets, so it much be a question of technology and not genetics.

pp142

It’s later determined that the helmets run scans of…

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Psycho-Pass - 13

Psycho-Pass – 13

pp131

After reading Ginoza’s report about Akane’s Dominator malfunctioning, the Bureau Chief has a simple response: as far as the public is concerned, that malfunction never occurred. After Ginoza vouches for Akane’s aptitude, the Chief has little choice but to let her pupil in on what the next level up knows.

pp132

Specifically, roughly one out of two million people are like Makishima: “criminally…

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End-of-Month Rundown - September 2014

End-of-Month Rundown – September 2014

Click Here to see our September Chart

Click Above to see our September Chart

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall. Thanks to an assist from Franklin, Summer was our most proliific season of RABUJOI, reviewing over 200 episodes in all. It was a bit exhausting at times, we must confess. So how did it all shake out? Let’s hear it from the staff (except for Franklin; he’ll likely be along in the comments with final words on his two shows).

Hannah

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Psycho-Pass - 12

Psycho-Pass – 12

pp121

Complete change of gears this week, as we enter Backstory Mode, starting with how Kunizuka Yayoi joined the MWPSB as an Enforcer. A passionate guitarist, listening to “Non-Sybil-authorized” bands clouded her hue to the extent she ended up in a chilling rehabilitation facility.

pp122

When reports of “antisocial organizations” spring up in her neighborhood, she’s visited by Ginoza and Kogami, who is…

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Psycho-Pass - 11

Psycho-Pass – 11

pp116

Last week, when Kogami finally made contact with the rest of the team it felt like a victory hard-one by having to balance Yuki’s life with the need to play the game set out for him. All that was left was for him to stay out of Senguji’s sight and wait for the cavalry to move in and destroy the cyborg while Makishima, again let down by one of his “clients”, simply retreats. How wrong I was.

Sens…

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Akame ga Kill! - 13

Akame ga Kill! – 13

agk131

Like Brynhildr a season ago, AGKis not afraid to infuse comedy into any situation, whether it’s supposed to be serious. I actually don’t mind that, as at the end of the day the show is full of ridiculous characters and situations that frankly shouldn’t be taken too seriously. That’s not to say there aren’t any scenes wholly serious scenes to be found—this episode started with the brutal killing…

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Space Dandy 2 - 13 (Fin)

Space Dandy 2 – 13 (Fin)

sd1300

The long-standing criticism of Space Dandy’s M.O. of hitting the reset button after every episode, thus limiting its momentum across the entire run, is fearlessly addressed (and IMO officially debunked) this week, as just about every major serial element is brought into play for one hell of a satisfying grand finale.

sd1301

First of all, the show finally, finally lets Dr. Gel get his hands on Dandy,…

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Barakamon - 13 (Fin)

Barakamon – 13 (Fin)

bkm122

It’s a testament to this show’s quality of characters that I can utterly disagree with Sei’s mom’s position but still love her to death simply because she’s so hilarious and awesome. As worried as she is that her son is being corrupted by island yokels, she’s the one doing childish things like sticking talismans on his door and rains down blows upon anyone who looks at her the wrong way. Mostly…

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Sword Art Online II - 13

Sword Art Online II – 13

sao131

Yaaay, stuff happened in this episode! Lots of stuff. Some of it great, some of it very unsettling. First of all, BoB is over. It was excitng at first, and ground to an irritating crawl in the middle, but got exciting again at the very end, which had the effect of restoring our patience for the show, at least for now.

sao132

When Kirito is locked in a tough battle with an estoc-armed Death Gun, a…

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Terra Formars - 01

Terra Formars – 01

tf11

Curiously enough, this show begins with an underground cage match between a very muscular human (not a maiden fair) and a giant bear, held deep beneath Bangkok for the amusement of the super-rich. Hizamaru Akari isn’t doing so well, until he remembers why he’s in that cage: so his beloved childhood friend Yuriko can get a life-saving organ transplant, but even when he “hulks up” and wastes the…

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Majimoji Rurumo - 12 (fin)

Majimoji Rurumo – 12 (fin)

maji120

“I want to wear that…”

Kouta and Rurumo’s romance was always simple and sweet, based on mutual kindness and fondness, with little in the way of serious drama getting in the way of their happiness. The only kink was Ruru’s training; to complete it Kouta would have to spend all of his magical tickets, whereupon his life would end. But that’s just not how things ended up working out.

maji121

Look at this…

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Glasslip - 13 (Fin)

Glasslip – 13 (Fin)

glas131

MAL has been decidedly hard on Glasslip, with its score plummeting to 6 as I write this, and now that the show is over, I’m starting to finally understand why: Glasslip is stingy. It shows you an awful lot of stuff, but most of it could be seen as idle, even lazy slice-of-life. What it doesn’t do is clearly lay out to you what’s going on beneath or parallel to these goings-on. To a casual…

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The Secret of Kells

The Secret of Kells

kells1

Thursday night is movie night in my neck of the woods, and sometimes we want something short and sweet rather than a three-hour action blockbuster. That’s when a friend happened upon the Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells. As it was his week to choose, we went with it, and I’m glad we did. It’s only 75 minutes long, but it makes full use of that runtime to create and achingly gorgeous world…

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Zankyou no Terror – 11 (Fin)

Zankyou no Terror – 11 (Fin)

z111

The perpetrators of the failed Athena Project meant for its child subjects to be discarded and forgotten. Nine and Twelve’s plan wasn’t about revenge, but about making sure they and the others weren’t forgotten; that those still alive who were responsible were plucked from beneath the rocks they’d hidden under. With increasingly stunning yet nonlethal attacks, they gradually built up their…

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Psycho-Pass – 10

pp101

Makishima is one magnificently manipulative bastard. Initially, his newest mark Senguji Toyohisa believes Makishima merely procured fresh, intelligent prey for him to hunt the old-fashioned way with a twist: a big shotgun and robo-foxhounds. But Senguji is only a formidable but ultimately expendable means to test Kogami, and while he’s not quite out of the frying pan by episode’s end, he’s…

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It’s probably no coincidence that the episode after the chief confirms that Makishima is rare…

pp141

It’s probably no coincidence that the episode after the chief confirms that Makishima is rare but not unique in his ability to confound Sybil, brutal crimes start cropping up that are committed by those with similarly clear Psycho-Passes. Unlike Makishima, they’re wearing helmets, so it much be a question of technology and not genetics.

pp142

It’s later determined that the helmets run scans of…

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Psycho-Pass - 13

Psycho-Pass – 13

pp131

After reading Ginoza’s report about Akane’s Dominator malfunctioning, the Bureau Chief has a simple response: as far as the public is concerned, that malfunction never occurred. After Ginoza vouches for Akane’s aptitude, the Chief has little choice but to let her pupil in on what the next level up knows.

pp132

Specifically, roughly one out of two million people are like Makishima: “criminally…

View On WordPress

End-of-Month Rundown - September 2014

End-of-Month Rundown – September 2014

Click Here to see our September Chart

Click Above to see our September Chart

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall. Thanks to an assist from Franklin, Summer was our most proliific season of RABUJOI, reviewing over 200 episodes in all. It was a bit exhausting at times, we must confess. So how did it all shake out? Let’s hear it from the staff (except for Franklin; he’ll likely be along in the comments with final words on his two shows).

Hannah

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Psycho-Pass - 12

Psycho-Pass – 12

pp121

Complete change of gears this week, as we enter Backstory Mode, starting with how Kunizuka Yayoi joined the MWPSB as an Enforcer. A passionate guitarist, listening to “Non-Sybil-authorized” bands clouded her hue to the extent she ended up in a chilling rehabilitation facility.

pp122

When reports of “antisocial organizations” spring up in her neighborhood, she’s visited by Ginoza and Kogami, who is…

View On WordPress

Psycho-Pass - 11

Psycho-Pass – 11

pp116

Last week, when Kogami finally made contact with the rest of the team it felt like a victory hard-one by having to balance Yuki’s life with the need to play the game set out for him. All that was left was for him to stay out of Senguji’s sight and wait for the cavalry to move in and destroy the cyborg while Makishima, again let down by one of his “clients”, simply retreats. How wrong I was.

Sens…

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Akame ga Kill! - 13

Akame ga Kill! – 13

agk131

Like Brynhildr a season ago, AGKis not afraid to infuse comedy into any situation, whether it’s supposed to be serious. I actually don’t mind that, as at the end of the day the show is full of ridiculous characters and situations that frankly shouldn’t be taken too seriously. That’s not to say there aren’t any scenes wholly serious scenes to be found—this episode started with the brutal killing…

View On WordPress

Space Dandy 2 - 13 (Fin)

Space Dandy 2 – 13 (Fin)

sd1300

The long-standing criticism of Space Dandy’s M.O. of hitting the reset button after every episode, thus limiting its momentum across the entire run, is fearlessly addressed (and IMO officially debunked) this week, as just about every major serial element is brought into play for one hell of a satisfying grand finale.

sd1301

First of all, the show finally, finally lets Dr. Gel get his hands on Dandy,…

View On WordPress

Barakamon - 13 (Fin)

Barakamon – 13 (Fin)

bkm122

It’s a testament to this show’s quality of characters that I can utterly disagree with Sei’s mom’s position but still love her to death simply because she’s so hilarious and awesome. As worried as she is that her son is being corrupted by island yokels, she’s the one doing childish things like sticking talismans on his door and rains down blows upon anyone who looks at her the wrong way. Mostly…

View On WordPress

Sword Art Online II - 13

Sword Art Online II – 13

sao131

Yaaay, stuff happened in this episode! Lots of stuff. Some of it great, some of it very unsettling. First of all, BoB is over. It was excitng at first, and ground to an irritating crawl in the middle, but got exciting again at the very end, which had the effect of restoring our patience for the show, at least for now.

sao132

When Kirito is locked in a tough battle with an estoc-armed Death Gun, a…

View On WordPress

Terra Formars - 01

Terra Formars – 01

tf11

Curiously enough, this show begins with an underground cage match between a very muscular human (not a maiden fair) and a giant bear, held deep beneath Bangkok for the amusement of the super-rich. Hizamaru Akari isn’t doing so well, until he remembers why he’s in that cage: so his beloved childhood friend Yuriko can get a life-saving organ transplant, but even when he “hulks up” and wastes the…

View On WordPress

Majimoji Rurumo - 12 (fin)

Majimoji Rurumo – 12 (fin)

maji120

“I want to wear that…”

Kouta and Rurumo’s romance was always simple and sweet, based on mutual kindness and fondness, with little in the way of serious drama getting in the way of their happiness. The only kink was Ruru’s training; to complete it Kouta would have to spend all of his magical tickets, whereupon his life would end. But that’s just not how things ended up working out.

maji121

Look at this…

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Glasslip - 13 (Fin)

Glasslip – 13 (Fin)

glas131

MAL has been decidedly hard on Glasslip, with its score plummeting to 6 as I write this, and now that the show is over, I’m starting to finally understand why: Glasslip is stingy. It shows you an awful lot of stuff, but most of it could be seen as idle, even lazy slice-of-life. What it doesn’t do is clearly lay out to you what’s going on beneath or parallel to these goings-on. To a casual…

View On WordPress

The Secret of Kells

The Secret of Kells

kells1

Thursday night is movie night in my neck of the woods, and sometimes we want something short and sweet rather than a three-hour action blockbuster. That’s when a friend happened upon the Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells. As it was his week to choose, we went with it, and I’m glad we did. It’s only 75 minutes long, but it makes full use of that runtime to create and achingly gorgeous world…

View On WordPress

Zankyou no Terror – 11 (Fin)

Zankyou no Terror – 11 (Fin)

z111

The perpetrators of the failed Athena Project meant for its child subjects to be discarded and forgotten. Nine and Twelve’s plan wasn’t about revenge, but about making sure they and the others weren’t forgotten; that those still alive who were responsible were plucked from beneath the rocks they’d hidden under. With increasingly stunning yet nonlethal attacks, they gradually built up their…

View On WordPress

Psycho-Pass – 10

pp101

Makishima is one magnificently manipulative bastard. Initially, his newest mark Senguji Toyohisa believes Makishima merely procured fresh, intelligent prey for him to hunt the old-fashioned way with a twist: a big shotgun and robo-foxhounds. But Senguji is only a formidable but ultimately expendable means to test Kogami, and while he’s not quite out of the frying pan by episode’s end, he’s…

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Psycho-Pass - 13
End-of-Month Rundown - September 2014
Psycho-Pass - 12
Psycho-Pass - 11
Akame ga Kill! - 13
Space Dandy 2 - 13 (Fin)
Barakamon - 13 (Fin)
Sword Art Online II - 13
Terra Formars - 01
Majimoji Rurumo - 12 (fin)
Glasslip - 13 (Fin)
The Secret of Kells
Zankyou no Terror – 11 (Fin)
Psycho-Pass – 10

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