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「Visual Collection/Episode Review」 Hunter x Hunter #127. 「テキイ × ト × ケツイ」

ハンター×ハンター  第127話 「テキイ × ト × ケツイ」 Hunter x Hunter #127. 「Hostility × And × Determination」 After an exhilarating face-off between the best of the best last week, an episode all-inclusive of our scattered characters is just what we need to outline exactly what is going on on each character’s end, how they’re going to re-assemble, and just what the hell are they going to do now that the King is presumably dead. Synopsis: Menthuthuyoupi and Shaiapouf, King-bound, feel the reverberation and see the conflagration of…

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「TV Series of the Week」 Ashita, Mama ga Inai #06. 「物言わぬ少年へ。愛と魂の大演説を聞け」

明日、ママがいない 第6話 「物言わぬ少年へ。愛と魂の大演説を聞け」 Ashita Mama ga Inai #06. 「To the young boy with things left unsaid. Listening to a fervent speech on love and soul」 Screenwriter(s): Matsuda Saya (松田沙也) Chief Producer: Ito Hibiki (伊藤響) Producer(s): Fukui Yuta (福井雄太), Namba Toshiaki (難波利昭) Director(s): Inomata Ryuichi, Naganuma Makoto, Suzuki Yuma (鈴木勇馬) Music: Haketa Takefumi A new addition to the orphanage, a close character dying, and Maou crying, three things I never would’ve expected from this series, at least not as early as episode six. Synopsis: We begin…

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「TV Series of the Week」 Ashita, Mama ga Inai #05. 「超絶美少女のピアノパパはここにいる…」

An all-inclusive episode for our characters this week, and boy do I mean that – from the main cast of girls, Posuto, Donki, Piami, and Bonbi; to the side-characters, Pachi, Locker, Maou and Kana; to the even more side-casted and arguably inconsequential characters, Han and Ryu (the twin-brother of Kogamo no Ie who have essentially been background props up until now) and the infamous Japanese Joripi; it’s the whole cast shebang this time around.

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「TV Series of the Week」 Ashita, Mama ga Inai #04. 「少女の悲しいヒミツ母親の幽霊は語る…」

明日、ママがいない 第4話 「少女の悲しいヒミツ母親の幽霊は語る…」 Ashita, Mama ga Inai #04. 「The Ghost of the Sad Secret Mother of the Girl Speaks…」 Screenwriter(s): Matsuda Saya (松田沙也) Chief Producer: Ito Hibiki (伊藤響) Producer(s): Fukui Yuta (福井雄太), Namba Toshiaki (難波利昭) Director(s): Inomata Ryuichi, Naganuma Makoto, Suzuki Yuma (鈴木勇馬) Music: Haketa Takefumi Bit by bit, this show is losing its initial luster and seems to be falling into a slate of comfortable story-telling. We finally get coverage of Bonbi beyond her obsession with the Japanese Joripi this week, but the episode leaves a…

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「Visual Collection/Episode Review」 Haikyuu!! #04. 「頂の景色」

ハイキュー!! 第4話 「頂の景色」 Haikyuu!! #04. 「The View From the Summit」 The volleyball player is not a soloist, but a member of an orchestra. When the player begins to think, “I’m special,” that player is finished. -Bernardo Rezende, Director of the Brazilian Men’s Volleyball Team, ranked number one in the world I was this close to writing a review for last week’s phenomenal episode, but I suppose the three in the morning air-time was a bit too much for me. Nonetheless, the fact remains that since the…

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「TV Series of the Week」 Ashita, Mama ga Inai #03. 「ウサギの赤い涙。親のいる子も寂しい?」

For the episode with the viewership highest rating thus far, the writing sure took a pretty noticeable slump, I thought. That’s what I wanted to assuredly say, that is, until the last ten minutes or so of the episode, which wrapped things up quite beautifully.

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「TV Series of the Week」 Ashita, Mama ga Inai #02. 「9歳の母性本能。いたいけな少年を救え」

I’m starting to accept Ashita, Mama ga Inai as a drama in the full sense of the word. Just by paying a modicum of attention to how the background music is timed or how the child actors are seemingly instructed to act out certain scenes, it becomes pretty clear that the sinister bastards behind this show are utilizing every chance they get to breach the viewers’ emotional exteriors and have us tear-bound.

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「TV Series of the Week」 Ashita, Mama ga Inai #01. 「愛を失った少女。捨てられたんじゃない 私が親を捨てたんだ」 (Series Premiere)

Ashita, Mama ga Inai isn’t the first drama series I’ve watched, but I’ve resolutely decided that it will be the first one I watch from beginning to end.

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「Visual Collection/Episode Review」 Hunter x Hunter #126. 「ゼロ × ト × ローズ」

Hunter x Hunter #126. 「ゼロ × ト × ローズ」 (Zero × to × Rōzu) Zero and Rose Today’s post is brought to you by the letter H. Well, actually, make that two. For those of you who haven’t heard, the long-awaited return of the Hunter x Hunter manga series to Weekly Shounen Jump‘s serialization has finally been announced, due this June. Alongside this announcement, two years in the waiting, was the most recent episode of the 2011 anime adaptation. Given the immensity of such news…

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei #01. 「入学編I」

金田一少年の事件簿 第1話 「入学編」 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei #01. 「Admission Arc I」 Source Material: Light novel series by Tsutomu Satou (佐島 勤) Studio(s): Madhouse Director(s): Manabu Ono (小野 学) Animation Director(s): Kana Ishida (石田 可奈), Satoshi Iwataki (岩瀧 智), Shinichi Miyamae (宮前 真一) Background Information: Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei is a light novel series written by Tsutomu Satou, with illustrations done by Kana Ishida. The series began publication in ASCII Media Works’s Dengeki Bunko imprint and has accumulated thirteen volumes since July 2011. It has additionally received five manga…

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo #01. 「香港九龍財宝殺人事件!」

金田一少年の事件簿 第1話 「香港九龍財宝殺人事件!」 Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo #01. 「The Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure Murder Case!」 Source Material: Manga series by Shin Kibayashi (樹林 伸) Studio(s): Toei Animation Writer(s):  Atsuhiro Tomioka (冨岡 淳広), Michiru Shimada (島田 満) Background Information: Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo is a mystery manga series based on the crime-solving adventures of high school student Hajime Kindaichi. The ongoing manga series began publication in 1992 and is written by Youzaburou Kanari. A light novel series by Seimaru Amagi began two years after the manga in…

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Sidonia no Kishi #01. 「初陣」

シドニアの騎士 第1話 「初陣」 Sidonia no Kishi #01. 「First Battle」 Source Material: Manga series by Tsutomu Nihei (弐瓶 勉) Studio(s): Polygon Pictures Director(s): Kobun Shizuno (静野 孔文) Writer(s):  Sadayuki Murai (村井 さだゆき) Background Information: Knights of Sidonia is a manga series by Tsutomu Nihei, published in Kondansha’s Monthly Afternoon seinen manga magazine since April 2009. In North America, the English localization is published by the Japanese novel and manga company, Vertical, headquartered in New York, United States. Synopsis: One thousand years after the invasion of the Gauna,…

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Gochuumon wa Usagi Desuka? #01. 「ひと目で、尋常でないもふもふだと見抜いたよ」

ご注文はうさぎですか? 第1話 「ひと目で、尋常でないもふもふだと見抜いたよ」 Gochuumon wa Usagi Desuka? #01. 「I Knew at First Glance That It Was No Ordinary Fluffball」 Source Material: 4-koma manga series by Koi Studio(s): White Fox Director(s): Hiroyuki Hashimoto (橋本 裕之) Writer(s):  Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (筆安 一幸) Background Information: Gochuumon wa Usagi Desuka? is a 4-koma comedy manga series by Koi, serialized in Houbunsha’s seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara Max from March 2011 and onwards. As of March 2014, the series has been collected into three tankoubon volumes. Synopsis: Hoto Kokoa has…

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Fuuun Ishin Dai☆Shogun #01. 「世継ぎ騒乱、慶一郎登場!」

風雲維新ダイ☆ショーグン 第1話 「世継ぎ騒乱、慶一郎登場!」 Fuuun Ishin Dai☆Shogun #01. 「Succession Mayhem, Keiichirou Appears!」 Source Material: Original series Studio(s): J.C Staff, ACGT Director(s): Takeshi Watanabe (渡部 高志) Writer(s):  Dai Satou (佐藤 大) Background Information: Fuuun Ishin Dai Shougun is an original series by studios J.C. Staff and ACGT, headed by director Watanabe Takashi and series composer Dai Satou. Synopsis: Tokugawa Keiichirou is a descendent to the ruling Tokugawa shogunate, but since birth he has been raised by the elderly Otomi, owner of one of the best bathhouses in…

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Soul Eater NOT! #01. 「死武専、入学!」

ソウルイーターノット! 第1話 「死武専、入学!」 Soul Eater NOT! #01. 「Enrolling at the DWMA!」 Source Material: Manga series by Atsushi Ōkubo (大久保 篤) Studio(s): BONES Director(s): Masakazu Hashimoto (橋本 昌和) Writer(s):  Masakazu Hashimoto(橋本 昌和) Background Information: Soul Eater NOT! is a spin-off of the popular Soul Eater shōnen series written and illustrated by the same creator, focusing on a new set of characters with the occasional appearance of the main cast of the original series. It is set one year before the original story. The Soul Eater NOT! manga…

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Escha & Logy no Atelier: Tasogare no Sora no Renkinjutsushi #01. 「ようこそアトリエへ!」

エスカ&ロジーのアトリエ ~黄昏の空の錬金術士~ 第1話 「ようこそアトリエへ!」 Escha & Logy no Atelier: Tasogare no Sora no Renkinjutsushi #01. 「Welcome to the Atelier!」 Source Material: Game of the same name Studio(s): Gokumi Director(s): Yoshiaki Iwasaki (岩崎 良明) Writer(s): Tatsuhiko Urahata (浦畑 達彦) Background Information: Escha & Logy no Atelier: Tasogare no Sora no Renkinjutsushi is a Japanese role-playing video game developed by Gust Co. Ltd.. It is the fifteenth game in the official Atelier series, with Hidari, signature artist of the series, as returning character designer. The game was released…

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara #01. 「俺、この転校が終わったら、あの娘と結婚するんだ」

彼女がフラグをおられたら 第1話 「俺、この転校が終わったら、あの娘と結婚するんだ」 Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara #01. 「I’m Going to Marry Her Once I Leave This School」 Source Material: Light novel series by Tōka Takei (竹井 10日) Studio(s): Hoods Entertainment Director(s): Ayumu Watanabe (渡辺 歩) Background Information: Kanojo ga Flag wo Oreraretara is a light novel series written by Tōka Takei and illustrated by Cuteg. Since December 2011 it has been published by Kodansha and has accumulated eight volumes. A manga adaptation and two spin-off series have spawned from the series, all also serialized…

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Baby Steps #01. 「テニスとノート」

ベイビーステップ 第1話 「テニスとノート」 Baby Steps #01. 「Tennis and Notes」 Source Material: Manga series by Hikaru Katsuki (勝木 光) Studio(s): Studio Pierrot Director(s): Masahiko Murata (むらた 雅彦) Writer(s): Katsuhiko Chiba (千葉 克彦) Producer(s): Kenji Saito (サイトウ ケンジ) Background Information: Baby Steps is an ongoing manga series by Hikaru Katsuki, serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine since October 2007. Since initial publication, the series has reached a count of thirty volumes. Synopsis: Maruo Eiichiro, nicknamed Ei-chan because he’s a straight-A honors student, has just entered high school and…

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Nanana Ryūgajō’s Buried Treasure #01. 「勘当されて島流し」

龍ヶ嬢七々々の埋蔵金 第1話 「勘当されて島流し」 Nanana Ryūgajō’s Buried Treasure #01. 「Disowned and Exiled」 Source Material: Light novel series by Kazuma Ōtorino (榊一郎) Studio(s): A-1 Pictures Director(s): Kanta Kamei (亀井 幹太) Writer(s): Hideyuki Karata (倉田 英之) Music: Keigo Hoashi/MONACA Background Information: Nanana Ryūgajō’s Buried Treasure is an ongoing light novel series written by Kazuma Ōtorino and illustrated by Akaringo. The series has accumulated seven volumes since January 2012, published by Enterbrain under its Famitsu Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation in Enterbrain’s Famitsu magazine began in January, written by Hitoshi…

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Ping Pong The Animation #01. 「風の音がジャマをしている」

ピンポン THE ANIMATION 第1話 「風の音がジャマをしている」 Ping Pong The Animation #01. 「The Sound of the Wind Is in the Way」 Source Material: Manga series by Taiyō Matsumoto (松本 大洋) Studio(s): Tatsunoko Productions Director(s): Masaaki Yuasa (湯浅 政明) Art Director(s): Kevin Aymeric Key Animation: Eun-Young Choi (崔 恩映) Music: kensuke ushio Background Information: Ping Pong is a manga series by Taiyō Matsumoto serialized from 1996 to 1997 in Shogakukan’s seinen mangazine Big Comic Spirits and conclusively collected into five tankōbon volumes. In 2002, it was adapted into a live-action…

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Hitsugi no Chaika #01. 「棺かつぐ少女」

棺姫のチャイカ 第1話 「棺かつぐ少女」 Hitsugi no Chaika #01. 「The Girl Who Shoulders The Coffin」 Source Material: Light novel series by Ichirō Sakaki (榊一郎) Studio(s): BONES Director(s): Soichi Masui (増井 壮一) Writer(s): Touko Machida (待田 堂子) Background Information: Hitsugi no Chaika is a 2010 light novel series written by Ichirō Sakaki and illustrated by Namaniku ATK. As of January 2014, eight volumes have been published by Fujimi Shobo under its Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint. It has also been adapted into two separate manga series, one written by Shinta…

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 No Game No Life #01. 「素人(ビギナー)」

ノーゲーム・ノーライフ 第1話 「おっぱいを究めろ! 夢見るお仕事 パンツウォーズ 音砂みはりの休日」 No Game No Life #01. 「Beginner」 Source Material: Light novel series by Yū Kamiya (榎宮 祐) Studio(s): Madhouse Director(s): Atsuko Ishizuka (いしづか あつこ) Writer(s): Jukki Hanada (花田 十輝) Music: Super Sweep Background Information: Originally a light novel series written and illustrated by Yū Kamiya, No Game No Life began its run in Media Factory’s MF Bunko J imprint in April 2012. Since then, it has accumulated five volumes and a manga adaptation. The manga, serialized in Media Factory’s Monthly Comic…

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to #01. 「おっぱいを究めろ! 夢見るお仕事 パンツウォーズ 音砂みはりの休日」

マンガ家さんとアシスタントさんと 第1話 「おっぱいを究めろ! 夢見るお仕事 パンツウォーズ 音砂みはりの休日」 Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to #01. 「Perfecting Boobs! Your Dream Job Panty Wars Otosuna Mihari’s Day Off」 Source Material: 4-koma manga series written by Hiroyuki (ヒロユキ) Studio(s): ZEXCS Director(s): Takeshi Furuta (古田丈司) Writer(s): Aki Itami (伊丹あき) Background Information: Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to is based on a 4-koma manga series by Hiroyuki. After the first series completed its circulation in Square Enix’s Young Gangan seinen manga magazine with ten volumes compiled, the sequel, Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to 2 began serialization in August…

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Black Bullet #01. 「最後の希望」

ブラック・ブレット 第1話 「最後の希望」 Black Bullet #01. 「Last Hope」 Source Material: Light novel series written by Shiden Kanzaki (神崎 紫电) and illustrated by Saki Ukai (鵜飼 沙樹) Studio(s): Kinema Citrus, Orange Director(s): Masayuki Kojima (小島 正幸) Writer(s): Tatsuhiko Urahata (浦畑達彦) Music: Shirō Sagisu (鷺巣 詩郎) Background Information: Black Bullet is a light novel series written by Shiden Kanzaki and illustrated by Saki Ukai, currently published under ASCII Media Works’s Dengeki Bunko imprint. Since publication began in July 2011, the series has accumulated seven volumes. Preceding this…

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Isshūkan Friends。 #01. 「友達のはじまり。」

一週間フレンズ。 第1話 「友達のはじまり。」 Isshūkan Friends #01. 「The Start of a Friendship.」 Source Material: Manga series by Matcha Hazuki (葉月 抹茶) Studio(s): Brains Base Director(s): Tarou Iwasaki (岩崎 太郎) Writer(s): Shôtarô Suga (菅 正太郎) Music: Nobuko Toda Background Information: Isshūkan Friends is a manga series by Matcha Hazuki, serialized in Square Enix’s Gangan Joker since January 2012. It was first published as a one-shot manga in Gangan Joker’s September 2011 and has currently accumulated four tankobōn volumes. Summary: Yuuki Hase has a flat-out crush on female classmate…

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