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「December 25th, 2014 – January 10th, 2015」Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, & More in Hồ Chí Minh City (Sài Gòn), Tây Ninh, Nha Trang, Việt Nam

This past Christmas, I boarded an airplane flight for the first time in five years. The last time I was on an airplane, it was a flight to and from California (San Jose to Los Angeles) for the California State Science Fair, an expense one-hundred percent funded by the [leaves to use Google] Santa Clara Valley Science & Engineering Fair Association. And before that, the last time I was on an airplane was more than eight years prior, that trip in particular being to the country in-discussion here and now. Long, convoluted story-exposition short: this past Christmas was my first legitimate vacation ever and my first return to my ethnic homeland in more than ten years. So, adequately big deal.

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Re: Hamatora #12. 「Re:Resolution[EGO]」 (END) – Holding on to the Potential for Top 10 Anime of the Year until the Very End

I’ve been following the Hamatora project since the first season’s airing from January to March, and boy, has it been quite the emotional thrill ride. Back then, I definitely viewed the series through the lens of a pretty well-established crime-solving and mystery series, but this second cour has definitely broadened the series’s genre palette some more.

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「ONE PIECE 3D2Y エースの死を越えて! ルフィ仲間との誓い」 – There’s Still A Glimmer of Hope for the One Piece Anime Series

In the end, I can’t say 3D2Y really delivered what it teased through its title, seeing as it only recounted a couple of days out of the two year period, in which Luffy didn’t really go great lengths in his training at all; but what it gave was something better and something that I feel no movie or special has done before.

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Space☆Dandy 2 #01. 「オンリーワンになれないじゃんよ」

Space Dandy is a dandy in space. And if you don’t know , now you know. If we count that one time our imbecile crew of Dandy, QT and Meow blew themselves to smithereens, this technically isn’t the first time Space☆Dandy is being reborn, but it should be met with the same general appreciation. You can never really get enough pompadour action in the summertime, after all.

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「TV Series of the Week」 Ashita, Mama ga Inai #09. 「私の名前を呼んで…最後までありがとう」(Series Finale)

I’m thankful to have gotten exactly what I wanted out of this episode within the first four minutes. Judging from the most previous episodes, I never would have expected the sisterhood amongst the four girls to resurface as heart-warming as it was back in that endearing end-of-the-episode, late-night, little-rapscallion debauchery scene from the series’ premiere episode. And as if that wasn’t enough, the show-runners decided to, as per the first episode, dish out a cornucopia of friendship farewells and have us, once more, teary-eyed.

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「Visual Collection/Episode Review」 Hunter x Hunter #131. 「イカリ × ト × ヒカリ」

I am going into this post with nothing prepared to say; twenty-three minutes and thirty-seven seconds of pure excellence has effectively rendered me speechless. Nevertheless, there is nothing that I want to do more than make this article just so I can have some sort of keepsake declaring that I have experienced and am a part of history in the making. With this latest installment of the Hunter x Hunter (2011) television anime series, the medium and art-form of Japanese animation is at its undeniable and absolute best.

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「Visual Collection/Episode Review」 Haikyuu!! #06. 「面白いチーム」

The practice match against Aoba Jousai High is a well-placed provision and preparation to not only finally cleanse Hinata of his chronic anxiety before any official matches but also to get a good ol’, once-in-a-series-time glimpse of our newly-formed, oh-so-intimidating, all-star team behind a not-so-intimidating lens. As opposed to playing volleyball, it’s more like the goof-balls of Karasuno are performing slap-stick comedy with each other on their side of the court; and to think, the ridiculousness all starts with some old-school bickering and rivalry, an incident that leads to a gang pose priceless enough to make me want to write this review just to use it as the cover picture to a post.

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Log Horizon #25. 「天秤祭」 (Season Finale) – How-to Properly Seize A Second Season

Whether they be manga, novels, games or even the more up-’til-lately less indulged mediums such as light novels, visual novels and the like, getting an anime adaptation will increase the general audience. That is a formula that has long since been set in anime-drawn stone, which really brings us to the true topic of this article: a little niche light novel series I like to call Log Horizon and whose anime adaptation I like to call ‘the best MMORPG-based anime series I have had the pleasure of watching.’

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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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「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 #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」 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」 Haikyuu!! #01. 「終わりと始まり」

Good show, old sport. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again here, sports anime are making a big comeback this year. The recent anime adaptation of Yowamushi Pedal has introduced me to my new favorite sports anime, and there are a lot of factors that I attest to that accomplishment. I guess for starters, competitive cycling is just a more appealing sport to me than the more conventional football, basketball, and the like.

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