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Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken S2 - 01 -00020

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me #01. 「思い出うごうご」

Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken is back with its second season and continues to do what it does perfectly well: keenly portraying a relationship that balances the candor of newly-wed life and the oddness, at most times offputtingly so, of otaku subculture.

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「Visual Collection/Episode Review」Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road #19. 「坂道の役割」

Episode 19 of GRANDE ROAD has us seeing the return of the Sakamichi complex, in other words that happy-go-lucky stickler who just won’t let you escape his clutches, even if he has to manually force-break his off-course bike with his own foot and or scream his signature hime song with his undoubtedly already arid lungs convulsing for oxygen (the latter of which he probably enjoys nonetheless).

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Shinmai Maou no Testament - 01 -00126

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Shinmai Maou no Testament #01. 「妹ができた日」

Purely based off its title, I was expecting Shinmai Maou no Testament to be in the same vein as the rest of this season’s action-fantasy series (a presumption further enhanced by the episode’s immediate title card of “The Day I Got a Little Sister”); but wildly enough, Shinmai Maou went the full harem route for thirteen whole minutes into the episode, a path that I probably would have preferred for the aforementioned shows as well to be honest.

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Seiken Tsukai no World Break - 01 -00045

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Seiken Tsukai no World Break #01. 「転生せし者」

In a particularly lukewarm season of anime, the action-fantasy series don’t come to impress. After a rather unsuccessfully majestic opening scene of MMORPG-esque party-quest nature, Seiken Tsukai no World Break eases into the commonplace high school setting to tell an overly-comfortable tale of teen angst and magical lore.

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Akame ga Kill! - 01 -00100

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Akame ga Kill! #01. 「闇を斬る」

Akame ga Kill! certainly has the welcome of a conventional shounen series, but it would be wrong to overlook this show as another run-of-the-mill story about big swords, big boobs, and big plot twists, despite the fact that all three of these elements do make up a good presence in this premiere.

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Magic Kaito 1412 - 01 -00107

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Magic Kaito 1412 #01. 「蘇る怪盗KID」

While TMS Entertainment may have done a more faithful visual adaptation than A-1 Pictures in their respective productions of Magic Kaito, this premiere episode has proved that there is nothing wrong with instilling a more modern touch into the fray; as far as I’m concerned, I’m loving it ever the more.

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Girl Friend Beta - 01 -00058

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Girlfriend (Kari) #01. 「はじめての約束」

With some cute-ass original artwork, a cast of more than one-hundred in-game girls to swoon over, and a five-million (plus) user fan-base, it’s really no surprise that Girlfriend (Kari) green-lit an anime adaptation to cater its fans even more, but it’ll take much, much more than what’s shown in the show’s premiere to qualify this adaptation as anything beyond just that: pure promotion and pandering.

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Garo The Animation - 01 -00021

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Garo: Honoo no Kokuin #01. 「業火 HELL FIRE」

That level of lasciviousness wasn’t quite what I was expecting Garo: Honoo no Kokuin to bring to the table, but the series premiere’s mixture of peculiar artistry and mature subject matters is definitely not something I’m inclined to turn away.

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo #01. 「堕とされた皇女」

Sunrise sure knows how to put variation in its mecha series, but I guess if I were to expect any mecha series with just as much fantastical dragon-blood splattering on screen as mechanical explosions, it would be one created by the same production studio responsible for the spasmodic sensation that was Code Geass.

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Madan no Ou to Vanadis - 01 -00059

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Madan no Ou to Vanadis #01. 「戦場の風姫」

Juding solely from the attractive promotional art, I was sincerely hoping Madan no Ou to Vanadis to be a potential comeback for the fantasy genre in anime; but while the visual appeal teased through promotion definitely retains enough of its brilliance in actual episode content, whether the dissatisfaction is just as quiet on the western front of scriptural story-telling or not is still contentious.

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Grisaia no Kajitsu - 01 -00116

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Grisaia no Kajitsu #01. 「普通の学園生活」

Silly male protagonist, the main character of a visual novel story can never have a “normal high school life”. The premiere of Grisaia no Kajitsu doesn’t escape the generic feeling of adult visual novel premises, but in a way, it does bring to the table the best of those elements you already expected it to have.

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Shirobako - 01 -00083

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」SHIROBAKO #01. 「明日に向かって、えくそだすっ!」

If there’s one thing P.A. Works knows how to do flawlessly, even more so than visual quality, it’s swiftly establishing a heart-warming atmosphere through both sound and art. Shirobako’s premise of “an anime about making anime” may seem tripe and akin to other such series that overdo the parodical caricature of it all, but it’s meaningful to not forget the P.A. pedigree that this project derives from.

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Amagi Brilliant Park - 01 -00070

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Amagi Brilliant Park #01. 「お客が来ない!」

I more than welcome the long-awaited Kyoto Animation production that deviates away from the studio’s usual moe-dominating character designs and art style, but I guess it has to come as a trade-off for Amagi Brilliant Park.

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Parasyte -the maxim- #01. 「変身」

Parasyte wastes absolutely no time conveying the narrative subject matter at (horrifically mutated) hand, as a pre-opening sequence spanning less than twenty-five seconds depicts a helpless housewife having her noggin chomped off by the mutated head of her parasite-infected husband. If that isn’t enough of a fair warning for those faint of heart, I don’t know what is.

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Yowamushi Pedal - Grande Road - 01 -00143

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road #01. 「フェイズ49」

Yowamushi Pedal returns for its coverage of the second and third day of the anticipated (by canonical characters and show viewers alike) Inter High, and the high-flying bicycle intensity is even more grand, or should I say grande, than I can even remember.

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] #01. 「プロローグ」

Well, well, well, look what the cat dragged in, from the magical world of wonderful anime productions. Ufotable’s TV anime adaptation of Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] makes its gallant premiere oh-so-similarly to the studio’s previous adaptation of Fate/zero in form, but the results couldn’t have been any more different.

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」World Trigger #01. 「異世界からの来訪者」

I’ve been eagerly waiting to see whether World Trigger would to end up on the Kyousougiga end of the modern Toei Animation’s spectrum or the One Piece (what the anime series is today at least) and Toriko end of the spectrum. Unfortunately, it looks like I’m going to have to write it off as one amongst the latter.

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Log Horizon 2 #01. 「北の国のシロエ」

Log Horizon returns in the hands of a new production studio, but nonetheless remains true to form. A montage of party-quest battles, a display of various character classes’ skills, and dialogue from the players who seem bent on having the time of their lives despite being trapped in a game for quite possibly the rest of their virtual-human lives remind me instantaneously why I adore this show and its take of this niche sub-genre.

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Denki-gai no Honya-san - 01 -00131

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Denki-gai no Honya-san #01. 「ラブ&エロス フォー オール / ナイトメア ビフォア カルナバル」

Come one, come all to the bookstore located in the electric town of Akihabara, Umanohone, where you might just find yourself, whether it’s through the large collection of manga series with beautifully captivating stories or through the group of employees themselves, each of whom represent a particular essence of the comic readership.

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Re Hamatora - 12 -00209

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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Terra Formars - 01 -00022

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Terra Formars #01. 「00-01 THE ENCOUNTER 既知との遭遇」

A melodramatic exposition to start off the premiere of Terra Formars, but by the end of the episode, that momentum is used for quite the unexpected, yes, you heard her right, specialized and well-trained reservists blasting off into space to wage humanity’s war on… cockroaches…?!

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「Mini Review」 The Act of Killing (2012)

The Act of Killing is a 2012 documentary film directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and co-directed by Christine Cynn and another simply credited as “anonymous Indonesian”. In the film, Oppenheimer invites the infamous Anwar Congo to re-create his experience of the 1965-66 Indonesian killings. Anwar Congo is a gangster who went from a ticket scalper selling black market movie theater tickets to leading the most notorious death squad in the North Sumatra province of Indonesia. Anwar’s actions that contributed to the anti-communist purge of more than 500,000 slain people, of which he is personally responsible for approximately 1,000, have made him a renowned figured and somewhat of a founding father of the right-wing paramilitary group, Pemuda Pancasila.

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