• The Secret Stars of Anime: Anne-Happy

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    I already talked about how good last season was for slice-of-life shows, and one of these shows I highlighted was Anne-Happy, which also fits the ever-popular category of “cute girls doing cute things”. The catch to this show is that all of the main cast are “unfortunate”, whether it is having bad health, getting lost often, having… questionable romantic interests, or in the case of main character, Anne Hanakoizumi, just having all sorts of unfortunate things happen to her. Case in point, on the way to her first day of school, she tries to rescue a dog on a bridge, only for said dog to bite her and for her to nearly fall off the bridge, until her future classmate saves...
  • Orange Episode 3: Notes Come Too Late

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    As I mentioned in my previous post, sending letters to your past self to solve serious problems is going to include some drawbacks. Unlike the first episode, Naho paid close attention to the letter, and was starting to believe that she might be able to actually change the future, even if it meant changing herself. But a greater awareness of all that her mission entails doesn’t guarantee anything, and it especially doesn’t ensure that her efforts won’t go awry....
  • Love Live! Sunshine!! Ep. 3: Step Zero to One

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    There is a lot that happens in this episode of Love Live! Sunshine!!: we finally get a proper introduction to Mari, the group gets a name, and they hold their first performance. Regarding the group name, in the real world, before the anime was produced, real-life fans had the opportunity to submit potential group names and then vote on their favorites. This was how the names of both μ’s for the original group and Aqours for the Sunshine group were actually chosen. Of course, the original anime gave an in-series justification for the name “μ’s”, and likewise, Sunshine gives us a mysterious benefactor who draws the name in the sand. Pronounced just like “aqua” (because the name defies phonetics as it is;...
  • Newman’s Nook: Division and Union

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    Neko Ramen is a short-form anime series based on a gag manga of the same name. The anime and manga follow the story of Taishou, a cat who is also a ramen chef. Taishou runs the only ramen shop with a cat chef. He also generally only has one customer: Kouichi Tanaka. The series is actually animated by a number of different animators instead of one primary team. What this situation leads to is an erratic, imperfect series, yet one that is at times surprising and interesting. Each episode still has the same overarching plot running through it. Taishou is constantly trying develop new ways to draw in customers. He’s also a bad chef. Kouichi is always stopping by despite the bad food and...
  • Patema Inverted: Upside Down Sinners

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    Hulu has lots of anime to choose from, including movies (as of this writing). I have not seen too many anime films, aside from most of what comes out Ghibli Studios and the occasional One Piece movie. I recently found a few on Hulu that looked interesting, though I had never heard of them. Patema Inverted seemed cool as it involves people who live upside down. It reminded me immediately of a movie called Upside Down that has the same concept. In the future, scientists perform a failed experiment to harness gravity’s energy, which causes destruction over much of the Earth’s surface. A reverse gravity effect causes most people and objects to “fall up” and go into the sky. Imagine falling...
  • TangleCast 14: Summer 2016 Season Impressions

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    Join us this week, as JP (Japesland), Casey (CutsceneAddict), Jack (R86), and Kaze give their initial impressions on the latest anime season? With four people with different tastes, different watching habits, and drastically different opinions, which shows will stand out? Don’t worry, JP and Kaze don’t talk about Rewrite too much. As always, every episode of The TangleCast will be covering a different topic, from anime reviews, to discussions on spirituality, to listener mail, and everything in between. Please join the conversation by commenting below or submitting a question at our contact page! iTunes  |  Google Play  |  Podbean  |  RSS...
  • Guest Post: Plastic Memories and The Meaning of Love

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    Today, we’re excited to bring you a guest post by Sam, who runs the aniblog Unsheathed. In addition to his blog, you can find him on Twitter as @SamUnsheathed. I’m a hopeless romantic. I don’t mean that I’m constantly falling in love with different people (I believe we have another word for such people), but I love the idea of love. The concept that one person thinks the world of another person, loses sleep over them, even is willing to die for them… it’s so intriguing that I find myself thinking and writing about love a lot. This is probably why I have an entire playlist of sad love songs… but back to the point. Human love is a...
  • Annalyn’s Corner: Girls, Tanks, and Gender Stereotypes

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    I avoided Girls Und Panzer for a long time, because “panzer” sounds a lot like “pansu,” which, well… I’m sorry, more innocent fans, but I won’t explain further. Thankfully, my first reaction to the title was completely off base: “und Panzer” isn’t a Japanese (or even Engrish) phrase, and it has to do with tanks, not undergarments. Girls Und Panzer is about a group of girls who take a class on sensha-do, or the art of armored tanks (translated on Crunchyroll as Tankery). It’s ridiculous, and you have to suspend disbelief frequently, but it’s relatively harmless. In Girls Und Panzer, competing with armored tanks is considered a distinctly feminine pursuit. The student council at Oorai Girls Academy plays this up...
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