Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow's Attempt to Create A Villain Fails Miserably

Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow's Attempt to Create A Villain Fails Miserably

Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow concludes the story of Aqours, but falters in its first half. When the film attempts to create a villain for Aqours to overcome, this subplot is brushed away before it ever can get started. Why is that? What does the movie fail to do when trying to create this villain? What could it have done better? Click through to learn more about one of the film’s biggest missteps.

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Kyoto Animation's Usage Of A Composed Score Shines Brightly In Their Latest Anime Tsurune

Kyoto Animation's Usage Of A Composed Score Shines Brightly In Their Latest Anime Tsurune

Kyoto Animation are known for their brilliant work in animation, but the way they are able to utilize the original soundtrack of a production is also one of their strong points. Case in point, a less than three minute scene from Tsurune that captures the feeling of relief and adulation, but quickly becomes one of heartbreak and dread. How are they able to pull off that quick and sudden change so swiftly? Click through to learn more!

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A Trip to Tokyo Is What Truly Defines Love Live! Sunshine!!

A Trip to Tokyo Is What Truly Defines Love Live! Sunshine!!

A simple trip to Tokyo is at first seen as a big opportunity for Aqours, but becomes the biggest turning point of Love Live! Sunshine!!. How are Aqours able to come back from the brink of failure and how were they set up to fail from the beginning? Clickthrough to see why this arc is where the series really kicks off.

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The End of HANEBADO!: Ayano Hanesaki's New Badminton

The End of HANEBADO!: Ayano Hanesaki's New Badminton

Ayano Hanesaki has been through the ringer during her journey in HANEBADO!, but how does her journey end? Does the match with Nagisa end up helping or hurting her in the long run? Will she finally break free of her mother’s chains or does the show fumble that encounter? Clickthrough to see exactly what I thought about how HANEBADO! wraps up.

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The All Stars of the K-ON! English Dub

The All Stars of the K-ON! English Dub

The debate between subs and dubs will rage on until we are long gone. In reality, it is an absolutely silly fight as you should watch which version you are more comfortable with and will enjoy better. When I decided to get back into anime in 2013, one show I constantly saw gifs of on Tumblr was of the 2009-2010 series, K-ON!. For whatever reason, I decided upon the Sentai Filmworks English dub of the series (not to be confused with the other English dub that preceded Sentai) and breezed through both seasons and the movie. The performances of the cast are good on their own and accentuated the show for me in many ways. Looking at the cast of the dub today, it is clear that the K-ON! dub should be viewed as an all-star cast and perhaps one of the best dubs of the 2010s.

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The Seasonal Anime Checkup OVA Podcast on Patreon

Today we have announced that the Seasonal Anime Checkup OVA podcast is now becoming a Patreon-supported podcast. As I am sure there are questions involved with such an announcement, I am writing this to try and clear the air and be as transparent as possible in regards to what is happening. First and foremost, nothing about the podcast will change in regards to how it is edited, recorded, worked on, released, or distributed.

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The 50 Year Legacy, The Fun, and The Intensity of Tiger Mask W

Professional wrestling is at times bad, amazing, fun, ridiculous, or intense. Within this year alone, there have been all time classic matches in multiple organizations, an empty arena match inside the Tokyo Dome, and the tragic loss of Daryl the cat. Yet, with everything that has happened in wrestling over the past year, my favorite thing has been a wrestling anime of all things. Tiger Mask W hit the airwaves in October of 2016 as a sequel to the original Tiger Mask series.

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A Brief Examination of Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team - Miller's Report

A Brief Examination of Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team - Miller's Report

Back in 2015, I wrote about how Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team has aged well and still holds up today. With the recent release of a new Bluray of the series, there isn’t really much to discuss regarding the series again, but rather another piece that is included in that package, the compilation film, Miller’s Report. The movie, which was released on August 1, 1998 as a double feature that included a Christmas favorite, Gundam Wing Endless Waltz, serves as a way to bridge missing story elements from the end of episode 6 to the beginning of episode 9.

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From Baby Steps to the Pinnacle of Sports Anime

When I booted up Yakuza 5 for the first time earlier this week, I expected features that were already widely known. Being able to go into a Club Sega and play Virtua Fighter 2 was one that the game features unlike most other open-world games in the genre. It is also a sad commentary that this might be the last time we see a Virtua Fighter game in a Sega release ever, but that’s a different story for another time. One fact of Yakuza 5 that I certainly wasn’t expecting was it for to have the licenses for numerous popular magazines in Japan. Immediately I was drawn to seeing Weekly Famitsu, the popular video game magazine that was once notorious for the strict reviews it gave games. Another magazine that caught my eye, especially its cover, was of Weekly Shonen Magazine. On the in-game cover is a big feature on Fairy Tail, but in the corner I spied what looked like Baby Steps’ Eiichiro and Natsu. 

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