Persona 3 The Movie #4 – Winter of Rebirth

This is going to include my thoughts on the fourth and final movie in the series, and the series as a whole. There will be spoilers.

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Persona 3 The Movie #3 – Falling Down

The first movie was okay as an adaptation, but not that great as a film. The second movie was better as a film, but took more creative liberty as an adaptation. The third movie is just a mess. They should have called it “Ryoji is here guys, so let’s make this movie about him now! Except where we need to jam in fights because I guess there was a plot we need to adapt.”

Just like my post on the second movie, there will be some spoilers. So play Persona 3 FES first if you’re looking to avoid them.

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Hibike! Euphonium

What does it take to be “special”? For some people, it’s to contribute to something great. Yet for others, it’s to stand apart for unique characteristics. For the members of the Kitauji High School Wind Ensemble, their individual perceptions of the term may vary but they all come to have the same intention – to be the very best, like no one ever was.

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Thoughts So Far – Fall 2015 Anime

A common trend for this season was that the first episodes didn’t do much for me, but things have improved as they went along. Sort of. I don’t have too much to say though.

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Thoughts So Far – Spring 2015 Anime

Unlike last spring, I’ve actually kept up with airing shows this time around! There’s certainly an odd collection of shows to keep track of, for better or worse.

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Thoughts So Far – Winter 2015 Anime

Welcome back to the monthly installment of “Why pretty young anime girls are the reason I watch anime,” starring pretty young anime girls, pretty young anime boys?, and potential double suicide!

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First Impressions – Winter 2015 Anime

Welcome to the first overview of anime from 2015! Hopefully they aren’t too bad.

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Top 5 Anime of 2014

Compared to 2013, this year’s anime were rather lackluster. Last year had Monogatari Series Second Season, A Certain Scientific Railgun S, Bakuman, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Non Non Biyori, Madoka Magica Rebellion, White Album 2, Psycho-Pass… it’s hard to measure up to all that. Regardless, there were certainly some standouts in 2014, and those are the ones that made the cut!

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Final Thoughts – Fall 2014 Anime

Unlike most of these posts I do, I’ll not only cover the shows that aired during the season, but some movies and ONAs/OVAs that were released during the past few months. All of that stuff is at the end of the post.

Enjoy!

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Coming Soon™! – The Eventual Stuff

By some witchcraft, it’s been half a year since my last post of this sort, and I still didn’t even complete half the stuff I mentioned. So, here’s an update. You might notice that I’ve dropped a few things I had planned – I don’t know if they’re officially gone for good or just temporarily stuck in some godforsaken limbo.

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First Impressions – Fall 2014 Anime

For the most part, I start off each season with about five anime, add a few in later on based on what I hear about them, and drop a few along the way. This time, I’m doing things a bit differently, and starting out with 18 shows. And I’m going to regret it.

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Final Thoughts – Summer 2014 Anime

While I didn’t pick up very much this season, the quality of the shows seems to be about consistent with the norm. But more importantly, this season officially had the best show of all time. OF ALL TIME.

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Review – Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

Following up on the success of the light novels and anime series, Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is a spin-off game for the Vita that takes a different approach to the conclusion of the Aincrad arc. While the game lacks an interesting story or characters, it almost makes up for it with fairly dense gameplay and an excess of content.

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My Top 10 Anime

Whenever someone asks what my favorite anime is, I have a hard time answering. I have yet to watch something that works for me in every conceivable way, but there are a few that have come pretty close. And that’s what this list is for.

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Analysis – 2D vs 3D

Throughout “otaku” culture, there lies a recurring concept which has been debated more than the theory of evolution. A topic so virulent and divisive that future wars may be waged over the differing ideologies. A situation of such magnitude that Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have offered their own opinions.

The topic? 2D versus 3D. And I’m here to tell you why 2D is the winning team.

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The Future of the Persona Series

Now that Persona 5 has been announced and is set to come out later this year in Japan, I’ve begun to do a bit of shuffle time in my brain, thinking about what changes should be made, what should be left the same, and the general ideas I’d like to see in the game. And in addition to that long-awaited sequel, there are also three other Persona games coming out soon – Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (known as Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold in Japan, which is a far more badass title), Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, and Persona 4: Dancing All Night. And then, there are also the upcoming Persona 3 movies and the Persona 4 Golden anime series.

If you aren’t familiar with the Persona series (or to a lesser extent, Shin Megami Tensei), a lot of this will just sound like nonsense.

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Review – Day Break Illusion / Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou

According to the internet, the defining characteristic of Day Break Illusion is that it is a poorly conceived clone of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. After deciding to view the show for what it is rather than merely compare it back to its “parent” series,  the show turned out to be one with a bit of potential ruined by poor execution from beginning to end.

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First Impressions – Spring 2014 Anime

While I’m actually not caught up with everything from last season yet (which is why I haven’t done an end-of-season post), I decided to check out the first episodes of a few series that seemed worth checking out. Unlike last season, I will not attempt watching twelve shows.

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Review – Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion Limited Edition BD Box Set

Note: If you’re looking for my review of the movie itself, go here.

Last year, December 7th. Armed with a bottle of Dr. Pepper and a small container of daifuku mochi, I set out on a journey to a nearby city. The purpose of this journey? To see an anime film in a theater. An anime that would turn out to be one of my favorites of all time.

Following that fateful day, I pre-ordered the most important purchase of the decade (so far) – something that altered the balance of the universe.

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Review – Anime Pirates (One Piece Online)

Do you like One Piece? Do you not consider yourself a masochist? Have you ever wondered what makes video games fun? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you may want to tread carefully from here on out.

And for everyone who saw my poll last week – this is that post. I really wish this game was just an April Fools’ joke.

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Review – Kill la Kill

Kill la Kill is an anime that has been on everyone’s minds since it began airing last year, and for good reason – labeled the “spiritual successor” of the massively popular Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and being Studio Trigger’s first major anime, expectations were high and the result is a controversial mix of the expected and the unpredictable.

Now that it’s finished airing, the question remains – is it worth watching?

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Thoughts So Far – Winter 2014 Anime

Since we’re at about the halfway point for anime airing this season, I figured I’d give a “thoughts so far” post to add on to what I said after the first episodes. As a whole, this season is going well, but it doesn’t quite have the types of standouts that I noticed all last year. If you’re interested in my initial thoughts from the beginning of the season, you can see them here.

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Review – Bakemonogatari Limited Edition BD Box Set

If I had to sum up this set in one word, it would be overpriced. For a “limited edition” set (and the only release of the series in the US) it has remarkably little in terms of extras and is frankly not worth the price – even if the show is one of my favorites.

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Review – Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica The Movie: Beginnings and Eternal Limited Edition BD Box Set

Last summer, on a ridiculously hot day in Japan, I was walking around Akihabara while seeking out the closest vending machine that could provide me with an ice cold bottle of Dr Pepper. Upon quenching my thirst, I was finally able to relax and revel in the success of my primary mission. My reason for being in Akihabara that day was a noble goal – to obtain an item I had long awaited.

On that fateful day, I made the most important purchase of the decade (so far) – something that could alter the balance of the universe.

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Persona 4 – The Game vs. The Anime

Since I actually watched the Persona 4 anime before playing the game, I figured I would re-watch it now that I’ve completed P4 Golden. This isn’t a review of either, just comparing some of the strengths/weaknesses of each against each other. I will be avoiding major spoilers throughout, so don’t worry! 

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Review – The Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa)

Above all else, this is absolutely gorgeous to look at, and is probably the best looking anime out there – and that is not an exaggeration. After watching this for the second time, I looked to see how many screenshots I had taken during the video – it turned out to be 262. When I tried to narrow those down for what to use here, I got it down to 179.

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Top 5 Anime of 2013

Well, here’s my second “Top 5” list for last year. 2013 felt like a great year for anime, with several series that aired becoming some of my favorites. You’ll probably notice that I don’t have a #5, and I’ve explained why below – there are five anime on this list.

#4 – JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken / JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
#3 – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S / A Certain Scientific Railgun S
#2 – Psycho-Pass
#1 – Monogatari Series Second Season
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