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Thunderbolt Fantasy Episode 5

The Invisible Duel – Thunderbolt Fantasy Episode 5

6 Sep , 2016,
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Thunderbolt Fantasy Episode 5

A series I missed out on in my summer preview post is Thunderbolt Fantasy. While I was pretty much on board for it after hearing Urobuchi Gen, aka. the Butcher, actually thought of its concept and wrote its story, it went completely under my radar at the time as I cleanly forgot about it. Nevertheless, as somewhat of a mix between old-style Chinese wuxia flicks and Japanese anime-plot ideas, I have been rather entertained by it thus far.

You might be wondering what brought this on all of a sudden. I have been feeling for some time that doing the usual posts for previews of seasons and the like is mere boring stuff and can be found almost anywhere, and thus, I should write content that people would be interested in reading aside from the commonly penned stuff. Editorials like these are, hopefully, what might yet interest more people to think a little more deeply about the shows and series they watch. Needless to say, this post contains spoilers for the series if you have not watched it.

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Spring 2016 Anime – Mid-season Impressions

5 May , 2016,
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Suzunoki Rin

And, at last, we have the mid-season impressions of the season! First however, I must point your attention to the Kumamoto earthquakes that have devastated the island of Kyuushuu in southern Japan. I can only help in my very small way to pray for them and ask that others pray or even send help to them, even if it is a very small gesture. They need all the support and help they can get.

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Spring 2016 Anime Preview – A Memento of Spring

28 Mar , 2016,
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Kitsunemimi by Yuzuka

Spring has come unto us once more with such speed that it is difficult to believe we are here once more. And yet here we are, clinging on to possible mementos of spring, whether they be physical objects, or intangible memories. Traditionally, spring has always been the best season of the year, but lately it has been difficult to uphold that particular ideal for me. Still, that is not to say that I give spring anime series more chances than other seasons’, and so here we go with this year’s offerings of possible spring mementos.

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Winter 2016 Anime Impressions – The 3-Episode Test

28 Jan , 2016,
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KonoSuba - Aqua

And after an extremely long break of not doing this due to life, games, and other reasons, I guess it is time I bring back some of my impressions in order to let you know how things stand for the season. This season has certainly been more of a surprise with regards to the quality of the series with respect to what I was expecting, so it has been pretty good so far. Read on to find out how each series stands after the usual 3-episode test.

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Winter 2016 Anime Preview – A Milder Time

5 Jan , 2016,
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Velvet Winter by Cait

The new year is upon us, and with it brings the traditional end of the last season of anime. However, going by usual standards, I suppose winter is the first anime season of the year for most. Once again, the conventional thoughts surrounding winter anime seasons apply, in the sense that it usually has fewer shoes for people to watch, both in total and among the chosen. Will it be so once again this year?

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Fall 2015 Anime Preview – Cooldown?

1 Oct , 2015,
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Time flies, and yet another of the four seasons is upon us. Fall has been, for me at least, traditionally much of a season in between two slow ones. Spring has always been the strongest anime season, while summer and winter seem to have the least number of shows I watch in any given season throughout a year. Autumn falls somewhere in between both, but as the years move on, it seems, too, to fall behind like its namesake.

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Summer 2015 Anime Preview – The Heat is On

3 Jul , 2015,
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Natsu da! Ikou! - Mauve

“It’s summer! Let’s go!” by Mauve. You can find the original piece here.

Summer is upon us, and the heat could not be any less of an indicator for many, I should presume. At the very least, the heat where I am is torturing many. Perhaps because of the heat associated with summer, and the fact that summer vacation is one of the longer school holidays in Japan, the summer anime season is usually the least anticipated season. Nevertheless, gems have appeared in previous summer anime seasons, and perhaps, this one might have one too for some, most, or even all of you.

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Spring 2015 Anime Season Preview

5 Apr , 2015,
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Knights of Sidonia - The Battle for Planet Nine

Spring is upon us, and along with the sakura in bloom comes another new anime season. Admittedly, this post is already a little late as several days of the new season has already passed, but hey, better late then never, non?

That being said, I find myself watching less and less anime each new season. Perhaps the biggest reason may be that I am just losing interest in all of the same stereotypical shows with similar plots and character types. Nevertheless, that is not to say that I am not without my picks, and so, here they are.

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On The Popularity of Assassination Classroom

22 Mar , 2015,
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Koro-sensei

Koro-sensei, the seemingly unbeatable target and arguably the real protagonist of the series.

Earlier this year, in my winter 2015 anime season preview, I mentioned that among the most popular of series that I, and I am sure many others, were looking forward to, was Assassination Classroom. 暗殺教室 (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu, hereafter referred to as AK) had extremely huge hype surrounding its animation release thanks to the manga. One of the reason I purported back then for such a large following might be the idea that, well, students do sometimes dream about being able to kill their teachers, and what better premise than an environment where you are supposed to do just that?

However, as I continued watching the series, I have come to a different conclusion. In fact, this post is perhaps long overdue, for my first ideas regarding a more possible reason (in my opinion, at least) were formulated around episode 3. I have allowed the idea time to mature, and I have come to firmly believe, indeed, that what I have thought since then is the real reason why this show is so well-liked. Indulge me, please.

Spoilers alert: Read on at your own risk.

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