Episode 1018 – One Piece

How would you rate episode 1018 ofOne Piece? Community score: 4.3 The big bombastic punches are flying, and if you aren’t buckled up folks you better strap in cause there’s a lot of screen-shaking hits. I think the overall episode is solid. There’s a bunch of wailing on Kaido as this giant punching (or swording?) … Read more

Episode 8 – Healer Girl

How would you rate episode 8 ofHealer Girl ? Community score: 4.2 I feel safe saying Reimi has been the MVP carrying this show. Kana’s a perfectly nice protagonist and Hibiki functions fine in a group context, but outside of Sonia, it was the blonde-and-blue disaster girl providing the necessary energy to keep this musical … Read more

Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island Film’s Clip Show Gopp, M’Quve Negotiating – News

M’Quve threatens destruction of Earth’s cities if Gopp continues Gibraltar attack in June 3 film Bandai Namco Filmworks unveiled a new clip from the Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Cucuruz Doan no Shima) anime film on Wednesday. The clip shows Federation commander Gopp conversing via transmission with Zeon colonel M’Quve, with … Read more

Episode 35 – Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These – Collision

I’m not going to fully attribute the seeming upswing in the stylings of Legend of the Galactic Heroes to this episode’s opening showcase of the Rosen Ritter just going to town on Imperial forces with their axes, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Doesn’t hurt me, that is, for the Imperials it almost certainly stings a … Read more

Thermae Romae Novae Streaming – Review

Japanese bathing culture, writes Garrett G. Fagan in his exhaustive 1999 text Bathing in Public in the Roman World“bear[s] resemblance…to documented Ancient Roman practice.” Since that is likely to be a persistent question in the back of your mind as you watch Thermae Romae Novaethe most recent adaptation of Mari Yamazaki‘s Thermae Romae manga, it’s … Read more

Industry Reacts to Anime Supremacy! Live-Action Film – Interest

Staff for the live-action adaptation of Mizuki Tsujimura‘s Anime Supremacy! (Haken Anime!) novel held a special animation industry preview screening on May 10. Approximately 200 people from the Japanese animation industry, from directors to animators, attended the screening and have shared their impressions on social media while others wrote their thoughts on an oversized banner … Read more

Episode 9 – Ya Boy Kongming!

Much like the previous episode, this week’s episode of Hey Boy Kongming! barely features Ya Boy. He only appears briefly to sashay away from observing Kabe formally finding himself under a bridge with his old amateur rap-mates, and pops in at the very end having apparently been hiding within a mascot costume during the whole … Read more

Poupelle of Chimney Town [Movie Review]

Steampunk settings are always interesting, but Poupelle of Chimney Town gives the idea a unique twist. The technology is antiquated, but instead of Victorian England, the town itself feels more like something out of a dystopian future tale such as Ghost in the Shell. Buildings are stacked haphazardly on top of one another, with smokestacks … Read more

Episode 8 – Deaimon: Recipe for Happiness

Maybe I’m missing something or just being an unreasonable pain-in-the-ass about this, but I’m having trouble seeing how Nagomu and Kanoko broke up over a “misunderstanding.” Even with this week’s flashback to give us more context, it feels less like Kanoko didn’t understand what Nagomu was asking and more was giving him some sort of … Read more