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Aug 30, 2012
Firstly I'll assume that everyone reading this has seen the rest of Persona 4 The Animation, so there will be some spoilers.

Episode 26, titled "No One is Alone", is the true ending of the Persona 4 video game and takes place the day before the farewell scene in episode 25, with the group holding a goodbye party for Yuu Narukami after catching the culprit for the TV murder cases. However, he notices strange things occurring such as how the day seems to keep repeating itself, and tries to search for the truth by himself. This episode is mainly centred around our protagonist, exploring Yuu's inner read more
Jul 21, 2012
Steins;Gate: The best time travel anime series that ever was or will be. Or exceedingly close to it anyway. And yes, this type of statement needs to be justified so let's rewind a bit and we'll see why it deserves your full attention. This is a clever anime that's initially deceiving, and then surprises you for all the right reasons. Dropping this show before reaching at least the halfway point is an error of gigantic proportions, and it means that some viewers may unfortunately miss out on this gem of a series.

Apart from the opening episode the anime has an arguably slow start, where the read more
Jun 28, 2012
Once you've seen a lot of anime that focuses on romance and comedy it tends to get harder to recall them individually; this is especially true for the countless number of shows which choose to sacrifice story presentation and deep characters in exchange for unspeakable amounts of fanservice. It's not necessarily a criticism of the entire genre though. I mean, there's only so much you can do with a standard plot usually involving two characters who fall in love, only to be denied by one reason or another.

The successful romantic comedies (and I mean in terms of quality and not just commercially because crap anime read more
Jun 13, 2012
The Program. It's an event or "game" where a chosen class of 42 students is kidnapped, thrown into an isolated location, given a random weapon and told to kill each other until only one person remains.

What would you do if you found yourself in such a scenario, and how far would you be willing to go? Would you lie down and refuse to play? Would you accept everything you're told and kill your classmates before they do the same? Or would you choose to trust in your friends and hope to find a way to escape together? Well, the first option definitely gets you killed read more
Jun 10, 2012
The Playstation 3 game Valkyria Chronicles has fun gameplay and an epic story, so I enjoyed every minute of it (unfortunately, the original and its PSP sequel hasn't sold enough enough to warrant a release for VC3 in the west). While its admirable that the anime tries to add a few things of its own to the story and characters, ultimately it only succeeds in becoming a rather loose adaptation that's inferior to the source material.

The opening of Valkyria Chronicles is engrossing and contains elements similar to real-life conflicts such as World War I or II. The small country of Gallia, and its Squad read more
Jun 3, 2012
Have you ever encountered Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann before?

TTGL recruit: "I don't think so."

Why the hell not?

"Um, I'm too busy with other stuff? Could you tell me more about it?"

HAR! How long are you going to run? The planet needs you! No, the galaxy needs you!! Screw that, the whole universe needs you!!! A fierce war lasting several years is being fought, resulting in severe casualties. The humans are heavily oppressed on all fronts by endless waves of beastmen, the ominous Lordgenome, and the shadowy Anti-Spirals. They’re in constant danger no matter where they are, be that an underground village, a hot springs in read more
Jun 3, 2012
Preliminary
Area no Kishi is an entertaining series about football/soccer, but certain limitations hold it back from being an exceptional sports anime overall.

The story here is decent but it's probably the same sort that's standard in most sport anime: A main character, Aizawa Kakeru in this case, wants to get better at his chosen sport and make it to the championship finals with his school team. Problem is, there isn't much else to make it stand out in any particular way. While some of the early football matches on show can be pretty exciting, they tend to get a bit predictable after you've seen a few, read more
Jun 3, 2012
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is an anime series about a bunch of high school students, who behave like idiots for our entertainment. But surely most of us can relate in some way?

At one time or another we've all experienced life as a student in school. And at one time or another we all act like idiots in school. No, not the type of idiots who are just a nuisance and bully others for their own amusement, but idiots who battle to survive compulsory education through various methods: chilling out with friends, having as much fun as possible, and getting in trouble with teachers over seemingly read more
Apr 25, 2012
Preliminary
Gin no Saji, or Silver Spoon, has a lot going for it even before you read the first page. It's created by Hiromu Arakawa, who's previous work includes the highly popular Fullmetal Alchemist. It should then be assumed that it'll no doubt be another amazing manga right? Fortunately, this is true but it does so on its own merit, resulting in a huge number of sales, the 2012 Manga Taisho award and an anime project despite the small number of chapters released at the time. Who knew a manga about farming could be so interesting and enjoyable?

Gin no Saji has an entertaining yarn to spin: read more
Apr 22, 2012
Ah yes. Mysterious Girlfriend X. When I heard that the manga was getting an anime adaption, I looked forward to seeing other people's reactions to the synopsis almost as much as the show itself. Perhaps a fair few WTFs amongst viewers who've never read the manga?

The story is simple. Boy encounters transfer girl. Boy deliberately tastes girl's drool on a desk. Boy falls in love with girl after that. Um, yeah.
The drool. If there's anything in this series that would turn off those who watch it, it'll obviously be the various saliva-swapping scenes. Personally, I don't think it's that bad. If it helps, think read more