TR's Top 9 Anime of Spring 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Spring 2015 in anime-land hasn't quite been the blockbuster season we got over the winter, a season characterized by fun adventure fare like Maria the Virgin Witch, wrap-ups to favorites like Aldnoah.Zero and Shirobako, and the occasional awesome surprise package, like Death Parade. Fare on the same level as these shows wasn't immediately obvious at first, but you know what? The great thing about anime is that there's just so much of it; no matter what, the hits keep on coming. Also anime loves you, and anime won't judge you. With that in mind, I'm going to go ahead and judge anime, and point to some of the best new and continuing shows we've got for spring 2015. This season's not a grand slam, which is why I can't really recommend a nice, round ten, but I made it to nine without any trouble. Let's have a look!


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First New Dragon Ball TV Series in 18 Years Is in Production

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 12:36 pm

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Toei Animation has announced production on Dragon Ball Super (Japanese title; tentative for English release), the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years. Following the recent events of the hit feature film, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F', Dragon Ball Super will debut in Japan in July 2015. Reuniting the franchise's iconic characters, Dragon Ball Super will follow the aftermath of Goku's fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth's fragile peace. Overseen by Dragon Ball's original creator, Akira Toriyama and produced with Fuji Television, Dragon Ball Super will draw on its historic past to create a bold, new universe welcoming to fans and endearing to new viewers.
The "endearing to new viewers" part intrigues me, as I have always found every iteration of Dragon Ball utterly impenetrable (save the terrible live-action movie, which I'm pretty sure does not represent the source material in any valid way). I grant that I may not have been paying sufficient attention, but the artwork never especially appealed either, except when it involves Giant Monkey Babies and the like.

For those of you that are into it, I'm happy for you that you get more, and maybe better. As Anyone00, who submitted the link to me, said, "The ongoing apology for GT continues."

Check out the full press release for more.

Director of You're Next Will Do Death Note...Next

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm

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As cheesy as some of the effects were in the original live-action Death Note movies, I enjoyed them quite a bit, and think Adam Wingard is a perfect choice for the remake - You're Next had the balance of intrigue, horror, humor and catharsis that should fit the bill perfectly.

Now, will they let him make it as two movies simultaneously? Because it's a ton of material, and had to be condensed even for those. I know only pretentious people tend to trot out the old "it should be a series on HBO" line, but, well....

CollegeHumor's Mockery of Anime Purists Is Mean but Funny

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 8:00 am

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The beauty of "The Adventures of Butthurt Anime Fan" is that you could replace the word "anime" in this skit with something else, and it would probably sum up every single one of us on at least one topic.

But seriously, who among us has not had to explain to multiple people that all Japanese animation doesn't look like Pokemon?

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Attack on Titan Live-Action Movie Footage Shown on Japanese TV

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 8:00 am

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I'd say "blink and you'll miss it," except that they repeat the same footage on a loop as different people react to it. For the benefit of those unwilling to hit the play button on a YouTube trailer over and over, I guess.

It's coming out in Japan this summer, so you'd think they'd have more to show by now, but Japanese nerds are apparently waaaaay more patient than us.

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7 Final Fantasy Secrets Hidden Within the Game Files

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 5:00 am

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It's been a rough few years for fans of the Final Fantasy series. Between the numerous poorly made cell phone titles, a new online game that was still in the alpha stage development when released, and a numbered entry that was announced in 2006 with a release date of "sometime this ice age," it should come as no surprise that Final Fantasy fans are still nostalgic for the days when the franchise was at its peak.

To this day, the old games in the series are still making money on services like the PlayStation Network and Steam. The reason Final Fantasy I has been re-released seventeen times, and why a port of the now eighteen year-old game Final Fantasy VII was part of last year's PlayStation Experience event is simple. Fans are filled with nostalgia because they just don't make Final Fantasy games like they used to. Which is why people are still exploring the data of these beloved titles, hoping to find more pieces of the games they love which have never been seen before.


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Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Anime Hug Pillow Tells You How Much She Loves Your Boob-Grabbing

Monday, March 2, 2015 at 8:00 am

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If you're already coming here, I assume you know about full-body pillows featuring anime characters and others that the purchaser presumably wants to imagine sleeping with.

Got that concept in your head? Okay, good, because the next step is here - one that verbally expresses pleasure when you fondle her breasts. Did I say "good"? I meant "Ewww."

There's a catch - be too rough with her and her love-meter will descend into hate. And presumably then be purchased only by horrible people who enjoy ignoring consent. Better with a pillow than a person, certainly, but still...if you favor interaction with different possible outcomes, there's this great game I can suggest to you. It's called "non-creepily relating to human beings." Difficulty level is super hard at times, I know, but the rewards you can earn are worth it.

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9 Secondary Anime Characters Who Save the Day More Often Than the Hero

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

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So, you're a main character in a new anime. Fresh from the South Korean animation studios and swimming in an ocean of hype, you're ready for it all: the fame, the fortune, the fan fiction. You step into the spotlight, ready for your star debut...and promptly get crushed beneath the big toe of the rampaging alien beastie that roared to life after the first commercial break. As it waddles unperturbed through downtown Tokyo taking bites out of the scenery, you lay there paralyzed with an existential crisis. You're also paralyzed because everything below your rib cage is paste, but it's mostly the existential crisis.


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Topless Robot LIVE Official Podcast #1 - On Anime, Ascension and Inclusive Casting

Friday, February 13, 2015 at 9:00 am

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if you're wondering why this is "#1," the last one was technically #0. This is the first that will be on iTunes, maybe even by the time you read this. Our guests this week are Peter Paras and Greg Jones Jr., and we discuss Kingsman, Jupiter Ascending, whitewashing vs. color-blind casting, what properties we'd actually LIKE to see remade/rebooted, and as always, answer your questions and comments. If you'd like us to answer yours on the next episode (in two weeks) leave them below.

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The 11 Biggest Mistakes In Robotech's History

Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 5:00 am

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With its 30th anniversary right around the corner, and talk of a live-action adaptation surfacing again, Robotech's continued popularity is increasingly difficult to explain. Very much a product of its era, the Robotech franchise is outdated and unnecessary today: fans now have easy access to three shows originally used to create the series (Macross, Southern Cross and MOSPEADA), so why bother with the edited version? Today, the Robotech narrative seems to be one more of successive failures and missteps, rather than multi-generational intergalactic war. Harmony Gold, the company behind Robotech, is persistent in its attempts to maintain and promote the series with new sequels and merchandise. To the dismay of fans, these efforts almost always transform any initial optimism into disappointment.


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