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Amayo no Tsuki, Volume 2 ( 雨夜の月)

In Volume 1, we met Saki, a high school student who plays piano, and her classmate (and piano teacher’s daughter), Kanon, who is hard of hearing. Kanon is…

Okazu

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Visual Kei&Anime – An Cafe

Welcome back to Visual Kei&Anime! This time, we’re covering a group who has a very nostalgic image for me. They’re very much rooted in the old school ideas…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Kaginado Final Thoughts

Kaginado is filled to the brim with references, easter eggs, and humor related to the characters. It was like this anime was made only for true Key fans…

Advanced495's Anime Blog

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Kaginado First Impressions

As soon as Kaginado was getting an anime adaptation, I knew I had to catch up on Key anime. This is an anime made only for fans of…

Advanced495's Anime Blog

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Intolerance (2021) by Keisuke Yoshida

A father comes to terms with his daughter’s accidental death in this powerful examination of grief. When Kanon (Aoi Ito) is caught shoplifting at a local supermarket, she…

Japanese Film Reviews

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Musicophilia (ミュジコフィリア, Masaaki Taniguchi, 2021)

An embittered young man rediscovers the joy of music after bonding with a collection of experimental musicians in Masaaki Taniguchi’s gentle musical drama

Windows on Worlds

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Love Live Superstar: Ep 5 Impression

Kanon and Keke’s performance of Tiny Stars at the School Idol Festival has given them more recognition than they initially thought. Their participation at the festival was only…

The Himouto Life

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Love Live Superstar: Ep 4 Impression

Kanon’s arc has finally come to a close. The next step in her journey in recruiting members for the school idol club leads her to meeting Sumire Heanna.…

The Himouto Life

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No End to Doing What You Love – Analysis of Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 1 [Video Script]

The debut of Love Live! Superstar!! is a bright new start for a delightful franchise. One reason why that’s the case is Kanon. She’s our new main character…

Chase the Light! Reflections

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Love Live Superstar: Ep 3 Impression

The first three episodes of Love Live Superstar have been very telling in how much of a fight Kanon can put up when against the odds. Kanon has…

The Himouto Life

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Like sakura petals crushed underfoot: Or, overthinking Da Capo II’s anime

On the surface, and perhaps even with a bit of context, Da Capo appears to be a fairly “vanilla” galge series with a heavy emphasis on slice-of-life and…

Artificial Night Sky

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Real Character: Love Live! Superstar!!

In my estimation, Love Live! Superstar!! is the best Love Live! anime from a storytelling perspective. It doesn’t necessarily have my favorite characters, but what it brings is…

OGIUE MANIAX

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Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 12 [END] - Keke Fired Up

Keke celebrated the good news that her school had a bright financial future. Liella! helped! Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 12 [END].

Joeschmo's Gears and Grounds

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All Eyes On: Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter 45

So much of what I’ve been wanting and anticipating has finally hit in what is one of the most impactful chapters of Hashikko Ensemble yet. Summary At a…

OGIUE MANIAX

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Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 11 - Liella! Makes Love Live! Regional Finals

Liella! saw they had made the selection for the regional finals. Their dedication starts to pay off. Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 11.

Joeschmo's Gears and Grounds

Love Live! Superstar!! – Episode 12 (END) – Crisis Averted and The Unsurprising Regional Results

Episode impressions of Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 12 as Kanon finally gotten over her lingering anxiety issues, can she and her friends make it to nationals? The answer…

Chikorita157's Anime Blog

Love Live! Superstar!! – Episode 11 – Kanon and Overcoming Her Anxiety

Episode impressions of Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 11 as it’s obvious that Kanon and her friends make the cut. The headmistress apparently calls them to her office. I…

Chikorita157's Anime Blog

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First Impression: Kaginado

A familiar little girl wearing a sailor fuku with stuffed dango in hand walks into a planetarium, where she’s greeted by another familiar face, an android with blue…

Beneath the Tangles

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Interview: SAKUGAN Creative Staff and Cast

I spoke to director Junichi Wada, producer Takayuki Funahashi, mecha designer Stanislas Brunet, kaiju designer Shoji Kawamori, and Memempu's voice actress Kanon Amane about the new anime Sakugan.…

Biggest In Japan

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Interview: SAKUGAN Creative Staff and Cast

NN spoke to director Junichi Wada, producer Takayuki Funahashi, mecha designer Stanislas Brunet, kaiju designer Shoji Kawamori, and Memempu's voice actress Kanon Amane to get into the nuts…

Anime News Network - Views

Love Live! Superstar!! – Episode 10 – Sumire’s Center Dilemma

Episode impressions of Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 10 as Kanon and her friends figured out a name for their group, now comes the hard part. Yes, surviving preliminaries…

Chikorita157's Anime Blog

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Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 9 - Keke Photo Bombs Chisato Kanon

In an episode about entering the Love Live contest, it's fun that traditions like the photo bomb come back. Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 9.

Joeschmo's Gears and Grounds

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Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 8 - Keke Tako Hat

Chisato and Keke advertised the school festival using food, costumes, and wacky commercials. Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 8.

Joeschmo's Gears and Grounds

Love Live! Superstar!! – Episode 8 – The Secret Behind Ren’s Mother and School Idols

Episode impressions of Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 8 as Kanon and her friends finds out that Ren has money troubles that can affect the school, can they change…

Chikorita157's Anime Blog

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Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 7 - Keke Busts Through

Keke took immediate action after the big dog plushie she was petting barked and wanted to play. Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 7.

Joeschmo's Gears and Grounds

Love Live! Superstar!! – Episode 7 – Student Council President Drama and Truth about Ren

Episode impressions of Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 7 as Chisato changed sides or rather curriculums to become a school idol, there is still one looming threat. That is…

Chikorita157's Anime Blog

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Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 7: The Rengo Files

The preview hinted a seitokai election episode. While we did get that it wasn’t the main focus.

The Yuri Empire

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Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 6 - Keke Celebrates Sunny Passion

Sunny Passion's performance quickly recharged the energy level Keke lost in the southern island heat. Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 6.

Joeschmo's Gears and Grounds

Love Live! Superstar!! – Episode 6 – Chisato Proves Her Dancing

Episode impressions of Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 6 as Kanon struggles to create lyrics for the new song, Chisato feels uneasy before the competition.

Chikorita157's Anime Blog

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Love Live! Superstar!! Episode #06

Before she was an exceptional dancer, Chisato Arashi was once a weak girl where she’s being bullied by older kids. Yeah, I don’t like this!

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

Love Live! Superstar!! – Episode 5 – Fun on an Island

Episode impressions of Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 5 as Sumire joins the school idol club. Of course, Kanon and her friends find out that it’s too hot to…

Chikorita157's Anime Blog

Love Live! Superstar!! – Episode 5 – Fun on an Island

Episode impressions of Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 5 as Sumire joins the school idol club. Of course, Kanon and her friends find out that it’s too hot to…

Chikorita157's Anime Blog

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Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 5 - Keke Brain Freeze

Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 5. Keke suffered brain freeze when she tried to beat the summer heat with flavored shaved ice. Ouch!

Joeschmo's Gears and Grounds

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[Plum] Daiba Kanon 1/7 Figure

This is a review regarding Daiba Kanon 1/7 scale figure. This is by Plum which isn’t exactly a high end company but not the lowest end, either. It’s…

Akabasa

Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 4 - Keke Celebrates Kanon's Vote

Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 4. Sumire thought she would easily win a popularity contest to choose an idol group's center position. Wrong!

Joeschmo's Gears and Grounds

Love Live! Superstar!! – Episode 4 – Sumire’s Desperation To Become The Center

Episode impressions of Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 4 as Kanon and Keke didn’t win first place, to Hazuki’s horror, they get to open the club anyway.

Chikorita157's Anime Blog

Love Live! Superstar!! – Episode 4 – Sumire’s Desperation To Become The Center

Episode impressions of Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 4 as Kanon and Keke didn’t win first place, to Hazuki’s horror, they get to open the club anyway.

Chikorita157's Anime Blog

Love Live! Superstar!! – 04

「街角ギャラクシー☆彡」 (Machikado Gyarakushī☆彡) "Street Corner Galaxy☆彡" *ding ding* In this corner competing for the center is Heanna Sumire and in this other corner Shibuya Kanon. Galaxy!

Random Curiosity

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Love Live Superstar: Ep 2 Impression

After a fairly strong opening, it’s clear that Superstar wants to be able to stand out from the crowd. The different approach in its storytelling and the way…

Umaru blog

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Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 3 - Keke Wags Head

Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 3. Keke loved watching Kanon take orders and make takoyaki balls. Kanon still couldn't sing, but Keke got snacks.

Joeschmo's Gears and Grounds

Love Live! Superstar!! – Episode 3 – Kanon Overcomes Her Anxiety

Episode impressions of Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 3 as Kanon and Keke needs to pull off a good performance to win first place. Of course, they still face…

Chikorita157's Anime Blog

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Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 3: KeKaPalooza

With the first of two Olympic breaks done let’s resume Liella’s journey, yes.

The Yuri Empire

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Love Live! Superstar!! Episode #03

Oh boy, it appears that we’re supposed to hear Keke Tang’s reason for becoming a school idol, but Kanon Shibuya’s stage fright has kicked in yet again as…

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

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Kanon Indeed: Hashikko Ensemble, Chapter 42

Kozue commences a competition among the boys to do push-ups while singing The Chorus Appreciation Society bolsters its ranks, but not all is smooth sailing. Summary In a…

OGIUE MANIAX

Love Live! Superstar!! – Episode 2 – School Idols Not Allowed?

Episode impressions of Love Live! Superstar!! Episode 2 as Kanon now have her heart set on becoming a school idol, she wants to make it happen. Of course,…

Chikorita157's Anime Blog

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Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 2 - Chisato Loves Owl

Love Live! Superstar!! - Episode 2. Chisato loves Kanon's owl Manmaru. It's not clear if Manmaru reciprocates Chisato's affection.

Joeschmo's Gears and Grounds