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Zombie Land Saga 2: Impromptu Rap Battle

As the girls adjust to life as a zombie, Kōtarō provides more idol work for them in this episode; the venue this time around is the Shachi-no-Mon Public…

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Galaxy Express 999 Episode 5: Melancholy on Pluto

As Tetsuro and Maetal continue their journey, they reach the final destination of their home solar system, the frigid dwarf planet Pluto; Maetal provides some key information by…

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GeGeGe no Kitaro (2018) Episode 2: Attack of the Miage-Nyudo

As mentioned in my commentary for episode one, GeGeGe no Kitaro happens to be a fairly old work, with its origins stemming from the kamishibai tradition of storytelling;…

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Mobile Suit Gundam Episode 1: Attack on Side 7

During the 1970s, Super Robot productions such as Mazinger Z and Getter Robo proved popular on television – this subgenre of mecha focused primarily on stories of alien…

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The Ambition of Oda Nobuna Episode 2: Loyalty During a Time of War

The first episode established the general tone of The Ambition of Oda Nobuna, introducing the two key figures of Oda Nobuna (based upon the historical Nobunaga) and Sagara…

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Yu Yu Hakusho Episode 2: A Bureaucratic Underworld

Episode one of Yu Yu Hakusho introduced the protagonist Yusuke Urameshi, who unexpectedly dies after being struck by a car while saving a child; now a spirit, Yusuke…

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Mobile Fighter G Gundam Episode 1: Let the Gundam Fights Begin

During the 1990s, three Gundam programs with their own unique non-Universal Century timelines debuted – G Gundam, Gundam Wing and Gundam X. The first of these, G Gundam,…

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UPA Shorts, 1944-1950

In 1941, an animators’ strike at Disney emerged from discontent with Walt Disney’s business practices; although the company enjoyed the best pay and benefits in the American animation…

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Slayers Episode 1: High Fantasy Shenanigans

  Slayers is an iconic ’90s high fantasy anime, based on a light novel series by Hajime Kanzaka and Rui Araizumi, which began serialization in Dragon Magazine in…

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Mushi-shi Episode 1: A World of Mushi

Japanese folklore abounds with encounters with the unusual – numerous tales of humans meeting yōkai, specters and other beings can be found throughout literature from Japan, from the…

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GeGeGe no Kitaro (2018) Episode 1: Yokai in Modern Times

  GeGeGe no Kitaro happens to be an older manga, with its origins in the kamishibai tradition – between 1933 and 1935, the kamishibai storyteller Masami Itō traveled…

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