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Let’s Watch TAKT OP.DESTINY: Episode 9

Takt, Destiny, and Anna travel to New York where they learn of secrets, conspiracy, and tasty pastries.

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The Frontline Report [11/29/21]

This week, The Heike Story comes to an end. Plus: please watch Ranking of Kings.

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Let’s Watch TAKT OP.DESTINY: Episode 8

This week: Takt gets beaten within an inch of his life as Destiny and Hell battle in the forest.

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The Manga Shelf: Down and Tapped Out in WIZARD’S SOUL ~HOLY WAR OF LOVE~

Wizard’s Soul deals a full hand of emotional dysfunction in the guise of a romcom / card game manga.

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Let’s Watch TAKT OP.DESTINY: Episode 7

This week, Takt struggles with his first original composition, and the secret motives of the D2s are revealed!

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The Frontline Report [11/15/21]

This week: Mieruko-chan picks up steam and Rumble Garanndoll gets political. Yes, really.

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Let’s Watch TAKT OP.DESTINY: Episode 6

In Sunrise -Rooster-, its sixth episode, Takt and Destiny contemplate the meaning of music as they make their way through New Orleans.

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The Manga Shelf: Paperback Love in MARIA KODAMA LITERARY CORPUS

Kodama Maria Bungaku Shuusei is an unconventional school life romcom that focuses on the sole two members of a high school literature club.

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Let’s Watch TAKT OP.DESTINY: Episode 5

This week; three new characters join the adventure as Takt, Destiny, and Anna are strong-armed into a train ride on their way to New Orleans.

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The Frontline Report [10/31/21]

This week; things get komplicated in Komi Can’t Communicate. Plus: does Rumble Garanndoll know what it’s doing?

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Seasonal(???) First Impressions: HIGH GUARDIAN SPICE is Finally Here, But is it Too Late?

The long-delayed Crunchyroll Original fantasy series is finally here, but does its very origin mean it’s already dead in the water?

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Let’s Watch TAKT OP.DESTINY: Episode 4

takt op.Destiny’s 4th episode, “Let the Performance Begin -Showtime-“, is a perfect slice of traveler story goodness featuring monster-thrashing, introspection, and a scummy landl…

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The Frontline Report [10/24/21]

This week; mostly just Mieruko-chan to be quite honest.

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Magic Planet Monthly Movies: Is There Life After Death for ALICE IN DEADLY SCHOOL?

The 40-minute dark horse Gekidol OVA is a surprisingly intense examination of how we deal with loss, and carry on for those left behind.

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Let’s Watch TAKT OP.DESTINY: Episode 3

In its third episode, “Awakening -Journey”, takt op.Destiny reveals some secrets of the Musicarts, but raises just as many new questions.

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The Frontline Report [10/14/21]

This week on the Frontline Report: thoughts on Heike Monogatari, Rumble Garanndoll, Platinum End, and more.

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Seasonal First Impressions: The Beautiful Bloom of KOMI CAN’T COMMUNICATE

Komi Can’t Communicate stands as the second truly essential anime of the fall 2021 season, a beautifully warm portrait of young love.

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Let’s Watch TAKT OP.DESTINY: Episode 2

takt op.Destiny’s second episode takes us back to the show’s past, but is this early side trip earned or just a diversion?

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Seasonal First Impressions: Let’s Get Ready to RUMBLE GARANNDOLL

Rumble Garanndoll is more than just a pile of references to other anime, but how MUCH more? Find out here.

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The Frontline Report [10/10/21]

This week; thoughts on The Heike Story and premieres, premieres, premieres.

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Seasonal First Impressions: BUILD DIVIDE: CODE BLACK Deals its First Hand Face-Down

Build Divide: Code Black is the rare card game anime not relegated to kids’ show status, but is it actually any good?

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Seasonal First Impressions: PLATINUM END Makes Moral Bankruptcy Fun!

Platinum End is a dark, over-the-top festival of camp and edginess. Should you watch it anyway? Find out here.

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Seasonal First Impressions: Going Way, Way Down in SAKUGAN

This post-apocalyptic underground sci-fi adventure might be more than it initially seems.

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Seasonal First Impressions: TAKT OP.DESTINY is The Season’s First Must-Watch

takt op.Destiny opens with a triumphant, soaring symphony of a premiere. The season’s first must-watch has arrived.

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Seasonal First Impressions: Spooky Season is Here, and So is MIERUKO-CHAN

She’s cute, they’re spooky, you won’t believe what happens next! Is Mieruko-chan worth picking up? Find out here.

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Seasonal Impressions: Romance and Rocket Ships in IRINA: THE VAMPIRE COSMONAUT

Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut is a tale of romance, spaceflight, and vampires (oh my!) But is it worth your time?

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The Frontline Report [10/3/21]

This week: thoughts on the Heike Story, farewells to Sonny Boy & Dragon Maid, and the season gets off to a shrug of a start.

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Seasonal First Impressions: SELECTION PROJECT

Selection Project is Doga Kobo’s swing at the idol anime genre, but does it sing or is this a flunked audition?

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(PODCAST) KeyFrames Forgotten Episode 3 – WINDY TALES

On this month’s episode of KeyFrames Forgotten, we discuss the subtle merits of Production IG’s 2004 supernatural iyashikei series.

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The Frontline Report [9/26/21]

This week; the girls are alright. Final thoughts on Kageki Shoujo!!, Magia Record, Blue Reflection Ray. Plus Tropical Rouge Precure and The Detective is Already Dead.

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(REVIEW) The Door to The Common is Open: There’s a Light at the End of the Tunnel in BLUE REFLECTION RAY

As dawn breaks over a field of lilies, the world feels a little lighter. This is Blue Reflection Ray, a little show that could.

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(REVIEW) I Would’ve Written a Review, But THE DETECTIVE IS ALREADY DEAD

Maybe the real “The Detective is Already Dead” was the friends we made along the way.

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The Frontline Report [9/19/21]

This week: Heike Monogatari is struck with prophetic visions, Kageki Shoujo enters its tense final act, and the girls of Love Live Superstar put on a show.

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Magic Planet Monthly Movies: WORDS BUBBLE UP LIKE SODA POP is Simple Summer Sweetness

Sweet, simple, and summery, “Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop” hits all the right notes and goes down smooth.

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The Frontline Report [9/13/21]

This week: Dragon Maid flies, Sonny Boy confounds, and The Detective is invalidating the title of her own show.

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The Frontline Report [9/5/21]

More thoughts on Magia Record and Sonny Boy, and the final days of Blue Reflection Ray

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The Frontline Report [8/29/21]

This week on The Frontline Report: is Magia Record the best anime of the season? Plus: the subtle romance of Kageki Shoujo.

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(REVIEW) EVANGELION: 3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME

Once you were young, my son. But now you are grown, and I am so very proud of you.

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The Frontline Report [8/8/21]

This week: What’s up with Kageki Shoujo!!, seeing yourself in manga, and the best episode of Eureka Seven.

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Twenty Perfect Minutes: Eureka Seven Episode 48 – Ballet Mechanique

The third-to-last episode of Eureka Seven reasserts the series’ themes with a simple change in perspective.

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The Manga Shelf: Mirror, Thy Name is KINE-SAN NO 1-RI DE CINEMA

“Kine-San No 1-Ri De Cinema” stars a 30-something shut-in whose greatest passion is running her film blog….hey, wait a minute.

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The Frontline Report [8/1/21]

This week: MADOKA MAGICA IS BACK, BABY!! As well as thoughts on Sonny Boy, Blue Reflection Ray, and The Detective is Already Dead

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(REVIEW) The Web That Was and .hack//SIGN

The 2002 cyberpunk character study is very much of its time, but its story of found family over the internet is as relevant today as it was twenty…

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The Frontline Report [7/25/21]

Weekly thoughts on Blue Reflection Ray, Sonny Boy, and Kageki Shojo!!

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The Frontline Report [7/18/21]

This week on The Frontline Report: The Detective is Already Dead, The aquatope on white sands, final thoughts on Fate/Zero

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The Dream is Over – Brief Personal Reflections on THE AQUATOPE ON WHITE SAND

Hastily-scrawled musings on “the aquatope on white sand” and trading one dream for another.

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