Anime Madness Begins! 6 Down, 43 To Go

0 comments // in Anime Madness Articles // August 11, 2013 // Posted by Alexander Smolinski

The First Annual Summer 2013 Anime Madness Tournament is officially under way as the results for six of the 18 first round match-ups are now available! The first round will take place through week 7 of the season (Saturday August 24th) and will see the number of anime eligible for the title decrease from 50 to 32.

Automatic Winners (Bye Week) for the first round are:  Monogatari, High School DxD, Sunday Without God, Senyu, Saint Seiya Omega, Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live, Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS, Gifu Dodo!!, Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA, Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen, Toriko, The Eccentric Family, Tamayura: More Agressive, Makai Ouiji: Devils and Realist.

First Round: Matches 1 – 6 of 18
Mushibugyo Defeats Hyper Dimension Neptunia:
Mushibugyo Episode 18 - Time's Up! The Insect Magistrate's Office Arrives!
This was a very difficult decision for me. Hyperdimension Neptunia is drawn better, has better bad guys, and has considerably more sexy girls getting molested by tentacles.. so you would think that I would pick it, but it just seemed to be missing something this week. Plus, Tsukishima Jinbei finally almost got to first base this week (unbeknownst to him), and I’m really excited to see where that is headed. Mushibugyo moves on to the second round to challenge Monogatari!
Naruto Shippuden Defeats Kingdom 2:
Naruto Shippuden
Man, this wasn’t even close. Kingdom 2 is probably the most boring meant-for-boys anime that I have seen so far this season. There are horses and bows and arrows and tons of characters that nobody relates to or cares about. That’s about the gist of that show. Meanwhile, Naruto Shippuden is the most intense that it has ever been in the history of the 544-episode franchise. The illustration has been movie theater quality as of late and the plot feels like it is finally (somewhat) nearing a grand conclusion. Naruto awaits the winner of Genshiken and Stella Women’s Academy!
Danganronpa Defeats A Town Where You Live:
Danganronpa: The Animation Episode - 6 - Sub (Not) Normal Arc: Return of the New Century Galaxy Legend! O Armored Hero, Stand upon the Earth!
Also a fairly easy decision. A Town Where You Live is not awful, but it does seem to be moving at a pretty slow pace. It also doesn’t help that I am clearly not the target demographic for this series haha. Meanwhile Danganronpa blows my mind every time I watch it and could be well on its way to a Final Four appearance if it keeps up the momentum it currently has. Danganronpa is unique and unpredictable, but will it have what it takes to knock off Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS in the next round?
Hunter X Hunter Defeats Dog & Scissors:
Hunter x Hunter Episode 92 - One Wish x And x Two Promises
A unfortunate first round matchup with Hunter x Hunter has Dog & Scissors headed home early in this Summer 2013 Anime Madness Tournament. I don’t pick the way the brackets are set up! You can blame www.random.org for that. Anyways, the dog is cute and all, but Hunter X Hunter is moving on. This week wasn’t Hunter x Hunter’s best – probably the least amount of Gon or Kilua in a single episode since the characters were introduced. They will have to clean up their act if they want to survive next week against Pretty Rhythym: Rainbow Live.
WataMote Defeats Teekyu:
WATAMOTE ~No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys Fault I’m Not Popular!~ Since I'm Not Popular, I'll Boost My Skills
It is going to take a LOT from one anime to knock off WataMote in this tournament. Kuroki is my future wife. I don’t care if she’s 14 or if she isn’t really IRL, I will marry that cartoon girl. Teekyu is short and funny, so needless to say I can relate to the series (Ba-Zing!). However, WataMote is about an awkward, perverted 14-year-old girl with no friends or social skills, so it could more or less be my autobiography. AND they made fun of Akira this week (see above photo) – brilliant. WataMote will try to make its way to the Sweet 16 next round when it faces off against Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA!
Blood Lad Defeats Majestic Prince:
Blood Lad Episode 5 – Unidentified Demon Object
This was a somewhat difficult decision, as I’ve grown pretty fond of the gang from Majestic Prince, but in the end Blood Lad is the better series at the moment. It also didn’t help Majestic Prince that this week’s episode of Blood Lad was the best yet.. Staz Charlie Blood’s hidden powers have finally been reawakened! Blood Lad has arguably the best protagonist, supporting cast and sense of humor amongst all currently running series. Check back next week to find out if it will be facing KINMOZA! or Futari wa Milky Holmes in the second round!
Here is a look at the bracket so far:
Summer 2013 Anime Madness Tournament Bracket

Hunter x Hunter Episode 92 – One Wish x And x Two Promises

0 comments // in Articles Photos Simulcast Video // August 10, 2013 // Posted by Alexander Smolinski

Colt surrendered to the humans seeking medical attention for the queen, but can the human doctors really do anything to save her? Find out on the latest episode of Hunter x Hunter over on Crunchyroll!

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Attack on Titan Episode 18 – Forest of Giant Trees – 57th Expedition Beyond the Walls (2)

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I honestly think that that was the best episode of Attack on Titan that has come out yet! Totally blown away.. Look at the photos from this week’s episode below and tell me that you don’t want to run over to Crunchyroll and watch it. Nope, I still don’t believe you. Go watch it!

One Piece Episode 607 – A Fierce Battle Gets Heated! Luffy vs. Caesar!

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This week, One Piece gets serious with episode 607, “A Fierce Battle Gets Heated! Luffy vs. Caesar!”. You can catch the newest episodes every Saturday at 7pm PST at One Piece Official.

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This is the episode I’ve been waiting for for quite some time, watch as Luffy and Caesar really go at it:

Cardfight!! Vanguard Link Joker Episode 135 – Daiyusha Falls

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You know, when I watch this show I can’t help but wish that instead of trading cards, they were fighting Pokemon, and instead of Aichi Sendou, the protagonist was Ash Ketchum. And instead of “Cardfight!! Vanguard Link Joker”, it was called “Pokemon”. But I digress. This show is still pretty good.. even if Pikachu and Charizard aren’t TECHNICALLY in it. Check out episode 135 on Crunchyroll!

Folktales from Japan Episode 71 – The Tree in the Pot / Princess Kaguya / The Monk and the Fox

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Another three-for-one episode of Folktales from Japan just went up on Crunchyroll! This was one of the better collections that I have seen from them.. I kind of want to take this quote from Princess Kaguya and have it written on my tombstone:

Folktales from Japan - Alex Grave Quote

It’s a lot to ask, but when I’m gone I want you all to think of me. Every single time you see the moon. I’m talking multiple times per night. Anyways go check it out :) .

Genshiken Second Season Episode 6 – Shout “Moe!” Beyond the Event Horizon

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“Shout “Moe!” Beyond the Event Horizon”, the newest episode of Genshiken, available over on Crunchyroll, actually made me laugh pretty hard this week. Lot’s of girls apologizing to frightened guys that are running away from them. If you’ve got 20 minutes, go take a look!

Day Break Illusion Episode 6 – To the Ends with the Star

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I love the Astronomy theme of this show! In the newest episode of Day Break Illusion, the girls are trying to innocently learn about space, when as per usual something INSANELY CREEPY comes and attacks them. This show honestly might win the award this season for most demented antagonists.. and that’s saying a lot! Take a look on Crunchyroll.

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