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ANime ONline Episode 16: Akagi

To ring in the new year, we have Episode 16. I know, it’s already the 9th (or the 10th depending on where you live), but that doesn’t matter. The first episode of 2009 contains the usual news and a review of the anime that centers on mahjong, Akagi.


– Daisuke ^_^

Episode 16:
Direct Download: Episode 16

Show Notes:

Opening Theme: Akagi Opening Theme: “Nantoka Nare” by Furuido


Batman: Gotham Knight Picks Up Two Annie Nominations –

New La Corda D’Oro TV Anime in March Reportedly Leaked –

Toei Plans US$55-Million Digital Revamp of Tokyo Studio –$55-million-digital-revamp-of-tokyo-studio

Gatchaman Voice Actor Mikio Terashima Passes Away –

CLAMP’s Kobato Manga Gets TV Anime Next Fall –

Japan’s Killing Suspect Says He Is a Precure, Kitarō Fan –

Tsumiki no Ie, Piano Forest, Kaiba Win Media Arts Awards –

Phantom Visual Novel Gets Manga from Nitroplus –

Duel Masters Cross Film to Open in Japan in Fall 2009 –

Bandai Entertainment Gets Kurokami Anime –

Amazon Canada Lists CLAMP’s Mangettes: Gate 7 in August –

Peach-Pit Puts 3 Manga on Hold Due to Hospitalization –

Universal Signs Deal for Proposed Bakugan Film –

Upper Deck Disputes End of Yu-Gi-Oh! Deal with Konami –

Viz to Distribute Anime through Warner, iTunes Canada –

Virginia Man’s 20-Year Sentence for Anime Child Porn Upheld –

2008’s Top-Selling DVDs in Japan (Overall) –

Funimation Adds Ikki Tousen Anime, Beta Video Portal –

Funimation Adds Gad Guard Robot Adventure Anime –

FUNimation Adds Slayers Revolution, Evolution-R Fantasy Sequels –

FUNimation to Distribute Gungrave Anime for Geneon –

2009 One Piece Movie to Mark Anime’s 10th Anniversary –

Sunrise Plans for Gundam Anime’s 30th Anniversary –

During our break, promos for both the weeaboobies* podcast and Spiraken Manga Review podcast were played. We were lazy, but actually playing 2 promos was more work for us… also these two promos kind of contrast to each other.

Anime Under Review: Akagi

Sven’s Rating: B+         Daisuke: D

Summary: “One stormy night, Nangou is playing a game of Mahjong with the local yakuza. Soon, he finds himself on a losing streak. If Nangou loses, he will have to pay with his life. Suddenly, a young teenaged boy, Akagi Shigeru, barges in, drenched from the rain. After watching a couple of games, he offers to replace the struggling Nangou. At that moment, a new legend was born.” –
Trailer: Akagi OP

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ANime ONline Episode 14: Over Drive

Hey, this has to be some kind of record for us doing and releasing an episode all in the same day. I guess it really helps when you don’t edit and just let things literally fly.

Hope you guys enjoy,  

– Sven ^_^

Episode 14:
Direct Download: Episode 14

Show Notes:

Opening Theme: Over Drive Opening Theme – “WINDER ~Boku wa Koko ni Iru~” by Shonen Kamikaze


2nd Death Note Film to Run in Canadian Theaters –

DiCaprio is Producing Akira, Ninja Scroll, Not Acting in Them –

Live-Action Dragonball Pushed Up to April 8 in U.S. –

Valkyria Chronicles Game to Get TV Anime Next Spring –

0th Episode of 2nd Hayate Season to Ship on DVD –

Game-Inspired Heart no Kuni no Alice OVA Delayed –

Viz to Stream Naruto on Within 1 Week of Japanese Airing –

Libraries Offer Manga Ent. Titles for Digital Borrowing –

Japan’s Jump Festa to Preview Dragonball Film Footage –

Broccoli Books to Update Titles’ Status Before Closing –

Spielberg, Smith Reportedly Adapting Old Boy Manga Itself –

Cease & Desist Letters for Eva: 1.0, Soul Eater Fansubs –

AIC Agrees to Live-Action Bubblegum Crisis Proposal –

Maria Watches Over Us in 3D in New Year’s Eve Show –

3rd Seiyū Awards to Set Up Foreign Fan Award Category –

Japan’s Lack of Laws on Virtual Child Porn Criticized –

Oshii’s Live-Action Kill Film Gets Samurai Sword Manga –

Modern Artist Murakami to Open Animation Studio in LA –

During our break, a promo was played for the The Anime Roundtable podcast. Head on over for an intellectual peak into all things Japanese over a cup of coffee.

Anime Under Review: Over Drive

Sven: A         Daisuke: A+

Summary: “Shinozaki Mikoto is a student who’s life is really routine. Going to school, going home, going to school, going home…nothing changes….until the day the girl he likes talks to him and introduces him to bicycling. His life now has a new meaning, and a bright path has shown itself to Shinozaki. Experiencing both failure and success throughout his training, he works hard to become the best cyclist in the world.” –
Trailer: Over Drive OP

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ANime ONline Episode 12: Bus Gamer

So guys, here is episode 12, an even episode so that means news and a review of Bus Gamer.

Episode 12:
Direct Download: Episode 12

Hope you enjoy ^_^

– Sven

Show Notes:

Opening Theme: Bus Gamer Opening Theme – “No Name” by Team AAA


Hellsing Manga Ends as Hirano Plans New Work Next Year –

Tetsujin 28, Samurai 7 Get Adapted as Stage Plays –

Evangelion 2.0 Film Set for Early Summer of 2009 –

Red Garden, NHK to End in Boxes, Not Single DVDs –

Anime for Sengoku Basara Action Games Confirmed for 2009 –

UNICEF Japan Continues Push against Virtual Child Porn –

Japanese Parliament Hosts Rival Adult Anime Petitions –

U.S. Copyright Law That Allows Equipment Seizures Signed –

Oshii Develops, Writes Musashi Miyamoto Samurai Film –

Funimation Confirms Shikabane Hime: AKA Acquisition –

Onegai Anime Fans Raise Y120,000 for Real Lake Locale –

Death Note, DMC’s Actor Matsuyama Gets APN Award –

Bandai Networks To Sell Bleach Guitars in Japan –

3 Arrested for Stealing Dragon Ball Vending Machine –

FUNimation Sues CA Retail Sites over Alleged Bootlegs –

New Dragon Ball, Tegami Bachi Anime to Be Streamed –

During our break, a promo was played for the weeaboobies* anime podcast. Check it out, because they give a feminine touch to the anime podcast world which is otherwise a sausage fest domain.  

Anime Under Review: Bus Gamer

Sven: C         Daisuke: B

Summary: “When three complete strangers, Mishiba Toki, Nakajyo Nobuto and Saitoh Kazuo, are hired by a corporation to compete in the Bus Game, an illegal dog-fight conducted in strict secrecy, they are given the team code of “Team AAA” (Triple Anonymous). This group of three who differ entirely from their living environments to their personalities have to work together effectively, but without mutually wiping out their mistrust of each other or prying into each other’s privacy. They only have one point in common – each of them need a large amount of money for their individual circumstances. To get the money, they must play in the game despite their very own lives being at stake.” –
Trailer: Bus Gamer OP

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ANime ONline Episode 10: Loveless

Here is episode 10 featuring an anime known as “The loved ones” in Russia (yes it’s true). Also with it are highlights of the busy month of September in the form of news. We will delve into the new anime season in the next episode. In the meantime, look for an up-and-coming promo (and of course listen to this episode).

Episode 10:
Direct Download: Episode 10

Until next time, ja ne ^_^!

– Daisuke

Show Notes:

Opening Theme: Loveless Opening Theme – “Tsuki no Curse” by Okina Reika


Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s U.S. Premiere Date Set for September 13 –

Ponyo, Sky Crawlers Passed Over at Venice Film Fest –

Funimation Tallies 1/3rd of North American Anime Sales –

Adult Swim Shifts Bleach, Geass, Moribito Timeslots –

12-Hour Anime After Dark Film Fest at Boston in October –

Cartoon Network to End Toonami on September 20 –

Funimation Channel to Add Ouran Host Club to TV Lineup –

ADV Films Reveals Clannad Anime License –

New York Anime Festival Reports 18,399 Total Attendees –

Man Arrested for Threatening Voice Actress Online –

Anime Under Review: Loveless

Sven’s Rating: B+         Daisuke’s Rating: B

Summary: “Twelve-year old Aoyagi Ritsuka is left with his insane mother as his only family when his brother, Seimei, is killed suddenly. After moving to a new school, he meets Agatsuma Soubi, who claims to have known his brother. Ritsuka eventually discovers that Soubi and Seimei used to be a fighting pair, whereby Soubi was the “Fighter” and Seimei was the “Sacrifice”. Now that Seimei is gone, Ritsuka has inherited Soubi, who will become his “Fighter”. After learning that Seimei was killed by an organisation known as the “Seven Moons”, Ritsuka decides to investigate into his brother’s death, with the sometimes useless help of Soubi, along the way.” –
Trailer: Loveless Trailer (Note: This trailer is fan-made, but I believe it conveys the series pretty well. Also it’s a good AMV as well so all’s good :D).

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ANime ONline Episode 8: Futakoi Alternative

Our review this time around is of an anime that has a bit of everything, (including twins with guns and even a tentacle monster!!!) namely Futakoi Alternative. Also the big news of August are here as well.

Episode 8:
Direct Download: Episode 8

– Enjoy ^_^

Show Notes:

Opening Theme: Futakoi Alternative Opening Theme – “ぼくらの時間 (Bokura no Jikan)” by eufonius


Brazilian Team Wins 2008 World Cosplay Summit –

Fist of the North Star Manga Marks 25 Years with Wedding –

Naruto Manga Printed in 23 Nations, Anime Aired in 60+ –

Man Arrested for Threatening Japan’s Comike with Grenade –

Minami-ke Anime’s 3rd Season Reportedly Green-Lit –

Anime Under Review: Futakoi Alternative

Sven’s Rating: C+         Daisuke’s Rating: C-

Summary: “The Futaba Detective Agency, being run by Rentarou, who has taken over the family business, after his father’s death 3 weeks ago. Along w/ Sara & Souju, his live-in identical twin assistants. He ends up running afoul of the local Yakuza.” –
Trailer: Futakoi Alternative Trailer

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ANime ONline Episode 6: La Corda D’Oro ~primo passo~

Episode 6 includes our regular anime review (this time on romance dramedy La Corda D’Oro ~primo passo~) and our long overdue month in review, July for those of you wondering.

Episode 6:
Direct Download: Episode 6

Enjoy ^_^

– Daisuke

P.S. Sorry for the quality. This is our first attempt at a Skype episode (and hopefully our last).

Show Notes:

Opening Theme: La Corda D’Oro ~primo passo~ Opening Theme – “Brand New Breeze” by Kanon


Kodansha to Publish, Sell Manga in U.S. in September –

Judge Compares Anime File-Sharing to Stealing Bread –

2009 Doraemon Film Announced, Trailer Streamed –

Shugo Chara! Magical Girl Anime’s 2nd Year Green-Lit –

Research Team Names Protein After Pokémon’s Pikachu –

Bandai Entertainment Licenses Lucky Star Manga –

Second Death Note Special to Air on August 22 in Japan – 

Anime Under Review: La Corda D’Oro ~primo passo~

Sven’s Rating: B+         Daisuke’s Rating: B

Summary: “Hino goes to a school that specialises in music and has two streams: the normal stream and the music stream, where the music students are regarded as the more elite. She was running late for her class one day when she saw a tiny fairy, who seemed really excited that she could see it. The next day, the entrants in the music competition, who are decided by the school, are announced. Hino’s name appears on the list – except she doesn’t play an instrument. The fairy gives her a magical violin that can be played by anyone. Reluctantly, she enters into the competition and is forced to deal with the prejudices of her peers.” –
Trailer: La Corda D’Oro ~primo passo~ Trailer

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ANime ONline Episode 4: My-Hime

Here is our review of of an anime which contains action, drama, magic, and of course romance – My-Hime. Included is also a look back at last month’s biggest news articles.

Episode 4:
Direct Download: Episode 4

– Enjoy ^_^

Show Notes:

Opening Theme: My-Hime Opening Theme – “Shining Days” by Minami Kuribayashi


5th Major Baseball Anime Series to Debut Next January –

Vampire Knight’s 2nd Season to Air in Japan in October –

British Film Institute to Host 5cm Per Second’s Shinkai –

Street Fighter IV Game’s Anime Teaser Images Posted –

Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland Join CG Astro Boy Cast –

Tokyopop to Cut Manga Output in United Kingdom –

Vertigo Entertainment Developing U.S. Death Note Remake –

New My-Hime Project Begun in Japan –

Anime Under Review: My-Hime

Sven’s Rating: B+         Daisuke’s Rating: A

Summary: “Tokiha Mai and her sickly younger brother, Takumi, have received a scholarship to attend the prestigious Fuuka Academy. On the way, the ferry they are travelling on becomes the site of a destructive battle between two girls wielding apparently supernatural powers. This is only the beginning of their troubles, as Mai learns that she herself possesses these powers – the powers of a HiME.” –
Trailer: My-Hime Trailer

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