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Jan. 5th, 2016

Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace

Nothing excites middle-schooler Kobayashi anymore. Except for his friend Hashiba, all other people are the same to him. His dull life became exciting when he woke up holding a weapon and found his homeroom teacher dismembered in the classroom. The investigators suspected him but Kobayashi was more than willing to cooperate. He was even cheerful about being part of a murder. Finally, his life was exciting. All he had to do after all was find the real murderer.
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Akagami no Shirayuki-hime

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime is a different take of the Snow White story (the series title in English is Snow White with the Red Hair). However, Shirayuki is nothing like the Snow White most of us are familiar with in pop culture. She's independent, resourceful, and smart. Despite her skills as an apothecary, her bright, red locks draws different reactions from people. The prince of her hometown Tanbarun for one wants her to be his concubine because he likes her hair. She refused Prince's Raji's offer and fled the kingdom after she cut her hair. Escaping the prince isn't easy however. When she thought she was far away enough, one of Raji's agents found her.
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One Punch Man

Saitama is no ordinary hero. In fact he looks too much like an ordinary guy and not a hero. But don't let his plain features, slightly embarrassing costume and bored expression get you into thinking that this is just another series where a regular guy goes on an adventure to become the strongest fighter. Quite the opposite. Saitama is too strong for his opponents. So far, he has defeated all the monsters and villains that he has encountered with just one punch. Yes, just one super powerful punch, hence the title of the series.
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Death Parade

At the bar called Quindecim, the customers are not the usual guests. Its bartender, the arbiter Decim, invites two souls to play death games and draw out their true character. During these games, the souls are placed in impossible situations that push them to the edge. How they act will be the basis of the arbiter's judgment.
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Nov. 24th, 2015

Junjou Romantica Season 3

This 12-episode series is the long-awaited third installment of Junjou Romantica. Takahashi Misaki has been living at Usami Akihiko's apartment for three years. He is reminded that his time with his lover will soon come to an end when people start asking him about his future plans. Misaki needs to find a job soon. Usami of course is more than willing to let him stay even after he graduates, but Misaki hasn't made his decision yet.

While lost in thought, Misaki loses a merchandise from his favorite manga series. Toudou Shinnosuke picks it up and asks Misaki if he's also a fan of Ijuuin Kyou's work. The two become instant friends and later went to an autograph signing session to meet the author. Ijuuin recognized Misaki and thanks him for encouraging him when he was down (episode twelve of season two). Ijuuin and Misaki had more encounters after that, making Usami uncomfortable. He chides Misaki for saying "I love you" to Ijuuin too much. It might give Ijuuin ideas.
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Yami Shibai 1st and 2nd Seasons

Cover for the first season of Yami Shibai

Cover for the second season of Yami Shibai

This picture drama masterpiece of Japanese urban legends mimics the technique used in storytelling called kamishibai. This technique uses figures made of paper to tell stories. Each of the thirteen short features begin with a man in a yellow mask beckoning the children to listen to the stories.
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Known as the All Hanshin Kyojin at school, Koizumi Risa and Otani Atsushi are always at each other's throats. When Koizumi falls in love with a new classmate (Suzuki Ryoji) however, Otani proposed an alliance to help her. In return, Otani wants Koizumi's help to get her friend (Tanaka Chiharu) to notice him. But they both failed when Suzuki and Tanaka paid more attention to each other instead. Koizumi and Otani both give up and soon after Suzuki and Tanaka started going out.

Koizumi and Otani then challenged each other to get a boyfriend/girlfriend. But it seems that they enjoy the same things together and so Koizumi starts to wonder. She begins to look at Otani in a different light, but would their differences be so difficult to overlook especially with Otani's personality?
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Kimi ni Todoke Seasons 1 and 2

Cover for season one

The extremely timid Kuronuma Sawako wants to make friends but she is easily misunderstood because of the rumors about her. Nicknamed Sadako (from the Ring), her schoolmates believe she brings bad luck and therefore people avoid her.
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Kuroko no Basket Season 3

In this third installment of Kuroko no Basket, Seirin High is enjoying its win over Yousen High. They did an interview for Basketball Monthly and received well-deserved attention from basketball fans. But their journey is far from over. With a few teams left in the Winter Cup, the competition is getting tougher.

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Nov. 23rd, 2015


The minor war god Yato wants to have a shrine of his own, but he's a forgotten deity and dirt poor as well. He's saving up to build a temple through his delivery and wish granting services for five Yen. Yato's shinki leaves him however to seek someone better. A shinki is a divine weapon which the gods use to defeat ayakashi, emotional fragments that can possess people. Not only is Yato homeless and poor now, he's also weaponless.
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