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The Nine Hells of Anime Episode 62: Garden of Words

On rainy days, a student and an adult meet underneath a park gazebo to escape the troubles of their real lives. While they initially find comfort in conversation, their relationship becomes strained as they learn more about each other’s circumstances.

Taking a step away from the mediocrity of Children Who Chase Lost Voices, director Makoto Shinkai draws elements from the romances of his more successful distance trilogy in order to shore up Garden of Words. Has he learned anything from the experience or will Garden of Words simply become the fourth distance film?

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The Nine Hells of Anime Episode 61: Kyousougiga

Kyousougiga is a very strange tale loosely based off Alice in Wonderland that follows a peculiar family in its trials and tribulations in a techno-magical version of Kyoto. In their musings, conflicts, and interactions with an interdimensional traveler named Koto, these siblings must come to terms with their own life desires and the transgressions of their parents. At the time of its release, Kyousougiga may have been overshadowed by Kill la Kill, but its distinct visuals made it one of the more notable anime of Fall 2013.

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The Nine Hells of Anime Episode 60: Kill la Kill

Cutie Honey meets Gurren Lagann as Studio Trigger explodes onto the television anime scene with the fan favorite Kill la Kill, which has even inspired the usual round of talk about saving anime with its combination of kickass music, charismatic eyebrows, and pink-haired meme machines. But does this high profile show live up to the hype or do its superpowered costumes come apart at the seams?

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The Nine Hells of Anime Episode 59: Gunpla Builders Beginning G

Fino and Ace use this glorified plastic model commercial as an excuse to reminisce about the old and new of Gundam. While Gunpla Builders Beginning G amounts to little more than a warmup for the far superior Gundam Build Fighters, it does deserve credit for being the origin of the world’s most dangerous Mobile Suit: The Bearguy.

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The Nine Hells of Anime Episode 58: Arpeggio of Blue Steel

Humankind comes under attack by seaworthy CG waifu boats and with civilization on the brink of collapse, it’s up to a boy and a rogue waifu submarine to save the world from the forces of these Vocaloid sailors.

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I also covered this show on Anime Elimination.

The Nine Hells of Anime Episode 57: Noucome

Also known by the far lengthier title of My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy, Noucome is the story of a boy plagued with random, preposterous visual novel style choices. Just when he thought he’d be stuck choosing between reading porno mags in the park and smelling them deeply, he’s given a chance to rid himself of this curse. The catch? The cure is just as bad as the disease.

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