Thursday, 15 October 2009 19:17

Spice & Wolf II (TV, 2009)

Overview


Travelling companions. Last year I had the chance to bring you the review on one of the more original storylines I've seen in the last decade or so, Spice & Wolf. At the time, I mentioned that the TV series was based on a series of light novels by author Isuna Hasekura, and had been under the impression that the novel's run was finished. As it turns out, though, the series is ongoing – and is up to twelve volumes as of this review. As I said, Okami to Koshinryo has proven to be wildly popular in Japan and also here in the states, spawning both a manga and of course the first TV season. The good news is, Lawrence and Horo are back this season for another round, this time with a new animation studio, Brain's Base.

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Thursday, 15 October 2009 13:45

That'sa Spicy Wulfie!

This time we're revisiting some old friends as I take a look at the second season of Spice & Wolf. Horo's back, and of course she's still teasing along her favorite chew toy Lawrence Craft as they make their way northward. Come hit the road with them and see what sort of trouble they get into this time!

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Friday, 09 October 2009 20:07

Pandora Hearts (TV, 2009)

Overview


She looks lonely...  I'd be glad to keep her company... One of the things that's always sure to get my attention, at least enough for a first look, is just about any take on the realm and mythos of Alice in Wonderland. Now, I'm not talking about the Disneyland fantastic voyage type of Wonderland, though to be fair looking back on THAT movie now as an adult you can pick out certain… tendrils of the sort of Wonderland I enjoy. No no no… When I say Alice in Wonderland, I'm referring more to the darker, American McGee's Alice type of Wonderland, or the Wonderland of Zenescape's comic universe. The truly twisted, foul and menacing place of former dreams and innocence lost to maturity. The place where everybody's madness – or even sanity – waits, patiently, for the day when you'll revisit it. Imagination is a strange and wonderful thing, but somewhere along the line, we fooled ourselves into believing only good comes out of the mind's playground. Pandora Hearts is a series that borrows some of the darker Wonderland's world, and spins it out in a new way.

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Thursday, 08 October 2009 19:42

Canaan (TV, 2009)

Overview


Go for Action Synethesia is a classification for a neural phenomenon in which two or more senses are linked. For instance, somebody seeing a tree might hear a particular note or tone in their head at the same time, or when they see a written number they might involuntarily see it as a given color. There's a number of different medically recognized forms of synethesia. So, what does this have to do with Canaan, the series that I'll be taking a look at to day? Well, the titular character, Canaan, is a synesthete. Her particular form of the condition grants her ability to see intent and emotion as an aura of color. And what's any good little girl with the capability to read people like a book just by looking at them to do but become a full-fledged mercenary?

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Thursday, 08 October 2009 13:55

Canaan Fire

What happens when you take a girl that has the ability to see emotion and intent as a person's colored aura, and teach her how to kill practically before she's out of diapers? If you're lucky, you get committed to an asylum before being dumb enough to unleash the wraith of a woman scorned on the world, but if not, you get Canaan, the titular character of the series I'm reviewing this time… err, Canaan. Join her on a little tour of just how dark and nasty the world can really be, and see if Canaan is worth you taking a look at. At least there's some huge meat buns to be had…

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Thursday, 08 October 2009 07:02

Valkyria Chronicles (TV, 2009)

Overview


Yeah, that was my reaction too.I think that I've mentioned a few times in a couple of game reviews that I rather enjoy the whole World War II era story world. I'm a big fan of the classic Call of Duty series – which is not to say that CoD4 didn't kick ass and that MC2 won't kick even more. But I've always found there to just be something better about World War I and II than today's conflicts. Valkyria Chronicles is a Strategy RPG game that was released for the Playstation 3 late last year, and earlier this spring it made the jump to an anime format. It's billed as an alternate universe take on World War II – the European portion of it, at least - but of course this being an anime it's not at all as simple as that.

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Wednesday, 07 October 2009 21:40

Mmm… Crunchyroll…

Just wanted to to mention that Dragon's Anime has partnered up with Crunchyroll.com, a great destination online for you to go see legally subbed anime online for free, not to mention participate in a cool community of fellow anime and manga nuts. This particular promotion brings you the hit series Eureka 7, but that's not all they've got in store for you if you want to pay them a little visit. Drop in and have a look around folks, it's a awesome little destination online for the anime and manga fan!

Published in Anime Industry
Monday, 20 April 2009 00:05

Finally...the harem anime rant is done!

Vae Victus! Suffering to the Conquered! I'm pleased to report the long promised Harem Anime Rant is finally done.

But who is conquered? Or are we all just suffering? Maybe someone will be able to tell me after it's read.

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Friday, 03 April 2009 16:24

Tytania review from Anyaku

A little treat for all our readers, we have a new article from Anyaku in the form of a review for the anime Tytania. An interesting little space opera apprently, and given this review, I may well give it another try.

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Friday, 03 April 2009 16:12

Tytania (TV, 2008)

Review

This reviewer just finished the TV anime series Tytania. I watched the HQ release as fansubbed by ANBU and posted for torrenting. The series is based on novels published in Japan, not generally available outside Japan. I had no access to the novels, and my review is based entirely on the content of the torrented material.

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