Sunday, 27 June 2010 06:33

Angel Beats (TV, 2010)

Overview


Y'know, when you start seeing chibis of yourself fighting over the food, it might be time to get a new fridge. A few years ago, I entered the world of Key storytelling through a door named Clannad. An anime series based on a visual novel of the same name, it told the story of Tomoya Ozaki, a boy on the verge of adulthood who was looking forward to his senior year of high school as a well-known delinquent. Not a bad kid, Tomoya, though certainly he'd gotten into his fair share of trouble, often alongside his best friend Sunohara. There was something… uncertain about Tomoya, tenuous, as though he wasn't quite certain what to do with himself. At least, not until he met a girl about his age at the base of the hill leading up to the school, heard her ask a question to nobody in particular, and decided to answer her. It's funny how so small, so simple an exchange can be the difference in everything – and it's a concept that Key excels at exploring, so when I heard that the next Key series was going to be one more fantasy flavored, I noted the name – Angel Beats – down on my to watch list.

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Sunday, 27 June 2010 00:52

Angels Beating on Your Door

High school, oddly enough, is never a place that I ever really considered heaven material. It was fun, sure, but heaven? Well, I suppose there were all the girls walking around in short skirts and low-cut tops… they were certainly angelic at times… Errr, in any case, if you haven't guessed yet, this time around I'm taking a look at Angel Beats, VisualArt's/Key's newest entry into anime. Grab your helmet and flak jacket, cause it's a real warzone down there…

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Saturday, 19 June 2010 19:35

Summer 2010 Watch List

The Spring 2010 anime season is winding down, and with it all of the series that I've been watching lately. Angel Beats and Ichiban Ushiro Daimaou, and holdovers from Winter 2010 Durarara!! and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood have all been some solid material this season, but all good things do come to an end. Fortunately, it's looking like the Summer 2010 season is going to be just packed with new series to follow – and I do mean packed, as my personal watch list has ten series on it. Naturally, that number will probably drop off a bit after a couple weeks, but as of right now Summer 2010 has more obvious potential than the last three seasons of anime put together.

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Monday, 12 April 2010 18:23

You Must Be My Lucky Star!

If I were a decent man, I'd apologize for the song I quoted for this news item. As I'm not anywhere near decent, we can move past that as you writhe on the floor in hatred and agony. Failing that, you could always just click right here to move yourself on to today's review of the anime, Lucky Star.

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Monday, 12 April 2010 18:21

Lucky Star (Anime,2007)

Overview

Lucky Star is a manga and anime series which focuses on the lives of several girls who live in Kasukabe in Saitama Prefecture of Japan and attend a High School called Ryoo. The story typically focuses on its main character Konata Izumi as she interacts with her friends, making observations and conversation about their various interests, each other, and the world around them. Given that Kontata is what can only be classified as an Otaku Surrogate and a not so closet a pervert, these activities, conversations, and observations can get really fun indeed.

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Wednesday, 17 March 2010 21:42

Spring Anime Lineup 2010

Sorry about the lack of updates folks. I've been trying to get a review of a game I want to do straight in my head, but before I do that, I may wind up reviewing something else since it seems to be taking so long. With that in mind, let me direct you to the Spring 2010 Anime Linup.

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Man, I must be going soft. Either that or I really need a cute and cuddly girlfriend, and I'm not willing to place bets on which it is. In any event, here's a surprisingly entertaining series that I have a review for, known as Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, or if you want to know what that means, The Secret of Haruka Nogizaka. Truthfully a guilty pleasure, but a satisfying one, or at least it is at the point of this review. It's honestly showing signs of sliding into 2chan-Hell, but we'll see if it can keep from doing that as time goes on. Still, I'm certain you are more interested in what I have to say in there here and now, so head on over to the review, and see if it's something you'd like to watch yourself...or not.

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Overview

Oneday at the Hakujo Academy private school, a second year student, Yuto Ayase, is asked by his otaku friend to return a book for him to the school library. While there he runs into the beautiful, intelligent, popular, and insanely rich Haruka Nogizaka who seems to be acting a little oddly. Quite by accident he finds out that she herself is a die hard fan of anime and manga. Initially dismayed by the discovery of her secret, she is elated to find out that he's more than willing to help her keep it. The two quickly strike up a fast friendship and even more as time goes on.

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Sunday, 18 October 2009 19:54

Infernos and Mobsters and Phantoms, oh my!

There are reasons to be afraid of the dark out there, even if you don't believe in critters under your bed and hiding in your closet. For myself, I took the doors off my closet so they couldn't hide there, and my mattress sits right on the floor so there's no room for them to fit. Unfortunately, that just takes care of the physical ones – what about the ghosts, the phantoms that wander about? This week it's time for a Requiem for the Phantom(s) out there. Dunno if we can put them to rest, but at the very least it's going to be a spooky ride.

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Overview

One of the things that the entertainment industry often draws upon is that of the mob. From Al Capone to The Sopranos, and more episodes of Law & Order than I care to admit to having watched, America has a love affair of sorts with the notion of the mafia. It's not just an American obsession, of course, but we're certainly in the running for being the head of the family, so to speak. It's a popular setting – and thus we come to this week's review, Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~, an exploration into the dark and seedy world of the mob, and what happens when you drag an otherwise normal person into it.

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