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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Monday, 23 November 2009 22:02

Have a Little Modern War(fare), Too

This time around I've traded in my sword and shield for an M16A4 and a sniper rifle. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has landed and made a crater in the games market big enough to lose a M1A1 Abrams tank in. Come along with me as I join the rogues of Task Force 141 for a little modern mayhem and military mayhem.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2009 00:21

Airbending with the best of 'em

In what will hopefully become a more common occurrence now that convention season is finally caught up with, I present a review that rather surprises me that I'd have done. For your viewing pleasure, I give you Avatar: The Last Airbender. Yes, a local production, very much anime inspired, but with a western flavor all its own, and quite literally one of the best things I've ever seen. So much is surprising about this series, that one can only marvel at it, not only that it overcame all the hurdles it must have just to get made, but that it did so, and excelled nearly beyond every standard of excellence set forth before it came about. Needless to say, I recommend it highly, but check out my review for more details.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2009 00:17

Avatar: The Last Airbender (TV, 2006)

Overview

A set of siblings, Sokka the aspiring warrior and his sister Katara the aspiring Water Bender, out on a fishing trip and lamenting the state of affairs their world is currently in, happen upon an ice burg where trapped inside they see a boy. The boy, upon sensing the power Katara is using as a Water Bender, breaks free from his icy prison, and it is here we meet the main character of the show, Aang, The Last Airbender and eventually found to be the Avatar, the only person capable of mastering the manipulation of all four elements. It is also widely prophesized that the Avatar is the only one who can bring back balance to the world by defeating the Fire Lord and ending the war that the Fire Nation started just as Aang was born some one hundred years prior. Only problem is, Aang is still just a boy of twelve years despite being frozen in ice for a century, and will need training to master all the elements before even making the attempt. Oh, and he’s got to master the elements before Sozin’s Comet shows up again, which will provide the Fire Nation all the power it needs to finish the job they started a hundred years ago.

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Ok, honestly, I'd try to come up with some sort of semi-clever, maybe witty intro on to announce this review, but honestly, this one really just kinda took it out of me. I've got a review on Dragon Age: Origins up, and you're welcome to come take a look, as always. Oh, ah, you might want to bring a bag lunch… It's a bit of a doozy of a review…

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Thursday, 22 October 2009 14:37

I Ain't Fraid of No Ghosts!

Y'know, I've been noticing something strange lately out where I live… Just something weird, and I'm pretty sure if I could get a good look at it, it wouldn't look good. Hell, I think it's even fair to say that I've been seeing things, and not just in my head. Thought for sure there was something invisible in my bed last night, at least until my cat scrambled out from under the covers she'd been curled up under. I tell you, I just don't know who I should call… Anybody have any ideas?

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Wednesday, 21 October 2009 21:42

Complex Shadow Dancing

What's a guy supposed to do when he's out on a backpacking trip with his cute little new girlfriend, who wants to go play hide and seek in a complex system of shadowy caves? Personally, I'd be running the other way, fully expecting the insane axe killer that always seems to stalk girls like that in remote locations to be coming after me any moment now, but Jason Flemming dives right in after her. Unfortunately for our little love birds, what's in those caves might just be worse than Jason… well, ok maybe not, but come spelunking with me while I check out Shadow Complex on the xBox Live Arcade and find out whether or not we're going to be quoting the horror movie rules while being horribly chopped and dismembered.

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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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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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