Sunday, 01 March 2009 06:05

Franken Fran (Manga, 2007)


Who know stitches could be cute?

Paging Dr. Fran to medical ward 666... Paging Dr. Fran to medical ward 666... Your vic-, err, test subj-, err, patients are screaming. I mean, waiting. Got something that ails you? Feeling a little stiff? Don't worry, Fran's got just the solution for you... She'll have you patched up in no time flat, even if it means giving you the stitches right off her own back. Of course, such high quality medical care isn't free. It could cost you an arm and a leg – or maybe your just your sanity. If you're lucky.

Published in Manga Reviews
Sunday, 22 February 2009 03:58

Clannad (TV, 2007)


You're invited!

Every now and then, a series comes along that you just know is going to be special. I can name classics like Ah! My Goddess!, Record of Lodoss Wars, and Onegai Teacher. For more recent examples, how about the two ef series and Wolf and Spice? Now, if you're paying attention, you're going to notice that all of these have a common thread through them – they're all, to some extent, romance stories. As a rule, I find that the more a story focuses on character relationships – as romance stories by very nature must – the better the series is. So with that in mind, I present to you a new entry to these special series, Clannad.

Published in Anime Reviews
Wednesday, 28 May 2008 06:00

Romeo x Juliet (TV, 2007)


Romeo x Juliet

As with any storytelling medium, sometimes anime is used to retell familiar tales. Many series started out as manga - Japanese comic books. Ikkitousen is based on Battle Vixens, which was in turn based on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel. The series that I picked up for this review, Romeo x Juliet, is based off the original Shakespearian play Romeo and Juliet. However, it's a reimagination made from the point of view of the Japanese culture, and it interweaves a few more ideas into the basic storyline that gave the series its name.

Published in Anime Reviews
Thursday, 03 April 2008 06:00

Dragonaut - The Resonance (TV, 2007)


The girls of Dragonaut.  They're there, behind the breasts.  Really.

A couple seasons back, there was a little Gonzo series by the name of Witchblade that wound up just blowing me away. It had a particularly unique visual style, though - oh, who am I kidding? The women had racks you could have used to catch people jumping from third story windows. Still, that aside, the series was damned good, and it had an awesome ending that I never got around to mentioning in the review. Now we'll jump ahead to the beginning of the fall 2007 season, and a series named Dragonaut ~ The Resonance, also by Gonzo... It was quickly very obvious that it was being animated by the same team that did Witchblade, and that they'd... upgraded some... Somebody bring in the industrial strength over the shoulder boulder holders, please...

Published in Anime Reviews
Sunday, 06 January 2008 22:57

Night Wizard (TV, 2007)


After all the heavy romance, drama and tragedy-esque series that have popped up this season, I thought I'd take the time to look at something a bit easier on the emotional roller coaster - a more or less straight action/humor series by the name of Night Wizard. At first glance, the title seems like it'd tell you everything you need to know about it - there's gonna be magic, there's gonna be explosions, and it's gonna be good vs evil. Eh... not quite so fast, kids. It does have all those things in there, but as with all things that come with the night, there's a lot of shades of gray that pop up. Oh - watch out for falling men...

Published in Anime Reviews
Saturday, 29 December 2007 22:49

ef - a tale of memories (TV, 2007)


I'm trying something a little bit new this season, that being waiting longer before doing my review. That's as much because my time is just murdered between school and work as it is because last season half of my reviews need to be redone (still) because of abrupt changes in quality, storyline, or just plain sanity. So, with that in mind, I've decided to go after ef - a tale of memories for this review - and yes, that is correctly capitalized. The fall/winter season is always loaded with romance stories and eroge conversions, and this season has been no exception. ef stands out from the crowd, though, because of its extremely unconventional storytelling, and abstract animation style. Now, as I said, I decided that I was going to wait a bit longer to do the reviews, and that's a good thing... see, I started writing this review on episode 8, and if I'd have finished it, I'd have had to completely re-write it, heh.

Published in Anime Reviews
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 22:42

Myself; Yourself (TV, 2007)


This is the story of a girl... err, wait, sorry, that's a song, isn't it? But actually, it's not so far off from what I'm reviewing today, as you'll see in a few moments. The Fall/Winter season this year hit like a masonry full of bricks, and I found myself in a somewhat rare situation: Not only were there a lot of series that I was interested in, there were so many that I could barely keep up. Traditionally, the fall/winter season is loaded more with romance genre series - that's not to say that action can't be found, as Dragonaut and Night Wizard are proving, mind you. This year's offering included not one, but five exceptional romance series, and every damn one of them is proving good enough to require waiting until the series wraps just to ensure I don't miss anything. The first of those, Myself; Yourself, finished its run in my player not ten minutes ago, and I don't mind admitting that I'm sitting here with the same sort of warm fuzzies that Ah My Goddess TV left me with... Damn, this is going to be a long review season...

Published in Anime Reviews
Thursday, 06 December 2007 22:30

War Front: Turning Point (PC, 2007)


Ok, what's the last time you played a new, good, solid Real Time Strategy game - let me guess, the first name that popped into mind was Command & Conquer 3, right? Yes, the C&C series is still pretty much the best series in the RTS genre, right along side Warcraft if you like that much micro-management of your resources. When C&C3 came out earlier this year, though, there was another RTS that it completely eclipsed. Now, to be fair, the creators of the game just did not have much in the way of brains, putting it head to head against C&C3, so it's no big surprise if you've never heard of this one. War Front: Turning Point is an RTS that plays a lot like Red Alert 2, with a storyline unusual enough in the RTS world to be called great.

Published in Video Game Reivews
Monday, 26 November 2007 18:37

Anime Expo 2007 - Idol 2007 on YouTube

Alas, the Thanksgiving vacation has come and gone. With it, I find myself filled with turkey and other things. And so I return from the land of no internet to find some great news. The entirety of the AX Idol competition for this year (minus the Wendee Lee acceptance speech) has been uploaded to Youtube. You can find that here.

Thanks be to godsanchez of the forums for his time and work.

Published in Events & Conventions
Friday, 02 November 2007 23:13

Anime Expo 2007 - Masquerade Part 1 & 2

And following right along with the Idol contest we have the Cosplay Parts 1 and Parts 2...including in Part 2 the Pirate vs Ninja half time show. I may well make another torrent for that alone if demand is high enough.

As before, stop by the boards to share your experience at anime expo or to comment on it in general. CLOSED

Published in Events & Conventions
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