Sunday, 01 March 2009 04:51

World Destruction (TV, 2008)

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Those who will destroy ZE VORLD!!

Kyrie has a problem. It's not that he's human, although he's a human in a world ruled by beastmen where humans are slaves or worse. It's not that he's posing as a beastman in order to find work, though that's where his problem met him. It's not even that he's a pretty nice guy... though if he wasn't, his problem might not have been his problem. No, poor, hapless Kyrie's problem isn't all those things – it's a woman named Morte that's just walked into the tavern where he works... A woman who's made it her personal mission to make sure that the world comes to an end, post haste. And unfortunately for Kyrie and a little teddy bear named Toppi, thanks to a little misunderstanding, everybody thinks that they're with her, members of the World Destruction Committee...

Sunday, 01 March 2009 04:16

Wagaya no Oinari-sama (TV, 2008)

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Awesome pillows...  I mean... tail...

So, what should you do when you find out that yokai are hunting you? I mean, it's not like you can run over to the local Qwik-E-Mart and buy a can of Yokai-b-Gone. You could always find a priestess and ask her to exorcise you... but with your luck, she'd misunderstand, and you know how anime Miko are... Well, fortunately for Noboru Takagami and his little brother Tooru, they can call on their family's house guardian, the kitsune Kuugen Tenko. Then again, considering she's been locked up for so long because of the mischief she caused the last time she was let out that she's forgotten whether she's a she or a he... The cure just might be worse than the cold...

Sunday, 22 February 2009 05:03

Natsume Yuujinchou (TV, 2008)

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Takashi and Nyanco-Sensei

Life has an unpleasant way of punishing people for being special in some way. How often in school was the quiet, really smart kid in your class also the favored target for the school bullies because they wouldn't fight back? Or the girl with braces teased and made fun of? Natsume Yuujinchou is about a young man who is special in an unusual way. He can see and talk to the many, many spirits that wander around, invisible to everybody but those with great spiritual power. Of course, as we've already pointed out, life has a way of punishing you when you're special, and so not only has nobody ever believed him, he's been labeled as the strange child, the liar, and bounced around from family member to family member after his parents died. By the time we meet him, he's a quiet, shut-off and somewhat cynical young man – until he finds an unusual book in the belongings of his grandmother when they're delivered to him. A book of names.

Sunday, 22 February 2009 03:58

Clannad (TV, 2007)

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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.

Sunday, 22 February 2009 02:57

Tetsuwan Birdy: Decode (TV, 2008)

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One could certainly say that Tsutomu is falling for Birdy...

It’s a rough life, being a high school student in Japan.  I mean, with the unnerving frequency of unpleasant things we anime fans witness happening in schools, I don’t know that I’d ever want to set foot within the educational boundaries of the Japanese school system.  With all the super powers, tsundere female martial arts masters, random evil guys plotting to take over the world or at least get their last test scores upgraded a bit – and don’t forget the alien teachers - it could be a rather unhealthy proposition.  Especially when the teacher’s little sister shows up.  Unfortunately for Tsutomu Senkawa, school grounds aren’t the only dangerous places out there, so when he indulges in his hobby of exploring abandoned buildings, only to find out that the building isn’t as empty as it first appeared...  Well, let’s take a look at Tetsuwan Birdy: Decode, and find out what happened.

Sunday, 22 February 2009 02:07

Allison & Lilia (TV, 2008)

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Every once in awhile, I find myself looking for something a bit lighter in nature than my usual tastes when it comes to anime. Now, considering that I've found my tastes running from being oddly entertained by Jane & the Dragon all the way to Zenescape's Grimm Fairy Tales and Return to Wonderland series – which is a long way of saying really fucked up shit – that might not be saying very much. Anybody that can swing from the insulin attack inducing brain-numbing mindless teach the kiddies morals that is Jane & the Dragon to "let's take McFarlane's Alice and make it look like a positive place to put those kiddies" Return to Wonderland is already bucking for a section 8. That aside, when I caught the first episode of Allison & Lillia and saw a fairly harmless series foundation, I figured it'd do for a light hearted series to watch in a season with Macross Frontier and Golgo 13.

Sunday, 05 October 2008 23:45

Macross Frontier (TV, 2008)

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Macross Million Missile Mash: For when it absolutely, positively, 100% must be deader than dead dead DEAD.

So, Macross: Frontier. Where do I really start with one of the flagship series in the world of anime – one of the series that didn't just define a genre, but (in a horribly mutilated and misbegotten form) introduced a legion of unwitting kiddies to their first anime? I can still remember being parked in front of the TV in utter awe as I watched the really cool fighter jets that could turn into even cooler robots taking on the big mean ugly green men. RoboTech, Voltron, and Ronin Warriors... I was weaned on the holy trinity, folks. Of course, calling RoboTech anime is tantamount to high treason for a real anime devotee, but, hell, I was five years old; I'm allowed a certain amount of leeway. Let's face it, folks... when you started watching the SatAM anime on SciFi, it's because you saw the same quality to it that you remembered seeing in RoboTech, and even though you didn't know exactly what that quality was... you were drawn to it. Macross: Frontier is the 25th anniversary celebration of the original series, and... man... what a celebration...

Wednesday, 10 September 2008 03:53

Golgo 13 (TV, 2008)

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Boom.

So, I'm going to change things up a little bit today, and break with my habit of waiting until a series is done to review it. That's because today I want to take a look at Golgo 13, and if I wait for the series to wrap I'm not going to be reviewing it for at least another year – it's a 50 episode series! I figure that just about everybody's heard of Golgo 13 at least once. The manga series has been running for so long – it started in 1969, folks – that it's become one of the cornerstones of manga. The TV series that started for Spring 2008 is the first time it's been to the small screen, but Golgo has books, manga, OVA's, movies – animated and live action – and video games too. He's been called the Japanese James Bond, and I'd sure like to see them get together sometime for a mission.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:41

Speed Racer (Movie 2008)

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I don’t think I can really provide a summary for this one for a variety of reasons. Sure I could for the movie in and of itself, but considering the movie is such a tribute to the rich history of this story, I’m thinking I should probably take some time out to delve into that in the review proper before talking about the movie itself.


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