Thursday, 19 April 2007 21:44

Tokko (TV, 2006)

Overview

As I mentioned in my review of Claymore, my watch list of anime has been getting rather short over the last couple weeks, as a lot of series that I have been following have been wrapping up. So, I've spent the last week looking for new series to look into, and one of the ones that caught my interest when I saw it flash up in my RSS feeder was a little show called simply Tokko. As with a lot of shows this spring season, Tokko is an occult/horror based series, set in modern day Japan. Since I do like a good occult/horror story, I opened up the torrent and waited for it to download. The series opens on a group of hooded monks all gathered around a box that looked suspiciously like The Box from Hellraiser - and certainly, had similar effects when something went very wrong...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2006 00:00

Innocent Venus (TV, 2006)

Overview

It's been awhile since I took the time to really look at a Mecha series. Truth be told, Neon Genesis Evangelion rather turned me off to the genre after growing up with greats like Robotech and Go Lion. It's not that I didn't like a good Mecha story, just that I honestly didn't see much in the way of good Mecha stories out there. Enter Innocent Venus, a name that popped up on my fan sub RSS feeds one day. A quick look at AniDB didn't reveal much; just that it was about a post-apocalyptic world, and that there were, indeed, Mecha. I'll admit that I probably wouldn't have grabbed the first episode in light of that, except that a fair number of the series that I'd been watching were finishing up, and I needed something new to watch.

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Thursday, 22 June 2006 00:00

Karin (TV, 2006)

Overview

What do you get when you turn a vampire inside out? Apparently, you get Karin, a series about a young girl named Maaka Karin and her family... of vampires. If not for one minor problem, that'd be perfectly appropriate, as Karin herself is a vampire. Well, sorta. You see, Karin is rather unique among her kind. Rather than being unable to produce blood for herself, she produces far too much, and so when she goes out for a bite, it's to inject her excess blood into somebody else. It's either that, or getting enough of a nose bleed to paint the walls. Aside from that, she's just a normal, growing vampire girl... well, not really.

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Thursday, 25 May 2006 00:00

Shuffle! (TV, 2005)

Overview

S'ok, everybody knows that any harem anime has to have three basic ingredients, right? You have your male protagonist, the girls - at least three, never more than seven - and some good, old fashioned Strange Events to round it all out. So, let me do a little check list here - Rin, male protagonist... check. Kaede, Nerine, Lisianthus, Asa, and Primula, girls in love with Rin... check. Next door neighbors that just happen to be gods/demons? Check. Alright, that's everything that Shuffle! needs to be your standard harem anime, complete with some great nude scenes from a set of excellent babes to top off the mix. Here's the problem: Shuffle! is a tale of two halves, and while the opening is very much a standard Harem anime, the second half of the series absolutely blows the top off the pressure cooker and ditches any pretense at being a standard Harem.

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Thursday, 26 January 2006 20:26

Onegai Teacher (TV, 2002)

Overview

I wasn't going to check this series out, actually, as the high school drama usually isn't my sort of thing. None the less, after much cajoling on the part of K`thardin, I decided to pick it up - after all, who can resist a cute babe with glasses and red hair? Besides which, by the time that I finally took the plunge, I'd begun to grow curious about the main character, who seemed very much to have split personality disorder, from all the artwork I'd seen of her. One, the cool, cute, and composed school teacher, the other, the sexy, and decidedly hot babe that traipsed about in a silk teddy that I could only describe as... skimpy. In any case, locating the series wasn't very hard, and very soon I was enjoying my first meeting with Mizuho Kazami.

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Thursday, 22 December 2005 04:57

I, My, Me! Strawberry Eggs (TV, 2001)

Overview

Now, some people would take one look at the gimmick of this series, and move along to something else, and I suppose that I couldn't blame them. After all, here in the States, cross-dressing is something of a touchy subject, ranging, depending on who you ask, from being just plain weird, to being a sin against God's greater plan. Personally, I'm rather ambivalent about the subject. It's not something I'd do myself, but I've also known a few guys - and one girl, actually - who did it and they never struck me as anything other than normal, albeit with lipstick. For me, I picked it up through a subtitle group, long before it was licensed here in the States, and so had no idea that the rather cute babe on the screen shots was in fact a cross-dressing guy. I'll admit that I probably wouldn't have taken a look if I'd have known - it's not that I'm close minded, just that transvestite-ism isn't my thing. Never the less, I did pick the series up to take a look, and I'm quite glad that I did.

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