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"Kodocha Vol. 6": More Real Than a Reality Show

While we are only about a quarter of the way through the series, Kodocha seems like it has thrown every conceivable hurdle at Sana, Akito and Co., yet they all bounce back and become stronger in the end. Now that the matter of Sana’s mother has been effectively settled, its time for her to get […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 9": Death + Drama = Dynamite!

The last volume of Fullmetal Alchemist left us with one hell of a cliffhanger: Ed and Al at the mercy of Greed and his band of half-human, half-chimeras, and the rogue State Alchemist Zolf Kimbley in their midst… Whew. Now let’s see what fate has in store for our heroes in volume 9. Greed and […]

"Kodocha Vol. 5" Always With a Smile

Poor, poor Sana. Her life is a living hell, and she just keeps getting more and more depressed… I’m kidding. Despite all of the drama that has occurred in her life over the past four volumes, this charming young girl has always managed to bounce back with a smile. All is not well though, as […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist: Vol. 8" Like a Fine Wine

Fullmetal Alchemist is like fine wine. It just gets better and better with age. Well, no, scratch that. Fullmetal Alchemist is like….uh…Fullmetal Alchemist is….like nothing thats ever come before. Trying to compare it to anything will result in a disservice to the series itself. Mixing comedy, action, horror, fantasy, and some sci-fi elements, and even […]

"Mr. Stain On Junk Alley" - Quirky Shorts Break the Mold

In a world gone mad, one man stands alone. In this shattered world, a hero’s destiny… has nothing to do with Mr. Stain on Junk Alley. This collection of quirky shorts from director Ryuji Masuda breaks the mold for usual CGI fare. Even after repeated viewings, remains completely unclassifiable as stories are told through a […]

"Kodocha" Vol. 4: Child's Toy for the Whole Family

Sana Kurata, despite only being 12, has accomplished more than most people accomplish in their entire lives. Between being the star of the popular TV series Child’s Toy, appearing in commercials, and attending school full-time, it’s amazing that she still manages to fix every personal problem of those around her. She’s tamed the class lone […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol. 7: Moments of Character

The fallout from the Elric brothers’ trip to Laboratory 5 sets the stage for the latter half of the series, and claims the life of one of its’ most beloved characters. On a spoiler-laden, somber note, lets jump right in… The first episode on the disc proves to be both exciting and depressing. As Edward […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol. 6: Homunculicious!

We’re just about at the halfway mark and things are heating to the boiling point. Ed and Al are on the cusp of finally discovering the secrets of the Philosopher’s Stone in the military’s mysterious Laboratory Five. With Al locked in a life or death duel, episode 21 begins. On this disc, we see more […]

"Kodocha" Vol. 3: Kisses, Ulcers and Rap

The first volume brought forth wackiness, the second volume exuded drama, and now the third volume of Kodocha brings us right back to wackiness, whips back to drama, and then back once more to wackiness. When last we saw Sana, Akito Hayama, her close-friend-yet-vile-enemy, had planted a much-unexpected kiss on her. If that wasn’t enough, […]

"Kodocha" Vol. 2 Cranks Up the Drama

The title of this volume, “Hayama Hijinks,” would have you believe it was as completely crazy as the first volume. In fact, while it’s still very funny, the drama is kicked up a notch and the heartfelt moments are out in force this time. Child TV star Sana Kurata, armed with an embarrassing photo, has […]

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