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"Kyo Kara Maoh! Vol.1": Much Funnier Than "Will And Grace"

Ah, shonen-ai. “Boy-love,” for those not in the know, and it’s not only a polite way of saying “somewhat gay” in Japanese, it’s also a genre of anime and manga where the focus is (you guessed it) a gay relationship. Now, these titles can range in quality from the seminal Gravitation to the forgettable Only […]

"Ultramaniac Vol. 1": Authentic, Energetic Shoujo For Kids

Magical Girls. Mahou shoujo, as they might say in Japan. The concept, at least in anime, is nearly fifty years old. As such, it’s hard to imagine that there’d be much life left in it. There have been girls with swords, batons, cards, compacts and probably almost every other object under the sun. The heroines […]

"Juniper Lee" Not Voted Out Of The House Yet

Juniper Lee is a show where people stop being polite, and start getting real. Wait, no, that’s The Real World, where Judd Winnick was once a roommate. Juniper Lee is comic book creator Winnick’s first animated series. Should this new series be voted out of the house, or brought back for a Real World/Road Rules […]

"Gunslinger Girl" Vol. 1: In Truth There Is No Better DVD

“In truth there is no better place to be Than falling out of darkness still to see Without a premonition Could you tell you tell me where we stand? I’d hate to lose this light before we land.” -The Delgados, “The Light Before We Land” Girls with guns. For better or worse, it’s probably one […]

"Madlax" Vol. 1 Tries to Confuse (and Succeeds!)

Last time on Karl Reviews Madlax, he’d received a two episode screener that left him wanting more just because he had no idea what on Earth was going on. In between that time and now, he got another screener in a great big metal ammo case that had the same two episodes, only dubbed this […]

Preview: "Elfen Lied" Offers Bloodspray, Breasts, Cliché

Anime can do a lot—everything from poignant, realistic dramas to surreal, hyper-stylized fantasy worlds to madcap comedies. But like any medium, it’s got its share of clichés and crutches: generic evil secret organizations; nudity and violence in lieu of story and character; angst-ridden male leads; formulaic harem relationships. There are various and sundry other story […]

A SakuraCon Chat with Travis Willingham

At SakuraCon, a set of press-only panels was held with the special guests in attendance at the convention. They were fairly loosely moderated and organized, and very off the cuff. One of these panels was held with Travis Willingham, the dub VA for Roy Mustang from FullMetal Alchemist. Reporter 1: As I am sure you […]

"E's Otherwise" Vol.1 Generic Hypnotics

It is the near future. In the wake of incompetent political government, the Earth is taken over by a federation of 12 powerful corporations. Also in that near future, people with extrasensory abilities – psychics – intermingle with the general populous. These psychics are known as “E’s”. One particular company, the military contractor Ashurum, has […]

"Tsukihime:" A Vampire Series that Doesn't Suck, Literally

Vampires. They turn up on more than a few occasions in anime. Usually it’s in a pretty action intensive context. Tsukhime bucks this trend, opting for more drama than action, and oddly enough, it works incredibly well. We open with Shiki Tohno, a young boy in a hospital who happens to be able to see […]

"Princess Tutu" Vol. 1 Defies One-Line Description

Princess Tutu defies words. Now, I know what you’re thinking; how could a magical girl anime with classical ballet and fairy tale references be hard to describe? I’ve got one name for you: Chiaki J. Konaka. The chief writer behind Lain, Texhnolyze, Big O II and the upcoming Shadowstar Narutaru, Konaka is known for his […]

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