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Review: "Naruto Shippuden" Set 19 - The Road to Paradise is Bumpy

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“Boy, it sure gets boring when everything goes right on a trip.” Those are the first words uttered in Naruto Shippuden Set 19, spoken by none other than Naruto himself. That doesn’t bode too well, and it sets the tone for what follows (episodes 232-244) The 19th Naruto Shippuden Uncut box set released by Viz Media […]

Review: "Robotics;Notes Part Two" - Hitting the Right Notes

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WARNING: Spoilers for the first volume of Robotics;Notes are sprinkled in this review. The problems with adapting visual novels to animation are plentiful. You need to satisfy a built-in audience who have their preferred routes in mind, along with any potentially preferred romantic partners for the lead character. You need to distill important plot elements that […]

Review: "Robotics;Notes Part One" - A Slow-Burn With Little Fire

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Production I.G. had two shows premiere on Fuji TV’s noitamina block in Japan on October 11, 2012. One was Psycho-Pass, and the other is Robotics;Notes. The two shows could not be any more different. Psycho-Pass is a dreary look at the future, a cyberpunk dystopia that is ever so thinly veiled as a utopia. Robotics;Notes looks at the […]

Review: "Date A Live" Decidedly NOT Second-Date Material

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Oh, Japan. My love/hate relationship with you will likely never end. Date A Live is based on a light novel series of the same name that is currently running in Japan. 30 years before the start of the series, the first of many “spacequakes” claimed the lives of 150 million people. Date A Live is […]

Review: "Blood-C: The Last Dark" - All Apologies For A Beautiful Disaster

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WARNING: Spoilers for the original Blood-C anime series are sprinkled liberally throughout the review below. The ending of Blood-C left things in uncertainty. Only three characters with dialogue survived in the end: Saya, Fumito, and Fuka, along with a mysterious talking dog). Everyone else was gruesomely slaughtered in one of the most brutal massacres in […]

Review: "Blood-C: The Complete Series" - A Superlative, Subversive Slaughter

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Blood-C is what happens when you tell Tsutomu Mizushima, the director behind randomly violent, randomly strange, randomly funny, crosses the line twice comedies like Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-Chan and Magical Witch Punie-Chan to make an entry in the “Blood” horror franchise. Yes, much of what Blood-C turns out to be should also be credited to Jun’ichi […]

Review: "Future Diary" Complete Series - Bloody Awful

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If there is one thing I can give The Future Diary credit for, it is being memorable. Unfortunately, I can only call it memorable for the wrong reasons in almost all cases, as the series wound up becoming a incoherent mess. The Future Diary was once better known as its Japanese title, Mirai Nikki, for a […]

Review: "Jormungand" is Loco...in a Good Way

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Jormungand is an interesting anime based off a manga by Keitaro Takahashi, both of which expect you to root for bad guys against other bad guys. It is a show that expects you to have full tolerance of people getting their heads blown off. It expects you to put any qualms aside about the violence […]

Review: "Breadwinners" Doesn't Deliver Outside Its Demographic Zone

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It is difficult for me to describe Breadwinners and exactly what it means to me. Originally intended as as a one-off to entertain fellow animators, the creators, Gary Di Raffele and Steve Borst, were surprisingly contacted by Nickelodeon after they posted their short to YouTube. It is also relevant to mention that Di Raffele and […]

Review: "Good Luck Girl" - Feelin' Lucky, Anime Fan?

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The term “born lucky” has been around for a long time, so it’s kind of amazing no anime series has attempted to take the term and run with it to its natural conclusion: that being born lucky will somehow decide the fate of the world. Finally, one anime has, and that is Good Luck Girl! Good […]

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