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Review: “Boruto: Naruto the Movie” – The Kids Are (Mostly) Alright

by macattackon May 24, 2017
WARNING: Spoilers for the end of the Naruto manga and the Naruto Shippuden anime series are placed throughout this review. This is unavoidable due to Boruto‘s subject matter. This is your only warning. It’s hard to believe that the Naruto manga had ended back in 2014. It seems like the franchise has never truly left us, since the Naruto Shippuden anime kept going […]

Review: “Sword of the Stranger” Is Tried But True Entertainment

by macattackon March 29, 2017
No J-pop song opens or closes Sword of the Stranger. There are no celebrity stunt-casts for either the Japanese or English versions. The director, Masashi Ando, was the ultimate workman of the Japanese industry, with a long credit list of storyboards, key animation, and episode direction, but few series or movie direction at the time […]

Blood Blockade Battlefront

Review: “Blood Blockade Battlefront” Has Potential Held Hostage

by macattackon February 1, 2017
Blood Blockade Battlefront is a title whose pedigree matters more to Western anime fans than to the nation it came from. After all, the manga is drawn and written by Yasuhiro Nightow, renowned in the West for creating Trigun and to a lesser extent Gungrave, both of which had much more impact on our shores than in their […]

Review: “Rage of Bahamut: Genesis” is the Ultimate Fantasy Love Letter

by macattackon July 21, 2016
This series should have failed. Rage of Bahamut: Genesis is based on a mobile social card game that has been a fairly sizable hit in Japan, but barely penetrated US shores and obtained mediocre-to-bad critical reviews. The success in its native country guaranteed an anime tie-in to further promote the property sooner or later, even […]

Review: “Gonna Be the Twin-Tail!” Complete Series – Transgender Dysphoria Fun

by macattackon July 14, 2016
Ah, the gender bender anime. Every couple of years there seems to be an entry into this sub-genre of Japanese animation, popularized in the 90’s by the classic series Ranma 1/2. Now it is Gonna Be The Twin-Tail‘s turn to pick up the torch and see what entertainment value is left to be mined from this […]

Review: “Naruto Shippuden” Set 26 – Canonically Decent

by macattackon July 7, 2016
The anime adaptation of Naruto Shippuden has been a bumpy ride for the last couple of boxsets, with the series mired in a dirge of random mix of filler and poorly paced canon episodes, often with poor animation. The final episode of Boxset 25 kicked everything into high gear with a frankly incredible episode that had […]

Black Lagoon

Review: “Black Lagoon Complete Series Blu-ray” – Anime Painted Black

by macattackon April 8, 2016
Black Lagoon is one of those rare anime series that is more popular on American shores than in its native Japan. Over the years, there have been a lot of debates as to why Black Lagoon is one of the rare shows to join the small pantheon of anime like Cowboy Bebop and Trigun that have […]
Naruto Shippuden Set 24 and 25

Review: “Naruto Shippuden” Set 24 & 25 – Zombie Apocalypse

by macattackon February 19, 2016
After the exciting divergence in Set 23 with the “Power” mini-arc, Naruto Shippuden returns to the regular state of things with the Fourth Shinobi World War. And, unfortunately, the same rambling tedium that has haunted this show since the beginning of the arc continues through Set 24 and into Set 25. The animation is an immediate […]

Naruto Shippuden 23

Review: “Naruto Shippuden” Set 23 – The Allure of Power

by macattackon January 19, 2016
Naruto Shippuden‘s quality has been slipping for the last couple of DVD volumes, but the series aims to pick it up in a big way in this set. The fan-favorite original arc “Power” is included on here in full. Does it add the urgency and power that has been missing from Shippuden for the last 20 […]

Review: “Tokyo Ravens Part 2” – Chasing the Light

by macattackon December 8, 2015
NOTE: This review spoils the first half of Tokyo Ravens. Also, although she’ll likely never read this, I would like to apologize to composer Maiko Iuchi for mistaking her as male in my earlier reviews of her work. I enjoyed the first half of Tokyo Ravens immensely, despite the mixed bag in quality I have […]