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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 […]
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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 […]

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Review: “BlazBlue: Alter Memory” Fails to Ignite

by macattackon December 2, 2015
Sometimes it is hard to sum up something in just one sentence. BlazBlue: Alter Memory made it all too easy, and not in a good way. You can’t please everybody, but BlazBlue fails to please anyone at all. BlazBlue has an interesting narrative concept, based on the best-selling fighting video game series. It is a […]
The Last Naruto the Movie

Review: “The Last: Naruto The Movie” – A Fitting, Definitive Epilogue

by macattackon November 2, 2015
The Naruto saga has been an enduring and popular one, perhaps only eclipsed by Dragon Ball Z in viewer consciousness of anime in the United States. In Japan, its popularity lags behind only One Piece in addition to the aforementioned Akira Toriyama classic. For a story that started off so simply, about a spirited if dense […]

Code:Breaker

Review: “Code:Breaker” Has Too Many Broken Parts

by macattackon September 21, 2015
I did not have high hopes for Code:Breaker upon sitting down to watch it. I have been a reader of the long-running manga, and I knew the story, at a mere 13 episodes, would either be incomplete or end on an original note that likely would not be satisfying to me. As a result, I began […]
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Review: “Guilty Crown Complete Series” – The Crime of Being a Mess

by macattackon August 10, 2015
On the surface, Guilty Crown has a lot of what it takes to be a spectacular sci-fi action series. It has a near-future societal outlook. It borrows liberally from recent headlines detailing biological outbreaks and social unrest (perhaps it even hits harder for Americans due to the increasing Ebola scare). It has creative, unique mecha […]

Freezing Vibration

Review: “Freezing Vibration” Leaves the Viewer Cold

by macattackon July 10, 2015
The Freezing franchise makes itself clear what kind of show it is from the moment you look at the box art on the DVD/Blu-ray cover. It’s undoubtedly another “buxom women fighting each other” series, and the show heaps on panty shots, strategically torn clothing (possibly outdoing the infamous Ikki Tousen franchise in that department), and […]
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Review: “Naruto Shippuden” Set 22 – Loose Lips Sink Shonen

by macattackon May 27, 2015
The biggest difficulty with writing this review is that it’s difficult to articulate the same points that I did in the previous boxset without using the same words. The same issues that plagued the previous set of episodes are all throughout this one, although sometimes in lesser capacity. There are obvious, heavy-handed efforts to stall and […]