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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 […]
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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 […]
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Review: "Tokyo Ravens" Season One Part One - Taking Flight

by macattackon May 8, 2015
Another review, another anime series based on a light novel series. It would be so easy to just go “ho hum,” right? Light novels have almost supplanted manga as source material for anime adaptations, and while there might be any number of reasons why the format is so appealing, it is a trend that feels […]

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Review: "A Certain Scientific Railgun" Season One - More Bang, Less Inane

by macattackon April 27, 2015
The success of the light novel A Certain Magical Index quickly spawned a spinoff manga, A Certain Scientific Railgun, which starts off as a prequel but soon becomes concurrent with the Index storyline. With the immense popularity of the first season of the Index anime, it’s unsurprising that J.C. STAFF would launch an anime adaptation […]
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Review: "Ben-To" Complete Series - A Fulfilling Full-Course Meal

by macattackon April 8, 2015
One of these days, they’ll have made an anime about everything. Are we approaching that point? The entire concept of Ben-To seems to imply we are, but even if that’s true, there is a chance that even the most ludicrous story can be appealing, fun, and even awesome. To appreciate Ben-To means accepting a serious […]

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Review: "Naruto Shippuden" Box Set 21 - Talked to Death

by macattackon February 27, 2015
From where we left off in the last boxset, the Fourth Shinobi World War was upon us. Now the war actually begins. Is it the arc we’ve been waiting for since the Five Kage Summit so many episodes ago? Well… Hayato Date, the series director, was in a bit of a conundrum. Around the time […]
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Review: "A Certain Magical Index" Season One - Overstuffed

by macattackon February 19, 2015
A Certain Magical Index is a true phenomenon in Japan, having spawned multiple spinoffs (one of which, a manga called A Certain Scientific Railgun, has gotten a two-season anime adaptation in its own right). It has become a franchise on the level of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in terms of how sprawling it has become, […]

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Review: "High School DxD New" - Between Heaven and Hell

by macattackon January 12, 2015
With this review, High School DxD has the dubious honor on Toonzone of being the first anime franchise that necessitated a change in reviewers from one season to the next due to its content alone. For the reasons why, please read Speedy Boris’ review of Season One. Is the 2nd season, High School DxD New, […]
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"Naruto Shippuden Set 20": Shonen Satisfaction

by macattackon December 23, 2014
Coming off of a strong conclusion to an otherwise mediocre box set, most of the content of the 20th box set for the venerable¬†Naruto Shippuden franchise continues the momentum established by the final two episodes of the previous set. Naruto needs to face his other, darker self in a battle within his mind, and then […]