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Review: "Road To Ninja: Naruto the Movie" - The Road to a Vital Shonen Film

by macattackon November 25, 2014
Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie is the ninth theatrical film depicting the characters of the Naruto franchise. It’s hard to believe, considering the diminishing returns of the theatrical films since the beginning of the Shippuden films. The last two movies, The Lost Tower and Blood Prison, didn’t even earn back their budgets in Japan. […]
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Review: "Naruto Triple Feature" - Sharp Visuals, Dull Plotting

by macattackon November 20, 2014
The Naruto manga has come to a close and the anime adaptation probably won’t continue forever, but it is still hard to believe that the franchise has existed for this long. Over the decade-plus run since the manga and anime premiered, many theatrical films based on the universe have been manufactured. With the older, Shippuden-era incarnations […]

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

by macattackon September 10, 2014
“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 […]
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Review: "Robotics;Notes Part Two" - Hitting the Right Notes

by macattackon August 28, 2014
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 […]

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

by macattackon August 26, 2014
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 […]
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Review: "Date A Live" Decidedly NOT Second-Date Material

by macattackon July 9, 2014
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 […]

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

by macattackon May 14, 2014
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 […]
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Review: "Blood-C: The Complete Series" - A Superlative, Subversive Slaughter

by macattackon May 12, 2014
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 […]

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Review: "Future Diary" Complete Series - Bloody Awful

by macattackon April 16, 2014
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 […]
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Review: "Jormungand" is Loco...in a Good Way

by macattackon March 28, 2014
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 […]