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"The Daichis" Vols. 1 & 2: All for One but Fun for All

For American viewers, most anime is escapist entertainment, a way to forget about the everyday. To us, distant galaxies and Japanese high schools are all mysterious worlds of wonder. Naturally, for Japanese viewers, the latter setting is much less surreal. Although they rarely reach action-crazed U.S. audiences, a number of anime closely explore the nuances […]

"Burn-Up Scramble" Vol. 3: "Chicks Combat Crooks", Dudes Don't Dig

Team Warrior was assembled to stop the crimes too big for the regular police to contend with. Rio, Lilica, and Maya were the brawn, brains, and bullets of the team, respectively, that is until the higher-ups decided to rework their mission. With Rio and Maya wounded in the line of duty, Lilica must team up […]

On-line Video of Alex Ross on "Gatchaman"

In conjunction with the upcoming DVD release of the seminal Science Ninja Team Gatchaman anime series, ADV Films has posted a 3-part interview with artist Alex Ross (Kingdom Come) about the influence the show has had on him. Ross provided painted artwork for the Gatchaman collector’s box and the 18 individual DVDs.

"Girls Bravo" Vol. 1: Go Girls, Go!

Yukinari has one fear in his life: the ladies. Throughout his life, he’s been bullied and beaten by the fairer sex for his small stature, leading to an extreme case of gynophobia. Accidentally transported to another world and back, he now lives on Earth with incredibly naive Miharu, the only girl not to give him […]

"New Getter Robo" Vol. 1 Exceeds Flying Internal Organ Quota

While not nearly as prolific a franchise as its giant robot cousin Mobile Suit Gundam, the Getter Robo franchise is still pretty strong, around in some form or another since 1975. Today’s digital paint generation makes it very difficult to release an older series, much less a thirty year-old series, so somebody over in Japan […]

"Tenjho Tenge Volume 1": School Rumble!

There is a school in Japan that is trying to revive the forgotten martial arts of the past. Two newcomers, Souichiro and Bob, hope to make this school the one hundredth they’ve conquered by beating everyone up. But they’ve run into a problem: the Juken Club. The Natsume sisters are proficient fighters in their own […]

"ADV AniMinis" Quantity Doesn't Equal Quality

Once upon a time, ADV had a brilliant idea: make a bunch of mini-DVDs each containing one anime episode; add a coupon good toward the real series; call the mini-DVDs “collectibles”; and make them slightly less expensive than a four-episode disc. No happy ending for this fairy tale, though. AniMinis quickly faded. The format is […]

"Blue Gender" The Second Verse, Bloodier Than The First

Okay, it’s been a long time since I watched Blue Gender. I had previously reviewed volumes one through four, but various other things came up, and Blue Gender, having been seen completely throughout its Adult Swim Action run, got put on the backburner. Sitting down with the latter half of the series, I’m reminded of […]

"Spriggan" Special Edition: Number One With a Bullet

It’s been ten years since the domestic release of cult favorites Akira and Ghost in the Shell, but mature anime films struggle for acceptance in the U.S. Although too violent or sophisticated for a young audience, the prime adult demographic generally dismisses them as juvenile cartoons. An effective cure for this perplexingly persistent disconnect remains […]

Preview: "Gilgamesh": Goth That's Awesome, Only It's Not

One of the more obscure genres of anime is goth. Sure, you’ve got giant robots out the wazoo, enough bouncing breasts to form a trampoline the size of Texas, and angst-filled pretty boys (AFPB), but not too often is this done in a goth setting. Apparently, there’s no love for our leather-wearing, spikey-haired brooders of […]

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