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"Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki" Vol. 1: Here Comes The Bride, All Dressed in Exposition

by on September 26, 2005
Tenchi Masaki is the luckiest teenager in Japan. After a run-in with a space pirate years ago, he became the Prince of the Juraian Empire. What’s more, he’s surrounded by various space babes who want him. Life has been quiet since he wielded the three Light Hawk Wings in a climactic battle, but things are […]

"Dragon Ball GT" Vol. 1 to 4: The Unfantastic Four

by on September 25, 2005
At the end of Dragon Ball Z, the world was again at peace. Goku was training Ubuu, the reincarnation of the evil Buu, into a young warrior on the side of good. Pan, the daughter of Gohan and Videl, was showing her strength at the World Martial Arts Tournament. All was well and right, until […]

"Dragon Ball Z" Gohan’s Trials: Huzzah! More Filler!

by on September 25, 2005
Dragon Ball Z is one of those shows which don’t really need to be explained. Everybody (well, everybody reading this) knows about this show, and all about its characters. So why review it when everyone basically knows what’s in the DVD? Because it’s cool, that’s why! After losing his robot friend in the caves, Gohan […]

"Excel Saga" Soundtrack 1: Get Wacky!

by SB20xxon September 22, 2005
The comedy anime series Excel Saga is one of my all-time favorites. It has an uncontrolled comic energy that I hadn’t previously seen in anime and has more in common with an American cartoon like Animaniacs, Looney Tunes, or The Simpsons than, say, something like Evangelion, Sailor Moon, or heck, even other anime comedies. It […]

"La Portrait de Petit Cossette": Gothic Lolita Romantic Horror Doesn’t Bore

by on September 22, 2005
You know, what with Gothic Lolita tea parties at various anime cons, Gwen Stefani openly chilling with Harajuku-district Gothic Lolitas in her music videos and manga like Godchild, Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase, and Doll all getting picked up for distribution in the States, it seems like it’s a safe bet that what started as a little […]

"Zixx: Level Two" Episode 3: His Name is Earl, and We Miss Him

by on September 21, 2005
SUPER HAMMER! Zixx and Flanngo, two alien operatives, are attempting to save the Earth from the other extraterrestrials. But the question we (and protagonist Riley) have to ask ourselves is are these two offworlders really the good guys? Riley might have trouble falling backward into their arms, as seen in Zixx Level Two episode three, […]

"Sakura Taisen: Ecole de Paris" is Cause for Ennui

by on September 21, 2005
There are some animated works that take place in a universe that is so intriguing that a viewer finds himself completely engrossed in the story, even if he doesn’t fully understand every point of the plot or recognize all of the characters. Sakura Taisen: Ecole de Paris is not one of these works. Ecole de […]

"Tokyo Underground" Vol. 3: Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind

by on September 20, 2005
Unfortunately, the title “Tokyo Underground” is indicative of this show’s fate: underground popularity. It won’t be breaking any sales records or be remembered for its intellectual depth or storytelling innovation. It will probably fade into obscurity. And that’s a shame, actually. Sure, it’s not Fullmetal Alchemist, Mobile Suit Gundam, or Evangelion, but at the end […]

"Hand Maid May" Collection: The Series That Said "I’ll Never Give Up!"

by on September 20, 2005
Who wouldn’t want to have a maid? Maybe the socially inept and those paranoid that the hired help would steal from them. But I’m sure stealing would be against the Laws of Robotics, and Kazuya is very socially apt. A tech genius attending college, Kazuya is accidentally sent a 1/6th scale robotic maid, May, at […]

NY Times on "Tetsujin" and Manga for Girls

by Ed Liuon September 19, 2005
The New York Times Arts section briefly discusses Tetsujin, an anime series debuting on DVD tomorrow that centers on scientists who must confront the fruits of their wartime research (registration required). A separate article covers the shojo (manga for girls) phenomenon. Discuss this news on the Anime Forum.