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"Sentimental Journey": Old School Shoujo for the Whole Family

“Have you had nights when can’t fall asleep? Didn’t anyone’s face appear in your mind. Unforgettable memories and uncontrollable emotion. Open the twelve doors named bittersweet feelings.” -Sentimental Journey Introductory Poem. So begins one of the more unique anime to come out of Sunrise studios in 1998. That’s no small feat either. Surnise produced Gasaraki, […]

Vampire Prostitutes & Freaky Zombie Robot Minions!

In the post-apocalyptic future, humanity has wiped itself out. With no clientele left, specialized robots, “Dolls,” are left wandering the streets. One such doll, Malice, begins leaking… almost as if she was crying. A run-in with a beast mysteriously turns her human, leaving her as an oddity of this dysfunctional society. Can she fit in […]

"Gravitation Vol.2 and Vol.3:" Behind the (Fictional) Music

Shuichi Shindo is a young pop star on the rise. In the first volume of Gravitation, we saw him and his band, Bad Luck, start to experience true success, and we also saw him find true love with Eiri Yuki, a romance novelist known to the public as a ladies man. (Yes, you read that […]

"Kaena": Great New Classic or Evolution's Mistake?

Toon Zone’s Desslar and Twage look at Kaena: The Prophecy and can agree on only one thing: The title character has fantastic knockers. Kaena: A Brave New World of Animated Scifi by Desslar It’s a shame that Kaena: The Prophecy has got such little press in the U.S. But it’s far from surprising. It’s hard […]

In "InuYasha: The Movie," Demons Have Feelings Too

OK, I have to confess at the very top: When it comes to the popular Inuyasha franchise, I don’t really know what I’m talking about. I’ve only seen a few minutes of the TV show. So, I have to judge Inuyasha, The Movie: Affections Touching Across Time as a stand-alone production. So there may be […]

Fruits Basket: Crystal Clear "Puddles of Memories"

Tohru Honda, while living alone in the woods after her mother dies, is invited to move in with the Sohma family—a family that suffers under a strange disability: When hugged by a member of the opposite gender, a Sohma turns into an animal of the Chinese zodiac. The Sohmas seem like generally nice people, but […]

"Blue Gender Vol. 4": We're Off to Outer Space ...

Yuji Kaido was cryogenically frozen decades ago, only to wake up in a hellish future where giant bugs called “the Blue” have overrun the Earth. He was rescued by Marlene, a member of the Sleeper Recovery Squad, whose mission is to get Yuji, a “sleeper” with the genetic potential to save the world, to “Second […]

"Case Closed: Deadly Illusions" of Grandeur

On a vacation in the mountains, Conan, Rachel, and Detective Moore blow a tire and get lost in the woods. Finding a local temple, the gang meets the head of the house, who immediately attacks them, believing them to be press covering a murder that had occurred two years before in the temple. Turns out […]

Make a Date with "Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi" Vol. 3!

Sasshi and Arumi are trapped in a set of dimensions parallel to their own, all of them apparently variations on Sasshi’s hobbies and dreams. With Arumi ready to get on home, the pair get separated when Arumi’s has too much of living in a dating sim. Can Sasshi’s newfound knowledge of Onmyou mysticism take the […]

"Kiddy Grade: The Present Future" Brings a Dark Past to Light

Eclair and Lumiere, ES Force Members of the Galactic Organization of Trade and Tariffs, go on missions across the galaxy and kick butt on every one. (Eclair’s the older one with lipstick-granted powers and Lumiere’s the child drunkard with a control of machines.) But when Eclair’s past literally comes back to haunt her, and the […]

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