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"Mezzo Vol. 3" I WANT MORE OF THE GIRL IN ORANGE

The Danger Service Agency will take on any task, for a price. Throughout their odd jobs, they seem to have made a certain enemy, one voted in by the public of Japan. To find out what a haircutting hellion, a stone cold slaughterer, and a pop-idol have against the DSA, read on. Plus, mummies, a […]

"Devil Hunter Yohko: The Complete Collection Vol. 2" Ah, the logic of Twin Cousins

Yohko Mano is Japan’s equivalent of Buffy The Vampire Slayer; a young girl begrudgingly given the task of defending the earth (more specifically, their home town… you never really saw Buffy go too far from Sunnydale) from demons and derelicts. Yohko’s a real girl, one who swears, has hormones, and would rather track down the […]

Incredible Ink: The Te Wei 90th Birthday Collector's Edition DVD

China may manufacture and export many things in an increasingly globalized world, but animation does not seem to be one of them. Japanese animation is a well-known quantity, and Korea is growing as an animation outsourcing destination and for a growing amount of original content. However, China‚Äôs modern animation industry seems to be rather moribund, […]

Ice Age: The Meltdown (or, How Scrat Got His Acorn Back)

The original Ice Age was directed by both Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha. For the sequel, Saldanha is the solo director. There was some concern about that, whether he could fill Wedge’s shoes, but also with the female mammoth that accompanies Manny, Diego, and Sid. Would she be a unique character, or just a carbon […]

"G-Saviour" We've Got Movie Sign!!

Say what you will about Japan, but they sure know how to throw a party. 1999 was the 20th anniversary of Sunrise/Bandai’s popular Mobile Suit Gundam franchise and much fanfare was made, the centerpiece being Yoshiyuki Tomino’s return to the director helm with his anniversary series Turn A Gundam. But in the shadows, away from […]

"Someday's Dreamers": The "Magical Dreamer"'s Magical Source Ain't The Mystic Force!

In modern day Japan, Yume Kikuchi, a teenager from the countryside with the slightly unique ability to work magic, must prove herself worthy of becoming a Mage. To do this she must train under an established Mage and only use magic when requested and approved or risk becoming a “Stray”, a magic user who doesn’t […]

"Mezzo" Vol. 2: Maybe I Could Get A Robot Girlfriend

Need a job done? If it requires ballistics and a babe, the Danger Service Agency is at your employ. Covergirl Mikura, along with hardware Harada and kitchen Kurokawa, will do any job for the right money. Add in the incredibly shy and young Asami, and you’ve also got the most disfunctional family this side of […]

"Stratos 4" Reaches for the Stars But Plummets to the Earth

Let it be known that Stratos 4 is my least favorite of the four Studio Fantasia properties I’ve watched. Stratos 4 is what I can only describe as “blah.” The plot: Mikaze is an underachieving rookie on a military base. This is no ordinary base, however; its daily mission is to send fighter pilots into […]

"Howl's Moving Castle": Home is Where You Park it

Hayao Miyazaki set the bar perilously high for himself with 2002’s Spirited Away, winning an Academy Award and setting a Japanese box office record. The much anticipated Howl’s Moving Castle doesn’t quite measure up, but engineers a rousing fantasy adventure in the classic Miyazaki mold. Howl was written by novelist Diana Wynne Jones, though you’d […]

Things Heat Up With "Godannar Vol. 4"

Godannar may not have the religious symbolism or the angst-ridden contemplations of existence that Evangelion has, but it definitely has a higher replay value as it’s a whole lot of fun. The series is a throwback to earlier mecha series that were more about hot-blooded mecha action, especially in its tone. It’s paced in such […]

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