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"Gravion Zwei Volume 1": Return to the "Eye Of The Storm"

Soldiers of the Gran Knighthood, combine once again! After a period of peace, the Zeravire have returned to invade the planet. But the pilots of the Gran-Divas won’t be the only ones to form a giant robot. The Earth Federation Government has now initiated the G-Soldier Squadron program to find pilots for man-made mechs officially […]

"Samurai X: Reflection Director's Cut" Back To The Cutting Room... Please!

A wandering samurai, Kenshin Himura, uses his reverse blade sword to defend those wronged, atoning for the sins he committed as “Battousai the Manslayer.” With a wife and child, the desire to make things right is too strong; Kenshin leaves home to ensure a better future for others. As Kenshin and Kaoru’s health begins to […]

"Love Hina: Perfect Collection" Truly Perfect, Despite Problems

“Let’s go to Tokyo U together, Kei!” Keitaro Urashima is your standard, average, and rather pathetic loser aiming to get into Tokyo University. Having failed the entrance exam multiple times, he’s been forced to prove himself by moving out of his parents’ house. Hoping to live with his grandmother at her hotel, he’s surprised to […]

"Koi Kaze Vol. 1" Unsettling and Brillant

Anime as a medium sometimes seems as though it’s seeking out taboos to break. Onegai Teacher plays with the student-teacher relationship, Gravitation and Fake toy with gay relationships and Onegai Twins and .Hack//Legend of the Twilight Key mess with some inferred incest. Koi Kaze drops the inferred and adds pedophilia: it’s a show about a […]

Preview: "Madlax" Makes Eyes Happy

You know, I just don’t get ADV lately. It seems they’ve been really big into buying shows with initial episodes that just don’t make any sense. Madlax, whose volume one DVD is set for an April 22 release, is no exemption. The first episode focuses on the main character, the beautiful but brutal Madlax. She […]

"Martian Successor Nadesico: Volume 3" Essentially The End

The war with the Jovians is getting more intense, but the crew of the Nadesico have their own problems. An Aestivalis pilot’s true motives are revealed along with some secrets of Boson jumping and the ability to instantly teleport across space… and time? These final eight episodes wrap up the fan-favorite Martian Successor Nadesico… or […]

"Gungrave: The Sweeper": Do Gangsters Amuse You?

One reason American animation fans have taken such a liking to anime is the diverse range of subjects that they explore. Standing in contrast to the limited palette of American studios, anime has touched a wide range of genres: sports, sci-fi, comedy, history, soap opera, fantasy, cooking, and many others. One subject left relatively untouched […]

"Pokémon" It Is Your Destiny To Pick Up This Movie

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Anybody who hasn’t heard the name “Pokémon” has been living on Pluto for the past few years. If that describes you, welcome to Earth and allow me to explain. Pokémon is the mega hit franchise from Japan that swept America seven years ago and is still going strong. The current incarnation, Advanced Generation, has revitalized […]

"Excel Saga: Imperfect Collection": Put It In

Excel Saga is a tale of ambition. ACROSS has their ambition to take over Japan. Pedro has his ambition to save Sexy Wife from That Man. Koshi Rikdo has the ambition to see his manga be adapted into every genre of animé ever. Excel’s ambition is to be with her leader, Hyatt’s is just to […]

The Cat Returns: A Magical Tale of Many Kitties

Studio Ghibli is often deemed the Disney of Japan, and it is difficult to find much fault with the comparison. Not only do both dominate their respective domestic (traditional) animation markets, but there are many similarities to be found in the epic adventures and enchanting fairy tales they bring to the screen. There are also […]

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