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"Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi" Needs a Stronger Bond

Ai Yori Aoshi is yet another series that I had been interested in seeing, but wasn’t high enough on my priority list to buy. I’ve seen the trailers on other Geneon DVDs and they gave me the impression that the series is a serious romantic drama. Though I’m not sure about the original series, for […]

"Kiddy Grade: Mirror Image": The Clone Wars All Over Again

After the destruction of the Galactic Organization of Trade and Tariffs, Éclair and Lumiere are appointed to lead the rebuilding. Something’s not right, though, as the two are much more serious than they ever used to be. With an army of new ES members alongside, can the two deal with two new rogues who may […]

Stellvia Foundation II - Great Show, Weak Disc.

Last time on Stellvia, the Earth had rebounded from the greatest natural disaster in the history of man, a massive energy bombardment unleashed by a supernova (a.k.a. the First Wave), and our heroine Shima Katase was still sort of struggling with her piloting skills. She’s managed to find a good group of friends, but she […]

"Moeyo Ken": And The Point of That Was ...?

Welcome to Mediocre, population: Moeyo Ken. Petite, food-obsessed spell caster Okita Kaoru; stoic ice elemental Hijikata Toshie; and bossy Kondou Yuuko make up the Mobile Shinsengumi (whatever that means) and protect ancient Kyoto from monsters and the supernatural, just as their fathers did in the past. Someone should protect viewers from this disc. This four-episode […]

Fullmetal Alchemist Vol 1: The Wait Is Over

It’s rare for a series to be licensed for American distribution midway through its broadcast in Japan. Thanks to FUNimation, Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the few. Despite its youth, it is the most anticipated release in anime history (please, don’t anybody start shouting ‘Naruto’). Being a breath of fresh air in terms of storytelling, […]

Pokémon: Then and Now

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Everybody probably knows the basic plotline of Pokémon by now. Ash Ketchum and his fellow travelers set out to become the greatest of Pokémon trainers, catching various creatures known as Pokémon in order to use them as partners in their everyday lives. This also includes pitting these powerful creatures in battle against one another. (Thankfully, […]

"Pokémon Advanced" A Breath of Fresh Air

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When we last left our hero Ash, he had just said goodbye to his friends Brock and Misty and gone back home to Pallet Town, which is where Pokémon Advanced Generation picks up. After a week’s vacation and freshening up—he has finally changed his clothes—Ash is now off exploring the country of Hoenn. DVDs covered […]

'Divergence Eve': Constant Confusion Wrapped in a Blanket of Befuddlement

“Taking place in the 24th century, intergalactic space travel has become a reality. One of the first outposts in the far reaches of space is the Watcher’s Nest – an inflation hole drive portal – which has recently come under attack by a mysterious force known simply as the GHOUL… A group of young female […]

"Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040": Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun in Vol. 2

The Knight Sabers are the future’s only defense against androids gone amok. With the power of their Hard Suits, four women do the job the entire AD Police cannot. But with the Hard Suits rendered inoperable, and one of the most powerful beings from the past on the rise, can a rocker, a communications officer, […]

Advance Review: "Gravion Zwei" Forces Way Too Much Down Our Throats

This is a review of an advance screener of Gravion Zwei that contained the first two episodes. The full Vol. 1 release will contain four episodes and extras. I’ve always been interested in Gravion, though never enough to actually pick it up. It’s got stuff that I like: giant robots, smooth animation, and fanservice. Lots […]

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