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"To Heart Vol. 4": Not Much "Love And Truth"

by Chad Boninon January 25, 2008
Hiroyuki, Akari, and Shiho are all regular students attending high school in Japan. Multi HMX-12 is a regular maid robot who’s going to high school for a trial period to learn how to be a better maid robot. Chad is a reviewer, staring at the screen, ridiculously bored by the lack of real progress made […]

Dude, Where’s My History Books?

by Jameson January 24, 2008
This has been a year that cinema has reminded us that often there is “more than meets the eye”, and this observation extends far further than toy cars that swivel, twist and ultimately snap into robots with the tiniest heads imaginable. No, we can take this line one step further. There are other products out […]

Good Dog(s): "The Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors" Delivers Grand Samurai Drama

by Ed Liuon January 23, 2008
The rashly made promise that must unexpectedly be kept is a staple of fairy tales in all cultures, and it’s just such a promise that drives The Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors. Based on Kyokutei Bakin’s epic 19th century samurai novel, this anime series originally aired on Japanese TV in two seasons between 1990 […]

"The Slayers": Welcome Back, Dragon Spooker

by Dukeon January 21, 2008
You know, out of all the genres that make up anime, fantasy seems to be the most underused. Sure, series involving magic have gotten a boost thanks to Harry Potter, but most are like Negima or Maburaho, taking place in the present day. Very few anime series are based on the classic sword and magic, […]

"Aqua Teen Hunger Force": Still Gross, Still Great

by Maxie Zeuson January 20, 2008
It’s been awhile since I watched Aqua Teen Hunger Force regularly. That’s not a knock against the show and I never lost my taste for it—I just spent most of the last year living outside the US without cable or a regular internet connection. I also missed the feature film, and don’t remember the last […]

"Dragonlance" Is Just a Drag of a DVD

by Ed Liuon January 15, 2008
My name is Ed, and I am a Dungeons and Dragons geek. I’ve played four different versions of the pencil-and-paper game, and may have played every computer RPG version since the famous “Gold Box” games. However, despite the enduring popularity of the game, the franchise has never had much success in media other than novels […]

Mad For "Mushi-Shi"

by Jameson January 14, 2008
It sometimes seems that Japanese animation ranges over a smaller field than you might hope. Fighting. Big breasts. Confused young protagonists. Big breasts. Naive females with big breasts. More fighting. Comical sweat drops, big breasts and some more fighting for the sake of naive women with big breasts. Smoking isn’t cool. Unless you’re Ginko. Remember […]

"Basilisk": Gaze Not Too Long Across the Abyss …

by Maxie Zeuson January 9, 2008
I don’t watch much anime. That’s not a boast, and it’s not an apology. It’s just a statement of fact. Oh, I’ve watched my share of Miyazaki, and I’ve sampled bits of Cowboy Bebop, Paranoia Agent, and other titles whose names escape me. Miyazaki, of course, can’t be beat, and I’ve seen plenty of good […]

"Super Robot Wars": Hot-Blooded Mecha Goodness

by Jon Ton January 4, 2008
I’ve never actually played any of the Super Robot Wars games, and I’m not familiar with the original Banpresto-created characters, so I have to admit that I wondered just how compromised my viewing experience of the Super Robot Wars: Original Generation OVA would be. Thankfully, I ultimately came out of it successfully entertained. But, as […]

"The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye" Vol. 2 "Tending Wounds" Fixes Flaws

by Ed Liuon December 31, 2007
When we last left The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye, series heroine Honoka had engaged and defeated the murderous enforcer robot Blue Breaker, who had just attacked and killed the kindly mechanic Zankan. During the battle, Honoka revealed her third, astral eye, connecting her somehow to the alien overlords called the Third that […]