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"Suzuka" Volume 1: Haven’t I Been Here Before?

by on July 14, 2007
A student moves to his aunt’s girls’ dormitory, known for its hot springs. He’s trying to go to a new school, and on the first day falls in love with a girl he sees. He expects to never see her again, so he continues with his life, only to find out he’s going to be […]

"Black Lagoon" Vol. 1: On the Good Ship Blowitup!

by SB20xxon July 11, 2007
If you want to introduce newbies to anime, Black Lagoon is the perfect kind of series to show them. (Cowboy Bebop is another one.) It bucks the stereotypes that the general public has of anime by offering high quality animation, a mature storyline, action in spades, and a whole lot of fun, all without relying […]

"Highlander: The Search for Vengeance." There Can Be Only One. This Is Not It.

by Ed Liuon July 10, 2007
The original Highlander was a thoroughly enjoyable B-movie that came up with an incredibly creative excuse to stage swordfights in New York City and break a lot of glass. The movie’s premise was that immortals live hidden among us, able to recover from the most grievous bodily harm except decapitation. One immortal killing another means […]

"Rumbling Hearts" Flatlines At The Finish Line

by on July 8, 2007
Haruka has slipped back into her coma, having faced a world that is not like the one she left: Her younger sister is in high school, and her best friend, Mitsuki, who no longer does competitive swimming, is dating her boyfriend, Takayuki. Faced with all this, and the fact that she has slept through three […]

"Karin" Vol. 1: Blood: The Last Nosebleed

by SB20xxon July 6, 2007
Remember Lisa Simpson’s throw-away theory of “reverse vampires”? A whole anime has now been based on that premise; I’m only surprised it hasn’t been attempted before. There are plenty of vampire animes, but not many use this refreshing scenario, and even fewer use vampires in a comedy. Karin Maaka is the reverse vampire, a high […]

"Transformers": More Cinematic Impact Than Meets The Eyes

by on July 4, 2007
Sam Witwicky has one goal: get a car. This high school junior needs it to attain the ladies and has been eBaying everything he can from his grandfather’s collection so as to get the money. When he finally gets enough, he buys a Camaro. But apparently it’s Satan’s Camaro, as it starts to chase him […]

25 Minutes with "Negadon" Beats Two Hours With a Green Ogre

by on July 2, 2007
The tone for Negadon: The Monster From Mars is set early, when the words “Showa 100” (indicating the year 2025) flash across the screen. The Japanese number their years according to the current emperor’s reign. We’re now in the Heisei era, but the reign of Emperor Hirohito, which encompassed the years 1926 to 1989, was […]

"Kurau: Phantom Memory" May Be "Between Two Worlds", But It’s Behind Five Other Shows

by on July 2, 2007
One decade ago, an accident at an energy power plant changed the life of a young girl irrevocably. She still looks the same, but now has the mind of an alien life form and powers to go along with it. Using these abilities for profit, she’s become an Agent, a master mercenary out for hire. […]

"Solty Rei" Volumes 2 & 3: More of the Same, or Less of the Lame?

by on June 30, 2007
Solty’s the mysterious little girl with superhuman powers. Roy’s the hard-edged bounty hunter with a dark past. Rose is the cocky criminal with a penchant for taking a shower every episode. Years ago, a “blastfall” destroyed their city, killing and maiming the population. Now, they’re just trying to make a living. I didn’t realize it […]

"The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3": The Faithful Will Be Rewarded

by SB20xxon June 29, 2007
“It is a legend no one will forget. Everyone thought King Koopa had left the Mushroom Kingdom, but then his doom ship attacked! King Koopa was back, with the greatest danger ever known: His Koopa Kids. Using their new super powers, the Super Mario Brothers rescued Princess Toadstool and beat back the evil Koopa family!” […]