"Papuwa Vol. 1": Get Me Off This Island

by Dr. Daedaluson August 27, 2006
I’m not quite sure why Papuwa was brought over here. As far as I know, it didn’t have an overwhelming demand from the fansub community, nor was it particularly well-known. While I’m all for more obscure titles being brought over here, as it allows America to catch more than the “mainstream” anime titles, ADV really […]

"Negima Vol. 1": Despite The Legendary Source, It’s Not That Mystic Of A Force

by Chad Boninon August 24, 2006
Negi is a simple ten year old boy. You know the kind; he’s learned basic magic, has a Bachelor’s degree, and is now a teacher of a class full of teenage girls. If any of his students report his use of magic, he’s likely to turn into a ferret-like creature, a furry ermine, just like […]

Taking a Dim View of "A Scanner Darkly"

by Ed Liuon August 11, 2006
There are few science fiction writers who have had as large of an impact on pop culture as Philip K. Dick. Underappreciated in his own time, Dick’s prolific imagination rooted itself in the belief that objective reality did not truly exist – a perception exacerbated by a powerful sense of paranoia and a long stretch […]

"G Gundam" Manga: You Too Will Want to Communicate With Your Fists!

by Grant Whiteon August 5, 2006
G Gundam. The name is infamous in anime circles as the black sheep of the long-running Gundam franchise due to its bizarre mecha designs and very un-Gundam story. But the series has its defenders. When it was released in America in 2002 this now decade-old debate took on a new angle. As is standard these […]

"Eiken": Big Busts and Brain Damage

by Chad Boninon July 30, 2006
Densuke’s made it into the prestigious Zashono Academy, which is odd, as he’s neither that smart nor that attractive. What does the latter have to do with the Zashono Academy? Apparently, every other student is a female with at least a D-cup, and if they’re less than that, they’ll be sure to let you know. […]

"Speed Grapher Vol. 1": Decadence Was Never So Appealing

by Dr. Daedaluson July 28, 2006
“Greed will imprison us all.” Speed Grapher opens with a great monologue by the main character, Tatsumi Saiga. In it he paints a believable (and dire) future scenario as he describes the sorry state of future Tokyo, where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Without trying very hard, you can easily identify […]

"Ninja Nonsense Vol. 1": An Interesting… Ooh! Kitty!

by Dr. Daedaluson July 24, 2006
Ninja Nonsense, known as 2×2 Shinobuden in Japan, has no real plot to speak of. Shinobu is a teenage ninja in training, but this particular regimen is a bit perverse: Her first test as a ninja is to collect girls’ panties. On this odd mission she accidentally meets the owner of one of the targeted […]

"Battle Arena Toshinden": A Landmark, or a Skidmark, on the Stage of History?

by Chad Boninon July 23, 2006
The Toshin tournament is about to be held again. However, all of the contestants from last year’s battle are being murdered by a mysterious organization. Eiji Shirow is out to discover just who this person hunting down combatants is and why he looks like his long lost brother in this rerelease of the first ever […]

"Kannazuki No Miko Vol. 2": Bang Zoom! To the Moon, Alice!

by Dr. Daedaluson July 22, 2006
Kannazuki No Miko is one of those shows that doesn’t really get compelling until halfway through the series, which is sure to annoy many casual anime fans demanding immediate satisfaction. Despite a strong opening episode, the next few are hurt by a slow pace, a bunch of forced mecha fights (more on that later), and […]

"Mobile Suit Gundam 0083-The Afterglow of Zeon": Turn Out That Light!!

by Grant Whiteon July 16, 2006
When you create a smash hit, it’s natural to want to spread the hype as far as you can. As Pokemon became a world wide phenomenon, Bandai/Sunrise hoped for similar success with the Gundam franchise… far, Haro plushies aren’t quite outselling Pikachus. Whilst the focus of this campaign has been America, other parts of the […]