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"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 […]

"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 […]

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