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"Puffy" Power is Undercharged

Perhaps envious of the high social status given toys in the U.S., Japanese celebrities seem to be looking for their own piece of the pie. After all, who wouldn’t want bling-bling like Pikachu has – millions in the bank, Hummers in the garage, Pokemon in the Jacuzzi. So here comes Japanese pop duo Puffy hoping […]

"Variable Geo" Serves Up Good-Looking Food, If Not Much Substance

Variable Geo is a martial arts tournament. Women will fight with immense special powers in this contest, but behind the scenes, something sinister is going down. Yuka Takeuchi is a rising star in this contest, having succeeded her friend Satomi at the fighting. But what’s the prize? Money, land, and… the title of the toughest […]

"Dragons: Fire & Ice" Turns Out Lukewarm

The most common criticism levied at 80s cartoons is that they are little more than glorified toy commercials. I often bristle at this label, especially when applied to favorites like G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K., which I feel rise well above it. Dragons: Fire & Ice is the latest production in this longstanding tradition of toy […]

Short Notice: Super-Milk Chan's Gone Bad

Super-Milk Chan is easily the least amount of fun I’ve had watching an animé in recent years. For the uninformed, ADV released this series in a two-disc set; one disc is the straight dub of the Japanese version, while the other is an adapted version for America, complete with behind-the-scene live action bits set at […]

The Plot Thickens in "Evangelion Platinum: 02"

The Angels, beastly, calculating creatures, are still attacking Japan, and it’s up to NERV to prevent a Third Impact. With their giant Evangelions, things have been going relatively smoothly. But with the introduction of Unit 02 and its pilot, Asuka Langley, things get heated in this ADV re-release, Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum: 02. Episodes included […]

"Najica Blitz Tactics": Fanservice Maneuver 4A

Najica Hiragi is the world’s foremost perfume designer. With an uncanny sense of smell, she is in search of the final scent to cap off CRI’s line of perfume. She’d be able to do that if she wasn’t constantly being sent across the world on spy missions that would make James Bond proud. Paired up […]

Gravion Vol. 2: "Knights of Gravity" Soar Into Action

Gravion is the world’s foremost defense against the Zeravire, mysterious beasts unleashing havoc upon the future Earth. This mechanical God for a new age can only be created when six pilots combine their ships. But when one goes to her father’s grave and two others take a night on the town, will Gravion be able […]

A "Colorful" Peek Into Man's Imagination

A lamppost is taking innocent lives. A foreign exchange student is nearly drowned. A robber escapes a convenience store with countless Ramen meals. Countless students in English class can’t pronounce their Ls and Rs. What could be causing all these disasters? Why, peeking in at naked women, of course. Is Colorful an off-the-wall, hilariously overblown […]

"Kiddy Grade" Rocks. It Just Does.

Kiddy Grade Volume 5 “The Freedom Of Truth” On the run from their former employers, Eclair and Lumiere are frantically trying to find safety. With their former allies, members of the ES Force, ordered to bring them in dead or alive, things go from bad to worse when Lumiere’s life is on the line and […]

"Sentimental Journey": Old School Shoujo for the Whole Family

“Have you had nights when can’t fall asleep? Didn’t anyone’s face appear in your mind. Unforgettable memories and uncontrollable emotion. Open the twelve doors named bittersweet feelings.” -Sentimental Journey Introductory Poem. So begins one of the more unique anime to come out of Sunrise studios in 1998. That’s no small feat either. Surnise produced Gasaraki, […]

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