"Daphne In The Brilliant Blue Volume 2": A "Reunion" With Lackluster Ladies

by Chad Boninon August 7, 2005
See, this is why you always negotiate with chicks in bikinis. Maia’s the new girl at Nereid, the local odd-jobs girls in the future. Things change when Yu Park, the close combat warrior of the group returns after serving a jail sentence for injuring twenty civilians during a case. Can Maia survive amidst a punch-drunk […]

"Mermaid Forest: Quest For Death" Emo On Immortality

by Chad Boninon August 6, 2005
There is a legend that those who eat the flesh of a mermaid will gain everlasting life. Turns out the legend is only one-third true: you’ve got just as good a chance as dying or turning into a monster. Yuta, a man from centuries past, and a fifteen year old girl named Mana have both […]

"Genshiken": The Cry Of Many Should Be "Doujinshi Or Bust!"

by Chad Boninon July 31, 2005
Clubs are a big part of college life. Well, I guess that’s true in Japan. I haven’t done much clubbing in college, because the gaming group scares the living crap out of me. But Sasahara’s new to college and wants to join a club. The anime club and manga club seem too specialized for his […]

"DearS": "1st Contact," But It’s Not "Star Trek"

by Chad Boninon July 29, 2005
One year ago, our planet was invaded by aliens. Never heard about it? It happened in Japan’s Tokyo Bay. They weren’t threatening to take over the world, though, so there was no need to get Will Smith and a Macintosh to take them down. They’re just creepily hot babes. Creepy? No, they don’t have slimy […]

"His And Her Circumstances": When Shows End Too Soon

by Chad Boninon July 28, 2005
From the people who brought you the existential giant robot show Neon Genesis Evangelion (coming to an Adult Swim near you!) comes a story about love, honor, sacrifice, revenge, and a whole lot of destruction. Qualify the level of destruction to “confined within a Japanese high school,” and that’s a pretty accurate description of His […]

"Darkstalkers" Round One: Fight!

by Chad Boninon July 20, 2005
The Darkstalkers, the old races of Earth, have returned. Some of these creatures—like the catgirl actress Felicia and lord of the seas Rikku—are good. Others, such as the succubus Morrigan, the vampire Demitri, and intergalactic despot Pyron—are not. While this might have been decent Saturday fare ten years ago, how does this story (adapted from […]

Dead, Deader, "Dead Zone"

by Chad Boninon July 14, 2005
Goku’s son, Gohan, has been kidnapped for his Dragonball. Emperor Pilaf… er… Garlic Jr. is amassing Dragonballs so he can wish for eternal life. With this, he can take down Kami, become the new ruler of Earth, and unleash a new wave of demonic forces across the planet. Goku’s not going to let this pass, […]

"Yu-Yu Hakusho: King Urameshi" says "OFF WITH HIS HEAD!"

by Chad Boninon July 12, 2005
On Yu-Yu Hakusho, Volume 30: King Urameshi Yusuke Urameshi is no longer Spirit Detective of Earth. He’s now King of one-third of Demon World, where he has to maintain peace between the three Kingdoms. The other leaders, Yomi and Mukuro, know that Yusuke’s realm has just suffered a great loss and are ready to attack. […]

"Daphne In The Brilliant Blue: Initiation" Not Brilliant, Feeling Blue

by Chad Boninon June 16, 2005
Maia Mizuki’s the top girl at the Ocean Agency’s exams. Things are looking up for her, with a prime chance to be picked as a marine law enforcement member. Little does she know this will be the worst day of her life. Rejection by the Ocean Agency is the first nail in the coffin. In […]

"Burn-Up Scramble" Vol. 3: "Chicks Combat Crooks", Dudes Don’t Dig

by Chad Boninon June 5, 2005
Team Warrior was assembled to stop the crimes too big for the regular police to contend with. Rio, Lilica, and Maya were the brawn, brains, and bullets of the team, respectively, that is until the higher-ups decided to rework their mission. With Rio and Maya wounded in the line of duty, Lilica must team up […]