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Preview: "Elfen Lied" Offers Bloodspray, Breasts, Cliché

Anime can do a lot—everything from poignant, realistic dramas to surreal, hyper-stylized fantasy worlds to madcap comedies. But like any medium, it’s got its share of clichés and crutches: generic evil secret organizations; nudity and violence in lieu of story and character; angst-ridden male leads; formulaic harem relationships. There are various and sundry other story […]

"Gad Guard" Vol. 2: More Gad, Less Gab, Please

Last time on Gad Guard: Hajiki Sanada and his techode Lightening were caught in the middle as tensions between the techode owners began to grow. Aiko wants everyone to just get along, Takumi wants to “do the things that must be done,” Katana wants revenge, and Hajiki just wants to keep surviving. Now, in volume […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" U.S. Trailer Online

Ain’t It Cool News has posted links to the new domestic trailer for the upcoming American release of Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle. Quicktime: Small (240 x 142 37Kbs) Medium (320 x 176 80Kbs) Large (640 x 336 192Kbs) Very Large (640 x 336 360Kbs) Real Player: Small (176 x 100 42Kbs) Medium (240 x […]

"Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040" Vol. 3: Robopocalypse Now!

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Essential Animé Collection Volume 3 Episodes included in this set Disc One: Episode 19: Are You Experienced? Episode 20: One of These Nights Episode 21: Close to the Edge Episode 22: Physical Graffiti Disc Two: Episode 23: Hydra Episode 24: Lighty My Fire Episode 25: Walking on the Moon Episode 26: […]

A SakuraCon Chat with Travis Willingham

At SakuraCon, a set of press-only panels was held with the special guests in attendance at the convention. They were fairly loosely moderated and organized, and very off the cuff. One of these panels was held with Travis Willingham, the dub VA for Roy Mustang from FullMetal Alchemist. Reporter 1: As I am sure you […]

"Lupin Dead or Alive" Something Old, Something New, Something Stolen and Good Fun Too

I will presume that the exploits of Lupin the Third, world’s greatest thief, no longer need much introduction. Lupin is probably one of the most famous and longest-running anime franchises in Japan, and thanks to the TV show’s recent run on Cartoon Network it is now known stateside as well. Of the many Lupin films, […]

Getting Some "Magical Play"

Every so often, there’s a worthwhile low-key anime release that just doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Perhaps it’s because there aren’t any bodacious babe mascots or blood and gore, or maybe it simply didn’t have good luck. Whatever the reason, these releases are hidden gems, just waiting for you to pick them up cheap […]

"Hello Kitty's Once Upon a Time": Kitty Does Aesop (Proud)

Today Pikachu seems to be the spokesanimal for anime cuteness, but for decades cuddly feline Hello Kitty ruled the roost (litterbox?). She still presides over a vast merchandising empire, and her likeness is ubiquitous the world over. Why, even I can remember owning a pair of Kitty-chan’s scissors way back when. No, I’d prefer you […]

"A.D. Police": They Do The Job, But That's All

The A.D. Police are Genom City’s specialized division to handle insane androids. Yes, the future’s so messed up there’s a branch of the police devoted exclusively to dealing with mutated psycho bots. Buddy-cop drama meets the post-apocalyptic in this classic anime, but how does A.D. Police hold up nowadays? Episodes included in this set Episode […]

"Tsukihime:" A Vampire Series that Doesn't Suck, Literally

Vampires. They turn up on more than a few occasions in anime. Usually it’s in a pretty action intensive context. Tsukhime bucks this trend, opting for more drama than action, and oddly enough, it works incredibly well. We open with Shiki Tohno, a young boy in a hospital who happens to be able to see […]

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