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"Kiddy Grade" Case Two: Secretaries, Cyborgs, and Space Cases!

Working for the Galactic Organization of Trade and Tariffs (GOTT), Eclair and Lumiere are the Charlie’s Angels for a new millennium. That is, if you ignore the fact that there’s only two of them, one of whom is a tweener who loves wine and opera and the other of whom is a lipstick-powered cyborg with […]

"Blue Gender, Volume 3": Roll Dice, And He'll Shoot You

Yuji Kaido has been in a cryogenic slumber for decades. Upon awaking, he found that the Earth had been evacuated because of the Blue—gigantic, destructive bugs that had overrun the planet. But he has been rescued by Marlene, a military official sent to retrieve him and other “samples” from the cryogenic site and take him […]

"Gravitation Vol.1" Shonen-ai for the Straight Guy

Ah, shonen-ai, a sub-genre of anime known best for flimsy plots geared around getting two or more pretty boys romantically involved with each other, to the extent of on-screen kissing and (if possible) off-screen relations. For the most part, this genre only appeals to the fangirl demographic that keeps Inu-Yasha on the air. However, there […]

"Goldenboy": Raunchy Romp Is Essential Part of Any Anime Collection

After completing all the requisite courses for a law degree from Tokyo University, Kintaro Oe, 25, set off to study the world. With his trusty bike, a handy notebook, and a knack for cleaning toilets, is Kintaro Oe destined to save the world, or is he destined to get killed lusting after women? Kintaro Oe […]

Central Park's "Anime Test Drive" Might Need a Tune-Up

U.S. Manga Corps and Central Park Media have been trying something new recently: a line of single-episode, trailer-packed DVDs to give viewers (as the title suggests) an “Anime Test Drive.” So you not only get to take one episode of a series for a spin around the block, you get to kick the tires on […]

".hack//SIGN" Ends in an Explosive Finale

Those who followed the intricate and dramatic .hack//SIGN on Cartoon Network last year were treated to a rich plot based on a massive multi-player online RPG (MMORPG). It’s a franchise that that went on to become a series of games for the Playstation 2, a manga, and a separate series: .hack//Legend of the Twilight Bracelet, […]

Grrl Power: Cute Candy Shell on the Outside, Great Anime on the Inside

The world is chock-full of hyper-saccharine, obscenely cute anime. However, Grrl Power distances itself from the pack with genuine humor and a small of dash of pathos. Created, directed, and storyboarded by Akitoroh Daichi (who directed the cute yet bittersweet Fruits Basket, Kodocha, Jubei-chan, and Animation Runner Kuromi, and also wrote the manga that Grrl […]

"Blue Gender (Vol. 2)": More Blue, More Deaths

When Yuji sees a young girl about to be slaughtered by the Blue, his selfless actions endanger both the Sleeper Recovery Team and the refugees holed up in a makeshift camp. All the while, Yuji notices the harsh reality of relationships in this bleak future. Can Yuji’s naivete break down Marlene’s frosty exterior. More pressing […]

"Fruits Basket (Vol. 2)" Mixes Into a Wonderful Smoothie

Fruits Basket Volume 1 (previous review) was a great DVD: Six episodes of a terrific story packaged with good extras. Does Volume 2 keep it up? Oh yeah. In fact, this one may be even better. The background: After her mother died, Tohru Honda ended up living with the Sohmas. (Kyo’s the brash one, Yuki’s […]

"Pokémon Jirachi Wish Maker" Doesn't Fulfill Every Wish

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Slowly and steadily, 4Kids has been getting better at dubbing the Pokémon movies. After the disaster that was Mewtwo Strikes Back, they allowed for some quietness in Power of One, produced an almost-perfect translation in Spell of the Unown, and used Japanese music in Celebi: Spirit of the Forest. However, with this, the first Pokémon […]

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