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Review: "Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail" Deserves to Be Followed

Black Lagoon Roberta's Blood Trail

Japanese Government Launches "Cool Japan" Initiative

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Anime News Network reports that the Japanese government has funded a new “Japan Channel” dedicated to exporting Japanese cultural programming internationally, including anime, dramas, music, and travel program. The initial seed money of 15.5 billion yen (approximately $14.7 million) is for subtitling and dubbing costs and publicity, as well as setting up foreign broadcasting offices […]

Review: "Tenchi Muyo! War On Geminar" - No Need For Kenshi?

Tenchi Muyo War on Geminar

All the girls love him, with most wanting to take advantage of both his body and his unnatural superpowers. He’s a sweet and kind guy, although a little oblivious, and is thrust into a world he doesn’t understand. His name is Tenchi Masaki- wait, no… this is about Kenshi Masaki, Tenchi’s half-brother. Kenshi has been […]

Review: "A Certain Scientific Railgun" - Does This Electromagnetism Attract or Repel?

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Electromagnetism is a funny thing. It can attract and repel with equal power depending on how you use it. A Certain Scientific Railgun is a companion piece to A Certain Magical Index, centering on Mikoto “Zapper” Misaka, who is blessed/cursed with an incredible amount of electromagnetic power as one of the only 5th level espers […]

Review: "Towanoquon" - A Fascinating and Successful Experiment

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Towanoquon is another entry in a increasingly popular trend in Japanese animation: take what would be a 12-13 episode anime series and turn it into six short theatrical films (45-50 minutes in length) released every month or so. The music gets a budget boost, the backgrounds get more detail, better-known voice actors are cast, and […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "Nerima Daikon Brothers" (2006)

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Review: "We Without Wings" Complete Series: Needs Flying Lessons

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There’s nothing worse than untapped potential. We Without Wings: Under the Innocent Sky falls into this category; it’s one of the most frustrating anime series I’ve watched as of late. I say it’s frustrating because the premise is actually pretty cool and inventive: A guy has the ability to travel dimensions, thus occupying four different […]

Review: "Hellsing Ultimate" is Truly Ultimate

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Lurking in the dark of night are fiends that would love to suck the very blood from your veins: vampires! Rising out of the past in an effort to bring upon their glorious future: nazis! The one warrior who can save Queen and Country from such unending foes: Alucard, and the Hellsing Organization! Hellsing Ultimate […]

NY Times on the Uncertain Reception for Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises"

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The New York Times has looked at the potential trouble spots in the US release of Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film The Wind Rises, based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Japanese Zero fighter. While right-wing elements in Japan have criticized the film for being too pacifistic, the concern is that the […]

Review: Sincere Romance Shines in "Kimi ni Todoke -From Me To You-" Collections 2 and 3

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Anime has seen its share of love stories over the years, but I can think of very few series that are so heartfelt and so thoroughly uncynical as Kimi ni Todoke. For any fans of the 2001 Fruits Basket TV series, in fact, I’d call this indispensable as something very much in the same spirit, […]

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