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Review: "Haganai" Complete Series: Insult Comedy, Without the Comedy

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Haganai, much like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, involves a group of misfits creating an unorthodox after-school club.  In this case, Average Male Protagonist Kodaka and ice queen Yozora start a club devoted simply to making new friends.  They don’t have any peripheral activity, which makes you wonder why an official club was needed in […]

Star Blazers On Course For Live Action Remake

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The 1979 anime classic, “Star Blazers” has moved one step closer to a live-action remake with the announcement that screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie will also direct the anticipated film. The anime series voice-starred Eddie Allen [Dash Jordan] and Michael Bertolini [Homer Glitchman] and ran for 77 episodes in 1979 as it followed the crew of the […]

Review: "High School dxd" Complete Series - To Hell With This

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I’ll admit it: The girls in High School dxd are cute and hot. But don’t be lured into watching the show because of that. As they say, the devil is pleasing to the eye, and boy is this a devil of a show to sit through. Watching High School dxd is like a checklist of […]

Review: “Bakemonogatari Part 1 & Part 2 (UK Editions)”: Vampire without Bite

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There comes a time in every reviewer’s life when he or she meets an obstacle they just can’t get past. In my head I conjure the image of a passive stone bear blocking my prose-path. The bear gives it the personification of being an organic issue or obstacle of character. The stone is the immovable […]

Review: "AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day" - A Supernatural But Sincere Drama

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An original anime scripted by the award-winning Mari Okada (Toradora, Fractale), AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day is a drama dealing in the supernatural. The tale centers on Jinta “Jintan” Yadomi, a thoroughly unmotivated young man. Once a cheerful extrovert that always took the lead among his small group of childhood friends, he grew […]

Review: "Baka and Test" Season 2 + OVA: What a Baka Show

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Over the years of watching anime, I’ve really come to dislike the comedy genre in particular.  And it’s really a shame, because some of the first anime I ever bought were comedies (Excel Saga, Galaxy Angel, Azumanga Daioh, Abenobashi), and I enjoyed them.  But in the last few years, I’ve felt a strong disconnect with […]

Review: "One Piece Season Four Voyage Five" - Foundering on the Rocks

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At the start of One Piece Season Four Voyage Five, Luffy, Zoro, Nami, and Chopper race after the Puffing Tom sea train that is carrying Robin to Enies Lobby and certain execution. Meanwhile, having stowed away aboard the Puffing Tom before its departure, Sanji frees Usopp and Franky and the trio make their way through […]

Review: "Martian Successor Nadesico" Complete DVD Boxset - A Truly Super Robot Show

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In the post-Evangelion landscape, mecha anime became even more serious, deeply philosophical and emotionally overwrought. I say even more, because really those wheels had been set in motion since Gundam, which marked a major shift away from super robots as toyetic kids shows, and towards “war is hell” allegories. However, post-Evangelion, stories tended to be […]

Review: "Dream Eater Merry" Season 1 (UK Edition) - The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of?

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Dreams are nasty buggers, particularly for teens – high expectations from parents, school, television, peers, and society in general are all carried across aspiring youthful shoulder blades, sucking away at the ability to enjoy the present for fear of the future. It’s no surprise that the world of nightmares and daydreams are so widely scattered […]

Jerry Russell, Actor, 1936 - 2013

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The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that veteran actor Jerry Russell passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2013, at the age of 77 after complications from abdominal surgery. Russell founded the Stage West theater company in 1978, which became one of four theater groups that set the tone for Fort Worth’s theater scene. In addition to […]

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