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From "Gotham Knight" to Rising Sun: Discovering Anime via Gotham City

Walking into the anime section of your local video store or retailer can be a rather intimidating experience. It’s like walking into the jazz or classical section of the CD section: without a little bit of knowledge, the breadth of the selection and the many similar-sounding names can result in confusion, bewilderment, and a lot […]

"Black Lagoon" Vol. 2: All Aboard the Blooooood Boat!

I knew little about Black Lagoon, an action title from Madhouse, when it was first licensed. Its high quality completely took me by surprise when I watched volume 1, and volume 2 is even better. Black Lagoon is the story of a trio of pirate mercenaries—Revy, Dutch, and Benny—who on one of their missions kidnap […]

"Black Lagoon" Vol. 1: On the Good Ship Blowitup!

If you want to introduce newbies to anime, Black Lagoon is the perfect kind of series to show them. (Cowboy Bebop is another one.) It bucks the stereotypes that the general public has of anime by offering high quality animation, a mature storyline, action in spades, and a whole lot of fun, all without relying […]

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