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

Nerima Daikon Brothers

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: "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: "Deadman Wonderland (UK Edition)": Human Decency Exits Through The Gift Shop

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Paranoia and conspiracy. The unsettling feeling that you’re just another face in the juggernaut that is modern society and that you’d be powerless if it turned against you. This is the crisis that begins the story of Ganta Igarashi. A normal Japanese student, Ganta’s life is turned upside down when a mysterious crimson hued killer […]

Review: "Shin-Chan Season 3" - Here's More

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Back when the slice-of-life anime comedy Shin-chan first aired, I loved it because it was vastly different than any other anime I had watched, especially considering what usually airs on Adult Swim (i.e. shonen action shows). I also greatly enjoyed the re-written, pop culture-heavy dub, which took extensive liberties with the original show. Generally I […]

Review: "Dirty Pair Flash" More Style, Less Substance

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The Dirty Pair are back, for the first time! Years after the original, much-loved Lovely Angels hung up their hats (voluntarily or not), two new girls have taken up the mantle. Hotheaded Kei and refined Yuri are the dirty pair known as the “Lovely Angels”, and they defend the colony worlds at the behest of […]

Review: "One Piece Season Four Voyage Four" - Plot Drowned by Backstory

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At the start of One Piece Season Four Voyage Four, Cipher Pol 9, a secret taskforce that executes the World Government’s dirty work, has framed the Straw Hat Pirates for the attempted murder of Water Seven’s mayor, Iceberg. What’s worse, Straw Hat archeologist Nico Robin appears to have joined them. Down two crew members with […]

Review: "Fafner: The Complete Series" and "Heaven & Earth" In The Shadow Of Giants

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“Are you there?” If you hear this question, do not answer it. A mobile island may be humanity’s last hope against the Festum, alien forces that have destroyed much of life on the planet. With no options left, a new pilot of the Fafner, an immense mech, must be chosen. A young boy, and soon […]

Review: "Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror Blu-ray (UK Edition)": Reflections On Childhood

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The first thing that struck me about this film was the contradiction in the title. ‘Oblivion Island’ brought up Elder Scrolls-style images of gothic adventure and battles against demonic hordes. But right next to it was the subtitle ‘Haruka and the Magic Mirror’, which sounds considerably softer and child friendly. It both raises and deflates […]

Review: Magic Found in "Howl's Moving Castle" Blu-ray

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For those familiar with Miyazaki-san’s work, it should come as no surprise that Howl’s Moving Castle is a visually sumptuous feast for the eyes, especially in the absolutely stunning high-definition presentation it receives on this new Blu-ray. “Beautiful” just seems like a grossly inadequate word to describe it. Its first scenes of the Castle steaming […]

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