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

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That voyage of personal discovery is expressed in the spirited Sophie and the moody Howl, and the way each of them pulls in the other. Sophie is another in a long line of strong, well-defined female leads in Miyazaki-san’s films, made even more unusual by her age. This is a film that would never get […]

Review: "Dragon Ball Z" Series Four (UK Edition): Not So Paranoid Androids

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After opening the series with a three volume mega-saga, the fourth volume of Dragon Ball Z offers some variety. Things kick off with the extended filler tale that is Garlic Jr. In Japan, DBZ saw yearly movies which reworked the current plot elements into standalone original stories. The first of these, inspired by Goku and […]

Review: "Canaan (UK Edition)": Promised Land

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I’m not really a fan of shorter, 13-episode series, usually because I find they lack enough episodes to tell a consistent story and in some cases tend to be prone to awkward last minute shock plot twists. Canaan is something of an answer to my misgivings. Low level Japanese reporter Minoru Minorikawa ekes out a […]

"Gundam Unicorn" Returns To DVD In August

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Right Stuf International has announced a deal with Sunrise, Inc to distribute the science fiction OVA miniseries Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn on DVD. On August 20th, 2013 the first four episodes will be reissued in two parts, each retailing for $29.99 MSRP, taking after the North American DVD release from the now-defunct Bandai Entertainment. Part […]

Review: "Mass Effect: Paragon Lost" Entertains, But Underachieves

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On paper, Mass Effect: Paragon Lost looks nothing short of fantastic. Animated by the illustrious Production. I.G. and a movie tie-in for Bioware’s science fiction action RPG series, acclaimed for its powerful storytelling? The pedigree is undeniably outstanding. However, both as a Mass Effect film project and as an anime coproduction, this movie is an […]

Review: "Needless Part 1 & Part 2 (UK Editions)": Not A Fully Accurate Title

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In the 21st century the planet is rocked by World War III. Amongst the damage the country of Japan is heavily bombed. Decades later society has generally rebuilt but the largest blast crater remains in the centre of Tokyo, dubbed the Black Spot. From this no-man’s land emerges those strangely mutated by the effects of […]

Studio Trigger Streams Its "Little Witch Academia" Short In English

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The Japanese animation studio Studio Trigger has uploaded an official, English-subtitled video of its animated short Little Witch Academia on Youtube. The cartoon tells the story of a young witch-in-training named Akko who attends a wizardry school to follow in the footsteps of “Shiny Chariot”, a witch she admires despite her idol’s showy magic earning […]

Viz Media Europe Acquires "Sailor Moon"

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Toei Animation Europe announced on its official website this week that a deal for DVD distribution rights to the classic magical girl series Sailor Moon has been signed with Viz Media Europe. Per this agreement, plans are in place for Sailor Moon to be released in Germany and “all the French-speaking European countries”. The French […]

Review: "House Of Five Leaves" Grows as Slow as a Tree, But Solid as Oak

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The wandering samurai Akitsu “Masa” Masunosuke has no home to call his own anymore, until the House of Five Leaves takes him in. Accepting a job as a bodyguard, Masa quickly finds himself wrapped up in a world of kidnapping, bribery, robbery, prostitution, and more. The shy swordsman must figure out if his place in […]

FUNimation Solicits June & July Titles Including "Appleseed XIII", "One Piece" Season 5

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FUNimation Entertainment recently scheduled a number of anime releases for the months of June and July, featuring a mix of new titles and repackages for established properties. Dates and details follow below. June 2013 Appleseed XIII, a CG-animated series based on Shirow Masamune’s Sci-fi manga, is due on 6/4/13. The series is being released as […]

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