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Review: "Shakugan no Shana" Season 2 + OAV: More Moody Melancholia

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Let it be known that I’m a generous guy. I originally reviewed Shakugan no Shana‘s first season and didn’t have a favorable reaction. Naturally, I wasn’t exactly chomping at the bit to review the second season. But, when asked nicely if I’d be so kind as to take up that burden (partially because a different […]

PR: "Gaiking: The Movie Collection" Coming to DVD on May 21, 2013

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GAIKING: THE MOVIE COLLECTION Contains Three Feature-Length Movies Edited From the Original Series, Plus A Brand-New English Language Track! COLLECTIBLE 2-DVD SET ARRIVES ON HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHELVES EVERYWHERE ON MAY 21, 2013 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY An iconic classic from the golden age of Japanese animation, Gaiking the transforming super robot is back in a trio […]

Review: "Tenchi Muyo! Movie Collection" Breaks the Muyo! Mold

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Tenchi’s disappearing! Tenchi has a daughter! Tenchi disappeared! In the Tenchi Muyo! franchise’s three cinematic movies, the gang travels back in time, deals with daughters from the future (!?), and explores the world of restaurant work. Can the girls save Tenchi, save Tenchi, and save Tenchi? In these three movies, does Tenchi actually matter, or […]

Review: "Tenchi Muyo! OVA Collection" Is the Best of the Best

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An ancient demon. Two princesses. A space detective who relies on luck a little too much. An exiled academic. All of the above deeply love and respect one generic kid in rural Japan, who may be tied to them more than anyone would expect. They’ll fight for his love. Tenchi will have to fight for […]

Gainax Revives Its "Blue Uru" Film Project

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The Japanese animation studio Gainax has announced that it is restarting work on its Blue Uru film project. Blue Uru is intended to be a sequel to Gainax’s first theatrical film, the 1987 sci-fi drama Royal Space Force – The Wings of Honnêamise. Work on the film first began in 1992, but it was suspended the following […]

Review: "Bunny Drop": The Simple Joy of Young Life

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A young girl’s father dies. Her mother’s whereabouts are unknown. A relative takes her in. This is the beginning of the story, with the twist that the young girl is actually the relative’s half-aunt. Thirty-year old Daikichi has stepped up to be the guardian of six-year old Rin, who is the daughter of his grandfather […]

Review: "Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Season One (UK Edition)": BRITANNIA RULES THE WORLD!

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Code Geass arguably needs no introduction. Equal parts famous and infamous, it was the surprise hit of the 2006 season. Overseas licensing quickly followed, including volume releases from Beez Entertainment. With that Bandai subsidiary sadly no longer with us, Kaze has obtained the license and is releasing the show in two complete season sets. In […]

"One Piece" Season Four Third Voyage: Saying Goodbye to Innocence

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The Straw Hat Pirates arrive at Water 7, the Mecca of shipwrights. With the Going Merry on her last legs the crew is torn asunder when a grim decision must be made as to the future. Meanwhile, a plot to frame Captain Luffy and friends is underway, fracturing the crew even further. “One Piece Season […]

Review: "The Mystical Laws" Hasn't a Prayer

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The Mystical Laws is a movie so bad–a movie that gets so many things wrong–that it passes through mere incompetence to emerge in that fairy tale world inhabited by Plan 9 From Outer Space and Batman Forever. Don’t let its initially professional sheen mislead you. This is a movie that creeps toward insanity on soft […]

Review: "Gintama The Movie" (UK Edition): Ever Feel Like You Missed A Dynasty?

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We’re quite fortunate to live in a time when the licensing of Japanese shows is pretty consistent. Although the ‘anime bubble’ may have popped, pretty much every good show and movie that comes out of the country gets a licensed release overseas. However, this isn’t always the case, and some popular works get tied up […]

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