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reviewed Texhnolyze (Anime). September 12, 2013
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There are anime features that are intended to be action entertainment, many are made for fun, while some that serve up fan service and then there are some that really try to push the boundaries of storytelling. …
reviewed From Up On Poppy Hill (anime film). September 05, 2013
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From Up On Poppy Hill (anime film)
Just a few days ago, multi-award winner and Japanese anime maestro Hayao Miyazaki had announced his retirement (I know he was semi-retired as a director for some years now), and while most anime fans …
reviewed Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail (.... August 18, 2013
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Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail (Season Three)
It has been well established that I believe that director Sunao Katabuchi’s “Black Lagoon” is one of the best action-oriented anime series that I have seen. Those who watched it will …
reviewed Dusk Maiden of Amnesia- Complete Coll.... July 18, 2013
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Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (Anime Series)
Manga-anime series adaptations has been a common exercise in Japan. There are those that succeed, and those that don’t, because the manga series had not been concluded before the airing of the anime …
reviewed Fate Stay Night- Collection Two (Anim.... June 24, 2013
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Fate Stay Night- Collection Two
The Holy Grail Wars begin to reach its epic conclusion. After Saber’s defeat of Rider, Shirou (Noriaki Sugiyama) must know dig even deeper to the secrets behind his father’s death and admit …
reviewed Fate Stay Night- Collection One (Anim.... June 11, 2013
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Fate Stay Night- Collection One (Anime Series)
There had been quite a good number of tales that concern the legendary Holy Grail. Those stories often come in the form of depictions within different time periods, but none is as known as the story of …
reviewed Blade of the Immortal- Complete Colle.... May 26, 2013
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Blade of the Immortal- Compete Collection (Anime)
“Blade of the Immortal” was one of the more successful manga series that ever made it to U.S. production published by Dark Horse comics. It was a critically acclaimed series and of course, …
reviewed IRON MAN: Rise of Technovore (2013 An.... April 17, 2013
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IRON MAN: Rise of Technovore (2013 Anime film)
Marvel Anime: Iron Man was based on Marvel Comics Characters and definitely took more inspiration from the highly popular live-action movies starring Robert Downey Jr. The series wasn’t terrific, …
reviewed Children Who Chase Lost Voices (Anime.... February 18, 2013
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Children Who Chase Lost Voices (Anime Film)
Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli are household names when it comes to Japanese anime and animated films in general. They have always managed to capture the essence of Japanese folklore-ish tales around …
reviewed Origin: Spirits of the Past. February 10, 2013
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Origin: Spirits of the Past
People who have been exposed to a good number of anime series or films would know to give the Japanese credit where credit is due. You would have to admit that the large number of Japanese anime have …
reviewed Blade of the Phantom Master (anime film). February 05, 2013
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Blade of the Phantom Master S.A.V.E.
Manga/Manhwa-to-anime film is almost a done deal when it comes to Japanese and Korean comic book series. Such as the case once again with “Blade of the Phantom Master” (Shin Angyo Onshi translated …
reviewed Mardock Scramble: Second Combustion. January 08, 2013
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Mardock Scramble: Second Combustion
Based on a series of novels written by Tow Ukubata which was later adapted into a manga series, “Mardock Scramble: Second Combustion” is the second part of an intended OVA trilogy directed …
reviewed Blade The Anime Series- The Complete .... December 13, 2012
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Marvel Anime: Blade- Season One
Marvel comics and Japanese anime have been two of my favorite entertainment mediums. So It was a good bet that I would be checking out any production that would combine the two. I enjoyed the anime series …
reviewed Hellsing Ultimate Vol. 5-8 Collection. December 02, 2012
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Hellsing Ultimate Vol. 5-8 Collection
True, when I reviewed the first 4 volumes of “Hellsing Ultimate” (click on link to see review) last week, I really wasn’t sure where and how it was going. There was a lot of foreshadowing …
reviewed Hellsing Ultimate: Vol. 1-4 Collection. November 26, 2012
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Hellsing Ultimate: Vol. 1-4 Collection
The manga by Kouta Hirano in the late 1990’s was so well-received that of course as with any other manga series that achieves success, it has been adapted into an anime series even when the manga …
reviewed Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic.... August 26, 2012
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Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror (anime)
While adult themed Japanese anime have always been my preference because of their ability to bring out compelling stories, we all know that anime isn’t all about such things. There are several anime …
reviewed Trigun Badlands Rumble. August 03, 2012
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Trigun Badlands Rumble
I never really got into the anime series “Trigun”, not because I thought it was bad (I cannot make this call since I only saw a few episodes) but I just had other things on plate when the …
reviewed Marvel Anime: X-Men - Complete Series.... May 28, 2012
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Marvel Anime: X-Men - Complete Series
Japanese Anime and Marvel Comics. Two of the most awesome things in entertainment. I have always been curious when “Marvel Manga” was published in the U.S. in the 2000’s to know just …
reviewed Mardock Scramble: The First Compressi.... March 14, 2012
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Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (Director's Cut) (2012)
Inspired by a series of novels by Tow Ubukata which was later on adapted into a series of manga, director Susumu Kudo is primed to jumpstart a new anime franchise with the first part of an OVA movie trilogy …
reviewed Broken Blade: Complete Collection. March 12, 2012
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Broken Blade: Complete Collection
I love Japanese mecha anime. This was why I took a chance with director Tetsuro Animo’s “Broken Blade” aka. “Broken Blade: The Time of Awakening” - Gekijouban Bureiku bureido …
reviewed First Squad: The Moment of Truth (2009). March 05, 2012
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First Squad: The Moment of Truth (2009)
I’ve often said that Japanese anime have always had the guts to do what other animated works are often reluctant to do. Yes, sometimes, anime may go over the top; but if you are a fan of the medium, …
reviewed The Secret World of Arrietty. February 18, 2012
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The Secret World of Arrietty
A few years ago, Disney bought the distribution rights to several of Studio Gibli’s creations. I was ecstatic since it would mean that Studio Gibli’s animated films would have better access …
reviewed High School of the Dead. February 12, 2012
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High School of the Dead
I wasn’t really expecting much when I saw the first season (12 episodes) of “High School of the Dead” and being based on the manga series by Daisuke Sato and Shoji Sato, I have to admit, …
reviewed TO (Three-Disc DVD/Blu-ray Combo). October 16, 2011
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TO (Three-Disc DVD/Blu-ray Combo)
Being a small fan of “Vexille” and the recent CGI anime “Appleseed” film franchise, I immediately was drawn to purchase the TO film collection since it had been produced by the …
reviewed Supernatural: The Anime Series. October 07, 2011
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Supernatural: The Anime Series
I have always been a long-time fan of the TV series “Supernatural” and I was quite overjoyed when CW (without original series creator Eric Kripke) decided to go for another season this year. …
reviewed Summer Wars. June 10, 2011
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Summer Wars
My friend @Madpenguin highly recommended the anime series “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” to me some years ago and that anime proved to be something that defined the magic of Japanese animation; …
reviewed Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance. June 01, 2011
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Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance
To get some background on this new Quadrilogy called ‘The Rebuild of Evangelion” by HideakI Anno please read my review of Evangelion 1.11: You Are (Not) Alone. To make things short this new …
reviewed Princess Mononoke (1997 Japanese Anim.... January 18, 2011
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Princess Mononoke (Dub) (1999)
How do you review something so compelling, so engaging and so brilliant that to do so would make one seem like a boy with a huge crush? Roger Ebert placed the film as one of his 10 best films of all time …
reviewed Blood: The Last Vampire (2009 movie). July 12, 2009
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2009 Movie poster
   Vampires and Samurai action; a great combination. Such as the case with "Blood the Last Vampire", an anime film made in 2000. It garnered a cult following that several interpretations …
reviewed Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. March 14, 2009
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Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
The isolation and loneliness as being the result of a union between a vampire king and a human woman--a being called a Dunpeal, someone who can never belong to either side. Strong, powerful and able …
reviewed Ghost in the Shell (original movie). January 06, 2009
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2-disc DTS edition
One of the best animated films I have ever seen is a Japanese anime called KOKAKU KIDOTAI, otherwise known as "GHOST IN THE SHELL" (1995) Honestly, for those very unfamiliar with anime, its …
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