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Tales of Symphonia was a Namco RPG released for the Gamecube in August of 2003, or July/ November 2004 if you don't live in Japan. It wasn't the first Tales game to receive an anime adaptation with both Phantasia, which some of you may recall from one of my previous reviews, and Eternia getting adapted before it, but it was the first to have the anime adaptation handled by Ufotable, the same studio responsible for Kara no Kyoukai, Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight, & Fate/Zero. Yeah, it's a bit strange, but most anime adaptations of the Tales franchise have been handled by different studios. So, read more
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Welcome, my Friends, to the last film festival week review of the year. We've looked at a lot of films. Some well known. Some more obscure. Some tied to popular franchises, some stand alone adaptations. We started the week with a call back to last year's film festival and we're going to end the same way. So, let's take another look at Production I.G's Ghost in the Shell franchise. Last year, I took a look at the first film, which was excellent. This year it's time to look at the second film. Co-produced by Studio Ghibli, this is Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.

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Jul 18, 2014
Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (Anime) add
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Tsutsui Yasutaka is a pretty prolific author. He's known for science fiction works featuring dark humour and satire. His most famous work is probably The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. It was first published in 1967 and has been adapted or given sequels several times for live action dramas, films, a manga and an anime film from our old friends at Madhouse. The anime film is a loose sequel rather than a direct adaptation. The big question, is it any good?

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Our protagonist, Makoto, is having a bad day. She woke up late. She flunked a quiz. She got into an accident while trying read more
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Jul 17, 2014
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Let me take a moment to talk about Metropolis. Metropolis was one of the most notable pioneering sci-fi works released back in 1927. It was directed by Fritz Lang and written by Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou. The film is a classic of the genre, in spite of some scenes being lost, and every sci-fi fan should watch it. Why do I bring this up when it has nothing to do with anime? Well, back in 1949 Tezuka Osamu, who you may know as the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion, made a manga inspired by the film, also titled Metropolis. read more
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Dragonball Z is another franchise everyone's heard of. People tend to either love it for its characters and action sequences or think it's kind of stupid because it's kind of a mindless action series where people scream to get stronger. Whatever your opinion on the series, Toriyama Akira's creation has certainly had a profound impact on pop culture. It also has over a dozen films. So, you may have wondered which one I'm looking at today. Well, that would be the most recent film from just last year. Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods.

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The narrative begins with the Northern Kai talking to the read more
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Sailor Moon is one of those franchises that you're almost certainly familiar with. It has five anime series with a sixth currently airing. I already looked at the first series, which was great if you watched the original and terrible if you watched the heavily censored Eglish dub. It also has a live action series, over a dozen video games, a musical version and a trio of anime films. Today, we'll be looking at the first of them. Sailor Moon R: The Movie.

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We open with the sailor soldiers going to a greenhouse/ garden to look at flowers. Everything seems to be going well read more
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Let's talk about Dragon Quest. For a time, this was the big series of JRPGs competing with Final Fantasy in North America and Japan. It was also possible to get it in Europe, although we had to settle for the North American version since we didn't have an official release until Dragon Quest VIII and the DS remakes. Try being the five year old whose trying to play the original game in a language you don't know a word of. It is actually possible to beat through trial and error but you won't know what the plot is in the slightest. Naturally, a franchise that read more
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Welcome, My Friends to film festival week. For those of you who don't remember, I did this in February of last year looking at Kara no Kyoukai 2 & 3, Ghost in the Shell, Animal Crossing, Blood the last Vampire, Night on the Galactic Railroad & End of Evangelion. This year I'm going to start out the same way I did last year, with another look at Kara no Kyoukai. To give a brief recap of how the series has scored so far, the first film was slow and incredibly stupid. The second film was suspenseful and good. The third film was okay but could read more
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Rainbow: Nisha Rokubo no Shichinin is a historical drama written by Abe George. The anime adaptation was handled by Madhouse with the adaptation writing handled by Takayashiki Hideo. It hasn't been that long since I watched a Madhouse production, with April's look at One Outs being the last. This is an anime I've never really heard anything about and, given that Madhouse's quality varies significantly, I can't begin to predict how this might rate. We'll just have to take a look and see.

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The narrative opens with six men, faces obscured by hoods, being taken on a bus ride with an armed read more
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Jul 2, 2014
Serial Experiments Lain (Anime) add
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Serial Experiments Lain is a psychological horror, sci-fi, cyberpunk drama anime written by Konaka Chiaki and developed by Triangle Staff. On one hand, I've seen enough things claim to be psychological with virtually no psychological content that I'm a bit skeptical. However, I've also seen plenty of anime with legitimate psychological horror elements foremost among them being the absolutely stellar Perfect Blue. This will be the only anime produced by Triangle Staff that I've seen so I can't provide an educated hypothesis based on that. I will say that I've seen some other anime that Konaka Chiaki was involved with, though not the head writer read more
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