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I've talked about Fullmetal Alchemist before, both the first anime and Brotherhood. It was largely positive, with both series having a lot of good elements. Well, the original series had a film based on it and that's what we're looking at today, Conqueror of Shamballa. Does it live up to the rest of the franchise, is it an embarrassment? Let's find out.

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The film opens with a scientist showing Alphonse his new bomb, mistaking him for the Fullmetal alchemist. What a novel idea, we've never seen that before. He wants a State Alchemist to help him present his bomb to their higher ups. Alphonse refuses and read more
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Apr 22, 2015
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Shigofumi was created by Yuzawa Tomoro and written by Okouchi Ichiro under J.C. Staff Studio in 2008. How well does it hold up when compared to their other works? Let's find out.

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Our heroine, Fumika, is a postman but not an ordinary one. She delivers Shigofumi, the final memento of the dead delivered to the world of the living, usually in the form of a letter. That's a good sign to start with. It is an intriguing idea and could make for a really good episodic title on the level of Petshop of Horrors. Unfortunately, the concept isn't taken full advantage of. A lot of the read more
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Apr 15, 2015
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Explorer Woman Ray is an OVA from AIC, the same studio behind Bubblegum Crisis, Vampire Princess Miyu, Battle Athletes, Blue Gender, Sasameki Koto and the terrible OreImo. just to name a few I've reviewed. Based on a manga by Okazaki Takeshi. Although this one is far less known than any of those, but being a “hipster” I just have to dreg up obscure titles just so that I can say I've seen them and you haven't. Actually, the truth is that I picked twenty super short anime that looked kind of interesting, assigned them numerical values and rolled a d20 to determine which one to read more
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Apr 8, 2015
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Ankoku Cat is a six episode ONA from Fanworks, a studio I've never reviewed or seen anything from before. Mainly because they haven't done that much. I only found about ten anime listed as having had them work on them, most of which are series with really short run times. So, let's take a look at Ankoku Cat and try to get some idea of what they're about.

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It's not a complicated story. A city is taking measures to deal with the stray cat problem. A problem which has escalated recently because of the titular Ankoku Cat, who has been causing problems for people with his read more
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Apr 2, 2015
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Let's go back to our old friends at Madhouse in their attempts to adapt Marvel comics. I've already looked at Blade, which was okay, but let's look at another attempt. In this case, the X-men, a super hero team that hasn't been well written in the comics proper since Chris Claremont's run ended. Which is a pity since Claremont's run made them my favourite super hero team. It's not like they've gotten all bad writers either. They got Grant Morrison and he can do really well when writing original works or when given proper oversight. Unfortunately, they let him off his leash for his run read more
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6 of 11 people found this review helpful
 
Neptunia is a game franchise from Compile Heart and Idea Factory. They are solid games, albeit with some issues, and their Lily system is one of the best things in any video game. Seriously, more games need a system where yuri makes the characters stronger. In 2013 there was an anime version, separate in storyline from any of the games. It was handled by David Production, the same studio behind Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. It's only the second anime I've seen where they were responsible for the main production. How well does it hold up?

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The Console Wars are coming to an end in the great land read more
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Mar 18, 2015
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Strike Witches was originally created by illustrator, Shimada Fumikane as a mixed-media project. It has since been adapted into light novels, manga, anime and video games. The first anime series was brought to us by Gonzo. You may remember them from their work on Gantz, Brave Story, Bakuretsu Tenshi, Basilisk & Zettai Boei Leviathan, just to name some of them I've reviewed. So, how does this one compare to the others? Let's delve into it and see.

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Strike Witches is set in an alternate world where an enigmatic enemy called the Neuroi has appeared and started attacking people. Humanity's best line of defense is a group read more
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6 of 11 people found this review helpful
 
Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox is an anime from TMS Entertainment based on pachinko games. And to think, it hasn't been that long since I looked at Umi Monogatari, another anime based on a pachinko game. I don't get it, what is it about pachinko games that makes people think they'd lend themselves to a story? But Umi Monogatari was a good series, so maybe this one will be too. Let's find out.

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We open up with Japan in the modern day, a middle school girl named Hide Yoshino, nicknamed Hideyoshi, stops at an old shrine to pray for success in her exams because she is doing read more
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Mar 4, 2015
Akuma no Riddle (Anime) add
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Akuma no Riddle is an ongoing manga written by Koga Yun and illustrated by Minakata Sunao. Last year it was adapted into a twelve episode anime series by Diomedéa, the same studio behind Ika Musume and some series I've never seen and know basically nothing about. This is my second exposure to their work. Let's see how they do.

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Azuma Tokaku is an assassin in training. She gets selected for a rather strange mission at Myoujou Academy, a girls' school. She and twelve other girls will make up the school's Black Class and all of them except one, Ichinose Haru, are assassins. The assassin to slay read more
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Feb 25, 2015
Natsu no Arashi! Akinaichuu (Anime) add
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Not long ago I looked at the first series of Natsu no Arashi. It was okay, suffering quite a bit from tonal problems, repeating an episode basically wholesale and some jokes that didn't work, but it also had quite a few good points and it was decent overall. So, does the second series improve on any of those aspects? Does it degrade? Let's take a look and see how it compares.

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The story continues with Arashi, Hajime and everyone else working at the cafe. This series does drop the attempts at dramatic stories about their time traveling and goes completely into comedic mode. Which is what read more
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