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K-On! Movie (Anime) add
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It's been a while since I looked at the first series of Kyoto animation's K-on. The final verdict for the series was that it was really good. Having a great sense of humour and being fun to watch. Someday, I'll undoubtedly get around to reviewing the second series but, for the time being, let's look at the film that came out in December of 2011.

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The film is set near the end of the second series. Graduation is rapidly approaching for Yui, Mio, Ritsu and Mugi. The four of them decide to take a graduation trip to London, taking Azusa with them even though read more
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Sep 10, 2014
Tenshi Kinryouku (Anime) add
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Angel Sanctuary was a manga written by Yuki Kaori from 1994 to 2000. At the tail end of its run, in 2000, it got an OVA from Hal Film Maker. The same studio that brought us Princess Tutu and... Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-Chan. The manga is dark and disturbing with a lot of screwed up events and circumstances. It's also really good, provided you don't mind media that takes liberties with Judeo-Christian mythos. So, does a three episode OVA manage to capture the spirit of the manga?

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Our tale opens with our hero, Setsuna, fighting against a group of thugs. He's winning handily, until his sister, read more
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The Mario Brothers are two of the most iconic, if not the most iconic, video game characters ever created. The game franchise has had a whole slew of installments, most of which are remembered fondly. Some of which are reviled. Specifically, Hotel Mario on the CD-I and the “edutainment” titles like Mario is Missing and Mario's Time Machine. Naturally, it has had some other media. Including one of the worst Hollywood movies ever made and some horrendous American cartoons from DIC. Was the character treated with any more respect by Japanese animated studios? Let's look at Studio Junio's Mario Brothers OVA from 1989 to find read more
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Aug 27, 2014
Fire Emblem (Anime) add
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
 
Fire Emblem was a game franchise virtually unknown outside of Japan until Super Smash Brothers Melee came out. That game featured two Fire Emblem characters, Marth and Roy, as playable fighters. Creating an interest in the franchise that was great enough to get the seventh title, Blazing Sword, and most subsequent titles released internationally.

So, why was the franchise only released outside of Japan at that point? My theory is that the games were simply considered too difficult. Yes, Nintendo had a lot of really hard games, some unfairly so. But Fire Emblem is the most difficult franchise developed by Nintendo itself. The games feature read more
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Aug 20, 2014
Pokemon: The Origin (Anime) add
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Pokemon, or Pocket Monsters was a part of my generation's childhood and every subsequent generation given that the series has continued with a new version being released every couple of years and that isn't even including the spinoff games like Snap, Conquest, or Ranger. The original pair of games, Red and Green, was released in Japan during February of 96. (Blue didn't come until later. We didn't get them until 99 and we didn't get Green at all. The games quickly grew into a major franchise with an anime that started broadcasting in 97 and has never stopped, getting new series added with every new read more
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Aug 13, 2014
Chokotan! (Anime) add
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Chokotan is an adaptation of an ongoing manga written by Takeuchi Kozue. The special is only ten minutes long and was handled by J.C. Staff. Yes, the same studio behind Potemayo, The Slayers and Honey & Clover, to name a few. So, how do they handle adapting an ongoing manga into a really short special? Let's take a look and find out.

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The titular Chokotan is a miniature Dachshund. Her owner, Nao, likes a boy in her school named Arima and gets to see him everyday when taking Chokotan for her morning walk in spite of being in different classes. Also, Chokotan can talk like read more
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Aug 6, 2014
Murder Princess (Anime) add
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Murder Princess is a two volume manga written by Inui Sekihiko. During that tail end of the manga's run, it was adapted into a six episode OVA. Which was produced by Marvelous Entertainment, a company primarily know for video games, and animated by Bee Train, the company behind a good chunk of the .Hack anime franchise. This is one you may or may not have heard of since it's not obscure but not really well known either. So, is it worth looking into?

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Our story opens with a coup. In the kingdom of Forland, a scientist under the monarchy's employ decides that it's time to read more
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Jul 30, 2014
Potemayo (Anime) add
1 of 5 people found this review helpful
 
Potemayo was a comedic manga strip by Ogataya Haruka. In 2007, J.C. Staff. The studio behind Shakugan no Shana, Honey and Clover and Nodame Cantabile just to name the ones I've reviewed.) Now, they have done some really good comedies so it's entirely possible that this could be highly amusing. Of course, it's also possible that this is a major blemish on their production history. Let's take a look and see which is more accurate.

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The titular Potemayo is a strange creature that emerged from the refrigerator of our protagonist, Moriyama Sunao, for no apparent reason. She starts following him to school and getting into read more
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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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