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Feb 3, 2016
Overlord (Anime) add
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Overlord is based on a series of light novels by Maruyama Kugane. The anime version came out last year and was produced by Madhouse. Going into this one, about all I know is the basic premise and that opinions are a bit divided on the series. So, let's take a look and I'll put in my pfennig.



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In the distant future, virtual reality gaming is a thing and it's given rise to a new breed of MMORPGs, which allow the users to immerse themselves in the game worlds. Our story takes place with a popular game, Yggdrasil, entering the end of its life-span and shutting down read more
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Jan 27, 2016
Futari wa Precure: Max Heart (Anime) add
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Last year one of the magical girl anime I looked at was Futari wa Precure, the first in Toei Animation's long-running Precure franchise. It was a strong start with endearing characters, a lot of good moments and strong, surprisingly physical fight scenes. Unlike many magical girl works, Precure believes in having their characters kick and punch instead of just tossing out stock animation special attacks. It also had a pretty strong ending that wrapped everything up. Which makes today's material a little odd. Futari wa Precure Max Heart is a direct sequel with the same characters, one of the only series of its like in read more
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Jan 20, 2016
Mimi wo Sumaseba (Anime) add
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I've reviewed a lot of Studio Ghibli films. In January of 2014, one of those films was The Cat Returns. During that review, I mentioned that it's a spin-off loosely connected to this film, Whisper of the Heart. Now, that film was pretty good with plenty of strong elements. Let's look at Whisper of the Heart and see if the same holds true for it.

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Shizuku has a pretty easy life. Her parents are easy-going and she has plenty of friends and lots of time to read obsessively. One day, she notices that all of the books she gets from the library seem to have been read more
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Jan 13, 2016
Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! (Anime) add
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Namori's Yuru Yuri has had two fairly strong series from Dogakobo. My biggest issue with the second was the overuse of Akane and her single unfunny joke. From early October to late December of last year, there was a third series, this one from TYO Animations. Yuru Yuri San Hai. Does the studio transition work to the series' favour?

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Like the other two series, San Hai doesn't have much in terms of a narrative. A group of junior high girls go about their everyday lives having quirky, and highly Sapphic, fun. It's primarily a comedic work so the question we have to ask is how well read more
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I've talked about Nuku Nuku twice. The first time being the OVA, which was really good. The second time being the twelve episode series, which was still good stuff. This one is also by Ashi Productions, now called Production Reed, and was released the same year as the other TV series, 1998. So, does it hold up as well as the other two? Let's start Dash and see.

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One day Ryuunosuke, fourteen years old, arrives at home to find his parents fighting in another room while an attractive young lady waits awkwardly. She introduces herself as Higuchi Atsuko, but prefers to be called Nuku Nuku. Due read more
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Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru, or OreGairu, started as a series of light novels by Watari Wataru in 2011. It's gotten multiple manga and an anime adaptation from Brain's Base in 2013. Is this a romantic comedy that's worth looking at?

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Our narrative follows a young introvert, Hikigaya Hachiman, who gets himself in trouble with his teacher due to getting overly creative with an essay assignment. As punishment, she forces him to join the Volunteer club, an organisation dedicated to helping students with problems. The leader, and only other member, is Yukinoshita Yukino, an introverted girl who believes that the exceptional, such as read more
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It's time to look at Seven Arcs' incredibly Sapphic Nanoha franchise once more. Although, this one was handed over to A-1 Pictures. Which isn't that odd when you consider that Seven Arcs is more into the business end of animation these days and less into actually animating. Let's start with a quick recap of the prior series. In Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, our young heroine gained magical powers and developed a serious crush on young Fate. Their budding relationship was adorable. In Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's, the two teamed up against a sympathetic threat. In the process their first love started blossoming into a read more
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Dec 16, 2015
Kekkai Sensen (Anime) add
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Kekkai Sensen is an ongoing manga from Nightow Yasuhiro, you may know him as the creator of Trigun. The manga started in 2009, but it didn't receive an anime adaptation until this year. The anime was handled by Bones, a Studio that has a pretty strong track record as far as their works I've reviewed go. Will this be up to their usual standards? Let's delve into it.

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Our story opens in Hellsalem's Lot, formerly New York formerly New Amsterdam. The old New York city was destroyed by a portal opening to another world and this one didn't even have the good grace to read more
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I've mentioned Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch once before, when I mentioned that the main actors from Gakuen Heaven also voiced lead characters in this. The series was brought to us by Sunrise in 2006-2007. It's an original work by the same studio that brought us the Gundam franchise and many, many other anime. Let's take a look at Code Geass and see how they did with this one.

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Code Geass is set in an alternate future where there are three great powers, the Chinese Federation, the EU and the imperialistic Britannia. Japan has been brought under Britannian rule and lost its name, being called area read more
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Dec 2, 2015
Wooser no Sono Higurashi (Anime) add
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Wooser no Sono Higurashi is an anime from Sanzigen, one of the studios that worked on the Black Rock Shooter anime. It's based on a short journal column and aired in 2012. Let's take a look and see what it's all about.

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There's not much story to the series. It's one of those comedies where events happen for humorous purposes and they never follow a real narrative arc. Basically, each episode consists of several short gag segments. It's like the anime equivalent of a Yonkoma (four panel) gag strip. So, that brings me to the important question, is it funny? It is sometimes. A lot read more
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