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Jan 10, 2019
No matter how comically deep Kenji Kamiyama attempts to go as he tries - and fails - to imitate Ghost in the Shell, he will never, EVER be Mamoru Oshii. 'Tis a a sad but very true fact~

The very existence of Cyborg and that it somehow qualified as a movie, with its PS2-esque cutscene CG, is a rather damning indictment of how far the anime medium has fallen since the 80's and 90's. Long gone are the days of large budgets being given to creative geniuses like Kawajiri and Oshii. Today, all we get are knock-off imitators and imitations.

Now, that is not to say Cyborg read more
Jan 10, 2019
Napping Princess is a rather unfortunate film which ended up being ruined by Kenji Kamiyama's complete inability to structure his original works. (f*** you, Eden of the East)

As an interview highlighted, only during production did it dawn on ol' Ken that a film about a tablet containing car production secrets would not be 'magical', or anime enough to earn it mainstream appeal... or be at all interesting, really. So, he did what any ANIME creator would by inserting a loli, a dream kingdom called 'Heartland', a transforming robo-bike and mecha combat; just for the hell of it. I mean, obviously!

You see, the heroine, Kokone, likes read more
Mar 17, 2017
'Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water' is a fascinating piece of overlooked anime history, as well as an adventure classic. Those fond of 'Neon Genesis Evangelion', in particular, owe it to themselves to watch it because Nadia is the anime that directly influenced Evangelion; in the form of director Hideaki Anno's very own version of a much loved Ghibli classic.

The reason Nadia holds such influence is - partly - because the stress of working on the series was what lead to Anno's (in)famous four-year period of depression, which he would later channel into a sort of negative creativity in the form of THE psychological breakdown read more
Mar 25, 2015
There could not have been a more fitting end. Shinichi and Migi's dream in the final episode, along with the internal monologue life preaching that followed immediately after (consisting of HALF the sodding episode!), aptly summarised everything wrong with an anime that may as well have been titled 'Parasyte: Maximum Chatter Within'. It was telling that, with the chance to have AN ACTUAL CONVERSATION outside of Shinichi's head, instead the last exchange between the two characters played out internally. Migi said it was because he (genderless, but forever a bro) wanted Shinichi to forget. And I most certainly agreed with Migi's sentiment.

One of the read more
Mar 24, 2015
"Yes, King Il. Nobody has said that the princess' hair is strange. But if I may be so bold to say, there is definitely something wrong with her head."
- Hak, Akatsuki no Yona

After considering at length how best to begin reviewing Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn), I decided to quote the series squirrel mascot: "PUK KYUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU~!"

I WILL explain the squirrel hilarity behind "puk kyu", but first of all: What - beyond untranslated Japanese - is Akatsuki no Yona?
The answer is a period piece with a HEAVY ancient China / Korea influence, set in the fictional kingdom of Kouka--a nation held together by read more
Aug 2, 2014
:: Intro & Narrative ::
"I am human, therefore nothing human is alien to me." - Terentius

Some manga fly under the radar. Especially those by authors with no other popular works that are based on novels from well over a century ago. And seinen titles generally just receive a lot less attention than series aimed at younger demographics. HOWEVER, A Falsified Romance deserves better. The art is outstanding, the story is thrilling and the dialogue thought-provoking. A psychological profile of a killer disconnected with life, complete with an accurate representation of the human mind, this is a manga that offers everything.

First of all, an read more
Jul 2, 2014
Titles do not usually hold much - if any - meaning. But in the case of Broken Blade, which is better known in Engrish as 'Break Blade' (BB), the title refers to the broken blades visible on the head and back of Rygart's (the lead & pilot) robot. The titular broken blades also - symbolically - link into Rygart's character. One of the two things they symbolise is how broken as a person he is in Break Blade's universe due to his "unsorcerer" (can not manipulate quartz / use technology) limitations. The other is how mentally broken he becomes as he goes from being pacifistic read more
Jul 16, 2011
NG Life (Manga) add (All reviews)
Tokyopop's parting gift to the manga community was the release of the final volume of this most wonderful series, shortly before they ceased to exist. NG Life is not the usual shoujo mush, nor is it just another romantic comedy destined to be forgotten shortly after being read. It is a work that poses the sort of introspective questions essential to all-time classics being remembered as such.

- Can love survive the tests of time; can it even transcend death?
- Can one be forgiven for falling in love with another, after being separated from their beloved?

Make no mistake: NG Life should be read with the reader read more
Jul 11, 2010
There is something terribly ironic about me reviewing this surprisingly wonderful attempt at making yaoi fangirls likable and, to a certain extent, understandable. After shedding many manly tears in my attempts to become an infrequent MAL reviewing-person, I eventually retired, following much moaning about MAL being controlled from the shadows by the evil known as the yaoi legion--every horribly typed yaoi review having a near perfect score when I glanced over the latest review offerings. It must surely have been fated in the stars that, not only would a TRULY hilarious series that details the lives of the yaoi fangirls I once hated become a read more
Mar 1, 2010
"When I saw the pictures and the explanation of the story, I thought it was a coarser, scarier and darker anime. But once we started, I realized it had less violence and more heart." - Mie Sonozaki


Before anything else, you need to understand the following: Witchblade is, first and foremost, a character-driven drama, rather than an action series. It has some fighting, yes, but the vast majority of the episodes are spent focusing on character development. Everything else comes a distant second. At first the suggestion is that it's going to be a The Devil Lady, 'monster of the week' type, and that is simply read more