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Jan 18, 2009
Ok, first off let me say that this is definitely not what you would call an 'average' Shounen manga. If anything , this is more psychological in its nature, and in turn it can be pretty thought provoking at times. However, in the same breath, it can also seem to drag in places - which makes it kinda bland. But in saying that, the good definitely outweighs the bad. The manga tends to dwell on certain psychologies of the characters, and it often gets as close to reality as any manga will ever get. Every single character has some flaw read more
Dec 11, 2008
RD is a sci fi/cyberpunk anime that is highly reminiscent of Ghost in the shell. It also sends out the same message in regards to a person's humanity (what is it that makes us human?) and the overall effects of humanity on the world around us. Real Drive is probably one of the more "ethical" animes that I have seen recently.

The show comes with a variety of characters, including androids and "cyber-brained" people. So, unless it's watched from very early on, you can easily confuse between the two. I doubt that this is the sort of anime that you can start read more
Nov 21, 2008
Sensei! (Manga) add (All reviews)
Preliminary
Sensei! is a beautifully written manga from the author of Koukou Debut and despite difference in the artistic style both art and story compliment each other nicely. And it adds to the manga's charm and, dare I say, allure. I started reading this after reading Koukou Debut and despite the initial confusion (due to the art - at one point I thought that a different illustrator was involved, I'm assured there isn't) I found myself really enjoying this particular manga.

As the title suggests the manga is about a teacher, or more specifically, a student-teacher relationship. This is an excellent read more
Nov 14, 2008
Preliminary
I'm not familiar with Manhwa, but as a first time read - I have no doubts that I've chosen a fairly adequate one. The bride of the water god is a story about a girl who was sacrificed by the people of her village to the water god in exchange for rain. It sounds fairly simple, but the plot isn't all that easy to follow. There are many twists in the tale, and some of them aren't that clearly pointed out at the onset. Such as the water god's interesting, shall we say, condition.

The artistic style is, in essence, read more
Aug 18, 2008
Preliminary
Gunslinger Girl manga was one of the first manga to be translated into the English language under the newly launched ADVManga in 2002, and due to a 2 year hiatus between 2005 and 2007, only 10 volumes of this popular manga have been released thus far.

One thing that I can really say about Gunslinger Girl is that is has a pretty dark edge to it, especially when you take the actual content and the plot into consideration. It can quite easily give you very mixed emotions at times (sometimes getting a little too heavy). The fragmented, yet detailed, storyline is actually pretty unique read more
Aug 7, 2008
Preliminary
It might seem that I'm jumping the gun a bit here when I'm writing a review so early into this anime. But in all honesty, I've been meaning to write a review of Natsume Yuujinchou for quite a while now. Despite seeing a slightly familiar format here e.g., A boy who can see and communicate with spirits (think Bleach), the anime is actually rather refreshing in it's nature. The plot line is pretty easy to follow: Natsume inherits a book from his grandmother (whom could also see spirits). The book contains the names of all the spirits that said grandmother read more
Aug 4, 2008
Preliminary
This is my first experience with josei manga (although, shoujo could also be referred to this manga) - and what a rare treat it is! Now being adapted into a 12 episode anime after previously been made into a J-drama, as well as a Korean live action movie, Antique Bakery is, itself, an award winning manga first published in 1999. The characters themselves are as mismatched a bunch that I have ever seen: A homosexual pastry chef, a former boxing champion turned apprentice, a "self-styled" ladies man, and Chikage. Watching how these characters interact with each other is really what makes this read more
Aug 2, 2008
In typical fashion, I decided to read this manga months after watching the anime adaptation. And, while, the anime remains partly true to the manga, the manga itself offers so much more than what the anime ever could. Not only that, but it continues past the anime's ending point - the cultural festival, or more importantly the stage play that was taking place. As this is actually quite an important part of the story.

Now, I know what you're thinking - 'this is just another high school romantic comedy manga'. You know the ones, boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy read more
Aug 1, 2008
Yubikiri - or pinky promise is a one shot manga consisting of 3 stories. Coincidentally, this was written and illustrated by the same manga-ka as Sunadokei (which I also encourage you to check out).

Each of the three stories are similar in the fact that the girls in each of the stories are, for the lack of a better word, troubled. This is really apparent in the second story (Cuckoo child). I'm not really all too sure what to actually make of the second story. The first story, where this "manga" gets its name from, is not as dark as Cuckoo's child. read more
Jul 24, 2008
There may be spoilers ahead - please don't read this review if you have not yet seen this particular movie.

Damn the lack of 9.5 ratings on these things! >__<

Toki wo kakeru shoujo (時をかける少女) is not what you would call your typical slice of life anime - there is nothing even remotely typical about this particular anime. Despite having sci-fi references, they are kept to a relative minimum - which took nothing away from the movie, in fact, it actually added to it. In itself, its an adaption from several other live action movies of the same name, as well as a manga/light novel, read more