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Jul 29, 2010
An aspiring hero ventures north to do battle with an army of demons. Along the way meeting comrades who share his aspirations. Except the aspirations of him forcing said friends into cosplay and making them dance on the street for money. That's mostly just him.

The simplest summation I can give of this manga is that it's a fantasy/RPG-style adventure which can't be entirely fit into serious or parody categories, as it does both so amazingly well.

Admittedly, this series takes a little while to establish it's characters in a way necessary to be really good at either serious scenes or parody scenes. read more
Dec 11, 2009
Preliminary
In the 21st century, people with psychic powers (espers), have become fairly common, and the BABEL is the branch of the Japanese government responsible for esper affairs. Japan's 3 most powerful espers are a trio of 10-year old girls, the Children. Hilarity ensues, along with a very awesome plot.

Amidst it all, trying to stop a 100% likely apocalyptic future, is a mentally-gifted but otherwise normal 20-year-old, Minamoto Kouichi. And seriously, if anyone deserves his perfect harem ending as a replacement for that bad future, it is this man. Literally his entire life is lived for the sake of helping his charges, read more
Jun 12, 2009
Sports manga in general (with a few notable exceptions) branch off into two main groups - the martial group and the teamwork group. The martial sports manga (featuring boxing, judo, etc.) usually sport characters with grit and guts struggling against one another. This type of sports manga also often suffers from overemphasis of the main character and weak side characters who only serve to show how awesome the lead is by comparison. The teamwork sports manga (featuring baseball, basketball, etc.) usually sport a large, well-developed cast. At the very least, the main team of a team sports manga will have read more
Mar 28, 2009
Enchanter is a singular manga, one which really can come from out of left field and smack you upside the head, leaving you surprised and very entertained. This series sets itself up from start to finish as an ecchi story which includes a bit of violence, meaning that both of the big two plot points (real death and real sex) can happen. Which still doesn't prepare you for what it ends up doing.

You see, the initial tale is that of a gageteer genius high school student named Haruhiko, who (due to the standard "accident") is imbued with the mystical toolmaking powers read more
Nov 2, 2008
First of all, let me say that this will probably be my least popular review. It's about a manga most people haven't even heard of, and of those, few consider it to be really good. Nevertheless, I have to say that Dragon Voice is one of the most amazingly enjoyable mixes of group comedy and dynamics I've ever read, so much so that I paid for most of the volumes after number 1 at a normal, full-price store. I'm only missing three volumes of ten right now (plus the conclusion that Tokyopop decided to put in limbo). I don't spend my read more
Jun 12, 2008
Legendary Gambler Tetsuya. This one of the anime I've been striving to watch for a long time. I first learned about it back in 2003 on an old anime site which doesn't even update anymore, and I've tried to watch it ever since. Up until a few months ago, I had only seen one episode. Now, of course, I've finished the series through a combination of subs and raws. I have to say it was worth the wait.

Story: As one might infer from the title, this show is about gambling. Gambling and gamblers (called bainin in the show) who read more
Feb 12, 2008
About a year ago, I was shopping for books at a local secondhand store when I found what looked like a bargain: a bin of anime DVDs for 15$. When I took them home, I watched and most of them weren't too good - until I watched Please Save My Earth. It blew me away in a way that I haven't been since I first discovered subtitled anime. I cannot believe that something that good happened to be in a bargain bin.

Story: The basic premise of PSME is the tragedy of seven reincarnated researchers. Originally members of a scientifically read more
Dec 16, 2007
Preliminary
Genshiken: A fairly simple story concept which gets executed with surprisingly deep results. This is a tale of a loosely-run club of otakus, and of the trials and tribulations of the various members. Although none of the plots of the show is entirely original, the characters and the fact that they suffer through realistic otaku problems (combined with the fact that most readers are probably otaku) make it a very fun, and occasionally emotional, manga.

Characters: You have Sasahara (freshman), the introverted guy who opens up as he gets to know the rest of the club members. Kohsaka (also a freshman), who read more
Dec 9, 2007
This review was originally written after the first arc, and has since been revised to cover my opinions of the entire show, with minimal spoilers.

Story: Itoh Kaiji, a bum with 3 million yen worth of debt gets into a gambling cruise to pay off his debts. The game played on the cruise is Gentei Janken (Restricted Rock-Paper-Scissors), where the players get four cards of each type and battle it out. What's the catch? Several things; each card can only be used once, cards can be bought off of other players, con men abound, and losing forces one into the vaguely established but read more