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Dec 13, 2007
Charming, comedic, and thoroughly enjoyable. These three phrases are the perfect descriptors of Ouran High School Host Club, a "romantic" (but it's not really romance), "high school" (if your high school was also attended by the children of multi-millionaires) comedy that simultaneously pokes fun of at the types of anime that it spawns from as well as crafting an elegant story that stems from that very genre.

Ouran's characterization is its strong-point: each individual is an exaggeration of an anime template, taken to its very (il)logical extreme. You have your lovable caretaker, your brooding mastermind, your "loli shota-type", a stoic guardian, and a pair read more
Oct 18, 2007
Some people like to attribute Code Geass's success to the fact that it is a Sunrise mecha. Personally, I'd like to think that it succeeds (critically) despite the fact that it is a Sunrise mecha. Code Geass manages to establish a believable backdrop from which it launches a compelling plot along with motivated and realistic characters, something that has been missing from the last few Gundam series produced by Sunrise. It injects a plot where the focus is finally on the characters and the events surrounding them, rather than the machines that they use to fight. In fact, it could be read more
Oct 18, 2007
How bittersweet it is, the distance that exists between human beings. It is a theme tackled by artists and authors across the centuries, and it is the topic of Makoto Shinkai's brilliantly crafted work, 5 Centimetres Per Second. Shinkai addresses the fundamental questions of human interaction: how do we achieve it? how do we lose it? and why do we long for it? His method in doing so crafts a beautiful tale of childhood love, of growth and separation, and of human dreams and desires into the future.

Broken down into three parts, 5 Centimetres Per Second presents the evolution of Takaki T��no, read more
Sep 23, 2007
What to say, what to say? When I finished watching The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, nothing immediately came to mind. Nothing about the anime spoke out to me, telling me "what you just saw was profound". Nothing about it bore an indistinguishable mark of excellence that you expect when you see something, well, excellent. Yet, when all's said and done, Melancholy leaves behind a feeling of calming enjoyability, something to assure us all that, while the world out there can be big and scary, our own worlds will always be there as a relief.

Characterization. It's the strongest part of Melancholy, read more