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Mar 24, 2013
I feel so sorry for anybody who missed out on this anime this year because it was absolutely brilliant. Likewise, I also feel sorry for anybody who didn’t, because Urobuchi Gen ripped their hearts out.

The series is set in the near future in which it is possible to instantaneously quantify a person’s state of mind, personality, and probability of committing a crime, all recorded on an individual’s “Psycho-Pass”. When their “Crime Coefficient” index becomes too high, they are pursued and apprehended by police officers known as Inspectors, and their ‘hunting dogs’ the Enforcers; in this way, order is maintained. Unit One of the Public Safety read more
May 14, 2012
Ben-To (Anime) add (All reviews)
The premise for this show. That being said, it was pretty enjoyable. There’s something kind of really hilarious watching high schoolers Street Fighter-it-out for half priced, convenient store bento boxes. (Ew…)

From an technical standpoint it looks kind of generic. I like that the characters are all recognizable, but the animation is only okay. You can tell that most of the effort was put into the battle scenes, and even then there are short cuts. But they were good short cuts, clever effects and angles and timing made the fights appear dynamic and exciting to watch. The music was also all over the place—I remember hearing read more
May 14, 2012
Highest grossing film in Japanese history, winner of an American Academy award in 2002, and it's absolutely amazing.

At it's heart, Spirited Away is a familiar story. Again, our young heroine learns to find her inner strength and comes of age after “falling down the rabbit hole” and finds herself on a liminal journey through the realm of the spirits. Again it proves Miyazaki’s talent as a director, storyteller, and visionary-- elevating a traditional narrative by just executing it perfectly.

The lead character, Chihiro, excels as a heroine because her characterization is spot on. Miyazaki wanted to make a protagonist read more
May 14, 2012
Tales from Earthsea is adapted from a series of novels written by Ursula K. LeGuin. It was also Hayao Miyazaki's son, Goro's, directorial feature debut. I'm loathe to call any Studio Ghibli film a half-baked mess but that's exactly what this film is. Miyazaki felt his son lacked the experience to direct a feature length film-- especially one as ambitious as Earthsea-- and it's a shame that he was proven right (and that it damaged the relationship between father and son). While the animation quality is on par with some of the other Ghibli movies, it just fails.

The mediums of literature read more
May 3, 2012
As a little girl, or even as a thirteen year old girl, I remember wanting to be just like Sailor Moon (specifically Sailor Jupiter). Or one of the Magic Knights (specifically Fuu). Or a Power Ranger (the Pink one of course). How cool would it be to have magical powers and be brave and strong and wear an adorable outfit and have a cuddly, kawaii animal sidekick that can only say Puuu?

Well this show is out to prove you dead wrong.

Don’t let cute, pink, little Madoka fool you; once you get over the establishing episodes, this is a full out deconstruction of the magical read more
May 3, 2012
People aren't going to like what I'm about to say, but I went into this series with my brain turned off, and trust me, you have to turn your brain off. This show is ridiculous. I can’t even begin to explain the things this show does and gets away with in order to move the plot forward, and still expect you to take it seriously. And this starts early on too. I watched an animal lliterally rip his tail off in order to satiate the pilots' hunger and provide them with the energy they needed to pilot their respective mechas… and it worked. By the read more
May 3, 2012
The Japanese always seem to have words for things we wish there was an English equivalent to. For example, the Japanese word Bakku-shan is one you would use when you see a woman from behind and go “damnn gurrll!” until she turns around and you’re like “oh…nevermind.” Awkward.

A hikikomori is one of these words. It literally translates to “pulling inward”, but it is used to describe those members of society who choose to withdraw from it; they are reclusive to the extreme due to whatever internal personal conflict or fear left to grow unchecked inside of them.

This evil organization the N.H.K. create hikikamori for read more
May 3, 2012
Chobits (Anime) add (All reviews)
Chances are, even if you don’t know what anime is, you’ve seen Chii before. You’ve seen the persocom ‘ears’ before. They’re iconic.

Despite being a cloyingly cute, dusted-with-powdered-sugar and raspberries on the side slice of life anime, Chobits actually has much more to offer than what the plot summary would initially have you believe.

Technically, Chobits is a good looking show, not great. Slice of life anime often gets the shaft in terms of animation quality, and here it’s very basic. The character models are equally simple and the colors are very sweet, muted pastels; it’s a very cute anime to look at. CLAMP’s unique art style read more