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Jul 13, 2012
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Be warned: this review does contain a few spoilers. However, I tried very hard to keep it light.

Also be warned that if you are planning to watch X, you should /not/ watch it as someone who has never /read/ X. You should read X first, then watch the movie. Otherwise you will not be able to understand or appreciate it at all. This review is, by the way, written with the assumption that you /have/ read X – but never fear, for there are very few actual spoilers for the manga and you may still read this review even if you haven’t read X. Now, read more
Mar 27, 2012
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Love Letter is a one volume manga by Seo Kouji, and is somewhat a deviation from his other works. While a lot of Seo-sensei’s manga are high school romances with ecchi on the side, Love Letter is a tragedy based on real historical events. Mochida Chieko and Anazawa Toshio, two teenagers, fall in love during the events of World War II. Fate, however, does not allow them to be together, for Toshio enlists into the aeronautical army and joins the air force. Later on, he is assigned to the special force – otherwise known as the Kamikaze, read more
Mar 27, 2012
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As far as CLAMP’s manga go, Angelic Layer is pretty average. And that’s all there is to it. /Average/.

For our basic premise, we have Suzuhara Misaki, a young girl who has just moved to Tokyo to live with her aunt in order to go to middle school there. Upon arriving in Tokyo, she is swept up into the game called “Angelic Layer”, where you raise your own “Angel” from an egg and fight with other Angels. Along the way, Misaki makes a couple friends, a few enemies, some rivals, and learns new things about herself. She also discovers that read more
Mar 26, 2012
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Aihara Kotoko is in love with the unattainable Irie Naoki. Fate intervenes when one day Kotoko’s house gets ruined by an earthquake, forcing Kotoko and her father to move in to Naoki and his parents’ house. Does Kotoko have a chance with Naoki after all? The romantic comedy begins! Itazura na Kiss is one of those few anime that go past the main couple’s high school life and transcends into their adult life – their marriage, honeymoon, and university/college experiences. The manga which this anime is based off of is unfinished due to the tragic, untimely death of the read more
Mar 26, 2012
The Mirai Nikki OVA is a short, eight minute OVA that was bundled with the eleventh volume of the manga on December 9th, 2010. (My birthday – a coincidence? Hahah! …Not the year, of course.) It basically takes a bunch of random scenes from the first volume of the manga and shows how they would look in animation form. I was actually rather pleased with the scenes they depicted, since they were very accurate (almost word-for-word) with the manga.

For those of you who don’t know what Mirai Nikki is, it means “Future Diary” in English. It’s about a boy, Amano Yukiteru, who isn’t very interested read more
Mar 26, 2012
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Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru, more commonly known as UraBoku for short, is a shounen-ai anime recently animated by J.C. Staff. For some reason, writing a review for this anime was hard – I actually meant to write this about a month ago. Maybe it was because of the ending, but we’ll get to that later.

We are first introduced to Sakurai Yuki, a teenage boy who lives in Asashi Orphanage, who has been having very strange dreams, but cannot remember them when he wakes up. We learn that he has several supernatural powers, including healing and being read more
Mar 26, 2012
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Ah, Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai. A mouthful of a title that means “My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute”. At first, I was wary of touching this anime – precisely because of the incestuous implications of the title. But, when the anime ended, several nice reviews of it popped up, assuring that there was no incest in the show, so I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised.

OreImo, as it is more commonly known, is basically an anime of how a brother and sister grow closer in their relationship, from having read more
Mar 26, 2012
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Black★Rock Shooter has taken the Internet (and most animanga fans) by storm. First, there was the song (by the same name) by Supercell. Then there were the drawings by huke. And now there is the movie.

Well, technically it’s an OVA, but since it’s fifty minutes long, I’m calling it a movie. Sue me. (Actually, please don’t.)

On her first day in junior high school, Kuroi Mato makes friends with a girl called Takahashi Yomi. They become closer as the year passes, soon becoming best friends. In the second year of high school, Mato meets a girl named Yuu, who she read more
Mar 26, 2012
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Lock On! is a short manga by Tsuchida Kenta. It was first serialized as a one-shot in Weekly Shounen Jump in 2009 and later began serialization as a series in 2010.

The premise is simple – Utsuru Sanada is a professional photographer at age seventeen. He likes girls, and he likes taking pictures of girls. Not those kind of pictures – he actually dislikes people who make the assumption that he takes dirty pictures. The thing he really enjoys is seeing girls smile; not fake smiles that girls pull off in front of the camera, but “real” smiles that he read more
Mar 26, 2012
Be warned: this review contains /spoilers/, as well as many references to the manga counterpart. (While the anime is rated 5, I'd rate its manga counterpart a 7. Given that this review combines both the anime and the manga rather solidly, I'm foregoing writing a separate review of the manga.)

The DOGS Bullets and Carnage manga/four episode OVA are a prequel to the ongoing series DOGS. The manga contains six chapters, and the aforementioned anime contains four episodes. Each episode/chapter revolves around a particular character.

The first chapter, “Weepy Old Killer”, introduces Mihai Mihaerrof, a former assassin/hitman who must confront someone from his past, specifically the son read more