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Magic Tree House (Anime) add
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Magic Tree House is an American fantasy series by Mary Pope Osborne. The books have done very well, having been translated into over thirty languages. In 2011, Ajia-do animation works produced the first film based on the series. I'll be completely honest, I haven't read these books. I'm not going to know if the film version stays true to the original. I'll be looking purely at how well it stands on its own. With that in mind, let's take a look at Magic Tree House.

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We open with a sorceress helping some children in a library. Once they're on their way out she's attacked by a read more
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Love Live! The School Idol Movie (Anime) add
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I've talked about the first two series of Love Live. In both cases the results were fairly positive and I rather enjoyed the experience. I'm sure some of you are thinking, "but you're literally the biggest killjoy in existence, you aren't allowed to like things." I'm sorry, but that accusation is still hilarious to me. Putting that aside, the second series of Love Live ended with Hanayo getting a message and running off excitedly, followed by the other members of μ's. This film, released last year, follows that plot thread. So, does it lead somewhere interesting or will this be a waste of our time? read more
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Final Fantasy VII might just be the most influential instalment in the entire FF franchise. It's not my personal favourite and the polygonal graphics certainly don't hold up well compared to most of the other instalments, but it did have an epic story with a grand scale and some fantastic characters. Naturally, Square-Enix decided to take advantage of the game's legacy with a prequel game, a sequel game and some film/OVA adaptations. Most of which were not good. This brings us to Advent Children, quite possibly the best received of all of those tie-ins. The film came out in 2005 with a slightly longer, complete read more
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Aug 21, 2016
Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin (Anime) add
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This feels like the end of an era. So far, every film festival week I've done has featured the Kara no Kyoukai franchise. But this is the last of the films, not including the 3D remake of the first film. I'm not going to review that one because 3D is a cheap gimmick and the first film was awful. So, unless they fixed all of the plot problems it's really not worth bothering with it. That being said, let's look at the eighth and final film in the franchise to see how it holds up.

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We open with Shiki stalking through a parking garage, chasing read more
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Aug 17, 2016
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S (Anime) add
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Here we are, three hundred anime reviews, not counting those few manga ones I've done. Those of you who are more familiar with my reviews are probably expecting something Sailor Moon related just because the hundredth and two hundredth reviews were both Sailor Moon series and it would be strange if this wasn't one. You are, of course, absolutely right. In keeping with that tradition, I'm going to talk about Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S, the third anime series to come to light. It ran from 94 to 95, but I digress. In the first series we saw the sailor soldiers defeat Queen Beryl & read more
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Byston Well Monogatari: Garzey no Tsubasa is a notoriously bad OVA. It was brought to us by J.C. Staff and the creator of Gundam, Tomino Yoshiyuki. Is it as bad as people make it out to be? Is it, at least, entertainingly bad? Let's have a look.

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We open with our protagonist, Chris, riding off on his motorcycle. While on his way home, the bell necklace he wears starts ringing and he finds himself being whisked away leaving his clothes and bike behind. He winds up in a fantasy world just in time to assist a slave revolt. With the assistance of magic wings he read more
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Aug 3, 2016
Ixion Saga DT (Anime) add
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Ixion Saga DT is an anime based off of an online game, because those are known for their compelling narratives and not the high amount of repetitive grind at all. Although, to be fair to the concept, I've looked at an anime based off of a Pachinko machine that was quite good. The anime was written by Yamatoya Akatsuki and developed by our old friends at Brain's Base. Which is a bit of a mixed sign since they've done some good stuff, some kind of mediocre stuff and some stuff that's utter shite. Let's see where this one falls.


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Young Hokaze Kon is a gamer. While read more
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Jul 27, 2016
Sansha Sanyou (Anime) add
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Sansha Sanyou started as a four panel manga series by Cherry Arai. Just this year it received an anime adaptation by Doga Kobo, the same studio behind Yuru Yuri. Yeah, this is a pretty recent one, having ended at the end of June. Is it as strong as Yuru Yuri or is this the first negative review I'll be doing of something Doga Kobo worked on. Of course, I have only reviewed series of Yuru Yuri from them, so I'm not exactly looking at a long and proud tradition that could be broken here. Either way, let's take a look.

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We open with Nishikawa Youko, a read more
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Jul 20, 2016
Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Anime) add
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Koutetsujou no Kabaneri is a Wit Studio original production. The writing was handled by Okouchi Ichiro, who also worked on Code Geass, Shigofumi and the Brave Story film. Yeah, the quality of his work varies a lot. So, how does he do with this one? Let's take a look.

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Our tale takes place in a steam punk world where a zombie-like infection is turning humans into monsters called Kabane. Survivors live in walled cities called stations and travel betwixt them using massive armoured trains. Our protagonist, Ikoma, is a scientist in Aragane station and he's trying to develop a new weapon that can better pierce the read more
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Jul 13, 2016
Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl (Anime) add
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Kashimashi started as a yuri manga by Akahori Satoru, the same writer behind the generic Bakuretsu Hunters. He was also one of the writers for Kyatto Ninden Teyandee, which was pretty decent. In 2006, the manga got adapted into a twelve episode anime, and a follow up one episode OVA, by Studio Hibari, the same studio behind the mediocre Venus Versus Virus. So, given the people behind it can we anticipate something that's mediocre or just all right or will it surprise us in a positive or negative way? Let's look at Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl and find find out. Keep in mind, I will read more
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