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May 24, 2017
Green Legend Ran is an OVA from the early 90s. It was brought to us by AIC, the same studio that was responsible for Battle Athletes, Blue Gender, SoltyRei, Explorer Woman Ray & a variety of others. I don't know anything going into it besides it being science fiction. So, let's take a look and see if this one, unlike the last OVA I dug up, is worth a look.

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In the distant future our planet has been transformed into a world of desserts after giant extra terrestrials dropped onto our planet. There are contained patches of green, but they're few and hidden away. In read more
May 17, 2017
Azumanga Daioh was a slice of life comedy by Azuma Kiyohiko that ran from early '99 to mid '02. In April of '02 the anime adaptation started airing. It was handled by J.C. Staff. We talked about them last week with Wolf Guy. They were also responsible for Shakugan no Shana, Nodame Cantabile & Toradora among others. Let's just hope that this one is better than the last anime I reviewed from them.

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The basic premise for the series is that we have a bunch of quirky girls attending high school and getting into all kinds of shenanigans. A first for the anime I've reviewed, I read more
May 10, 2017
Wolf Guy started out as a manga in the early 70s and ran for eleven volumes. A year after it ended, a live action film came out. Almost two decades after that, J.C. Staff dug it up to make an OVA. Yes, the same studio behind Potemayo, Honey and Clover, Love Stage, Yami no Matsuei and many others. So, the OVA came a bit late all things considered. But was it good? Let's take a peek at this OVA from the early 90s and find out.

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We open with a scene of a kid watching who we presume is his parent get killed. Move forward read more
May 3, 2017
Let's take another look at Toei's PreCure franchise. So far, I've looked at Futari wa, Max Heart & Doki Doki. This time around, let's talk about Splash Star. The third instalment of the franchise that ran from '06 to '07. How well does it hold up compared to the other instalments we've looked at? Let's take a look.

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Young Mai is moving back to a city she used to live in. While exploring, she encounters a familiar looking girl, Saki, underneath the sky tree. The two encounter a pair of faeries, Flappy & Choppy, who remind them that they briefly encountered each other beneath that read more
Apr 26, 2017
I've talked about Namco's Tales franchise twice before. With reviews of the Phantasia and Symphonia anime. Zestiria is one of the more recent games and the first series of its anime ran late last year. It was brought to us by Ufotable. You may recall them as the same studio that worked on the Symphonia OVA I looked at, and Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight. How did they do with the first series of Zestiria? Let's have a look. Please note, this review includes the one episode prequel: Saiyaku no Jidai.

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We open with Princess Alisha sending a soldier to investigate a strange cloud overshadowing a city read more
Apr 19, 2017
Mob Psycho 100 is based off of a manga by ONE. Yes, the same manga artist behind One Punch Man. The anime came out last year and was brought to us by Bones. Yes, the Soul Eater, Heroman, Wolf's Rain, etc... Studio. So, is this one okay like One Punch Man, better or worse?

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Mob is a young man with psychic powers. His master, Reigen, is a con artist who pretends to have psychic abilities. Together, they get paid to go out and exorcise spirits. Shenanigans ensue and Mob's counter raises towards 100. What will happen when it goes all the way up? Will Mob read more
Apr 12, 2017
Iria: Zeiram the animation is a six episode OVA from Ashi Productions and Bandai Visual. If you've been following my reviews for a while you may recall Ashi as the ones behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Superman Legend. The OVA is actually set up as a prequel to a live action film from '91 called Zeiram. To be completely honest, I haven't seen the film in question and I'm not going to know how well it follows it. Basically, I'll be judging the OVA entirely as its own thing, is what I'm saying.

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We open with our heroine using her Shine Aqua Illusion to bring read more
Apr 8, 2017
Windaria is a Studio Gallop film from 1986. Yes, the same studio that did the early episodes of Rurouni Kenshin. Like many of the other films I've reviewed during this year's film festival, it's not based on anything. It's also one I'd never heard of prior to browsing random anime films. So, was it worth dredging up? Let's take a peek and see.

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We open with a young couple, Izu & Marin, taking their cart to sell their wares in the kingdom of Isa. Their idyllic time is ruined when someone tries to flood the city. An attempt which gets thwarted by Izu's intervention. Turns read more
Apr 7, 2017
Stranger: Mukou Hadan is a 2007 film brought to us by Bones. That's right, the studio behind Fullmetal Alchemist, Wolf's Rain, Heroman and more. So far, the works I've looked at by them have a strong track record. Will this one continue that tradition? Let's take a look and see.

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We open with a boy, Kotarou, and his dog, Tobimaru, running away from some kind of danger. We cut to a strange group of travellers being attacked by bandits and easily staving them off. We then go back to Tobimaru and find him helping his boy steal some food. The two of them encounter a wanderer read more
Apr 6, 2017
Bakemono no Ko is a 2015 film written and directed by Hosoda Mamoru. We talked about him yesterday with Ookami Kodomo. I guess people just want to see me look at his films this year. So, how does this compare to his other two films I've reviewed? Will it be the first bad one? The best one yet? Exactly in between the other two? Let's find out, shall we?

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We open with some exposition about the world of beasts and how two certain ones, Iouzan Kumatetsu, are the top candidates to become the successor of the retiring Grand Master. We cut to a young boy, Ren, read more