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Jul 23, 2013
Some of you may remember me from my repressed review of Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000% . But like a moth burnt by the flame, I never learn my lesson. I'm back, baby.

Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000% introduced us to some vapid and brightly coloured characters who quickly grew a place in our hearts like a shockingly virile parasitic worm.

There's, you know, "her" / "thing" / "soup-eyes-chan" / "pink" (or as some call her, "Haruka"), the girl who can't sing - sorry, I'm thinking of the rest of the cast - I mean, read music. And then there's the rest of the read more
May 19, 2013
Noein has the dubious honour of being the first thing I ever bought when I opened my current account several years ago. I first heard of it when reading about Crispin Freeman on Wikipedia (we've all had inexplicable moments like that, right?). Seeing as I hadn't heard of it before I decided to exercise my right to participate in the capitalist structure of our society and bought it from Amazon.

Noein is quite a surprising choice to get licensed and dubbed for Western consumption. I can think of many other titles that are perhaps more commercial (or even more deserving). Noein starts out unremarkably, in read more
May 19, 2013
A particular quirk to Japanese visual novels (story-based PC games) is the addition to extended graphic sex scenes to an otherwise PG or non-pornographic route. The fact is, beyond story, reputation, publicity and reason: sex sells best. This is a concept the creators of Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne seem to have wholeheartedly embraced.

After buying another anime DVD from Amazon, I kept getting emails recommending Mnemosyne to me, but after reading some reviews I decided it was best to watch on Netflix instead. At six episodes, decided it wouldn't take up too much of my life - plus, if I didn't like it, I could read more
May 19, 2013
“Love is just a blood-match, to see who can endure lash, after lash…” – St Vincent

Though the title "Tokyo Babylon" evokes a contrast between the urban sprawl of 1980s cityscape and the ancient city of desolation, perhaps Sodom and Gomorrah would be a better allegory for the cold and corrupt city that lends itself to the scenery of Tokyo Babylon.

The city’s influence on our main character, Subaru Sumeragi, is undeniable. Thirteenth in the long line of onmyouji (spell-casters, mediums, or exorcists), he is employed as a kind of spiritual psychiatrist to relieve Tokyo’s residents, past and present, of their emotional baggage. Despite his obvious power read more
Feb 8, 2012
To put it bluntly, don't watch Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000%.

Some exceptions to this rule are as follows:

- If you're competing with a friend at a drinking game (drink every time the lead girl stutters, you'll lose consciousness fast - you're welcome).

There are no other exceptions . . . only excruciating elaboration.

Uta no star prince hyphen sama music note maji love 1000 percent sign (it has not earnt the familiarity of UtaPri with me) is a depressingly high-budget anime of a dating sim aimed towards women. Ostensibly about the power of music, love and friendship, it is, realistically speaking, actually about read more
Dec 1, 2011
Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture (or Moyasimon as Del Ray chooses to spell it for the North American release) is a slice-of-life manga with a strong informative slant and comedic character-based interactions. The highlight, of course, being the super cute happy microbes who just want to ~brew.

Moyashimon is ongoing, with 11 volumes at present, though only 2 have been translated and released officially and only the first one is floating around the Internet. The first two volumes coincide with the anime.

Despite the "super power" nature of Tadayasu's ability to see and interact with microbes, the manga doesn't dwell on that point and simply follow Sawaki Tadayasu's read more
Sep 25, 2011
No.6 (Anime) add (All reviews)
No. 6 is probably one of the most publicised anime of the Summer 2011 season, for this reason only:

The two characters are supposedly gaybones for each other.

No. 6 is a beautifully animated series by Studio Bones, who also gave us Full Metal Alchemist and Soul Eater. It is based on a series of light novels and should be known for its literary allusions and dystopian undertones. However, though the potential for an intelligent sci-fi anime is there, it is never fully realised.

Even in the light novels the plot seems rather dodgy, indecisive on whether it wants to focus on mythology or science as a basis read more
Sep 21, 2011
It is said by many (Livejournal users), that everyone has a story inside them just waiting to be told.

Many action adventures rely solely on plot, letting the characterisation come second; inversely, many romances have virtually no plot to speak of, letting character interaction and reflection drive along the drama - while historical chronicles often rely on the setting and the carefully researched daily-living conditions of the characters to paint a rich saga of that time and place.

Baccano! - Italian for 'ruckus' - is a blend of all these genres, and yet, it fits none of them.

The 2007 anime, produced by Brain's Base (Spice read more