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Aug 9, 2014
If any readers are avid fans of Hellsing, please turn back now.

I can concede that this show has an atmospheric soundtrack and that the muted color palette and touches of gothic fashion and flair create interesting visuals, but these few positive qualities cannot make up for unlikeable characters and disturbing misogynist themes. At first glance, Integra and Seras seem like autonomous female leads. A second glance reveals that they are not.

When Integra makes her entrance, it is difficult to determine whether she is male or female, as she has no apparent physical characteristics suggesting her sex. Gender-bending is totally fine and encourages viewers read more
Aug 31, 2013
Tenshi no Tamago is one of the most engaging and thought-provoking films I have ever seen, animated or not. It’s difficult to find the words to explain the movie; the film’s format, like any work of art, seeks to defy definition and to spur the viewer into looking within themselves and discovering their own meaning. That discovery is Tenshi no Tamago’s greatest strength; it compels the viewer to interpret each delicate piece—from each shred of dialogue to every frame of vibrant imagery—in a manner of his or her own choosing. In reading other reviews for this movie, it seems that each viewer uncovers a read more
May 6, 2013
I went into Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica with high expectations. This is the show that has supposedly redefined the magical girl genre. I expected darkness, grittiness, and, most of all, uniqueness. And, well, Madoka sort of delivered.
Once you make it past the first three episodes, the plot is actually quite engaging. The show does delve into the bleaker aspects of power and responsibility. The focus on the strain of romantic and familial relationships was refreshing, and I also enjoyed how the characters’ opinions of themselves changed as the secrets of their true natures were revealed. I particularly enjoyed the Faustian concept of “paying a read more
Apr 10, 2013
Fractale is a show full of surprises and twists; I was hooked from the very first episode.
The concept of Fractale was fascinating. Far in the future, humanity lives in an Eden, but their paradisiacal lives are just a high-tech optical illusion comprised of data simulations. Fractale terminals ensnare complacent humanity in this intangible dream world. Humans no longer interact with one another and are completely dependent on the system and the Temple, the mysterious organization that rules Fractale. The only exception to this is the Lost Millennia, a rebel faction determined to reunite man with read more
Apr 3, 2013
I want to start off by saying that Advent Children Complete is way more satisfying than the cut and spliced original American release of Advent Children.

ACC's animation is gorgeous. I cannot stress this enough. It is incredible to see all of the classic characters emoting and looking like real people instead of strangely colored rectangles. This is especially true for Cloud, a character whose expressions and actions convey more meaning than his dialogue. The soundtrack is a nice edition and it features many sleek remixes of those familiar FF7 jingles. Aerith's and Jenova's themes are especially catchy. The voice acting is satisfactory in both read more