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October 29 2012, 6:21 PM

Fall Leaves, Halloween, And.....The Return of the Dinosaurs?

Hey all! SarcotarascusN here. I'm back after having spent a few months in hibernation, basically, and I've got three new reviews for ya'll.

First off, Aiden brings us the surprisingly good Mysterious Girlfriend X, an unusual romantic comedy that apparently strikes a nice balance that keeps it from being too-sweet, angsty, or silly and actually manages to portray the sexual side of budding romances with some degree of realism. NANA, I think you have found a younger and less-punky younger sister.

Next, Stig starts us off on a partial review of Polar Bear Cafe, an absurdist comedy that survives a rocky start and surprises him with how good a time he has with it. Apparently the mix of pleasant nonsense and the occasional heartfelt anecdote is a winning one.

And finally, I have the bizarre CGI surrealism that is Mr. Stain On Junk Alley, which brings its own brand of morbid absurdism to the table. It's not the best comedy I've ever seen, but minutes an episode isn't much time lost, and those infatuated with Pixar's work may enjoy one of Japan's better attempts to emulate the success of their short films. I do wish I'd laughed a little more, though.

For those of you who celebrate it, Happy Halloween, and for the rest of you....the 31st is still as good a night as any to say "oh screw it!" and eat candy with your friends. Either way, we'll return next week with more reviews.

-Nick Browne

October 23 2012, 9:37 PM

Playing catch up

So yeah, that update yesterday. Didn't happen. Time to make up for that now, though.

With Carlos we have the first two seasons of the long-running Studio Deen series Hakuouki: first up is Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan, and then Hakuouki Hekketsuroku. Then Aiden looks at the second season of the also popular Dog Days, which is called...Dog Days'. Yep.

See you Monday.

- Tim Jones

October 15 2012, 2:44 PM

The Great, The Superfluous and The Dumb.

Hello again, everyone. Once again, we bring you three reviews for three completely unrelated shows, so... yeah.

Carlos starts us off with the review for a show that, in hindsight, should've been the one to get the 1500'th spot on our review list. The show in question is Chihayafuru, a poetic show both literally and figuratively.

Aiden, however, gives you the second season to a show that is neither. It's Yurifest Yuruyuri season 2, and if he is to be believed (which I see no reason to doubt), the second season barely even offers more of the same, and manages to be less than the sum of its parts.

And then there's the show I reviewed -- an entry in the "THEM anime review challenge" -- which excels in making even Samurai Girls look like the work of a genius by comparison. It's Master of Martial Hearts, which also is another entry for the "what the hell were they THINKING?!" folder in my "bad anime" file cabinet.

And because we're just that evil, we leave off on that sour of a note. Until next time, readers.

-Stig Høgset.

October 8 2012, 11:16 PM

We have (almost) 1500 reviews!?

Well, not all of our 1500 review pages have reviews per sé, but today we add in the 1500th review to the site; Natsuyuki Rendezvous, brought to us by Carlos.

Carlos will return next week (as he will the rest of the October updates) with a new review. See you then.

- Tim Jones

October 1 2012, 9:41 AM

Cold ambitions.

Carlos, presumably wanting a bit of the awful "Three Kingdoms/Warring States-based Genderswap Bad Anime Pie", steps warily into The Ambition of Oda Nobuna, and finds, much to his surprise, that it's actually pretty good. Imagine that.

The second review of the week is from me, fulfilling a promise I made myself that if I ever got to see the amazing series that goes by the name of The Snow Queen all the way to the end, I would redo my review. So, now that I have, here you go.

And once again; see you next week.

-Stig Høgset.

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