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February 29 2008, 10:25 AM

And that's the last of it.

And just in the nick of time before the change of the month.

Diane starts us off with Paprika, a rather magnificent piece from Satoshi Kon and a visual feast in many ways.

The last update covered the ninja, so this time, Bradley takes the time to introduce us to a samurai drama. And not just any samurai drama, but Samurai 7, a take on the old Kurosawa epic "Seven Samurai", only now with mecha. Hey, it actually works out.

As for me, I'm pretty much saddled with Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun, which just fails in so many ways. That's three one-star anime in three updates from me. I'll watch something good for the next one, I promise. In the mean time, enjoy the final part of the update, and I'll see you again later with more reviews.

- Stig Høgset

February 27 2008, 9:56 AM

"Part 2: The revenge of the second batch."

I think it's safe to say that the pop industry is big in Japan, so it's only natural that something like LoveDol ~Lovely Idol~ rolls around. It's hardly the first idol show ever made, of course, but I'm pretty sure it's one of the worst. It did, at least, cause me considerable pain as I sludged through it.

As for Brad, at least he's having a LITTLE bit of a better time with The Enemy's the Pirates, which involves... well, actually, it doesn't really involve as much pirates and swashbucklery as you might hope. And here I was hoping someone would go "ARRRH" in Japanese. Oh well.

Jake, however, is having a swell time with Pia Carrot: Sayaka's love story, which sounds strangely familiar to me for some reason. Hmmm. Oh well, at least he's enjoying himself, which makes at least one out of the four of us....

...because rounding off this update is Robert Nelson making a welcome return with a show that should also have made a welcome return as well. Sadly, Ninja Scroll TV only manages to muster a halfassed return, which just won't do. Here's hoping the second Ninja Scroll movie can rectify this in the future.

And that's that. Join us this upcoming Friday for the remaining three reviews. There should have been four, but I seem to already have updated Tim's Ultimate Girls review, and there's no sense in doing the same work twice over. Well, not counting our little time warp back in October, that is, and the extra work that incident heaped upon me.

But I digress. See you next time.

- Stig Høgset.

February 25 2008, 10:23 AM

Barely shy of being a total slacker...

Well, at the end of February, I finally manage to scrounge up the energy to do another update. Actually with twelve new reviews to go up on the site, I decided to split them up into several updates to even out the workload some, much like I did way back when I was appointed editor and had to deal with a bit of backlog.

Leading off with the now-defunct-as-a-DVD-licensor, Geneon, Tim has words to say about Doki Doki School Hours. They are not nice words, but words that needed to be said all the same. But then, what can you expect when you make the 27 year olds look like they're 12?

As for, uh... myself, I fare no better with the titular Myself; Yourself. To quote an omniously scientific AI in her own song; "When I look out there, it makes me glad I'm not you", which is something I could say about a lot of characters in this show. As well as those of you who've read the review BEFORE watching the show, come to think of it. Oh well, at least I'm still alive.

Diane has a far more pleasant time with Vexille - 2077 Japan National Isolation, a rather neat piece of computer animation that still can't seem to get human movement quite right. Even so, it's a decent sci-fi if you're into action.

Rounding off this partial update is Bradley and his take on Dennou Coil, a series starring a group of children actually ACTING like children. What a novel thought.

Anyway, that's the new reviews for now. See you all in a few days for the next batch, some of which will definitely contain some DEEP HURTING!

- Stig Høgset.

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