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March 26 2012, 11:38 AM

One, two, skip a few....

Um... sorry. We kind of forgot about last Monday's update, didn't we? Not entirely on purpose, that, but to make up for it, here's a big chunk o' reviews.

Leading off the attack is Aiden, who bravely braves the continuation of moe horror When They Cry, namely When They Cry - Higurashi 2. And all was good.

Allen continues with quite a few titles. He starts off with Blue Drop, which is full of lies, but otherwise alright. He then continues on with Hell Girl: Two Mirrors and Hell Girl: Three Vessels, both of which he's not entirely happy with.

And then it's time for Nick's take on Ghibli's latest offering, The Secret World of Arrietty, which... apparently is not up to scratch. I guess being known as one of the best animation houses in the world comes with certain... expectations.

And rounding off this update, I go in the search for some plain, ol' cheesecake fun with Samurai Girls. Judging by this show, I still need to keep on looking. (For other shows, I mean.... I'm not staring.... honest!)

Well, that's it for this time. We'll get the box art up for Arrietty when we can get the official R1 DVD box art. As for who'll drop by next week... well, that's still up in the air. But we'll be there.

- Stig Høgset.

March 12 2012, 6:49 AM

Not the update you expected!

Carlos needs some extra time for his reviews next Monday, so in the meantime the rest of us staff are taking up the lead for this week's updates!

First up is Nick with his review of the acclaimed Highschool of the Dead, which he has some not so nice things to say about it. Ditto with Aiden with his anime of choice, Glass Maiden.

New member Allen fares much better, though. First he gives us a review of the 1985 Dirty Pair TV, the first in the once very popular girls-with-guns animated version of Dirty Pair. Then we have the first season of Hell Girl, which he quite likes. (We'll get to the next two seasons over the next two updates.) He then wraps things up with shoujo comedy S.A which, like wine, he says just gets better over time.

At the very end is me, with my first Korean anime review; Break Ups. A nice-looking short from Korea, click on the link to see my (admittedly short) review of the 14 minute OAV.

That's it for this week. See you again next Monday!

- Tim Jones

(Note: Samurai Pizza Cats was licensed by Discotek Media, as announced on their Facebook page. This is very exciting news for me.)

March 5 2012, 12:00 PM

Time Bombs and Biker Punks? It's Out of Control!

Time for me to take the driver's seat for a bit and navigate us through the danger zone.

First off, we follow the trail of a famous boy detective by covering the very first Detective Conan movie, The Time-Bombed Skyscraper, which is a fun-filled adventure for fans of the series, but a mixed experience for the rest of us. Our harrowing adventures continue with the wild antics of the Trash biker gang of Megazone 23 Part II, proof that "darker and edgier" doesn't necessarily mean better. But ... oh no, it gets worse, as we suffer through the failed launch of the Guyver franchise: Guyver: Out of Control.

But all is not lost, as we will see very shortly - I hand the reins over to our newest reviewer, Allen. He takes a side-trip through a seeming safe haven ... but it turns out to be a haven for immature, drama-queen vampires as we Dance in the Vampire Bund. We then take a trip through the revolutionary "interesting times" of Le Chevalier d'Eon in Allen's second opinion, which is not quite as positive as the first. But finally we get to sail under clear skies, as Allen finds us the sci-fi TV series Simoun and hands out our sole perfect score of the week.

As of today, we are resuming our once-weekly schedule, so we will be back next Monday to give you more reviews!


- Carlos Ross

March 2 2012, 8:43 PM

Capping The Craziness

No more leap days for four more years, but in the meantime, there is always anime. Not much in common between our various picks: Carlos says that the Fushigi Yugi OAV is entertaining mainly due to some well-placed silliness, while Allen finds the first season of Moonlight Mile interesting and pretty if difficult to connect to. And, from the creators of THEM's beloved Natsume's Book of Friends, we have the 2011 film Hotarubi no Mori e, which is, in all honesty, an underrated gem and a joy to watch, in spite of some bittersweet undertones. And of all things, this comes from someone who hasn't even seen Natsume yet! [is greeted by stone-cold silence].

More reviews Monday. Until then,

Nick Browne

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