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May 25 2008, 9:22 AM

Summer is upon us and the weather is excellent outside right now, so....

...what better way to spend it than sitting at my PC? (Err...)

Anyway, we got quite a few new reviews for you.

Leading off is Tim, who gave Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play: Eikoden another look. And lo and behold, it was still nothing more than a major disappointment.

Diane returns yet again with two reviews. The first is for the rather well known (at this point) Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, where she points out that, while it's nothing special, it's rather cute and entertaining if you're into this sort of thing. On the other hand, Red Garden started like a butterfly but ended like a fat, bloated bee, unable to support its own weight.

Next up is Isaac, who also makes a return to regular reviewing. He gives us Kite: Liberator, which is a rather disappointing sequel to a far better anime.

Brad brings up our first mecha documentary (mechamentary?) with Flag, a show that should bring forth the peace-loving patriot in all of us, but doesn't... quite... make... it.

However, he does strike gold with Bamboo Blade, which speaks to the sportsman in all of us. (Or, possibly in this case, sportswoman.)

Bringing up the rear, we have the review of Aria the Origination, which makes the show go full circle. Looking back to the earlier seasons, I should note that the show probably fails to live up to th... ah, who am I kidding? I loved it to bits, and I'm sure you could see that coming a mile away.

Which makes it all the worse that the next show -- the last one in this update -- is for the ICE OAV, because... *urp* ...few shows have the ability to make me mentally ill, but somehow, this show managed to do just that. What a way to end an update. I'm so very sorry, everyone.

- Stig Høgset.

May 1 2008, 3:16 PM

Rightstuf license Aria, acting editor's head explodes. Film at 11.

If you've read my Aria reviews, you've probably figured out that I'm rather sweet on the Ariaverse (in any of its incarnations, really), so the fact that Rightstuf announced the license of the show really made my day.

September can't come fast enough for me.

- Stig Høgset.

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