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August 27 2012, 5:10 PM

Connect the dots... if you can.

So yeah, no particular theme this time... either, I guess.

Nick starts us off with Speed Grapher, a show with, according to him, a big plate, but nothing of real nutrition in it. Because when you try to put too much on that plate of yours, you end up with a big, gooey mess, right?

Next up, I revisit -- well, sorta -- an old francise I reviewed in my early days as a newly appointed reviewer; namely Mermaid Forest. Except it's the TV series this time -- a little cleaner, but no less presentable.

Dallas goes through Code Geass, wondering how Evangelion would feel like if helmed by shoujo legends CLAMP. The answer is apparently quite appealing.

Rounding off this update, Carlos takes a look at the second season of Wagnaria, commenting that "more of the same" doesn't need to be a bad thing as long as a certain amount of growth is included. He seemed to like it as well as I did the first season, for mostly the same reasons, so all I can do now is grumble over the fact that I can't access this show on Crunchyroll and hope NIS'll get that box set out soon.

And speaking of soon, that's when we'll see you guys again. Laters.

-Stig Høgset.

August 20 2012, 8:26 PM

Everything Is Better the Second Time

In the case of today's THEM update, this statement is certainly true. Three out of our four reviews are of titles that already have entries on the site, and each opinion is at least on par with and in one case more favorable than the original reviewer's interpretation.

Our sole newcomer comes as a result of Carlos's interest in obscure anime: a television special based on a relatively unknown Tezuka Manga. Click the link to see what he has to say. Although knowledge of Japanese may unfortunately be essential (for once), he considers it to be worth a look if somewhat bogged down by hackneyed plotting.

Aiden, meanwhile, emerges with a more favorable take on Mardock Scramble: The First Compression, finding its lead to be a potent character and showing eagerness for future films. He's certainly made me curious, at least.

Then, Dallas returns with a re-evaluation of the Revolutionary Girl Utena film and criticizes it for deviating from the series (which sits comfortably among his favorites) but nonetheless finds it interesting.

Finally, I must confess to delinquency...I have a review in the final stages of composition that will be posted and added to this update quite soon. Stay tuned for that.

And at last, the belated fourth review is's my second opinion of NANA, a show that a forum member convinced me to watch and one that proved to be quite a find. Well, my opinion here on the front page is quite understated, in fact, as I'm aware that anybody who opens the link will be overwhelmed by my gushing fanboyism moments later. In my defense, I'll invoke my rights as a (probably conceited) reviewer and say its justified.....but what the heck. I just really love that show.

We return next monday with more reviews.

All the best,

Nick Browne

August 14 2012, 3:49 PM

They say waiting is a virtue

If so, I'm a guru and didn't even know it!

Only two new reviews up today, dear readers. First up is a third opinion on FLCL, and the most positive opinion yet on the site of it. Carlos then gives us a look at the "zombie girlfriend" series Sankarea, which he gives high recommendation to as well.

We'll be back Monday with more reviews. See you next time!

- Tim Jones

August 6 2012, 10:17 AM

"Five is right out!"

So, hey, guys. We got five new reviews for you today, from five different reviewers. Symbolic? Maybe, maybe not. (OK, it's not.)

First off, Nick takes us to the olden days when jazz ruled the teenage throne with Kids on the Slope, Shinichiro Watanabe's latest project.

Myself, I've leaned more towards the rockier parts with Bodacious Space Pirates. And by "rock", I don't mean "asteroids" -- though there's some of that too -- but more "Marty Friedman". Mix that with schoolgirl pirates, and what do you get? Awesome, that's what.

As for Dallas, he's revisited an old cla.. er, that is to say, an older title. He's doing a second third opinion of Gantz, and, as such, becomes the third person here who isn't particularly impressed with this show.

Next up is Carlos, who takes a look at another show made by the guy who also directed Bodacious Space Pirates, namely the first season of Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne. And would that guarantee quality? Yes. No. ...maybe.

Rounding off this update, Aiden turns towards the elder gods... or maybe a cute girl facsimile of said gods. Blasphemy? Maybe, but Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos is here to provide the insanity anyway, for both good and bad.

And that's it for this week. We will, of course, be back again next week with more readables for you, so until then; stay safe. Stay sane.

- Stig Høgset.

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