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Japanese Literary Works to Become an Anime

Japanese Literary Works to Become an Anime

Recently, manga artist, Takeshi Obata, famous for his work on Death Note and Bakuman, designed a new cover for famous works of Japanese literature, including Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human and Soseki Natsume’s Kokoro, two of the most popular and highest selling books in Japan.


Angel Sanctuary Anime Review

Angel Sanctuary Anime Review

Angel Sanctuary is definitely both an anime and manga that I’d warn is not for the weak of heart, as the concept deals with, war, angels, demons, incest, blood, cross dressing, resurrection, swords, and underlying tones of shonen ai, to be brief. Despite its heavy load of emotional and physical turmoil, this is an absolutely fascinating show and beautifully animated on top of it.


Trigun Anime Review

Trigun Anime Review

I bought Trigun recently on DVD because all I had were vague memories of a good show with an interesting and conflicted blond man as the main protagonist, but little else resided in memory since this was from when the show aired on Cartoon Network, dubbed and edited.


Naruto: Child Characters

Naruto: Child Characters

What I find particularly interesting is the wide appeal of Naruto to adult anime and manga fans, considering the main characters are all children when the story begins. These boys and girls, not even out of academy when the reader is introduced to Naruto’s world, I feel appeals to such a large community…


Twilight of the Dark Master Anime Review

Twilight of the Dark Master Anime Review

Twilight of the Dark Master is a forty-five minute anime based off the one-shot manga of the same name created by, Saki Okuse. It is essentially the story of demons and guardians, one side meant to destroy humans and the other meant to protect them. In the year of 2089, Tsunami Shijo is one of the few remaining guardians left on the planet, overlooking…


Paranoia Agent Review

Paranoia Agent Review

I understand that this show has been available for several years and being a Satoshi Kon work, is quite popular, but could you believe I’ve still met people who’ve never watched Paranoia Agent? Paranoia Agent is a mystery and psychological thriller, created by a wide array of unusual ideas Satoshi said he had left over after his previous pieces…


Powerful Female Character: Sir Integra Hellsing

Powerful Female Character: Sir Integra Hellsing

In my article about Outlaw Star, I went on to explain my adoration for the anime, as it was one of the few in my experience to have such a powerful cast of intriguing and fully fleshed female characters. I went further, saying that my problem with so many anime shows is the girls try too hard and are written off for trying too much to be like one of the guys.


Slayers

Slayers

Not including Pokémon, Slayers was the second anime I was introduced to at the age of twelve, by the same friend who had made the first mistake days before by showing me Fushigi Yugi. (A mistake for her, as it was something I talked about on a constant basis for years.) At the time, only Slayers, Next and Try existed.


5 Great Anime Openings

5 Great Anime Openings

An opening to a show should be just as beautiful and expressive as the anime itself. Being able to introduce the characters, elude to the story and express the artistic route in which the series will go is a feat which should be praised for its success.


Kaze no Stigma and Midnight Cafeteria Updates

Kaze no Stigma and Midnight Cafeteria Updates

Fujimi Shobo, a Japanese publishing company, has officially announced that the author of Kaze no Stigma, Takahiro Yamato, officially passed away on July 20, 2009. The story, created in 2002, now remains incomplete with eleven volumes.


Spirited Away: No Face

Spirited Away: No Face

Hayao Miyazaki has moved and effected so many of us in different ways with some of the most memorable films in animation history such as, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke and what will probably be my favorite for the rest of my life, Spirited Away.


The Attraction of Death Note’s Light Yagami

The Attraction of Death Note’s Light Yagami

When I first began to read Death Note, I had been under the impression that Light Yagami was not only the protagonist but the hero and I had only heard rumors of who the mysterious L was and what exact role he played, I had been uninterested at the time.


Naruto: The Charm of Minor Characters

Naruto: The Charm of Minor Characters

My first experience with Naruto was before the show was available in the nifty, uncut box sets, DVDs borrowed by my sister from a friend who managed to get them somehow, in a condition that included poor translations in the subtitles. At the time, I was the only one with a DVD player, so my sister convinced me that I needed to watch this ninja anime with her.


Gravitation: Too Much Chibi

Gravitation: Too Much Chibi

I have always been a fan of the occasional use of ‘chibi’ or ‘super deformed’ in anime. It’s one of those comic staples that makes anime stand out from western cartoons, but too much of it can often be fatal to a show’s well being and I think Gravitation is a perfect example.


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