Anime Retro

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So about the Rurouni Kenshin Movie…

The live-action adaptation of this classic known to many as “Samurai X” has been doing the rounds online. From mere cast and script description to actual photos and even a teases trailer to go with it all, but how is it coming up?


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Retrospective: How about Digimon?

This is the one show that people always bring up when someone speaks about Pokemon, so why don’t we make a piece on it for nostalgia’s sake? Today won’t be much different from the article we had yesterday. The only major difference is perhaps the show we speak of and the way we do it.


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Do you remember Pokemon?

Do you really REMEMBER Pokemon? I certainly do, and not just because it’s still going strong. No, I remember it because it captivated me as a young teen and gave me some of the best games of my youth. But above all else, I remember the anime.


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Anime Vs Manga Review: Akira

And here we bring you the closing entry of our review cycle, whether you read it or not. Was there any reason to dedicate three articles to Akira while other titles got a single one? Yes, not only because it’ll be soon subjected to the horrors of a Hollywood adaptation, but also because many other titles would not exist without its influence. Besides, it’s really worth your time to get to know it and for that we welcome you to our third entry!


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Manga Review: Akira

We hope you guys (by that we mean our two readers) enjoyed our review of the Anime, so here we bring you part two! This review will cut right to the chase, seeing how we made a summary of the general plot of the story in the last. The comparisons will be saved for the final entry of our short series in honor of this classic.


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Anime Review: Akira

Today’s review comes in honor of the soon to be bastardized by Hollywood classic, Akira. This title isn’t exactly “PG” (if anything it’s entirely away from it) but it’s still worthy of a review. Not only because it’s a great seminal title that blew many minds away, but also due to the fact that you’ll be forced to adding “Anime” to any search queries as to avoid the adaptation.


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Anime Vs Manga Review: Bokurano

Some titles make a seamless transition from one medium to the other, but as we mentioned before on our article, “Anime and Manga: A Broken Link,” this doesn’t happen very often. Bokurano (also known as “Bokurano: Ours”) is sadly one of those titles where something was lost in translation; not something huge, but you can still feel the lingering sensation that something is off.


Neon Genesis Evangelion Retrospective Review

Neon Genesis Evangelion Retrospective Review

Neon Genesis Evangelion is as influential as it is popular and some would even go and call it over rated; others would call it a masterwork….there’s no middle ground here, folks. Hate it or love it.


Martian Successor Nadesico

Martian Successor Nadesico

This might very well be one of the seminal works for the mecha genre where action, comedy and drama mix together to create a great classic. This show is a must watch for a hardcore fan of mechas and the so called “Space Operas”.


Hollywood’s Folly: The Anime Adaptation

Hollywood’s Folly: The Anime Adaptation

Hollywood tends to screw up on adapting most things to film. This is especially true for anime; sometimes it’s horrible, other times its just sad and in some cases, its tragically hilarious. But the general consensus is that they barely resemble the source at all, but why?


When Expectations Get Thrown Out the Window

When Expectations Get Thrown Out the Window

Yesterday I read an adult romance manga called, Alcohol, Shirt and Kiss, by Yuko Kuwabara. Since this was the debut comic from the author, my sister and I decided to be lenient with our final review of the story, but first published work or not, this manga was an enormous letdown!


Majin Tantei Nogami Neuro was a Lucky Find

Majin Tantei Nogami Neuro was a Lucky Find

I stumbled upon this anime a few months ago, by such a total chance that had I not been surfing the web instead of being more productive and not seen a small picture of our main character, Neuro Nogami in someone’s forum signature, I’d probably be none the wiser to this story.


Eureka Seven Movie

Eureka Seven Movie

I attended the one night event screening of the Eureka Seven movie and while it appeared most of the audience disliked the film, I enjoyed it very much. There was also a ‘making of’ bit after the credits, which was a half hour about the transition of the movie from Japanese to English, problems encountered and Q&As…


Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone is Not for Everyone

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone is Not for Everyone

So I just returned from one of the last screenings of Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone in New York City and I must say, I am incredibly let down by what I watched. When I say that only the most diehard of Evangelion fans will enjoy this, I mean it.


Akira Anime Review

Akira Anime Review

The last time I watched Akira was in 2005 after my friend, big into sci-fi anime, convinced me I’d love it. Love turned out to be too strong of a word, in fact, I really didn’t like it at all, but I was able to respect the piece for what it has done for the anime community and what it accomplished for its time.


Metropolis: Astro Boy Meets Akira

Metropolis: Astro Boy Meets Akira

Do I have you intrigued? Metropolis is based on the comic by Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy) with the script being written by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and the animation by Madhouse Studios (Death Note, Devil May Cry and Paranoia Agent). The film is a highly imaginative, strange and heartbreaking tale, complete with robots.


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.


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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.


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.


Review of Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo

Review of Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo

I was able to see an advanced screening of Miyazaki’s Ponyo, before the debut of the film to over 800 theatres nationwide in the United States on August 14, 2009. The animation, as expected, was absolutely stunning, the use of color and animals in this film is just as beautiful as the teaser trailers hinted.


Remembering, I’m Gonna Be An Angel

Remembering, I’m Gonna Be An Angel

I still have memories of an anime I watched back in 2001 called, I’m Gonna Be An Angel! This absurd, wacky and absolutely adorable anime was produced by Studio Pierrot (Fushigi Yugi, Naruto, Bleach, Yu Yu Hakusho) and was initially distributed to North America by Synch-Point.


Outlaw Star’s Female Cast

Outlaw Star’s Female Cast

I was star-struck the first time I watched the dubbed and edited version of Outlaw Star on Toonami as a kid. I couldn’t imagine how the show could be even more amazing than the Americanized version I was stuck with, but after buying the complete show, including the unaired episode twenty-three, due to nudity, I fell completely in love.


Death Note: The Movie

Death Note: The Movie

I was a little late for the Death Note train, but despite my inability to follow the story at the same time the rest of the country was, I nonetheless got on board and thoroughly enjoyed what I read. Really loving L and the team of police, like many of the other fans, I decided to watch the live-action films made in Japan as well, to complete my Death Note trifecta.


Fushigi Yugi’s One Mistake: Miaka is not Interesting

Fushigi Yugi’s One Mistake: Miaka is not Interesting

I will admit, for the sake of this article, I am a Fushigi Yugi fan. It was the first anime I ever knew as a child and even now I love it, though I think it’s more for the nostalgia than the story at this point in my life. Fushigi Yugi, to freshen the minds of those who have forgotten or have never been introduced, is a shojo comic by Yu Watase.


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