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Yoko Matsushita and Hiroko Tokita’s Descendants of Darkness 2: The Devil’s Trill

I’m not sure why, but I remember The Devil’s Trill, the second chapter in the story of Asato Tsuzuki, his partner Hisoka Kurasaki, and the doings of the Summons Section of the Ministry of Hades, as being my least favorite … Continue reading

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Kazuya Minekura and Tetsuya Endo’s Saiyuki Reload

Given how much I enjoyed (and still enjoy) Gensomaden Saiyuki, the first anime series based on Kazuya Minekura’s manga, getting my hands on the sequel, Saiyuki Reload, was a foregone conclusion. It’s only half the length of the first series, … Continue reading

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Yoko Matsushita and Hiroko Takita’s Descendants of Darkness: Vampire’s Lure

I had put off buying the anime adaptation of Yami no Matsuei (Descendants of Darkness), which I had enjoyed when I first saw it, because of the price, which was way over my budget. Then I noticed that I could … Continue reading

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Riho Sawaki and Yuzu Tsutae’s Sukisyo!

You may notice that the title of this DVD is spelled “Sukisho” on the cover: these are alternate transliterations of the title, which is actually pronounced somewhere in between the two spellings: it’s another one of those sounds that Japanese … Continue reading

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Hajime Yatate and Shinichiro Watanabe’s Cowboy Bebop Remix

Given my delight with Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, it’s probably no surprise that I decided to go whole-hog and plump down for the complete TV series. As it turns out, Cowboy Bebop Remix is something of a mixed bag. The … Continue reading

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Hajime Yatate and ShinichirĊ Watanabe’s Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

When I first encountered Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, I had not read the manga nor seen the TV series — which actually left me with no expectations, which is a good thing. The basic story is your standard action/adventure with … Continue reading

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Tite Kubo and Noriuke Abe’s Bleach Movie 2: The Diamond Dust Rebellion

The Diamond Dust Rebellion is the second animated feature based on Tite Kubo’s very popular manga series, Bleach. It won’t leave you as completely at sea as did Memories of Nobody if you’re not familiar with the series, but the … Continue reading

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Yuhki Kamatani and Kunihisa Sugishima’s Nabari

The anime series Nabari is based on the manga series Nabari no Ou by Yuhki Kamatani. It’s one of those series with a lot of comedy and very serious undertones. In broad outline, the story is rather simple: Rokujo Miharu … Continue reading

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Toshifumi Takizawa: Akira Kurosawa’s Samurai 7, The Complete Series

In spite of the title, this is not exactly Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. It is, rather, an anime adaptation of the classic film, set in a dystopian future that contrasts the rural simplicity of the peasantry with a steampunk version of … Continue reading

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Yuhki Kamatani and Kunihisa Sugishima’s Nabari

The anime series Nabari is based on the manga series Nabari no Ou by Yuhki Kamatani. It’s one of those series with a lot of comedy and very serious undertones. In broad outline, the story is rather simple: Rokujo Miharu … Continue reading

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Mizuna Kuwabara and Susumu Kodo’s The World of Mirage of Blaze

Mirage of Blaze began as a series of boys’ love novels by Mizuna Kuwabara, later adapted to manga with art by Shoko Hamada, finally becoming an anime television series. Rebels of the River’s Edge, also included in this set, came … Continue reading

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Spray/Visual Arts, You Higuri and Yukina Hiro, Gakuen Heaven: Boy’s Love Hyper

Gakuen Heaven started off as a computer game called Gakuen Heaven Boy’s Love Scramble. The franchise also includes three PlayStation 2 games, drama CDs, a manga series, and this anime. It’s a delightful bit of BL fluff, and everyone I … Continue reading

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Tite Kubo and Noriyuki Abe’s Bleach: Memories of Nobody

Tite Kubo’s Bleach, an action-packed supernatural adventure, has been a phenomenally successful manga series (approaching 40 volumes in English) and anime TV series (275 episodes). (The irony here is that when Kubo first offered it to a publisher, it was … Continue reading

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Hotaru Odagiri and Katsushi Sakurabi: Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru

I’m sure it will come as no surprise to learn that Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru is commonly referred to by fans as UraBoku. In spite of some major flaws, it’s one of the most engaging anime series … Continue reading

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Yun Kouga and Yuu Kou: Loveless

Yun Kouga’s Loveless has been a very successful manga series and a widely praised anime series, which was developed from the first four volumes of the manga. I’m warning you, whatever preconceptions you have about anime had best be jettisoned … Continue reading

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Kazuya Minekura and Hayato Date: Saiyuki

As seems to be inevitable, Kazuya Minekura’s popular manga series Saiyuki was adapated to an anime TV series. What is perhaps less usual is that the series ran for two seasons and was followed by two more TV series. After … Continue reading

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Aquaplus, Tomoki Kobayashi: Utawarerumono, The Complete Series

Utawarerumono is the title of an anime series from Japanese TV that has made its way to North America on DVD, and it’s — well, it’s somewhere in the realm of historical romance cum science fiction future history. If you … Continue reading

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