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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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