A Classic and a Wanna Be

This week we have for you a rare treat from Studio Ghibli called The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.  It has only recently seen wide release in the West, so if you have a chance to watch it, don’t miss out.  On the other end of the spectrum is a show not even I knew existed called Engage Planet Kiss Dum.  Aside from its stupid name, it really doesn’t seem to have much going for it, but it may be good for a few laughs or a run through the soundtrack.

Terror in Virtual Reality

Today we have two anime that have stirred up the anime community for two very different reasons.  The first is the ever popular Sword Art Online II which basically is an adolescent power fantasy that is just on the cusp of compelling but slips off because it just can’t stop making the protagonist look superhuman.  The other is Watanabe Shinichiro’s rather ballsy commentary on the state of the world, Terror in Resonance, which is definitely a cut above most shows but it lacks any real teeth to make a deep impact.

Blue Robot Ride

Hey, everyone! We’ve got a couple of new reviews available for you all to peruse. First up from Kaikyaku is Ao Haru Ride, a high school romance series with potential that ultimately does not do enough to set itself apart from the pack. Next up from CNile is a relatively older series, Android Kikaider. It has a potentially interesting story that’s let down by bland characters, sloppy writing, and a boring world. Unfortunate.

Be sure to keep up with our weekly Anime Power Rankings to see what’s worth watching throughout the season!

Welcome to a New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

To continue our tradition of bringing light to the latest and greatest, have compiled for you our 2014: A Year in Review.  Though the year seemed tepid at first glance, there were some hard cuts that needed to be made once we got down to the actual details.  The opinions seem rather polarized across the staff, but that hasn’t stopped anyone from finding at least one show to embody 2014.

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Art for Art’s Sake

Hello again, readers. We’re here with two reviews, one of a recent show and other of a … classic. Yes, let’s go with that. First up is Kaikyaku with Barakamon, a delightful series that is full of charm and humor. The fact that it features anime children that won’t drive you up the wall is also a minor miracle. Next up is CNile with a not so charming review of Violence Jack, an OVA adaptation of one of the many works of Go Nagai. If you love appalling dismemberment, rape, and cannibalism, this is the anime for you! Those with good taste need not apply.

Also, be sure to keep up with the Anime Power Rankings over at Behind the Nihon Review!

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