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Archive for 2012/09

Drama in both light and dark shades

If you are going to pander to a demographic, you might as well do it the most straightforward and honest manner possible.   There’s a real charm in the complete lack of cynicism much like in the light-hearted high school girl romp of Tari Tari. On the opposite side of the drama spectrum is a heart-wrenching […]

A Different Look at Secret Underworlds

Leave it to Urobuchi Gen to look at the dark world of assassins without the glorifying highlights of Hollywood but rather with the crushing apathy of heavily damaged humans in a world that does not care.  Though not as powerful as the original visual novel, Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ provides a solid anime adaptation […]

Zombie: A Love Story

Two new reviews on the plate for everyone! First up because I am going in alphabetical order is AC‘s review of Appleseed: Ex Machina. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel as a high-octane cyberpunk action flick, but it gets in and does its thing well, and could even be considered better than the original. Meanwhile, Kylaran […]

Folding Paper Flowers

There are many shows that claim to be a parody or a play at irony the moment they fail at something they were genuinely attempting to be.  Martian Successor Nadesico is very much a silly, over-the-top robot anime, but it is also a genuine parody that comments on the absurdity of the genre. On the […]

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