Snap Judgment: Summer 2010 Digimon Xros Wars
By Josh Dunham
Toei wants you to buy more toys. So to rectify this, they send three elementary school children to the digital world to fight digital monsters (digimon) several million times their size. But it’s all good because they have X-Loaders, (this season’s version of a digivice) and digimon companions.
Digimon Xros Wars
Initial Thoughts: Being a Digimon fan since I was a kid, the opportunity of a new show was too much to pass up. I’m going to say it up front in case you haven’t caught on, Xros Wars is a money grab to make little children buy merchandise. But even at that, this show kicks gigabytes of ass! Add a comment
SNAP JUDGEMENT: SUMMER 2010
By: Bradley Meek
Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi
Continuing anime's grand tradition of schools with elaborate clubs is Ookami-san's Otogi Bank. This club will lend out their talents to help people, but in exchange, will require their customers help in a future problem, like paying back a loan. Ryouko Ookami is a fiery member of the Bank who acts as their heavy when problems require confrontation, and will bust any fool with her deadly pair of neko boxing gloves. Her bold temperament and good looks have caught the eye of fellow student Ryoushi Morino. Unfortunately, he has a psychosis that makes him afraid of people staring at him, so just confessing his feelings to Ryouko takes a week of stalking so he can build up the courage. This doesn't sit well with Ryouko, but unfortunately for her, the Otogi Bank needs a new male member, and Ryoushi's talent for staying unseen might come in handy. Add a comment
Heads UP! – July 2010
Summer time! The weather is the best it’s going to be all year, not to mention a new season of anime is on the way. What a paradox, you’ll want to be outside, but you’ll want to also be watching cartoons. Better pick the latter, it’s safer.
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Girls, girls, girls! Short, tall, psychotic, and even… well, that pretty much sums up all of the characters in this show. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking Bamboo Blade is just another series filled with doe-eyed high school girls that fall into cliché character types. In the heart of this show is an effort to bring something new to the table. Well, to be more precise, there is an attempt at some originality.
Weekly Podcast Review
A Life Well Wasted Podcast
(http://alifewellwasted.com/, also available on iTunes)
Why A Life Well Wasted?
This podcast was recently suggested to me by my editor and one of the head honchos at Anime 3000. His email to me simply read: “A Life Well Wasted. To explain more would ruin it. Just download every
episode, listen to it and thank me later.” A Life Well Wasted is not an anime podcast, but that’s ok for today’s review. Sometimes we need to step outside of our comfort zones and check something new out anyway. I have to admit to some initial nervousness in reviewing A Life Well Wasted. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and my editor’s email only increased the mysterious shroud surrounding this unconventional podcast. Add a comment
Night Head Genesis Volume 1
In the first volume of Night Head Genesis, two brothers with psychic abilties are taken from their home to an unnamed institute, becoming human lab rats. Although this theme seems like an open door to abandonment issues, readers will feel less cozy towards it.
The manga should be an instant favorite; the storyline’s foundation consists of an anime series based on a successful live-action J-drama from 1992 that spawned a slew of tie-ins. Unfortunately, the beginning of Night Head Genesis doesn’t make it past the door. The manga format invites readers to pull the welcome mat right from under its ill-paced story. Add a comment
[Editorial] Sweet Purgatory: Some Thoughts on Angel Beats
By Fernando Ramos
In case the title and timing of this article don’t make it clear, this is going to spoil the entirety of Angel Beats. For those who haven’t seen the show, the spoiler-free tl;dr version is thus: Angel Beats was a flawed show that it doesn’t quite add up to everything it could have. Despite that, it was a pleasant surprise for your dear writer due to some interesting themes that exceeded my low expectations.
Now with that out of the way, here comes the fanwank. Add a comment
Blassreiter is a 24 episode co-production between animation studio, Gonzo and visual novel company, Nitro+. It's directed by Ichiro Itano, a man well known for his wicked action choreography (CIRCUS!) and wickedly terrible directorial abilities. Anime directed by Ichiro Itano tend to rely much more on violence (such as his work on Gantz) and absurd situations (Battle Royal High School) as opposed to coherent storytelling and logic. Blassreiter is no exception.
Fullmetal Alchemist Premium OVA Collection
Spending the whole night partying is fun. Hanging out with friends and making new acquaintances with music, laughs, and stories is anyone’s definition of a good time. But in the midst of that there’s always that one drunk who no one knows. He starts spewing stories about his friends, none of which anyone knows, and then tries to get buddy-buddy with ladies well out of his league. In a way, Fullmetal Alchemist Premium OVA Collection is kind of like that guy. Of course there are several differences; the first being that the DVD won’t vomit its night of debauchery on your carpet, nor will it hit on any ladies.
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