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Blogs Right Stuff’s Nozomi Entertainment announces the release of Piano in early 2010

Normally it’s the CW that conspires to persuade us that our high school years are indeed the most important time of our life. But don’t leave anime out! First loves and heartbreaks are just as common.

Blogs Bandai Namco: Dragon Ball Revenge of King Piccolo and Tekken 6

The holiday season means one thing: family. Fortunately Namco Bandai has provided a great coping mechanism. No, not eggnog. With the release of Dragon Ball Revenge of Piccolo and Tekken 6, we've got fighting, fighting, and more fighting!

Blogs Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid

Mecha, mecha, and more mecha! Full Metal Panic is reminiscent of those classic mech-oriented anime that began to appear in the US after the Robotech boom in the 80’s. It’s got everything you expect: robot action, advanced technology, war-weary soldiers, and a budding romance beset with the comedy and melodrama that is high school!

Blogs Honey and Clover: Box Set 1

Nostalgic. Yes. Melodramatic. A little. Yet, admittedly, Honey and Clover reached down my throat and strummed my nostalgic, nay chick-flick, vein. Yes, I too have been overrun by the forces of Honey and Clover. I too want to know what ultimately happens to Takemoto, Mayama Morita, Hagu, and Ayumi.

Blogs Astro Boy: The Movie & Video Game

Regardless of possible complaints, this film will introduce Astro Boy to a new generation of fans. That is a good thing! And if they ultimately seek out and connect with Tezuka’s original creation, i.e. the original manga and anime, even better.

Blogs Another Day with Girls, Guns, Beasts, and Introverts: 4 Box Sets from Funimation

Although I have reviewed these anime titles in the past, the release of their box sets compels me to toss around a few words. Surely, as the heading suggests – and, again, the title of my new book –, whose day isn’t inundated with girls, guns, beasts, and even a few lacking the social skills?

Blogs Nabari: The Complete Series Part 1

The ninja is by no means new to the anime scene. All powerful, world saving high school students, for that matter, are also pervasive; though such plot-consuming, pubescent power is now so ubiquitous that it’s about as sexy as a white dress at a wedding. Be that as it may, the combination of the two in Nabari strikes a surprisingly good tune.

Blogs Ergo Proxy: Complete Box Set

Okay, all that verbiage should indicate one thing: this series is smart, or at least tries to be. Overall, I like it. I like it a lot. The darkness of Ergo Proxy’s canvass, the moodiness of its city, and the detached citizens invokes Blade Runner-esque trappings that are a true anime/sci-fi delight.

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