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Kara no Kyoukai 4: Garan no Dou

[singlepic id=25 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=26 w=320 h=240 float=center] Kara no Kyoukai review Part 4 One of the hallmarks of a good story is the ease with which it can suspend the disbelief of the reader or viewer, and in that respect the Kara

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In Memoriam: Satoshi Kon

[singlepic id=97 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=98 w=320 h=240 float=center] On Tuesday, 24th August 2010, the Japanese animation director Satoshi Kon sadly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Considered one of the most visionary and original minds in any visual media, his work has been

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Genshiken (Manga)

[singlepic id=88 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=89 w=320 h=240 float=center] There’s a huge misconception in the Western world about the word “otaku”, especially regarding it’s usage. Most Westerners believe that the term refers to someone who is a zealous fan of something, in particular (but

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World Destruction (a.k.a Sands of Destruction)

[singlepic id=96 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=95 w=320 h=240 float=center] The biggest problem with adapting a game is that all too often the reason for doing it has come from the marketing department rather than any desire to truly retell the game’s story. Because of

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The Flight of Dragons

[singlepic id=93 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=90 w=320 h=240 float=center] During the 1970s and 80s there was a concerted effort in the West to produce quality fantasy works for the big screen, many of which followed the stereotypical “sword and sorcery” style that was so

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Michiko to Hatchin

[singlepic id=87 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=86 w=320 h=240 float=center] What would you get if you crossed Thelma & Louise with City of God? You may get complete drivel, or you may, if you’re very lucky, get something like Michiko to Hatchin.

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Aria: The Origination

[singlepic id=13 w=300 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=15 w=300 h=240 float=center] The conclusion to the Aria series is an ever so subtle departure from the previous two, however there is a very good reason why this is the case. As many people have already stated, in

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Last Exile

[singlepic id=83 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=85 w=320 h=240 float=center] Every anime studio has their ups and downs, their highs and lows, their hits and misses. There’s not a single one that hasn’t produced a decent title without producing something … less than average (Manglobe

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Emma Bangaihen

[singlepic id=8 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=82 w=320 h=240 float=center] The one problem with Emma by Mori Kaoru is that many people have wondered what happened to the characters after the series finished as there were some definite loose ends and plot point that needed

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Black Rock Shooter

[singlepic id=79 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=80 w=320 h=240 float=center] Inspiration comes in a myriad of forms, and anything can lead a person on a flight of fancy. In 2007 the artist Huke designed an original character called “Black Rock Shooter”, which he posted on