Category Archives: Animation

Top Ten Anime 2011

2011 was fairly sparse in terms of quality entertainment, and while there were plenty of shows that were watchable, very few were memorable. That said, the year did have some saving graces, but sadly that only goes to show that the industry is capable of

The Anime Awards 2011

It’s a sad fact that the only creatures the anime industry have been concerned with lately are cows, and like every other business in the world, the goal is to get more milk for their moo. Unfortunately, all they’ve been making is lots of cheese.

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée

There has long been a mutual fascination between Eastern and Western cultures, and although modern technology and tourism have made it easier to explore the mysteries of other lands, things were very different during the latter part of the 19th century. At that time, travel

Kamisama Dolls

Since time immemorial the worship of higher powers has been a cornerstone of human civilization, but as mankind’s understanding of the universe grew, so did his technology, and many ancient beliefs were gradually replaced or discarded by one means or another. Not all of them

Ao no Exorcist

“Satan has been the best friend the Church has ever had, as He has kept it in business all these years!” – Anton LaVey One of the constants of many religions is the idea that sin and evil stem from a higher power. In some

Kamisama no Memochou

One of the most annoying things about the anime industry is the seemingly ingrained belief that bandwagons, when jumped upon, have the mystical ability to carry studios into money. It’s a sad fact that every season will undoubtedly see the release of one or more

Yumekui Merry

They say that variety is the spice of life, but if that’s true, then why is there such a lack of it in anime and manga? Part of the problem stems from the fact that there seems to be a certain number of themes that

Gosick

Detective stories never go out of fashion, but finding a way to make them interesting is another matter entirely. Some leave things open to interpretation, whilst others rely on convoluted mysteries that are more difficult to follow than a city street map. There are also

Kara no Kyoukai – Gate of the Seventh Heaven

What is fanservice? To many fans of anime and manga the term is used to denote content that in many other media would be considered “questionable”, and a number of studios have begun using ecchi or near pornographic tactics in an effort to bolster the

Archaeon’s Top Ten Horror Anime

Halloween is upon us once more, and at this spooky time of the year people want tales of terror, sagas of the supernatural, discourses of dread and frightful fantasies. Now there are plenty of movies around of one sort another that would have the desired