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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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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

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Aria the OVA ~Arietta~

[singlepic id=77 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=78 w=320 h=240 float=center] It’s surprising how a single OVA from a well known series can actually serve to improve the entire show and, whilst this is still very much a rarity for most anime, the Aria franchise is,

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Kara no Kyoukai 3: Tsuukaku Zanryuu

[singlepic id=24 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=23 w=320 h=240 float=center] Kara no Kyoukai review Part 3 Sometimes you have to take a step back in order to make any progress, and in a sense that’s exactly what happens with the third installment of Kara no

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Nodame Cantabile

[singlepic id=68 w=300 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=76 w=300 h=240 float=center] Gyabo! For those of you who don’t know the series, Nodame Cantabile is based on the bestselling manga of the same name by Ninomiya Tomoko, and while I do like that particular work, the anime

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Guin Saga

[singlepic id=75 w=320 h=240 float=center] This review is dedicated to Imaoka Sumiyo, better known as Kurimoto Kaoru, the author of Guin Saga, who passed away in May 2009. Few can come close to matching what you have achieved as a writer and author. As a