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Shinryaku! Ika Musume

[singlepic id=322 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=254 w=320 h=240 float=center] The problem with the anime industry is the continuous failure to capitalise on titles that are actually good, and instead redirect time and resources to producing shows that leave you as empty as a tectonic

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Katanagatari

[singlepic id=250 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=251 w=320 h=240 float=center] Since 2006, light novel adaptations have gradually become a regular feature in anime as producers in the industry scrabble around in their attempts to find the biggest cash cow since the advent of Suzumiya Haruhi.

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Shiki

[singlepic id=256 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=255 w=320 h=240 float=center] Vampires have been enjoying quite a renaissance in Western media lately, mainly because of the advent of Twilight. In anime however, tales of bloodsuckers have been pretty constant over the years, but like the West

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Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku

[singlepic id=313 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=315 w=320 h=240 float=center] There are few trends in anime that are as fallible as the visual novel adaptation, yet they continue to be made in the hope of finding the next Air, Kanon or Clannad. Unfortunately this means

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Otome Youkai Zakuro

[singlepic id=236 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=237 w=320 h=240 float=center] Cliches, stereotypes, formulas, and other such mass production “tools” that are involved in the creation of “original” anime are a common part of the industry these days. One only has to look at the shows

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Angel Beats! Stairway To Heaven

[singlepic id=235 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=234 w=320 h=240 float=center] DVDs and BRDs are the lifeblood of the anime industry, and there’s many a hook that’s used to make us part with our hard earned cash. One of these methods is the offer the so-called

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Amagami SS

[singlepic id=166 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=167 w=320 h=240 float=center] If you don’t know where you’re from, then you don’t know where you are, and you don’t know where you’re going. It’s a fairly trite adage, but like most old sayings there’s an element of

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Gintama

[singlepic id=150 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=151 w=320 h=240 float=center] Over the years there have been a multitude of comedy shows that have graced our TV screens, from the surreal stylings of Monty Python and sarcastic wit of Blackadder, to the sci-fi tomfoolery of Red

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Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

[singlepic id=141 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=140 w=320 h=240 float=center] Adaptations have long been a thorn in the side of anime viewers, but not because they are inherently bad. No, the main problem has been that many studios have regarded the original work almost as

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Slayers

[singlepic id=128 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=129 w=320 h=240 float=center] The mid 1990s were a bit of a special time for anime, kind of like a mini golden age. Akira had opened the doors to the West and, after a taking a little rest, the