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Maniac Road

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Aria: The Origination Special

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Koukaku no Regios (Chrome Shelled Regios)

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Hottarake no Shima ~Haruka to Mahou no Kagami~

[singlepic id=99 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=100 w=320 h=240 float=center] Anime, like many other media, is a veritable Pandora’s Box when it comes to finding something entertaining. What you think about a given show may range from outright loathing to blissful wonderment – you never

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Batman: Death Mask

[singlepic id=39 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=40 w=320 h=240 float=center]   Every so often Western comics and Japanese manga are thrown together in an effort to create something “new”. Unfortunately many of these renditions are simply Western comics that look like manga, but lack any

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Kara no Kyoukai 4: Garan no Dou

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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)

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