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A Letter to Momo – Review

A Letter to Momo – Review

Following a young girl whose father has recently perished. Before moving to the island of Shio with her mother, Iku, Momo finds a letter her father has begun to write her as a result of an argument they had before he died.

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Akira – Review

Akira – Review

It’s the year 2019, thirty-one years after the end of World War III, and the authorities of Neo-Tokyo are waging a constant war against the Underground rebels. Caught in the middle is a motorcycle gang whose members delight in causing trouble. The gang leader, Kaneda, gets involved in more ways than one when a laboratory experiment, a child with psychic powers, escapes and results in gang member Tetsuo’s capture and subsequent experimentation.

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Another – Review

Another – Review

In 1972, there was a student named Misaki in Yomiyama Middle School’s 3-3 class. An honors student who was also good at sports, Misaki was very popular among his peers, and even the teachers were fond of him. When he suddenly died from an unspecified accident, the shocked class decided to carry on as if Misaki was still alive. However, when class 3-3’s graduation photo was taken, they saw someone in the shot who should not have been there—Misaki.

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Attack on Titan – Review

Attack on Titan – Review

Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titans.

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Baccano! – Review

Baccano! – Review

In the year 1711, a group of alchemists are granted an elixir of immortality. The now-immortal group unanimously decides it wasn’t worth it and destroy the elixir; but one of them, Slizard Quates, starts to kill off his fellow immortals. To reduce the risk of Quates tracking them all down, the group separates and goes their separate ways. Neither of them crosses paths again till 1930, Manhattan.

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Bakemonogatari – Review

Bakemonogatari – Review

Koyomi Araragi is an aloof boy who holds a strange, supernatural secret that inadvertently leads him to others with similar stories. Gods, spirits and afflictions can be pesky things, taking important memories or causing unusual tendencies – a fact that Koyomi and others are unfortunately aware of.

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Berserk Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the High King – Review

Berserk Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the High King – Review

Guts is a young and highly skilled mercenary living in a medieval era of the Midland monarchy. During the siege of a castle, he catches the attention of Griffith, leader of a mercenary army called Band of the Hawk. As the two meet again, Guts ends up joining the notorious group.

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Berserk Golden Age Arc III: The Descent – Review

Berserk Golden Age Arc III: The Descent – Review

The Band of the Hawks is plotting a rescue mission to save Griffith who is confined to prison. One night, a group of assassins attack the band, and a bloody battle for survival begins. Just as things are beginning to look grim for them, Guts reappears and saves them. Guts rejoins his friends and embarks on a mission to save Griffith.

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Black Bullet – Review

Black Bullet – Review

In the year 2021, mankind is decimated by the epidemic of Gastrea, a parasitic virus, and is forced to live within the Monolith walls, which are created from Varanium: a metal that is able to subdue Gastrea. Soon, children who were born with the Gastrea virus and obtained superhuman abilities as a result, are discovered and dubbed “Cursed Children”.

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Black Rock Shooter TV – Review

Black Rock Shooter TV – Review

It isn’t the world you know. There wanders a girl with jet-black hair, ebony clothes, and a strikingly blue, glowing eye. Her name is Black Rock Shooter. With a huge cannon in hand, she throws herself into a fierce battle. Meanwhile, in another world, middle-school student Mato Kuroi is drawn to Yomi Takanashi, her classmate with an unusual family name.

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Blood Lad – Review

Blood Lad – Review

Staz is the vampire boss of a section of the demon world, but he has little interest in human blood. He’s more infatuated with Japanese culture. When he learns that Yanagi Fuyumi, a Japanese teenage girl, accidentally wanders into the demon city, he jumps to the occasion.

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Blood-C: The Last Dark – Review

Blood-C: The Last Dark – Review

Tokyo, Winter. Despite the use of the Youth Ordinance Bill to enforce curfews for minors and regulate the use of the Internet, young people continue to fight for their own freedom through underground methods. One such group calls themselves Surat. They have decided to take on Fumito Nanahara, a man who has great influence on the political world, and basically controls Tokyo with an iron fist.

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Brothers Conflict – Review

Brothers Conflict – Review

Hinata Ema is the only daughter of a famous adventurer, Hinata Rintarou. One day, Ema learns that Rintarou is going to remarry with a successful apparel maker named Asahina Miwa. Since she doesn’t want to disturb them, Ema decides to move out and live with her 13 new brothers in a mansion called Sunrise Residence.

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Btooom! – Review

Btooom! – Review

Sakamoto Ryota is an unemployed twenty-two year old who lives with his mother. In the real world, there may be nothing special about him, but online, he’s one of the world’s top players of the combat game called Btooom!. One day, he awakes in what appears to be a tropical island, though he has no memory of how or why he has come to be there.

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Castle in the Sky – Review

Castle in the Sky – Review

Having scored a box office success with Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Hayao Miyazaki was on his way to becoming a respected animator in his native country of Japan. Yet this was only the beginning; with the help of Isao Takahata, Miyazaki enlisted the backing of their financial distributor, Tokuma Shoten, to establish their own animation company, known today as Studio Ghibli. Under this new facility, Miyazaki directed his third feature—and the first to be produced under the “Ghibli” banner – a rollicking, fast-paced action-adventure tale called Laputa: The Castle in the Sky.

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Cencoroll – Review

Cencoroll – Review

Cencoroll tells the story of a provincial Japanese town under attack by a mysterious monster, and a young girl—Yuki—and boy—Tetsu—who hold the secret to fighting back: a strange and even-more-mysterious pet called Cenco. When another Cenco user discovers Tetsu, the two will ultimately duel for control and dominance, involving the entire city as their battleground.

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Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below – Review

Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below – Review

A young girl named Asuna who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received from her late father as a memento. One day while walking home she is attacked by a fearsome monster and saved mysterious boy named Shun.

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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion – Review

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion – Review

Set in an alternate universe in which Japan is conquered by what is known as the Holy Britannian Empire, the Japanese have been stripped of all rights, freedoms, and have had their country renamed to Area 11. A high school student known as Lelouch Lamperouge is a Britannian prince who gave up his right to the throne after his mother was murdered, and has vowed to destroy his father, the Emperor, and Britannia. He gains the ability through the mysterious power of the Geass, becoming Zero, the leader of the resistance movement to fulfill his two wishes: to seek revenge for his mother and to construct a world in which his beloved sister can live happily.

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Colorful – Review

Colorful – Review

Upon reaching a purgatory-like state after death, a dejected soul is informed that he will be awarded another chance at life. He is placed in the body of a 14-year-old boy named Makoto Kobayashi, who has just committed suicide. Watched over by a neutral spirit named Purapura, the soul must figure out what his greatest sin and mistake in his former life was before his time limit in Makoto’s body runs out.

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Cowboy Bebop – Review

Cowboy Bebop – Review

The year is 2071 AD. The future is now. Driven out of their terrestrial eden, humanity chose the stars as the final frontier. With the section-by-section collapse of the former nations, a mixed jumble of races and people came. They spread to the stars, taking with them the now confused concepts of freedom, violence, illegality and love, where new rules and a new generation of outlaws came into being. People referred to them as Cowboy Bebops. Spike Spiegel is bounty hunter looking for such people, and together with his partner Jet Black, traverse the known galaxy in search of the next bounty.

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Cuticle Detective Inaba – Review

Cuticle Detective Inaba – Review

The story revolves around Hiroshi Inaba, a genetically altered part human and part wolf being. Inaba is also a private detective, who runs his agency with the help of his cross-dressing secretary, Yuta and his “mostly normal” teenaged assistant Kei. The plot mostly centers around the gang trying to arrest Don Valentino, a goat who literally eats money.

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Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc – Review

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc – Review

A group of 15 elite high school students are gathered at a very special, high class high school. To graduate from this high school essentially means you’ll succeed in life, but graduating is very difficult. The school is presided over by a bear called Monokuma, and he explains to them that their graduation hinges around committing a murder.

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Deadman Wonderland – Review

Deadman Wonderland – Review

A massive earthquake ravaged Japan’s mainland and destroyed most of Tokyo, sinking three-quarters of it into the ocean. Ten years later, the story shifts to Igarashi Ganta, a seemingly ordinary student attending Nagano Prefecture’s middle school. An escapee, a survivor of the great earthquake, Ganta has no memories of the tragedy and has lived a normal life. This all changes when a strange man covered in blood and crimson armour floats through his classroom windows.

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Devil Survivor 2: The Animation – Review

Devil Survivor 2: The Animation – Review

The story revolves around a mysterious calamity which plunges the world into a state of chaos. This causes Hibiki Kuze and his friends Daichi Shijima and Io Nitta to be suddenly thrown from their normal lives into a battle of survival.

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Dog & Scissors – Review

Dog & Scissors – Review

The absurd mystery comedy centers around Harumi Kazuhito, a high school boy who is obsessed with reading books. One day, he is killed in the middle of a robbery—and resurrected as a dachshund dog. Unable to read in his new form, the hapless Kazuhito now belongs to Natsuno Kirihime, a sadistic girl who uses scissors like a weapon.

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Eden of the East – Review

Eden of the East – Review

On November 22, 2010, ten missiles strike against uninhabited areas of Japan, claiming no victims. This apparent terrorist act is referred to as “Careless Monday” and disregarded by most people. The series begins three months later, with a young Japanese woman named Saki Morimi visiting Washington D.C. as part of her graduation trip. When she gets into trouble, a mysterious Japanese man, who introduces himself as Akira Takizawa, helps her through it. The man appears to have no memory and is completely naked, carrying only a gun and a cell phone charged with 8.2 billion yen in digital money.

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Eden of The East the Movie I: The King of Eden – Review

Eden of The East the Movie I: The King of Eden – Review

The deadly game that began in Japan now intensifies on the streets of New York City. The rules are the same: Do whatever it takes to win. Die if you lose. Takizawa prevented Japan’s destruction—and then he vanished. Six months later, clues lead Saki to the Big Apple in search of her missing friend. Meanwhile, the remaining Selecao are plotting their final move.

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Eden of The East the Movie II: Lost Paradise – Review

Eden of The East the Movie II: Lost Paradise – Review

Takizawa returns to Japan and hits the ground running. As he makes his final move against the Selecao, he fights to uncover the secrets of his mysterious past. The deck is stacked against him; he faces accusations of terrorism, and the truth behind his ties to the Primer Minister could be his undoing. Takizawa’s not the only one feeling the heat. Saki’s high-tech crew is in the crosshairs too—along with every citizen in the nation.

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Electromagnetic Girlfriend – Review

Electromagnetic Girlfriend – Review

Yuu Yuuzawa is a tough kid in a rough town. One day, an odd girl approaches him by the name of Ame, who claims that she was connected to him in a past life and insists on serving as Yuu’s knight.

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Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone – Review

Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone – Review

Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone is the first installment in a 4-part film series known as the Rebuild of Evangelion that reimagines the story first told in the critically acclaimed anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance – Review

Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance – Review

Evangelion 2.0, You Can (Not) Advance continues the story of Shinji Ikari, who has chosen a path of struggle and combat against the mysterious and awesomely powerful beings known as Angels. Joined by Asuka, Rei and a previously unknown heroine by the name of Mari, the true purpose behind NERV, SEELE, the Angels, and the looming apocalypse begin to be revealed…

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Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo – Review

Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo – Review

Fourteen years have passed since Third Impact was unexpectedly thwarted, yet the Angels continue their attacks against mankind. Shinji Ikari is salvaged from Evangelion Unit-01 and finds that things have changed, but not for the better: the world has been utterly devastated, his former allies from NERV have become hostile toward him, and Rei Ayanami, the girl Shinji risked everything for, is nowhere to be found.

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Fantasista Doll – Review

Fantasista Doll – Review

Uzume Ono is a young student and former champion of a trading card game competition. She is trusted with a special device containing six powerful Fantasista Dolls.

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First Squad: The Moment of Truth – Review

First Squad: The Moment of Truth – Review

Set during the opening days of World War II on the Eastern Front, First Squad – The Moment Of Truth follows a group of Soviet teenagers with extraordinary abilities; the teenagers have been drafted to form a special unit to fight the invading German army. They are opposed by a Schutzstaffel (SS) officer who is attempting to raise from the dead a supernatural army of crusaders from the 12th-century Order of the Sacred Cross and enlist them in the Nazi cause for world dominance. Only one young woman by the name of Nadya can stop them.

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Free! – Review

Free! – Review

The story revolves around Haruka Nanase, a boy who has always loved to be immersed in water, and to swim in it. Before graduating from elementary school, he participated in a swimming tournament along with his fellow swimming club members, Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki, and Rin Matsuoka.

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From Up on Poppy Hill – Review

From Up on Poppy Hill – Review

The story is set in 1963 in Yokohama. Kokuriko Manor sits on a hill overlooking the harbour. A 16 year-old girl, Umi, lives in that house. Every morning she raises a signal flag facing the sea. The flag means “I pray for safe voyages”. A 17 year-old boy, Shun, always sees this flag from the sea as he rides a tugboat to school. Gradually the pair are drawn to each other but they are faced with a sudden trial.

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Future Diary – Review

Future Diary – Review

Amano Yukiteru, a middle school student, is a boy who has problems making friends. He thinks of himself as a bystander and will always write down everything he sees in a cell phone diary. Tormented by solitude, Yukiteru began to imagine things like a friend called Deus Ex Machina who is apparently the Lord of Time and Space. Seeing Yukiteru’s miserable state, Deus gives him a new ability.

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Genshiken Nidaime – Review

Genshiken Nidaime – Review

Another college semester begins and the returning members of Genshiken attempt to recruit new club members. Three new members join the club, attracted by Ogiue’s BL drawings. She welcomes the new members but fears the club will become a “rotten girls” haven for yaoi fans and is getting a bit too far removed from its original purpose.

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Ghost in the Shell – Review

Ghost in the Shell – Review

In the year 2029, a vast electronic network that permeates every aspect of life has interconnected the world. That same network also becomes a battlefield for Tokyo’s Section Nine security force, which has been charged with apprehending the master hacker known only as the Puppet Master. Spearheading the investigation is Major Motoko Kusanagi, who — like many in her department — is a cyborg officer, far more powerful than her human appearance would suggest. And yet as the Puppet Master, who is even capable of hacking human minds, leaves a trail of victims robbed of their memories, Kusanagi ponders the very nature of her existence.

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Gifuu Doudou!!: Kanetsugu to Keiji – Review

Gifuu Doudou!!: Kanetsugu to Keiji – Review

The Sengoku era gave birth to many historical legends. One of them is Naoe Kanetsugu, the brilliant military general of the Uesugi family. Together with Maeda Keiji, a legendary warrior on the battlefield, who become lifelong friends with each other, they carve out a piece of history in the most dangerous and volatile time in Japan’s history. The two men recall their beginnings and the journey they took to get to the accomplished position they now sit at.

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Golden Time – Review

Golden Time – Review

Banri Tada is a newly admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo. However, due to an accident, he lost all of his memories. During his freshman orientation, he encounters another freshman from the same school, Mitsuo Yanagisawa, and they hit it off at once.

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Halo Legends – Review

Halo Legends – Review

Halo Legends is a collection of seven animated short films set in the Halo science-fiction universe. Financed by Halo franchise overseer 343 Industries, the stories were created by five Japanese production houses: Bones, Casio Entertainment, Production I.G., Studio 4°C, and Toei Animation. Shinji Aramaki, creator and director of Appleseed and Appleseed Ex Machina, serves as the project’s creative director.

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Hamatora: The Animation – Review

Hamatora: The Animation – Review

Certain individuals have “Minimum” or “minor miracle”—special hereditary powers discovered only in an extremely limited number of humans. Those who possess such powers are known as “Minimum Holders.”

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High School of the Dead – Review

High School of the Dead – Review

Takashi Komuro is a normal high school boy, until an infection breaks out that turns people into zombie-like creatures. Along with his friends and the school nurse, they fight their way out of their school and continue their journey to find out what exactly has happened to the world around them.

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Hozuki no Reitetsu – Review

Hozuki no Reitetsu – Review

Hozuki is the aide to the Great King Enma. Calm and super-sadistic, Hozuki tries to resolve the various problems in Hell, including a rampaging Momotaro and his companions. However, he also likes spending his free time on his hobbies, such as fawning over cute animals and raising ‘Goldfish Flowers.’

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Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation – Review

Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation – Review

This is Gamindustri. Beings called the Goddesses rule the countries of this unreal world. The four Goddesses govern four states: Planeptune, Lastation, Lowee, and Leanbox. For many long years, these countries fought each other over the Shares, the source of the Goddess power.

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Review

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Review

Beginning its tale in 19th century England, young aristocrat Jonathan Joestar finds himself locked in bitter rivalry with Dio Brando, a low-born boy who Jonathan’s father took under his wing after the death of Dio’s father.

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Kids on the Slope – Review

Kids on the Slope – Review

The beginning of summer, 1966. Because of his father’s job situation, freshman high school student Kaoru Nishimi moves by himself from Yokosuka to Kyushu to live with relatives. Until then, Kaoru was an honor roll student who tended to keep to himself, but meeting notorious bad boy Sentaro Kawabuchi starts to change him. Through his devil-may-care classmate, Kaoru learns how much fun it is to play jazz and finds the first person he can call a “friend.”

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Kill Me Baby – Review

Kill Me Baby – Review

Following the comedic life of a typical schoolgirl Yasuna and her assassin classmate Sonya. Sonya’s attempt to fit in often fails when her natural assassin instincts kick in and Yasuna’s attempt to be more friendly with Sonya often gets intimidated.

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Kotoura-san – Review

Kotoura-san – Review

Kotoura Haruka is a 15-year-old girl who can read people’s minds. She has been suffering from troubles caused by her mind-reading ability, and her parents got divorced as a result. She moves to a new high school but tries to keep away from her classmates. Manabe Yoshihisa, one of her classmates, accepts and appreciates her ability and she begins to interact with her friends with his help.

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La storia della Arcana Famiglia – Review

La storia della Arcana Famiglia – Review

The Arcana Famiglia is a powerful organization that keeps the peace on the trading island of Regalo. The most unique trait of this prestigious “family” is their mastery of the Arcana—mystical powers derived from tarot cards.

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Laputa: Castle in the Sky – Review

Laputa: Castle in the Sky – Review

This high-flying adventure begins when Pazu, an engineer’s apprentice, finds a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky wearing a glowing pendant. Together they discover both are searching for a legendary floating castle, Laputa, and vow to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal around Sheeta’s neck.

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Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland – Review

Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland – Review

Welcome to the fantasy world of “Little Nemo,” filled with dreams of enchanted lands and new friends, amazing magic and fun-filled adventure. A place where anything is possible and the only boundaries are those of the imagination. In this major motion picture, Nemo journeys to the Kingdom of Slumberland.

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Log Horizon – Review

Log Horizon – Review

By its eleventh expansion pack, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Elder Tale) has become a global success, with a user base of millions of players. However, during the release of its twelfth expansion pack: Novasphere Pioneers, thirty thousand Japanese gamers who are logged on at the time of the update suddenly find themselves transported into the virtual game world and donning their in-game avatars.

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Lupin the III: The Castle of Cagliostro – Review

Lupin the III: The Castle of Cagliostro – Review

When master thief Lupin III, a.k.a. “The Wolf” inadvertently steals a fortune in counterfeit bills from a casino, he is quick to realize the high-quality printing plates that made them are worth even more. Tracing the source of the money to the small European country of Cagliostro, Lupin and his team of colorful outlaws cross swords with the nation’s mysterious monarch over his forthcoming marriage to the last princess of the Cagliostro family. It’s a fast-paced adventure as Lupin must battle fearsome ninjas, rescue a damsel in distress and uncover the key to the lost Cagliostro fortune.

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Mai Mai Miracle – Review

Mai Mai Miracle – Review

It’s the spring of 1955, and the place is the area of Mitajiri (in the countryside around then small-town Hōfu) in Yamaguchi Prefecture, southwestern Japan. A nine-year-old girl named Shinko Aoki imagines she has a way of connecting to the world around her, a thousand years before.

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Mekakucity Actors – Review

Mekakucity Actors – Review

he incidents which occurred on August 14th and 15th bring a group of young boys and girls together… They are members of a group they call themselves the “Mekakushi Dan” (Blindfold Organization) and each member possesses a strange power involving their eyes. Will the members of this peculiar organization be able to solve the mysteries behind these incidents and see the truth?

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Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai – Review

Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai – Review

Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645) was an unrivalled swordsman in the days when internal wars in Japan had virtually ended. Nevertheless, he wrote a master treatise on military strategy, The Book of Five Rings and sought “the way” to enlighten his spirit and cultivate his mind. But could this image have been fabricated by the generations that followed? Mamoru Oshii will take on an unusual portrayal of this legendary and aloof warrior, between spectacular duels and a tragic life in pursuit of greatness.

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Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water – Review

Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water – Review

In the mid 1970’s, prior to obtaining his well-deserved status as Japan’s greatest animator ever, a young Hayao Miyazaki was hired by Japanese movie giant Toho to develop ideas for TV series. One of these concepts was “Around the World Under the Sea’, based on Jules Verne’s literary classic “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Although it was never produced, Toho nonetheless kept the rights to the story outline. Miyazaki would reuse elements from his original concept in later projects of his, notably the Sci-Fi series Future Boy Conan and the action-adventure feature Castle in the Sky (this explains why Anime fans often find similarities between the show I’m about to review and the latter film). Ten years later, Japanese animation studio GAINAX was commissioned to produce this very scenario.

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Nasu: Summer in Andalusia – Review

Nasu: Summer in Andalusia – Review

It’s one September day in Andalusia and the sky is clear. The landscape is desolate with no vegetation except for bushes and cacti. No trees to stop the sandy wind nor provide shade for the unforgiving 113 ℉ heat outdoors. This is the stage in the cycling competition known as La Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain). Here Pepe, the film’s protagonist, will be forced to face his past and forge his future.

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind – Review

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind – Review

A thousand years after a global war, a seaside kingdom known as the Valley of the Wind remains one of the few places still populated. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, the people of the Valley are engaged in a constant struggle with powerful insects called Ohmu, who guard a poisonous jungle that is spreading across the Earth. Nausicaä and her brave companions, together with the people of the Valley, strive to restore the bond between humanity and the Earth.

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Nekomonogatari (Kuro) – Review

Nekomonogatari (Kuro) – Review

Adapted from the 6th book in the Monogatari series, Nekomonogatari (Kuro) showcases the Tsubasa Family Arc that focuses on Hanekawa Tsubasa.

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Ninja Scroll – Review

Ninja Scroll – Review

Jubei Kipagami, a ninja mercenary, wanders the countryside in search of work. On his travels, he encounters Kagero, a female ninja whose poisoned blood causes her pale skin to be lethal to the touch. Jubei rescues the woman from Tessai, a creature made of rock. They later find that Tessai is one of the Eight Devils of Kimon, who are involved in a plot to overthrow the Shogun.

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Nisemonogatari – Review

Nisemonogatari – Review

In Bakemonogatari, the story centers on Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student who has recently survived a vampire attack, and finds himself mixed up with all kinds of apparitions: gods, ghosts, myths, and spirits. However, in Nisemonogatari, we pick up right where we left off and follow the Araragi sisters as they face similar supernatural problems as Koyomi’s.

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No Game No Life – Review

No Game No Life – Review

Centered around Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister whose reputations as brilliant NEET hikikomori gamers, have spawned urban legends all over the Internet. These two gamers even consider the real world as just another “crappy game.” One day, they are summoned by a boy named “God” to an alternate world.

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Oreshura – Review

Oreshura – Review

Eita enters high school aiming for the National University School of Medicine. Because of his parents’ divorce—and his goal—he shuns anything to do with romance or love. One day, Masuzu, the school beauty with the silver hair who has just returned to the country, enters his life in a most unexpected way. Chiwa, his childhood friend since elementary school, will not let this go without a fight.

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Outlanders – Review

Outlanders – Review

An alien armada has invaded Earth and is destroying most of the planet’s forces. While they ravage the planet, Kahm, the Princess of Saint Evascuraze, is busy trying to find a man to take as her own. On her search, she meets a man named Tetsuya, a photographer trying to do his job.

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Pale Cocoon – Review

Pale Cocoon – Review

In a dystopian future where humans have overpopulated and devastated the surface of the Earth and forced to live deep underground, Ura works in the Excavation Department that uncovers and restores records from the prosperous time that has passed him by. While Ura is fascinated by the past that is unfolded to him daily, his colleagues along with the general population become more and more depressed and disinterested over time. One day, Ura restores a record that motivates him to find out the truth about the world above the surface and attempts to visit the world he had worked for so long to understand.

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Perfect Blue – Review

Perfect Blue – Review

Pop singer Mima Kirigoe looks forward to a bright new career when she quits her chart-topping trio to become an actress. When she lands a role in a sexually charged murder mystery television series titled Double Bind, Mima’s life begins to fall apart. Reality and hallucinations merge into a terrifying netherworld where innocence is lost and dreams become nightmares. Quickly descending into a dangerous state of paranoid delusions, Mima discover Internet sites describing every intimate detail of her life. Helpless and afraid, she watches as her associates are threatened and by a mysterious stalker.

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Pokemon – Review

Pokemon – Review

A young boy named Ash embarks on a journey to become a “Pokemon Master” with his first Pokemon, Pikachu. Joining him on his travels are Brock, a girl-obsessed Rock Pokemon Trainer, and Misty, a tomboyish Water Pokemon Trainer who may have a crush on him.

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Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva – Review

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva – Review

Professor Layton, true English gentleman and the world’s greatest amateur super sleuth, embarks on his most daring adventure yet when he receives a letter from his old student, the famous opera diva Janice Quatlane.

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica – Review

Puella Magi Madoka Magica – Review

In this world, there exist strange creatures that have the power to grant one wish to a chosen girl. However, in exchange, that girl must then become a magical girl and use their powers to fight against witches, evil creatures born from darkness that are responsible for murders and suicides.

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion – Review

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion – Review

Madoka and the other magical girls reappear at Mitakihara fighting some new creatures born from humans’ negative feelings known as “Nightmares”, having no recollection about what previously happened. However, Homura realizes something is amiss and after some investigation recovers her lost memories and realizes that she, Madoka, the other girls and several of their friends are trapped into an alternate world inside a witch’s barrier

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Red Data Girl – Review

Red Data Girl – Review

Izumiko Suzuhara is a 15-year old girl who has been raised at Tamakura Shrine, part of the Kumano Shrines World Heritage Site. She destroys any electrical device that she comes into contact with. Despite being shy, she wants to try living in the city.

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Saint Young Men (Movie) – Review

Saint Young Men (Movie) – Review

What if Jesus and Buddha were living on Earth in modern times? What if they shared an apartment in Japan? Saint Young Men is a humorous manga about the daily lives of Jesus and Buddha, with each chapter focusing on some element of modern life, such as Disneyland, rush hour on the train, Christmas, the public pool, carnivals, and more.

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Serial Experiments Lain – Review

Serial Experiments Lain – Review

We’re all Connected. The world around us, made of people, tactile sensation, and culture has begun to blur with the wired world inside the computer, of images, personalities, virtual experiences. The day after a classmate commits suicide, Lain, a thirteen year-old girl, discovers how closely the two worlds are linked when she receives an e-mail from the dead girl: “I just abandoned my body. I still live here…”

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Servant x Service – Review

Servant x Service – Review

Newcomers Hasebe Yutaka, Yamagami, Miyoshi Saya, and their supervisor Ichimiya Taishi go through the everyday quirks of working as office staff for the health and welfare section of the ward office in Hokkaido.

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She and Her Cat – Review

She and Her Cat – Review

Director Makoto Shinkai’s She and Her Cat is his first anime project that he directed. The short film has won Shinkai praise for his artistry, including that of winning the 2000 DoGA CG animation contest Grand Prix. What’s surprising to note is that Shinkai produced the film entirely himself, going as far as to personally voice the main character of the short feature.

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Silver Spoon – Review

Silver Spoon – Review

Yugo Hachiken dreams of life separated from his family, so he takes the initiative by enrolling in an agriculture school. He thinks, with his talent in studying, no problems will arise no matter what kind of school he attends. He is proven wrong very quickly. Raised as a city boy, he is forced to uncover the inconvenient truth about agricultural life. Enjoy the story of Hachiken, as he tries to keep up with his new friends, farmers’ heirs, who are already accustomed to the harsh world of farming. With no clear goals or understanding of farming life, how will Hachiken survive this new, cruel reality? The story of a sweat, tear, and mud-stained youth begins!

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Space Dandy – Review

Space Dandy – Review

Space Dandy is a dandy guy, in space! This dreamy adventurer with a to-die-for pompadour travels across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Each new species he discovers earns him a hefty reward, but this dandy has to be quick on his feet because it’s first come, first served! Accompanied by his sidekicks, a rundown robot named QT and Meow the cat-looking space alien, Dandy bravely explores unknown worlds inhabited by a variety of aliens.

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Space Runaway Ideon: A Contact – Review

Space Runaway Ideon: A Contact – Review

After colonizing the planet Solo of the Andromeda galaxy, earthling scientists uncover ancient mechanisms built by a lost nation from long ago. They find that these mechanisms can combine to create a giant mecha called Ideon.

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Space Runaway Ideon: Be Invoked – Review

Space Runaway Ideon: Be Invoked – Review

Above the Buff Clan homeworld rises their complete fleet of battleships and heavy mobile mechas, dominated by the awesome majesty of their latest and most deadly superweapon. And even with all these forces, Supreme Commander Doba is troubled – he has staked the future of his entire people on this military might. Can the lethal weaponry prepared by the Ome Foundation truly prove sufficient to slay the Giant God of legend, Ideon?

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Summer Wars – Review

Summer Wars – Review

In the near future, the creation of a virtual city of OZ has changed the way people live. Through this service, people can be represented anywhere in the world through the use of their avatars—digital representations of themselves, which can take any shape and identity—exploring the city of OZ and as their needs see fit. We then enter Kenji, a normal high school student who works part time as a programmer to help develop OZ further. He is then suddenly approached by Natuski—the girl of his dreams—and unexpectedly gets invited to attend a family celebration, where he is to pose as her fiancé. If that wasn’t strange enough, things begin to get even more bizarre when OZ is suddenly hacked into while at the celebration, and with Kenji becoming the prime suspect, the house—and eventually the world—is turned upside down.

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Sunday Without God – Review

Sunday Without God – Review

God abandoned the world on Sunday. As a result, nobody in the world can die or reproduce. A little girl, Ai, is the gravekeeper for a village. She has prepared 47 graves for the eventual deaths of every member of the village. Later, a man who identifies himself as “Hampnie Hambart, the ‘Man-eating Toy’,” which is coincidentally the name that Ai’s mother left behind as the name of her father, arrives in the village and slaughters everybody. Just what is going on?

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Sword Art Online – Review

Sword Art Online – Review

In the near future, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online has been released where players control their avatars with their bodies using a piece of technology called Nerve Gear. One day, players discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive.

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Tamako Market – Review

Tamako Market – Review

Tamako Kitashirakawa is the eldest daughter of a family which runs the Tama-ya mochi shop in the Usagiyama Shopping District. One day, Tamako encounters a strange talking bird named Dera Mochimazzwi who comes from a distant land searching for a bride for his country’s prince.

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Tekkonkinkreet – Review

Tekkonkinkreet – Review

Based off the manga Black and White by author Taiyo Matsumoto,Tekkonkinkreet tells the vividly arousing tale of two orphaned street kids who must protect their city from harmful outsiders. Directed by Michael Arias (who is the first non-japanese to direct a major anime feature film) the film has won numerous awards, including that the 2008 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the year.

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The Borrower Arrietty – Review

The Borrower Arrietty – Review

Beneath our floorboards and inside our walls live a tiny race of people known as the Borrowers. They scuffle along at night to capture items within our households, taking small items to use for their survival. One such family consists of Pod, Homily, and their adventurous daughter Arrietty and they make up one of the few Borrower families that still exist in our world.

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The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya – Review

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya – Review

Adapted from the fourth Haruhi Suzumiya novel, the story of The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya takes place from December 17 until December 24 a month after the cultural festival. On December 17, everything is normal—the SOS Brigade plans to have a nabe party for Christmas. However on December 18, Kyon arrives at school to find everything has changed—Haruhi Suzumiya is missing, and Ryoko Asakura is a normal student. Kyon is the only one who notices anything different. Nagato is an ordinary human, and Mikuru does not recognize him. The only clue is a bookmark left by the alien version of Nagato, which leads Kyon on a quest back in time, where he interacts with the storyline from “Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody”, trying to sort out the mystery and return to his own time line.

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The End of Evangelion – Review

The End of Evangelion – Review

The End of Evangelion is one of those particular anime films that when it was released, caused such a controversy amongst the fan base that viewers were divided over how to handle what they actually witnessed, quite similar to the division found amongst viewers concerning the end of the television series.

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The Flowers of Evil – Review

The Flowers of Evil – Review

Darkness lurks everywhere, in every human heart, and sometimes it takes just a second of weakness for it to take root. For Kasuga Takao, that germination begins when his obsession with his beautiful classmate Nanako meets the opportunity to borrow her used gym clothes.

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The Garden of Words – Review

The Garden of Words – Review

Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days.

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The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior – Review

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior – Review

Thanks to his parents’ job transfer, high school freshman Kazunari Usa finally gets to enjoy living on his own in the Kawai Complex, a boarding house that provides meals for its residents. Ritsu, the senpai he admires, also lives in Kawai Complex, as do a few other “unique” individuals: his masochistic roommate Shirosaki; beautiful, big-breasted Mayumi who has no luck in finding men; and sly, predatory college woman Sayaka. Surrounded by these people, Usa never finds his daily life boring.

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The King of Pigs – Review

The King of Pigs – Review

After his business goes bankrupt, 30 something Kyung-Min kills his wife impulsively. Hiding his anger, he seeks out his former middle school classmate Jong-Suk. Jong-Suk now works as a ghostwriter for an autobiography, but he dreams of writing his own novel. For the first time in 15 years they meet. Kyung-Min and Jong-Suk both hide their own current situations and begin to talk about their middle school days.

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The Severing Crime Edge – Review

The Severing Crime Edge – Review

Haimura Kiri is a seemingly ordinary boy with one slight problem: he is obsessed with cutting other people’s hair. One day he meets Mushiyanokouji Iwai, the “Hair Queen” who cannot cut her hair because of an inherited curse.

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The Sky Crawlers – Review

The Sky Crawlers – Review

Stemming from the five-volume novel series by author Hiroshi Mori, The Sky Crawlers follows a group of eternally young fighter pilots known as Kildren and their experiencing the sudden loss of innocence as they battle the enemy in astonishing dogfights above the clouds. With his only childhood memory consisting of intense flight training, the fearless teenage pilot Yuichi’s dogfights coexist with his struggle to find his missing past. When his beautiful, young female commander Suito is reluctant to discuss the fate of the pilot that Yuichi is replacing – or the strangely perfect condition of that pilot’s former aircraft – Yuichi’s curiosity becomes heightened.

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The Wind Rises – Review

The Wind Rises – Review

A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

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The World is Still Beautiful – Review

The World is Still Beautiful – Review

Nike, the fourth princess of the Rain Dukedom and one who holds the power to call forth the rain, travels to the Sun Kingdom to marry Sun King Livius for her country, despite her own reluctance. She soon discovers that the King, who conquered the world in only three years after his ascendance to the throne, is still a child! Furthermore, for trivial reasons, he has demanded that Nike call forth the rain…?!

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Trigun: Badlands Rumble – Review

Trigun: Badlands Rumble – Review

The story is set in Makka, a town surrounded by quicksand. With rumors spreading that the legendary robber Gasback has his sights set on the town, the mayor Kepler has brought together bounty hunters to protect the town. These bounty hunters have been following Gasback from town to town in hopes of bagging the prize. Meryl and Milly have come to town to assess the situation as insurance agents, but are shocked by this turn of events. Moreover, Vash the Stampede is also in town, along with the female bounty hunter Ameria and Nicholas D. Wolfwood.

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Vividred Operation – Review

Vividred Operation – Review

It is a peaceful future, just like everyone dreamed of: one where everyone can smile and be happy. Suddenly, the world is visited by danger. An unknown enemy – the Alone – appear, targeting the Manifestation Engine. As none of their weapons worked and they fell into despair, a lone girl takes a stand wearing a red ‘Pallet Suit’ which wields a great, hidden power.

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Waiting in the Summer – Review

Waiting in the Summer – Review

While testing his 8mm camera at night, Kaito Kirishima is caught amid a mysterious explosion in his small town. Strangely, Kaito wakes up the next day perfectly fine, but with no recollection of what exactly happened the day before. Unfazed by what seems to have been just a dream, he heads to school not giving much thought to the incident

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Welcome to the Space Show – Review

Welcome to the Space Show – Review

In a small countryside town in Japan, five primary school kids have come together in this idyllic spot in order to spend their summer holidays at a camp. At first the children enjoy carefree days amidst unspoiled nature far away from adult supervision. But their life changes dramatically when they come across what they believe to be a small dog, badly in need of help.

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Witch Craft Works – Review

Witch Craft Works – Review

Takamiya Honoka is just an average student who just so happens to sit next to Kagari Ayaka, the “Princess” of the school, and has never said a word to her. However, one day when Takamiya’s life is put in danger, Kagari arrives to his rescue dressed as a witch.

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Wolf Children Ame and Yuki – Review

Wolf Children Ame and Yuki – Review

Older sister Yuki and younger brother Ame have a secret. They are “wolf children,” half human and half wolf. Their mother Hana met and fell in love with a wolf man. The family lives discreetly in a quiet corner of the city, keeping their secret to themselves.

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World Conquest Zvezda Plot – Review

World Conquest Zvezda Plot – Review

World Conquest Zvezda Plot stars a little girl named Kate Hoshimiya who is at the helm of an organization called Zvezda, which has the purpose of World Conquest.

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Yama no Susume – Review

Yama no Susume – Review

Aoi prefers indoor hobbies and is afraid of heights, but her childhood friend Hinata loves to show off her passion for mountain climbing. As young children they once watched the sunrise from the top of a mountain, and now they’ve decided to take up mountain climbing in hopes of seeing that sunrise again.