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September 19 2016, 2:50 AM

"Oh Lord, won't you buy me a war maiden or two..."

So yeah, fresh off the pompadour and afro squad, I delved deeply into a show that seems to style itself more towards conventional harem-ish designs and then slathered in a grand story of strife and warfare and the littlest nation that got caught up in the middle of it. It's Lord Marksman and Vanadis's time, and it does rather well for itself, particularly given its rather blatant wish fulfillment bent and hilariously optimistic expectations of female puberty.

And that was the show that barely made four. Next week, we have a show that barely made three, so off the slippery slope we go. See you next week.

-Stig Høgset.

September 12 2016, 8:10 AM

Rave of the Bohemian.

So yeah, I seem to have found me a fantasy show with a bit of an odd fashion sense. Rage of Bahamut: Genesis builds for itself a fairly typical JRPGish fantasy story, and then turns around and unleashes all the afros, pompadours, kitty ears and fluffy hand puppets over itself. Mr. Torgue would approve.

Next week, we return with something a bit more droll, but still entertaining enough for the most part. See you all then.

-Stig Høgset.

September 5 2016, 10:17 AM

AO -- AFTER Okinawa.

Is there such a thing? The show Allen watched seems to think so. He gave Eureka Seven AO, and found the show rather lacking compared to its original, noting it doesn't handle chaos theory well. Or something like that.

Well, next week will prove to be more fun, I'm sure, at least with the show in question. In fact, it might be downright heee-laaa-rious. See you then.

-Stig Høgset.

August 29 2016, 9:17 AM

Bodacious Babes From Outer States.

While I'd watch a movie with that name, certainly, I think me and Nicoletta found something even better in Bodacious Space Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace. Well, we weren't worried, because despite its slow moments, the original TV series was a hell of a lot of fun. The movie is... no less so, of course, even if it felt more like a side story than a continuation. But we still get to see Marika and crew being awesome, so hey...

Enjoy that while you can, though, because next week will not be as fun. See you then.

-Stig Høgset.

August 22 2016, 4:42 AM

"Tora, Tora, Tora, I adore ya."

No kidding there. Despite my shounen fatigue, it's always time for the second season of Ushio and Tora, which... quite frankly feels more like the remainder of the show, but hey, nothing wrong with that, right? More importantly, you get a show that actually comes to a proper end. No "episode 500 and no end in sight" here.

And that's it for now. But not to worry; now that our lovely, lovely vacation (or at least mine) is over, we can get back to the swing of things again. See you again next week.

-Stig Høgset.

August 15 2016, 1:41 PM

Dark Skies Mean Monday....and Ravens

It's not especially cloudy here, but I *do* live on the California Central Coast. Still...Monday.

But Monday also brings us anime. I finally got off my butt (or sat down to write and got *on* it I guess, in this case) and reviewed Tokyo Ravens, which I said I'd review....months ago. Anyway, here it is, and I've definitely seen worse shows as far as the "magic academy" subgenre goes. I might even venture that I somewhat like this show. But I have a lot of reservations about it, still.

Back next week....don't know who'll be contributing, or what we'll have, but we should be here!

-Nicoletta Christina Browne

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