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October 13 2007, 3:12 PM

The return of the lost material.

Ok, since 2-3 months of review material seems to have been kidnapped by aliens, I've been salvaging what I could and prepared it for reposting. Save for a few, all the reviews that went away have now returned, and we even have two new ones for you.

On the rewriting end, Jake and Tim gives their respective shows a second look, and while Jake admits to jumping the gun a little early on Magic School Lunar, raising the rating as much as he feels appropriate, Tim is still completely unimpressed by Medabots.

Fresh off the alien probing board, Tim also brings back Binbou Shimai Monogatari, HitoHira and Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight, three shows mostly about schoolgirls and their lives. And while the first one of the three was a bit of an overly dramatic disappointment, the two latter ones are definitely worth your time. At the very least, he's quite happy to see that all three of them are abandoning typical otaku spooge for some honest insight and realistic perspectives into the lives of students, even if one of them sports hoverboards.

On my end, I have the pleasure to bring you Aria the OAV ~Arietta~, which easily lives up to its predecessors and the manga it was based on. The same can also be said about Ah! My Goddess: Flights of fancy, which directly continues where the first season leaves off. Turning my gaze towards Korea, I also have the pleasure to introduce you to Yobi, the five tailed fox, a rather neat movie about children, spirits and aliens. Not quite Ghibli, but very nice nonetheless.

The counterpoint comes in Tokimeki Memorial ~Only Love~, an anime series based on an online game of sorts, and a true disaster if there ever was one.

Bradley Meek, our newest reviewer, and maybe the only one who has been introduced twice by now, also brings some reviews to the table. Some of the earlier ones will be held back a while for some extra revising, but he's still got something for us with Highlander: The search for vengeance. Unfortunately, it's a Madhouse title that doesn't live up to its name and source of origin.

The same can also be said about his latest project, a fan restauration named Bobby's in deep. Of course, when you find out just how this OAV came about, maybe you won't find its quality -- or lack thereof -- all that surprising.

Not that I've had all that much of an easier time with Shining Tears x Wind. Quite the contrary, in fact; it's a videogame based anime about a bunch of emo teenagers who accidentally enter an alternative world and proceed to treat it like their own private RTS game. I cannot even BEGIN to tell the residents of said world how screwed they are.

Last order of the day, one of the real veterans of this site (if I were any more the anime geek, I'd probably call him "sempai") makes a return with the review of Claymore, a show he enjoyed despite its faults.

And that's all for now. There's still a few more reviews that needs to be put back, but their respective authors are still checking them over. Things have been a wee bit chaotic these last days, so please bear with us.

And as always, thank you for reading.

- Stig Høgset.

 
October 10 2007, 5:30 PM

This is not good. Not good at all.

For some reason, everything related to the THEM site dated between the 24th of July and today has vanished into thin air. The local authorities have been notified, so for now, all we can do is just wait and see what happens.

Our apologies to those of you who registered on the boards lately -- which is actually quite a few people. We're still hoping everything can be recovered, but, quite frankly, it's not looking good.

- Stig Høgset.

 
 
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