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October 31 2011, 11:02 PM

The End of Octimber

After the surprise update earlier today, now we have two new reviews that are not in the Halloween spirit.

First up by me is Prefectural Earth Defense Force, which replaced Hanasaku Iroha as my review for this week due to my inability to finish said series. Instead I went with a little-known 1986 OAV that quietly made its way to the States five years back when ADV Films was still releasing anime.

As a bonus, though, another one of our reviewers unintentionally bailed me out of giving you a review of Hanasaki Iroha by writing it up herself. And thus long-time member Melissa fills in the gap with her review of Hanasaku Iroha.

And that's it for me until December. Next month we have a LOT of anime reviews coming up, many of them done by our recently christened new reviewers - Nick and Aiden. Be sure to check out the flood of new reviews beginning next Monday. Peace!

- Tim Jones

 
October 31 2011, 12:49 AM

Don't Be Scared. You're... Going To... LOVE ME!

Shocking twist! Just when you thought it was safe to log onto the Internet because this year, THEM wasn't going to do any hokey Halloween update, suddenly I creep around the corner and GRAB YOU! TERROR~! SHOCK~!

The first of two SHOCKING updates is from Production IG, with a review of Blood-C, which wrapped up last season. It's a new anime from the undying Blood series, this time with CLAMP character designs, a lot more violence and a brutal twist that has made a lot of people very angry. This review is more spoiler-y than normal for THEM, so if you want to go into Blood-C clean, I recommend skipping my review.

But like any true horror movie, we have another shocking twist: ANOTHER REVIEW! Calm your beating heart- this one is a short, neat children's show about a boy vampire, based on a picture by Katsuhiro Otomo, the writer and director of Akira. It's called Hipira-kun, and it's difficult to write about without abusing the word "charming," but I think I managed.

And then, just when you thought you were safe, the final seconds have A THIRD TWIST:

We'll be updating later with some cool non-Halloween content.

Okay, it's safe to come out now.

Bradley

(PS IT WAS A DREAM ALL A LONG)

 
October 28 2011, 4:34 AM

A Japanese Girl in France

"Two days" turned into four pretty quickly, but I finally at last have my next review - Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth: The Animation - up. Fortunately this won't be the case for my next review on Monday, as I'm already underway of reviewing that series. See you in three days for the end of Octimber!

- Tim Jones

 
October 24 2011, 5:41 PM

Home is where the kids are.

Whoever you are, wherever you live, and whatever walk of life you belong to; I think most people can agree that raising a child is one of the most challenging and potentially mortifying things you can do. That is the topic of the anime whose review I wrote today; Usagi Drop, a show that may very well end up being one of my all-time favorite shows. It's just that good. (For the record; yes, I know how the manga ends.)

Also, Tim sends his apologies and says his review will be a little late. (Due to him being busy with work.) It should arrive in a day or two. Probably.

Also, next week, Tim returns once again with another review for his Octimber month, but this time, Melissa drops by with a review to be added alongside his own. Look forward to it.

- Stig Høgset.

 
October 17 2011, 9:36 AM

A day in the life of the ordinary and the magical.

Tim: Today I dig up My Ordinary Life. Did I stumble upon a gem, or did I just dig up dirt? Click here to find out!

Stig: As for me, I eventually caved in on Astarotte's Toy, a show I recoiled -- badly -- when I read the synopsis for the first time, and I later swore I would never touch. However, I made what would turn out to be a mistake; synchroing a little something called Kigurumikku some time later, which made me think that Astarotte's Toy could hardly be any worse than that. Was I right? Yeah, but not by as much as I had hoped.

And you know what? Next week, the two of us will be back once again, and with something a good deal more pleasant. Don't change that URL.

- Tim Jones and Stig Høgset.

 
October 10 2011, 1:58 PM

The invasion of Octimber.

Tim: Today I return - this time with Stig in tow - to look back at Hidamari Sketch again.

Stig: The review is still credited Tim only, though, since it's mostly his work anyway. (Save for my comments, marked as such.)

At any rate, we were originally set up so that Tim was the only one who had reviews ready for the whole of October, but due to circumstances -- new reviewers, lots of excellent shows (and a few not so good ones) -- I still ended up with quite a few reviews ready. My entry today, as mentioned last week, is Natsume Yuujinchou San, the third season of one of my recent favorites.

Next week, Tim and I will return once again with more reviews. (We originally toyed with the idea of changing "Octimber" to "Stigtimber", but decided against it. It's not like I'm falling over anytime soon, and neither me nor Tim are lumberjacks anyway.)

Ah, but there's more. THEM anime has the pleasure of introducing yet another new reviewer into our ranks: Nick Browne. (As was vaguely hinted at in our Q&A session.) He's still in the process of sorting out his current review submissions, but expect his works to be featured here some time before the turn of the year.

See you guys in a week.

- Tim Jones and Stig Høgset.

 
October 3 2011, 11:42 PM

Back from summer break!

For my first new review in nearly three months, I look at the 2005 anime original mecha series GunxSword. Click on the series' name to head off to my review.

Next week we'll return with my re-review, or DIA (Do It Again), of the 2007 anime Hidamari Sketch, with Stig making a special appearance in it. Speaking of Stig, he'll also be bringing you a review of Natsume Yuujinchou's third season, so look forward to that. See you next Monday!

- Tim Jones