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November 16 2006, 10:06 AM

Three new reviews and one rewrite.

Our staff of writers are still working at bringing you more reviews, so today, we got four new items on our list.

While technically, the title in question isn't exactly new here, Tim gives us a complete rewrite of his original Wedding Peach review. As it would happen, the show actually had the ability to improve once the initial few episodes has been passed, demanding some tenacity on the part of the viewers. Apparently, hope is not completely lost on this show.

A second opinion of the Masamune masterpiece Ghost in the Shell: Stand alone complex gives Dominic a chance to discuss the show at length, including both strengths and weaknesses. A must read if you like your reviews as meaty as your shows.

Murders, prison planets, carnivorous plants... what is Jennifer watching? It is, in fact, Juuousei, a shoujo series. Yes, shoujo. You may all read the synopsis and do your double takes now.

Last on the list is Mippa, gleefully rounding off the last(?) part of Honey and Clover, namely.... part 2. Surprisingly enough, the show was a slight disappointment for a variety of reasons. Still, it's a worthwhile watch for fans and a great show in itself.

And that's it for this time. Stick around and see what we can dig up for you people next time, next update. This is Stig Høgset signing off and wishing you a pleasant day.

 
November 6 2006, 9:46 AM

Last batch of the backlog, and WE ARE DONE.

Whew. It's been a nice weekend, but it's time to get back to that working groove, and that includes updates.

First out is Mippa with a review of the Boys over flowers movie, which sounds like an awesome idea until you realize that all you get is a song-and-dance number that has little to do with the series at hand. Next!

Isaac Cynova makes a return to the fold with a full review of Infinite Ryvius, which is something akin to Lord of the Flies.... in space? Either way, it's good stuff.

Lastly, Tokimeki fan Tim despairs over the sorry state of the anime version of Tokimeki Memorial, an OAV that, quite frankly, should have been left on the drawing board. Or maybe in this case BEFORE that point. And it was such a good game too.

And with that, I close the files on the earlier-unfinished backlog. Naturally, future updates won't be as frequent as this, but we'll try to avoid waiting two months from now on before adding new stuff. See you around.

- Stig Høgset.

 
November 3 2006, 3:42 AM

Whew! Finally Friday.

It's been quite a week for me, trying to get the hang of this updating business. (Editing and all.) Still, we got more reviews to cover, so there's no time to rest.

In today's batch of shows, Mippa leads us off with Tezuka fan favorite Black Jack in his second movie outing; The two doctors of darkness. Naturally, it's a classic worth watching.

"Worth watching" isn't quite the words Tim had in mind as he guides us through the Japanses fanboy's reimagining of a manga's tale of the life of a highschool girl. In other words, Girl's High fails as an anime, and Tim warns us to stick with the manga.

As for me, I have the (mixed) pleasure of introducing you to Karin, a somewhat typical but workable romance show with some atypical characters (for both good and bad.) Is it a good show? Yes... and no. But mostly yes.

And that's it for this week. The remaining three reviews from our backlog will be making an arrival next Monday. Have a nice weekend, everyone.

- Stig Høgset.

 
November 2 2006, 2:50 AM

"Add one part insanity with girls, one part angst with teenagers and one part gothic doll drama...."

... and you get today's update. Ingredients at the ready.

Tim submits the first part of this, with the return of a certain group of girls in Galaxy Angel Z, more or less a continuation of the first Galaxy Angel and pretty much a "more of the same" deal. In this case, Tim thinks that it is no bad thing.

The second part, which is actually a second second (third, then?) opinion of a rather well known show, is Neon Genesis Evangelion. Jake seems to agree that while it might not be ALL that it's cracked up to be, the show itself might be worthwhile.

Last in, Jed returns with a kickin' review of Rozen Maiden: Träumend, a direct continuation of the first show. Keeping up the pace, he marks it as a worthy sequel.

And that's all we have for today. Join us again tomorrow for more animated dishes of delight.

- Stig Høgset.

Note: Since the sidebar update has seen fit to include the titles from the two first updates I made, I made a new one with the titles from yesterday and today.

 
November 1 2006, 3:26 AM

"The road goes ever on and on...."

To help you people recover from the horrors of yesterday's update, I have decided to yet again pick out three shows of quality for you to peruse.

First on the list is Boys Over Flowers, a second opinion from Mippa that not only reinforces the first, but actually walks that last mile to five-stardom. Read on, my friends.

If only slightly less in quality, the second season of School Rumble. Tim makes sure to note that a sequel doesn't necessarily mean inferiority, and this show is all the better for it.

Our last stop of the day brings us to a show from the rather famous group CLAMP. Diane, having been greatly disappointed by former CLAMP work Tsubasa Chronicles, found a great relief in the excellence of xxxHolic.

And that brings us to the halfway point of the latest batch of reviews. More to come.

- Stig Høgset.