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March 31 2014, 9:57 AM

Backfield Bad Boys and Tankery Good Girls.

...and no real connecting line between.

While puzzled over its curious choice of opening and ending themes, Nick has a good time with Hanada Shounen-Shi, a pastoral and at times... colorful... story of a boy who can see dead people. Well, at least after he took a truck to the noggin. I guess ICE really was right... in a sense.

Whether you can call the girls in the Girls und Panzer complete OVA series is up for debate, though, but I think the consensus that can be drawn from this is that they can still be an appealing bunch when they're so unreservedly nerdy about their interests, even if that's mostly about tanks and other millitary stuff. (Though the tanks are getting a break this time around.)

Well, that's it for this time. Next week, we shall return with more stuffs. Until then....

-Stig Høgset.

 
March 24 2014, 12:18 PM

Good Morning, Murder Musume.

Another week, another rather odd contrast in shows being reviewed.

Carlos looks into Phantom Thief Reinya; celebrity vehicle and one of many beacons of cuteness available today. His inner fanboy is... relatively unimpressed.

Allen follows up with... considerably less moe-ish antics in the fourth installment of the Ikki Tousen series, namely Ikki Tousen: Xtreme Xecutor, and finds it quite entertaining. (Though Dragon Destiny is still considered to be the best part of the franchise.)

So yes, that's two more for this week, and we'll see you again in another.

-Stig Høgset.

 
March 17 2014, 12:41 PM

All the Colors Have Gone Out of Our Holds.

So, what's the unifying theme this time? Beats me. Carlos takes a look at Miss Monochrome: The Animation, a show about an android girl who wants to become an idol, because who doesn't these days? Anyway, he found it a lukewarm experience.

The girls in my show of the week already were idols, so Wanna be the Strongest in the World's main draw is that our main character wants to be a professional wrestler instead. Which sounds kind of neat, but trust me; the final product is.... kind of unsettling at times. Too many times.

Well, we still got something for next week, so see you then.

-Stig Høgset.

 
March 10 2014, 9:23 PM

Sitting on the fence of the age appropriateness border and looking at both sides.

So, today, Carlos and I bring you two shows rife with fanservice.

The problem is, the show Carlos chose was Kigurumikku v3 (v3?), where the main characters are all children. Appropriate doesn't even come close here.

I was at least a good deal luckier with my choice, Queen's Blade: Rebellion, a show where most of the girls shop in the D-cup section of the steel boobplate store. It's a bit of a disappointment; not necessarily because of the fanservice and saucy contents -- this continuation does at least dispense with the need to add character who shoot acid breast milk or pee themselves after losing fights -- but because it's kind of a vaguely incoherent mess. Yes, even compared to the original TV series.

And that's about it. Let's hope next week's shows don't turn out quite so... colorful. See you then.

-Stig Høgset.

 
March 4 2014, 5:32 AM

Greetings from Philly

At long last I present to you THEM Anime Q&A #3 Part 2, featuring (almost) the rest of our nine volunteers. I hope you guys enjoy reading it.

We'll return Monday with some new reviews as usual.

- Tim Jones

 
March 3 2014, 9:59 AM

Between Heaven and Hell...

Representing as close to a Heaven as we can get, Carlos and Tim take a look at Non Non Biyori, and quite like what they see. It's a quiet, reflective slice-of-life set in a rural countryside, starring a delightful group of girls who mostly eschew the moe aesthetics, and I'm so not totally jealous because I have to wait for the DVD to be released.

To make do, I'm covering the Hell part of our little update with Detroit Metal City, a show about sex, drugs and rock 'n roll... or, well at least rock 'n roll. Although in Souichi's case, it's more of a case of murder, rape and rock 'n roll.... or, well... at least rock 'n roll. The damning part is; this show is a hell of a lot of fun, but you're going to have to endure some of the blackest metal comedy you'll likely ever not seen to endure what it has to offer. Spinal Tap this ain't.

That's it for now, aside from Tim dropping by with another round of our Q&A session later today. Possibly. Either way, see you next week for more reviews. Stay metal.

-Stig Høgset.