updated their review of Summer Wars
Summer Wars is a perfect example of a story biting off more than it can chew.
The film opens with an introduction to ‘OZ’. An information network that controls and monitors electronic services all over the world: from shopping to competitive gaming to healthcare facilities. Think...Read Uriel1988's full review
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In the future, all facets of society are tied into OZ, a virtual world inhabited by millions of users. Kenji, one of OZ’s moderators, was set to begin another typical summer when the lovely...
updated their review of Redline
Redline is excellent proof that you can have too much of a good thing. Especially when you neglect everything else in the process.
The first 10 minutes do an excellent job of letting viewers know what’s in store for them. It’s here that the film treats us to an intense and...Read Uriel1988's full review
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In a time where hover cars reign supreme and wheeled vehicles are a thing of the past, one group of dedicated speedsters aim for the ultimate goal: to compete in the notorious "Redline"...
updated their review of Mai-Otome
My-Otome is nothing less than a total disaster as far as I'm concerned. This semi-sequel to 'Mai-Hime' is one of many anime-shows that tries to combine many different genres such as comedy, action and drama; but it is a colossal failure in every way imaginable. The basic story is, like many...Read Uriel1988's full review
Arika Yumemiya is a poor yet energetic girl who has come to the city to become an Otome – a female warrior with the power to match an entire army. She quickly befriends her irritable fellow...
updated their review of Fate/Zero
Fate/Zero had some big shoes to fill. Based on a series of light novels that serve as a prequel to one of the most beloved visual novels of all time, animated by Studio ufotable – which has proven itself deft at adapting Type-Moon material with their fine work on Kara no Kyoukai &ndash...Read Uriel1988's full review
Ten years before Shirou Emiya's and Saber's fateful meeting, Japan is the stage for the fourth Holy Grail War. Seven Masters, each with his own dreams, step forward to win the boon of the mystic...
updated their review of Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
''Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai'' (We Still Don't Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day) is a series that sets lofty goals for itself. It is, in essence, a ghost story that aspires to be a poignant drama about (unrequited) love, loss, adolescence and self...Read Uriel1988's full review
Long ago, young Meiko Honma tragically died and her tight-knit group of friends, shaken by the event, drifted apart. Now, ten years later, Meiko has re-appeared as a ghost that only Jinta, the former...
updated their review of Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha
‘’Darker Than Black’’ immerses the viewer in a fascinating world rife with cool superpowers, intrigue and mystery carried by beautiful animation and an evoking soundtrack by none other than Yoko Kanno. Well, that was the idea…… The actual series definitely...Read Uriel1988's full review
A giant wall looms over Tokyo, shielding the city from a dangerous otherworld called the 'Hell's Gate'. Within the city, things are no less terrifying because Contractors, psychopathic killers with...
updated their review of Baccano!
Baccano! is a series with a huge fanbase who see in it as a wonderful ensemble of colorful characters, complex web of interwoven plots and wonderfully jazzy soundtrack. If nothing else, they’re right about that last part. To the series’ credit. It’s certainly ambitious and...Read Uriel1988's full review
It's the 1930s, and Mafia groups fight for supremacy in American cities. Young Firo joins the secretive Camorra group; a meek street boy, Jacuzzi, finds himself the leader of a gang of thugs; an...
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updated their review of Seirei no Moribito
‘Seirei no Moribito’ (‘Moribito, for short) is a very polarizing series. Many praise it for its stellar production values, great atmosphere and layered, believable characters. Others find the show relentlessly boring and slow-paced, disparagingly referring to it as...Read Uriel1988's full review
In the feudal kingdom of Yogo, a dark secret is threatening its proud imperial family, and the Emperor intends to destroy it before it leaks out. Unfortunately this dark secret resides within his...
updated their review of Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos
An unfortunate truth about the anime industry is that movies of long-running shounen manga are always trite and unremarkable: uninspired scenarios and forgettable guest characters being among the main reasons why. Though it's not surprising. Why bother thinking up an interesting plot when you...Read Uriel1988's full review
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After following an escaped convict named Ashley Crichton to Table City, a town on the border of the neighbouring country Cleta, Ed and Al soon find that this is a much more complicated case than a...
updated their review of Noein
What if the Axis powers had won World War II? What if penecillin had never been invented? What if your parents had never met? 'Noein' is set in a a universe consisting of a nigh infinite number of dimensions in which every 'what if', no matter how big or small, must have occured in one...Read Uriel1988's full review
When Haruka, Yuu and their friends decided to go ghost hunting, they had no idea the "ghosts" they'd find would turn their lives upside down. Black-clad and wielding quantum powers, these...
updated their review of Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing
In 2003, Gonzo made “Last Exile”: a neat adventure story with gorgeous visuals set in a fascinating world inhabited with some intriguing characters and, most importantly, a genuine sense of adventure and wonder. That said, it had its problems: the main characters were bland, the...Read Uriel1988's full review
Years ago, humanity abandoned the ruined Blue World. Generations later, with the planet again capable of sustaining life, mankind returned. In the skies above the reborn world, rebellious young Fam...
updated their review of Towa no Quon 1: Utakata no Kaben
The last couple of years have spawned some anime series that ditched the usual 20-minute episode format in favor of longer episodes. ‘Break Blade’, ‘Kara no Kyokai’ and ‘Katanagatari’ all released new installments that were (at least) double the length of a...Read Uriel1988's full review
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In a futuristic Tokyo, humans who have awakened distinct powers are being hunted by a secret organization named Kestos. Denominated as Attracters, these exceptional individuals are joining forces to...
updated their review of Zansho
Some manga-fans may know Mohiro Kitoh as the creator of 'Bokurano', an manga-series that puts a spin to the Super Robot-genre so utterly dark and nihilistic that it makes Evangelion (the godfather of genre-deconstructions in anime) look pleasant. Many of Kitoh's works are similarly...Read Uriel1988's full review
From Mohiro Kitoh, the author of Narutaru and Bokurano, comes this wonderful collection of short stories that reinforces his reputation as a skillful story teller. Spanning almost 20 years of the...
updated their review of Ayako
The late Osamu Tezuka needs no introduction. Over his lifetime he created dozens of classic stories that have helped shape manga and anime into what it is today. ‘Ayako’ is one of his lesser known works. Rather undeservingly so seeing as it’s yet another excellent demonstration...Read Uriel1988's full review
- Vol: 3; Ch: 19
- 1972 - 1973
The year is 1949. Crushed by the Allied Powers, occupied by General MacArthur’s armies, Japan has been experiencing massive change. Agricultural reform is dissolving large estates and...
updated their review of Hana-Saku Iroha
It’s all too common for anime-series to start off on a promising note only to end in a disappointing manner. Sometimes creators are forced to rush an ending due to external factors, other times they run out ideas or budget but most of the time writers simply bite off more than they can chew...Read Uriel1988's full review
Ohana Matsumae is a sixteen-year-old girl with no purpose or direction in life. One day, however, she gets the chance to reinvent herself when her mother and her boyfriend do a moonlight flit to...
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Movie 3 of the Break Blade movie series.
The scientist who flooded the world of the future and created a mutant species in the images of animals is looking to finish what he started, and the crew of Blue Submarine No. 6 must stop him at all...
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In the time of the Vietnam War, an American military base in Japan is plagued with a rash of killings whose assailant is unknown. Enter Saya, a mysterious young woman who happens to be the last of...
All Tsutomu used to care about was studying for his upcoming high school entrance exams - that is, until a series of events led him to Birdy, a hot-headed Federation Officer. Now, not only...
Birdy Cephon used to be a butt-kicking intergalactic Federation investigator who took down bad guys where they stand; Tsutomu Senkawa used to be a normal student with shy tendencies and a penchant...
In the present day, terrorism is on the rise and the Ua Virus – a biological agent with a 100% kill rate – has been unleashed into the populace. In Shanghai, Canaan is a near-unstoppable...
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Movie 2 of the Break Blade movie series.
Strange things have been happening at a local high school... mysterious disappearances, strange powers and brutal murders all emerge amongst kids who, up till now, have been perfectly normal. Even...
Baishin -- a shinigami that was sealed by Soul Society for killing many of his own kind years ago -- has been set free. He escapes to the human world looking for people with large amounts of reiatsu...
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Hitsugaya and his Division are charged with guarding the powerful and mysterious King's Seal as it is moved from one location to the other, but a surprise attack by an unknown assailant from...
- Movie (1 ep x 93 min)
Back in the real world, Ichigo and the gang have returned to eliminating normal hollows, but new dangers await them. After being attacked by strange white spirits known as "blanks", Ichigo...
Rokuro Okajima is a small-time salaryman who is carrying documents for his company, when the ship he's traveling on is attacked by pirates. Kidnapped, he discovers to his dismay that his employers'...
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Meet Tanaka Oji: lead guitarist of a hard rock band in his youth, now an aging salaryman who has all but given up on his old dreams. Trudging through a boring day-to-day life, he gets a rude...