updated their review of Summer Wars
Story Ah, summertime. A golden period of sunshine, vacations, baseball games, and for many of today’s youth, a healthy (or unhealthy) dose of gaming. Among adults gaming has acquired a reputation mostly associated with bad grades, lack of self-discipline, and guns. Many of you who are...Read babyeinstein12'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 Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge
Story The term yamato nadeshiko implies an unassuming, graceful, submissive young woman – think of it as the “girl-next-door” (or wallflower) of traditional Japan. In our progressive, modern world, shoujo anime seems to be raising a vendetta against this image, grinding...Read babyeinstein12's full review
Nakahara Sunako, a high school girl whose interests include horror movies, coffins and gore, is sent by her aunt to live in an extravagant mansion with four ridiculously handsome boys. As if living...
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updated their review of School Rumble
Story Sometimes you want life to be better than it is. You don’t mean awesome
robots, cool superpowers, or easy panty shots – you would be perfectly
happy with popular friends, good old fun, and wannabe lovers lavishing
you with their desire. Basically, you want your currently...Read babyeinstein12's full review
Tenma Tsukamoto is young, bright, and smitten with the school hottie Oji Karasuma. She's desperate for his attention, which is unfortunate considering he barely gives her the time of day! Throw...
updated their review of Zero no Tsukaima
Story Wands! Cloaks! A magic academy nestled in the mountains! Sound familiar? Yes, Harry Potter would most likely come to mind, but just take out the Voldemort aspect and replace it with a little ecchi fan service, a lot of romance, and a positive avalanche of cuteness. Zero no Tsukaima ...Read babyeinstein12's full review
In a world where magic is a reality, the young Louise is at the bottom of her class. Dubbed "Zero" by her classmates at Tristein Academy (due to her zero success rate for magic), Louise...
updated their review of Serial Experiments Lain
Story If the purpose of Serial Experiments Lain is to get your mind whirling, it succeeds. If its purpose is to get you thinking, not so much. This anime is a hit-or-miss philosophical cesspool that could either captivate or disgust. It’s like swallowing a series of shots that burn...Read babyeinstein12's full review
"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also...
updated their review of Basilisk
Story Those who enjoyed the adventures of Naruto or the violence of Ninja Scroll would most likely pounce on Basilisk faster than you can say kunai . Would those ninja-mongers like it? That’s a tough question. True, Basilisk is a story about ninjas – but it goes deeper...Read babyeinstein12's full review
Oboro, a naive, love-struck girl, is pledged to Gennosuke, an idealist. Both are successors to opposing ninja clans with a long history of hatred kept barely in check by a covenant of peace. Just as...
updated their review of Arakawa Under the Bridge
Story Arakawa under the Bridge may look like an anime for potheads (what with the kappa costume, star mask, and nun with a gun, among other things), but truthfully it’s just a thirteen-episode-long plate of sashimi: it takes a little getting used to, but ends up being absolutely...Read babyeinstein12's full review
Holding strictly to his family's creed, Kou Ichinomiya has never once, in his life of privilege, owed anything to anyone – that is, until a self-proclaimed Venusian named Nino saves him from...
updated their review of La Corda D'Oro ~primo passo~
Story So how often do we hear "shoujo" and "classical music" uttered in the same sentence? Both entities dwell in vastly different realms of substance, media, and mind, and after watching La Corda d’Oro , I am convinced that it should stay that way. For the average...Read babyeinstein12's full review
Hino Kahoko is a sophomore at a high school which caters to both general students, and the musically elite. On the first day of class, Hino meets a fairy named Lili and is entrusted with a magical...
updated their review of Black Cat
Story I must admit that I tend to shy away from action titles. As such, I accept my friend’s loan of Black Cat ’s box set with not a little trepidation, intending to skim through the first couple episodes and promptly return the discs with a gracious smile and a feeling of relief...Read babyeinstein12's full review
An organization known to the dark side of the world as Chronos claims to desire world peace, employing the top thirteen assassins in the world known as 'Erasers.' They each have a weapon customized...
updated their review of Gedo Senki
Story When Miyazaki Goro’s anticipated debut movie hit the screens in 2006, much of the reception was lukewarm, and even a bit unflattering. Let me tell you this: Unless all you care about is a gripping plotline, don’t take those criticisms seriously. Many of the reviewers expected...Read babyeinstein12's full review
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In the lush fantasy world of Earthsea, dragons and humans no longer live together as one due to the greed of humanity. It is in this world that the young Prince Arren lives – a young man who is...
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updated their review of Looking Up At the Half-Moon
Story Oh the bittersweet joys of a hospital romance. At least, that’s what Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora tries so desperately to express, but in the end it succeeds in only becoming a six-episode cliché.
Yuichi and Rika are trapped within the sterile white walls of their own...Read babyeinstein12's full review
Yuichi is a teenage boy who was diagnosed with hepatitis; and as staying at the hospital is boring, he often sneaks out at night to hang out with his friends. However, each time he is caught by the...
updated their review of Nodame Cantabile: Paris
Story Fans of the original Nodame Cantabile , don’t start squealing yet. Actually, let’s just pretend the sequel never happened. As one wades through this eleven-episode piece of thick blancmange, it will feel like meeting an old friend, only to behold that friend very much...Read babyeinstein12's full review
Chiaki and Nodame have both made it to Paris in pursuit of their futures as musicians. Chiaki begins his training as a world-class conductor and, in typical fashion, is quite successful; yet on the...
updated their review of Over Drive
Story In the words of James Matthew Barrie, “I’m youth, I’m joy, I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg.” If an anime fit this description, it would be Over Drive – trite, pathetically idealistic, yet rapturously poetic all the same. The show, on...Read babyeinstein12's full review
Mikoto Shinozaki is a normal high student with unfortunate normal problems: he's terrible at sports, has no special talents and is bullied by everyone at his school. That is, until one day Yuki, his...
updated their review of Ichigo 100%
Story One afternoon, something incredible happens to Manaka Junpei. As he steps onto the school roof, a beautiful girl sails down from the reddening sky, her skirt thrashing wildly in the wind as her scrumptious strawberry panties are displayed to the world. Embarrassed, she runs away, and the...Read babyeinstein12's full review
Manaka Junpei is an average guy who has only two dreams in life: to become a filmmaker and to find the girl of his dreams. Luckily for him, after a chance encounter on the roof of the school, he has...
updated their review of Genshiken
Story The lyrics of Genshiken ’s ending theme poetically summarize the show’s content:
We are not yet adults
Both simple and complex, a shiny marble
When we looked through it back then
It was nothing special, but our world was shining
What we see now through...Read babyeinstein12's full review
Ever wanted to join an anime club but felt its geekiness would hurt your reputation? Sasahara feels your pain. Genshiken, the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, is an organization of...
updated their review of Nodame Cantabile: Finale
Story For those expecting something akin to Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand , look for a different concert program. And before I stop using these weird music metaphors, let me say that Nodame Cantabile: Finale should more aptly be titled Nodame Cantabile: The Movement That Never...Read babyeinstein12's full review
Chiaki and Nodame are still in Paris, ready to take their music-making to the next level. Nodame especially begins to display an unprecedented motivation for the piano, but she learns...
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- Vol: 7; Ch: 30
- 2001 - 2004
Twelve-year-old Mitsuki Koyama is determined to become a singer, partially because of a promise she made to a long lost friend. Yet unfortunately, Mitsuki has a malignant tumor in her throat that...
- Vol: 6; Ch: 32
- 2003 - 2005
All Riiko Izawa wants is a boyfriend, but she has been rejected left and right by every guy she has ever liked. In a moment of desperation, she orders a special "Nightly Lover" figure from...
- Vol: 4; Ch: 22
- 2002 - 2004
Airi has always dreamed of marrying her fated true love and living a normal, happy life – a dream disrupted forever when Aram, a prince from another world, emerges from her grandmother’s...
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Chihaya Ayase is a famous beauty at her school, but she’s far from a conventional girl. Three years ago in her final year of elementary school, Chihaya and her friend Taichi became infatuated...
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In Japan, a team of scientists have created a medical breakthrough: a device that allows the wearer to enter the dreams of a patient, for the purpose of healing. The talented Paprika is a master at...
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Naruto, Sakura, Rock Lee and Kakashi are sent on a summer mission to protect a prince of the extremely rich Moon Country on his long journey to buy his desires – including an entire circus...
- Movie (1 ep x 96 min)
In the midst of another dull and routine mission, Naruto finds himself in a battle with a mysterious knight, who possesses an even more mysterious power! Meanwhile, an invading army from across the...
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Team 7 has been sent on a mission to the Snow Country to protect Yukie Fujikaze, a famous actress whose film is being shot in the area. But when Naruto and the gang arrive on set, they are attacked...
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What starts as a simple interview of a legendary actress becomes a journey through the history of Japan. But this is no ordinary lesson; from the perspective of this actress, we learn of the beauty...
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My Beautiful Girl, Mari is a story of two childhood friends, Nam-woo and Jun-ho, who are growing up in a fishing village full of unwanted change. With the discovery of a glowing marble, Nam-woo...