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hoggersying updated their review of Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~
Score 7.5/10

Phantom: Requiem for a Phantom: Season 1 Review Phantom: Requiem for a Phantom is essentially  Gunslinger Girls : The Teenage Years, where the assassins are gun-totin' invincibles that wear tight black body suits and a less cool version of Hei's mask from Darker Than Black . STORY...

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Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~
  • TV (26 eps)
  • 2009

A young man awakens in an abandoned warehouse with no memory of his past. As he leaves the room and ventures further into the warehouse he is attacked by a girl in a mask; she tells him that in order...

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hoggersying updated their review of Kuroshitsuji
Score 5/10

STORY This show had such an interesting premise: an orphaned son of noblemen contracts to sell his soul to a demon in exchange for the demon's help in seeking vengeance for his parents' murder. The demon takes the form of the boy's butler and will obey his every order until the killers are...

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Kuroshitsuji
  • TV (24 eps)
  • 2008 - 2009

In Victorian England it is commonplace for the rich and wealthy to have a staff, led by a head butler, to run their households; the Phantomhive Estate is no different. The young and demanding Count...

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hoggersying updated their review of Death Note
Score 9.5/10

Ah, Death Note . I loved this series enough to forgive it its many faults. PLOT The premise behind Death Note is pretty interesting. A Shinigami, or death god, drops a supernatural notebook called a Death Note onto earth; the notebook grants its bearer the ability to kill anyone whose...

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Death Note
  • TV (37 eps)
  • 2006 - 2007

Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light...

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hoggersying updated their review of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Score 9/10

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the first anime I have completed since November 2011, when I finished Naoki Urasawa's Monster -- and not for lack of trying, but because nothing else I watched compared in quality to Monster and, inevitably, my interest would wane. To be honest, my...

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • TV (64 eps)
  • 2009 - 2010

The foundation of alchemy is based on the law of equivalent exchange; you cannot produce something from nothing. As such, alchemy is bound by one taboo - human transmutation. Four years ago two young...

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hoggersying updated their review of Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
Score 7/10

WARNING: SPOILERS Gankutsuougives Alexander Dumas's classic novel, The Count of Monte Cristo, the anime treatment. As the book is one of my favorites in all of literature, I was predisposed to liking the story. As it turned out, despite the very strange art style and the weird...

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Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
  • TV (24 eps)
  • 2004 - 2005

Albert de Morcerf had it all: wealth, loving parents, great friends. The only thing lacking in his life was excitement... until that fateful day on Luna. After a chance encounter with bandits and a...

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hoggersying updated their review of Eden of the East
Score 7/10

SUMMARY: Fascinating premise, but the execution fell short of what it could have been. STORY I would call Eden of the East a plot-driven anime. The premise is fascinating: Taki, the protagonist, finds himself naked in front of the White House with only a handgun and a cellphone and he has...

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Eden of the East
  • TV (11 eps)
  • 2009

In the year 2010, on a day called ‘Careless Monday', ten missiles hit the cities of Japan; miraculously, there are no casualties and the event quickly fades from public memory. Some time later...

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hoggersying updated their review of Cowboy Bebop
Score 9.5/10

Cowboy Bebop occupies something of an exalted status in the anime world, much like Akira and certain Miyazaki films that can do no wrong.  For me, this one lived up to the hype. There are a lot of things to like about Bebop, starting with the fact that it is downright COOL...

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Cowboy Bebop
  • TV (26 eps)
  • 1998 - 1999

Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but...

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hoggersying updated their review of Sword of the Stranger
Score 6.5/10

Sword of the Stranger is a samurai action movie, just as I like it: bloody, dark, and well-animated. Other reviews on the 'net have pointed out that there is nothing much original to this movie, and I would completely agree with that assessment. Nanashi seems to be a colder, bloodier...

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Sword of the Stranger
  • Movie (1 ep x 98 min)
  • 2007

Kotarou is a brash young orphan in war-torn Japan, on the run from mysterious pursuers with Tobimaru, his faithful canine companion. Clueless as to why anyone would want him, much less imperial...

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hoggersying updated their review of Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha
Score 9.5/10

WARNING: SPOILERS DARKER THAN BLACK: S1 REVIEW DtB is something of a cross between Cowboy Bebop and X-Men . Seriously, there's even a contractor whose powers are pretty much just like Storm's. And there's an ice user too. DtB is cool, mysterious, stylish (I love the noir nods)...

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Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha
  • TV (25 eps)
  • 2007

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...

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hoggersying updated their review of Samurai Champloo
Score 8/10

To my surprise, when I finished the 26-episode series Samurai Champloo , I found it much to my liking. The series was directed by Shinichiro Watanabe of Cowboy Bebop fame. The premise is a little bit of a screwy one: it is a "cross-genre" mix that employs a blend of Japan in the...

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Samurai Champloo
  • TV (26 eps)
  • 2004 - 2005

Samurai Champloo is all about style, from the dj-style scratching scene changes to the hip-hop-inspired soundtrack to the eclectic character design. Mugen's fighting style is a funky meld of capoeira...

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hoggersying updated their review of Afro Samurai
Score 3/10

Sorry, this is more of a rant than a review. A lot of people love this anime and swear by it. In fact, as a huge fan of samurai/swordfighting, I'd have thought that I would have loved it too. But as much as I like (a) samurai; (b) swords; (c) bloody action scenes; (d) great animation...

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Afro Samurai
  • TV (5 eps)
  • 2007

In a futuristic and wild west-inspired Japan, there are only two rules: the Number 1 rules the world and only the Number 2 can challenge him; these ranks are worn with pride in the manner of...

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hoggersying updated their review of Baccano!
Score 6.5/10

I chose Baccano as my first post-bar-exam anime conquest. It more or less paid off in entertainment value and was generally very fun, but the show lacks that special touch, that emotional punch, and would likely have zero re-watch value. STORY The storyline in Baccano unfolds in a...

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Baccano!
  • TV (13 eps)
  • 2007

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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hoggersying updated their review of Kaze no Stigma
Score 5/10

Netflix recommended this anime to me. Maybe they thought that since I loved Avatar: The Last Airbender , I would enjoy this action anime where there are fire-magic wielding fighters and wind-magic wielding fighters and oh, my, elements! Well . . . I almost gave up after 4 episodes and decided...

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Kaze no Stigma
  • TV (24 eps)
  • 2007

Years after having been exiled from the Kannagi household for being unable to utilize their fire magic, Kazuma returns to Japan, only to discover that the Kannagi family's very existence is...

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hoggersying updated their review of Gunslinger Girl
Score 7.5/10

This is a review of all of Gunslinger Girl (Seasons 1 and 2). WARNING: SPOILERS FOR SEASON 2!! I stumbled randomly across Gunslinger Girl in my post- Shigurui frustration with samurai/sword-slashing anime and ended up really enjoying this creepy and yet strangely fascinating anime about...

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Gunslinger Girl
  • TV (13 eps)
  • 2003 - 2004

Henrietta is a young girl who works for a "welfare group" that does the government's dirty work. Cybernetically-enhanced and specially-trained, she is one of a group of elite hit-girls...

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hoggersying updated their review of Basilisk
Score 6.5/10

WARNING: SPOILERS ABOUND!! Romeo & Juliet and dueling ninja clans--that's the 5 second description of Basilisk. It took me a little while to get convinced, but overall I enjoyed the series. PLOT The basic plot of Basilisk is that there are 2 great ninja clans, Kouga and Iga. They...

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Basilisk
  • TV (24 eps)
  • 2005

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...

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hoggersying updated their review of Rurouni Kenshin
Score 8/10

I have a pattern of being uncontrollably addicted to TV shows. It's the potato chip problem. Once you watch one, you have to keep watching. And then I rationalize it all to myself -- if I finish sooner, I will waste less time later. Well, I finally finished my one week blast-through of the...

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Rurouni Kenshin
  • TV (94 eps)
  • 1996 - 1998

In the revolutionary Meiji period, Japan is undergoing enormous political change. It is a time when vagabonds and terrorists will use any method to prevent the modernization of their country, even if...

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hoggersying updated their review of Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen
Score 10/10

Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal Please forgive me, as I'm about to gush. I absolutely LOVED Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal . It was one of the first anime I watched (other than Miyazaki films) and it made me fall in love. STORYLINE The OVA is set in my favorite historical time period...

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Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen
  • OVA (4 eps)
  • 1999

Himura Kenshin was a boy orphaned by the murder of his parents. Now he is the Hitokiri Battousai, the most feared and skilled killer in 19th century Japan. In the midst of a blood bath, he meets the...

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hoggersying Mar 2016
updated their review of Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini
Score 5.5/10

DARKER THAN BLACK: S2 REVIEW I watched DtB Season 2 the first time around without having had the benefit of watching the OAVs (which explained a lot of what had happened), so I was extremely confused. First time through, I couldn't stand the new protagonist, Suo, or "Hobo" ...

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Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini
  • TV (12 eps)
  • 2009

One fateful evening, two twins named Suou and Shion were gazing at the night sky with their father when a falling star fell upon them, turning Shion into a Contractor. Now, two years later, they try...

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hoggersying Mar 2016
updated their review of Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Gaiden
Score 6.5/10

DARKER THAN BLACK OAV REVIEW Although it aired after Season 2, the OAV actually takes place chronologically between the seasons. I found viewing the OAV prior to watching S2 a prerequisite for understanding S2. Here's my bottom line on the OAV: it had some kickassingly awesome action...

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Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Gaiden
  • DVD Special (4 eps x 25 min)
  • 2010

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hoggersying Mar 2016
updated their review of Monster
Score 10/10

All I can say is . . . wow. This anime is worth every one of its 74 episodes. Naoki Urasawa's Monster was thrilling, well-written, well-executed, well-paced, consistently good, and the story chilled me to the bone. It alternately made me smile and hide beneath my...

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Monster
  • TV (74 eps)
  • 2004 - 2005

Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter...

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hoggersying Mar 2016
updated their review of Seirei no Moribito
Score 8.5/10

I enjoyed this 26 episode series quite a lot. Although many who have reviewed it have complained that its pacing is slow and that the middle episodes are boring, I quite enjoyed the slow pacing--it gave me plenty to time to take in the beautifully rendered landscapes. STORY AND CHARACTERS The...

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Seirei no Moribito
  • TV (26 eps)
  • 2007

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...

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hoggersying Mar 2016
updated their review of Gedo Senki
Score 3.5/10

An animated Studio Ghibli film by Miyazaki featuring magic and dragons and wizards! Can't go wrong, right? Well... first let's clarify that it's not Hayao, but his son Goro Miyazaki in the directorial seat. Second, it's a Studio Ghibli film, so the animation will be gorgeous; that's a...

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Gedo Senki
  • Movie (1 ep x 115 min)
  • 2006

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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Rurouni Kenshin
  • TV (94 eps)
  • 1996 - 1998

In the revolutionary Meiji period, Japan is undergoing enormous political change. It is a time when vagabonds and terrorists will use any method to prevent the modernization of their country, even if...

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Mushishi
  • TV (26 eps)
  • 2005 - 2006

It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation...

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Death Note
  • TV (37 eps)
  • 2006 - 2007

Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light...

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Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha
  • TV (25 eps)
  • 2007

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...

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Claymore
  • TV (26 eps)
  • 2007

In times of olde, humans live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These vicious creatures can take the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, thus blending into society as they...

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