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New Cardcaptor Sakura Anime is “In the Works”

Crunchyroll shared news lastnight that a new Cardcaptor Sakura anime has been announced to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Cardcaptor Sakura manga. Earlier this year it was reported that a new Cardcaptor Sakura manga would be released that would continue the adventures of Sakura and her friends as they enter into Junior High. No information is available at this time as to if the new Cardcaptor Sakura anime will follow the newly announced manga, or whether it will be a series or stand-alone movie, or perhaps a reboot or remake of the original series (for example, taking the route of fellow magical girl Sailor Moon and what she did for her anniversary with the new Sailor Moon Crystal anime), or perhaps this new Cardcaptor Sakura anime will be something new entirely. Also no rele

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Kimi No Na Wa – Your Name – Makoto Shinkai – 2016 Anime Full Length Featured Film Movie Review

I just got done watching Kimi No Na Wa, this year's record breaking summer box office smash that is still topping the charts for almost 3 months now in Japan. The film is directed by Makoto Shinkai who also made anime such as 5cm per second and voices of a distant star. All of his works follow a common theme of fated lovers who are separated by either distance or time. And Kimi No Na Wa is no exception to this overarching theme throughout his works. What is a slight departure from his previous works is the use of several vocal tracks throughout this film - Maybe this is the new hot trend in feature length anime films in Japan right now? Because "I've Always Liked You - Confess Your Love Committee" (which I reviewed here) also has about a half dozen vocal tracks. - Kimi no na wa ha...

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I’ve Always Liked You – Feature Length Slice of Life Shoujo Anime Movie Review

Just finished watching "I've Always Liked You - Confess Your Love Committee" on Crunchyroll and had to immediately type up a review because that's how much I enjoyed this anime. Everything about it was so relateable and the cute artwork and numerous vocal songs throughout made this just an amazingly memorable movie to watch. I've been going through numerous tough times in my own relationships or lack there of, this year, breaking up with someone, trying to date other people, liking people that will never like me back, feeling awkward, nervous, excited, scared, sad, happy, overwhelmed at times even, or at times, just the reverse, dating people who liked me way more than I felt towards them.. So in that regard, I could relate to every single character and the overall theme of this anime i...

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Re:Zero Anime Review

Re:Zero quickly became my favorite anime of 2016. And since the year is now drawing to a close, I don't see another anime contending for that title. Ever since the first episode, I've pretty much been hooked on this show. Whether it's the beautiful artwork, kawaii cute girls, fantasy races such as neko (cat) people, wolf people, lizard/dragon people, the amazing soundtrack, the acting, or the story itself which is a great blend of comedy, horror, action, drama, and romance. This show stands out to me, with characters that pull me in more and more with each episode. Now that it's almost all over, I thought I'd write a review. When I first began watching Re:Zero which was when Crunchyroll began simulcasting it several months ago, I had just recently finished watching Erased (which I revie

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Orange Manga Review + Crunchyroll Begins Airing Orange Anime Based on the Manga by Ichigo Takano

I'm not as big of a reader as I used to be when I was younger, however, the last few seasons of anime have not held much to capture my interests, and being single again I find myself with too much spare time. So this past year I've been reading a lot of manga! One of my favorites, which is available to read for free on Crunchyroll, is "Orange" -- and a few days ago Crunchyroll announced they will be simul-casting the new anime based on the manga as well! I thought that makes it a good time to share my love of this series. I'm so excited about the anime adaptation! This review is for the manga version :) There may be some slight spoiler for the first volume - I have tried to avoid them and keep this as brief and condensed as possible but if you're worried, I'd recommend reading or watching

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CrunchyRoll Announces New Anime Violet Ever Garden Details and Trailer

Check out the new trailer for Violet Ever Garden. https://youtu.be/0CJeDetA45Q I am so excited for this! (and isn't the opening theme awesome too? And look how cute she is - and just OMG. Geeking out right now so bad lol.) I had never heard of it, until I saw the trailer on CrunchyRoll's Facebook page. From the comments on the facebook wall and the official website at http://www.kyotoanimation.co.jp/books/violet/ this anime is about Artificial Intelligence / AI / Robots / Robotics - Similar to Chobits, Time of Eve, Metropolis, HAL, and Plastic Memories. - All favorites of mine - I am fascinated by the concept of humanoid AI creatures - especially those who have feelings, or what we would classify as feelings - and how they would fit into society. It might also be quite similar to Teg

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Wolf Children – Anime Review – Feature Length Anime Movie – Anime Film – Family Film

As of today, Wolf Children is my all-time favorite anime "movie" (feature length, stand-alone film). I must've watched it 20 times or more by now. If you love Studio Ghibli films, you've got to check out Wolf Children. It's not a Ghibli film, but it feels like it should be one. It has the same things that make Ghibli films so endearing. A heart warming tale of a family and a coming of age story, which in the end has an important message or two to leave with the viewer. In this case, Wolf Children drives home a message about loving your children, no matter who they choose to grow up to be, a very important message for any parent to embrace in this day and age. You cannot change your children. Some day they will grow up and leave home, and all you can do is try to raise them with love and...

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Summer Days with Coo – Anime Review

Do you love Studio Ghibli films? Summer Days with Coo is not a Ghibli film, but it reminded me a lot of one. It's a great family-friendly feature length anime that kids and adults can enjoy together. It has a lot of cute characters and a heartwarming story. It's pretty obscure with only 2,300ish "watched" on myanimelist and 600 watched on anime planet. Hopefully if you haven't heard of it yet, this review will inspire you to check it out for yourself. Title: Summer Days With Coo Genre: Family / Fantasy Adventure Release Date: 2007 (Japan) as far as I know as of the time of this review, it has still not been licensed in North America Studio: Shin-Ei Animation Where to Watch: If you know Japanese you can buy the DVD from Amazon here. Otherwise, you will have to find a torre

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Ever17 The Out of Infinity Visual Novel PC Game Review

Ever17 is probably my all time favorite visual novel. It was one of the first that I had played, and the story is so good. It's not your typical "dating" or "romance" novel. It's a very thrilling and suspenseful tale about a group of young people trapped in an underwater theme park. They are running out of oxygen, and worse yet, the computer systems are failing which is causing the pressure inside the ship to build, causing leaks. They're also running out of fresh food and water. Strange things also begin happening aboard the ship. Some characters resign themselves to their doomed fates, while others will do whatever it takes to survive. I've referenced this game in many of my other reviews, most notably, my review of Stein's Gate (which you can check out here.) The reason for that is bec

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Xenogears – Retro JRPG Game Review

Xenogears is easily in my top 10 favorite games of all time. I also enjoy Xenosaga and Xenoblade as well which are spinoffs of this series (and involved most of the same staff). Xenogears was revolutionary for its time because of the extremely dark storyline and incredibly strong religious overtones which were considered to be almost "too mature" for a video game, especially in North America. It had both scifi and fantasy elements; by that I mean, it really went into depth in some areas explaining the scientific theories and concepts behind certain things - but then other things have a more "magical" feeling that require suspension of belief. It also blended high tech (mecha, A.I., and space travel) with primitive "fantasy" style settings and characters. Xenogears had some stellar pr

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Lovely Complex | LoveCom | Love*Com | Anime Review

Title: Lovely Complex (Also commonly referred to as Love*Com) Release Date: 2007 Episodes: 24 Based on: Manga by Aya Nakahara - There's also a live action movie but I wouldn't recommend it unless you're a die hard fan of this series - definitely read the manga or watch the anime first at least. The movie tries to fit 24 episodes into an hour or 2 hour format. It just doesn't work. Too much has to be cut. It kinda just felt like watching a recap or highlight reel. There's also a videogame but to my knowledge it has not been translated. The manga also has a sequel focusing on Risa's little brother. Genre: Romantic Comedy, Slice of Life, Drama Where to Buy: Amazon has it for $32 for the Complete Series on DVD http://www.amazon.com/Lovely... Geeky: 3/5  Sweetie: 5/5  Overall: 34 / 40 8

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Kodocha Child’s Toy Anime Review

Title: Kodocha Alternate Title: Child's Toy Genre: Romantic Comedy / Slice of Life / Drama Studio: Studio Gallop, NAS Length: 102 Episodes Release Date: 1996 Based Upon: "Kodomo no Omocha" manga by Miho Obana Where to Buy: Amazon.com/Kodocha.. - This is a pretty old and rare / obscure series. At time of writing, there's only 2 copies of the Kodocha Season 1 DVD box set available - for about $45. I'd encourage you to snap them up now, rather than later, as it will become harder and harder to find as time goes on. The Season 2 Kodocha DVD boxset is even more rare, with only 1 copy for $135 at time of this review. Overall: 30/35 86% B "Very Good Anime For Girls" Story: 10/10 The story in Kodocha is very unique. I can't think of any other anime that 1.) Deal with child stars or 2.) Fo

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Nodame Cantabile Anime Review

While sick last week, I marathoned my way through the first season of the anime version of Nodame Cantabile, a cute shoujo romantic-comedy anime about a young man (Chiaki) who wants to become a conductor. He encounters a girl who plays the piano with so much energy that it sounds as if she is singing. Her nickname is Nodame. Hence we get the title, Nodame Cantabile. A Cantabile is a musical term to describe instrumental music which emulates the sound of human voices singing. It literally means "to play (an instrument) as if singing". Interestingly, enough, the characters and events in this anime are based partially (although I'm sure exaggerated to a degree) on real life acquaintances and friends of the Mangaka who wrote the manga on which the anime is based.   My favorite thing ab...

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The Letter, a New Horror Visual Novel Kickstarter Campaign Half Way to Funding With 5 Days Left

The Letter Kickstarter Campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/yangyangmobile/the-letter-2?ref=project_tweet I got an email today about a kickstarter campaign for a new horror visual novel inspired by Japanese horror films such as Ringu and the Grudge. It's currently half way to funding with only 5 days left. It features 6 playable characters, fully animated sprites, and quick time events similar to telltales gaming mechanics. There's a playable demo also on the kickstarter page. There's a number of trailers and visuals for this game, and it looks great. So if you like anime, visual novels, or horror, please consider donating to this project so that we can all play the finished game when it comes out. There are numerous bonuses for those who back the project on kickstart...

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