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Love Live All Stars Anime Rhythm Game

The sequel to KLab’s smash hit Love Live School Idol Festival, Love Live All Stars takes it to the next level with fully animated Live2D characters that dance around on the screen. Like its predecessor, Love Live School Idol Festival, Love Live All Stars is a card collecting rhythm game with cute anime girls to collect. The new installment in Love Live has a few key differences from the original, most notably is the animation. There’s also costumes you can unlock for your girls to wear and a new voltage gameplay system that allows you to score more points. The key elements are the same with perhaps more focus on story this time around. You play through the story to unlock new songs. You train your girls and level them up and unlock new skills with a branching skill path f...

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Quanzhi Gaoshou (King’s Avatar) Anime Review

Quanzhi Gaoshou (King's Avatar) Anime Review The relationship between anime and video games is well-known among both gaming audiences and anime fans. Both forms of entertainment have taken inspiration from each other and it's common to see video games with anime art styles and see animes that borrow from video game story beats. For example, in 2016, Square Enix released Final Fantasy XV. Final Fantasy XV is a classic JRPG that takes place in Eos and sees Noctis and his three friends roam around in an open-world, taking down enemies and exploring. Noctis and co.'s character designs already seem ripped from an anime and that's what led to Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV, an anime series of five episodes that continued to follow the adventures of Noctis and his friends. Square Enix is also

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Hourou Musuko Wandering Son Anime Review

Hourou Musuko Anime Review Source: Facebook via Hourou Musuko Title: Hourou Musuko Other Titles: Wandering Son Genre: Romance, Slice of Life, Drama, School Studio: AIC Classic Based on: The Hourou Musuko manga by Takako Shimura Length: The show is made up of a single 12 episode season, with the story beginning partway through the plot of Takako’s source manga material. Each episode is roughly 23 minutes long.  Release Dates: Aired January – April 2011 Where to watch: Crunchyroll has the entire season in its library, available for streaming 24/7. Overall: 56 / 70 Geeky: 3 / 5 Gentle comedy and an entire plotline devoted to an instalment of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet make for a wonderfully animated literary experience – and all in Japanese, no less. We wo

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Every Studio Ghibli Film Ranked From Best to Worst – Top 10 Studio Ghibli Films – The Best Studio Ghibli Films – The Worst Studio Ghibli Films

Much like our recent list of the best and worst Disney films, here is a list of the best and worst Studio Ghibli films. Disney owned distribution rights for awhile for several Studio Ghibli films, but I think that has since changed hands to Gkids. Many people who love Disney films also love Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli Films; after all, they have a lot in common with each other. Both studios rely mostly on making films from well known children's literature and fairytales. Both studios have a very recognizable animation style. And both studios excel at creating stories that the whole family can enjoy together, cartoons that appeal to young and old alike. I was surprised there's not as many Studio Ghibli films as I would think. If you're wondering why Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is n

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Artbook Review: The Art of The Secret World of Arietty

I received this book for free in exchange for a review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. This large, beautiful hardcover artbook is a must have for any Hayao Miyazaki or Studio Ghibli fan. Within its pages lies a treasure trove of not only gorgeous artwork, but also a behind the scenes look at the work that went into creating The Secret World of Arietty. This book is very high quality. Its large oversize format makes it excellent for laying on your coffee table or bookshelf and its presentation is so inviting that your friends won't be able to resist picking it up and scanning through the pages. Its an excellent conversation piece, as well as a great asset for a collector's own private and personal collection. With this review I struggled if I should include pictures, and if ...

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Pop in Q Anime Movie Review

Title: Pop in Q Length: (approx) 1.5 hours, feature length film. I hear there is a 2nd film in production as well that will finish telling the story. *hint: Keep watching after the credits of the first movie* Genre: Shoujo, Magical Girl, Fantasy, Idol, Musical, Slice of Life, Drama Studio: Toei Annimation Release Date: December, 2016 Score Card: Geeky 1/5 - There is a bit of action later in the film, also some nostalgia to anyone who grew up watching shows like Digimon. But largely, this is pure shoujo aimed at very young girls. Afterall the girls themselves are middleschool students in this film. Sweetie: 5/5 - This anime is utterly adorable!!! The Popin look like Sanrio characters. The girls are young and have round faces and big eyes. The music is catchy. Idol culture

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Lu Over the Wall Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta Full Length Standalone Anime Movie Review

Title: Lu Over the Wall Japanese Title: Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta Genre: Slice of Life, Fantasy Length: (Approximately) 2 hours feature length film (Also after the credits it says that Lu and Seiren will be back in "The Real Lu Dawn Greeting Song") Maybe hinting at a 2nd movie (or TV series?) (or could just be a music video or musical or something else). Though the end seems unfinished and seems Studio: Science Saru and Toho Where to Watch: Gkids Licensed this anime a few weeks ago, and it seems from this page they are trying to generate interest for a US theatrical release. https://www.gkids.com/films/lu-over-the-wall/ Geeky: 2/5 - The animation is odd. Coloring is very "Flat" The faces are not very detailed and the clothing and character designs are a bit simplistic. - I'

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Windaria Anime Movie Review

Title: Windaria Alternative Title: Once Upon a Time Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Action, Adventure Release Date: 1986 (Japan initial release), 1992 (US, (VHS) first US release), 2004 (US re-release (DVD) with title change) Where to Watch: I don't support piracy here, but as a heads up, ALL of the "US Releases" of this film are very severely edited. And YES, that includes even the subtitled versions! I highly recommend that you watch the original Japanese version at least once before passing judgement on this beautiful movie. Of course, I grew up with the VHS in the 90s, and I STILL loved even the heavily edited dubbed version of the film way back then. Last year, I finally got the chance to watch the original Japanese version. A lot of content was cut from the English version, incl

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Ancient Magus Bride Anime Review

Title: Ancient Magus Bride Based On the Manga by Kore Yamazaki Episodes: 24 Episodes Genre: Fantasy, Super Natural, Mystery, Romance, Slice of Life Studio: Wit Studio Where to Watch: Crunchyroll Overall: 38/45 84% B "Very Good Anime For Girls" Geeky: 3/5 - A great story with high production values, a good blend of action, comedy, mystery and romance make this show a hit with geeks of either gender. I took away 1 point for the somewhat slow pacing of the early episodes, and 1 point away for the character designs - they don't feel as clean or modern as most other contemporary anime characters, even though I understand that's the style also of the original manga. Sweetie: 4/5 - Chise is a unique female lead. In the begining she is broken inside, however we watch her become stron

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Please Save My Earth Anime and Manga Review

Today I'm reviewing a very old manga / anime which is often credited as being (one of) the first (widely successful) Shoujo manga. Its art and story influenced other mangaka like Naoko Takeuchi - In fact there are many similarities between Please Save My Earth and Sailor Moon. For example, both Please Save My Earth and Sailor Moon deal with lovers who were reincarnated on another planet having lost memories of their past lives and fated to meet again and remember sometimes happy, sometimes painful and sad memories. Both manga also focus heavily especially on the Earth and the Moon. There's super powers in each one, and tales of friendship, betrayal, trust, love, jealousy, greed, and bullying. Please Save My Earth is quite a bit darker than Sailor Moon. It's more violent, it deals wit...

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CocoPPa Play Star Girl Fashion Revised Review Updated for 2018

I had previously reviewed CocoPPa Play Star Girl Fashion here. It is a cute anime dressup game for IOS and Android Devices. Many of my complaints were about lack of free gacha and how long it took to earn free gacha plays. - That has since changed. Now almost every gacha gives you one free play, just like in Dream Girlfriend, Fairy Doll, Animal Boyfriend, Moe Can Change, and Dream Boyfriend. The first time I reviewed CocoPPa Play, that was not the case, and while nearly every other dressup game I have played let you take at least 1 free spin on each gacha, it turned me off a great deal to CocoPPa Play in my first review. CocoPPa Play deserves a new review, because now, with the frequent free gacha plays (new gachas are added almost daily) and there's always constantly an event going on,

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Heart of Crown Boardgame and PC Videogame Review

Update: 12/21/2017 - The developers of the PC version of Heart of Crown reached out to me via email and wanted to provide support for some of the issues I encountered, as well as to let me know about new features that are underway, such as full screen mode (currently in the beta client), and a tournament that will take place next year to celebrate the international release of Heart of Crown. They also wanted to let me know that there are (text based) chat rooms available on the Discord server (and I've adjusted the score for community based on that feedback). Overall, it is encouraging to see an active Dev team who seem to really care about improving the game and connecting with the community. :) I hope they continue to work on polishing up the PC version of the game, but as I said already

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My Neighbor Totoro Ghiblifest 2017 Anime Movie Review

I went to see My Neighbor Totoro subbed last night as part of the 2017 GKids Studio Ghiblifest. The theater I went to seemed to have a fairly good turnout for the show, but not as popular as the theatrical SailorMoon Release which I reviewed here (dub) and here (sub) Still it is nice to see anime getting more coverage in theaters. I drove almost an hour to go see Totoro, but it was still closer than the nearly 2 hour drive I made (twice) to go see Sailor Moon. It's also awesome to see old anime like Totoro from the 80s and SailorMoon from the 90s finally on the big screen! The excitement of seeing such childhood favorite films on the silverscreen inspired me to want to do a review for Totoro today. Also be sure to check out the Studio Ghiblifest home page, there will be other Stud

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Assassination Classroom Anime Review

Title: Assassination Classroom Genre: Comedy, Action, Slice of Life Studio: Lerche Original Release Date: 2015 Based On: Assassination Classroom Manga by Yūsei Matsui Length: Season 1 is 22 episodes, Season 2 has 25 episodes, for a total of 47 episodes. There is also a spin off series called Koro-Sensei Q and several animated and live action films and OVAs. There's even a game (only in Japanese) by Bandai. Where to watch: Crunchyroll has season 1. But they do not have season 2 Funimation has seasons 1 and 2. You can subscribe to both Crunchyroll and Funimation - and some other anime/scifi networks for $9.99 a month in a new service called VRV at https://vrv.co/. They both also have Koro-Sensei Quest. From what I can tell neither of them have the movies or OVAs available. Overall

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