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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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This Is US – Season 1 and 2 Review

It's not often that I choose to write about (or really even choose to watch) American television. That's because in my opinion, the writing in American drama is often inferior and the characters not as emotionally engaging as Asian dramas. Season 2 had already started when I finally got around to watching Season 1 of This Is Us, the show that would change my opinion of American Dramas. - Don't get me wrong. I love me some drama regardless of what country it originates from.. but I distinctively recall for example, when "Fault of Our Stars" came out, how much praise it was being given, as being the saddest movie of all time, ever, by radio and TV critics and movie-goers across our nation. I watched the film and was left feeling, mostly, nothing at all. That's IT?! I thought to myself as I c

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The Red Turtle Anime Review

I just purchased and watched "The Red Turtle" last night. The silent animated feature length film was done, in part, by Studio Ghibli, famous animators of feature length family favorite anime films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Ponyo, and The Cat's Return, just to name a few. I have to admit, I didn't really do my research on this title (and didn't realize it was a silent film until I began watching it), but every time I saw a preview, I just wanted to see it oh so badly. When I realized I could buy it for only $10 more than the "rental" price ($15 vs $5) I immediately purchased it. For about the first 20 - 40 minutes of the film, I felt disappointed and disinterested; that quickly changed as the plot began to advance, and b...

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Are the Relationships in Scum’s Wish Really So Bad?

I recently discovered Scum's Wish from an article describing the relationship between Mugi and Hanabi as abusive. While the anime begins with Mugi and Hanabi both in love with other people and only using each other to satisfy their physical desires, is there really anything inherently wrong with this? People have casual relationships all the time. Not all relationships are built around love. Not only that, but, I think that love is a feeling that can grow over time. Hanabi and Mugi may not be in love just yet; but that doesn't mean they won't fall in love by the end of the anime or manga. There has been much foreshadowing already hinting at this possibility. Could Hanabi and Mugi ever fall in love or have a happy ending? Here are some clues that hint that they may be falling for e

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Final Fantasy XV Review

It's been awhile since we've done a review around here with the holidays and all. It's time to fix that. Having just finished FFXV over the weekend, that seems the best candidate for a review this week. I've been a fan of Final Fantasy for a long time, ever since "Mystic Quest" on the SNES. Final Fantasy 6 (3 in America) is still my favorite in the series. I've played every Final Fantasy Game since the 16 bit era. And I'm "strange" I know, but I don't really like FF7, not as much as everyone else seems to be in love with that game. But Final Fantasy in general always holds a special place in my heart. If I had to rank my favorite FF games that I've played from best to worst, it would look something like this when using the corresponding Japanese numbers for each title... With the newest ga...

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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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Tsukihime Visual Novel Review and Details about the Remake

Tsukihime was my very first visual novel, and still one of my favorites. While looking up images to use in this post, I also came across news that there's a remake in the works. This is old news I guess as it was first announced clear back in 2012. However, a post from Siliconera indicates that yes, it's still in development as of July 2015, so that's a good sign. You can see more updates about this remake over on Siliconera here. I'm not going to cover those details here, because this review is actually for the original Tsukihime visual novel from 2001. Also, I've never watched the anime, I've been told by many people that the Tsukihime anime sucked. Please don't ignore this visual novel, even if you really hated the anime. This is a must play for any visual novel fan. PS: You can g

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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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Plastic Memories Anime Review

Title: Plastic Memories Genre: Slice of Life, Romance, Scifi, Comedy Release Date: 2015 Studio: Doga Kobo Length: 13 Episodes Overall: 32/35 91% A- "Excellent Anime For Girls" Story: 10/10 Plastic Memories is a 2015 anime series about a futuristic society aided by companion android like creations known as Giftia. The giftia live together with humans, and often as an integral role of their family. More often than not, they serve as children for couples unable to conceive on their own, or taking the place of children who died. Imagine what you would do to protect your child. Now imagine if you knew that your time with your child was limited. You knew at best you'd have 10, maybe 15 years together. You knew this before agreeing to purchase the android - but you didn't know how attached

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Chobits Anime Review

Title: Chobits Genre: Shoujo, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life, Romance Publisher: Madhouse Length: 26 Episodes Release Date: 2002   Story: 10/10 Hideki is a young, poor college student from the country who moves into a new apartment in the city. There, one night he finds a Persocom that someone has thrown away in the garbage. Persocom is short for Personal Computer, and since this series takes place in the future; computers have evolved to take on nearly human like forms and can be customized by their owners. Persocoms are very useful; they can go to work to earn money for their owners, connect to the internet for research, or run simple errands, like going to the grocery store etc. When Hideki turns the Persocom on she can only say one word, "Chii", so Hideki decides to name her Chii an

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Yobi the Five Tailed Fox | Anime Review | Korean Film | Korean Anime | Korean Animation | Korean Animated Film | Korean Movie | South Korea

While not technically an anime, per say, since it is not from Japan, Yobi the Five Tailed Fox is an excellent family film that has a similar style to that of Studio Ghibli. The story of Yobi the Five Tailed Fox tells us a Korean folk tale legend about Kitsune like creatures who could become human if they stole a human's soul. Because of that belief, that the foxes could steal souls, they became hunted almost to extinction. Except for Yobi, the "young" (if 100 years old is young) fox who lives in the forest with her farting alien family who are trying to repair their spaceship to return home. One of her family members wanders into a summer camp for humans near the forest one day and Yobi goes to the camp in her human form to try to convince the alien to return back home. However, once Yob...

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Lufia 2 Rise of the Sinistrals Retro SNES JRPG Game Review

Title: Lufia 2 Rise of the Sinistrals Genre: RPG Publisher: Natsume Platform: SNES Release Date: 1996 Geeky:  Sweetie:  Overall Score: 60/80 75% C “Good Game For Girls” Concept: 9/10 This review is for the 2nd game in the Lufia series. Although, chronologically, the events in this game take place before the events in Lufia & the Fortress of Doom. Which we reviewed by the way over here in our Lufia and the Fortress of Doom Review. The 2nd game improved upon many aspects of the original including some pacing issues with the story and enhanced graphics, more challenging puzzles to solve, and no more random encounters. The story in Lufia 2 Rise of the Sinistrals takes you back to playing as Maxim and the original heroes who helped defeat the sinistrals as shown briefly in the prolo

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Anima Mundi The Dark Alchemist Review

Title: Anima Mundi The Dark Alchemist Genre: Visual Novel (with crafting minigame) Platform: PC Publisher: Hirameki International Where to Buy: Sometimes Appears on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Animamundi-Win-Mac/dp/B000EYXDTM or JLIST / JBOX: (no link available) and sometimes available via Playasia: http://www.play-asia.com/animamundi-dark-alchemist/13/701xnb -- It's out of print, and rare, and a highly regarded game so it can be difficult and expensive to find, but I promise you; this one's worth it! Release Date: May 31, 2006 Language: English text with Japanese voice acting Overall Score: 63/80 79% C+ Good Game for Girls Geeky Factor:  Sweetie Factor:  Story: 9/10 You play as a young man trying to find a way to save his sister. In the opening of the game, your sister is accu

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Kdrama Angel Eyes Music Video Coldplay Sky Full of Stars

I downloaded Adobe Premiere (Free trial) tonight; and after playing around a bit, I was able to make my first ever music video. I do not own the rights to anything, other than the editing work within the video. Music is copyright Coldplay Sky Full of Stars Video footage is from Kdrama Angel Eyes. This video may contain Spoilers for those who have not seen the show. I think I used up to episode 8 within the video at some point. https://youtu.be/Tp9ljyY77W0 If you like this video please like, share, comment, or subscribe, and tell me what Kdrama music videos you'd like to see next. Sorry for poor quality, had trouble finding raw HD torrents so some of my footage is only 240p. Will do better next time :)

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