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  Why You Should Rewatch Samurai ChamplooWhy You Should Rewatch Samurai Champloo
サムライチャンプルー

Anime Article by Ben Huber

Hopefully by now you've seen Shinichiro Watanabe's fantastic 2004 anime series Samurai Champloo. If not -- go pick it up and watch it now! It has a slick combination of Edo-era Japan, hip hop, and stylized animation that'll have you glued to the TV and bopping in your seat to some amazing tunes. If you've already seen it: good job! Here's a number of reasons why you should pop the soundtrack back into your playlist and then rewatch the whole series again! Read More...

Why You Should Rewatch Samurai Champloo

Rage of Bahamut: Genesis
Rage of Bahamut: Genesis
神撃のバハムート GENESIS

Anime Review by Ben Huber

Who would've thought that one of the best new anime of the season would be based off of a generic-looking free-to-play mobile card game? Yes, Rage of Bahamut comes from a strange place, but barely resemble its source material anyway. While it pulls some character and monster designs from the game, the rest is almost entirely original content. And that original content is so, so good.

Rage of Bahamut: Genesis opens with not one, but two well-animated action sequences. After the all-important backstory segment, it barrels headlone into an uproarious chase scene, introducing us to two of the main characters, Favaro Leone and Kaisar Lidfard. They ride their horses across rooftops, send a water wheel tumbling through town, and accidentally interrupt some criminals in the process. It's mildly reminiscent of Pirates of the Caribbean, while also being just as ridiculous as you might expect an anime to be. Read More...

Rage of Bahamut: Genesis

Parasyte
Parasyte
寄生獣

Anime Review by Ben Huber

A lot of movies and TV shows tell tales of kids and their alien companions. But while kids and friendly extraterrestrials might seem fun on the surface, Parasyte takes a decidedly darker turn because these aliens are parasites, living inside the human body. Sure, you might have a cool alien buddy -- but it's living inside you. How terrifying is that?

Parasyte is not a new series, but it's the first time we're seeing it animated, so this is a special treat indeed. Originally running as a seinen manga from 1988 to 1995, the series combines high school life with body horror, alien terror, and action. It's tense, gripping, and violent, making it a great candidate for an anime adaption. It's curious that it hadn't gotten one sooner, but with the recent live-action film adaptations, the iron is hot once again. Read More...

Parasyte

Gundam Reconguista in G
Gundam Reconguista in G
ガンダム Gのレコンギスタ

Anime Review by Ben Huber

A new Gundam series is always an event in the anime community. Seeing what Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino will come up with next is always entertaining, whether the show actually ends up good or not. Upon viewing the first three episodes of his latest, Gundam: Reconguista in G, there's definitely something enjoyable deep inside this pile of giant robot insanity.

Reconguista in G (abbreviated as G-Reco) is set in the Reguild Century, year 1014. We're thrown headlong into the story as it's happening; a cavalcade of buzzwords and techno-jargo are tossed at the viewer with little context. On one hand, that means we're avoiding the typical lengthy establishing episodes that plague many shows, explaining things ad nauseum -- on the other, we have little clue as to what is happening. Read More...

Gundam Reconguista in G

Why Gurren Lagann is a Modern Anime ClassicWhy Gurren Lagann is a Modern Anime Classic
天元突破グレンラガン

Anime Article by Ben Huber

Gurren Lagann was one of Gainax's last shows before their core staff migrated onward to new jobs (hello, Trigger!), and it was one of their best. While Panty and Stocking topped off their illustrious careers, Gurren Lagann wrapped up all their influences, iconography, and trademark over-the-top action into one excellent package. Here are some reasons why Gurren Lagann should be considered a modern classic! Read More...

Why Gurren Lagann is a Modern Anime Classic


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