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  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

The Most Anticipated Japanese Videogames this SeasonThe Most Anticipated Japanese Videogames this Season
日本のビデオゲーム

Videogame Article by Ben Huber

This holiday season is packed with new games! No matter what type of game you like, there's going to be something for you here. But what stands out from the pack? What's new and crazy? How many old favorites are coming back for more? Our top ten games covers a little bit of everything, from RPGs and rhythm games to action games and fighters. Dive in and see what's headed a console near you! Read More...

Japanese Videogames for Christmas 2014

Kill la Kill OVA (Episode 25)
Kill la Kill OVA (Episode 25)
キルラキル

Anime Review by Ben Huber

After a lengthy amount of time, it's time to return to school at Honnouji Academy. Yes, let's jump back into the wild, raucous, and frequently nude world of Kill la Kill. This final episode fits in between the final episode's exciting conclusion and the ending credits epilogue, featuring the graduation of all the Academy's students and giving fans one last run with their favorite characters. The question is: is it worth re-enrolling?

This review assumes you have seen all of Kill la Kill. Spoilers beware! Read More...

Kill la Kill OVA (Episode 25)

The Wind Rises (2-Disc Blu-ray +DVD Combo Pack)
The Wind Rises
風立ちぬ

Anime Review by Ben Huber

When Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement, it was met with two reactions. The first group was shocked, surprised that a figure who had seemingly been there forever would finally be leaving. The second (and probably older) group chuckled to themselves, knowing Miyazaki's previous retirement attempts, simply saying, "He'll be back." This time, however, it seems he truly is finished. The Wind Rises, a tale of planes and lost love, will be his final feature film, no matter the reaction.

The Wind Rises tells the tale of real-life airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi, who created the famous Mitsubishi A6M Zero aircraft used in World War II. As you might imagine, while based off of a real person, there are significant deviations in the story, so don't expect a rigid biography here. Instead, Miyazaki's fascination and love of planes takes over the steering of the film, the script, and even the characters themselves. Airplanes become an almost holy presence in the film, treated with reverence and born from Jiro's mind.
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The Wind Rises (2-Disc Blu-ray +DVD Combo Pack)


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