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Ghost in the Shell - Solid State Society
Ghost in the Shell - Solid State Society
Anime DVD Review by Brian Cirulnick

Ghost In The ShellThe television movie Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society, helmed by Kenji Kamiyama, continues the adventures of the cast of Stand Alone Complex, the TV series based on Mamoru Oshii's watershed feature.

GitS:SAC:SSS is the ongoing saga of Public Security Section 9, a select counter-terrorist and crime prevention detail in the year 2034 specializing in cyber-war, now comprised of 20 field operatives with Togusa serving as the unit's leader. It's been two years since Major Kusanagi left Public Security Section 9 and struck out on her own, and Batou pursues only investigations that interest him.
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Super Dimension Century Orguss
Super Dimension Century Orguss
Anime DVD Review by Michael Pinto

Super Dimension Century OrgussSuper Dimension Century Orguss had everything that you could ask for in an early 80s anime show an intricate science fiction plotline, hot looking mecha, compelling characters, and even some half decent animation (well for a television budget, after all this wasn't a feature film). So, how could this classic anime series have been over-looked for so long?

Debuting in 1983 Orguss was the follow-up series to Macross, which was a groudbreaking anime series on every level and arguably the most important anime franchise of that decade. When Macross was bought over to America as "Robotech" an entire generation of American fanboys were introduced to anime for the first time. However, sadly, Orguss was never rolled into Robotech and thus an entire generation of American otaku would never know about the series.
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Below: A painting for a model kit for Orguss.
Super Dimension Century Orguss

009-1
009-1
Anime DVD Review by Brian Cirulnick

009-1Based on the hugely popular 'Cyborg 009' franchise, 009-1 creates a new flavor from the following recipe: Mix "James Bond 007" with "Cyborg 009", add a dash of "Le Femme Nikita" and a heaping tablespoon of "Cutey Honey".

Nearly naked, beautiful busty babes are cyborg spys who try and keep the cold war from turning too hot. Set in an alternate reality where the cold war has been ongoing for 140 years, the world has divided into the western and eastern blocks, and the two sides play a cat-and-mouse game of espionage, stealing secrets, and counter-intelligence.
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Below: A scene from the 009-1 anime movie.

009-1

Hare and Guu
Hare + Guu Box Set
Anime DVD Review by Brian Cirulnick

Hare and GuuWelcome to the jungle, the peaceful home of fun-loving ten year old Hare who lives with his single, hard-drinking mother in a hut. One day he is sent to get some bananas and fruits and has a frightening experience of being eaten by a monster. Returning home he finds that his mother has taken in an appallingly cute little girl who goes by the name of Guu.

Wait a minute... Wasn't Hare eaten by a monster?
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Below: A scene from Hare + Guu.

Hare and Guu


Our Favorite Toys, Models and Gizmos

My Neighbor Totoro

If you're a fan of Hayao Miyazaki and you've always wanted to own your own Totoro you're in luck! Shown above is a Totoro plush from the 1988 anime classic film My Neighbor Totoro.





 Anime.com Recommended Books:
MW
MW
Manga Review
by Brian Cirulnick

MWA diligent and efficient bank employee, Yuuki Michio has another side: that of a cold-blooded kidnapper/torturer/killer who commits crimes one after the other. Yuuki often visits Father Garai at church; repenting for his sins each time he commits a crime.
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Below: a pannel from the MW Manga.

MW

Simplified Anatomy for Comic Book Superheros
Simplified Anatomy for Comic Book Superheros Book Review
by Brian Cirulnick

Simplified Anatomy for Comic Book SuperherosIt all started with Alex Toth. Whilst character-designing for Hanna-Barbera, he essentially created a new artform, the "simplified" superhero, which gave rise to masterpieces such as Space Ghost and The Herculoids. Comic artists such as Steve Rude fought tooth and nail to legitimize the style as valid for the printed page during a time when ultra-realism was the 'look' Marvel and DC wanted. Twenty years later, the artform was again revolutionized by "Batman: The Animated Series", which extrapolated what Toth began and made it more extreme, with exaggerated pointy chins, extra curvaceous femme fatales, and a stark look that became more than the sum of its parts.
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Music and Soundtrack Selections:
Paprika
Paprika
Audio Review
by Brian Cirulnick

PaprikaGet the jump on Satoshi Kon's latest masterpiece by grabbing this simply amazing OST. If you liked the music from Paranoia Agent, this is the same composer (Susumu Hirasawa), but with more money. Kon has delivered a film which is kind of like Hello Kitty crashing headlong into Philp K. Dick — it's a bizzare and twisted view of the dark side of "cute" and delves deeply into the collective Japanese psyche.
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Piano SquallPiano Squall - GAME
Concert Pianist Plays Anime & Videogame Music

Concert Pianist Michael Gluck specializes in the performance of music from anime and videogames soundtracks. Since 2003 he's been on the road giving performances at various anime conventions raising tens of thousands of dollars for charity. Gluck has just released his game/anime music CD called GAME, which is currently available on his website PianoSquall.com. If you buy a copy of the CD not only will you get some cool music but you'll also be giving to a good cause as the videogame publisher Electronic Arts and Gluck will together they'll donate an amount equal to 20% of all profits from GAME to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.



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