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Blessing of the Campanella
Blessing of the Campanella
Anime Review by Carolyn Whu

Blessing of the CampanellaThe newest addition to Funimation's line up is Blessing of the Campanella, a fun romp in the last of the summer sun. The point of summer is to turn off your brain and have fun with complete total disregard, isn't it? Just sit around, do nothing, think nothing, and enjoy the sun and the sights of half naked girls running around. That's right, boys, this one is made for you, especially for you. Read More...

Blessing of the Campanella

Hetalia: Axis Powers
Hetalia: Axis Powers
Anime DVD Review by Brian Cirulnick

Hetalia: Axis PowersIf you are of Italian heritage and are proud of it (like Brooklyn and Staten Island), then perhaps it would be best if you steered clear of Hetalia: Axis Powers, as Italy tends of be the butt of the gags, often coming off as a bumbling fool.

Yes, Hetalia, where the opening and closing titles together really *are* longer than the actual episode, although I'm intrigued by the drinking beer out of boots shots in the closing (or is that the opening?)... Whatever. Let's clear up what could be confusing.
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Hetalia: Axis Powers

My Bride is a Mermaid
My Bride is a Mermaid
Anime DVD Review by Brian Cirulnick

My Bride is a MermaidWhen Ataru Moroboshi grabbed Lum by the horns, he was unknowingly proposing to her. Tahiko Kimura has clearly been channeling Rumiko Takahashi, as My Bride is a Mermaid has all the hallmarks of Urusei Yatsura, as well as Ranma 1/2. Of course, that's pretty good company to be in, so the author throws in all the insanity of Excel Saga, just to shake it up enough that Ms. Takahashi isn't able to sue.

Much like Urusei Yatsura, our male protagonist- Nagasumi, finds himself engaged to be married to a girl he doesn't even know, before the first episode even ends. Except in this case, she's no alien princess, she's the mermaid daughter of an undersea Yakuza, and her mob-boss, high-strung, gangster-daddy is none too happy about the situation, but it's the only way to keep his daughter alive (he'd much rather wipe out the groom and his family). Read More...

My Bride is a Mermaid

Jing King of Bandits: Seventh Heaven
Jing King of Bandits: Seventh Heaven
Anime DVD Review by Carolyn Whu

Jing King of Bandits: Seventh HeavenIt's winter and you are stuck indoors; you're grateful for the heat and protection of whatever building you are in but when that time of the day comes, you still rush towards the door and the freezing cold beyond it. You know that first breath of biting cold, sobering, and welcomed air the minute you get over the shock of walking out, being vulnerable, and at the whim of the elements? That's Jing King of Bandits: Seventh Heaven.

Jing is just a kid but he has the biggest loudest reputation out there. Most people are surprised when he shows up and introduces himself. With a rep like "King of Bandits", one would expect a huge scarred probably bald seedy but handsome looking man. Read More...

Jing King of Bandits: Seventh Heaven
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Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes
Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes
Japanese Video Game Review

A fun, action-packed adventure set during a tumultuous period of Japanese history, CAPCOM's Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes follows players as they fight their way towards the dramatic battle of Sekigahara. Players take control of more than a dozen samurai heroes, each wielding their own unique weapon, in huge battles against hundreds of opponents that grow ever more challenging. On their journey to the final battle, players will learn how to unleash spectacular Basara Arts and utilize "Hero Time" to wipe out as many enemies as possible. With stunning visuals, challenging gameplay and a virtually unlimited battlefield, this game should have you shouting "banzai!" and drinking your sake heated, as it should be. Available for Wii and Playstation 3.

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Tsubasa: Those With Wings
Tsubasa:
Those With Wings

Manga Review
by Linda Yau

Tsubasa: Those With WingsClear your mind and imagine yourself in a barren, yet steam punk-ish world. Where a majority of the world is in dire poverty situation, but with the legend of Tsubasa - a wish granting commodity that can change the world of the individual who find Tsubasa. Tsubasa is set in a very changed Earth. Read More...

Tsubasa: Those With Wings

Nintendo Magic: Winning the Videogame Wars by Osamu Inoue and Translated by Paul Tuttle Starr
Nintendo Magic
Video Game Book Review by Linda Yau

Japanese Video GamesAnyone who's a long time gamer would know of Nintendo, and may have even owned several generations' worth of releases from this company. So what happens if you want to know some history from this immensely successful company, and there are barely any in-depth books about it, either in English or even in Japanese? Then be sure to check out Nintendo Magic by Osamu Inoue, and released by Vertical Press in English with an updated epilogue from its Japanese counterpart, Nintendou: "Odoroki" o unmu houteishiki. Read More...

Japanese Video Games

Mushroom Cloud and Mushroom Men
Mushroom Cloud and Mushroom Men
Japanese Cinema Book Review by Linda Yau

GodzillaWhenever someone talks about Japanese cinema, an example of monster files, Godzilla is probably bound to come up at one point or another. As Mimi Honda, wife of Ishiro Honda said, "the first Japanese film to earn a lot of money overseas." Mushroom Cloud and Mushroom Men discusses the life, works, themes and inspirations of Ishiro Honda, the man who directed the original Godzilla move. Read More...

Japanese Monster Movies



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