Giving Classic Titles a Chance (Old)

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(Blast From The Past Article):

With the rise in the digital age and the vast increase in anime entering this country, it seems discouraging to me that many newer Otaku shy away from older series. Obviously many of these fans have never seen much beyond what has been available on US TV; broadcast, cable, or satellite; and as Cartoon Network has stated rating are key. And it is known that ratings for dated looking shows are lower than more contemporary looking shows. For example Cartoon Network never finished airing (either time they attempted airing the show) the original Mobile Suit Gundam series, but did show all of Dragonball Z. Obviously this is not the best example, as both are actually older series (would it surprise most people that Dragonball Z is over ten years old) and Dragonball Z is far less plot oriented than Gundam, and in all honest looks more recently made. The problem is that age does not mean a show is worse than a more contemporary title.

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Anime Review: Koi Kaze

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Koi Kaze Review
By Lena Pang

Koushirou Saeki is a lonely 28 year-old wedding planner. After his girlfriend breaks-up with him, he begins to question whether he is even capable of loving someone from “the bottom of his heart.” One day, while taking the subway, he sees a girl in a high school uniform unknowingly drop her ID. Being your typical good guy, he picks it up and runs after her to return it. The girl, Nanoka Kohinata, turns out to be his 16 year-old sister whom he has no memory of. Because of her new school, Nanoka is moving out from her mother’s house to live with the old brother she’s only heard of and her father. Although Koushirou knows that Nanoka is his sister, he can’t stop his increasing obsession over her as each day passes. Will Koushirou be able to control his emotions? Or will they get the best of him?
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Anime Review: Hajime No Ippo

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Review: Fighting Spirit (Hajime no Ippo): The First Step
Screener Courtesy of: Geneon Entertainment (USA)
Age Rating: 13+ for blood and some nude scenes (with bodily humour) in the showers
Review By: Jonathon Collis

Cover Blurb:
Ippo Makunochi’s gentle spirit and lack of confidence make him an easy target for the bullies at his high school who regularly beat him up. Then, he’s rescued from a beating by Takamura, a larger-than-life professional boxer who inspires Ippo to learn the art of boxing. After passing one of Takamura’s outrageous tests, Ippo attempts to join the Kamogawa Boxing Club, but Chief Kamogawa refuses to believe Ippo has a fighter’s spirit and requires Ippo to spar with Miyata, an extraordinarily talented and skilled boxer. Can Ippo even survive the first round?
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Manga Review: X-Day Vol. 1

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By: Jill Marie Ricker

So what do you do when life just plain sucks? When your boyfriend dumped you and you have to study for university entrance exams? In X-Day, the solution to all of your problems is to go to your local chat room and find three other classmates that hate school and make plans to blow up the school. While this seems a little extreme, even though the stress of Japanese High Schools is intense and well documented, this overlaid plot of school hatred and destruction masks a story about trying to belong and dealing with teenage angst.

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Manga Review: Gravitation Vol. 1

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By: Jonathon Collis

Versions Reviewed:
US TOKYOPOP Book 1 (ISBN 1-591-82333-1)
German Carlsen Comics Book 1 (ISBN 3-551-77141-3)

US Rating: Teen (13+)

Long awaited by shounen-ai fans, Gravitation has finally arrived on both American and European shores. But how do these versions compare, and is this title worth the hype? Let’s look first at the technical issues and then the content.

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From Game To Fame (Old)

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(Blast From The Past Article):

In the past year, many different types of anime have reached the shores of America. I, myself has seen more than my fair share of these anime for better or worse and I have taken a particular interest in one of the lesser known genres. The dating sim anime, as it is known today, struck me as something of an oddity amidst the sea of cliché that I firmly believed to have permeated this foreign entertainment medium. These anime provided new stories and fresh ideas, and for me, a feeling of hope from the imaginary depression commonly associated with the fall from the “Golden Age of Anime,” also known as the late 80’s to early 90’s. And so, as a way for me to show my fandom, I write what I hope to be a semi comprehensive guide and narrative to this budding genre. Please keep in mind, this is being written with little to no official research done on the topic, and many of my statements are based on subjective observations.

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51 Anime That Every Fan Should See (And Probably Hasn’t) (Old)

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(Blast From The Past Article):

Sick of new shows not living up to the hype? Want to be the guy who says “You should see “xx” even though you’ve never heard of it?” If so, this is the article for you. We polled a group of Otaku from the newer and older schools to bring you this list of titles that are tops on the “OMG that rocks” list yet for some reason not on the “What do you mean you haven’t seen it?” list. Staff picks are bolded with description, but that doesn’t mean the other titles aren’t more than worth looking at.

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