Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Review

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is a 2000 fantasy adventure Japanese animated series directed by Kunihisa Sugishima, starring Dan Green, Wayne Grayson, Amy Birnbaum, Greg Abbey, Megan Hollingshead, and Eric Stuart.  Based on the manga written by Kazuki Takahashi, the series revolves around a boy named Yugi Mutou who battles opponents in the Duel Monsters card game. Positives: Great, well-written characters Awesome English dubbing Great score Interesting story Awesome dialogue Good art style Negatives: Useless characters Plot: The show revolves around a young teen named Yugi Mutou and friends who engage in…

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Elfen Lied Review

Elfen Lied is a 2004 psychological horror science fantasy Japanese animated series directed by Mamoru Kambe. Based on the manga of the same name written by Lynn Okamoto, the series is centered on the teenage Diclonius girl “Lucy” who was rejected by human beings and subsequently wants revenge. Positives: Highly violent with lots of gore Great voice performances Good animation The writing is decent Interesting premise Negatives: Lackluster characters Score is not memorable Uneventful story Plot:  Elfen Lied focuses on Lucy who is of a newly mutated species, the “Diclonius”.  She…

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Outlaw Star Review

Outlaw Star is a 1998 science fantasy western space opera Japanese animated series directed by Mitsuru Hongo, based on the manga by Takehiko Ito, the  plot follows protagonist Gene Starwind and his motley crew of an inherited ship dubbed the Outlaw Star, as they search for a legendary, outer space treasure trove called the “Galactic Leyline”. Positives: Great characters Great music Good voice performances Great action Decent animation style The writing is good The story is awesome Great humor Touching moments Great setup Negatives: Lackluster antagonist Episodics can distractive Plot:  The premise follows a young man,…

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Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time Review

Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time is a 2010 Japanese 3D animated film directed by Kenichi Takeshita, starring Yuya Miyashita, Shunsuke Kazama, KENN, Greg Abbey, Dan Green, Matthew Charles, Atsushi Tamura, and Sean Schemmel.  The story follows the evil Paradox, who is planning to kill Pegasus before he can invent Duel Monsters, and it is up to duelists Yusei Fudo, Judai Yuki, and Yugi Moto to stop him. Positives: Great voice performances Great characters Intense action Decent score Negatives: Lackluster script Stupid plot Unnecessary characters Extremely lame antagonist Plot:  The story follows…

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Samurai Champloo Review

Samurai Champloo is a 2004 action adventure samurai anime directed by Shinichirō Watanabe.  Set in an alternate version of Edo-era, the story follows a brave girl named Fuu, who is on a quest across Japan to find the “samurai who smells of sunflowers”, who is accompanied, Mugen, an impudent and freedom-loving vagrant swordsman; and Jin, a composed and stoic rōnin. Positives: Great main protagonists Awesome voice performances Good animation style Great soundtrack Touches on a lot of themes Intense action Negatives: Story isn’t compelling Plot:  The story follows a young woman named Fuu who embarks…

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Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne Review

Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne is a 2008 action horror mystery supernatural anime directed by Shigeru Ueda.  The story centers on Rin, an immortal woman fed a time fruit from the invisible tree Yggdrassil, who runs a private investigation agency alongside partner Mimi. The two struggle with cases while Rin fights against her nemesis, Apos. Positives: Great characters Well-written story Good animation style Good score Really graphic Strong world building Good voice performances Negatives: Antagonist isn’t really memorable Plot:  The anime follows Rin Asougi is an immortal woman fed a time fruit from the…

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Magi: Adventure of Sinbad Review

Magi: Adventure of Sinbad is a 2016 action adventure Japanese anime created by Shinobu Ohtaka and directed by Yoshikazu Miyao, starring voice performances by Daisuke Ono, Akira Ishida, Tomokazu Sugita, Ai Kayano, Katsuyuki Konishi, Yōko Hikasa, and Takehito Koyasu. Set as a spin-off/prequel to Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic and based on the Adventures of Sinbad manga, the story follows young warrior Sinbad sets who himself on the path to his destiny, encountering both friends and foes, and changing the world on his way. Positives: Interesting story Good animation style Good voice performances Negatives: Exceptionally…

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Top 15 Anime Video Games

Anime and manga are awesome but what makes them even better are the video game adaptations.  Whether they’re story based or full on fighting, anime based games continue to flood the market.  Note: this list will be updated accordingly. 1. DragonBall Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (2006) Developer(s): Spike Publisher(s): Bandai Namco Entertainment, Atari Platform(s): PlayStation 2, Wii 2. DragonBall Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (2007) Developer(s): Bandai, Atari, Spike Publisher(s): Atari, Bandai Namco Entertainment 3. DragonBall Z: Budokai 3 (2004) Developer(s): Dimps Publisher(s): Atari Platform(s): PlayStation 2 4. Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate…

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One-Punch Man Review

One-Punch Man is a 2015 superhero action parody Japanese anime based on the manga of the same name created by One and illustrated by Yusuke Murata.  The story focuses on Saitama, a superhero who has grown bored as he has become so powerful that all of his battles end in a single punch. Positives: Saitama and Genos are great characters Great action Great soundtrack Great humor Good animation style Negatives: Poorly written characters Poorly written story Major plotholes Plot: The series follows Saitama, a superhero who is the strongest man…

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Kill la Kill Review

Kill la Kill is a 2014 Japanese action comedy anime television series written by Kazuki Nakashima based on the manga of the same name by Ryo Akizuki.  The story follows schoolgirl, Ryuko Matoi, on her search for her father’s killer, which brings her into violent conflict with the iron-fisted student council president of Honnouji Academy, Satsuki Kiryuin. Positives: Intense action Great humor Great score Good voice performances Interesting, original story Great characters Negatives: Characters are cliche Heavy use of troupes Plot: Kill la Kill does feature story that although feels…

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