Naruto Review

Naruto is a 1999 adventure, comedy, martial arts, fantasy Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto.  The series follows a hyperactive and knuckle-headed ninja named Naruto Uzumaki who leaves in Konohagakure village as an outcast. Shunned because of the Kyuubi inside him, Naruto struggles to find his place in the village, while his burning desire to become the Hokage of Konohagakure leads him not only to some great new friends, but also some deadly foes. Positives: Well-written, original story Well-written characters Great art style Rich setting Good humor Awesome…

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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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Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Review

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is a 2016 Japanese computer-animated science fantasy anime film directed by Takeshi Nozue, voice performances include Aaron Paul, Sean Bean, Lena Headey, David Gant, Darin De Paul, Trevor Devall, Adrian Bouchet, Liam Mulvey, and Alexa Kahn.  Based on the 2016 video game Final Fantasy XV, the film follows an elite guard called the Kingsglaive who must stop a sinister plot during a peace treaty signing between the two nations, Lucis and Niflheim. Positives: Phenomenal visuals Beautifully crafted score Great characters Great voice performances Great cinematography Fast…

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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Review

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is a 2001 computer-animated science fiction film directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, voices include Ming-Na Wen, Alec Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, James Woods, Ving Rhames, Peri Gilpin, and Steve Buscemi.  Loosely based on the game series Final Fantasy, the story follows scientist Aki Ross and soldier Gray Edwards as they race to save humanity from a mysterious and deadly alien race known as Phantoms who have driven humanity to the brink of extinction. Positives: Terrific voice performances Terrific visuals Great score Interesting characters Negatives: Slow paced plot…

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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Review

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is a 2005 Japanese computer-animated science fantasy film directed by Tetsuya Nomura, based on the 1997 video game Final Fantasy VII.  The story takes place two years after events of Final Fantasy VII, focusing on Cloud Strife and his comrades who must stop a mysterious trio from resurrecting the villain Sephiroth. Positives: Great characters Terrific action Phenomenal cgi effects Terrific soundtrack Compelling story Great cinematography Great voice performances Negatives: n/a Plot:  The story is fast paced but does take the time to focus on the…

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