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Captain Earth: Final Review

Captain Earth: Final Review

Daichi Minatsu, following in the footsteps of his departed astronaut father, willfully takes on the duty to pilot the Earth Engine and join the fight to repel an interstellar invasion by the immortal Kiltgang, an alien race subsisting on human life-force to maintain eternal life....

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Captain Earth: Episode 20-22 Review

Captain Earth: Episode 20-22 Review

The final confrontation is at hand for Captain Earth. There were a few surprises here and there to be had, but the series is still wrapping things up for the most part, and there were some resolutions that seemed to be surprisingly rushed that could have been spread out more evenly across episodes.

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Persona 4 The Golden Animation: Final Review

Persona 4 The Golden Animation: Final Review

Transfer student Yu Narukami arrives in the quiet rural town of Inaba, where rumors abound of a mysterious “Midnight Channel” that appears during rainy nights. Together with several new classmate friends,

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Captain Earth: Episode 17-19 Review

Captain Earth: Episode 17-19 Review

The story is moving quickly to the final battle in Captain Earth. The perpetually arrogant kiltgang, now thoroughly frustrated by humanity’s fierce resistance, conspire to launch an all-out offensive to take the planet once and for all.

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Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 08-10 Review

Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 08-10 Review

Persona 4 Golden is now moving along into uncharted territory, with the Adachi arc concluded. It seems there is still very much left to do, and the series has kept its fun, humorous tone even as events of a darker sort are about to emerge, once again involving the tragic heroine Marie.

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Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 05-07 Review

Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 05-07 Review

Streaming Allegiance: Crunchyroll Reconnaissance Report by: Dr. Magnanimus Progress: Episode 07 One of the main reasons I was drawn to the Persona series in general was its central theme on the denial of self. On one hand, denying the aspects of the self that we abhor about ourselves is the surest way to lead to self-destruction. On the other hand, self-acceptance of our failings and reaching out to others with love and selflessness is how...

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Captain Earth: Episode 14-16 Review

Captain Earth: Episode 14-16 Review

Love is in the air, and there certainly is plenty to go around in this next installment of Captain Earth. The scenes have only become more poetic and stimulating in this tale of interstellar love and war recently, and I still feel surprised at how well this anime has held my interest thus far for a genre I rarely tread into.

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Captain Earth: Episode 11-13 Review

Captain Earth: Episode 11-13 Review

The hunt for the remaining designer children intensifies in these episodes, while the story’s tone takes an even darker, more cynical turn and ups the ante in terms of suspense. The last “unturned” children -young, innocent Setsuna and world-weary Baku - suffer equally with tragic backstories all their own, made all the more gut-wrenching by the prospect of them being forcefully conscripted into the ranks of the planet-consuming Kiltgang force.

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Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 02-04 Review

Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 02-04 Review

Having watched more episodes, thus far, I am nopersona postert surprised to find that Persona 4 Golden has been made in the image of a slice-of-life comedy. The audience is expected to know who the characters are already, and nearly all the jokes refer back to events in both the original anime and game.

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Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 01 Review

Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 01 Review

If someone had told me ten years ago that an niche genre video game series combining dating sim and dungeon crawl mechanics would emerge as one of the most-hyped Japanese role-playing game series since Final Fantasy, I would have thought said person was under the influence of some mind-altering substance (alternately I would have begged said person to join my scarcely-attended university anime club that I reigned over, but that’s another story).

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Captain Earth: Episode 08-10 Review

Captain Earth: Episode 08-10 Review

There is a lot riding on this latest batch of episodes of Captain Earth, now that the second act is in mid-arc. The antagonists, having suffered major defeat by the newly-minted Midsummer’s Knights team led by “Captain Earth” Daichi, now seek to increase their own ranks by awakening more Kiltgang. Each episode introduces a new antagonist, as well as new challenges that put the heroes to the test and allow their individual skills to shine.

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Suikoden II

Suikoden II

Many years have passed since the Toran Liberation War transformed the Scarlet Moon Empire into the Toran Republic. To the north, the warring Kingdom of Highland recently entered a cease-fire truce with the allied City-States of Jowson. A young man and his life-long friend, Jowy Atreides, both former Highland soldiers, become victims in Prince Luca Blight’s conspiracy to resume the conflict and crush the vulnerable City-States. Having been chosen by the Rune of the Beginning, the two fated youths march towards destiny to reunite the politically-fractured Jowson alliance forces and confront the maniacal prince’s mad schemes of conquest and bloodshed.

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Captain Earth: Episode 05-07 Review

Captain Earth: Episode 05-07 Review

The second act of Captain Earth has finally arrived. Although the major plot points are finally coming into focus in these latest episodes (i.e. lines between heroes and villains clearly drawn, backstories and explanations wrapped up, relationships established, etc.), it may be too little too late for the casual viewers who most likely lost interest already.

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Captain Earth: Episode 02-04 Review

Captain Earth: Episode 02-04 Review

I would have expected a series about a gigantic planetary defender to promise a plethora of gut-wrenching space opera and/or exhilarating metal-on-metal battles four episodes in. What I got instead was snail-paced exposition, more enigmatic political intrigue, and less indication of when (or even if) that alleged Earth-threatening interstellar war was ever going to get underway.

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LUFIA: CURSE OF THE SINISTRALS

LUFIA: CURSE OF THE SINISTRALS

The Nintendo DS is arguably one of the best modern handheld consoles for accommodating role-playing games. This can certainly be said for Neverland’s remake of the classic Lufia series, which has made good use of the system’s capabilities and then some.

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Captain Earth: Episode 01 Review

Captain Earth: Episode 01 Review

Spring is here, and with a new season of anime comes new a opportunity for growth in the industry. The mecha genre has always been in the periphery of my circles of interest, even while acknowledging its essential contribution to the medium as it exists today.

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Suikoden

Suikoden

The son of General Teo McDohl, the Scarlet Moon Empire’s greatest war hero, had always lived under the shadow of his father’s reputation. That all changed the day Teo was sent into battle in the north, leaving his son at home to start his own military career in his father’s absence. With the assistance and guidance of several family friends, the son dutifully went on several missions issued to him by his Imperial superiors. During these expeditions, however, it became apparent that the Empire had grown corrupt and oppressive towards the common subjects, and the son secretly questioned his allegiance. His misgivings would eventually lead to outright rebellion when he and his like-minded allies joined forces with an underground resistance group. Thus began their desperate war of independence to overthrow the powerful, tyrannical monarchy.

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PRINNY: Can I Really Be The Hero?

PRINNY: Can I Really Be The Hero?

Nippon Ichi has made a real name for itself with a library of highly entertaining games, and this one is no exception. Coming off the popularity of the tactical RPG Disgaea series, this spinoff focuses primarily on the lowliest of lowly minions: the prinny.

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Yu-sibu – First Impressions

Yu-sibu – First Impressions

Sometimes even the most persnickety among us anime connoisseurs desires to mellow out and seek refuge in the warm bosoms of guilty pleasures, and this ridiculously long-named anime promises to be just the thing. Thus begins my report on I Couldn't Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job, or the Japanese shortened title Yu-Sibu.

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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

At the conclusion of the Brood War, the complete rout of the United Earth Directorate’s expeditionary forces and the decimation of the protoss and terran Dominion armies poised the zerg Swarm for ultimate domination of the Koprulu Sector. In spite of her major victories, Kerrigan the Queen of Blades and her Brood mysteriously halted their campaign of conquest and retreated from the conflict. Four years have passed since the war and the reconstructed terran Dominion once again emerged on top as a formidable military force seeking retribution against all of her enemies, zerg and protoss alike. Meanwhile, Jim Raynor continued his struggle against the Dominion’s self-made emperor Arcturus Mengsk, whose cruel and merciless tactics during the revolution against the Confederacy and subsequent rise to power drew his righteous ire (the most poignant being the betrayal of their then-human comrade Kerrigan). He spearheaded a resistance movement, Raynor’s Raiders, to oppose Mengsk’s tyrannical rule. When an old friend from his shady past reentered his life in Mar Sara with a business proposal to gather highly-coveted xel’naga artifacts for the Moebius Foundation, Raynor seized the opportunity to strike against Mengsk. From aboard the battle cruiser Hyperion, Jim now leads the Raiders on a series of covert missions across the sector to uncover the secrets of the artifacts and bring justice to the oppressed people of the Dominion.

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Oreimo Season 2: Final Review

Oreimo Season 2: Final Review

Kyosuke is confronted with the reality that he does, in fact, love his sister in a very unnatural but romantic way, and realizes that he must now tell the other potential girlfriends in his life the truth. One by one, he rejects their advances and confesses to them his love for Kirino, thereby sabotaging any potential relationships. Eventually, Kyosuke proposes to his sister in public, and she accepts......

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Oreimo Season 2: Episode 13 Review

Oreimo Season 2: Episode 13 Review

We have arrived at the end of another season of Oreimo, and there is still much work to be done tying up the loose ends in the last three episodes...Season Two of Oreimo pretty much met the kind of expectations I had at the onset of watching it. Every character had a significant amount of development and started really interacting with each other in very amusing ways.

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Radiant Historia

Radiant Historia

The realm of Vainqueur is in a state of impending crisis. The fertile lands are slowly being devoured by an ever-expanding desertification. People are afflicted with a mysterious plague that turns their bodies into sand. The human kingdoms of Granorg and Alistel have accused one another.....

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Oreimo Season 2: Episode 07 Review

Oreimo Season 2: Episode 07 Review

We now arrive at the heart of Season Two’s plot at long last. Much of the previous episodes was made up of filler and fan service before, but things are really starting to heat up.

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Oreimo Season 2: Episode 04 Review

Oreimo Season 2: Episode 04 Review

Season Two has so far shaped up to meet the expectations of fans of the series, and then some. Episode One reinstated Kirino as the eroge otaku that she is, much to the chagrin of a supportive Kyosuke. Episode 2 was an Ayase-centric story, in which she had to come to terms with Kirino’s eroge obsessions as it related to their long-term friendship.

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Oreimo Season 2 – First Impressions

Oreimo Season 2 – First Impressions

The epic bro-meets-sis romantic comedy continues on in Season Two. When we last left our heroine, Kirino had returned to Japan with the encouragement of big bro Kyosuke after a brief time attending to a track camp in America (for anybody keeping score of things from season one, this is a continuation of the season one True Route Ending, NOT the Good Ending).

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Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete

Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete

In the quiet village of Burg, Alex spent many a day aspiring to become a great warrior like the late local hero Dyne, the man who became the world's last Dragonmaster. Years have passed since Dragonmaster Dyne banded the four dragons together and ascended to meet the goddess Althena, whom he was charged to defend against the malevolent intentions of the Vile Tribe. Afterwards, he mysteriously disappeared from this plane of existence. The world is now at peace, and the exploits of the Dragonmaster have passed on into mere legend. But one day, when Alex and his friends stumbled upon a cave occupied by a slumbering ancient dragon, their lives, and the world, are changed forever.

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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

A strange travelling jester stole King Trodain's most guarded royal treasure, a magic scepter with untold powers, and used it against the very kingdom tasked with protecting it from evil. Giant thorned vines crushed the castle, and the servants and castle residents were petrified in stone. The king was transmogrified into a monster, his daughter into a white horse. The player assumes the role of a humble royal guardsman of the Trodain Kingdom who has somehow survived the curse unscathed. Now the king has charged you with the task of escorting him and the princess-turned-horse on a desperate mission to hunt down the villain responsible for this tragedy. They hitch up a wagon and set forth on a journey across the realm in hopes of putting an end to this jester's evil schemes.

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Katawa Shoujo

Katawa Shoujo

Hisao Nakai’s relatively mundane life came to a sudden, unexpected end while hearing the confession of his high school sweetheart on a cold winter day. Without warning, he suffered a heart attack and collapsed before her very eyes. During his many months of hospitalization, he received an unfortunate assessment from the doctors: he had a rare condition called cardiac dysrhythmia; the irregular beatings of his heart made him vulnerable to future attacks and so he had to change his living conditions accordingly. Upon release, he was transferred to Yamaku High School, a private

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