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Kamisama Kiss Collection DVD Review

Director: Akitaro Daichi

Starring: Shinnosuke Tchibana, J. Michael Tatum, Suzuko Mimori, Tia Ballard, Akemi Okamura, Anastasia Munoz, Akira Ishida, Joel McDonald, Chika Ookubo, Josh Grelle, Daisuke Kishio, Sean O’Connor

Running Time: 325 minutes

Certificate: 12

Kamisama Kiss takes us to a world of gods, but offers up a gentle and enjoyable slice of confused teenage romance. The series starts off with what could have been a very depressing set-up, but instead offers a rather comedic slant on just how quickly we have exposition thrown at us. Nanami becomes evicted from her home after her gambling father runs off having not paid his debts. Nanami soon saves a stranger from a pesky dog and he agrees to give her his house, only for said house to turn out to be a shrine. Having accepted the man’s offer, she is now the god of the shrine.

The idea of having such responsibility
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We Without Wings DVD Review

Director: Shinji Ushiro

Starring: Ai Matayoshi, Mary Morgan, Hiro Shimono, Joel McDonald, Hiroaki Miura, Ricco Fajardo, Junichi Suwabe, Scott Freeman, Mayumi Yoshida, Felecia Angelle, Ryoko Ono, Milly Prowler

Running Time: 325 minutes

Certificate: 18

They may be without wings but the characters in this sexually aggressive anime certainly have plenty of boob and panties. An early scene in this series has a character arguing about the portrayal of Japanese stereotypes regarding young girls in schoolgirl outfits before delivering every stereotype it can muster. The show is based on a visual novel series, which is essentially an interactive story on videogame systems where the player can choose certain outcomes and paths. No doubt playing the games amplifies the idea of living through sordid fantasies but here we are simply subjected to watching a number of characters act in sexually charged immature fashion.

The box art claims this to be a parody, but there
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Space Dandy 1.1 Review: Live With The Flow, Baby

Warning: Spoilers for the plot of Space Dandy 1.1 ahead

It’s hard to think of anything harder to review than a media product made in Japan. On one hand, you need to give the show/game/whatever some slack, because it’s usually aimed at an audience that has vastly different tastes than the average American/British/other audience. On the other, some of this stuff has very, very, very creepy, disturbing, or offensive subtexts.

Thankfully, Space Dandy is not your average anime.

What we have in Space Dandy is a comedic throwback to pulp-era space opera directed/showrun by Shinichiro Watanabe­ and written by a staff that includes a man who rates Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon as his Game of the Year for 2013. Watanabe might be best known for directing and showrunning Cowboy Bebop, a 26 episode series about bounty hunters in space Adult Swim reran from 2001 until partway
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Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt The Complete Series Blu-ray Review

Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi,

Starring: Arisa Ogasawara, Jamie Marchi, Mariya Ise, Monica Rial, Kouji Ishii, Christopher R. Sabat, Takashi Nakamura, Ian Sinclair, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Joel McDonald, Yuka Komatsu, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Ayumi Fujimura, Cherami Leigh,

Running Time: 352 minutes

Certificate: 18

Extras: Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt Revealed: Unrated Cut, Sit Down With Panty and Stocking, Panty and Stocking in Sanitary Box, Ghost Explosions Collection, Ghost Explosions Collection Documentary, TV Promotional Video, Commercial Collections, Talk Live Animated Loft/Plus One, Making Of Lingerie Scene, Outtakes, Trailers, Textless Opening/Closing Songs,

Ever wondered what The Powerpuff Girls would be liked if one of them was a slutty sex addict and Professor X was an S&M fan with a penchant for young boys? No? Probably not, but just because you never imagined it, doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it. Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt is a twisted, over sexualised, foul mouthed, and revolting play upon Western style animations.
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Okami-San And Her Seven Companions DVD Review

Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki

Starring: Shizuka Itou, Brina Palencia, Miyu Irino, Joel McDonald, Kanae Ito, Monica Rial, Aki Toyosaki, Caitlin Glass, Ayako Kawasumi, Colleen Clinkenbeard. Hirofumi Nojima, Micah Solusod, Satomi Arai, Luci Christian,

Running Time: 276 minutes

Certificate: 12

If you haven’t noticed, there’s a trend in modern culture to adapt famous fairytales into contemporary settings, or place them in darker and grittier worlds. Anime is no exception and thus we have Okami-san And Her Seven Companions. However, despite some very obvious references, the show is quite subtle at including motifs from such classic stories, as well as putting greater focus on the exploration of the themes rather than plot points.

Okami is a teenage girl that works as part of the Otogi Bank, only this bank doesn’t lend money, it’s a student run bank that deals in favours. Being high school, and the connection with fairytales, the majority
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Anime News: 'Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts' Cast Announced

Funimation has announced the full cast list for Baka and Test — Summon the Beasts, the studios latest 13 episode supernatural action anime series:

Aiko—————Trina Nishimura

Akihisa————-Josh Grelle

Akira—————Carli Mosier

Fukuhara———–Anthony Bowling

Hasegawa———–Ian Sinclair

Hazuki————–Lindsay Seidel

Hideyoshi———–Brina Palencia

Hiraga————-Micah Solusod

Hiromi————-Anastasia Munoz

Kouta————–Greg Ayres

Kubo—————Joel McDonald

Miharu————-Kristi Bingham

Miho————–Tia Ballard

Minami————Leah Clark

Mizuki————-Alexis Tipton

Nemoto———–Todd Haberkorn

Nishimura———Kent Williams

Shouko————Jamie Marchi

Sugawa————Chris Burnett

Takahashi———-Colleen Clinkenbeard

Toudou————Wendy Powell

Yoshiko————-Ryan Reynolds

Yuuji—————-Scott Freeman

Yuuko—————Brina Palencia

About Baka and Test — Summon the Beasts

When a fight breaks out at Fumizuki Academy, nobody throws a single punch. Instead, the students utilize the school’s technology to summon Avatars, pint-sized stand-ins with battle powers based on academic ability. That “academic ability” part is bad news for Yoshii – because Yoshii’s an idiot,
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