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| November 24, 2014

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Hetalia: Welcome to the World! PASTA!

April 23, 2014 |

A comedic allegory for international politics, Hetalia, as a franchise, presents history in a unique medium. As an anime, it presents concepts that would not be familiar with an anime audience, such as the differing cultural idiosyncrasies of European nations, … Read More

The Wallflower

April 9, 2014 |

Satirizing the anime trope of a reverse harem, “The Wallflower” takes many of the stereotypical characters and situations to its furthest logical extreme. Giving a commentary on how beauty is perceived and treated in society. The premise follows Sunako, a … Read More

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040

April 2, 2014 |

The reboot of the beloved Bubblegum Crisis 2033, Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 (BGC 2040), is 90s Mecha anime that uses a seven year intermission in a franchise as an excuse to retell a futuristic, feminine 3 musketeers. The premise is … Read More

D. N. Angel

March 26, 2014 |

A romantic comedy in the guise of fantasy thriller, D.N. Angel is a poorly scripted anime that does not understand the basics of storytelling through any aspects of the medium. Like many an amateur fan fictions, the premise of a … Read More

Heroic Age

March 26, 2014 |

A science fiction thrill ride with fantasy accents, Heroic Age requires a huge suspension of disbelief to enter its unique literary universe. Past that, however, its core is an epic escapist fiction with probing philosophical questions about perspective and destiny. … Read More

Accel World

March 5, 2014 |

Written by the same author as Sword Art Online, Reki Kawahara , Accel World is an anime about the future of the SAO world and how technology progressed into a nearly co-existing reality between the virtual and real worlds. It … Read More

Aria the Scarlet Ammo

February 26, 2014 |

Aria the Scarlet Ammo is a blend of action, romance, comedy and detective style anime that encapsulates the viewer with the premise of Sherlock Holmes’s great granddaughter, searching for a partner in order to go on a crusade to capture … Read More

Get Your Head in the Game

February 19, 2014 |

Sword Art Online

A fantasy, action/adventure, based on a dramatic science fiction premise, Sword Art Online, lovingly known by fans as SAO, is a deeply character-driven narrative with a few well-choreographed fights and an intriguing romance.

The series has 25 … Read More

Devil May Cry: The Animated Series

February 10, 2014 |

Based off of a relatively popular video game, Devil May Cry was made for viewers who appreciate pointlessly gory escapist fiction. The basic concept is fascinating: a universe where demons physically manifest and interact with a 19 century world that … Read More

D. Grey-man

January 29, 2014 |

Redefining the struggle between exorcists and demons, “D.Greyman” provides every classical literary genre including comedy, action and adventure. As its basic categorization falls under a simple supernatural, gothic horror, “D. Grey-man” is often overlooked, yet it goes through so many … Read More

Rave Master

January 23, 2014 |

A relatively bland anime could easily be a “Dragon Ball Z” knock-off because it does the same things, i.e. kill people off only for them to be brought back to life, have a half-decent subbed version but a tragic dubbed … Read More

Kaze no Stigma

January 14, 2014 |

A well-scripted romance with threads of action, comedy, and supernatural fantasy woven throughout the story, “Kaze no Stigma” loosely translates to “the shame of the wind.” This is the story of the Kannagi family reject, Kazuma, and how his journey … Read More

Soul Eater

November 21, 2013 |

An interesting combination of gothic gore and a plethora of comedy, “Soul Eater” is poorly, yet appropriately named anime. Poorly as this is the name of the protagonist’s partner, not the protagonist, but it describes the story’s main theme – … Read More