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When They Cry
When They Cry
Anime DVD Review by Carolyn Whu

When They CryLet's gets right to the point: blood, gore, and people losing their mind. Based on a amateur PC videogame from Japan, think of kids doing Pulp Fiction meets Groundhog Day with Paranoia Agent mentality and all the blood from Elfen Lied compounded at least three times; you might come close to what When They Cry is like.

Keiichi, Rena, Mion, Rika, and Satoko look like normal kids, just living their lives in a quiet quaint little rural town of Hinamizawa. Keiichi is new in town so he relies on Rena and Mion, two girls that are closest to his age, to guide him around town and take him to places all the time. Read More...

Below: A the opening titles from When They Cry.

My Z Hime aka My Otome
My Z Hime aka My Otome
Anime DVD Review by Carolyn Whu

My Z Hime aka My OtomeI want to be an Otome, toooooooooooo! Who needs the opposite sex? Love? Psft. Drip IV bags of nanomachines into my system? Bring them on. Even if I have to give up my life in service of some shmuck, who cares?! I WANT TO LOOK COOL!

Below: A scene from My Otome.

My Otome

Essence of Anime: Ninja Scroll
Essence of Anime: Ninja Scroll
Anime DVD Review by Brian Cirulnick

Essence of Anime: Ninja ScrollIronically; we've never before reviewed the "original" Ninja Scroll here at ANIME.COM. Fortunately, Manga Entertainment has re-released the original movie as part of its "Essence of Anime" series, and we now have the honor of presenting it to you.

Ninja Scroll is more than just a "classic". It is the quintessential hack and slash, gory, violent, super-powered erotic wildly-imaginative hoon-fest that really set the stage for all others that followed. Even if you're not the biggest fan of gore and too-cool-for-their-own-good ninjas, the over-the-top visuals may be enough to make it worth checking out.

Josie and the Pussycats
Josie and the Pussycats -
The Complete Series

Animation DVD Review
by Brian Cirulnick

Josie and the PussycatsLong before anime made short skirts and panty-shots/fan service as common as dirt, and even before Tezuka made the "cat girl" an anime icon, there were three beautiful women who dressed up in skin-tight cat outfits, played music, got into adventures and had a good laugh, usually at someone else's expense.

Created by Dan DeCarlo, the series is a landmark for many reasons, notably Valerie as the first non-stereotyped black character, as well as some famous voices lending their vocal chords to the music, which is memorable and catchy. An enticing extra on the DVD set is the documentary "The Allure and Charm of Dan DeCarlo".

Our Favorite Toys, Models and Gizmos
Anime Game Review by Brian Cirulnick

EVER 17Ever 17 looks and feels like a videogame. It boots up on your PC and displays animated and still graphics as needed to get the story moving. But at no time does it devolve into a shoot-'em-up, platformer, or "resource management" RPG. Ever 17, you see, isn't like any videogame you've ever played. It's a "visual novel", and while these storyline driven games are HUGE... absolutely HUGE... in Japan, they are virtually unknown here.

There are no fancy 3-D graphics, animation, cut-scenes, or blowing people up. There is actually little to no animation in ever 17, not even moving mouths. If you're expecting to watch a playable anime TV show, you'll be disappointed. If you're expecting to run through tunnels and caves with a gun the size of Rhode Island blowing stuff up, you'll be disappointed.

Below: A scene from the anime game Ever 17.

Ever 17 Recommended Books:
The Ultimate History of Video Games
The Ultimate History of Video Games
Video Game Book Review
by Brian Cirulnick

The Ultimate History of Video GamesI remember reading David Sheff's "Game Over" about a decade ago. The anecdotal writing style was intimate and gave a real sense of who the people were behind the game industry. However, the book suffered from inaccuracies because it depended upon people's memories of events, which often were at odds with what was *really* happening. Read More...

Hi Yah!
Hi Yah!
How to Draw Manga
Book Review
by Brian Cirulnick

Hi Yah!Whether you're making a movie or a videogame, sooner or later someone's throwing a flying kick, and it had better look right or the audience isn't buying it. In this new book by Steve Miller, great care was taken in researching the martial arts, although Miller notes: "I'm not interested in presenting only what is physically possible." Read More...

Music and Soundtrack Selections:
Transformers -
The Movie

Audio Review by Brian Cirulnick

TransformersNO... NOOO !!! NOOOO! It's not *that* movie.. It's NOT that live action movie currently in theaters. It's the soundtrack to the good one, the REAL transformers movie, before Optimus Prime had lips. Here's why this soundtrack rocks and the other one doesn't — for starters, for a live action movie that claims to be really big and really, really LOUD, there's about zero memorable music in that sorry flick. By contrast, this OST has really, really good fast-driving car-audio tunes that you want to crank up.

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