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Murder PrincessMurder Princess
Murder Princess
Anime DVD Review by Brian Cirulnick

Murder PrincessWith a name like that, it *has* to be good. I mean, how can you go wrong with a title like "Murder Princess"? Further proof that the Japanese take random English words, bash them together, and produce a product. Sort of like rock bands...

But I digress... Bringing with it a visceral mental image of a pristine, noble, graceful beauty covered head to toe in blood, Murder Princess pounds us with a story: In the kingdom of Foland, the stronghold of an ancient and powerful magic, a bloody coup d'état led by Dr. Akamashi and his supernatural cyborg minions (really? They have to be cyborgs and supernatural?) pushes the royal family to the brink of extinction. Read More...

Murder Princess

Shigurui - Death FrenzyShigurui - Death Frenzy
Shigurui - Death Frenzy
Anime DVD Review by Carolyn Whu

Shigurui - Death FrenzyIs it possible to make a subtly beautiful visual love song to blood, guts, insanity, nudity, love, strength, weakness, life and death at one time? Think before you answer this one.

I loved Samurai Champloo and I loved Kill Bill so I had thought that Shigurui was going in that direction less the humor. I mean how much humor can there be if 90% the DVD case is covered in blood? Not only was the humor gone but it definitely took the other furthest fork in the road from those two. It has that love song feel that Kill Bill had for blood and martial arts; it has that reverence for samurais, strength, and life that Samurai Champloo has. Do you hear the "but" coming in my meandering yet? Shigurui takes the two, adds more to the mix, and, something I didn't think was possible before, took everything to the extreme some more. Read More...


Project Blue Earth SOSProject Blue Earth SOS
Project Blue Earth SOS
Anime DVD Review by Brian Cirulnick

Project Blue Earth SOSI dare say just about anyone reading this website is probably too young to remember the "The Donny and Marie Show". It was a 70's variety show starring the two teenage Osmonds and one of their segments was "I'm a little bit country, ...and I'm a little bit rock and roll".

Well, that's what Project Blue Earth SOS is... Except it's a little bit "Independence Day", a little bit "Futurama", a little bit "Captain Scarlet", and a little bit too serious as an homage to incredibly bad 50's alien-invasion "B-Movies".

Project Blue Earth SOS

Shin-Chan (Season Two)Shin-Chan (Season Two)
Anime DVD Review by Carolyn Whu

Shin-Chan (Season Two)Take The Simpsons and Family Guy, mash it up with Robot Chicken and South Park, and then turn the dial up to eleven maybe even twelve if you can get it. The frequency is a bit fuzzy but you'll be near what Shin-Chan is.

Shin-chan, aka Shinnosuke Nohara, is a kindergartener. Think of him as a younger version of Bart Simpson. In his family, you got his mother, father, baby sister, and a dog. His mother, Misae, is like Marge Simpson on steroids and with a sadist streak while his dad, Hiroshi, is just as clueless as Homer and as well meaning as Peter. The baby sister, Himawari, is...well..that's all that she is, a baby; nowhere near as intelligent as Stewie, Maggie, or even Brian but like most females, she was born with an innate lust for shiny objects and brand names. They skipped the middle child and adopted a dog, Shiro, instead. Poor thing is so neglected that he resorts to foraging for food instead of waiting to be fed. Read More...

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  Japanese Hat - "Cheshire Totoro Face" (Grey)

Japanese Hat - "Cheshire Totoro Face" (Grey)I am Totoro, hear me roar! If you're a Hayao Miyazaki fan (and who isn't?) chances are that My Neighbor Totoro is on top of your list as one of the best anime films of all time. Well now you can show your love by sporting the Cheshire Totoro Face baseball cap which is fully size-adjustable with a real brass clasp for "set and forget" sizing. Available from our friends at Recommended Books:
NG Life MangaNG Life Manga
NG Life
Manga Review
by Laurence Sufrin

NG Life MangaThe life of a teenager is tough enough without reincarnation. Keidai Saeki doesn't just have high school to deal with. Vivid memories of his past life are giving him no end of trouble. He can't help it. He still thinks of himself as a nobleman named Sirix. For him, the destruction of Pompeii in the year A.D. 79 seemed like only yesterday. The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius has left its mark on his soul. Read More...

NG Life Manga

Princess Ai: The Prism of Midnight Dawn, Volume 1Princess Ai: The Prism of Midnight Dawn, Volume 1
Princess Ai: The Prism of Midnight Dawn
Manga Review by
Brian Cirulnick

Princess AiCourtney Love's "Princess Ai" character, which started out as a mere curiosity has mushroomed into a full-blown franchise (we're predicting a major motion picture), and this new manga (which came to me packaged with a "Ai-Tunes" Tokyopop Music Sampler), brings the pop-princess back and better than ever with wonderful outfits, beautiful artwork, and an epic trilogy as worlds clash and lives are shattered.

Princess Ai
Star Trek The Next Generation MangaStar Trek The Next Generation Manga
Star Trek The Next Generation Manga
Manga Review
by Saul Trabal

American MangaThe characters of the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV shows and movies star in these global manga adaptions of their adventures. This anthology collects new stories, including a tale written by David Gerrold, the writer of the (in)famous "Trouble With Tribbles" episode and contributing writer to the first Star Trek manga stories. Read More...

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