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Utawarerumono DVD set (complete series)
Anime DVD Review by Carolyn Whu

UtawarerumonoUtawarerumono, Utawarerumono, Utawarerumono. Just the title alone makes you go, "What the...? My tongue is supposed to do what?" But in defense of Funimation, it sounds WAY cooler than "Him Whose Song is Sung" or "Songs of a Legend". To be honest, anyone would skip over Utawarerumono if they judged it by its cover. The cover is not spectacular, you can't tell who the main character is, and most importantly, what kind of story is it? This is where and I come in; we'll tell you exactly why you should NOT skip over this DVD. Haven't we repeated "Don't judge a book by its cover" to death yet? Read More...


Eden of East
Eden of the East
Anime Review by John Martone

"The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power."
— Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 1

Eden of EastWhat would you do if someone gave you a million dollars? For most of us, quitting our jobs, or maybe buying an expensive car would be in order. Now imagine someone said they would give you that million, but only if you spend it for the good of others. How would you spend it then?

Now imagine its 100 million dollars, and if you fail to "save" the country, you'll be killed. Still willing to try? Well, Eden of the East is about a number of individuals willing to take that assignment. In a very real way, Japan is spiraling out of control. The boom of elderly citizens, low birth rates, the rise of the Hikkikomori (anti-social shut-ins) have all helped created a climate similar to a house of cards. This is not fiction.

Eden of East

Initial D
Initial D
Anime DVD Review by Brian Cirulnick

Initial DThere's anime for every type of interest, be it sports, dancing, vampires, monsters, historical dramas, space, robots, pirates or wavy-haired psyonics. Not all anime is meant to appeal to everyone, just as not every TV show on American TV is meant to appeal to everyone.

Initial D is NOT anime for anime fans. It's an anime series (and manga series) made specifically to appeal to gearheads, street racers, and anyone who loves stuff that goes vroom-vroom.

Initial D

CGI Film "Race" on DVD
American Animation DVD Review
by Brian Cirulnick

CGI Film "Race" on DVD"Race" is an independent animated sci-fi action film geared toward an audience somewhere between gamers and fans of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (It's rated PG-13 for "some suggestive images and action violence"). Its visual style reminds me *heavily* of "War Planets", the Mainframe TV series that was their big thing after Reboot! And personal note... I loved both series!

On the high energy Star Car racing circuit, driver Trance Caldron and Team Earth are independent, undisciplined, and out to prove themselves. Read More...

the 3d film Race
Anime and J-pop Music
Love Jam [Import Audio CD]
Love Jam
J-pop Review by Brain Cirulnick

Ai OtsukaOK the CD is heinously expensive on Amazon, but I urge you to do whatever it takes to obtain this album. While it takes a lot to cure me of my Mini-Moni fetish, Ai Otsuka's "Pon Pon" (track 7) has risen to the top of my iPod's "most played" list because it's mind-numbingly manic, crazy catchy, and simply one of the most disturbing songs I've ever experienced (that 90% of the lyrics consist of a single word is realy, really, scary). Read More...

Ai Otsuka Recommended Books:
Portrait of M & N
Portrait of M & N
Manga Review
by Linda Yau

Portrait of M & N Mitsuru and Natsuhiko are two teens with secret fetishes. They are also new students at their high school. What happens when one day - these two discovered each other's secrets? From that point on, a comradeship begins, and a teen romance starts. Read More...

Portrait of M & N

How To Cosplay
How To Cosplay
Anime Book Review by Brian Cirulnick

CosplayThere are a number of books out there on making the costumes for cosplaying, but until now, there have been none that specialize in cosplay make-up. Taking full advantage of the know-how amassed through its publication of various how-to books, Graphic-sha has produced a detailed and thorough book on how to do cosplay make-up.


Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater
Manga Kamishibai:
The Art of Japanese Paper Theater

Japanese Art Book Review by Brian Cirulnick

Japanese ArtEvery article ever written on the subject of manga always mentions how the Japanese culture is tuned to comics, as there is manga everywhere, and there is manga for practically every subject (even for how to save for retirement!). But have you ever wondered *why* the Japanese are such a comic-savvy people?

Japanese Art

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