Author Archive for Allen Kesinger

High School DxD, vols. 4-5

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In my previous review of the High School DxD manga, I learned to enjoy the story of pervert Issei Hyoudou and his so-called life as a demon. In earlier volumes, there was plenty of hilarity to go around, which provided a good counterbalance to…

OniAi: Complete Series – S.A.V.E.

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OniAi is based on a simple premise that quickly gets old. The deceptively cute Akiko is driven by a single passion in her young adult life: to enjoy a physical relationship with her older brother Akito. When Akito transfers to his little sister’s school and…

Good Luck Girl!: The Complete Series

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I’m thoroughly convinced that Good Luck Girl! is the anime equivalent of Animaniacs, a spin-off from Tiny Toon Adventures full of slapstick and non sequitur gags. Animaniacs flourished when the jokes were unpredictable and relentless, something that Good Luck Girl!…

Space Dandy, Season 1

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Good times are ahead with Shinichiro Watanabe at the helm. The director of the critically-acclaimed Cowboy Bebop returns with a series that is the antithesis of that musically-infused sci-fi noir action drama. Space Dandy is raucous and nonsensical, nonlinear and absurd, unhesitatingly breaking the…

Big Hero 6, vol. 1

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When Marvel announced a film adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy, a lot of people scratched their heads and uttered a collective “huh?” The film was a bit of a gamble for Marvel because it introduced the Marvel Cinematic Universe…

High School DxD, vols. 1-3

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High School DxD was a light novel written by Ichiei Ishibumi that was turned into anime and manga—and little has changed between the cartoon and comic versions. Unabashed pervert Issei Hyodo transfers to Kuoh Academy, formerly an all-girls school, with only the…

Girls Und Panzer, vols. 1 & 2

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Most high school girls spend their time studying, making friends, or carousing with cute boys. The girls of Ooarai Academy, however, have chosen to enlist in the school’s revitalized tankery club to practice World War II-style tank combat with reverence and…

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 1

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Assassination Classroom is exquisitely bizarre. One day, an alien being who looks like Pac-Man with tentacles destroys the Moon and threatens to do the same to Earth. Thanks to mysterious circumstances and an agreement with the Japanese government, the alien postpones his…

Monster Musume, vols. 1-2

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Did you know that centaurs, mermaids, and harpies really exist, and they’ve been living in secret in Japan? Monster Musume features a Japanese government that has formally acknowledged the existence of liminal species. To foster goodwill between humans and liminals, Japan…

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

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Bayonetta: Bloody Fate may be difficult for mainstream audiences to grasp. The concept originated in 2009 with a video game published by SEGA that received accolades for its insane sights, sounds, and over-the-top action. At its center is Bayonetta, a sexy,…

Love In Hell, Vol. 1

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Hell can be many things: a place of endless horrors and punishment, a black abyss devoid of God’s light, or simply other people. The infernal realm has inspired numerous literary works, comics, movies, and video games. An underground realm occupied by a…

All You Need Is Kill

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One of my favorite video games is a dark fantasy role playing game called Dark Souls. Developed by From Software, the game is notorious for its extreme difficulty. While most games take the time to teach users the rules and controls,…