Author Archive for Allen Kesinger

Kingdom Hearts II, vol. 1

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In 2002, Disney and video game publisher Square Enix teamed up to create a fanfiction writer’s dream. Kingdom Hearts introduced Sora, a boy swept up in an adventure across different worlds occupied by characters from Disney animated films and Final…

High School DxD

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High School DxD is the hypersexualized offspring of Porky’s, Leisure Suit Larry, and American Pie. The racy comedy stars Issei, a hormonally charged young adult who wants to take advantage of the high girl-to-guy ratio at his school. The problem…

Attack on Titan, vol. 1

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Attack on Titan and the film adaptation of Starship Troopers share quite a few similarities. Both tell the story of young men driven by revenge against an enemy responsible for killing their families and besieging the human race. While Johnnie…

Ayako

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Ayako is a story of post-war Japan, told from the perspective of the Tenge family. Made wonderfully rich by the vast amount of farmland they’ve owned, the American occupation of Japan has helped to establish new reforms that will now…

Wolf Children

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Wolf Children is a beautiful film about the struggles of a mother raising two kids by herself. Stories about single mothers are not new, but what distinguishes this movie from the rest are the children who have inherited the ability to…

The Arctic Marauder

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Jacques Tardi’s The Arctic Marauder is a rip roaring, rollicking yarn set on the icy seas. When a young doctor searches for his uncle, he is lead down a path of mystery involving the destruction of sailing vessels within the…

Freezing: the complete series

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In 1975, Aaron Spelling produced a little television show called Charlie’s Angels featuring three beautiful women solving crimes and running about without, er, proper upper body support. This dose of daytime televised sexuality grew popular and before long shows like…

Ergo Proxy

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Ergo Proxy is a technological thriller that focuses on the relationship between man and machine. Within the domed city of Romdo, humans coexist alongside AutoReivs, androids that serve as advisors and personal assistants. Outside of the domes, the human cast-outs…

Texhnolyze

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Texhnolyze (pronounced “technolize”) shares a closeness with Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell by presenting a human race that has become technologically advanced to the point where cybernetic limbs have become a reality. However, where Ghost in the Shell argued…

Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar

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Forget everything you know about the Tenchi Muyo universe! Well, almost everything. Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar ditches everything relating to Tenchi and his gang of interstellar beauties in favor of a whole new cast of colorful characters and personalities.…

Dirty Pair: Flash

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I never expected to make this sort of comparison, but Dirty Pair: Flash is very much like the Star Trek reboot from J. J. Abrams. Dirty Pair: Flash exists in a parallel universe in which the two main characters, originally…

Dirty Pair: Features

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After blasting their way through a television series and OVAs, the Dirty Pair take their brand of goofy carnage to unexplored territory: the hour-long feature. As the title suggests, the latest Dirty Pair DVD release is a collection of three…

Tenchi Muyo!: Tenchi In Tokyo

No one Tenchi Muyo series is exactly the same, but there are familiar threads that run throughout each retelling. There’s always a space pirate and a Jurian princess who constantly fight, bicker and argue with one another. Just as there…