Author Archive for Allen Kesinger

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…

Batman: Heart of Hush

For the purposes of disclosure, I am more than a little biased towards Paul Dini. His work on some of my regularly scheduled after school television shows has long endeared me to a man that has made a career on…

Tenchi Muyo OVA Series

Before Tenchi Universe, there was the OVA series which in Japan was called Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki. Developed in 1992, it set the stage for what was to be the Tenchi Muyo Universe that led to a number of retellings, spin…

Tenchi Movie Collection

Let’s be honest, the only group of people who are going to get something out of the Tenchi Movie Collection are Tenchi Muyo fans. The three disc set includes Tenchi Muyo In Love, Daughter of Darkness, and Tenchi Muyo In…

Tenchi Universe

Tenchi Universe is a self contained entry in the large Tenchi Muyo media empire that spans several OVA specials, movies, and a number of episodic retellings. Universe presents the life of a young man who lives alone with his architect…

Mass Effect: Paragon Lost

Bioware’s Mass Effect universe is so vast and rich that three video games are simply not enough to share its stories. Armed with hyper advanced technology, humanity has spread out among the stars to rub elbows with a galaxy full…

Classic Fantastic: Watchmen

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Classic Fantastic is our series of features on the classics of the format — please check out our other picks for the most important titles, in terms of appeal, innovation, and storytelling, that every library should own. What’s it about?…

Persona 4:The Animation, Vol. 2

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The mystery surrounding the Midnight Channel continues in volume two of Persona 4: The Animation. The action picks up immediately after Yu Narukami and his friends from Yasogami High School traveled inside the TV world to track down and capture…

Shuffle!

Rin Tsuchimi leads a difficult life. Apart from sharing a house with Kaede, his doting, fussy childhood friend, but his life gets turned upside down when two young women — princesses no less! — arrive on the scene and ask…

Fafner: the complete series

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What do Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gundam, Robotech, and Big O have in common? They share the love and fascination over giant, mechanized robots. I mean, who doesn’t get a kick out of watching two hulking machines battle it out while…

Deadman Wonderland

A fair bit of warning: Deadman Wonderland is exceptionally brutal. After a mysterious figure storms a high school classroom and violently butchers the students, young survivor Ganta is unjustly framed for the crime. As punishment, he is sentenced to a…

Shangri-La, part 1 and 2

Kuniko is a spirited girl living in a world that has been turned upside down. After an environmental calamity all but decimates Japan, Kunkio struggles with the remnants of humanity to carve out an existence in the face of deadly…

Burst Angel: Infinity

Burst Angel: Infinity is difficult to view in a vacuum. The single episode OVA serves as an extension to the events of the full Burst Angel series, itself an addendum to a mid-run episode, and it is imperative that the…

Shiki Part 1 and 2

Shiki is set within the remote town of Sotoba. Life is quiet and peaceful for the majority of the town’s residents with the exception of Natsuno, a city boy who yearns to leave, and Megumi, a small town girl with…