Author Archive for Allen Kesinger

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…

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…