Author Archive for Allen Kesinger

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…

Barbara

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As popular as Osamu Tezuka has been in the United States, many of his works have still not been localized for non-Japanese readers. Thanks to Kickstarter, the online crowdsourcing website, American audiences now have the opportunity to read a considerably…

Starry Sky, vol. 1

Nostalgia can be a powerful feeling. Sometimes it’s the little things that cause each of us to stop what we’re doing and reflect upon the memories of our younger years, a time when we saw the world as a big…

Devil May Cry

Video game adaptations get a (deservedly) bad rap. How can one coherently condense an eight- to sixty-hour interactive experience into a 90-minute film or multi-part series? Hollywood has no shortage of terrible video game adaptations. Even as a child, I knew there…

Cat Planet Cuties

Over the last year I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone with anime, eschewing paranormal thrillers and futuristic cop dramas in order to see what other genres have to offer. One of the long standing types of anime is the…

Liquid City, vol. 2

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Liquid City, vol. 2 is not a graphic novel in the traditional sense, but rather an anthology of short comics by artists and illustrators living in Southeast Asia that offers a glimpse of life culturally different from our own. Many…

Dirty Pair OVA Series

The lovely, but trigger-happy agents of the 3WA are back in a collection of restored OVA episodes originally released alongside the Dirty Pair television series. OVA episodes are unique in that they exist outside (or at the end) of a…

The Coldest City

Who doesn’t love spies? The drama, the intrigue, the double- and triple- crossing, the helicopters stashed away in tiny, leather attache cases? The Cold War between the American, British and Soviet superpowers gave rise to the spy era, inspiring writers…

Fell: Feral City

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Welcome to Snowtown, a dirty, rotting festering hole filled with all sorts of crime, from the mundane to the terribly perverse. The police department has no real authority and everyone in town is either struggling to survive or already dead.…

Mr. Murder Is Dead

What if Dick Tracy woke up one day and discovered that Big Boy Caprice and his goons threw down their guns and moved on with their lives? What if Big Boy was found dead? What if the individuals that defined…