mysteries and thrillers

Is This A Zombie?, Season One

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Ayumu Aikawa is not a normal kid: he is cursed to spend his afterlife as a zombie, but he suffers a fate worse than that. After accidentally stealing the power from a Magical Garment Girl, he becomes a chainsaw-wielding, cross-dressing warrior in her place. Is…

Future Diary, Part 1 and 2

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If given the power to see through time, what would you do? Help mankind advance civilization, or exploit it for personal gain? Or perhaps you’d use it to compete in a battle royale wherein the victor will become the new god of space…

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

Texhnolyze

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…

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…

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…

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…

Death Note Collection

Adapting a long-running manga series into a live-action feature film is no small feat, and doing it well seems almost impossible. When I asked my friend Maki—who recently moved to the United States after living in Japan for the past…

Eden of the East

Eden of the East is a confusing romp. As a thriller, this could be construed as a compliment, but it isn’t always. The anime possesses some unique ideas, but the delivery of them sometimes falls short of expectation. However, you…

Master of Martial Hearts

Master of Martial Hearts is bad. Really, really bad. Not in a train wreck, “so bad its good” sort of way, but watching this series is akin to serving penance for past misdeeds. The thin plot involves Aya, a young…

Paranoia Agent

From the creative and mind bending imagination of Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Paprika) comes this twisted thriller that dives deep into the psyche of troubled minds. Paranoia Agent is a series of episodes loosely connected by a plot about a…