science fiction

Maken-Ki: Complete Series

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Maken-Ki could have been fun, were it not so dependent on worn-out tropes and tired clichés. While I have not read the manga on which the show is based, a cursory glance at its volume summaries reveals a plot that is much different from the severely-truncated…

Freezing: the complete series

Freezing

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

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…

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.…

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…

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…

King of Thorn: the movie

The movie King of Thorn is a modern day adaptation (albeit a somewhat loose one) of Sleeping Beauty. And like the original fairy tale, the characters earn the happy ending only after some horrifying trials. In the year 2012, the…

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…

Trigun: The Complete Series Box Set

When someone earns nicknames like “The Stampede” and “The Human Typhoon,” chances are it’s for good reason. However, in Vash’s case, it’s not necessarily his fault. Sure, there is often nothing but rubble left in his wake, but the destruction…