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Kamisama Kiss: The Complete Series

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  When Nanami Momozono’s father skips town, their house is seized to pay off his gambling debts. Nanami is alone, broke, and about to spend her first night on the streets—but everything changes when she helps a man who is afraid of a…

Toriko, Parts 1-4

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Toriko’s immediate appeal lies with its unique combination of dramatic action with exquisite culinary taste. If Dragon Ball Z and Yuto Tsukuda’s Food Wars! were to mate, Toriko would be its bouncy, oft-hungry offspring. During the “Gourmet Age,” the powerful Toriko…

Space Dandy, Season 1

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  Good times are ahead with Shinichiro Watanabe at the helm. The director of the critically-acclaimed Cowboy Bebop returns with a series that is the antithesis of that musically-infused sci-fi noir action drama. Space Dandy is raucous and nonsensical, nonlinear and absurd, unhesitatingly…

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

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Let’s be real: Dragon Ball Z is so entrenched in the consciousness of so many anime fans that it has become the quintessential all-ages action comedy. At my library, this movie received the same reaction from boys and girls, men and women: “There’s a new DBZ?!”…

Dragon Ball Z: Seasons 1-5

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  Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball Z is as popular now as it was in 1986, and I’d like to think FUNimation’s numerous rereleases have something to do with its continued success. From the early Pioneer dubs to the truncated Dragon Ball…

Level E: The Complete Series

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Unbeknownst to its native inhabitants, Earth is frequently visited and even shared by members of various alien species. High school baseball player Yukitaka Tsutsui is no exception to humanity’s ignorance—until the day he arrives at his new apartment only to…

Chobits: The Complete Series

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Modern technology is amazing. When comically large, brick-like cell phones were released in 1984, who could have imagined that over the course of the next thirty years, they would become so convenient that they would change the way we communicate? Apple’s development of…

One Piece: Strong World

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One Piece is the best selling manga series in the world, beginning its run in 1997 and continuing publication to this day. Strong World, the tenth movie in the franchise’s history, came out in Japan in December 2009 but did not reach the U.S. as a…

Aria: The Scarlet Ammo

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Story – Aria: The Scarlet Ammo is about butei, crime fighters approved by the government who train in specialized fields. The female protagonist Aria Kanzaki is a butei ranked Level S, the highest level of a butei. In almost complete…

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…

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…