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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 Z…

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…

Summer Wars

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When high school student Kenji Koiso said yes to doing a favor for his cute friend Natsuki Shinohara he really didn’t know what he was getting into. Kenji is a math whiz who is a part time moderator for OZ…

Kekkaishi, set 1

Yoshimori Sumimura of the Hazama clan is a typical 14-year-old student in most respects, except for one big one: He is the hereditary protector, called a Kekkaishi, of the sacred site of Karasumori, which is a magic-rich area that attracts…

Gakuen Alice, season one

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Ten-year-old Mikan is living the good life with her best friend Hotaru when disaster strikes: their small-town school is being closed down! Mikan, emotional and quick to take action, circulates a petition. Hotaru, typically, appears not to care. But when…

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…