Archive 2008

December 2008

Con Survival Series: Tickets and Transportation Third in the series of helpful hints for con goers this month we talk about getting there and when to buy con tickets.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #025
Hitohira vols. 1-2, I Shall Never Return vols. 1-5, Garden of Sinners: Void Shrine, Shikabane Hime Aka chs 1-5, Strait Jacket, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
All we want for Christmas!
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
Your mother is a Fujoshi!
A critical look as some overzealous fans in the fujoshi community.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #024 Bartender, Basilisk ep. 1, Maria+Holic vols. 1-2, Object of Desire, Red Blinds the Foolish, Revenge of the Space Pirate, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
Poll Results: Is CLANNAD actually popular in the U.S.?
A small poll we conducted and our thoughts on it.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #023
Chrono Trigger, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni vol. 1, Nightmare Inspector vols. 2-3, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann eps. 17-27, xxxHOLiC: AnotherHOLiC.
Le Chevalier D’Eon, Who knew Robespierre was drop dead gorgeous? Our review of this historically based anime that gets little attention.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #022 Bleach: SOULs Character Book, Cobra the Animation: The Psychogun ep. 1, Kekkaishi vol. 15, Monkey High! vols. 2-3, Romance Dawn, Vocaloid.
Byakuya isn’t the only one getting a piece of Renji’s ass.
Guest editorial by Lothos.
Manga of the Month: December Yorushiku Master and Liar Game.

November 2008

Ongoing Investigations: Case #021 07-Ghost ch. 1, Armored Trooper Votoms, Chaos;Head, Here is Greenwood vols. 2-3, One Piece: Portrait of Pirates, Tentai Senshi Sunred ep. 1.
Con Survival Series: Room and Board The next piece in our convention series, we give you tips and helpful hints for planning your hotel and food arrangements.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #020
To Aru Majutsu no Index eps. 2-7, UVERworld, Yanki-kun to Megane-chan vols. 1-2.
Experiment: Kodomo no Jikan, Give me my soul back. We take a look at the first two books of this controversial manga. Lord, in retrospect I don’t know why we did this.
Special Screening: Death Note the Last Name, aka The True Ending
We got to check out the second Death Note movie in theaters and we certainly think you should see it yourself.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #019
Armored Trooper Votoms, Fate/Stay Night, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit novel, Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro vol. 1, Voices of Love, Yakitate!! Japan vols. 13-14.
Faust Anthology #1, Doraemon, witches, and hikikomori, OH MY! We sped through this ambitious anthology from Del Rey.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #018
Baccano! ep. 1, Fate/Stay Night, Hissing vol. 4, Bleach chs. 224-226, The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Wind, Toradora eps. 2-5.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Why not? A guest review by Boxing Octopus and Lothos.
Anime & Manga of the Month: November Magic User’s Club and March Comes in Like a Lion.

October 2008

Ongoing Investigations: Case #017 4-chan, Maid Sama vol. 1, Maria-sama ga Miteru eps. 1-2, One Piece popularity poll, Pani Poni Dash!, The Gorgeous Life of Strawberry Chan, X2.
NYAF 2008 Ryu Moto Interview We got a rare treat and sat down with the creator of Petite EVA and a big anime fan himself, Ryu Moto.
Con Survival Series: Introduction and Gameplan
The first piece in our new series, just giving you a heads up on what is to come.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #016
7th Period is a Secret, Code Geass eps. 6-10, GaoGaiGar, Genius Party, Girl Who Runs Through Time vol. 1, Gundam 00 eps. 1-3, Otogibanashi no Fude, Shakugan no Shana eps. 14-24, Shiro no Keiyaku.
Fall Into Me By popular demand (not really) we have taken a quick look at many of the new Fall shows in Japan!
Ongoing Investigations: Case #015 Code Geass eps. 1-5, GTO: The Early Years vols. 7-8, Monkey High! vol. 1, Phoenix Wright: Official Casebook vol. 1, Samurai Deeper Kyo vol. 30.
NYAF 2008 Lance Fensterman Interview A lengthy interview with one of the head honchos behind New York Anime Festival.
Providence Anime Conference 2008
The first one ever and we have full coverage!
“The most useless are those who never change through the years.”
A look at the misguided dislike of Raki from Claymore and Saji and Louise from Gundam 00.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #014
Chocolate Underground eps. 7-12, Cyborg 009 (2001) eps. 1-11, GaoGaiGar, Time Hollow, Weeaboobies podcast, Y’s Book I.
NYAF 2008 A Walk Through Artist Alley This is a supplemental report from Skeith!
New York Anime Festival 2008
Our convention report for this second year con kicks off our October articles! As usual our con report is extremely long.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #013 Fruits Basket vol. 20, Gakuen Alice vols. 1-2, Psychobusters novel, Shakugan no Shana eps. 5-13, Urusei Yatsura: The Final Chapter, Welcome to the NHK.
Anime & Manga of the Month: October Urusei Yatsura and D.N.Angel.

September 2008

Please hire another fact checker MSNBC. So anime is mainstream? Apparently not.
Macross Frontier, I’m not an adult, I’m a MAN!
It is over! Our final review in the Macross franchise.
Macross Zero, Every man should throw away his life for a woman once in his life.
An incredibly expensive OVA, but does it measure up to the Macross name?
Ongoing Investigations: Case #012 Ask Dr. Rin eps. 1-2, D.N.Angel, Dirty Pair OVAs, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex eps. 22-26, Kekkaishi vols. 13-14, Parasyte vol. 4.
Macross 7 Dynamtie, Valkyries have two modes, manual and guitar.
This OVA was so freakin’ odd we had to pull it from the Macross 7 article and give it its own!
Macross 7, Rock solves any problem.
Our review of the most bestest robot show of all time. It will touch your soul.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #011
Black Lagoon vol. 1, Fate/Tiger Colosseum Upper, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex eps. 5-21, Mixed Vegetables vol. 1, Saint Seiya eps. 7-18, Zaregoto.
Macross Plus, Luck is just one of my many skills. A classic if you were a fan in the 90′s and it’s still good!
Ongoing Investigations: Case #010 Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced 2, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex eps. 1-4, New York Comic-Con ConFab, Nightmare Inspector vol. 1, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Super Robot Wars OG Saga, Touch Detective 2 1/2, Toward the Terra eps. 1-4.
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II, What only stars remember.
The non canon Macross still derserves a little appreciation.
Anime & Manga of the Month: September They Were 11 and Excel Saga.

August 2008

Ongoing Investigations: Case #009 Chocolate Underground eps. 5-6, Macross Frontier ep. 20, One Piece vol. 18, Pig Bride, Sarasah, Shakugan no Shana eps. 1-4, Yen Plus vol. 2.
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, Do You Remember Love? It’s far better to hug a woman than to fight her. Our review of one of the best things to come out of the 80′s!
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, I joined the military because I love women!
We kick off Macross Madness with the show that started it all!
Ongoing Investigations: Case #008
Birdy the Mighty eps. 2-7, Blade of the Immortal ep. 3, Lucky Star, New Avengers vol. 7, Your and My Secret vol. 2, Zaregoto vol. 1.
Yaoi Reading Day with a ninja! We attend this strange and somewhat enlightening event hosted by Erin of the Ninja Consultants podcast.
First Look: Moribito Guardian of the Spirit, Have spear will travel.
This show will be on Cartoon Network starting the 24th so we take a sneak peek to get you watching!
Ongoing Investigations: Case #007
Boogiepop at Dawn vol. 4, Daughter of Twenty Faces ep. 12-13, Macross Frontier ep. 18, SS Astro, Vampire Hunter D vol. 1.
School Rumble Season 01, Love is a many splendored battlefield. Guest review by Skeith.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #006 BECK Mongolian Chop Squad vol. 12, Macross Frontier eps. 15-17, Mobile Suit Gundam: Ecole du Ciel vols. 6-8, My Heavenly Hockey, Samurai Deeper Kyo vols. 28-29, Vagabond vol. 1.
First Look: Yen Plus, A yen for your thoughts.
We picked up this new monthly anthology and give you all our first impressions and mini-reviews of its titles.
Anime & Manga of the Month: August Irresponsible Captain Tylor and Sugar Sugar Rune.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #005 Blue Flames, Campus Special Investigator Hikaruon, Del Power X, Dream Dimension Hunter Fandora, Garden of Sinners: Remaining Sense of Pain, Natsume Yuujinchou eps. 2-3, Takane no Jitensha, The World Ends With You, Walkin’ Butterfly.

July 2008

Sword of the Stranger, Why’d you have to go and make things so complicated? Our review of Bandai’s recent release in theaters.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #004 Banana Fish, Mach Girl ep. 1, Pretty Cure eps. 1-7, Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk, Two Flowers for the Dragon vol. 1.
Batman Gotham Knight, Pow! Splat! Kerplop! Flurb! We take a peek at this co-production of shorts about the Caped Crusader. No spoilers necessary.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #003 Banana Fish, Dragon Eye vol. 5, Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced 2, Hidamari Sketch eps. 1-2, Liar Game, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann eps. 1-5.
Summer Heats Up Our first looks at a load of new summer programing.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #002 GaoGaiGar, Garden of Sinners: Overlooking View and Murder Speculation (Part 1), Macross Frontier ep. 13, NANA vol. 11, Nosatsu Junkie vol. 6, One Piece ch. 506.
Special Screening: Paprika w/ Satoshi Kon, Get out of my dreams, get into my car. We went to this little event and we give you the rundown on it and the film itself.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #001
Chibi Vampire, Daughter of Twenty Faces eps. 9-10, Eden: It’s an Endless World! vol. 10, Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced 2, Fist of the North Star live action movie, Goong vol. 1, Sexy Voice and Robo live action eps. 8-11, Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk ep. 13, Absolute Boyfriend live action ep. 11.
AnimeNEXT 2008 Our first con report of the season!
Anime & Manga of the Month: July Living Game and Princess Tutu.
Happy Birthday, Reverse Thieves!
We turn one year old!

June 2008

Hayate the Combat Butler, There is only dirty otaku blood in our veins! We love Hayate! Who doesn’t want a combat butler?
Gosick Novel #01, Super loli detective!
Our brief review of the recently translated light novel. And since we liked it of course there won’t be anymore released in English.
Brooklyn Museum: Takashi Murakami Superflat Exhibit
We give you our opinions on this artist’s body of work and specifically the new exhibit.
What is a fan? A miserable pile of doujinshi!
We discuss what we think defines a fan.
Anime & Manga of the Month: June Dragon Eye and Black Lagoon.

May 2008

Special Screening: Death Note the movie, I needs more L We went to the special screening of the Death Note movie!
Evangelion 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, We mustn’t runaway!
We try to review the new Eva movie without bias and without spoilers.
Spring Falls Out
Our first looks at the shows of the new season in Japan.
Anime and Manga of the Month: May Nodame Cantabile and BECK Mongolian Chop Squad.

April 2008

New York Comic Con 2008 A convention report on the anime end.
Hataraki Man, Three times the speed of a normal worker!
A brief (and not a spoiler to be seen) review of the Hataraki Man anime.
Gundam 00 Season 01, Don’t judge a series by its bishie character designs.
Our spoiler-free review of the first half of Gundam 00. Why do we have to wait so long for the rest?
Zero Day Warez Duex!
Well, now that we’ve seen it, what did we think of the whole deal?
Zero Day Warez!
Holy moley! Anime coming out the same time in the U.S. as in Japan!

March 2008

Ouran High School Host Club, Water can’t hurt handsome men. Finally, the review of Ouran High School Host Club. Spoiler-free just for you.

February 2008

Batman: Gotham Knight, Bat-Bishonen Our thoughts on the first look at Batman: Gotham Knight.
The Story of Saiunkoku, A crane standing amidst a flock of chickens.
A lengthy review of The Story of Saiunkoku which we totally loved. And not a spoiler to be seen.
Violinist of Hameln, It’s sort of an anime.
Our no spoiler review of the limited animation production Violinist of Hameln.

January 2008

Boys’ love is a funny thing. Love shonen style!
Now I can definitely get behind sparkles and bishonen!
We talk about lovely love in the shojo realm.
Rose of Versailles, The manliest man is really a woman!
An essential shojo story! Our spoiler-free review of Rose of Versailles.
What the heck do Yashigani and Yandere mean? We discuss labels in fandom.

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