Archive 2009

December 2009

Narutaki & Hisui VS. 2009 We end 2009 with our 3rd annual awards post where we look back on the highlights and low points of the year.
Shin Christmas Carol Z! Episode 2 of an anime retelling of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
ecret Santa Project Reveal Find out who gave what shows to who and read all the reviews by the awesome bloggers who participated in the project.
Secret Santa Project Review: Texhnolyze, What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.
Our review of the muddled world of Texhnolyze for our own Secret Santa project. Sufficed to say we were not the biggest fans of the show.
IN THE YEAR 2000(…through 2009)!
Yes, yes, everyone and their mother is doing a 2000′s post, but ours features not the cream of the crop necessarily, but good shows not to overlook.
Visual Novel Logos Part 1: . . . sad bloggers in snow . . . We take a look at visual novel games based purely on the design choices, in this section we examine “crying girl games.”
Ongoing Investigations: Case #069 Animal Detectives Kiruminzoo eps. 1-3, Anime 3000 Panel – S02E10 – The Reverse Thieves Podcast, Cross Game eps. 29-36, Exo-Squad, Perfect Grade RX-78-2 Gundam kit, Kannagi OVA.
Otaku Diaries Part 6: The Otaku post for people who hate Otaku. This latest post goes into the tension in the anime fan community over fan behavior and shame (or lack there of) that comes along with it.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #068 Ani-Gamers Podcast #023 – A Melodramatic Podcast Revolt, Boom Boom Satellites show, Detective Conan VS. Lupin III, Donkey Kong Country, Pokemon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Rei OAVs.
Manga of the Month: December RG Veda and Maison Ikkoku.

November 2009

Daughter of Twenty Faces, Watch, listen, and think for yourself. Finally we review this series that pretty much screams, “Our type of show!”
Ongoing Investigations: Case #067
Angel Notes, Detective Conan: The Raven Chaser, Kaidan Restaurant ep. 1, Liar Game: The Roots of A, The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya, Yumeiro Patissiere eps. 1-7.
What do the characters we hate say about us? This week we flip things around and ask an equally compelling question!
What do the characters we like say about us?
This week we ask a question that has been on our minds for a while. And we hope you can help us answer it.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #066
A Certain Scientific Railgun eps. 1-6, Dirty Pair TV, Dragon Eye vol. 8, Hitohira, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas eps. 1-6, The Lizard Prince vol. 1.
Time of Eve, All About Eve Our review of the well executed ONA that leaves us hoping for more!
Ongoing Investigations: Case #065
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Fate/Tiger Colosseum, Fate/Unlimited Codes, Hausu, Kimi ni Todoke eps. 2-5, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box.
Otaku Diaries Part 5: Recipe for an Otaku. So what are all the little things that our participants have in common?
Manga of the Month: November Honey and Clover and Palette of 12 Secret Colors.

October 2009

Ongoing Investigations: Case #064 Blue Literature ep. 1, Deka Kyoshi vol. 1, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, Winter Sonata eps. 0-1.
Mechademia #2, Return of the Anime Literati!
Every now and again you have to take a walk on the intellectual side, even if you don’t know what they are talking about.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #063 Bakemonogatari eps. 1-12, Color of Heaven, GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class eps. 6-12, Giant Robo OVA eps. 5-7, Otomen live action ep. 1.
Ballads of the Earth and the Moon: After War Gundam X, Newtype Dolphin . . . ’nuff said.
Hisui goes solo on this review of a Gundam series that takes a serious beating from fans.
Fall of the House of Anime
Another new season to take stock of, too bad it only has a few gems.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #062
Black Rock Shooter ep. 1, Cross Game eps. 22-28, D.Gray Man vol. 14, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Palette of 12 Secret Colors vols. 2-5, Saki.
Nagi Sanzenin: In Praise of the Ota-Queen Hisui waxes poetic about a character who gets too much guff.
Eureka Seven: Surfing, Robots, Surfing Robots, and Young Love
Lothos takes a crack at Eureka Seven plus a look at its similarities with Evangelion.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #061 Akagi eps. 14-26, Fruits Basket vols. 22-23, Inu-Yasha: The Final Act, Otaku no Musume-san, Taisho Baseball Girls eps. 2-12, Letter Bee Special: Light and Blue Night Fantasy.
Otaku Diaries Part 4: Mirror, mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all?
The latest results with a focus on looks versus brains, plus what one word people would use to describe our participants!
Ongoing Investigations: Case #060 Canaan eps. 2-13, Oh! My Brother vol. 1, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Rocket Girls eps. 9-12, Shin Mazinger Shogeki! Z-Hen eps. 2-26, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 eps. 2-11.
Manga of the Month: October Swan and Hyakko.

September 2009

New York Anime Festival 2009 Our full, in-depth con report in record speed! Maybe it was the Tomino love.
Ballads of the Earth and the Moon: Turn A Gundam, UNIVERSE! Hisui busts out a review of Tomino’s 20th anniversary project just in time for his appearance at NYAF 2009.
Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket, A pocket full of tears.
A short and unique OVA in the Gundam library.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #059
Flower, Sun, and Rain, Giant Robo OVA eps. 1-4, Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Burned, Gundam Sousei vol. 1-2, Swan vols. 6-8, One Piece pins.
Char’s Counterattack, An ending three times as fast! The ending of the story and the rivalry that started it all!
Aishiteruze Baby, Just the two of us.
A melodramtic manga that has plenty of heart and cuteness to go around.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #058
Akagi eps. 8-13, One Piece, Swan vols. 3-5, Tales of Monkey Island, Two Flowers for the Dragon vol. 4, Reni’s Maid Show.
Zeta Gundam, Punching people in the face = Saying hello. The be all end all of sequels or so it has been said.
Otaku Diaries Part 3: Sticks, stones, AND words can hurt you! A look into bullying within the otaku community. Who was bullied? Who was a bully?
Ongoing Investigations: Case #057 +C Sword and Cornett vol. 1, A*NI*ME: Japanese Animation Production class, Go! Tenba Cheerleaders vol. 1, Kidou Senshi Gundam-san vol. 1, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, The Walking Man.
Manga of the Month: September Team Medical Dragon and Kagen no Tsuki.

August 2009

Ongoing Investigations: Case #056 Detroit Metal City movie, Dogs: Bullets and Carnage OVA, Reverse Thieves fan art, Patlabor: The New Files OVA, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.
Guin Saga (#2-5): The Marches Episode, Hungry like the leopard. Our follow-up review to the first novel and it stands strong!
The thin line between moe and masturbation.
Are moe and eroticism intrinsically linked?
Ongoing Investigations: Case #055 Children of the Sea vol. 1, Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya, Kekkaishi vol. 18, My Japanese Coach, The Garden of Sinners: Oblivion Recorder, A Tale of an Unknown Country vol. 1.
Gundam 08th MS Team, Can love bloom on the battlefield? The answer is a resounding, “Yes!” Find out how 08th MS Team stole our hearts.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #054
Akagi eps. 1-7, Ani-Gamers Podcast #018 – The Mega-Podcast, Blade of the Immortal vol. 21, MPD Psycho vols. 4-9, Onani Master Kurosawa, Tanpenshu vols. 1-2.
Animal Treasure Island, Shiver me timbers! We take a look at this unique children’s film from the 70′s.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #053
Eureka Seven eps. 27-50, Gundam 00F, Gundam Evolve, Lupin the Third: Monkey Majik, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory.
Otaku Diaries Part 2: Otaku! Threat or Menace? The project continues with a look at the varying opinions on the word “otaku.”
Manga of the Month: August Maid Sama and Hitohira.

July 2009

Ongoing Investigations: Case #052 Bamboo Blade vol.1, Char Action Base, GS-9900 G-Falcon, GX-9901-DX Gundam Double X, Sugar Sugar Rune vols. 5-6, The Battle of Genryu: Origin vol. 1, The Great Adventure of the Dirty Pair.
Otakon 2009 A mega-long con report for a mega-awesome con!
Ongoing Investigations: Case #051
Dragon Eye vol. 7, Eureka Seven eps. 1-26, Guardian of the Darkness, The Astro Boy Essays, Umineko no Naku Koro ni eps. 2-4.
Sum-Sum-Summer Time! It’s that time of year again so begins another action-packed look at the new spread of anime!
New York Asian Film Festival 2009 We attended 5 films this year, see how we felt about the films and the event itself.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #050
Ai Shite Night eps. 1-4, One Piece: Carue Portrait of Pirates figure, Galaxy Railways eps. 1-14, Loran Cehack, Ranka Lee, Sochie Heim, Turn A Gundam: Loran Cehack and Sochie Heim figures, Macross Frontier: Ranka Lee figure, Twelve Kingdoms novel 3.
Sayonara, Mr. Fatty! Food for thought. Our look at the Ota-King’s memoir about life before and after a major weight loss.
Otaku Diaries Part 1: Lies, damn lies, and statistics
Our most ambitious project to date kicks off with the basics.
Contest + Happy 2nd Birthday, Reverse Thieves! Two years already! BELIEVE IT!
Manga of the Month: July Key to the Kingdom and Touch.

June 2009

Keepin’ it REAL! We take on “realism” in anime and why some things are considered so more than others. No concrete answers here, just thoughts.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #049
The Colony Drop Men of Destiny Club: Hi-Speed Jecy, Gundam 00 SD model, Hatsukoi Limited, Monkey High! vol. 6, Quest for the Missing Girl.
AnimeNEXT 2009 Our first dual con report of the season! The new location does not impress us but the people we met did!
Ongoing Investigations: Case #048 Ballad of the Shinigami vol. 1, Basquash ep. 2-6, Disappearance Diary, No Girls Allowed, Saint Young Men vol. 1, Steam Detectives: White vocal album.
Mechademia #1, Attack of the Anime Literati!
We go academic with this week’s review of a collection of essays with wide ranging views about anime and manga.
Kamichu!, Let’s all go to Kami-con!
Our look at a cute and family friendly show with many gods!
Ongoing Investigations: Case #047
Cross Game vols. 1-7, D.Gray Man vol. 13, Eden of the East eps. 2-6, Shinjuku Shark, Shinjuku Shark: The Poison Ape.
Experiment: Building Master Grade, IKU! We tell you all about our Gunpla experience, prepare to be astounded(or not)!
Manga of the Month: June Hourou Musuko and Say Hello to Black Jack.

May 2009

Ongoing Investigations: Case #046 Dynasty Warriors: Gundam, Gundam 00: Allelujah Calendar Character figure, Kekkaishi vol. 17, Lux-Pain, Suikoden Tierkreis, Zettai Shonen eps. 4-8.
Contest + First Look: Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl, We are living in a Judo world and I am a Judo girl! Double the fun with a look at a gem from the early 90′s and a contest to win the first box set!
Ongoing Investigations: Case #045 Dogs Prelude 0, Fate/Stay Night: Rider figure, Hissing vols. 5-6, Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei: Nozomu Itoshiki Nenderoid, One Piece: Brook and Rob Lucci Portrait of Pirates figures, Spiral vol. 7.
One Pound Gospel, Bang, bang! Zoom, zoom! My girlfriend is a nun! Our first full-length manga review is a look at one of Rumiko Takahashi’s lesser known works.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #044 Ultimo, Emma Volume 8, Here is Greenwood 8 & 9, Genghis Khan: To The Ends Of The Earth And The Sea, Uniqlo Shirts, Eden: It’s an Endless World! 11.
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens: Sakura Matsuri 2009 Hisui views the falling cherry blossoms in the rain.
Japan Society: KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games Exhibit An exhibit that combines a few of my favorite things! Is the sum greater than the individual parts?
Ongoing Investigations: Case #043 Lair Game Contraband Arc, Key to the Kingdom, Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Novel 1, Glass Mask, Hayate The Combat Butler Character Cover Album, The Lapis Lazuli Crown.
Special Screening: L Change the WorLd, A 12-year-old’s bad fan-fiction? We barely survive the movie and come back with this review as our dying message.
Guin Saga #1: The Leopard Mask, And he’s watchin’ us all in the eye of the leopard! We look at the first book in the Guin Saga fantasy novel series.
Manga of the Month: May Vinland Saga and Short Program.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #042 Penguin Revolution book 7, Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya and Nyoron Churuya-san, The Eternal Smile, Hayate no Gotoku! OVA, Mixed Vegetables, Higurashi no Naku Koroni Rei 1, Ani-Gamers

April 2009

Con Survival Series: How to Navigate the Dealers’ Room The last in our series of convention going tips!
Ongoing Investigations: Case #041 Tordora!, March on Earth, Tower of Druaga: The Sword of Uruk, Two Flowers for the Dragon, Rin-Ne Chapter 1, Tokyo Sonata
Spring Fever: 08th MS Team Hisui’s Report Hisui takes on a few extra cases with the spring season!
Spring Fever
For the love and glory of reviewing the new anime of the season we present you with our first impressions.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #040 Bride of the Water God Volume 1, Color of Water, Fist of the North Star Souther’s Arc, Venus Capriccio, Mirai Nikki: Mosaic
periment: Crunchyroll Subscription, Sample Platter We took a three-month test run of Crunchyroll’s anime subscription to come back and tell you whether it’s worth it or not.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #039 Black Jack manga Volume 1-3, Palette of 12 Secret Colors, Color of Earth, After War Gundam X Episode 1-5, Swan Book 1.
Gundam 0079, Whoops! Sorry I beam-sabered your girlfriend!
We take a look at the very beginning of the Gundam franchise. Ikimaaaaaasu!
Ongoing Investigations: Case #038 D. Gray Man volume 9-12, Gintama episodes 1-2, The Name of the Flower Volume 1, Eyeshield 21 episodes 1-2, Future Lovers 2, Sakura Taisen: New York NY OAV episode 1.
Castle Point Anime Convention 2009
Hisui gives a solo run down of this tiny, one day con over in New Jersey.
Manga of the Month: April X-Day and Addicted to Curry.

March 2009

Con Survival Series: How to Run a Panel Our first “how to” piece in our con series! We picked our brains to help you run a better panel.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #037
Fairy Musketeers, Switch Volume 3, Xam’d: Lost Memories, Naughty But Nice, Queen of Ragtonia Volume 1, Black Jack Illustrations Museum.
Kurozuka = Kuro + Kuromitsu = Kurosuck A not-so-positive review by Lothos.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #036
Here is Greenwood Volume 6-7, Spring Fest at Polytechnic, Monkey High! Volume 5, Anime Day at Kinokuniya, Rideback, Fate/Stay Night Saber Photograph Collection.
The Shining Darkness Series: 5cm Per Second The final piece in our Makoto Shinkai series proves he has lost nothing as he continues on.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #035
Street Fighter IV, Zettai Shonen Episodes 1-4, Final Fantasy XII: Reverent Wings, Legends of the Dark King: A Fist of the North Star Story, My World, My Way, Mixed Vegetables Volume 2.
The Shining Darkness Series: The Place Promised in Our Early Days A look into Makoto Shinkai’s work with a real budget!
Ongoing Investigations: Case #034 Gundam SEED movies, High School Debut Volume 1, Scott Pilgrim Volumes 1-2, Kekkaishi Volume 16, Space Pirate Captain Harlock.
The Shining Darkness Series: Voices of a Distant Star
Our look at the work that put Makoto Shinkai on the map!
Manga of the Month: March Maria+Holic and Spiral: Bonds of Reasoning.

February 2009

Ongoing Investigations: Case #033 Black God Volume 3, Skim, Translucent Volume 1, 20th Century Boys Volume 1, Hero Tales Volume 1, Dragon Eye.
Con Survival Series: Schedule and Time Management The next piece in our series is full of tips for making the most of what little time you have at the con.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #032 Blade of the Immortal Volume 18-20, Hitohira Volume 3, Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro Volume 2, Tengu-Jin Volume 1, Pluto Volume 1, Garden of Sinners: Paradox Spiral.
NYCC 2009 ICv2 Conference Hisui gets an official look at how the industry is doing and what their future plans are.
New York Comic Con 2009
The longest con report, ever! Because there was a ton to do and we did it.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #031
Patlabor, Rocket Girls Episode 1-6, Tentai Senshi Sunred Episode 1-13, The Girl Who Ran Through Time Volume 2, Nana Mizuki’s Live Fighter, Love Round!!.
Death in Anime, Who wants to live forever? We take a look at all manners of deaths in anime. SPOILERS!
Winter Storm Watch
A first look at the new shows in Japan’s winter line-up!
Manga of the Month: February Saint Tail and Yankee-kun to Megane-chan.

January 2009

Ongoing Investigations: Case #030 Genshiken: Fan Book, Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger eps. 1-2, Here is Greenwood vols. 4-5, Kirepapa OVA eps. 1-2, Natsume Yuujinchou eps. 5-13, Space Pirate Captain Harlock.
Con Survival Series: Money and Packing Fourth in the ongoing con survival series, we talk about the common question of how much money you need, plus packing light.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #029
All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder vol. 1, Negima! Magister Negi Magi vol.s 19-20, Switch vol. 2, Toradora eps. 2-7, Tower of Druaga:The Sword of Uruk eps. 1-3, Turn A Gundam eps. 1-4.
Interview with Kurt Hassler of Yen Press We chat it up about him, the company, and Yen Plus.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #028
Akikan! ep. 1, Batman and Son, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Crusher Joe, Fairy Musketeers eps. 1-4, Mugen no Frontier: Super Robot Wars OG Saga.
Kino’s Journey, The road less traveled. Our review of a unique little show.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #027 Brave Story novel, Dirty Pair TV eps. 1-5, Make More Love & Peace, Patlabor TV, Take Me to Heaven vol. 1, Tokyo Marble Chocolate.
Narutaki & Hisui VS. 2008
Our first big post of the year and we are taking a look at what is behind us.
Ongoing Investigations: Case #026 Berserk vols. 21-26, Brave Story novel, Kannagi, Seduce Me After the Show, Steam Detectives eps. 1-4, The Manzai Comics vol. 1.
Manga of the Month: January Future Diary and Atashi wa Bambi.

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