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YURUYURI: Happy Go Lily Season Two Review

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Last August NIS America published The Secret Lives of High School Boys, a thoroughly charming anime which cultivated humor from the unexceptional existence of a trio of good-natured friends. In execution, the series was unfalteringly frothy- shirking any kind of ...

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Natsume’s Book of Friends Season Four Review

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I’d like to think that there’s a bit of Takashi Natsume is every person. As the eponymous protagonist of Natsume’s Book of Friends, the high-schooler faced an unrelenting rivulet of adversity. Growing up, the youth inherited his grandmother’s ability to ...

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Hanasaku Iroha: Blossoms for Tomorrow S2 Review

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Although absorbing character arcs are ubiquitous in anime, few depictions of development have been as gratifying as the first thirteen episodes of Hanasaku Iroha: Blossoms for Tomorrow. Viewers witnessed protagonist Ohana Matsumae move from Tokyo to live and work at ...

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The Princess and the Pilot Collector’s Edition Review

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Unquestionably, shrewd thematic decisions propelled 1997’s Titanic to break box office records. Blending star-crossed romance with an ample supply of CGI spectacle, the film appealed to an exceedingly wide demographic. Similarly, director Jun Shishido’s The Princess and the Pilot (To ...

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Hanasaku Iroha: Blossoms for Tomorrow S1 Review

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The last four entries in the NIS America-published Atelier series are a rarity in gaming. While industry pundits plead for less formulaic representations of women, a quartet of female protagonists have quietly squashed stereotypes. Contrasted against conventional stagnant depictions, the ...

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Natsume’s Book of Friends Season 3 Review

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Much like the tsundere’s transition from cold to cordial, the gradual thaw of social isolation is a familiar theme in Japanese media. Last October, NIS America localized the first two seasons of Natsume’s Book of Friends, a captivating anime which ...

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Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl Review

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For decades, extraterrestrials have been used to invigorate the oft-mundane American sitcom. As a variation of the ‘fish out of water’ motif, series such as My Favorite Martian, Mork and Mindy, ALF, and 3rd Rock From the Sun have hewed ...

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