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Umineko: When They Cry Review

Typically, the verb ‘watch’ implies a passive experience. ‘Watching’ fictionalized television can be a relaxing recreational pursuit, as viewers discern unambiguous character development or follow the trajectory of an oft-linear plot. It’s an ephemeral process ...

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Natsume’s Book of Friends Review

Save for Casper, Harvey Comics’ altruistic apparition, Western depictions of the supernatural are almost always rooted in menace. That isn’t always the case in Japan- where folklore is filled with tales of yōkai- spirit creatures ...

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Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up Review

NIS America aficionados may have noticed a schism between the publisher’s interactive output and their growing library of anime. While their games habitually incorporate capricious scenarios peppered with lascivious situations and a reliable sprinkle of ...

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Zakuro Review

Transitional periods often elicit unforeseen, and sporadically- serendipitous events. That’s the premise behind Zakuro (based on Lili Hoshino’s 2006 manga, Otome Yōkai Zakuro), which set during Japan’s Meiji era, reveals the country adjusting to the ...

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Kimi ni todoke: Volume Two Review

Playful titillation has become a traditional quality in NISA publishing efforts- from the penetration of a Reyvateil’s ‘installation port’ by an enlarged crystal in Ar Tonelico: Melody of Elemia to an impish onsen cutscene in ...

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Katanagatari Volume Two Review

Unexpected quality can ruin a perfectly good plan. Case in point: upon receiving the second volume of Katanagatari from NIS America and having missed the storyline from the first boxed set, I intended to skim ...

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