Claymore – Review Blurb

July 31, 2008

Title: Claymore
Japanese Title: Kureimoa
Director/Author: Hiroyuki Tanaka/ Norihiro Yagi
Genre: Drama/Horror/Fantasy/Adventure
Licensed: Funimation
Release Date: (Japan) Aired April 3, 2007 – September 25, 2007
Episodes: 26

Quick Summary

In this world Yoma are the terror of humanity, they are physically superior to humans and feed on human guts. Yoma also possess the ability to shapeshift and can obtain the memories of a human by devouring their brains, as a result they can blend seamlessly into society. The only way for villages to fight back against a Yoma infestation is to summon a Claymore, although they must be prepared to pay a fee. A Claymore is a female warrior that was born human and was later merged with the flesh of Yoma to become a half-Yoma. This merging causes the warriors to have silver eyes and light hair giving them an ethereal look. However, as they release more of their Yoma powers their eyes become gold, and their faces will distort. Although humans need Claymores to fight back against Yoma they fear these warriors almost as much as the Yoma themselves.

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Ouran High School Host Club – Review Blurb

July 31, 2008

Title: Ouran High School Host Club
Japanese Title: Ōran Kōkō Hosuto Kurabu
Author: Bisco Hatori
Genre: Comedy/Romance/Drama
Licensed: Yes (Shojo Beat/Viz Media)
Release Date: July 5th, 2005 (U.S.)
Volumes: 10+ (ongoing)

Quick Summary

Haruhi Fujioka is a scholarship student at Ouran High School and because of the outrageous cost of the school uniform Haruhi wears baggy men’s clothing as a substitue. That combined with her short hair and huge glasses is enough to cause people to think that she is a he, and she does nothing to correct the misunderstanding. One day Haruhi was searching for a quiet place on campus to study and she stumbles upon the Ouran High School Host Club. In her confusion she accidentally breaks an enormously expensive vase and must work as a host with them until her debt for the vase is paid, although she must disguise herself as a boy to do this. Her gender is not fully discovered by the Host Club until after she becomes a host.

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The Anime Uniform Name Game Part 2!

July 31, 2008

Name the show each of these uniforms came from!!

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Good Smile Company – Common Design Flaws

July 30, 2008

As of late I have felt myself a bit let down by Good Smile Company (GSC). I once considered them in my top 5 figure manufacturers but now I’m anxious about ordering certain types of figures from them. It’s not that the figures look bad in comparison to the prototype pictures, on the contrary some look even better than the prototype pictures when you see them in real life. Lately it seems like GSC products either have Design Flaws that result in easy breaking or deforming of the figures, or the figures are INCREDIBLY hard to put together. For a company that prides themselves at being one of the manufacturers at the forefront of the anime figure industry there seem to be far too many overlooked basic mechanical flaws with their designs.

The examples I’m listing are the figures I own and have personal experience with. I wouldn’t feel right commenting on something I haven’t personally had troubles with.

Example #1 – Nendoroids

Light Yagami (Deathnote) – Nendoroid #12

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REC – Review Blurb

July 28, 2008

Quick Summary

Fumihiko Matsumaru is an unlucky guy. None of the projects he has proposed in his advertising department have been accepted and he has just been stood up by a woman in accounting to see Roman Holiday (yes thats right the Hollywood movie staring Audrey Hepburn). As Fumihiko is about to throw out his tickets he encounters a cheerful girl (she is 20) who asks him not to throw out the tickets. Being an Audrey Hepburn fanatic she drags him to see the movie with her and cheers him up with dinner after. He learns that she is an aspiring voice actress whose greatest wish it is to someday do the voice of Audrey Hepburn in a Japanese dubbing. They walk most of the way home together and realize they’re neighbors. Although they only casually acknowledge this and go their separate ways without learning each others names. (THE END!…just kidding)

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Skip Beat! – Review Blurb

July 27, 2008

Title: Skip Beat!
Japanese Title: Skip Beat!
Author: Yoshiki Nakamura
Genre: Comedy/Romance
Licensed: Yes (Viz Media, Shojo Beat)
Release Date: July 5th, 2006 (U.S.)
Volumes: 19+ volumes

Quick Summary

This plot is about Kyoko Mogami, a 16 year old girl who fell madly in love with her best friend Shotaro when they were children. Since then she has done everything in her power to ensure his happiness. Sho is the heir to his family’s inn but decides he wants nothing to do with such a boring life and decides to pursue a music career in Tokyo. Sho asks Kyoko to abandon high school and her hometown to join him in achieving his goal. Kyoko agrees and lives a hectic life working multiple jobs and spending nothing on herself so that Sho may live comfortably. Eventually, Sho is considered to be in the top twenty most popular entertainers in Japan. One day, Kyoko brings Sho his lunch at a company building and overhears Sho complaining about her to his manager, saying that she is a boring and plain girl that he’d like to be rid of. Kyoko then unleashes a torment of vengeful demons (literally) from deep within herself and swears revenge into Sho’s mocking face.

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Pet Shop of Horrors – Review Blurb

July 27, 2008

Title: Pet Shop of Horrors
Japanese Title: Pettoshoppu obu Horāzu
Author: Matsuri Akino
Genre: Fantasy, horror, mystery, supernatural, thriller
Licensed: Yes (Tokyopop)
Release Date: June 2003 (in Japan 1995-1998)
Volumes: 10

Quick Summary
This series isn’t so much a single story as it is many stand alone stories strung together to create an amazingly refreshing manga experience. The plot focuses on Count D, the proprietor of a mysterious pet shop located in a Chinatown in the United States. Each chapter in this series tells a short story that involves a customer and the pet sold to them by the Count. People come into the shop often looking for regular pets but what the Count can offer them is a pet that may fulfill their deepest wish, as long as the new owner cares for them per his instructions. Should the instructions not be followed exactly, the Count is not responsible for what occurs after, no matter how deathly the results may be. Each story seems to focus on the inner battle of the customer and their ability (or lack thereof) to overcome their weaknesses/temptations and care for their new “pet” exactly per contract.

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