Soul Eater – Review Blurb

August 4, 2008

Quick Summary

This anime focuses on a school known as Shibusen, here Weapon Meisters and their Weapons train. Weapons have a human form/personality as well as their weapon form. The goal of the school is to eliminate evil human souls, they do this to eliminate the risk of one of these souls turning into the Demon God. Once a Demon God is born from a corrupt human soul they will throw the world into chaos and attempt to destroy everything. In order for a weapon to become powerful it must devour 99 evil souls as well as the soul of a witch.

(At the time of this review 16 episodes are released and the series is currently unlicensed in the U.S. as an anime.)

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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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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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Hell Girl – Review Blurb

July 24, 2008

Quick Summary

Jigoku Shojo (Hell Girl) has a cool concept, it centers on Hell’s Correspondence which is a web site that can only be accessed at midnight by those with a deep grudge, you submit the name of the one whom you wish to punish and the Jigoku Shojo (Hell Girl) will appear before you. The Jigoku Shoujo, Enma Ai, offers to immediately send that person to hell for you…however after you die you will have to pay a price by going to hell for all eternity as well. She then hands you a straw doll with a red string around its neck, if you wish to make the contract with her you simply must pull the string.

Each episode focuses on those who access Hell’s Correspondence and the events that push them to the point of damning themselves to hell for a bit of revenge. Eventually a detective and his daughter show up in each episode and act as a link and a developing plot between all the episodes as they attempt to stop Enma Ai and those she makes contracts with.

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Mushishi – Review Blurb

July 20, 2008

Quick Summary

Mushi are the purest creatures that exist…I think the show called them the closest things to the essence of life. We humans are very far away from the essence of life, so much so that not many people can even see Mushi. In a way all things humans view as paranormal can be explained by Mushi. Ginko is a man with one (green) eye and white hair who can see Mushi. He is a Mushi-shi that travels and aids humans who are suffering from unusual problems that are most likely caused by Mushi and this is what the entire show is about. Although the Mushi aren’t parasitic creatures by nature, they simply do what is in their nature to survive and sometimes what they need to do to survive effects humans negatively.

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