The Final Episode of Ghost in the Shell Arise Is Nothing But Average

Ghost in the Shell Arise hit Japanese theaters once again this past weekend with its final episode: Ghost in the Shell Arise – Border:4 Ghost Stands Alone. Unfortunately, instead of a grand send-off wrapping up the whole series, Ghost Stands Alone is little more than another average Arise episode. » 9/09/14 8:00am 9/09/14 8:00am

Lupin III Is Both a Terrible Adaptation and a Horrible Film

At the start of the new live-action Lupin III film, Fujiko, seeing one of her fellow thieves avoid a pressure-sensitive museum floor by using a rocket pack, utters, “You've got to be joking”—which is more than a little apt as it was exactly what I kept saying again and again over the next two hours and fifteen minutes. » 9/02/14 7:00am 9/02/14 7:00am

The Second Kenshin Film is Just as Good as the First

Two years ago, classic 90s anime/manga Rurouni Kenshin made its way to the big screen. It was an excellent live-action adaptation—easily one of the best I have ever seen. The second film, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, is equally as well done—something even more impressive given the amount of story it has to cover. » 8/04/14 7:30am 8/04/14 7:30am

Kawai Complex Is Silly, Light-Hearted, and Ultimately Goes Nowhere

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior is the story of the everyday life of a group of eccentric, diverse people living under one roof. It's silly, lighthearted, and—like most slice-of-life anime tales—ultimately goes nowhere. Though, in this case, that may not be a bad thing. » 8/01/14 8:00am 8/01/14 8:00am

Black Bullet Irredeemably Ruins An Otherwise Good Premise

Back at the start of the spring season, as I wrote short summaries about all the season's then upcoming anime, post-apocalyptic tale Black Bullet was one of the anime I was most looking forward to. However, less than two episodes in I could already see that it was failing to live up to its interesting premise. » 7/29/14 8:00am 7/29/14 8:00am

Blade & Soul Has No Teens or Harems, Just Action and Vengeance

When I talk with older anime fans, the biggest complaint I hear is that everything has become nothing but moé, angsty, high school, love-harems. They claim they want exciting action shows with an adult cast and grown-up stories. To those people, I say this: “Blade & Soul is the anime for you.” » 7/15/14 8:00am 7/15/14 8:00am