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Latest Review Lupin III: The Secret of Mamo

1.5 stars

A textbook example of how the first in a series isn't always the best.

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Latest Review Spice and Wolf II

4 stars

More smart, sharp-tongued, thoroughly entertaining economic adventures with an added emphasis on substantive romance.

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Latest Review Wedding Peach DX

3.5 stars

A thoroughly enjoyable four-shot that defies the self-imposed limits and traits of the genre.

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Notes and musings about what we're currently watching, as well as goings-on in Japan.

Site Status Update (and secret project introduction)


AAW's unplanned hiatus is the unfortunate side effect of our editor having a stroke, the proprietor buying a house, and my inability to do more than one big project at a time. The positive side effect is that it's time to announce what the heretofore-secret big project is.

Sweet Blue Flowers Manga Finale Notes


After reading the Sweet Blue Flowers manga finale, I'm torn between having enjoyed the characters and being satisfied with the conclusion and the nagging disappointment that the whole thing was lacking in narrative skill and the end was particularly rushed.

Detroit Metal City Notes


Detroit Metal City is a situation comedy about a nice guy getting into awkward situations because he moonlights as the lead singer of a death metal band. The setup sounds good, and the execution is better than funny--it's hilarious.

Eden of the East Movies and Fridge Rage


Eden of the East starts with a bang in the TV series, then follows it up with two movies, the second of which ended up being a prime example of what I shall call Fridge Rage.

RightStuf Holiday Sale Underway


RightStuf's obscenely cheap Holiday Sale is here again! We list some favorites among the even-larger-than-usual list of dirt-cheap anime to empty your wallet.

Summer Wars Notes


Summer Wars is a bit like a cross between Omoide Poroporo, a lighthearted Satoshi Kon film, and WarGames, and while it's not a perfect film it has quite a bit going for it.

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Mar. 15, 2013

In honor of the late Naya Goro, unforgettable voice actor of Zenigata, a review of the not-so-good classic Lupin III: The Mystery of Mamo.

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GKIDS Acquires N. American Theatrical Rights for Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Film

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4K restoration of film to debut at Chicago Critic's Film Festival Full Article at ANN

North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 14-20

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Rozen Maiden anime; Trinity Seven Revision, Snowball Earth manga ship" Full Article at ANN

Sega's Golden Axe Game Gets 10-Episode Animated Series on Comedy Central

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Matthew Rhys, Danny Pudi, Lisa Gilroy, Liam McIntyre, Carl Tart star in series based on 1989 game Full Article at ANN

4 Men Charged With Copying, Selling Strike Witches Anime Design Materials

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Material copies sold through online auctions, generated estimated 10 million yen in sales Full Article at ANN

Voice Actor Dave Underwood Dies at 57

2024-04-17 at 14:30:18
Underwood voiced characters in You're Under Arrest, Crusher Joe, Kite Full Article at ANN

Pokémon Frienda Game Launches in Japanese Arcades in July

2024-04-17 at 14:00:00
Game allows players to catch Pokémon, use them later in battles with Frienda Pick cards Full Article at ANN

Araki Joh, Kenji Nagatomo's Bartender Manga Gets New Mini-Series Manga

2024-04-17 at 13:00:00
New manga runs for 5 consecutive issues, launches on May 1 Full Article at ANN

Studio Ghibli Earns Cannes' Honorary Palme d'Or; Time Magazine Names Hayao Miyazaki in Top 100 Most Influential People List

2024-04-17 at 12:05:16
Ghibli's Honorary Palme d'Or marks 1st time Cannes Festival has given honor to entire group Full Article at ANN

Hajime no Ippo Boxing Manga Goes on 1-Week Hiatus

2024-04-17 at 11:00:00
Series to return in Weekly Shonen Magazine issue 21/22 Full Article at ANN

Undead Unluck TV Anime Adds 3 to English Dub Cast

2024-04-17 at 10:00:00
Anne Yatco, Suzie Yeung, Risa Mei join cast Full Article at ANN