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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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Latest Akemi's Anime Blog Posts

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

Site Status Update (and secret project introduction)

07/23/2014

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.
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Sweet Blue Flowers Manga Finale Notes

08/10/2013

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.
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Detroit Metal City Notes

03/06/2013

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.
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Eden of the East Movies and Fridge Rage

12/15/2012

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.
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RightStuf Holiday Sale Underway

11/21/2012

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.
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Summer Wars Notes

09/13/2012

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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Anime Sols Outlines 7 More Streaming Campaigns

2014-07-24 at 15:20:11
Company will add Belfy and Lil'bit, Goku no Daibōken, Time Bokan, Temple the Balloonist, Wonder 3, Kerokko Dematan Full Article at ANN

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth 3DS Game Gets Manga Adaptation

2014-07-24 at 14:20:23
Game shipped on June 5 in Japan. Full Article at ANN

Akiba's Trip 2's 2 English Trailers Posted, PS4 Port Release Revealed

2014-07-24 at 13:20:18
PS3, PS Vita version delayed by 1 week to August 12 Full Article at ANN

Sword Art Online Producer Shinichiro Kashiwada to Attend Otakon

2014-07-24 at 12:20:50
Associate producer for Madoka Magica, Oreimo attends August event Full Article at ANN

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Game's Marie Character Promo Streamed

2014-07-24 at 06:32:24
Persona 4 The Golden character available as DLC in PS3 fighting game shipping August 28 in Japan, September 30 in N. America Full Article at ANN

Kumamon Helps Promote Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Sequel's Filming Locations

2014-07-23 at 22:05:00
Specialty popcorn buckets will have images of Kumamon at film's iconic locations Full Article at ANN

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax's Rise, Yukari, Junpei Trailers Streamed

2014-07-23 at 21:15:00
Atlus USA ships fighting game in N. America on September 30 Full Article at ANN

Japanese Comic Ranking, July 14-20

2014-07-23 at 19:00:10
Fairy Tail, Magi, Case Closed, Ace of Diamond, Kingdom in top 5 Full Article at ANN

Japan's Video Game Rankings, July 14-20

2014-07-23 at 17:30:34
Oreshika 2, Atelier Shallie, Gundam Tryage SP debut Full Article at ANN

Kamigami no Asobi, Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 2000% Will End in August

2014-07-23 at 16:30:33
Original stories also inspired anime series. Full Article at ANN