First Episode, First Impressions: Servant X Service Episode 1

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I know what you’re probably thinking, but no… despite its title, Servant x Service is NOT a pervy show about sexy maids and/or butlers. I’m as surprised as you, frankly… knowing what I do about anime, titles, suggestive ecchi, and maid fetishes, it seems like it would be an obvious combination. But Servant x Service is about a very different kind of servant: civil servants. In First Episodes, First Impressions, we take a look at the slice-of-life comedy that delves into the world of Japan’s … [Read more...]

Summer Sun, Something’s Begun: Review of Summer Wars

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Gentle readers, I’m sure you’ve all been there. You have that anime, that book, that movie that never got huge buzz, but that all the critics and everyone who’s seen it say it’s absolutely amazing, best movie ever, will change your life, and you think to yourself, “Huh, I should really see that movie… someday.” I have a lot of those sorts of movies and anime in my life, but until recently, one of the ones near the top was Summer Wars. I’d heard some ridiculously glowing reviews of it, but it … [Read more...]

Miyazaki’s First Movie: Review of Castle of Cagliostro

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In my last article on Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, I mentioned that the movie felt like a pale echo of The Castle of Cagliostro. That got me thinking about how good Castle of Cagliostro actually was, and how little it gets discussed nowadays. I often run into anime fans who don’t even realize it was Hayao Miyazaki’s first feature film, that before Totoro and Nausicaa and all the rest, he worked on a “little” movie based on the TV series of Lupin III. Those who have seen it can likely … [Read more...]

Another Mystery Solved: Review of Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva

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  The Professor Layton series have enjoyed a quiet but solid success on the Nintendo DS system, with their brain-straining puzzles and quaint pseudo-British charm. For those that don’t know, the series follows the eponymous Professor Layton, a gentleman and a scholar obsessed with puzzles, and his young sidekick Luke as they attempt to figure out a mystery (or rather, a mystery within a mystery within a mystery…) Usually, the only way to glean information or assistance from anyone is to solve … [Read more...]