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    Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms

    So, I recently picked this up based on the ANN rating, that and the fact that I tend to like slice-of-life stuff and it was only 1 volume anyway. I wasn't disappointed. Being very much a slice-of-life story there can't be said to be a plot as such - it shows some brief glimpses into the lives...
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    Legend of the Galactic Heroes

    ANN linky Despite being both dated and rather long, I decided to check out this series after hearing so many good reviews of it. I wasn't disappointed. Rather than the more traditional premise of developing a group of good guys to go and defeat the evil empire, the series splits its time...
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    Ode to Kirihito

    I saw this rated quite highly on ANN, and as it was written by Osamu Tezuka, sometimes referred to as the "God of Manga" I thought I should check it out. The story follows a promising young doctor, Kirihito, as he attempts to find a cure for a strange new disease which causes people to be...
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    Official: Denno Coil - best anime this year!

    Note - not really official :P . I'd kinda been feeling that the majority of anime released recently was lacking in some respect - not necessarily bad as such, just not being able to distinguish themselves from the mass of other anime out there. While series like Lovely Complex and Darker than...
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    Shadow Star Nautaru manga

    I recently watched the TV series, and while I thought it was quite good it felt like there was a lot missing, and it doesn't have a proper ending as the anime adaptation stopped halfway through the manga. When I was looking around online I could only see volumes 1-7 (out of 12) available to...
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    Indeed, I am irked...

    Y'know, sometimes the anime community depresses me. Not the whole community, just parts of it. Now, you may remember a while back, I voiced a small protest to Paul about calling Higurashi a lolicon anime. For me, the reason I liked it was the story - a seemingly macabre Groundhog Day...
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    Mirrormask

    I'm not a big fan of live action movies - too often they seem cliched, or when they do seem interesting it feels like they're cut short or rushed. So it was quite a pleasant surprise at the society screening of Mirrormask. I only went along in the first place because Neil Gaiman was involved...
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    Beck

    When I was totalling up the results for the "Anime UK News Manga Top 5" I was quite surprised to see how highly Beck was rated. I watched the anime and really enjoyed it, but I didn't think the manga would work too well, with music being such a central theme. Can anyone tell me how they work...
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