Manga Review: Psyren

If time travel and psychic powers is your thing, then Psyren is for you. Each issue will captivate you into reading the next.  The manga is based on a high schooler named Yshina Ageha who offers help to people for the price of 10,000 yen.  No matter what the task maybe at hand, he will take care of it. One day as he headed home, his attention was averted to a ringing pay phone. As he places the phone to his ear, all he hears is his own voice echoing. After hanging up, he finds a mysterious telephone card word the word “Psyren” imprinted on it. His life will forever be changed as he is drawn into a crazy new world.

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Manga Review: Gamaran

Rurouni Kenshin left a deep impression in a lot of us manga/anime fans, leaving us with a search for more Samurai action. There has been quite a few titles released after Kenshin such as Samurai Deeper Kyo and Peacemaker Kurogane , but hail in comparison. I enjoyed Samurai Deeper Kyo and Peacemaker Kurogane, but they just didn’t have all the elements that Kenshin had.

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Anime Review: Onigamiden (Movie)

A 15-year-old boy goes 1200 years back in time to find his unlikely destiny as the savior to end the war between humans and demons.


Having absolutely almost no interest in historical stories or whatsoever, this was one of the only anime that has historical themes to capture my interest within the first five minutes of viewing. Although the character art style isn’t the best (and it does irk me quite a bit throughout the whole thing), the storyline and many scenes in the movie definitely makes up for it. The beginning moments are absolutely captivating if you can last through the first 2 minutes. The final battle will send shivers down your spine with the amazing eye-candy.

During the middle, though, some parts may be a tad slow and some parts may also make you feel like smacking the protagonist. Other than that, this movie has definitely taken it’s place in my top twenties chart. In short, this is definitely a movie worth watching and enjoying.

Anime Review: Le Portraite de Petite Cossette (Cossette no Shouzou)

The series focuses on Eiri Kurahashi, a college art student who works in an antique shop. One day, he sees the image of a girl in an antique glass. To his shock, she appears to be moving and living out her life before his eyes. He becomes infatuated with the girl, and one night at midnight, he somehow makes contact with her. He learns that her name is Cossette, and that she was an aristocrat’s daughter during the 18th century. She reveals to him that her spirit has been entrapped within the glass because the artist Marcello Orlando murdered her. She tells Eiri that, in order to set her free, a man must be willing to take upon himself punishment for the sins Marcello committed.

As the series progresses, Eiri is tortured mentally and physically by Cossette, who demands that he prove his professed love for her. It is revealed that Eiri is the reincarnation of Marcello, and that Cossette is becoming as infatuated with him as he is with her. Also depicted are the efforts of the women in Eiri’s life—relatives, friends, mentors, and the girl who secretly loves him—to free him from what is becoming apparent to them as a self-destructive path.

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Being the dark psychological anime lover that I am, I somehow found this Gothic and mysterious picture of a blonde girl. Struck by the dark atmosphere of the picture, I instantly made a search for the anime. The three 36 minutes long OVA,  “Cossette no Shouzou”, better known as “Le Portraite de Petite Cossette”, was what I found. Yes, the official name is french and it’s (from my very limited knowledge of french and it’s grammar) very much grammatically correct but no, this is an authentic Japanese anime in no way associated with french novels or whatsoever.

Le Portraite de Petite Cossette came as a complete surprise to me. The dark, yet comforting atmosphere in the beginning gives you a sense of comfort and security while suddenly, it will plunge you into a sense of fear and be-wilderness. The plot was uniquely structured and the characters keeps you guessing until the very end. The visuals are absolutely stunning for an anime made in 2004, and the color contrasts are to die for. The tension that fills you whilst watching are definitely something no one will regret when watching.

This series is rated R-17 for violence and profanity. Watch at your own risk.

Anime Review: Ano Hana Review

Ano Hi Mita Hana No Namae O Bokutachi Wa Mada Shiranai, also colloquially known as Ano Hana is a tale that depicts the interwoven lives of six friends who continually struggle with the inner demons of their shared past. Over the natural course of time, the bond of friendship in this close-knit group of children has inevitably diminished with each individual travelling along his or her own path, save for one of its members: Jinta, a hikikomori and the main protagonist. As ex-leader of the now-defunct “Super Peace Busters”, Jinta now spends his days dwelling unproductively at home, plagued by the incarnation of his deceased childhood friend and former “Super Peace Busters” member, Menma. As the embodiment of his stress and trauma, Menma has returned to ask for her wish to be granted. Now the question remains: Will Jinta muster up the strength to reunite the members of the “Super Peace Busters” in order to fulfill Menma’s wish?

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A.R.T! – Anime Reviews Today – Yakitate Japan

Anime Revolution is adding a segment to our website labeled ART! This is a chance for us to help promote Anime and give our thoughts on some not so mainstream/popular Animes that are currently out there. To kick off this segment, here is our first piece of ART!

While going through my catalog of Animes I wanted to review, I stumbled upon this little gem. Yakitate Japan is a light hearted comedy about young Azuma on his quest to create the perfect “pan” (bread) for Japan. Written by Takashi Hashiguchi, Azuma and friends fight through numerous battles in kitchen stadium. They laugh, they cry, they fight, they parody, they do it all in this anime. So if your tired of watching those stressful “save the world” type Animes, give this 69 episode series a chance.

Official Venue: Vancouver Convention Center

There were many factors that we considered when choosing this venue. We wanted to make a statement . One that shows how serious we are about running this convention. More importantly, we wanted a venue that would make our attendees happy.

We don’t want you to suffer in the warm summer air. We don’t want you stuck with a small selection of food choices. We don’t want you to have difficulty getting to the venue. We don’t want you having problems finding nearby hotels.

Conventions bring in to town a lot of visitors from other cities. We want them to able to enjoy Vancouver and all it has to offer.

We want you to spend time at our convention yet still enjoy the beautiful sights, restaurants, and other festivities this world class city has to offer.

Having considered all these factors, it became more and more clear where we had to go. And for the reasons explained in the below video, we were convinced it was the right choice.

So without further adieu, Anime Revolution’s 2012 Venue of Choice:

Anime Evolution – What Happened?

Anime Evolution in Vancouver BC, was our annual anime con. With their sudden dissolution, we felt that we HAD to do something. With high hopes and dreams, this is why ANIME REVOLUTION was born. A new and separate group celebrating the legacy left behind by Anime Evolution. 

Anime Evolution was Vancouver’s anime convention that took place annually at UBC and SFU. They were a volunteer and fan driven community. We hope that with their sudden disappearance, we may step up and carry the Anime torch that burns deep within all of us.

Anime Evolution will continue to hold it’s place in our memories. Thank you Anime Evolution for giving us fans a place to gather and unite. We here at Anime Revolution, hope we can make our city, province, and country proud!

*Note: ANIME REVOLUTION is not associated with Anime Evolution.