Manga Review: Akumetsu

Are you ready for some awesome action-packed, somewhat cliched, thrilling, and definitely psychological adventure? Yes?

Akumetsu was one of the first manga under the genre “psychological” that I’ve ever read (sadly at the time, I didn’t know that it was psychological at all).  Even though I tend to avoid reading series that are filed under the “action” category a lot, I just couldn’t pass on this one. Especially not after the first three chapters. The humor’s there, the seriousness is there, and most importantly, the characters stand out.  Continue reading…

Manga Review: Satougashi no Dangan wa Uchinukenai

A Bullet or A Lollipop, despite the beginning of the plot, is by far, one of the deepest and darkest series I have read.  It not only focuses on love, friendships, and conflicts, but it’s also down to earth. It’s also more psychological than anything else but this was the manga that got me into the psychology genre so I would still recommend it to everyone. 

This story is like no other stories out there. The impact the characters gives you will make you want to reread the whole series just to get a better view on the plot. And many of the points in this, we can relate to; may it be negligence, sadness, grief, or  happiness. There are hints laid out throughout the whole story that leads to the ending. Although the beginning might be slow, it’s definitely worth the read after getting through the first… Say, 3 or 4 chapters. The length of the story is just right; it doesn’t drag out too much but neither does it

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Manga Review: Kyou Kara Ore Wa

I enjoyed this manga since grade 8. Kyou Kara Ore Wa (KKOW) was the first comedy school domination manga I read. The story revolves around Mitsuhashi (the blond) and Itou (the Kappa) with side characters Ima (the fool) and Tanigawa (the weak). The manga starts off with Mitushashi moving into a new neighbourhood, where he decides to use this opportunity to become a delinquent. Upon meeting a fellow transfer student named Itou, he finds out that he wasn’t the only one. 

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First Guests Announced: Noah Antwiler & Doug Walker

In case anyone missed it, Anime Revolution is proud to present our first confirmed guests!

Noah Antwiler (aka Spoony) is the award-winning creator of The Spoony Experiment; a no holds barred website dedicated to criticizing video games and movies.  His foray into geekdom beginning as an RPG player (both tabletop and videogame alike) has morphed into the internet sensation of video reviews.  Putting his own personal spin on looking at both old and new media, often including many diverse and entertaining characters, Noah Antwiler has become a renowned voice in today’s geek culture.

Doug Walker (aka The Nostalgia Critic) is the award-winning mastermind behind  That Guy With The Glasses, an internet site dedicated to videos reviewing all that the entertainment industry has to offer.  His most popular show,  The Nostalgia Critic, for which The New York Times has described him as an “unlikely star“,  has aired every Wednesday for over three years and has spearheaded the internet sensation of review videos.  His site is also host to various other reviewers and continues to grow.

Anime Review: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

Who’s ready for some tsundere and moe action from this all in one pack newly released anime? I began this series while browsing through a stack of Japanese light novels and the title obviously caught my attention. Who names a series “I don’t have many friends”? was what I thought.

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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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