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The Country of Chihaya

The Country of Chihaya

  The small valleys of the Country of Chihaya lie between the two imperial giants, the Country of Boys and the Country of Girls, posessing culturally the traits of both of its titannic neighbors, yet unique in its own traditions. Fields of rice are plentiful by mid-summer, and the plains are as golden as the […]

Romantic Frustration in Ano Natsu de Matteru

Romantic Frustration in Ano Natsu de Matteru

The two main creative forces behind Ano Natsu are director Nagai Tatsuyuki and writer Kuroda Yousuke. Kuroda’s most noted previous work was Onegai Teacher, and his influence on the early episodes of Ano Natsu and the show’s premise were distinctly clear. Nagai’s credits include the likes of Toradora and Ano Hana (both of which he […]

A Reflection on a Decade

A Reflection on a Decade

Near the beginning of this decade, I looked at the anime medium as a source of fresh ideas full of creativity and passion, completely unlike the everyday drivel that filled the American airwaves. For the first few years when I feasted on the cream of the crop my belief was seemingly reaffirmed. As my internet […]

Sorrow-kun’s List of 50 Great Anime of the Decade 2000-2009

Sorrow-kun's List of 50 Great Anime of the Decade 2000-2009

Our staff’s review of the decade continues, and today I’ll be taking on the massive task of trying to list the best fifty anime that came out this decade, as I saw them. As is fairly obvious by now, I can only list the anime that I saw, and I’ve taken the policy of not […]

Zzeroparticle’s List of 20 Noteworthy Anime Titles

Zzeroparticle's List of 20 Noteworthy Anime Titles

That period between Christmas and New Year’s always leaves me in a sort of limbo, where the future is just about there, but not quite, and the past still needs to be nudged on a bit further until it can finally be called the past. Because of that, there’s never really a whole lot to […]