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Review: Ocean Waves (Blu-Ray)

Ocean Waves marked the first time in Studio Ghibli’s history where the directorial duties were handed over to someone other than co-founders Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata back in 1993. With Madman’s recent blu-ray release in hand, let’s dive into this interesting experiment in Ghibli’s back catalogue. Ocean Waves treads somewhat familiar ground by telling […]

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Review: Seiyu’s Life Complete Series (DVD)

Seiyu’s Life’s premise is refreshingly interesting – self-referencial seiyu career drama/slice of life/coming of age-character based story with a big emphasis on the nitty gritty quirks of working in Japan’s highly-competitive and internationally recognised voice talent industry. As a long-time fanboy why wouldn’t I jump at the chance to check it out? Seiyu’s Life follows […]

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Review: When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace (DVD)

A pool episode, a beach episode, and a festival episode, what more could you ask for? When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace has everything a shameless harem needs to be successful! But can it truly be called shameless? Notwithstanding the basic school setting coupled with uninspired character archetypes, Supernatural Battles presents a main character who genuinely deserves the awkwardly placed […]

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Review: Nisekoi Season 2 Collection (DVD)

Nisekoi’s first season, on the whole, managed to succeed on its own terms by challenging its harem tropes through improved characterisation. The second season picks up directly from the conclusion of its predecessor with interesting results. Nisekoi Season 2 kicks off with Chitoge lamenting that she has a thing for Raku as a carry over […]

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Review: Only Yesterday (Blu-Ray)

Back in May we had the opportunity to review Only Yesterday on DVD, but with Madman recently releasing it on Blu-Ray, we thought it was a good opportunity to revisit Takahata’s delightful tale in HD. For those wanting a strong synopsis of the plot I’d recommend you read Calo’s review of the DVD edition, but […]