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Ga-Rei: Zero

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The show is about the Japanese Ministry of Defense and their anti-paranormal special forces called the Supernatural Disaster Prevention Office. They’re tasked with protecting Japan from supernatural and paranormal events. Of course there are missions that go awry and you’re dropped right into the middle of one from the beginning of the show. Continue reading

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Witchblade

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Witchblade actually has a long history. It just ended it’s 20 year run as a comic with issue #185 for October 2015. It started out as a Top Cow comic in 1995 under Image Comics. There was a TV series in 2001-2002, a novel in 2006, a manga series and the anime which was broadcast in 2006 and ran for 24 episodes. There was even a movie planned in 2009 but it got cancelled. So there is definitely a lot in the history of the Witchblade property.

In this incarnation of Witchblade, the main character is a woman named Masane Amaha. She lose her memory during what is known as “The Great Quake”. She was found uninjured, holding a baby in her arms and a strange bracelet on her arm. 6 years later, Masane returns to Tokyo with the child who she believes is her daughter, looking to lead a peaceful life. Masane is a very kind hearted woman who is clumsy and not good around the house but her daughter is the opposite and she takes over those duties as Masane tries to keep a roof over their heads.

Unfortunately for Masane, she discovers that the “bracelet” on her arm is not a bracelet but it’s in fact, the legendary Witchblade, a very powerful weapon. Because of this, she ends up in the middle of a power struggle by 2 corporations to get the power of the Witchblade. Continue reading

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Darker than Black: The Black Contractor (Dākā Zan Burakku: Kuro no Keiyakusha)

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The story revolves around a phenomenon known as “Hell’s Gate”. Hell’s Gate is a impenetrable field which appeared 10 years ago. At the same time these psychics who wield paranormal powers at the cost of their conscience also emerged. These people are covert agents known as Contractors, they’re assassins, spies and other covert type agents who carry out dirty work and seemingly now lack a human conscience though they are indeed human. They thrive in the underworld and their loyalty is always in question because of their line of work. One of the Contractors is Hei, probably the most powerful and feared Contractor, along with his blind assistant Yin, works for one of the agencies trying to unlock the mystery of the Gate, while also trying to stay alive. Continue reading

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Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor (Dākā Zan Burakku: Ryūsei no Jemini)

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So you’ve finished season 1 of Darker than Black and you want more right? Well there’s more show for you to enjoy.

In this 2nd season of Darker, you find Hei and Yin are on the run after being betrayed by the Syndicate. After leaving Japan, Hei ventures to Russia and comes across a young girl who becomes part of a conflict unknowingly, between different factions and Contractors fighting for power. He saves her from the ones fighting over her and she becomes his apprentice. But as we find out, Hei in his current condition is not the best teacher. Continue reading

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Darker than Black: Gaiden (Dākā Zan Burakku: Gaiden)

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Darker than Black: Gaiden is seen as a 3rd season by a lot of people and they have plenty of reason to think that since it came out after the 2nd season. If you’ve watched Darker than Black, these OVAs are essential in the storyline, they aren’t your typical OVAs of recent vintage which are mostly hot springs and beach episodes.

 

These 4 episodes fill in the giant gaping plot hole gap between seasons 1 and 2. Season 2 seems almost as if it’s a different timeline without these 4 episodes. Any questions that were left unanswered with that 2nd season are answered here. The story revolves around Hei and Yin exclusively. They have left Tokyo and are on the run from the Syndicate and others. In these OVAs, you get to learn more about Hei and Yin and their relationship with each other while their on the run from the groups after them. Continue reading

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Paranoia Agent (Mousou Dairinin)

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Paranoia Agent is one that I picked up because the cover image and genre. If it’s mystery, I’m probably checking it out. Now that’s not to say that all mystery is good but I will most likely check them out.

In Musashino, Tokyo, a juvenile serial assailant who was nicknamed “Lil’ Slugger” has been terrorizing the city. Lil’ Slugger is a kid who goes around with a gold bat and wears gold skates, he bashes people with the bat for a myriad of reasons. The show revolves around those who have been affected by Lil’ Slugger, whether it was because of direct attacks or stories they heard. There are a pair of detectives on the case and one “detective” who seems to be a porn producer more than another detective. As the show goes on and pieces fall into place, it gets a bit more interesting. Continue reading

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku: Outbreak (OVA)

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The town of Hinamizawa can’t seem to catch a break but it can catch an outbreak. Yes folks, I’ll be here all week 😀

Alright, enough bad jokes. Yes, we’re back in Hinamizawa with Keichii and the girls. The curse that never dies is back but this time in the form of a viral outbreak. As you know already, the people in that town aren’t the brightest and they just fall in line instead of looking for real answers. This time the crazy townpeople are after Satoko (as usual) and Keichii and Rena since outsiders are being blamed for the virus. Oyashiro of course is somehow behind it too.

The same things that made the first series controversial are here too. The pure unadulterated violence is back, not that the second series was bad but it just wasn’t the same without all the violence. This is a 50 minute romp with the same familiar characters. If you’re a fan of the series then you’ll like this one too. The only issue I have is that it needs an ending or something, just felt like it got cut off too early.

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Terror in Resonance (Zankyō no Teroru)

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Terror in Resonance is one that seems to have slipped under the radar. There could be several reasons for that. These days you don’t get a lot of thrillers due to the production committees not recognizing what people want. Instead that produce moe show after moe show which I guess is making them money but people want gritty, thriller shows too.

Right from the beginning, you have things blowing up and you’re thrown head first into the world of Terror in Resonance. It takes place in an alternate present where Tokyo is hit by a terrorist attack that devastates the city. The only thing they have to go on in terms of clues is a video that was uploaded to the internet by a group calling themselves Sphinx. Continue reading

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Kite Liberator

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Kite Liberator is set 10 years after the original Kite, it’s also a 50 minute OVA. This sequel isn’t about just introducing the characters or murders like the first one. This one goes in a much different direction but just as dark.

The story revolves around another high school girl named Monaka, she’s clumsy, works a late night job, you wouldn’t think of her as an assassin. The problem here is where the story goes. You have the usual assassins but then there are space scenes and even something that we’ll call an alien for now. It really just goes off on some weird tangent. Continue reading

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Another (Anazā)

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The story starts in 1972, when a student named Misaki died in the middle of the year. Misaki was part of Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3. Being devastated by the loss, the students and teachers acted as if Misaki was still alive which lead to him mysteriously being in the class picture.

Fast forward to 1998, we meet Koichi Sakakibara, a new transfer into class 3-3. Koichi meets some of his classmates while he is in the hospital who seem wary about his presence. He also meets a girl named Mei Misaki, a student who the other students and even the teachers ignore as if she doesn’t exist. Koichi refuses to ignore her though.

The class is soon caught in a supernatural phenomenon where students and their families are beginning to die in mysterious ways. They realize that these are not ordinary deaths Continue reading

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