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Review Recap

This is just a little place where we like to index all the stuff we've reviewed, so you can see what we thought of it at a glance. Geez, that sure is a lotta stuff... heheh, oh, well. Each month we add last month's reviews to this index, so be sure to check back frequently!

Category: Title: Company: Comment: Grade:

Action Figures Ah! My Goddess: Yellow Submarine Action Figure Series Yellow Submarine They may not move, but they are perfect on a shelf. A+
Action Figures Kaiyodo Evangelion Models Kaiyodo Buy! Buy! Buy! :) A
Action Figures McFarlane's 3D Animation from Japan McFarlane Toys The parts make for some serious chocking hazards. But if you spend the cash you better not let any little kids near these babies. A+
Action Figures McFarlane's 3D Animation from Japan Wave 2 McFarlane Toys More figures, better mobility, and insane accessory assembly. 85%
Action Figures Volks Excellent Doll Body Volks Outstanding for articulation and universality. How can you top a selection of bodies that can fit almost any character? A+
Anime A.D. Police Vol.1: Bad Blood ADV For the person who wants everything related to Bubblegum Crisis. 71%
Anime Akira: The Special Edition DVD Pioneer If there were more stills it would have gotten a 100. 99%
Anime Amazing Nurse Nanako Vol.1 - Memories of You Pioneer Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy... Gotta love that fan service. It's killer. A-
Anime Amazing Nurse Nanako Vol.2 - Fire-Crackers Pioneer Nanako has fan service that goes to eleven. A+
Anime Amazing Nurse Nanako Vol.3 - The Last Spiral Pioneer The pay-off is well worth the price of admission. A-
Anime Angel Links Vol.1 Bandai Just finished watching Outlaw Star and still want some more? Try Angel Links! 91%
Anime Argent Soma Sunrise A refreshing science fiction tale of hatred, love and mysteries. 93%
Anime Assemble Insert Right Stuf Make it a classic, please. 86%
Anime The Big O Sunrise Big style, Big robots, Big action, Big-O! B+
Anime Blood: The Last Vampire Manga Entertainment The longest, most attractive anime trailer ever made... Only, there’s no actual movie to go with it. 68%
Anime Blue Gender Toshiba EMI A top-notch science fiction story with excellent character and mechanical designs. A-
Anime Cardcaptors Vol.1: Tests of Courage Nelvana How could they do this to Sakura?! D+
Anime CosPlay Encyclopedia AnimeWorks For the same amount of money you can get the dub of the Sailor Moon R: Promise of the Rose Movie. D+
Anime Combustible Campus Guardress (Bakuen Campus Guardress) Jump Video Seen it all before, but that’s no reason not to see it all again. C+
Anime Cowboy Bebop 1st Session DVD Bandai A great value for a great series. Check it out! A-
Anime Crest of the Stars (Sekai no Monshou) Vol.1-3 Bandai An epic space adventure inspired by famous sci-fi novel. 84%
Anime Digimon: The Movie Fox Kids This movie slaughters Pokemon in every way. A+
Anime The Dog of Flanders Pioneer Do not watch this movie if you are depressed or have just watched Grave of the Fireflies. A-
Anime Dragon Ball: Tournament - Roshi's Request FUNimation The episodes are missing the feel of the first story arc. 72%
Anime Dual! Parare Run Run Monogatari Pioneer "Dual!" is definitly a must-try for sci-fi and "Tenchi" series fans who wants something light and merry for a change. A-
Anime Escaflowne the Movie: A Girl in Gaea Bandai Where the plot is thin at times, the movie makes up for it with stunning visuals and great characters. B+
Anime Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (Theater) Square Pictures The most realistic CGI film ever is also the least interesting CGI film of all time (not that there's a lot of competition). 78%
Anime Flint, The Time Detective Vol.3: The Sands of Time Right Stuf A fun show, but some strange video problems. 58%
Anime Flint, the Time Detective Vol.4: Can't We All Get Along? Right Stuf Despite some little touches, the Flint DVD misses the big picture. 70%
Anime Gatekeepers GONZO Oh, GONZO again. =) B+
Anime Golgo 13: Queen Bee Special Edition DVD Urban Vision The second movie featuring Japan's most popular hit man. 73%
Anime Hand Maid May Vol.1: Maid to Order Pioneer You will fall in love with this show. 84%
Anime Haunted Junction DVD Collection Bandai Twelve of the funniest episodes you will ever see, all in one affordable DVD set. A+
Anime The Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV Series DVD Box Set Right Stuf One of the best series you'll ever see. 92%
Anime The Irresponsible Captain Tylor: The OVA Collection Vol. 5 - From Here to Eternity Right Stuf A fitting end to a series with some of the most memorable characters ever. B+
Anime Initial D Avex Group Heart-pounding street racing anime with awesome CG! A-
Anime Initial D Third Stage: The Movie Avex Group A great anime movie to watch if you want to test the speakers of your home entertainment system. =) 92%
Anime Inu-Yasha Sunrise Yet another winner from Rumiko Takahashi, and with a sexy puppy-boy to boot! 93%
Anime Jubei-Chan: The Ninja Girl - Secret of the Lovely Eyepatch Vol.1: A Legend Reborn! Bandai One of the most original and off-the-wall series on the market. A-
Anime Kaikan Phrase Canyon Got J-rock? Got bishounen? What more could you ask for? 86%
Anime Love Hina Xebec Big hit romance comedy straight from Japan! B+
Anime Magical Project S (Pretty Sammy TV) Pioneer Keeps the magic going all the way to the finale. B+
Anime Megami Kouhosei Bandai A must-see anime series with astonishing computer graphics fused with nicely done traditional anime artworks. A-
Anime Mobile Suit Gundam Vol.1: The Battle Begins DVD Bandai This is where it all began! 87%
Anime Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team Vol.1 DVD Bandai A nice diversion. 90%
Anime Nadesico The Movie: The Prince of Darkness Kadokawa Shoten Not as good as the TV series, but definitly worth checking out. B+
Anime Nazca Vol. 1 - Blades of Fate Pioneer If you love martial arts, ancient civilizations, or just like tales of reincarnation, then this series is for you. A-
Anime Nazca Vol. 2 - Blood Rivals Pioneer This volume takes the plots presented in the first one and expounds on them, but be sure you pick up the first volume of Nazca: Blades of Fate so you won't be lost. A-
Anime Nazca Vol.3 - Betrayal of Humanity Pioneer The most engaging volume in the series up to this point. A+
Anime Neon Genesis Evangelion: Collection 0:1 DVD ADV Do you like Eva? Don't be a fool! Get this DVD!! A+
Anime NieA under Seven Vol.1: Poor Girl Blues Pioneer A show that won't appeal to everyone. 84%
Anime NieA under Seven Vol.2: Funky Water Blues Pioneer The series begins to grow on you. 79%
Anime Parappa the Rapper: The Animated Series Sony In the rain or in the snow, I’ve got the funky flow, but now, this anime really blows. 65%
Anime Perfect Blue Manga Video One of the weirdest and most engaging Anime movies out there. A-
Anime Pet Shop of Horrors DVD Urban Vision Sooner or later everyone goes to Chinatown... to visit Count D and his wonderful Pet Shop! A-
Anime Pokémon: The First Movie (Theater) Warner Bros. A decent movie ruined by a crappy dub. C
Anime Pokémon: The Movie 2000 (Theater) Warner Bros. Where Pokemon: The First Movie fell on its face, the second movie makes all the right moves and gives a little fan service as an added treat. A-
Anime Pokémon 3: The Movie (Theater) Warner Bros. Less Ash angst, more pokémon battles. Can that be a bad thing? 75%
Anime Princess Mononoke (Theater) Miramax A tour de force that'll leave you wanting to see it again. A+
Anime Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Rose Collection Vol. 1 DVD Software Sculptors A definite anime classic that no Otaku should be without. A-
Anime Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Rose Collection Vol. 2 DVD Software Sculptors Excellent. Weird. Original. Utena is all these things and the fun comes from trying to solve the many mysteries. A+
Anime Rurouni Kenshin Wandering Samurai Vol.1 : The Legendary Swordsman AnimeWorks ^_^x B+
Anime Sailor Moon S - Heart Collection I DVD Pioneer Seven uncut episodes is a very sweet deal. B
Anime Sakura Diaries Vol.1 ADV Very suggestive at times, but the great story and comedy aspects are this shows high points. B+
Anime Sakura Diaries Vol.2 ADV Take everything we said about this show in the May Fringe and just throw it right in the crapper, because this show is the most hentai anime there is that isn't hentai. A-
Anime Samurai X Volume 1: Trust DVD ADV @_@x Love the show, but don't love the dub. 80%
Anime Senkaiden Houshin Engi Shueisha Another intriguing series inspired by a well-known manga series. B+
Anime Sol Bianca: The Legacy Vol.1 - Lost Treasures DVD Pioneer It may be a remake, but it is one of the must see series on the market. A-
Anime Slayers: The Book of Spells ADV How can you compare Lina's breast to Nahga's? B+
Anime Slayers: The Motion Picture ADV Great characters and fun situations make for an unforgettable viewing experience. B+
Anime Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko Vol.1 Right Stuf Yamamoto Yohko paints an amusing picture of war and peace 1000 years in the future. 73%
Anime Street Fighter Alpha: The Movie Manga Video The Dark Hadou must have taken hold of you if you haven't seen this movie. A
Anime Tales of Eternia the Animation Xebec Need advice on how to play RPGs? Here's an anime just for you... Just kidding. =) 86%
Anime Tenchi Forever (Tenchi-Muyo in Love 2) Pioneer A must-have for Tenchi fans. B-
Anime Tenchi In Tokyo (Shin Tenchi-Muyo! TV) Pioneer Too funny for its own good. C-
Anime 3x3 Eyes: Immortals Pioneer The way classic anime should be done. A
Anime 3x3 Eyes: Legend of the Divine Demon Pioneer The plot could have used a little work. B-
Anime Transformers Beast Wars II: Movie Edition - Lion Convoy in Danger Pioneer Beast Wars in 2-D? Yep. At least in Japan. C
Anime Trigun Vol.1: The $$60,000,000,000 Man Pioneer If you're pressed for money, avoid it go for Cowboy Bebop instead. C-
Anime Vampire Hunter D: Special Edition DVD Urban Vision A true classic that no anime fan should be without. B
Anime Vampire Hunter D 2000 (Theater) Urban Vision A wonderful fantasy action film that surpases the original in everthing but gore. A
Anime Vandread GONZO Sci-fi Love-Love Comedy for the Quality-Conscious Otakus! A+
Anime Wild Cardz U.S. Manga Too cute for its own good. D+
Anime X (Theater) Manga Video Aside from a minor few errors, the film is an enjoyable watch that shouldn't be missed. A-
Anime X (DVD) Manga Video Armageddon from the makers of Card Captor Sakura! 74%
Book AIC: Animation International Chronicle Palgrave If you can't read Japanese, you can still look at the pictures. A+
Book Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation AIC The clever asides keep the book from falling apart. 75%
Book Cardcaptor Sakura Vol.1 TOKYOPOP Any otaku would find this particular manga adaptation pleasing - both to the mind and eye. A
Book CLOVER Vol.1 TOKYOPOP One of CLAMP's most bizzare stories. 77%
Book Cybertronian: The Unofficial Transformers ReCogNitioN Guide, Vols. 1-2 Antarctic Press A true trip down memory lane. 81%
Book Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II W & W Norton and Co. A hard look at America's occupation of Japan following the Pacific War. 81%
Book Ghost Sweeper Mikami Book 1 (Chinese) Ching Win Comics GS Mikami never made it to the anime hall of fame. 67%
Book Magic Knight Rayearth Vol.4 TOKYOPOP Come on, this is CLAMP, you know you're going to buy it. It sports a great translation and excellent artwork and it's worth every penny. A-
Book The Making of Modern Japan Belknap Press The history of Japan from unification to the present. 97%
Book Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Vol.1 TOKYOPOP An excellent way to experience the epic series without having to sit through the anime. B+
Book Maico 2010 Vol.1 ComicsOne Some PG to R rated content. 89%
Book Kia Asamiya's Nadesico Book 2 CPM Manga Has a better plot than the anime version. 75%
Book Oh My Goddess!: The Adventures of the Mini-Goddesses Dark Horse This is one of those rare books that a fan should not be without. A
Book Parasyte Vol.4 TOKYOPOP There are lots of blood and body parts flying around in this series. B-
Book Read Japanese Today Charles E Tuttle Co Read Japanese Today is far from an authorative work on kanji, but it does what it sets out to do well. 80%
Book Secret Comics Japan VIZ One of the best mature audience manga collections on the market today. A+
Book Shidima, Vol 1, Chapter 1: Outlaws Return Image Comics A samurai by any other name would kick as much butt. B
Book Sunrise Anime Daizenshi Tatsumi Publishing A publication with everything one can know about Sunrise. And pages of details that you don't even need to know. :) C+
Book Wizard: Anime Invasion Vol.1, #1 Wizard A bit too mainstream. 62%
CD BOA: Twilight Pioneer If you only expect anime music, look somewhere else. 85%
CD Cardcaptor Sakura Complete Vocal CD Victor Sugar, in it's unadulterated music form. All the Cardcaptor Sakura you could ever want. 97%
CD Dance Dance Revolution 4th Mix: Original Soundtrack Intercord It's got a beat and you can dance to it. Well, duh! 93%
CD Eriko with Crunch JASPAC Eriko's joining this group seems to be a wise choice. A+
CD Eriko with Crunch - Luv is Magic JASPAC Loose lyric booklet with an awesome picture of the group on the cover included in pocket-sleeve of disc package. B+
CD Eriko Imai - My Place JASPAC Beautiful foldout booklet, free Eriko Imai logo sticker, plastic sleeve case. 90%
CD Final Fantasy: Pray Digicube A great CD that any Final Fantasy veteran can't do without. 96%
CD Final Fantasy IX Piano Collection Digicube Final Fantasy IX's music, piano-fied. 89%
CD GLOBE: Cruise Record 1995-2000 Avex With the leadership of J-Music mastermind Tetsuya Komuro, there's no telling how big this group can truly get. A
CD Kiss Destination - Gravity Sony You will not be disappointed with this album! A
CD Megumi Hayashibara - "Bertemu" King Records One of the best collections of Megumi Hayashibara's songs. A-
CD Memorial Album of The Musical 8: Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Nippon Columbia For a long-time SeraMyu fan, these tracks won't be a surprise. A
CD Namie Amuro - Genius 2000 Avex Amuro's rest paid off, thus producing a beautiful album to enjoy until her next release. A
CD Namie Amuro - Never End Avex Amuro continues to ignite the stage and give her beloved fans exactly what they want. A+
CD Pokémon: Para ser un Maestro Nintendo So it's a dub of a dub. B
CD SNK vs. Capcom : Saikyou Fighters - OGST SNK Nice album booklet featuring artwork of both SNK and Capcom characters as drawn by Capcom artists. B+
CD SPEED Final Dome Tour - Real Life Avex These girls went out with a bang at their finale performance. A
CD Takako Uehara - "first wing" RK Works Honestly, I adore this album. A
CD Trigun Spicy Stewed Donut Original Animation Soundtrack TOKYOPOP A heavily digital romp through every mood you can possibly think of. 90%
Live Action Iron Chef: American Season II Food Network Food Network’s localization of Iron Chef continues to prove that there’s more Japanese TV worth bringing over than just the anime. A
Live Action Seven Samurai Miramax Seven Samurai is a must-watch film. 95%
Live Action Uzumaki VIZ One of the most unique horror films in years, and a true visual treat. 93%
Non-Anime Samurai Jack Cartoon Network One of the best shows since Powerpuff Girls. 98%
Trading Cards Gundam Wing: MS War Collectible Card Game Bandai Further proof that collectible card games no longer need be collectible nor a game. 65%
Trading Cards Sailor Moon: Archival Trading Cards Dart FlipCards Inc. One of those great sets of anime trading cards that you should collect. A-
Trading Cards Sailor Moon Collectible Card Game - 1st Edition Dart FlipCards Inc. The female version of the DragonBall Z CCG? Maybe, but it's another anime CCG for people to play and collect. B+
Video Game (Arcade) GuitarFreaks 6th Mix/DrumMania 5th Mix Konami If you can find both machines and a couple of friends, you can cosplay your own j-pop band! 90%
Video Game (Arcade) Police 911 Konami The best one-player shooting game ever. 91%
Video Game (DC) AIR Visual Art's A big hit Japanese PC game, reborn on the Dreamcast game console. 92%
Video Game (DC) Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000 Capcom "But it's the same Malibu Stacey!"
"Yeah, but she's got a new hat!"
Video Game (DC) Phantasy Star Online ver.2 Sega A great update for those willing to sacrifice a little money. 81%
Video Game (DC) Record of Lodoss War - The Advent of Cardice Kadokawa Diablo, anyone? B-
Video Game (GBA) F-Zero Advance Nintendo A great port of a great SNES game equals a rather lackluster GBA launch title. 75%
Video Game (GBA) Kuru Kuru Kururin Nintendo The only GBA game worth importing. 95%
Video Game (GBA) Mario Kart Advance Nintendo The directional pad is too sensitive. 84%
Video Game (GBA) Super Street Fighter II X Revival Capcom More or less the same old game. 71%
Video Game (GBC) The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages Capcom Zelda, from Capcom, with love. 90%
Video Game (GBC) Pokémon Crystal Nintendo Basically a clone of the Gold and Silver. 85%
Video Game (GBC) Pokemon Puzzle Challenge Nintendo Brightly colored blocks and Pokemon, all in your hand. A-
Video Game (N64) Shin Seki Evangelion Bandai Doesn't meet the standards the previous games have set. B-
Video Game (PC) Shin Seiki Evangelion: Kotetsu no Girfriend Gainax One Evangelion game that captures the true feel of Eva. B+
Video Game (PSX) Dance Dance Revolution 5th Mix Konami Something seems to be missing... 86%
Video Game (PS2) Shadow of Destiny Konami An enjoyable game with some graphic shortcomings. 85%
Video Game (Saturn) Magic Knight Rayearth: Saturn Game Working Designs Saturn's last stand. A-

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