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D.Gray-man Hallow, Episode 4

“I have faith… When we get through this suffering… …the world we believed in… will surely exist, right?” Faith. Believing in something greater than ourselves. Holding on to the hope that our pain and suffering in this life might not have been in vain. Faith. “Blind trust, in the absence of evidence.” D.Gray-man Hallow is far from the only manga to draw on Christian imagery for its mythology. (Noah, the twelve Apostles, the Great Flood, the disciples chosen by God,… Continue Reading →

D.Gray-man Hallow – Weekly Streaming Reviews on ANN

Exciting news today: I’ll be covering the weekly streaming reviews of D.Gray-man Hallow for ANN this summer! Almost eight years have passed since Allen Walker and his fellow Exorcists vowed to continue fighting before the screen faded to what, back then, felt like a permanent fin. As the memory of even the show’s most loyal fans might have faded with it over the years, it’s time to look back at who these characters were and what their fight was all… Continue Reading →

Anime Review: .hack//Legend of the Twilight

Split up after their parents’ separation, twins Shugo and Rena reunite in “The World”, a popular MMORPG. Travelling the virtual environment as the chibi versions of legendary players Kite and BlackRose, the two quickly find out that something is very wrong with this world. Exposed to dangers beyond in-game death, the twins and their new-found friends will have to battle opponents both virtual and real to uncover the truth behind the dark secrets of The World. Back in 2003, the… Continue Reading →

Book Review: Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 1: Dawn

Space: the eternal frontier. This is the story of admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm. His mission: to unite the war-torn galaxy under his rule, to reform the decaying Galactic Empire, to conquer what so many men dreamed of conquering before. Do you believe I can seize this universe and make it my own? More than 33 years have passed since Yoshiki Tanaka published the first volume of Ginga Eiyū Densetsu, or Legend of the Galactic Heroes. After its completion in 1987,… Continue Reading →

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, Episode 13 (Season 1 Finale)

Today, the curtain fell on Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju for the last time. Or so we thought. As it turns out, the show will be renewed for a second season, continuing the story of Konatsu, Yotaro and Kiku in the present-day timeline. While I would never have expected this show to get a continuation, I am glad and grateful to see more of these characters, Kiku in particular. But before returning to the present, we still need to examine the… Continue Reading →

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