Reviews

Album Review – Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon the 25th Anniversary Memorial Tribute

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon the 25th Anniversary Memorial Tribute

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon the 25th Anniversary Memorial Tribute
美少女戦士セーラームーン THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL TRIBUTE (Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon the 25th Anniversary Memorial Tribute)
Various Artists
11 Tracks
King Records (Evil Line Records)

Summary:

Featuring classic songs and new hits as well as some returning artists, once again, songs from the Sailor Moon franchise are revisited and redone.

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Album Review – Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon the 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon the 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon the 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute
美少女戦士セーラームーン THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL TRIBUTE (Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon the 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute)
Various Artists
11 Tracks
King Records

Summary:

Some of Japan’s musical talent — including Moon Pride‘s Momoiro Clover Z — cover hits from the 90s Sailor Moon anime.

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Movie Review – POKÉMON Detective Pikachu

POKÉMON Detective Pikachu

POKÉMON Detective Pikachu
Family – Adventure, action, mystery, sci-fi
Warner Bros. Pictures / Legendary Pictures / The Pokémon Company

Summary:

Tim’s estranged father works as a detective, but when a case Harry was working on goes wrong, Tim is forced to come to Ryme City. Here, Tim finds a Pikachu — a Pikachu he can understand! Pikachu is Harry’s partner, and although he has amnesia, he believes that Harry is still alive. Tim’s not interested in having a partner Pokémon, but he may have no choice if he wants to find his dad — and solve the mysteries hiding deep in Ryme City.

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Manga Review – MeruPuri: Marchen Prince

MeruPuri: Marchen Prince Volume 1

MeruPuri: Marchen Prince
めるぷり メルヘン☆プリンス
HINO Matsuri
Shoujo – Comedy, fantasy, romance
4 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Airi dreams of living a simple, cozy life with a devote husband. But her plans for an ordinary life take a turn when she meets a little boy who claims he came from her mirror. Sensing he is lost, Airi invites him to her house. But Aram really is a prince from a magical land — and now he’s been inflicted with a curse that ages him whenever he spends some time in the dark!

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Manga Review – Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four-Panel Comics

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four-Panel Comics

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four-Panel Comics
鋼の錬金術師4コマ (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi 4-koma)
ARAKAWA Hiromu
Shounen – 4-koma, comedy
1 Volume (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Ed and Al may be carrying a large emotional burden, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have time for fun — or that others don’t have time to mess with them and each other! Combining the bonuses from the original Fullmetal Alchemist manga, the DVDs, and brand new strips, the country of Amestris has never been so crazy!

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Game Review – Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu
名探偵ピカチュウ (Meitantei Pikachu)
Adventure / Puzzle
The Pokémon Company
Nintendo 3DS

Summary:

After his father disappears, Tim arrives in Ryme City to see if he can find out anything. Instead he finds a Pikachu that speaks human language! This Pikachu, whom only Tim can understand, proclaims he’s a detective, and the two of them decide to investigate Tim’s dad’s disappearance and any other mysteries along the way. Take on the role of Tim and examine crime scenes, question witnesses, and solve the case!

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Manga Review – Suki

Suki Volume 1

Suki
すき。だからすき (Suki. Dakara Suki)
CLAMP
Shoujo – Comedy, drama, romance
3 Volumes (complete)
Tokyopop / Viz Media

Summary:

Hinata’s happy days just keep getting happier. The man who moves in next door looks after her, does all of her favorite things, and even turns out to be her interim homeroom teacher. It’s no wonder Hinata is experiencing new feelings! But is Shiro’s arrival purely coincidence? Is there a reason why he seems especially interested in Hinata?

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Manga Review – I Am Here!

I Am Here! Volume 1

I Am Here!
ココにいるよ!(Koko ni Iru yo!)
TOYAMA Ema
Shoujo – Drama, romance, slice-of-life
2 Omnibuses (complete)
Kodansha Comics

Summary:

Hikage is practically invisible to her classmates. She has no friends, no one knows her name, and they forget she’s even in their class. Still, she at least has two regular commenters on her internet blog. But when the most popular boys in school start to talk to her, Hikage may finally be able to escape the shadows of her lonely school life.

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Manga Review – Pearl Pink

Pearl Pink Volume 1

Pearl Pink
天然パールピンク (Tennen Pearl Pink)
TANAKA Meca
Shoujo – Comedy, romance
4 Volumes (complete)
Tokyopop
Out-of-print

Summary:

Kanji is shocked to learn the top idol at his father’s talent agency has a teenage daughter. But Tamako insists they’ve met before and made a promise. Kanji and his dad take Tamako in to hide her from the public, and Kanji just can’t get used to this monkey-like girl. Tamako, meanwhile, just has one goal: to be Kanji’s ideal wife!

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Manga Review – Assassination Classroom [Redux]

Assassination Classroom Volume 1

Assassination Classroom
暗殺教室 (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu)
MATSUI Yusei
Shounen – Action, sci-fi, comedy, drama
21 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

To students at Kunugigaoka Junior High, being sent to Class 3-E is almost a fate worse than death. But the students in 3-E know all about death: they’re tasked with killing their teacher to save the world! Their target and teacher, an octopus-like being, has incredible abilities that make him seemingly unkillable. But his greatest skill may be teaching a class of “losers”!

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