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8:00 AM on 04.03.2014

Review: Space Adventure Cobra Part One

'80s anime had a fondness for cribbing from classic sci-fi. You can see the influences of authors like Issac Asimov and Philip K. Dick and movies like Terminator and Alien in multiple shows from the era. Hell, the influence o...

Pedro Cortes


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8:00 AM on 12.24.2013

Princess Nine to return to DVD in April 2014

Princess Nine is one of those rare anime series where I've never, ever heard a bad word about it. I haven't seen it, but I remember people waxing poetic around 2001 (back when the now-defunct ADV Films originally released the...

Karen Mead

5:30 PM on 11.13.2013

Space Adventure Cobra gets release date

Nozomi Entertainment, the folks who brought us shows like Boogiepop Phantom, Revolutionary Girl Utena and Martian Successor Nadesico, let us know that the first part of the classic action show Space Adventure Cobra will be co...

Pedro Cortes

12:00 AM on 07.06.2013

AX 2013: Right Stuf grabs Princess Nine and more

Oh good, it seems that a Princess Knight riot didn't occur during Right Stuff's Friday panel. Seeing how all of Right Stuf's divisions have announced something, we can assume that no one got injured during the presentation at...

Salvador G Rodiles

10:00 PM on 07.01.2013

YES! Nozomi is having an acquisition panel at Anime Expo

I will admit that I'm am over reacting on my view towards Nozomi's latest announcement, but I'm actually more curious about the scene that's going to appear at the panel. On the good side of things, they're going to talk abou...

Salvador G Rodiles

7:00 PM on 06.12.2013

Hop on the gondolas of Mars with Aria's new litebox set

Ah Aria -- not to be confused with Aria: The Scarlet Ammo. Another anime series that I've heard good things about, but haven't gotten the chance to watch. The only thing that I know about the series is that it covers the...

Salvador G Rodiles

7:00 PM on 05.07.2013

Minor rejoice? Nozomi's Princess Knight sets get revised

Thanks to Nozomi's desire to have their customers watch Princess Knight in the best quality that a DVD can bring, the series will be released in a remastered format. In exchange for Nozomi's new actions, the first set will be...

Salvador G Rodiles

4:00 PM on 04.09.2013

Oh no: Nozomi's Princess Knight set won't have dual audio

Before you break into a fit of rage, Nozomi had no choice in the matter of not including the original Japanese track for the Princess Knight anime that's based off of a manga by Osamu Tetsuka. Part of that reason has to do wi...

Salvador G Rodiles

9:00 PM on 03.13.2013

Irresponsible Rose Lions joins Nozomi's upcoming releases

Yikes, I didn't think that Nozomi was going to do this to us. Don't they know the dangers that they are inflicting upon society? Do they realize that Rose Lions are the most irresponsible creatures in the entire universe? Oh ...

Salvador G Rodiles

7:00 PM on 01.15.2013

Right Stuf licenses Space Adventure Cobra

It's a good day for classic licenses. Right Stuf just announced they're bringing out the 1982 series Space Adventure Cobra, set to hit shelves in late 2013 on DVD and digital distribution channels. The series follows the adve...

Brad Rice



Review: Martian Successor Nadesico DVD Collection photo
Review: Martian Successor Nadesico DVD Collection
by Pedro Cortes

There are some shows that come out and completely alter their genre. Classics like Super Dimension Fortress Macross and Love Hina have altered their respective landscapes to the point where future television shows and media have to have some sort of response. In the case of the original Macross, it was the transformable jet. With Love Hina, it was the revival of the harem show taken to the n-th degree. However, the show that has changed the entire format of anime is Neon Genesis Evangelion. However you feel about the show and its subsequent movies and spin-off manga, you can't ignore how it changed the way people looked at robots and the medium as a whole. There's before Evangelion and after Evangelion.

That's all well and nice, but what does that have to do with this review of Martian Successor Nadesico? Well, Nadesico comes from a time right after the release of Evangelion, before the flood of imitators and knock-offs hit the market. It's a show that probably couldn't exist today, due to the changes listed above. That is a huge shame, as we could use more shows like Nadesico. Hit the jump to read my review of the television run, the film Prince of Darkness and the Gekigangar 3 OVA.

 

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Japanator Doesn't Recommend: Dirty Pair Flash Collection photo
Japanator Doesn't Recommend: Dirty Pair Flash Collection
by Brittany Vincent

Dirty Pair is an indomitable '80s franchise that's known throughout the world as one of the most famous girls with guns series around. Its multiple forms of media follow the misadventures of the "Lovely Angels" Kei and Yuri, two agents known as "Trouble Consultants" working for the 3WA (the World Welfare Works Association). As trouble consultants the duo are assigned to cases in the Criminal Investigations unit, which is tasked with solving crimes and tying up loose ends in mystery cases.

Kei and Yuri are two gorgeous young women who are there to get the job done -- and they do, for the most part, but only after tearing up an entire city in the process. Think Panty and Stocking, without the nymphomania and penchant for sweets. Because of their tendencies to destroy cities and make huge messes in the process (and their personalities included) they're known as the "Dirty Pair." Kei, the flame-haired tomboy, and Yuri, the flirtatious playgirl of the duo, get into some hilarious situations in this classically '80s action blowout, and it's easy to see where it gained most of its popularity.

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