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Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

Recall how I said that FMP! was funny because Sousuke was so totally socially inept, and found a terrorist threat in everything? Fumoffu turns that up to 11. Whether it’s blowing up a suspicious love letter in a shoe locker, booby trapping boxes of bread rolls, or stopping trouble in a bear suit, Sousuke always […]

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

If you could travel through time, what would you do? That is the question facing Makoto Kanno, a high school girl who is granted the ability to travel through time. Of course she doesn’t use it for malicious purposes, just little things like avoiding embarrassing situations, hanging out with friends longer, and things of that […]

Full Metal Panic!

Full Metal Panic! follows Sergeant Sousuke Sagara, a military specialist working for Mithril, a secret anti-terrorist organization. He is tasked with guarding Kaname Chidori, an ordinary high school girl who may not actually be totally ordinary. Oh, and it has big mech fights. I like FMP! for the fact that it doesn’t take itself too […]

Ghost in the Shell

Finally. One more semester of college is over, and summer is here. Which means I now have time to devote to watching anime, and then writing about it. To kick off the Summer 2010 season of Xbolt’s Anime Reviews, I selected Ghost in the Shell. GitS came out in 1995, and was a defining film […]

Eep oop OP

Well, we’ve come to the end of another round of anime reviews by me. As I did last time, I’ll finish with a few comments on all the OPs. Last Exile – I’ll say it up front. The Last Exile OP is one of my favorites of all time. “OF ALL TIME!” (Shut up Kanye.) […]

A Summer Day’s Dream

I’ve saved the best (or at least, the most important to me personally) for last. This week is the crown jewel of this season of Xbolt’s Anime Reviews. A Touhou anime. Granted, it’s not an official anime done by a professional studio, but honestly, who cares? The fans who put this together did a superberiffic […]


And don’t forget that exclamation mark. Toradora! is your standard anime about normal people, who do normal things. No metaphysics to see here! But I thought it was a fun anime. It’s a comedy show, but it has a story to it that can get dramatic at times too. Which is a good thing. Ryuji […]

Rozen Maiden

Rozen Maiden. A show that came highly recommended from the venerable Loremaster of the CQFF. He talked about Rozen Maiden even before I watched Sugar, but I never got around to watching it — until now. The Rozen Maidens are a collection of dolls created by the great dollmaker Rozen. And each one is actually […]

Blood: The Last Vampire

Blood is horror movie. Normally, I don’t watch horror movies, but I watched this one because I read one of the light novel adaptions several months ago. My Dad got it out of the school library for some reason unknown to me, and then I read it after him. And I liked it well enough […]

Bamboo Blade

Bamboo Blade is a show about a high school kendo club. Hence the name “Bamboo Blade”. Toraji Ishida is the club’s instructor. He makes a bet with a friend of his, who is the kendo teacher at another school. They would each get five girls and have a match with each other. And if Toraji […]