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Daphne in the Brilliant Blue (2004)

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Daphne in the Brilliant Blue is an anime series that features cute girls carrying big weapons and wearing very little. This description will no doubt sound familiar to many of our readers. But fortunately, this series has enough strong points to put it a notch or two above most of the other animes that share a similar concept.

Maia is an innocent young girl who by chance comes to join the Nereids Kamchatka Branch, a ‘secure, trusted, all-around service provider’. … (read more)

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xxxHolic – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2005)

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xxxHolic is Clamp’s other anniversary series. Created side by side with Tsubasa Chronicles and intersecting frequently, xxxHolic is a little more frivolous, more fun, like afternoon matinees with a supernatural twist. In it, Watanuki Kimihiro is a more-than-average high-school student working for a mysterious woman Yuuko. Yuuko as she appears in the premiere episode of Tsubasa is known as a dimensional witch, however her day job consists of fulfilling the wishes of others.

This isn’t a euphemism, despite the way … (read more)

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Scrapped Princess (2004)

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Scrapped Princess has all the hallmarks of a fairly standard fantasy adventure with a drizzle of comedy. There’s the perky blonde princess with the prerequisite obliviousness to danger, the somewhat dour older brother and the gormless knight-wannabee hanger on.

What sets Scrapped Princess way above the usual action comedy fare is its silences, a theme established early in episode 1. When the siblings are attacked by bandits, there is an extended cut of Pacifica watching from the safety of the … (read more)

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