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Appleseed: The Movie (2004)

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Appleseed is simply the sexiest animation in the known universe. I don’t mean sexy in a “Phwoooaaar” sort of way: I mean sexy in an eyeball-kissing sort of way. The whole film looks so gorgeous you’ll want to lick it.

There are a couple of reasons for this. One is the depth and texture of the animated surfaces: there’s lavish use of 3D graphics with what in a live film would be called effective lighting. The detail of surfaces and … (read more)

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Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi (2002)

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This series is cool! Hmm… let me expand on that a little.

It’s insane! No, let’s try that again.

OK, Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi contains the sort of insane, inexplicable, nonsensical humour that I find appealing and… erm… comforting [at least for me!]. Y’know, like a good dose of Stephen Chow on anime? Abenobashi is a coming of age story disguised under layers of zany gags and pop culture references with a subplot of family secrets and religious mysticism thrown … (read more)

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Azumanga Daioh (2002)

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Azumanga Daioh is like a cute puppy… infected with rabies.
Rather than changing this situation, the producers of Azumanga Daioh decided it was going to have more fun foaming at the mouth and gnashing its teeth. And that’s a good thing, folks.
When you have to produce a straightforward anime series about the school lives of 16 year old girls, you know the concept isn’t going to keep anime folks awake at night in anticipation ..well, maybe for some.

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