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Peacemaker (2003)

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It might seem like something of an oxymoron calling a series about the Shinsengumi — Japan’s most infamous police force — Peacemaker. If you’ve seen any of the Samurai X OAVs or the Rurouni Kenshin TV series, you’ll already be familiar with — at least in vague, creatively licensed terms — the main players in this well known period in Japanese history. During the death-throes of a two hundred year-long period of isolation for Japan from the outside world, … (read more)

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Puni Puni Poemy (2001)

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Take cover. Puni Puni Poemy is a visual and aural barrage. The scenes strobe as quickly as the director Shinichi Excel Saga Watanabe can think of anime to parody. Its lead, Poemi Watanabe, is a motor mouth whose hysterical gatling gun approach to dialog is unremitting as it is nonsensical. There is continuous parodying of anime conventions, in particular, absurdly detailed exposition of plots, transformation scenes and groups of women living together. A lead who wants to be an anime … (read more)

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