Clannad – Key does it again …

Welcome to yet another Key game turned anime. Yes, once again an anime seemingly designed to break the crowds down into bawling masses started its life as one of Key’s dating sims. A rather startling difference between this title and Kanon and Air (another Key game), is the fact that unlike the other two this […]

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Kaleido Star – Flying to a Dream

From one anime concerning a girl reaching for her dream, and on to the next – this time we’re taking a look at Kaleido Star. Kaleido Star follows the exploits of Naegino Sora, who comes to America from Japan in order to fulfill her dream of performing on the Kaleido Stage. Sora’s quest gets off […]

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Full Moon o Sagashite – Searching for a Full Moon

Sometimes, simply having the presence of good music in an anime series can turn it away from the spectre of mediocrity and grant the show a whole new dimension that makes it worth enjoying. So was this what happened in Full Moon wo Sagashite? Well … no. So why mention it? I’ll get to that […]

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Otakumag closing down?

After 3 years of providing South Africa’s fledgeling anime-community with information, reviews, write-ups and interesting news, the editor of the mag announced in the latest issue that the Otaku Anime and Lifestyle magazine has reached the end of the road. The reason? Well, sadly, it all comes down to economics again. According to ZeroJ, Otaku’s […]

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Ichigo 100% – It all started with strawberries …

With it being Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I figured what better type of anime to review than a romantic comedy – Ichigo 100%. Sure, it leans more heavily in the direction of a harem anime more than anything else, but there is romance involved there – including a couple of confused and twisted love triangles and […]

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Kanon (2006) – Living in a Dream

Previously, I tossed out a review of the original version of Kanon, which first aired in the first quarter of 2002. I’ve made mention of it as well in my personal top ten anime post and in that particular post I stated my preference for the original over the remake, despite its dated animation. Having […]

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Aishiteruze Baby – the jump into responsibility

Before I do anything else, I think I should warn anyone about to watch this anime to expect extreme levels of cuteness – so much, in fact, that you may lose the ability to function as a normal human being for a short while. Okay, it isn’t really that bad, but is still extremely cute. […]

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Fruits Basket

Ever sick of hearing those cutesy sweetie-pie descriptions so typical of shoujo manga? Have a tendency to chuck frag grenades at bug-eyed big-headed girls (and boys)? Unfortunately for all those dedicated to the purge of lovey-dovey series, Fruits Basket is not one of them. Sure, getting taken in by the Prince-sama of your school after […]

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