Archive for February, 2015

Manga Review: Uzumaki

Note: the following is a review of a manga. I don’t normally get to read manga, but when I do, I review it in a method similar to my anime reviews.
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Title:Uzumaki (note: Uzumaki is Japanese for “whirlpool” or “spiral”)
Creator:Junji Ito
Genre: Lovecraftian Horror
Publisher: Viz
Suggested Age: 16+ (note: Viz uses their 13+ rating, but because this manga is quite disturbing, I am using the 16+ rating)
My Rating: 9/10
Summary: The town of Kurouzu-Cho is isolated by water from the rest of the country of Japan. It is a town plagued by a “spiral curse”–a curse that can grotesquely distort those affected by it. Some are driven insane. Some are turned into snails. Some have other disturbing fates. No one in the town is spared. The story is mostly told from the POV of two high school students–Kirie Goshima and her upper-class friend Shuichi Saito, who attempt to survive the horror.
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Magic Knight Rayearth

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Genre:

Fantasy/Mecha
Studio/Creator: Tokyo Movie Shinsha (TMS)/Clamp
Distributor: Discotek
No. of episodes: 49 (Note: this anime is divided into two parts. Part 1 is 20 episodes, and part 2 is 29 episodes)
My Review: 9/10
Summary: Three 8th-grade girls named Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu are on a field trip to Tokyo Tower. They are suddenly transported to a magical world called Cephiro to rescue its ruler, Princess Emeraude, from the evil Lord Zagato. In the second season, the heroines must not only defend Cephiro from its bordering enemies, but also help rebuild the land from Zagato’s destruction.
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