Archive for June, 2015

.hack//Legend of the Twilight Bracelet

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Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy

Studio/Creator: Bee Train

Distributor: FUNimation

No. of Episodes: 12

My Rating: 7/10

Suggested Age: 14+

Summary: Shugo has just started playing “The World” as a Twin Blade and is surprised to be reunited with his twin sister Rena, who is a Heavy Blade. They are joined in their adventures by a Wavemaster named Muriel and a Swordmaster named Sanjuro. Shugo receives a bracelet that gives him a special ability called “Data Drain”, which allows him to alter the data of his enemies, causing them to weaken and die instantly. This item attracts the interest of Lord Balmung, an administrator of CC Corp, the makers of The World. Why has this power been bestowed on Shugo and what could it mean for the game?

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Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu

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Genre: Comedy

Studio/Creator: Gonzo/Shoji Gatoh and Shiki Douji

Distributor: FUNimation

No. of Episodes: 12

My Rating: 3/10

Suggested Age: 14+

Summary: In this alternate version of Full Metal Panic, Chidori meets Sousuke Sagara not as a soldier, but as an exchange student from a military academy.  The series is meant as a self-parody of the original, and removes the mech and action elements.

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.hack//sign

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Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy

Studio: Bee Train

Distributor: FUNimation, streams on Hulu (note: originally owned by Bandai.)

No. of Episodes: 25

Suggested Age: 13+

My Rating: 10/10

Summary: In the distant future, an online RPG called “The World” has become a runaway hit.  People everywhere log on to enjoy its surreal landscape, unaware of the dangers lurking within.  One such player is Tsukasa. Tsukasa is an enigma: he experiences the World as if he were actually alive, with all of his senses engaged.  What’s more, unlike the other players, Tuskasa can not “log out” of The World and return to the real one.  He is trapped within the game. Why? And more importantly, can he escape?

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