Category Archives: Anime

Elfen Lied Episode 7

“Zufaellige Begegnung (Confrontation)” The view from Igirisu: After Mayu’s confrontation with Bando last week it’s time to see how Nana fares. Despite Bando’s special gun and choice of location, with nothing to grab as a weapon, he is clearly still … Continue reading

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And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online?

This ponderously titled anime covers the same ground as many other series: the nerd gets the girl. Fortunately it does that with a good amount of originality. The nerd in question is Hideki Nishimura, who spends his spare time doing … Continue reading

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Elfen Lied Episode 6

“Herzenswaerme (Innermost Feelings)” The view from Igirisu: After the trauma of the last couple of episodes, which were a barrage of abuse and dismemberment, this is the closest Elfen Lied gets to a breather episode. We even get time for … Continue reading

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When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace

Jurai Ando has a major case of chunibyo. Most readers of this blog will probably know what that means, but for the benefit of newcomers to anime, he is obsessed with fantasy-based fiction and anime, and pretends to have superpowers … Continue reading

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Elfen Lied Episode 5

“Empfang (Receipt)” The view from Igirisu: Did I say last week’s episode was the hardest one to watch? I was wrong. It just got worse. We finally learn the full truth about Mayu’s background, and it’s exactly what we might … Continue reading

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Hidamari Sketch

Slice-of-life is a widely misunderstood genre, and I often see anime series mistakenly categorised as slice-of-life simply because they are not hugely dramatic by Western standards. But there is no point having descriptions for things if we misapply them, or … Continue reading

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Elfen Lied Episode 4

“Aufeindertreffen (Attack)” The view from Igirisu: This is a very well-titled episode, because it revolves around a huge battle between Lucy and Nana. The “attack” of the title is actually an attack from Nana. Lucy has no wish to kill … Continue reading

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Serial Experiments Lain

When schoolgirl Chisa Yomada commits suicide, several girls from her school start to receive emails from her after her death. One of those girls is Lain, our focus character for this anime series. She is not very computer savvy, initially … Continue reading

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Beautiful Bones

The Junkyard presents a review by Daz of the anime series Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation. I’m not the type of person that can just enjoy any series. I have to be in the same mood as the show I’m about … Continue reading

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Elfen Lied Episode 3

“Im Innersten (Deep Feelings)” The view from Igirisu: There are many different kinds of friendships and there are many different kinds of love. This episode of Elfen Lied explores the fine line between friendship and love and how it can … Continue reading

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