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Hello and welcome to Project Nitsuj. Well guys we’re nearing the end of the AI arc and this week we’re taking a walk on the child side of life with this week’s guest host Chibi Isis. *Chibi Isis appears before Nitsuj asleep while floating in mid-air and Nitsuj smiles* Please wake up~. *Chibi Isis suddenly wakes up and notices Nitsuj* (Chibi Isis): Good morning Nii-chan. (Nitsuj): It’s noon kiddo, what were you doing last night? It’s rare to see you asleep at this time of day. (Chibi Isis): I was deciding on today’s review and I was excited about it that I couldn’t sleep last night. (Nitsuj): Really? Well what did you decide to review? (Chibi Isis): I decided to review something whimsical and fun. Today we’re going to review My Neighbor Totoro. (Nitsuj): Ah yes, My Neighbor Totoro one of Studio Ghibli’s first films, released in 1988 this film was directed and written by Miyazaki himself, and often considered Miyazaki’s most recognizable work next to Spirted Away. In fact, one could argue that Totoro is actually the official mascot of Studio Ghibli there’s even a cameo appearance of him in Toy Story 3. The film focuses on two young girls who move to the country side and befriend the spirit creature they call Totoro. At the time of its released this film received critical acclaim from critics everywhere including the Great Roger Ebert, is one of the films that open viewers’ eyes to Japanese films in general and the film that started Miyazaki on his road to success. But despite all of this I’m not a big fan of this film. (Chibi Isis): Huh! (Isis, Mira, Shizuku, and Yin-Yang): What! (Nitsuj): No! Leave imps! *Isis, Mira, Shizuku, and Yin-Yang leave* Now before I get a lot of hate and “I have no soul” comments let me just say I don’t hate this film, I don’t even dislike it. It’s good but I just didn’t get into it as much as I would have liked too. I don’t know why either I just never really got into it as I would have liked. (Chibi Isis): I think the reason for that is because Nii-chan is an adult and thus sees the movie from an adult point of view instead of from a child point of view like it’s supposed to be viewed. (Nitsuj): . . .That’s actually a good observation. Is it possible that because I never watched this film as a child I never got the chance to view it from a child perspective and see the film for what it really was? I never thought of it that way. But with you here Chibi Isis and having a child-like mind I might be able to see this film for what it really is. (Chibi Isis): Exactly, now let’s stop wasting and say hello to our new neighbor, this is My Neighbor Totoro. (Nitsuj): Also, we’ll be watching the English dub for this review.

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I'll be honest, I've never really been a fan of Lupin the 3rd, be it the manga or the anime or the video games. I am aware of how popular the series is, and I even saw an episode on Adult Swim as a kid, but that's really the extent of my familiarity with Lupin the 3rd. So, I was really surprised to find out that Castle of Cagliostro was not only a Miyazaki flick, but it is Hayao Miyazaki's directional debut. I was also surprised that his first movie is based on another franchise and not based on an original source like the majority of his directorial filmography. So, how is the great Miyazaki's first film? Honestly? Its... Unbelievably great.


The story is about Lupin, fresh of a recent robbery with his partner Daisuke, find themselves in a pickle when they see a runaway bride being chased by guards whom Lupin decides to rescue, because, why the hell not? Lupin manages to rescue the poor damsel, named Clarisse, but ends up getting captured anyway because Lupin falls unconscious and isn't awake to save her again, and actually recognizes her as someone from his past, which causes him to grow curious as to why she was being chased in the first place and, with the help of Daisuke, rolls along to the Castle of Cagliostro to try to find and rescue her. They soon discover a bigger secret behind the castle walls involving monetary counterfeiting that gets the attention of INTERPOL, as well as other authorities, one of them being a Japanese inspector named Koichi who's been chasing Lupin for years. So its up to Lupin and friends to solve the crime, defeat the bad guy and rescue the girl, whom turns out to be the princess of Cagliostro.


In retrospect, this is practically a satirical anime James Bond film; it has the feel, the touch and even the essence of a Bond film. Lupin himself is practically a satire of Bond himself, being just as womanizing, charming and badass as Bond, only instead of being a smart, smooth MI6 agent, Lupin is a goofy, silly thief who steals for himself and his own self worth. Here, however, we see him develop more as a character and see that he has a heart of Gold that I don't think I'd ever expect to see from a character like this. Lupin is a very likable and wonderfully written character, and voice actor David Hayter, better known as Solid Snake in the epic Metal Gear Solid series, brings so much depth and joy into this character, to the point that you root for him throughout the majority of the film.


The rest of the characters are good, but none of them are as memorable as Lupin himself. Princess Clarisse is your typical damsel in distress, and Daisuke is your basic Sancho Panza kind of character, meaning he's highly devoted to siding with Lupin and helping him around in all his crazy schemes. The Count of Cagliostro is not that much of a memorable villain, mostly because his plan is pretty standard and generic for a spy villain. There's also a female thief who's name I don't care enough remember whom I think is Lupin's on again/off again love interest (Catwoman anybody?), who's not really that interesting until the final act, and the rest is pretty standard. The one character I found myself really admiring and interested in is Inspector Koichi, who reminded me a lot of Javert from Les Miserables, due to how determined he was to capture Lupin and bring him to justice despite both of them working together to solve the crime and save the day. You see that he has a bit of respect for him despite knowing who he is and what his intentions are, not as a thief, but as a person, and in return you get a sense of respect for him as well, not as a villain, or even an anti-hero, but as simply a man doing his job.


The rest of the movie itself, is nothing short of fun. There are so many moments that kept putting a smile on my face and had me enjoying every second Lupin was on screen. As I mentioned before, the movie plays like a James Bond movie, and seeing how this is an anime, the film has the opportunity for its scenes to go all out. My favorite scene has to be the car chase, where Lupin and Daisuke tag behind the cars chasing down Clarisse as she tries to get away. The animation for the time was amazing, showing the attention to detail put into designing the castle, the dungeons and the clock tower, and this was before Studio Ghibli. also, I loved the character designs; everyone in this movie looks great, but their animated to move and act as over the top as needed to be in an anime. The action scenes are always a joy to sit through, showcasing the wonderful imagery and the shooting, flying, fighting and driving scenes as well as showing how grand the background imagery can be.
Overall, this movie was a really great start for Hayao Miyazaki. His determination and attention to detail really gives this movie all the life, joy and thrills that its famous for. The characters were wonderful, the animation is great, the story is creative and fun, as well as the action scenes, and the writing can be kind of funny at times. Ultimately, the movie stood the test of time and after 34 years, its still one of the best looking anime movies out there and one of the funnest movies I've ever seen. This is by far Miyazaki's most underrated since Studio Ghibli fans won't really be familiar with this movie and because this wasn't made by Studio Ghibli, Disney doesn't distribute it nor does it have a DVD or Blu-Ray release by them. Its pretty sad to know that not many people know about this movie, but if you get the chance, go find this movie and make your own conclusion. For now on, this is mine.


Overall Rating 8 out of 10

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Tuxedo Mask is badass.

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Yay! This show continues to be great.

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By JulzChan aka Julius Cantara

The episode, "Sea Breeze Conflict", while still containing the same flaws as the previous two episodes is highly enjoyable with refreshing moments.

The first half of the episode feels genuine as it continues to show the challenges Yui has to face when teaching her new friends and try to bring everyone full circle.The second half feels like an accomplishment and adds some character development not just for Yui but for Apollon and a few other characters.

More back story is revealed about a Apollon in relation to his mythology, so for Greek legends buffs this is a 

treat. What is shown here quite possibly breaks the hearts of fanfiction writers watching the episode.

The anime continues to show off each god`s character quirks which make for an even more hilarious episode. The comedy made more apparent with the show`s attempt to snatch some of Free Iwatobi`s audience.

The only flaws to the episode is that it still circles around Apollon and Yui, despite there is more interaction between the supporting cast.

 And the obvious, implied romance is not seeded with subtly. However these were very minor quibbles considering the light-hearted tone of the episode and what is to come.

Overall, this was an episode with some good character interaction and feel good moments that can make viewers want to spend time with their friends and have a good time.

Kamigami No Asobi "Sea Breeze Conflict" receives a 4.3/5

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Looks like Sunrise has come out with a new mecha series. Is it as yaoi as the name implies? Watch and find out! It's Buddy Complex, on Anime For Dummies!

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In his Third Interview, Nate chats with Richard Epcar about his various projects past, present and future!
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What is with this season?

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Hello and welcome to Project Nitsuj. The AI arc continues with this week’s guest host the wolf with the most Yin-Yang. *Yin-Yang appears* (Yin-Yang): Welcome to Project Nitsuj. You honor me with your presence. (Nitsuj): Well Mira likes deep and story driven anime and Shizuku likes crazy and action-packed so I’m quite curious to see what kind of anime you like Yin-Yang. (Yin-Yang): Comedy. Any anime that sounds interesting and has a lot of comedy in it is something I’ll always like. I’m also a fan of animes that take place in a fantasy world. (Nitsuj): Huh. So you’re a girl who prefers to laugh that’s kinda unexpected from you. (Yin-Yang): Never judge a book by it’s cover that’s why this week we’ll be reviewing “Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?”. “Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?” or Mondaji for short in Japan when translated says “Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren't they?” (Nitsuj): Geez, that’s a mouth full. (Yin-Yang): Indeed, and just like the title suggest the anime centers around three high-schoolers who are problem children each with their own extraordinary power who get transported to another world causing trouble and having fun in the process. It’s based off a light novel written by Tarō Tatsunoko under the say name in 2011 quickly earning popularity in Japan. In 2013 the small studio Diomedea decided to turn the series into an anime and air it at the beginning of the year. So, up for diving into an unordinary world? (Nitsuj): Well I’m under threat to stay here so go ahead. (Yin-Yang): Great. Let’s take a look at “Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?” wow that is a mouth full.

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