Tag: sci-fi

Summer Wars

Anime Review: Summer Wars

While working a summer job as an admin of the online universe Oz, Kenji Koiso gets asked by his senior, Natsuki Shinohara, to go with her as a hired hand to an important family function. While dealing with the rowdiness and drama of Natsuki’s extended family, a malevolent presence in Oz begins to cause real world trouble. Suddenly, Kenji and the Shinohara family find themselves at the focal point of Oz’s problems – and it’s up to them to put a stop to the chaos before anyone gets hurt.

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A Certain Magical Index

Anime Review: A Certain Magical Index

In Academy City, people from all walks of life gather to develop and study esper powers – abilities that seem to defy the laws of physics but still operate on scientifically quantifiable principles. Those who are unable to use esper powers turn to magic, but magicians are strictly prohibited from entering Academy City. This balance is upset when by chance, Toma Kamijo meets the English Church’s most precious magical asset: a girl named Index. Her presence in Academy City attracts other magicians, and Toma has the unlucky duty of having to ensure that the magicians and espers don’t all end up killing each other.

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Resident Evil: Degeneration

Anime Review: Resident Evil: Degeneration

While returning from humanitarian work abroad, Claire Redfield finds herself caught in another outbreak of the T-virus, this time in an airport. Also caught in the outbreak is Senator Ron Davis, a backer of pharmaceutical corporation WilPharma, which rose to prominence after Umbrella’s downfall. They are rescued by Leon Kennedy, and soon he and Claire find themselves in the middle of a bioterror plot that could cause more widespread outbreaks of the T-virus. Together the two have to discover the perpetrators of the incident and retrieve whatever data remains of a vaccine.

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Strike Witches

Anime Review: Strike Witches

In 1939, the world was invaded by a mysterious and powerful enemy known as the Neuroi. In a flash, most of Europe fell under their occupation. Conventional weapons and military tactics are useless against the Neuroi, thus necessitating the recruitment of magic-wielding girls known as witches. Strike Witches tells the story of Yoshika Miyafuji, one such witch who was recruited into the colorful 501st Joint Fighter Wing. By relying on teamwork, their magic, and the striker units which allow them to fly, the 501st become Europe’s best hope for liberation.

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RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~

Anime Review: RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~

Rin Asougi runs Asougi Consulting, a private investigator’s firm consisting of herself and her friend Mimi. Unbeknownst to most people, the two are immortal, and can heal from lethal injuries if given enough time. When they meet Kouki Maeno, a series of events is kicked off that ties their destinies together. Behind the scenes, a mysterious figure manipulates them to get to the source of Rin and Mimi’s immortality.

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Paprika

Anime Review: Paprika

The invention of the DC Mini, a device that allows someone to enter another person’s dreams, was meant to revolutionize psychotherapy. However, just before its review for approval by the government, three prototype units are stolen. Soon after, people begin to randomly go insane, and it is suspected that whoever stole the DC Minis is using it to attack the victims’ psyches. Three of the original developers of the device begin an investigation to find the stolen units, assisted in the dream world by the agent “Paprika.”

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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Anime Review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Makoto, Kousuke, and Chiaki are three inseparable friends who are about to get out of school for the summer. On one unlucky day, Makoto trips and falls on a strange walnut-shaped object. On her way home, she finds that the brakes on her bike have failed, sending her right into the path of an oncoming train. But just before the moment of impact, she wakes up to see that it’s suddenly a few seconds before her impending doom. Eventually, Makoto realizes that she has somehow gained the ability to travel through time to the past. This opens up a new world of possibilities and opportunities for her, blissfully unaware of the consequences it has on the people around her.

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Anime Review: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Kyon thought he was going to have a normal, uneventful high school life. Then he meets Haruhi, who claims she has no interest in ordinary people. She chooses him on a whim to be her partner in creating the SOS Brigade, her own after-school club to search out everything mysterious and wondrous in the world. They are joined by three peculiar people: the taciturn Yuki, the shy Mikuru, and the gregarious Koizumi. Although Haruhi never seems to acknowledge the strange events happening all around her, Kyon is let in on the secret, and discovers that he plays a pivotal role in the preservation of the world.

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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

Anime Review: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

The city of Midgar is stricken with a plague called geostigma. Its cause lies in the life stream of the planet, which has been afflicted with some contagion. If that wasn’t enough, a trio of villains – Kadaj, Yazoo, and Loz – have appeared wanting to gather Jenova’s cells to restore Sephiroth to life. Cloud Strife, who has been living in seclusion for two years, returns to Midgar to solve the mystery of geostigma and do whatever it takes to prevent his old nemesis from arising once again.

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The Place Promised in Our Early Days

Anime Review: The Place Promised in Our Early Days

The Place Promised in Our Early Days is Shinkai Makoto’s first full length feature, and second widely distributed anime work. It is set in an alternate history, where Japan has been split into two – the mysterious Union controls Ezo (formerly Hokkaido), and the Allies control the south. Even from far away Tokyo, everyone can see a gigantic tower; it is said that the Union is somehow using this tower to develop a weapon. To three middle school kids, the tower is the object of their dreams. Fijusawa Hiroki and Shirakawa Takuya have been building a plane in secret so that they can one day cross the sea and reach the tower in Ezo. They befriend Sawatari Sayuri, who has had a crush on Hiroki for a while, and promise one day to go to the tower together. Before this can happen, Sayuri disappears suddenly, only to turn up later in a comatose state. The National Security Agency believes her dreams have something to do with the experiments the Union has been conducting around the tower, and before anyone can say anything, war is declared. Three years later, Hiroki leads his own life, but is haunted by dreams of Sayuri. It seems like she’s trying to tell him something, but he can’t quite piece it together. All he knows is that he has to fly to that tower, despite the impending war.

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Elfen Lied

Anime Review: Elfen Lied

Kouta is a student just getting started with college. He’s looking forward to living in his own house, reuniting with his cousin Yuuka, and generally living an uneventful life. But plans change as one evening at the beach, they find a strange, naked girl with horns growing from her head. She has no memory of who she is, and can’t even speak, so naturally, they take her in. “Nyuu,” as they call her, has a dark, terrible secret. She’s actually a Diclonius, a human with special destructive powers. A powerful organization is trying to hunt her down, but Kouta’s strangely protective attitude towards Nyuu gets him and Yuuka entangled in mystery, intrigue, melodrama, and lots and lots of bloody murder.

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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Anime Review: Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Innocence, the sequel to Ghost in the Shell, follows an investigation by Section 9 into a series of murders committed by seemingly benign sex droids. Batou, Togusa, Ishikawa, Aramaki, and others return to crack open this case, which could involve some high level industrial terrorism. The trail leads them to one man, a former hacker who is now living as a recluse, and much mayhem ensues as Batou has to deal with a whole army of rampaging murderous dolls.

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