2005 Year in ReviewJan 11th 2006
Anime News Network's 2005 Year in Review
Part I (2006-01-11)
2005 Year in Review - Opening Editorial by Christopher Macdonald
2005 Year in Review - Anime by Theron Martin
2005 Year in Review - Manga by Carlo Santos
2005 Year in Review - Top News Stories by Bamboo Dong
2005 Year in Review - Industry by Zac Bertschy
2005 Year in Review - Japan by Evan Miller
2005 Year in Review - J-Pop by Jonathan Mays
2005 Year in Review - The Best of... by Theron Martin
2005 Year in Review - Conventions and Events by Mikhail Koulikov
2005 Year in Review - Closing Editorial by Christopher Macdonald
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The Gods Lie is a bittersweet coming-of-age story about two children finding solace in each other told in a quiet, understated style that tugs gently at your heartstrings without going overboard. ― There are many different kinds of lies: small ones, harmful ones, and, most insidious, the ones you desperately want to believe. There comes a point during growing up when you begin to understand that last...
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