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Shelf Life - Area 88

This classic '80s OVA gets a new release, but does it still hold up over thirty years later? Paul Jensen finds out. Plus, all this week's new anime releases! ― A friend of mine is headed to Anime NYC next weekend. I'm not, which means I get the dubious pleasure of having a thoroughly normal weekend while getting bombarded with texts and pictures from the convention. If you're going, have fun! If not...
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Shelf Life - Made in Abyss

Gabriella plumbs the depths of one of 2017's best anime, while Paul breaks down all this week's new blu-ray releases! ― I already sang its praises in the Preview Guide, but go check out Zombie Land Saga if you haven't already. It's a delightfully twisted little comedy, a fun send-up of both zombie and idol shows. I know that sounds insane, but it works better than it sounds. Welcome to Shelf Life. J...
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Shelf Life - 18if

James takes on one of the very strangest anime he's ever reviewed for Shelf Life, while Paul breaks down all this week's new blu-ray releases! ― Between writing the weekly streaming reviews, writing the simuldub preview, and reading the light novel for my own amusement, I'm currently at three different points in the story of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. Needless to say, my mind is curren...
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Shelf Life - Convenience Store Boy Friends

Paul endures the baffling doldrums of this peculiarly titled romance anime, breaks down all this week's new home video releases, and features a manga-heavy new Shelf Obsessed! ― It sounds like Funimation and Crunchyroll are wrapping up their streaming partnership, so it might be time for some last-minute marathons if you only subscribe to one or the other. I'm just hoping this doesn't make life more...
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Shelf Life - Angel Cop

This cyberpunk '80s OVA may be nostalgic for some fans, but it's hardly angelic. Paul finds out if anything about this vintage shlock holds up and breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― I'll be writing our streaming reviews for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, and I am unreasonably pumped about it. I'm not expecting it to be the best show ever made, but something about the main pr...
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Shelf Life - Princess Principal

The surprisingly poignant and gorgeously animated steampunk espionage thriller Princess Principal lands on home video. PLUS: all of this week's new anime DVD & bluray releases! ― It's Preview Guide time again! We've had a couple of unexpectedly good premieres already, with the most pleasant surprise for me being Zombie Land Saga. If you have a taste for dark humor, make sure you check that one out. ...
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Shelf Life - Devilman

The legendary late 80's OVA version of Devilman goes under the microscope - plus all of this week's new anime DVD & Bluray releases! ― I visited my parents last week and made them watch Anohana, because I am an evil person who likes to make his family cry. Also, it's a really good show. Welcome to Shelf Life. Jump to this week's review: Devilman On Shelves This Week The Disastrous Life of Saiki K - ...
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Shelf Life - Twin Star Exorcists

Twin Star Exorcists is finally out on bluray, and Gabriella Ekens is here to take it for a spin. PLUS: all of this week's DVD & bluray anime releases! ― Holy crap, we have a lot of new releases this week. You'd almost think it was the beginning of the holiday rush or something. Well, no matter how many titles get shoved out the door in a single week, we'll be here to cover them. Welcome to Shelf Lif...
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Shelf Life - Saiyuki Reload Blast

The Saiyuki boys haven't been on TV since 2004, but that didn't stop them from getting a 12-episode resurrection last year, and now it's out on bluray. PLUS: all of this week's new anime DVD and bluray releases! ― I spent the weekend scrolling through a list of next season's new shows, and boy do we have some odd story setups headed our way. Dude gets resurrected as a slime in a fantasy world? Check...
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Shelf Life - Ai Tenchi Muyo!

The venerable rom-com franchise Tenchi Muyo returns, but not in the way you might expect. PLUS: all of this week's new anime DVD & Bluray releases! ― I rarely end up revisiting any of my old streaming review shows, if only because writing about a series every week forces you to get just about everything out of it on the first viewing. However, I ended up breaking that pattern last week, and for Laid...
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Shelf Life - I Am A Hero

An ordinary joe faces the apocalypse in the live-action manga adaptation I AM A HERO, plus your complete guide to this week's anime DVD & bluray releases! ― I started playing Nier: Automata last week, much to the delight of one of my library coworkers. He's adamant that the story will make me feel all kinds of feelings, but right now I'm just having fun running around and hitting stuff with a sword....
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Shelf Life - Tomorrow's Joe: The Movie

Paul enjoys a classic film that encapsulates the legacy of one of the most legendary anime of the '70s, and breaks down this week's giant haul of new anime releases! ― I saw The Night is Short, Walk On Girl last week, and it's quite a trip. The visuals are fantastic, and the story walks a fine line between being surreal and relatable. If you get a chance to catch it in theaters, go check it out. Wel...
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Shelf Life - No Game, No Life Zero

Paul takes a look at this prequel film that might be better than its source series, along with a breakdown of all this week's new anime releases! ― This week, I learned that those generic plastic Blu-Ray cases are surprisingly resilient. My review copy of No Game, No Life Zero got absolutely pulverized in the mail, to the point where the case now looks like somebody tried really hard to karate chop ...
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Shelf Life - Aura Battler Dunbine

Back in the early 80s, the godfather of Gundam tried his hand at a fantasy-flavored mecha war epic - the result was Aura Battler Dunbine, a dizzying 49-episode Tomino tale finally out on bluray. PLUS: all of this week's new anime bluray and DVD releases! ― I'm finally getting a permanent office (read: cubicle) at my day job, which is a welcome step up from the computer on a table in a hallway I've b...
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Shelf Life - Armed Girl's Machiavellism

Paul looks for a silver lining in this uninspired fanservice-fueled fighting anime and breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― Since I forgot to mention it last week, I'll say it now: Nichijou is finally streaming in the US again, and you should go watch it. It's a clever, creative comedy with some fantastic moments of animation, and I regularly use it as a benchmark to judge any new serie...
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Shelf Life - Lupin the 3rd: Bye Bye, Lady Liberty

Paul Jensen takes a look at the very first Lupin III TV special, and delivers a breakdown of all this week's new anime releases! ― Ah, it's good to be back! I had to take last week off because I was busy floating down a river. No seriously, I was white-water rafting as part of a friend's bachelor party, which was a lot of fun for those of us who weren't suffering from terrible hangovers. As for the ...
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Shelf Life - Like the Clouds, Like the Wind

This made-for-TV romantic period piece might have been lost to time for English audiences if not for a recent license rescue. Paul enjoys this oddity along with all of this week's new anime releases. ― Since I didn't mention it last week, I'll use this space to point out that the Preview Guide for this season is up and running. In fact, by the time this column comes out, we should be just about done...
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Shelf Life - A Spirit of the Sun

James digs into a terribly uneven 2006 TV special from Madhouse about a Japan plagued by natural disasters, and Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases. ― I didn't go to see fireworks on the 4th last week, but I did go to see Fireworks the anime movie on the 3rd. That's some clever timing on the part of whoever's in charge of promoting the film. The movie itself is alright, and it's cert...
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Shelf Life - Initial D Legend 3: Dream

Paul reviews this conclusion to the theatrical trilogy remake of the original Initial D story to see if it's still worth revving up to watch. Plus, all this week's new anime releases! ― Sometimes my life lines up with my review schedule in amusing ways. Right after reviewing an Initial D movie for this week's column, I spent the weekend in the grandstands at an actual sports car race. As I sat there...
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Shelf Life - Grimoire of Zero

Gabriella Ekens reconsiders the adventures of a little witch and a mercenary tiger in Grimoire of Zero. PLUS: all of this week's brand new anime DVD & bluray releases! ― The library I work in is going through some renovations this summer, which sets up an interesting quandary: is there any point in telling people to be quiet when there's a bunch of dudes with power tools tearing up the lobby? Just a...
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Shelf Life - Kado: The Right Answer

James delves into a divisive CG sci fi thriller from last spring while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― I've officially hit the point in every anime season where I look at my streaming queue and think, "Aw, crap." Apart from the two shows I'm covering for streaming reviews, I'm weeks and weeks behind on everything. I sense a late-night marathon in my immediate future. Welcome t...
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Shelf Life - Tokyo Ghoul: The Movie

Paul finds out if this live-action version of Kaneki Ken's story can live up to the gore and gristle of its source manga. Plus, all this week's new anime releases! ― A few months ago, a friend of mine mentioned that there was a badminton-themed anime in the works. I assumed he was joking, but it's totally happening, it's called Hanebad, and it's coming out next month. I assume there will also be a s...
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Shelf Life - Anonymous Noise

Anonymous Noise promises to rock you, but comes up a little short. PLUS: all of this week's new anime DVD and bluray releases! ― I learned something while getting my measurements taken for a suit this week: being part of a wedding party is absurdly expensive. Between the clothing, the bachelor/bachelorette party, the wedding gifts, and all the travel involved, celebrating the lifelong happiness of y...
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Shelf Life - Trickster Part 2

The Boy's Detective Club faces a reckoning in the conclusion of Trickster! PLUS: all of this week's new anime DVD & bluray releases. ― I had never heard of it until I saw Theron's review a few days ago, but Reborn as a Vending Machine, Now I Wander the Dungeon is now one of my favorite ridiculous light novel titles. I may have to give it a read just to see where it goes with that premise. Welcome to...
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Shelf Life - Koro Sensei Quest!

Paul enjoys a bite-sized, RPG-themed spoof of Koro-sensei's adventures in Assassination Classroom, then breaks down all this week's new anime releases alongside a brand-new Shelf Obsessed! ― I got myself a Nintendo Switch last week, and my first impression of the thing was pretty darn positive. I plugged it in, turned it on, put in a game, and started playing. No insanely huge updates to download or...
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Shelf Life - Yona Yona Penguin

Shelf Life takes a turn this week with a look at a quirky, Penguiny family film from a few years back, fresh out on bluray from Sentai Filmworks. PLUS: all of this week's new anime DVD & bluray releases! ― If you're not already watching Megalobox this season, you should absolutely put it on your list. It's been stylish and entertaining from the get-go, but the last couple of episodes have really ste...
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Shelf Life - Anohana

Paul digs into the nostalgic melodrama of Anohana to find out if the show lives up to its tearjerker reputation, plus all this week's new anime releases! ― You know all those stories about people paying for things in pennies? Well, it actually happened to me this week. I had the dubious honor of processing a payment made entirely in small change and mostly in pennies, all delivered in a dirty plasti...
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Shelf Life - Is It Wrong To Expect A Hot Spring In A Dungeon?

Paul takes a look at this steamy DanMachi OVA (and its accompanying soundtrack CD) and runs down all this week's new anime releases! ― Shirobako is getting a new movie project, and I'm seriously pumped for it even though we don't even have a release date yet. I want more fictional anime production drama, and I want it as soon as humanly possible. Welcome to Shelf Life. Jump to this week's review: Is...
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Shelf Life - My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Complete Series

James Beckett reaches the memorable conclusion of Hachiman's unexpectedly romantic adventures, while Paul Jensen breaks down all this week's new anime releases. ― As I write this introduction, it's late at night and the people in the apartment next door are blasting music loud enough to rival a karaoke bar. I'll probably end up dealing with the problem in a civilized manner, but part of me really wa...
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Shelf Life - March Comes in Like a Lion Season 1 Part 1

March Comes In like a Lion and quickly melts Gabriella Ekens' resistance to the charms of this beloved series. PLUS: all of this week's new anime DVD and bluray releases! ― It looks like Hinamatsuri will be one of my streaming review shows this season, and if the first episode is any indication, I'm going to have plenty to write about. That series looks completely bonkers, but in a good way. Good cr...
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Shelf Life - Akiba's Trip

James takes a look at Gonzo's cartoonish clothes-stripping comedy, while Paul runs down all this week's new releases, along with a new Shelf Obsessed collection! ― It's Preview Guide time once again, and I'm back in the lineup after taking a couple seasons off. This spring looks like it'll be packed full of big sequels, bigger remakes, and some cool original stuff for good measure. There's no time l...
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Shelf Life - Scar-red Rider XechS

Paul dissects a disastrous sentai-themed otome game adaptation alongside his rundown of all this week's new anime releases. Plus, a new Shelf Obsessed with an impressive manga collection! ― Holy crap, have y'all seen the insane box set that's coming out for The Legend of the Galactic Heroes? I haven't seen the series and I'm not sure I'd ever pay that much for it even if I had, but that's a darn imp...
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Shelf Life - Girlish Number

Paul takes a peek at the more cynical side of anime production with this sarcastic comedy about when things go wrong in the industry. Plus, all this week's new anime releases! ― Well, I've now watched all of Laid-Back Camp, I've enjoyed it, and I still have no interest whatsoever in sleeping in a tent in the middle of nowhere. After all these years, I've finally found something that even a happy cas...
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Shelf Life - The Life of Budori Gusuko

Gabriella delves into this dark fantasy film from the creators of the classic Night on the Galactic Railroad, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases. ― I've been watching Dagashi Kashi 2 this season, and it's been an interesting experience. I don't think I've ever seen such a character-focused comedy sideline its most recognizable protagonist for so many episodes in a row before. ...
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Shelf Life - Occultic;Nine Part 2

James braces himself for the final episodes of this scrambled Science;Adventure series spinoff, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases. ― A day may come when Daylight Savings Time doesn't take me by surprise, but it is not this day. There's a unique displeasure in the realization that I'm about to lose an hour of sleep, as if I'm somehow being robbed by time itself. At least it on...
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Shelf Life - Typhoon Noruda

Paul takes a look at the gorgeously animated directorial debut of Yojiro Arai and breaks down all of this week's new anime releases! ― You know what's pretty? Snow. You know what sucks? Six inches of snow on my car, plus a full coating of ice for good measure. Seriously, why do I need to go outside again? Welcome to Shelf Life. Jump to this week's review: Typhoon Noruda On Shelves This Week Bungo St...
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Shelf Life - First Love Monster

Gabriella runs the gauntlet of yet another baffling manservice show with a monocle-popping premise, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― Is it possible to hug an entire anime series? I ask because that's exactly what I want to do with How To Keep A Mummy this season. That show is unreasonably, absurdly adorable and I love it. Welcome to Shelf Life. Jump to this week's review:...
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Shelf Life - Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

Paul discovers a hidden gem in a surprisingly lazy package with this lovely slice-of-life comedy. Plus, all this week's new anime releases and a brand-new Shelf Obsessed! ― I've been working on putting together a Star Wars model kit recently, and holy heck that process is easier if you have a decent set of the appropriate tools. It's almost a relaxing experience when you don't have to threaten each ...
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Shelf Life - Trickster Part One

James takes a look at the first half of a troubled, futuristic Ranpo Edogawa adaptation, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases and Shelf Obsessed returns with more of your own anime collections! ― Hey, Valentine's Day is this week! Go watch some mushy romance anime, or maybe take out your romantic frustrations with something from the horror genre. Or, you know, just catch up on a...
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Shelf Life - Super Lovers

Gabriella's patience is tested with a wildly controversial boys-love series, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― Sometimes your day job requires you to work 8-hour shifts on Saturdays (at least mine does), but sometimes you come home from that shift to find the enormous box of manga you ordered has arrived a day early. Life has a way of balancing things out, and now I get to...
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Shelf Life - Ninja Nonsense

Paul finds out how this zany comedy from the mid-2000s has aged on blu-ray and catches up with all the rest of this week's new anime releases. ― We have not one, but two new releases this week that feature main characters who take a lot of naps. That's a terrible thing to have to write about when you're running short on sleep, my friends. Good thing I reviewed a super high-energy comedy to balance i...
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Shelf Life - Clannad and Clannad After Story

James shotguns all 49 episodes of Kyoto Animation's beloved visual novel adaptation, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― My daily streaming review shows this season are A Place Further Than the Universe and Laid-Back Camp, which would normally give me a monopoly on all the comfy slice of life stuff. This ain't no ordinary season, though, and there are more shows in that genr...
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Shelf Life - Haikyu!!

Gabriella takes to the court with this first season of the hit sports anime, and Paul breaks down all this week's new Blu-ray and DVD releases! ― I replaced my nine-year-old laptop recently, and I'm still in that magical honeymoon period with the new one. Everything about it is shiny and new, and I haven't yet felt the need to swear profusely at it or beg it to keep working for just one more day. I ...
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Shelf Life - Squid Girl

Paul dives into a squid-diddly-umptious comedy from the tentacle-end of the 2000s, plus all this week's new releases and a Sailor Scout-shaped Shelf Obsessed! ― I enjoyed the first episode of A Place Further Than the Universe, but I can't say I share the main characters' interest in traveling to Antarctica. After the stupidly low temperatures we've had in the northeast lately, my desire to go anywhe...
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Shelf Life - The 2017 Year In Review

Paul serves up the most discussion-worthy blu-ray and DVD releases of the past year, along with the last few new anime you can pick up before 2017 comes to a close. ― Welcome to 2018, and to the Year In Review edition of Shelf Life! We've got this week's new releases as usual, but in place of our regular review section I'll be taking a look at some of the more interesting titles that appeared in thi...
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Shelf Life - Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto

James plunges into the absurdly cool adventures of Sakamoto, while Paul breaks down all this week's holiday releases! ― Here it is: the last Shelf Life of 2017. I'll be doing a proper "year in review" next week, so for now it's business as usual. Thank you all for sticking with us this year, and welcome once again to Shelf Life. Jump to this week's review: Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto On Shelves ...
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Shelf Life - Tsukiuta The Animation

Gabriella finds out if this idol series starring one guy for every month in the year is worth watching, while Paul breaks down this week's truckload of special edition boxsets, along with a brand-new Shelf Obsessed entry! ― If you like big box sets with absurdly long runtimes, then boy is this the week for you. We've got four releases that go beyond the 1000-minute mark, two of which also come with ...
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Shelf Life - Initial D Legend 1: Awakening

Paul gets into the recent film remake of this gearhead classic, along with all this week's new anime releases! ― I really liked the ending of Recovery of an MMO Junkie this week, but now I'm starting to realize that the early finale means I'll have to get through the rest of the season without it. You know a series is good when the thought of not having new episodes to watch makes you feel a little ...
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Shelf Life - Flying Witch

James takes a look at this uniquely soothing series about witches in the countryside, while Paul runs down all this week's new releases and a festive Shelf Obsessed! ― It's that time of year when putting together the new release list becomes more of an adventure than usual. There's a bunch of stuff coming out as publishers try to make it in time for the holidays, prices are all over the place as ret...
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Shelf Life - Joker Game

Paul checks out this historical spy thriller on Blu-ray along with all the week's new releases and a brand new Shelf Obsessed! ― By the time you read this, the madness of Cyber Monday will probably be in full swing. I'm not really hunting for anything big this year, but best of luck to those of you who are. At least mashing the refresh button on your browser is more civilized than spending hours in ...
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Shelf Life - Persona 4: The Animation

Gabriella revisits the anime adaptation of this hit JRPG to see if it's worth watching on its own merits, while Paul runs down all this week's new releases along with a new king-sized Shelf Obsessed! ― Since in-game purchases seem to be a hot topic in the video game world these days, I figured I'd offer up a potentially obvious piece of advice as someone who's bought and collected all kinds of junk ...
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Shelf Life - The Amagami SS Collection

James checks out both seasons of Amagami SS plus the OVAs to see if this girlfriend-swapping romance is worth watching. Plus, Paul breaks down this week's huge load of new releases! ― I noticed something cool about the current anime season this week. I normally start falling behind on the shows in my streaming queue at around the six-week mark, but at the moment I'm still up to date on everything I'...
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Shelf Life - The Dragon Dentist

Gabriella takes a look at this TV movie from the artists behind Evangelion and many other Gainax classics, while Paul runs down this week's mountain of new anime releases. ― You know the overused comedy scene where a character sprints at full tilt toward a bus stop or train station, only to watch helplessly as their chosen form of transportation rolls away without them? That actually happened to me ...
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Shelf Life - Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Rikka Version

Paul finds out if this compilation film is worth watching for prior fans or Chunibyo newcomers. Plus, all this week's new anime releases and a Shelf Obsessed full of bishounen figures! ― Recovery of an MMO Junkie is one of my streaming review shows this season, and it's gotten off to a really good start over the last couple weeks. Between its charming romantic comedy and the inspired chaos of Gamers...
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Shelf Life - Ushio & Tora

Gabriella takes a trip back in time to the '90s with a modern adaptation of a forgotten shonen gem, as Paul runs down all this week's new anime releases. ― I recently discovered that one of my coworkers at my day job plays the Fate/Grand Order mobile game, and we've been bonding over our experiences with the game's fickle character gacha system. He left me seething with envy when he picked up Franci...
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Shelf Life - Occultic;Nine Part 1

James Beckett gets into the most challenging spinoff of the Science Adventure Series, while Paul runs down all this week's new anime releases! ― I don't think I fully realized how much I'd missed Mr. Osomatsu until the second season started. That show really is my kind of anime comedy: wildly creative, totally bonkers, and not at all afraid to toss the viewer's expectations out the window. While I'm...
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Shelf Life - Shin Godzilla

Godzilla stomps his way to blu-ray this week, as Gabriella Ekens examines the footprints Hideaki Anno's version of the legendary monster left behind. Plus, all this week's new anime releases! ― My apartment building switched from air conditioning to heat this week, which would have been fine if I had been home at the time. I wasn't, of course, and so I eventually returned home to a 90-degree room wi...
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Shelf Life - The Boy and the Beast

Paul Jensen takes a look at Mamoru Hosoda's most recent film along with all this week's new anime releases, and Shelf Obsessed is officially open for submissions once more! ― I was briefly tempted to buy a model kit the other day, but then I remembered one of my favorite stories from the old Calvin and Hobbes newspaper comic. Calvin buys a model plane, struggles with the tiny parts and incomprehensi...
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Shelf Life - Fruits Basket

Gabriella Ekens revisits the classic shojo romcom on blu-ray, and Paul Jensen breaks down this week's huge heap of new releases! ― We've got a pretty wide variety of new releases this week, which means we also have a whole lot of options to explore. Let's jump right into it! Welcome to Shelf Life. Jump to this week's review: Fruits Basket On Shelves This Week Crusher Joe - OVA Collection DVD Discote...
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Shelf Life - Hyouka Part 1

Paul Jensen takes a look at the long-awaited blu-ray of Kyoto Animation's unusual mystery series, along with a rundown of this week's new anime releases! ― I went to a screening of Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro last week. It was my first time seeing the movie, and I have to say it was a blast. If you're a Lupin fan or are interested in Hayao Miyazaki's early work as a director, it's definitely...
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Shelf Life - Chihayafuru Season 1

Paul discovers the surprisingly wide appeal of this heartfelt josei story about an obscure sport. Plus, all this week's new anime releases! ― I started a new job this week. Considering that it's an entry-level part-time thing, the amount of paperwork and documentation required has been astounding. At one point, I'm pretty sure I had every form of official identification known to mankind collected in...
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Shelf Life - Tamako Love Story

Paul takes on this somewhat-standalone sequel to KyoAni's Tamako Market that sets aside the series' comedy adventures to resolve its central romance. Plus, all this week's new anime releases! ― I went on a vacation of sorts this past weekend, by which I mean that I went to a place and spent money but never actually stopped working. This was my second year in a row attending the IndyCar race in Watki...
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Shelf Life - Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma

Paul finds out if Food Wars' flavor can match up to the hype, plus all this week's new anime releases! ― Watching Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma for this week's review reminded me of my recurring problem with shows about cooking: they always make me ravenously hungry. The power of suggestion is a scary thing, especially in video form. Welcome to Shelf Life. Jump to this week's review: Food Wars! Shoku...
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Shelf Life - Beyond the Boundary: I'll Be Here

Paul Jensen finds out if these movies can give Beyond the Boundary a more satisfying ending, plus all this week's new anime releases! ― I'm happy to see that the English dub project for Aria the Animation is doing well on Kickstarter. I own all of the old DVD sets of that series, and while its absurdly slow pace isn't for everyone, it's a delightful little slice of life show. Since it'll be a while ...
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Shelf Life - The Big O

The noirish mecha action show that captivated countless anime fans in the early 2000s is back on bluray for the first time, and James Beckett is ready for showtime! ― You've probably already heard about the technical troubles we've had on the site lately. One side effect is that any Shelf Obsessed submissions that were sent to the Shelf Life email address over the past few days won't reach me. If yo...
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Shelf Life - GATE

Paul Jensen finds out if this military otaku's dream soars or tanks across two seasons of action. Plus, all this week's new anime releases and a stacked edition of Shelf Obsessed! ― I picked up the first eight volumes of the Nichijou manga on sale recently, and I've been speeding through them at a ridiculous pace. If you enjoyed the anime adaptation (or are just in the market for a good comedy), I r...
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Shelf Life - Monster Musume

Gabriella Ekens dives into the lewd and wacky world of monster girls, plus all this week's new anime releases including Sword Art Online! ― I went to a screening of The Ancient Magus' Bride last week (one advantage of living in a big college town is that the local theaters pick up a lot of anime events), and I have to admit I was pretty impressed. The art and animation were both strong, and the thre...
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Shelf Life - School-Live!

James Beckett discovers surprising thrills and chills in this slice of life drama that's more than it seems on the surface. Plus, all this week's new releases and a new Shelf Obsessed! ― My daily streaming review shows for this season have a suspicious number of things in common. Both New Game and Gamers are video game-themed slice-of-life comedies (one about the people who make them, one about the ...
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Shelf Life - Magi: The Kingdom of Magic

Paul dug the first series of Magi, but can the second series live up to its predecessor's quality? Plus, the complete rundown on all this week's new anime releases! ― My parents are shopping for a new car to replace a twenty year-old SUV that's on its last legs. I tagged along with them on a trip to a couple of dealerships during my most recent visit, and I remembered something important: even for a...
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Shelf Life - Divine Gate

Not all mobile game adaptations are created equally, as clearly witnessed in the unfortunate case of Divine Gate. PLUS: all of this week's new anime DVD and bluray releases! ― It's Preview Guide time again! There have been a couple of nice surprises this season, along with some big-name titles and a few genuine stinkers. Check it out if you haven't already, but first we've got some new releases to s...
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Shelf Life - Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

Paul digs in to the sturdy Arabian Nights-flavored shonen action-adventure Magi, plus all of this week's new anime releases on DVD and bluray! ― I started playing the Fate/Grand Order game this week, and boy is it stingy with rare characters. I'm used to low odds from the Love Live rhythm game, but it still stings to keep getting three-star Julius Caesars when you know your five-star waifu is out th...
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Shelf Life - Ultra Maniac

Is this forgotten magical girl romcom from the '90s trash or treasure? Find out after the jump, along with a rundown of all this week's anime releases and a very Maison Ikkoku Shelf Obsessed! ― I live on the second floor of an apartment building, so it's always surprising when one of the neighborhood cats appears on my tiny balcony. I'm not sure if it somehow climbs the fire escape ladder or just ju...
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Shelf Life - Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid

Things get steamy on Shelf Life this week as Paul dives into the deep end of a fanservice yuri action extravaganza. Plus, all this week's new anime releases! ― I was going to talk about E3 this week, but then I watched the latest episode of Sakura Quest and decided I really wanted to rave about that show instead. I've been watching it all season, but it only just recently hit me that it's really wel...
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Shelf Life - Himouto! Umaru-chan

James Beckett faces off with the world's laziest and craziest otaku imouto to see if her comedy adventures are worth owning on Blu-Ray, plus all this week's new anime releases! ― I spent the better part of last week driving around the northeastern US for family stuff, so I don't really have anything interesting to talk about this week. I can compare the quality of highways and drivers from state to ...
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Shelf Life - Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

The boys of summer return for the first time in this unique release of a first season that came out after the second season. Plus, all this week's new releases and a Shelf Obsessed full of figurines! ― I've had a tough time keeping up with all the simulcasts I'm following this season, and I blame it on the warm weather. Not that I'm going outside, of course. It's just that there's so much for a car ...
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Shelf Life - Crusher Joe: The Movie

Paul gets a faceful of '80s action with Crusher Joe and runs down all this week's new anime releases from Haruhi Suzumiya to Umaru-chan! ― After avoiding the bandwagon for as long as possible, I finally played a bit of Overwatch last weekend. I had some fun, I have a better understanding of why people love it, and holy moly I'm terrible at it. More power to anyone who has the reaction time and teamw...
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Shelf Life - Ajin: Demi-Human

Gabriella Ekens discovers pleasant surprises and wicked twists from this CG adaptation of the popular thriller manga, and Paul runs down all this week's new anime releases! ― With the latest season of Natsume's Book of Friends earning high marks, I decided it was finally time to give the series a try. I'm watching it from the beginning, so I'm a few episodes into the first season as I write this. I'...
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Shelf Life - Girls Beyond the Wasteland

Is there anything of worth to scavenge from this wasteland of bishoujo game characters? James Beckett is down to find out! Plus, all this week's new releases, and a very plushie-filled Shelf Obsessed! ― I'm watching Tsukigakirei this season, and I have to admit that it's a cute little show. I do, however, find myself constantly wanting to bonk the characters on the head and shout at them to be proac...
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Shelf Life - Actually, I Am...

Gabriella Ekens explores a world of old-school monster girls in this overlooked harem comedy. Plus, all this week's new releases and a Vocaloid-tastic Shelf Obsessed! ― For some reason, I've been on a mid-2000s anime comedy kick recently. It started off with a few episodes of School Rumble, and has progressed into Cromartie High School now that I've unearthed my old DVD set of that series. Not every...
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Shelf Life - Is the Order a Rabbit? season 2

Paul returns to the Rabbit House cafe for some more light and fluffy comedy, along with a breakdown of all this week's new anime releases, and a production cel-heavy Shelf Obsessed entry! ― I know that the scheduling is probably just a coincidence, but I really like how My Hero Academia gets new episodes early in the morning on Saturdays. Watching it while I eat breakfast gets me all nostalgic for t...
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Shelf Life - Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?

James Beckett gets one last good look at the first hit season of DanMachi - and takes a little time to appreciate it. PLUS: this week's new anime releases! ― As you may have noticed while reading my initial episode review, I'm having a lot of fun watching KADO The Right Answer this season. It's kind of a slow series and my brain hurts from keeping track of all the characters, but it's also the kind ...
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Shelf Life - Luck & Logic

Paul's luck runs dry this week when he has to sit through the likes of Luck & Logic. Hopefully, this week's other releases and a new Shelf Obsessed entry will make things better! ― I went to see Your Name last week, since I'm lucky enough to live near a theater that's playing it. Then I went to see it again a few days later, since I really liked it and wanted to inflict it on as many of my friends a...
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Shelf Life - Heavy Object Part 2

Paul takes on the back half of Heavy Object's first season, which ratchets up the mecha action but still struggles a little in the story department. PLUS: this week's new releases! ― Now that we've had a week to revel in the returns of Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia, we're finally starting to get some good new stuff this season. Give Re:Creators a shot if you're in the mood for an action show,...
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Shelf Life - Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation

Can this lady-Sherlock with a talent for osteology solve any mysteries worth watching? Paul Jensen deduces the answer, along with all this week's new anime releases! ― Maybe it's just my imagination, but it seems like each new anime season usually gets off to a slow start. We get a few days of reasonably average premieres, and then the heavy hitters show up. Well, that ain't the case this spring; bo...
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Shelf Life - Kyousougiga

Gabriella Ekens plunges into the wildly creative world of Rie Matsumoto's frantic, fantastical family in Kyousougiga! PLUS: this week's new releases! ― Since I have relatives on both sides of the country, I'm used to the six hour ordeal of flying from coast to coast. Getting stuck in an airport for seven hours last Thursday after missing a connecting flight was a new and special brand of misery, how...
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Shelf Life - Amagi Brilliant Park

James finds himself enchanted by this zany comedy from KyoAni that flew under the radar, and Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― I'm off on vacation visiting my extended family this week, so my brain is entirely too frazzled to come up with a clever or interesting introduction. Instead, I'll just jump right into it. Welcome to Shelf Life. Jump to this week's review: Amagi Brillian...
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Shelf Life - 5 Centimeters Per Second

Before "your name." became a phenomenon, Makoto Shinkai made his mark on the world with another nostalgic drama. Paul Jensen checks out the Blu-ray, along with all this week's new releases! ― Sometimes real life syncs up with the anime that I review in unexpected ways. I watched 5 Centimeters Per Second for this week's column right before traveling to meet some people I haven't seen in a while. Sinc...
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Shelf Life - Sengoku Basara: End of Judgement

James Beckett dives into this explosive season of the musou game hit, while Paul Jensen once again runs down this week in anime releases! ― We've seen a lot of Gundam titles come out on disc in the US in recent years, from the classics to the more obscure stuff. That's cool, but I've spent most of that time wondering when we'd see a new release of Gundam Wing. After all, it was the first series in t...
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Shelf Life - Mobile Suit Gundam F91

This little-known Gundam movie has long been last to the sands of time, now available on Blu-ray for the first time. But is it any good? Gabriella Ekens finds out, plus all this week's new releases! ― I finally got started on my "watch popular anime that I skipped the first time around" New Year's resolution this week. Since the second season of Konosuba is airing now, it seemed like as good a time ...
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Shelf Life - My Love Story

One of the most beloved romcoms in recent memory, My Love Story, is out on bluray from Sentai Filmworks, and James Beckett is here to let us know if it holds up. PLUS: all of this week's big new releases! ― We've got a ton of new releases to cover this week, so I'm going to use that to cover for my lack of clever or interesting thoughts to put into this intro paragraph. Let's get right into it, shal...
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Shelf Life - Black Jack The Movie

Anime's most legendary Osamus (Tezuka and Dezaki) come together for a thrilling adaptation that became a '90s classic. Gabriella Ekens takes a closer look. Plus, all this week's new releases! ― This might be a side effect of reviewing anime on a regular basis, but one of the things I enjoy most is being surprised by a series, especially when a show turns out to have more to it than I expected. I sta...
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Shelf Life - The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior

This romantic comedy has one mouthful of a title, but is it worth watching? Paul Jensen finds out, after breaking down all this week's new anime releases! ― I downloaded the new Fire Emblem mobile game the other day, and it seems reasonably entertaining. I'm not all that familiar with the characters since I've played exactly one game in the franchise over the course of my gaming life, but the turn-b...
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Shelf Life - Ultimate Otaku Teacher

Can this quirky teacher comedy measure up to the likes of GTO and Assassination Classroom? Paul Jensen finds out, along with breaking down all the week's new anime releases! ― I started re-watching Space Dandy on a whim recently, and it made me realize something: I almost never watch shows a second time these days. I remember going back through some old favorites as many as three or four times, but ...
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Shelf Life - Shimoneta

This week, James Beckett finds out if the infamously nasty SHIMONETA is a filthy good time or just plain filthy. Plus, all this week's new releases! ― I'm not sure how the anime world reached a point where I'm more excited about a pair of monster girl shows than just about any other new title this season, but here we are. I'm calling Interviews With Monster Girls my early favorite just because I lik...
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Shelf Life - Chaos Dragon

Is the fantasy action series Chaos Dragon so bad it's good, or just plain bad? Gabriella Ekens bravely tries to find out. PLUS: all of this week's new releases and more! ― I spent some time playing the new Battlefield game over the holidays, and it reminded me that I have a consistent pattern when it comes to playing multiplayer shooters. I start off slightly bemused by how pretty the game is and ho...
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Shelf Life - Heavy Object Part 1

Paul returns to the world of deadly war games, powerful mechs, and fluffy penguins in Heavy Object, along with all this week's new anime releases! ― I look even more disheveled than usual, I've doubled my caffeine intake, and I've barely left my apartment in the past few days. Yep, it must be Preview Guide time once again. So far, this season's shows are covering a pretty wide range from "really goo...

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