Ghost hunters should have standards. Unexplained noise or bizarre accidents don’t necessarily mean there's a ghost in your house after all. Sometimes things that are unexplainable are just that: unexplainable. So it's nice to see that the characters in Ghost Hunt approach their cases in a way that's more Hercules Poirot than Scooby Doo or Madame Cleo.
Ghost Hunt is a 25-episode series from 2006, animated by JC Staff and based on a shojo manga, which in turn is based on a series of novels by Fuyumi Ono, best known as the author of the Twelve Kingdoms novels that inspired the popular anime. The series centers around the Shibuya Psychic Research, a loosely affiliated gang of friends and professional ghost hunters. They're a methodical and patient bunch, willing to stay in dangerous places for as long as it takes to get to the truth of the matter. In short, they are occultists with the minds and techniques of detectives.
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[Looking Back] Cased Closed on the Big Screen
Written by: Jason Fetters
It was springtime in Japan in 2000, cherry blossoms in full bloom, and I was a college kid with a lot of free time and nothing to do. I walked over to my school’s bookstore to pick up the latest Kansai Walker, a travel and entertainment guide, to see what was playing at the movies. I scanned past the usual American movies, I could see them much cheaper back home anyways. Looking past that, I saw an ad for the Detective Conan movie called Meitantei Conan: Hitomi no Naka no Ansatsusha (Better known as Cased Closed: Captured in her Eyes in America). Add a comment
Case Closed: Captured in Her Eyes
Have you ever wanted to go back to being a kid knowing what you know now? You would probably hesitate to do so after watching Captured in Her Eyes.
Jimmy Kudo is an intelligent high school student who is forced to take a poison that transforms him into a kid. Kudo takes the name Conan Edogawa and helps Detective Richard Moore by solving cases that Moore can’t on his own.
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[Review] El Cazadore del la Bruja Part 1
Long, long ago, a man named Koichi Mashimo founded the animation studio, Bee Train. Since 1997, they have brought us a myriad of anime titles, wildly diverging in quality. Among them are all of the .hack// titles and some arguably mediocre “girls with guns” shows like Noir and Madlax.
El Cazador de la Bruja is another one of those “girls with guns” animes, except this time we’re in Mexico. If just telling you its Mexico isn’t enough, don’t worry. The battery of Mexican food that this show shoots as from a taco gatling gun makes for no way to mistake it for anywhere else. No seriously, if they’re eating in El Cazador, they’re eating tacos—even in fancy restaurants with tall glasses of champagne. All tacos, all the time. But I digress.
Heads UP! March 2010
Hey guys, welcome back to your monthly anime news digest. Seems like the month of March will be jam-packed full of events. So, being the good chap that I am, I decided to filter out all the stuff that no one cares about to bring you a wonderful selection of knowledge. Get learned.
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From I"s & I"s Pure Complete Set
"Dirty thoughts are very bad!"
I"s is a story about love, but not the heartwarming love that would make sense. Rather, it's about that kind of awkward love that exists between a borderline stalker and his semi-willing prey. Don't try this at home kids, unless you desire prison or, at the very least, a restraining order
Ichitaka Seto is a high schooler who is helplessly in love with Iori Hazuki, a desirable up-and-coming model/actress. However, there's another girl in Ichitaka's life: his childhood friend, Itsuki Akiba. A few of Ichitaka's friends and schoolmates round out the cast but they don't really serve much of a purpose with the exception of his best friend, Teratani,. Normally, focusing on so few characters isn't a problem, but with a main character as unlikeable as Ichitaka, any distraction would have been welcome. Add a comment
We're back with more anime news. After days of waiting for an interesting news story, the Internet finally coughed up blood. Nick Simmons delivers some interesting Twitter fodder while Josh Dunham brings us some exciting news about Code Geass and Bakemonogatari. We would like to thank ANN for all of the hard work they do putting together daily news. We are not in the news business, but providing a highlight reel of topics is our small way of spreading the word.
The Law of Ueki: The Complete Series
Remember waking up on Saturday morning, flinging off your covers and racing for the TV hoping to catch the latest English-dubbed anime episodes? Though the (precious few) anime series on Saturday mornings don’t have the appeal they once did (no more pre-Freeza Dragon Ball Z dubs to watch multiple times), picking up a box set, in a way, can be a time machine to those weekend mornings. If you pick up the right one, that is.
Enter The Law of Ueki, one of those anime series that would be at home on those Saturday morning anime runs. Throw in a few eccentric characters, a predictable but engaging plot, bizarre powers, and a little bit of mystery, and you’ve got yourself an adventurous anime ready to blast you back to the weekend. Add a comment
[Review] Cased Closed The Phantom of Baker Street
Review by: Josh Dunham
Director: Kenji Kodama
Animation Production: TMS Entertainment
Distributed by: Funimation
If a Sherlock Holmes-worshipping little boy with a magnifying glass and Jack the Ripper, where to fight, who do you think would win? I’d put my money on Jack the Ripper for sure. After all, he’s actually killed people and gotten away with it. But what if that little boy was Conan Edogawa? Then maybe I’d be owing some cash.
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