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Oh Bleach...this should be good.

Most of you know what Tite Kubo's Bleach is about, so we’ll keep it short. Bleach is a shounen series about teenager Ichigo Kurosaki who has the ability to see ghosts. Unaware of his own spiritual power’s potential, he meets a Soul Reaper named Rukia. In an attempt to save his life, Rukia gives Ichigo her powers, turning him into a substitute Soul Reaper.

Shame on Rukia! That’s a major crime. And thus, the plot thickens.

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We know there are tons of classic anime out there, but G4 Rewind Anime Style can’t go on forever. We certainly give an honorable nod to shows like Cowboy Bebop, Rurouni Kenshin, Sailor Moon, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Trigun, Magic Knight Rayearth, Lupin III, and more. But for the final week, we have something very special for you...

Here in America, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so here is ours: The Vision of Escaflowne is the greatest anime of all time.

Of course, also in America, we have forums and comments sections for rattling off on how much we disagree about things. Go ahead. We’re sure you want to point out how Escaflowne has nothing on Naruto or Death Note even though you haven’t seen it. Go on...we’ll wait.

Done? Look below the cut.

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For the first two weeks of G4 Rewind: Anime Style, we showed you some great shoujo series, but now it’s time for something a little more manly...

That’s right. It’s Kentaro Miura's Berserk, the manliest manga that ever manned its manliness of manhood.

Berserk is set back in ye olde days of...well...old when men battled in the field with swords instead of on Xbox Live with MA5C Assault Rifles. Our hero Guts is the epitome of a manly man. He wields a giant sword, he’s as strong as an ox, and he’s known as “The Black Swordsman.”

Simply put, he’s a jerk who can kick your butt and he’s not going to apologize for it.

For the first two volumes or so, Guts simply traverses the country as a lone mercenary who likes to kill demons. His reputation precedes him. Not much plot. Just a badass man hunting down a power-hungry, homicidal cleric corrupted by the forces of darkness.

So why in the world would you want to continue reading about the adventures of some jackass and his annoying fairy pal?

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In celebration of G4 Rewind, we’re bringing you some of the greatest classic anime you may have forgotten about...or missed entirely cause all you watch is Cartoon Network. Noobs...

 

Revolutionary Girl Utena is one our top anime picks; but we’ll be the first to admit that it’s not for everyone. If you like an out-of-the-box drama that will rip your heart out, stomp on it, shove it back into your chest, and sew you back up until the next time it feels like ripping your heart out...then by golly, you’re gonna love this!

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You guys thought Fullmetal Alchemist was old? Ha! Youngins.

In celebration of G4 Rewind, we’ll be highlighting some classic anime and manga all month long. This stuff is not to be missed....

 


Hey kids! Do you have a spare $200 just lying around? You do? Then you need to go out and get Fushigi Yuugi by Yuu Watase! Oh you don’t? Well how about $150? Cause you really can stop after volume 13 and be content. There’s a reason why Fushigi Yuugi is considered a classic. It’s damn good.

Once upon a time, Miyaka Yuki and her best friend Yui Hongo wandered into the restricted section of their local library and came across a book known as the “The Universe of the Four Gods.” The two girls get sucked into the book and Miaka ends up living out the tale as the Priestess of Suzaku. Right about now, you’re probably thinking that the two girls share the most incredible adventure of excitement and romance, right?

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Every Sunday, G4 will be bringing you the finest anime/manga reviews, previews, and ephemera.  Here's what's in store for you this week...

TOTO! The Wonderful Adventure by Yuko Osada: A wonderful adventure indeed. TOTO! has a lot of spirit that will make you want to run free and ride your bike as far as you can on a summer’s day.

The story is about a boy named Kakashi as he follows in his father’s footsteps in hopes of seeing the world. He befriends a girl named Dorothy and a dog whom she names Toto...she’s...traveling to Emerald....did we mention Kakashi’s name means “scarecrow?”

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Kubo is coming, apparently! Whatever that means. Gotta love teasers. We did some Google searching and all we came up with was a restaurant in Toronto. Somehow, we doubt that’s what it means. Then again....yum!

Also....

It’s NaOCl...the movie!  That’s “Bleach” for you non-chemistry folks. Check out the trailer under the cut.

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Otaku are composed of a multitude of elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfer, sodium, chlorine, magnesium, iodine, and iron with trace amounts of anime and manga.

Fullmetal Alchemist should be a staple in every diet to help maintain healthy fanboyism.

It is rare to come across an anime that feels so accessible that anyone could enjoy it. The story is solid, the characters are interesting, and the dub is great. Plus there’s that oh-so-catchy L’Arc~en~Ciel theme song!

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Writing about Speed Grapher is like writing an art history term paper...without the three page bibliography. The series is a deep, emotionally complex piece that doesn’t quite reach the level of awe and beauty it should because nobody seemed to give two Haruhis about the animation process.

Speed Grapher is the story of photojournalist Tatsumi Saiga that’s set in a world where the rich get richer and the poor are screwed. Obsessed with his work, Saiga has difficulty finding subjects that move him artistically. One night, he infiltrates a secret society and is blessed by the “Goddess” Kagura, granting him his deepest desire: the power to blow things up with a camera.

(Insert obvious Utena reference here)

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Okay, we know you’re thinking “Bloody hell, not another non-Japanese wannabe manga!” but hear us out.

Normally, we wouldn’t pick this up either; but when a friend literally put Poison Candy in our hands, who were we to refuse? We figured, what the heck, give it a shot. Frankly, we’re glad we did. It’s surprisingly good.

Poison Candy by David Hine and Hans Steinbach centers around teenage rock-legend-hopeful Sam Chance. Like everyone else in the world, Sam is infected with a virus called SKAR. In the immortal words of Douglas Adams, SKAR is “mostly harmless.” But to an unlucky few like Sam, it produces unusual abilities such as telekinesis and enhanced strength.

Oh yeah, and it kills you in about four months.

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First of all, no manga should ever start with eight pages of solid text.

Secondly, no manga should ever begin those eight pages of solid text with, “No one knows exactly how the universe began...”

Oh, for the love of Casey Schreiner!

WarCraft The Sunwell Trilogy Ultimate Edition by Richard Knaak and illustrated by Jae-Hwan Kim is a manga-style compilation of three volumes (durr) set in the WarCraft universe (again, durr). The storyline weaves a tale about Kalec, a blue dragon, who meets Anveena, a human fair damsel; and embarks on a journey that really has nothing to do with Kalec in the first place.

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There are two kinds of people in this world:

1) People who hate Hellsing.

2) People who are obsessed with Hellsing, own Hellsing merchandise, write Hellsing fanfic, display Hellsing action figures on their desk, and cosplay as Hellsing characters.

The answer to your question is: "The latter."

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Publisher Del Rey has just put out some brand-spankin’-new manga, and we’ve got your preview.

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This exposé is brought to you by the letter L.

Death Note is quite possibly the hottest anime title on the streets right now. We'll review the manga down the road, but for now, let’s talk about the anime. The series comes in 37 episodes which, in our opinion, is five episodes too long. We could have done without 27-31. We've seen up through episode 32 because that’s all we can legally get our hands on because that's all that's out.

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