Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent

PARANOIA AGENT Watched via Adult Swim/DVD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Paranoia Agent is a television series written and directed by Satoshi Kon. Many of his works explore themes of social media, psychoanalysis, and deviance. Satoshi Kon used this series as an opportunity to explore these themes in experimental ways he was unable to before in his … Continue reading

Gokusen

Gokusen

GOKUSEN Watched via DVD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: You have probably never heard of Gokusen unless you happen to also be a J-drama fan. This series is based off of a serialized manga, that also happened to be turned into a popular J-drama featuring of course, a lot of J-idols. I love all three versions of … Continue reading

Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth vs. Gosick

Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth vs. Gosick

Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth VS. Gosick Watched via Hulu and Crunchyroll WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth (crossroads of a foreign maze) explores the immersion of Japanese culture into Western countries, in particular France, in the late 1800s. As a lot of fans probably know by now, Japan was relatively cut off … Continue reading

Trigun

Trigun

TRIGUN Watched via DVD/Adult Swim WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: While Trigun initially did poorly in Japan, it has today come to be known as a most-loved fan favorite in the United States. Well, that is at least with older fans. Despite its now old age, it has actually managed to continuously trickle down to new fans … Continue reading

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA Watched via BD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Before there was The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, there was the second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya television series. We’ve already spoken about the latter’s pacing issues in a separate review, but they really go hand-in-hand with this movie as well. While … Continue reading

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

PRINCESS MONONOKE Watched via VHS/DVD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Princess Mononoke is a historical fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. While the title would suggest the story follows the “spirit princess” (San), we instead find ourselves exploring an alternate ancient Japan through the eyes of a young Emishi warrior, Ashitaka. Prior to the storyline, … Continue reading

Ghost in the Shell (1995 movie)

Ghost in the Shell (1995 movie)

This is our 100th review on Stereo Otaku! For a special review we decided to have our significant others write the review this week. Both Dustin and Jeffrey are huge Ghost in the Shell fans (bigger than either of us), so we thought it would be only fitting to have them take a look back … Continue reading

Dennou Coil

Dennou Coil

DENNOU COIL Watched via fansubs WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Out of all of the series I’ve seen during my “anime club years”, Dennou Coil has to be in the top three of my favorites. This series, while hard to pin down, thrives in its own unique way. To start with, I am not quite certain what … Continue reading

Shamanic Princess

Shamanic Princess

SHAMANIC PRINCESS Watched via DVD/Crunchyroll WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Tiara is a hot headed wielder of magic, recently come to “our world” to regain the stolen magical item, the Throne of Yord. Shamanic Princess came out in the ‘90s and therefore harkens back to a day and age of teenaged magical girls and thieves. This series … Continue reading