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Ring ni Kakero 2: Let the Past Die; Kill It, If You Have To

The idea of a "next-generation" sequel, one that stars the children of the characters that starred in the original, is a tale as old as time...

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Retrospect in Retrograde: Ring ni Kakero 1 (Anime)

OK, this whole thing has greatly exceeded even my own expectations, i.e. this is gonna be long, so strap yourselves in. Therefore, I'll just...

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Ring ni Kakero vs. Ring ni Kakero 1: When a Measly "1" Makes All the Difference

October 12, 2021 (or somewhere thereabout) will mark the 40th Anniversary of the final chapter of Masami Kurumada's first hit manga, Ring ni...

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Obscusion B-Side: Prowling the Official Atari Jaguar Catalog: 1994 (Part 1)

Previously on Prowling the Official Atari Jaguar Catalog : "Overall, the Atari Jaguar's starting line-up isn't spectacular, but at the same ...

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Obscusion B-Side: The Surprisingly (If Fitting) Perpetual Life of Chakan: The Forever Man in Print

In the early 1980's, aspiring comic book artist Robert A. Kraus founded his own studio, RAK Graphics. His first published comic would be  Th...

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Salaryman Kintaro: Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangst... I Mean "Real Man"

* This review is in memory of the legendary Masami Suda, who was character designer for this anime, as he passed away earlier this same mont...

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Obscusion B-List: Games Ported Over to the Same System... Multiple Times... By Different People

Game development & publishing has, more or less, long become a rather standardized thing over the decades. If you see a game released on a p...

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Showa Monogatari: Anime for Literal "Boomers"? Next You're Going to Tell Me that Anime is for Everyone!

Hey, the Olympics (& Paralypics, too) are taking place in Tokyo! After being delayed from last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the quadre...

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Demo Disc Vol. 19: Leaping Lead-Ins

It's been a long while since the last volume of Demo Disc; three months shy of a full year, in fact! Not just that, but it's also been…

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Speak Softly & Carry a Gravitational Beam Emitter: Blame! & Its Long Anime Journey

Tsutomu Nihei is probably one of the most unique mangaka out there, and a lot of has to do with what he was originally doing prior to enteri...

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Obscusion B-Side: Guilty Gear X ("Vanilla", Plus, & Ver. 1.5): Are You Ready? It's Cool! Let's Enjoy a Great Show Time!! good luck

Back in early 2015, to celebrate the release of Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign - a few months prior, I reviewed the original Guilty Gear from 1998 f...

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Obscusion B-Side: Prowling the Official Atari Jaguar Catalog: 1993

The Atari Jaguar, the final console produced by (anything that even remotely resembles) the company that had produced the Atari 2600 way bac...

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Oh Me, Oh My, OVA! α: The Forefathers of the Short-Form OVA

On December 26, 1983, Bandai (though its newly-launched Emotion label) released Episode 2 of Dallos in Japan, becoming the first anime ever...

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Megazone 23 Part III (Manga UK Dub): *sigh*... Hard On. Done Laughing Yet? OK, Let's Move On...

Back in April of 2013, I reached my second milestone review with Review #100, in which I watched & reviewed Robotech the Movie , an infamous...

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Obscusion B-Side: Resident Evil's (& Dino Crisis') Original First-Person Exploits: A Gun Survivor Retrospective

A lot of talk happened when Capcom announced Resident Evil 7: Biohazard back in 2016, and aside from a return to the "survival horror" styl...

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Twelve Older Anime That Deserve License Rescues XI: Vertical Hold Syndrome Part 2

So last time I brought up how anime on VHS came to an end in North America, but how did things work out in Japan? The short answer…

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Twelve Older Anime That Deserve License Rescues XI: Vertical Hold Syndrome Part 1

A large factor in what titles I select for each of these license rescue lists every year is honestly a rather simple one: It could use a rel...

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Covers, Color, & "The Dreaded ToC": Shonen Jump's 40-Year History of Celebrating Final Chapters

*Due to this subject being very focused on how manga are shown to readers for their final chapters, I have also produced a video essay versi...

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Retrospect in Retrograde: Shin Seiki Den Mars

Previously on the  Mars  45th Anniversary Retrospective : "Simply put, the  Mars  OVA went into production with all of the best intentions, ...

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Mars (OVA): All of the Imagawa-Crushing Ambition, But With None of the Corporate Support

Previously on the Mars 45th Anniversary Retrospective : "In the end, it's really easy to see why Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Mars wound up being ...

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Mars (Mitsuteru Yokoyama Manga): This Giant Robot Will Self-Destruct in Five Volumes

Born on June 18, 1934, Mitsuteru Yokoyama would be inspired to become a mangaka after reading Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis & would make his de...

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Obscusion B-Side: Transforming Ghosts' Adventures in Wii Recon: Next Level's 2010 Rail-Shooter Duology

Based in Vancouver & established in 2002, Canadian developer Next Level Games got its start developing 2003's NHL Hitz Pro , the final entr...

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Obscusion B-Side: Headhunter & It's Thrust-Upon Mission to "Kill" Metal Gear Solid

Whenever something innovates & become a standard setter, it's only natural for others to take advantage of what it did & follow that path. F...

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Obscusion B-Side: Maximum Chase: The Only Thing Missing is Don LaFontaine Narrating the Trailer!

Microsoft's first video game console, the original Xbox, didn't see release in Japan until February 22, 2002, being the second region in the...

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The 12 Most Interesting Anime Reviewed in The Land of Obscusion's First Decade Part 2

The internet has made it rather popular for people to just rag on stuff that isn't great, and while I don't have any problems with doing jus...

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The 12 Most Interesting Anime Reviewed in The Land of Obscusion's First Decade Part 1

It's usually standard protocol for anyone who writes about stuff on the internet that if you make a "best of" list then you have to follow i...

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The 12 Best Anime Reviewed in The Land of Obscusion's First Decade Part 2

Reducing this list of "the best" to only twelve (overall) picks was by no means an easy task. I could have easily made this list twice as lo...

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The 12 Best Anime Reviewed in The Land of Obscusion's First Decade Part 1

Welcome to 2021 here at The Land of Obscision, the start of a brand new decade for the blog! For those unfamiliar, I have indeed been puttin...

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The Land of Obscusion's Twelve Favorite Posts of 2019 & 2020!! Part 2

Looking back at that first part of this (two-year-spanning) "favorite posts" list, I definitely put the massive efforts into it, the stuff t...

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The Land of Obscusion's Twelve Favorite Posts of 2019 & 2020!! Part 1

Happy Boxing Day, once again! (after skipping last year) So last year I didn't make a "favorite posts" list, partially because I felt that t...

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Kill Me Baby: This Ain't the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew Mystery, It's Just Yasuna & Sonia in Your Vicinity

On three prior occasions I participated in the Reverse Thieves' Anime Secret Santa program, where participants get a "victim" (as I like to...

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