Author Archive: Ruben Rosario

is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Audio for Visual Media. He works as a freelance location sound mixer, boom operator, sound designer, and writer in his native Chicago. He's an avid collector of films, comics, and anime.

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One Piece: Strong World

One Piece: Strong World

| November 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

For years, films based off of long running shonen series always presented themselves as simple stories, with the only true highlight being the rich animation that would accompany this familiar territory. Eiichiro Oda wanted to make sure that this didn’t happen for the 10th One Piece film, where most of the other entries were just […]

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Maken-Ki! The Complete Series

Maken-Ki! The Complete Series

| November 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Maken-ki! is an anime TV series that has truly nothing going for it, with the exception of the ridiculous fan service that presents. From giant boobs, that would break any living woman’s back, to the extreme camel toe shots, Maken-ki! wallows in the depths of extreme fan service and stays there. Takeru Ohyama has just […]

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Blood C: The Last Dark

Blood C: The Last Dark

| November 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Blood-C was most certainly a highlight of the year and one of my favorite series to come out of Production I.G. in a long while. The story was handled in a subversive way, the action was top notch and it was certainly a healthy addition to the Blood: The Last Vampire mythology. Of course, the […]

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One Piece: Season Five, Voyage Three

One Piece: Season Five, Voyage Three

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Coming face to face against the agents of CP9, the Straw Hat Pirates once again prove their might in One Piece: Season Five, Voyage Three. Nico Robin has finally asked for help from Luffy and the gang, while she’s been held up by Spandam and the evil members of CP9. Each of the crew individually […]

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Sakura Wars: The Movie

Sakura Wars: The Movie

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sakura Wars is one anime/video game series that I’ve never gotten into, which baffles me extremely. Granted, a majority of the video games never came out here, but with the steampunk elements, the wonderful character designs by Kosuke Fujishima and the fact that its set in an alternate history, there are plenty of things to […]

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Last Exile -Fam, The Silver Wing-, Pt. 1

Last Exile -Fam, The Silver Wing-, Pt. 1

| October 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

I never really found Gonzo to be all that incredible of a production house, in relation to other anime production companies. I mean sure, they were responsible for things like Blue Sub No. 6 and Hellsing, which I’ve certainly enjoyed, but I always found that their productions always took a nose dive in the later […]

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One Piece: Season Five, Voyage Two Review

One Piece: Season Five, Voyage Two Review

| October 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Without little surprise, One Piece has managed to captivate me once again, with Season Five: Voyage Two, an outing that contains just about everything that one would need to feel at home with a long running shonen series. Need a great backstory for one of the characters, check. How about some recap episodes, check. How […]

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Room 237

Room 237

| September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 is an interesting journey into different interpretations of analysis of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror masterpiece, The Shining. At 102 minutes, the film takes five, distinct interpretations and runs back and forth from them, while only showing clips from Kubrick’s filmography, found footage and several reenactments that serve the various narratives that […]

Two Men in Manhattan

Two Men in Manhattan

| September 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Jean Pierre Melville’s Two Men in Manhattan is most definitely one of the weakest films in his entire body of work. After seeing it, I was able to have an understanding on why it was never well received by critics and how Melville himself was unsatisfied after making the film. The movie stars Melville himself […]

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Lupin the Third: The Woman Named Fujiko Mine

Lupin the Third: The Woman Named Fujiko Mine

| August 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

While it’s imperative that animation enthusiasts and die hard Lupin the Third fans see The Woman Named Fujiko Mine, the series does enough things right that it can be recommended to general anime audiences. While its not perfect, it gives a solid run at how these iconic anime characters crossed paths and an average mystery […]

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