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2017


Ways To The Heart: Four Manga Adaptations Of Sōseki Natsume's 'Kokoro' 
Four manga adaptations of Sōseki Natsume's classic novel range from mere Classics Illustrated versions to a radical modern-day reinvention that rediscovers the story's heart of darkness
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2015


'Paradise Kiss': There's More To Love Than Boy Meets Girl 
Far more than just a 'romance' or a 'love story', this is a story about becoming worthy of being loved -- and a sprightly, funny story at that
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'Utsubora': The Book Thief 
Somewhere between thriller, noir, mystery, erotica, and tragedy lies this absorbing, if convoluted, story of the thefts of both ideas and lives
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2014


'Cardcaptor Sakura': (Re-) Release! 
After a wave of successors and deconstructions, the sweetness and directness of one of anime's most-beloved magical-girl shows still holds up
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'Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth': Japan Through A Glass Un-Darkly 
A gem of a show that confronts what it means for Japan and the West to be curious about each other -- and also how 'moé' can be an actual theme and not just a fetish
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'Sailor Moon Crystal': To Be Promised The Moon 
We've not only been promised the moon with the new 'Sailor Moon'; there's a good chance we'll actually get it
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'Red Data Girl': A For Effort, B- For Content 
Despite a meandering plotline, this mini-fantasia about one girl's spiritual powers is still worth the time
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'Karneval': A Cotton-Candy Clubbing 
A show this allegedly outlandish on the outside shouldn't try to play it so safe under the skin
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'K': Glossed Over 
Under the glossy, inviting surface of this overplotted and underwritten story is a far better one waiting to get out
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'Brave 10': History, Repeating Itself 
It's always fascinating how Japan does mutant fantasy versions of its own history, even if the results aren't always worth the effort
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