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The Phantom Zone Anime Review Site.

.hack//Legend of the Twilight
Angelic Layer
Aquarian Age: The Movie
Astro Boy
Banner of the Stars
Brain Powered
Carcaptors: The Movie
Castle in the Sky
Crest of the Stars
Detective Conan
Digimon: The Movie
Digimon 02
Dragonball: Mystical Adventure
Dragonball-Z: Dead Zone
Dragonball-Z: The Tree of Might
Dragonball-Z: The World's Strongest
Dragonball-Z: Lord Slug
Dragonball-Z: Super Android #13
Dragonball-Z: Broly, the Legendary Super Saiyan
Dragonball G.T.
Dragon Drive
El Hazard
Figure 17
Final Fantasy: Unlimited
Fruits Basket
Fullmetal Alchemist
Full Metal Panic
Ghost In The Shell
Ghost In The Shell 2
Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C.
Gundam: 08th M.S. Team
Gundam 0080
Gundam 0083
Gundam: Char's Counterattack
Gundam Seed
Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz
Interstella 5555
Kiki's Delivery Service
Legend of Lemnear
Machine Robo
Magic Knight Rayearth
Pokemon: The First Movie
Pokemon the Movie 2000
Pokemon 3: The Movie
Pokemon: Mew Two Returns
Pokemon 4-ever
Pokemon Heroes
Pokemon: Jirachi Wish Maker
Sister Princess
Spirited Away
Transformers: Armada
Transformers: Cybertron
Transformers: Energon
Transformers: R.i.D
Transformers: The Movie
Ultraman Tiga
Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie
Zoids: Fuzors
Zoids: Chaotic Century
Zoids: Guardian Force

Distributor: Anime Works
Original Story: CLAMP
Volumes: 1 Box Set (6 discs)
Rating: 13+
Anime Code: G

3 Junior High School girls from Tokyo: Hikaru Shido, Umi Ryuzaki, and Fuu Hoohji, were spirited away from Tokyo Tower to a mysterious land called Cephiro, where magic is the norm and the land is protected by Princess Emeraude, the so-called Pillar of Cephiro.  But now she's been imprisoned.  Now Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu, must learn how to fight, how to use magic, and most importantly, how to work together to save Princess Emeraude and defeat the evil High Priest Zigato.
Review: I love CLAMP's work, I love fantasy, I love giant robots, MKR had all this and more including an ending that threw me for a loop.  The animation wasn't what I expected from CLAMP, but the music was beautiful, including a heartwarming opening done by Sandy Fox, who works as cast member and crew member on the series.  It seemed like the character designs came from other animes at times.  But CLAMP has always been a great storyteller and this is no exception.  Their writing style is as impressive as they are mysterious.

Action Level: 4/5
As many who have also seen the series and even the characters themselves have pointed out, the fighting looked like it was taken right out of a video game.  The magic was too (though I personally thought it was out of another fantasy anime which shall remain nameless).

Romance Level: 2/5
Fuu was the meakest of the three, yet she was the only one to get a boyfriend.  But they did part on not-so-polite terms before the final battle.  Caldina's attitude towards Ashcot seemed a little too close for comfort.  But come on, I know kids in Japan are supposed to be more mature than kids in America, and I know that at times, girls mature faster than boys, but do 14 year olds really fall in love?  I don't know, it's been a long time sisnce I was in Junior High.

Comedy Level: 4/5
I think this series was the first to use chibiness, or if it wasn't, it certainly was the first to overuse it.  Unfortunately, it got rather annoying around episode 12.  Makona burdened most of the comic relief.  The next comical character was Caldina, the southern belle.

Adult Level: 2/5
A (seemingly unnecessary) stereotypical naked magical girl transformation sequence in episode 1 (which never appears again except in brief clips during the opening scene).  But besides that, it showed people bleed, bleed a lot.

Drama Level: 3/5
It got comical during dramatic moments which took away from the overall intensity from the situation.  But the ending, the ending, as heartbreaking as it was, personified drama.

Overall Level: 4/5
Magical girls, giant robots, magic, comedy, some weird pudgy rabbit with an Ultraman-like crystal on its forehead.  There's something for everyone here.  Sandy Fox, in addition to her voice role and crew roll, sings the opening beautifully.  Definitely get the box set (though be careful, the disks have a tendancy to fall out.)