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The Castle of Cagliostro

The Castle of Cagliostro is the quintessential Lupin III flick, which comes as no surprise considering it's directed by the master of Japanese animation, Hayao Miyazaki. Things open with Lupin and Jigen scoring a major haul from a ritzy casino. As they make off with the dough, however, Lupin notices that it's all counterfeit. He then quickly decides to hatch a new plan: find the source of the bogus cash. This leads Lupin and Jigen to the country of Cagliostro, where they suspect the fake money is being produced.

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

When propaganda for Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade began surfacing, I paid blissfully little attention to it. Through word-of-mouth, I heard the film was supposed to be quite good, although I had very little details of the actual content. I assumed that the often-depicted Jin-Roh figure dressed in fierce battle armor with glowing red eyes was some kind of Waffen-SS super-soldier. Images of fierce World War II battles began dancing through my head, as I prepared to watch this movie. I quickly learned, though, that my assumption was incorrect, but I was hardly disappointed.


While I've generally held the whole fighting game genre in low regard, I've harbored some hope that one of these days a fighting game anime will surprise me. It will contain an interesting and non-cliched plot, characters I actually care about, and some truly awesome martial arts that would put Jackie Chan to shame. Unfortunately, Tekken isn't it. Tekken is another poor entry into the overcrowded and underachieving field of fighting game anime. I question the merit of these titles, but of course, a title like this isn't aimed at the hard-core anime fan. That certainly explains why A.D.