Sunday, 05 October 2008 23:45

Macross Frontier (TV, 2008)

Overview


Macross Million Missile Mash: For when it absolutely, positively, 100% must be deader than dead dead DEAD.

So, Macross: Frontier. Where do I really start with one of the flagship series in the world of anime – one of the series that didn't just define a genre, but (in a horribly mutilated and misbegotten form) introduced a legion of unwitting kiddies to their first anime? I can still remember being parked in front of the TV in utter awe as I watched the really cool fighter jets that could turn into even cooler robots taking on the big mean ugly green men. RoboTech, Voltron, and Ronin Warriors... I was weaned on the holy trinity, folks. Of course, calling RoboTech anime is tantamount to high treason for a real anime devotee, but, hell, I was five years old; I'm allowed a certain amount of leeway. Let's face it, folks... when you started watching the SatAM anime on SciFi, it's because you saw the same quality to it that you remembered seeing in RoboTech, and even though you didn't know exactly what that quality was... you were drawn to it. Macross: Frontier is the 25th anniversary celebration of the original series, and... man... what a celebration...

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Sunday, 05 October 2008 18:10

Macross Frontier Reviewed!

Not even a week, and I'm actually back with another review. I'd better be careful, I might start to look like a regular poster again. Anyway folks, time to grab your Valkryries and strap in, because we're about to take this one at Macross speed. This time it's a look at the 25th Anniversary series, Macross Frontier, celebrating 25 years of launching enough missiles at one target to kill it thirty times over and still have leftovers that didn't get any of the pieces. So grab your bridge bunnies, and turn up your receiver so you don't miss any of Sheryl and Ranka's concert, folks, because this one's going to blow your mind. If you've still got any gray matter left, come leak it out on the forums! CLOSED

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Wednesday, 10 September 2008 03:53

Golgo 13 (TV, 2008)

Overview


Boom.

So, I'm going to change things up a little bit today, and break with my habit of waiting until a series is done to review it. That's because today I want to take a look at Golgo 13, and if I wait for the series to wrap I'm not going to be reviewing it for at least another year – it's a 50 episode series! I figure that just about everybody's heard of Golgo 13 at least once. The manga series has been running for so long – it started in 1969, folks – that it's become one of the cornerstones of manga. The TV series that started for Spring 2008 is the first time it's been to the small screen, but Golgo has books, manga, OVA's, movies – animated and live action – and video games too. He's been called the Japanese James Bond, and I'd sure like to see them get together sometime for a mission.

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Tuesday, 09 September 2008 22:13

Golgo 13 Review

No, your eyes don't deceive you, I'm actually still alive. Nobody's taken a hit out on my life - not that I'm aware of, anyway. That said, I've got a good candidate for them if they really wanna try, because this week I'm taking a look at the Golgo 13 TV series. This guy's got more hits than the RIAA's ever dreamed of exploiting, and his favorite instrument is an M16. He'll be glad to play taps for anybody willing to pony up his price of 3 mil, but I doubt that his target audience will be too thrilled with the performance. Feel like taking out an ad for the bad puns? Swing by the forums and let me know. CLOSED

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Wednesday, 25 June 2008 23:11

Summer 2008 Anime Preview

It's summer here in Minnesota, and that means that it's time for humidity, skeeters big enough to need runways to land - and oh yeah, the summer anime previews. There's fewer previews than usual this time around, but there are some big names coming to the small screen for this season. Already started is the third season of IkkiTousen: Great Guardians. The girls haven't found any sturdier clothing, either, so you know there's going to be plenty of eye candy bouncing all around. Blade of the Immortal, based on the long running manga of the same name, looks good, and I'll be interested to see if they manage to pull it off. Also making the leap is Sekirei, and IkkiTousen is going to have some competition in the jiggle meter from this one. But c'mon folks, don't just listen to me babble, take a look for yourself! As always, the page might take awhile to load, be patient. Don't forget too - this is hardly a complete list, just a small selection of the series due out this summer.

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Saturday, 07 June 2008 14:17

Winter 2008 - Commercials & Promos

Here's a special end of the year treat, folks - I've added some of the previews and commercials for the Winter 2008 anime season. Highlights include Ookami to Koushinryou, based on the Wolf and Spices manga series. There's also what's looking to be the "what the fu...?!" series of the season, Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi, though I'll admit that the video capture for it is pretty bad. Sorry folks - wish I had better for you. Go ahead and click the read more link for this story, but be warned - there's about twenty clips, and they each get their own mini-flash player. Might take awhile to load. Happy New Year!

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Wednesday, 28 May 2008 06:00

Romeo x Juliet (TV, 2007)

Overview


Romeo x Juliet

As with any storytelling medium, sometimes anime is used to retell familiar tales. Many series started out as manga - Japanese comic books. Ikkitousen is based on Battle Vixens, which was in turn based on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel. The series that I picked up for this review, Romeo x Juliet, is based off the original Shakespearian play Romeo and Juliet. However, it's a reimagination made from the point of view of the Japanese culture, and it interweaves a few more ideas into the basic storyline that gave the series its name.

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Well, sort of back from the dead of web coding. Perhaps undead would be more appropriate, though I really wish this anime kept to the promise of bringing me back to life. Rosario + Vampire TV is the review this time. It should have been the anime on how to care and feed for the molestable forces of darkness, but turned into the kick in the nuts of last season as you'll soon read about.

Head over to the forums and discuss! CLOSED

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Saturday, 19 April 2008 00:00

Rosario + Vampire (TV, 2008)

Overview

Tsukune Aono just failed the entry into pretty much every High School around...except for one. A school in another dimension that caters to the education of the monster children of this world into the human sphere of influence in a Masquerade situation. Though he doesn't realize this at first, not until he runs into the one of the students, the beautiful Moka...who immediately uses him to slake her thirst being a vampire. So begins his problems of collecting babes who represent the forces of darkness, trying to stay alive in a place whose denizens typically see humans as chow, all the while slipping into the role of your basic soulless harem anime protagonist...eventually with awesome power.

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Thursday, 03 April 2008 06:00

Dragonaut - The Resonance (TV, 2007)

Overview


The girls of Dragonaut.  They're there, behind the breasts.  Really.

A couple seasons back, there was a little Gonzo series by the name of Witchblade that wound up just blowing me away. It had a particularly unique visual style, though - oh, who am I kidding? The women had racks you could have used to catch people jumping from third story windows. Still, that aside, the series was damned good, and it had an awesome ending that I never got around to mentioning in the review. Now we'll jump ahead to the beginning of the fall 2007 season, and a series named Dragonaut ~ The Resonance, also by Gonzo... It was quickly very obvious that it was being animated by the same team that did Witchblade, and that they'd... upgraded some... Somebody bring in the industrial strength over the shoulder boulder holders, please...

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