David Nolen

David Nolen

Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Transformers Armada (TV, 2003-2004)

Overview

In a brand new continuity, for a brand new set of fans, we have the age old war of the Autobots vs. the Decepticons for the fate of their world, and possibly the universe, hanging in the balance. Gee, haven't we done this before? In this story, energy is not scarce, forcing them to search for other worlds and other sources of fuel. No, in this case, we have some sort of smart tool...or is that a subgroup of their own race...? Well, in any event these Minicons are now the primary source of contention between the two factions. Whoever controls them, will win the war...at least until Transformers: Energon. So, they are sent into space to prevent their abuse, so why is it that the Decepticons are trying to stop them, while the Autobots provide cover? You'll find this and many other poorly plotted, barely written, completely fucked story points in every single moment of every single episode of Transformers: Armada. Weren't we supposed to FIX shit like this when we got older?

Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Transformers Energon/Super Link (TV, 2004-2005)

Overview

After the defeat of Unicron in the abysmal Transformers: Armada, the Autobots have secretly built a base on Earth for the mining and refining of Energon. Seems the writers forgot that Transformers need to fuel up on something, considering how they treat Energon in this series. Anyway, turns out Unicron wasn't nearly as dead as they thought...nor was Super Megatron (I REFUSE to call him Galvatron. Aaron Archer has a special place in my Hell...I mean, really, Shockblast?). Unicron dispatches one of the creatures he's enslaved, Alpha Quintesson, to bring him Energon to repair himself. Never mind the big scramble for Minicons that happened last season.

Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Tenjho Tenge (TV, 2004)

Overview

Bob and Souichiro show up at Todo High School one day determined to kick everyone's ass and prove they are the strongest. Problem is they picked a school that has turned out top Z level fighter martial artists since the Meiji era...did they even have High Schools back then? And they show up with a power level of maybe 50...bad move on their part.

Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Scrapped Princess (TV, 2003)

Overview

Pacifica Casull, along with her guardians and siblings, the sorceress Raquel Casull and the swordsman Shannon Casull have been driven from their home in Manhurin; for Pacifica is the Scrapped Princess, the one spoken of in the Grendel Prophecies to destroy the world of men on her 16th birthday. To prevent this, she was supposedly killed at birth; but instead wound up in the care of the Casull family where she has lived for the past 15 years...until she was discovered by zealots who follow the faith of the god, Mauser, who will stop at nothing to kill her.

Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:00

Rozen Maiden (TV, 2004)

Overview

Sakurada Jun, is, at first glance a boy in serious need of an ass kicking, and honestly that's EXACTLY what he needs. He's has a very odd addiction whereby he orders stuff from the internet and returns them before he has to pay for them. He's very much the bastard to his sister, does not go to school...overall one has to wonder what is wrong with the kid while, at the same time, wanting to kick his ass for being such a dick. However, one day he gets an odd letter asking him to accept its terms or reject them. He accepts them, follows the directions on the letter, and shortly thereafter a box mysteriously appears in his room. Inside is an exquisitely detailed doll...who turns out to be far more than she appears; and the adventures he shares with her will take him the to brink of insanity, beyond, and back again.

Tuesday, 12 December 2006 22:33

Koihime OVA Series 1 and 2

Overview

Musashi returns to his home after many years away to visit his grandmother, only to find that he has some old friends there as well. However, for some reason he can't remember these 4 girls...but they remember him, as he soon discovers.

Tuesday, 12 December 2006 22:04

Maburaho(TV 2003-2004)

Overview

Hot on the heals of the Harry Potter craze, we have a few anime trying to cash in on the wizardry school phenomenon. When they start with the psychokinetic powers let me know...oh wait, there's Psychic Academy, terrible shame about that anime, but anyway.... This story is about ye ol typical-anime-spineless-wuse-with-lots-of-power(tm) who is going to wizarding school. He's bad at just about everything, except that he's supposedly descended from a long line of incredibly powerful wizards (and if you look closely, one of them is H. Potter...yeah right sure) which means he's got the genes to produce some of the most powerful wizards of all time. Enter 3 girls who are just the ones to cash in on this little treasure trove: The 'main' girl Yuuna, Kuriko the busty rich blonde, and Rin the traditional Japanese girl...who just happens to be a samurai type as well. There's a fourth, but...ehh.... Can we say typical harem anime? Sure we can.

Tuesday, 12 December 2006 21:23

DearS (TV, 2004)

Overview

In this typical shounen bit of teasing fanboy service; jerk, biggot, and nice guy (yes you read that right) Takeya Ikuhara comes across a girl by the road one day after school, clothed only in blanket. He saves her from being run over by a truck, only to find she's one of the almost legendary DearS, who crash landed on this world nearly a year before. She kisses his hands, and then his lips, promissing to serve him forever. There are several problems with this, as he soon discovers.

Tuesday, 12 December 2006 20:41

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan (TV, 2005)

Overview

.....you know, I think I'll just skip to the review on this one.

Tuesday, 12 December 2006 20:23

Akane Maniax (OVA, 2005)

Overview

After the end of Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien, Akane is left in a rather bad mental funk she can't seem to shake. This is confused further by the arrival of Gouda Jouji, who professes his love for her, and it is through his unique perspective much of how he tries to bring her out of her pain and win her that this story is told.


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