Friday, 09 October 2009 20:07

Pandora Hearts (TV, 2009)


She looks lonely...  I'd be glad to keep her company... One of the things that's always sure to get my attention, at least enough for a first look, is just about any take on the realm and mythos of Alice in Wonderland. Now, I'm not talking about the Disneyland fantastic voyage type of Wonderland, though to be fair looking back on THAT movie now as an adult you can pick out certain… tendrils of the sort of Wonderland I enjoy. No no no… When I say Alice in Wonderland, I'm referring more to the darker, American McGee's Alice type of Wonderland, or the Wonderland of Zenescape's comic universe. The truly twisted, foul and menacing place of former dreams and innocence lost to maturity. The place where everybody's madness – or even sanity – waits, patiently, for the day when you'll revisit it. Imagination is a strange and wonderful thing, but somewhere along the line, we fooled ourselves into believing only good comes out of the mind's playground. Pandora Hearts is a series that borrows some of the darker Wonderland's world, and spins it out in a new way.

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Friday, 09 October 2009 14:14

Open the Box

No, I'm not asking you to invite Pinhead and his buddies over for beer and sexually bittersweet suffering, I'm talking about the series Pandora Hearts that just finished its run last week. Oz Vessalius is a young noble's son who's about to have his coming of age ceremony… and what a party it turns out to be! He gets himself a cute little homicidally psychotic girl that turns into a big damn black rabbit with a bigger scythe out of the deal, so maybe it's not a total loss, right? Follow me on a journey into Pandora Hearts to see for sure.

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Thursday, 08 October 2009 19:42

Canaan (TV, 2009)


Go for Action Synethesia is a classification for a neural phenomenon in which two or more senses are linked. For instance, somebody seeing a tree might hear a particular note or tone in their head at the same time, or when they see a written number they might involuntarily see it as a given color. There's a number of different medically recognized forms of synethesia. So, what does this have to do with Canaan, the series that I'll be taking a look at to day? Well, the titular character, Canaan, is a synesthete. Her particular form of the condition grants her ability to see intent and emotion as an aura of color. And what's any good little girl with the capability to read people like a book just by looking at them to do but become a full-fledged mercenary?

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Thursday, 08 October 2009 13:55

Canaan Fire

What happens when you take a girl that has the ability to see emotion and intent as a person's colored aura, and teach her how to kill practically before she's out of diapers? If you're lucky, you get committed to an asylum before being dumb enough to unleash the wraith of a woman scorned on the world, but if not, you get Canaan, the titular character of the series I'm reviewing this time… err, Canaan. Join her on a little tour of just how dark and nasty the world can really be, and see if Canaan is worth you taking a look at. At least there's some huge meat buns to be had…

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Thursday, 08 October 2009 07:02

Valkyria Chronicles (TV, 2009)


Yeah, that was my reaction too.I think that I've mentioned a few times in a couple of game reviews that I rather enjoy the whole World War II era story world. I'm a big fan of the classic Call of Duty series – which is not to say that CoD4 didn't kick ass and that MC2 won't kick even more. But I've always found there to just be something better about World War I and II than today's conflicts. Valkyria Chronicles is a Strategy RPG game that was released for the Playstation 3 late last year, and earlier this spring it made the jump to an anime format. It's billed as an alternate universe take on World War II – the European portion of it, at least - but of course this being an anime it's not at all as simple as that.

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Thursday, 08 October 2009 01:17

Ride of the Valkyria

Before Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, and Korea, there was a slightly bigger war affectionately referred to as the second world war. You may remember this from your history courses – it was the one after the war to end all wars, WWI. In an alternate world, the continent of Europa is in the middle of its own World War, but unlike our world, where splitting the atom made the biggest boom, the superweapons of choice were the Valkyria, heroic maidens with incredible destructive powers who vanished at the end of the last war – unfortunately for Gallia, war didn't vanish with them. Join me for a little cross-dimensional visit to the world of Valkyria Chronicles to see if we can't find a few maidens that measure up to the impressive proportions of such well endowed heroines.

And yeah folks… I'm still alive. Barely. Keep an eye here for more updates soon, I've got a lot of catching up to do.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2009 18:08

Heaven Sent, Manga Review

Taking a break from the various convention related items still in the works, I've put to the proverbial pen and paper a review of one the manga I picked up over at Anime Central this year, that being Ben Dunn's 'Heaven Sent'.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2009 17:44

Heaven Sent (Manga, 2005)


What happens when your guardian angel falls in love with you? Kyle Taylor is about to find out this and more, or at least he would if this story were to actually concentrate on that at all instead of this quasi religious war between Heaven and Hell that his involvement in is, at best, completely worthless and unnecessary. Indeed, with the way this story goes, scenes like this are nonexistent, but then so is any coherent story telling, as I'll elaborate below.

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Friday, 03 April 2009 16:24

Tytania review from Anyaku

A little treat for all our readers, we have a new article from Anyaku in the form of a review for the anime Tytania. An interesting little space opera apprently, and given this review, I may well give it another try.

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Friday, 03 April 2009 16:12

Tytania (TV, 2008)


This reviewer just finished the TV anime series Tytania. I watched the HQ release as fansubbed by ANBU and posted for torrenting. The series is based on novels published in Japan, not generally available outside Japan. I had no access to the novels, and my review is based entirely on the content of the torrented material.

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