Tuesday, 20 January 2009 22:38

Dance in the Vampire Bund Manga Review

Well, I've been threatening this one for awhile. And as such, here we go, a review of oddly, my current favorite manga, Dance in the Vampire Bund which is filled with all the bloody vampire goodness one could ever hope for. Oh sure, the girl looks about twelve, but I dare you to tell her she can't do whatever she damn well wants after you read the first chapter. C'mon, what are you? Chicken? Yeah, I would be too after what I saw her do that would be assassin of hers.

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Tuesday, 20 January 2009 21:58

Dance in the Vampire Bund (Manga, 2006)

Overview

To all creatures of darkness, your salvation has arrived! Paper's please, yes yes...I see, they seem to be in order. What, you're still not sure what's all this about? How did you come here then? Oh, I see, terribly sorry about that, but I suppose we can't plan for everything. Let me explain. The dark sovereign, the ruler of all vampires, Mina Tepes, has constructed for us a sanctuary, just off the coast of Japan. An artificial island, fully sanctioned by the human authorities of that nation, where we need not hide or fear, where we can be who we are and live our lives as we wish under her watchful protection, as long as we obey her laws, of course. What did you think...she'd allow anarchy? Certainly not. She is in charge, and if you've got a problem with it, I'd suggest taking it up with her personally...just remember what she did to the last people to try that. Yes, it was with her bare hands, and I know she only looks twelve. Oh, that strapping young lad always hanging around her (or she's always hanging off of, depending on her mood)? That'd be Akira, her personal guardian...some even say her lover, though we all know she'd never risk that...at least, not yet anyway. She has several decades of growing left. Or would she risk it? Could be why there HAVE been so many attempts on her life recently. I mean, if you knew what that boy really was, that she'd do THAT with something like him well...I can only imagine how insulted some people might be. At least, those that are still alive after facing her wrath. So if you have a problem with her behavior, I'm sure she'd love to hear from you. We'll be sure to dust up your remains and deposit them in the outgoing trash the following morning...if she's done with you by then.

Published in Manga Reviews
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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Tuesday, 30 September 2008 15:14

Infinite Undiscovery (xBox 360, 2008)

See?  He's heroic.  Sorta.

Overview


One of the things I've been a fan of since the first time I picked up that little rectangular N.E.S. control pad is RPGs – in fact, the very first game that I owned was the original Final Fantasy. I've been hooked on RPGs ever since, partly because the storylines are almost always so engrossing, and because, pound-for-pound, I've found that I get the most bang out of my buck with a good RPG. They're longer – though not as long as they used to be unfortunately – than any other type of game out there, and while some would turn up their nose at the idea of replaying an RPG, I find that it's interesting to go back through with the knowledge gained at the end of the story and see the little nods used to setup the ending. With that in mind, I decided to pick up a little game that I'd heard absolutely nothing about purely on the fact that it was an RPG, and it was released by Squaresoft... erm, SquareEnix, the same company that made one of my favorite games of all time. That game was Infinite Undiscovery.

Published in Video Game Reivews
Tuesday, 30 September 2008 10:00

Infinite Undiscovery Review

I'm taking a look at possibly the worst case ever of mistaken identity this time, as I review Infinite Undiscovery. What's infinite about it? Well, for one thing it clocks in as one of my longest reviews. What's undiscovered? C'mon, you can see this one coming, go read the review! You can talk about it too, if you like. 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.

Published in Anime Reviews
Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:49

Speed Racer Movie 2008 Review

Well, taking a break from writing reports and doing stuff from the conventions, I've gone ahead and written up a review of the live action Speed Racer movie; and a movie I'd recommend all anime fans go see at least once on the big screen.

As always, here's a forums thread if you want to make comments on the Speed Racer movie or the review itself. CLOSED

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Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:41

Speed Racer (Movie 2008)

Overview

I don’t think I can really provide a summary for this one for a variety of reasons. Sure I could for the movie in and of itself, but considering the movie is such a tribute to the rich history of this story, I’m thinking I should probably take some time out to delve into that in the review proper before talking about the movie itself.

Published in Anime Reviews
Monday, 16 June 2008 04:24

BioMeat: Nectar (Manga, 2007)

Overview


BioMeat: Nectar

Before I get into the meat of this review, I have to pause for a word from our sponsor... Hungry? Don't know what's for dinner? Can't find something to put on the plate? Well, no worries folks - try Bio-Meat!™ Healthy, nutritious, and environmentally friendly, Bio-Meat: It's what's for dinner. With that having been said, let's cut out the gristle and get on with the tenderizing. Recently I've been getting into manga a bit more, and in the course of exploring that ran across a little treasure trove of a place called SnoopyCool. Great little place, check it out folks. Anyway, among other series that I found there was a little horror movie in the making named Bio-Meat: Nectar.

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