Tuesday, 28 August 2007 00:00

Kaibutsu Oujo (TV, 2007)

Overview

There's an old proverb that goes something like this: "No good deed goes unpunished." Sort of the bane of all Boy Scouts, but it can be, at times, remarkably accurate... Sometimes, the good deed just plain ain't worth the trouble that follows in its wake. Consider, if you will, the main character in Kaibutsu Oujo, Hiro Hiyorimi. Hiro lives up to the homonym of his name... and winds up dead for taking the trouble. Like I said, "No good deed goes unpunished." Unfortunately for our dearly departed hero, the punishment is only just beginning... he does, though, make for a very nice corpse.

Published in Anime Reviews
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Ghost Hunt (TV, 2006)

Overview

The first time that I ran across Ghost Hunt was when I saw it at Barnes & Noble, featured on the New Manga rack. I read through the first issue, though ultimately decided to put it back because I'd already collected what I wanted to pick up for the day, and didn't really have the money to buy more. Honestly, though it looked like a pretty good manga, an occult series set in the modern day world, it didn't make enough of a splash in my mind to actively remember to go back and look at. Skip ahead six months, when I see the name Ghost Hunt pop up in my RSS feeder. I remembered the manga, and decided to take a look.

Published in Anime Reviews
Sunday, 16 April 2006 00:00

Hellsing Ultimate (OVA, 2006)

Overview

There are those out there that have been waiting for this since the moment the Hellsing TV series started. Something was always a bit off, after all, even in the very beginning of the show. It seemed as though it was following the manga, but the wary had reason for caution, as came quite clear by the end of the fourth episode. Despite the fact that Hellsing TV was good, it was considered so bad by series creator Kohta Hirano that he refused to have anything further to do with it. Thus was born Hellsing Ultimate, an OVA series in which Hirano took far more personal involvement to ensure that it stayed true to the manga storyline. And y'know what? He did a kickass job of it.

Published in Anime Reviews
Thursday, 26 January 2006 23:44

The Outer Zone (Manga, 1990)

Overview

A couple years back, on one of my rare visits to a used book store, I stumbled across a manga series I’d never heard of before. It wasn’t the name that caught my eye - it was the face on the cover. An elf girl, with green hair - except over her left eye, which was covered by purple locks. She had enough cute to catch my eye, and the whole miss-matched hair color was enough to make me decide to find what I could of the rest. Originally, I’d been planning to try selling the series on eBay as a rare manga - never know what you might get, right? After about half an hour of searching through the hopelessly unsorted manga stacks, I managed to unearth a total of seven volumes, 5-10, and 12. The series, I finally noticed, was called The Outer Zone. Having collected what I could find, I returned to the hotel I was staying at and decided to take a look before I sold them. I discovered, to my pleased surprise, that the series was in truth a sort of cross-over between The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone - hence the series name, I imagine.

Published in Manga Reviews
Friday, 13 January 2006 06:29

Ushio & Tora (OVA, 1987)

Overview

I dunno if anybody else has ever heard of this title, but it's one of the old crop of anime, released before CN and even Sci-Fi Saturday Anime even existed. It dates back to the same era as Record of Lodoss Wars and Bubblegum Crisis, and it shows in the animation. Compared to today's stuff, it's rough, some might even go so far as to say gritty. Personally, I rather like that; it adds a sort of more realistic effect to the animation than today's computer generated animation does. Anyway, Ushio and Tora revolves about a young man who finds a tiger-like demon pinned to the wall of his family shrine's basement...

Published in Anime Reviews

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