Thursday, 09 October 2014 19:58

Yuushibu Review (TV, 2014)

Overview

The Evil Overlord has been defeated, and peace is restored; huzzah! Cupcakes for everyone! Except your whole damn economy is geared towards that fight, and the Mao of Maoyuu was not the big bad to save your ass. Heroes and soldiers are now out of work, and the ones training to be such are, if they're lucky, relegated to flipping burgers. No one will buy the super expensive equipment anymore; what would be the point? So shitloads of epic gear winds up in landfills. Basically, life stinks, but it could have been worse for former aspiring Hero, Raul Chaser, who winds up at a Magic Shop called Leon. At least he has a job, and while it's not what he envisioned, the work is good, the people are good, and the pay is decent. Again not optimal, but manageable...at least until this strange person comes by asking for the manager. A manager who immediately employs this individual and put him in charge of training them. Problem is who this person winds up being and why the manager did what she did, which will cause him a universe full of problems and turn this man's worldview inside and out.

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Friday, 31 August 2007 00:00

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (TV, 2007)

Overview

I've said before that generally, Mecha anime aren't really my niche. Now and then I see something that seems like it might be interesting, and take a look at it, but for the most part, I tend toward other genres. So, when Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann went past in my feeder, I didn't pay too much attention. It wasn't, in fact, until after four weeks of listening to Drakstern rave about the series in #TenchiFF that I finally took the time to see what was up. If you like your characters to be laid back, level headed... sane, you might as well stop reading now... Because sane is not a term that can be honestly applied to the better part of the cast of TTGL.

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Thursday, 03 May 2007 21:59

Seto no Hanayome (TV, 2007)

Overview

There's been a glut of really good series coming out this spring season. Seems like every time I grab a new title, I find a new awesome story. So my expectations were high when I read the basic idea on Seto no Hanayome. Boy goes on vacation... boy drowns... boy gets saved by mermaid. Now, there's one minor problem... Mermaid's parents are Yakuza, and there's a law about land dwellers seeing mermaids in their true form and living... they don't. Right up until we get to the parents, the idea was pretty basic. Pretty much a standard Little Mermaid tale. I wouldn't have spent the time to download it, if that had been all... but the extended premise looked interesting.

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Overview

Folks, I'm going to give you a warning up front... check your sanity at the door if you decide to watch this series, because it's not going to benefit you any to have it. With that having been said, let me introduce you to Haruhi Suzumiya, a young woman who, I swear, has absolutely no concept what-so-ever of just how insane she is. It's almost as if Haruko Haruhara had been distilled and super-concentrated. Now, if that's not a scary thought, I dunno what is. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya follows the misadventures of the SOS Brigade, a group of hapless high school students dragged - kicking and screaming - into service by Suzumiya.

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Thursday, 22 June 2006 00:00

Witchblade (TV, 2005)

Overview

Masane Amaha has problems - as hard as she tries, she can't seem to get her life right. On her own, it wouldn't be so bad, but Amaha has her daughter, Rihoko, to worry about too. The problem with that is that they live in a world in which children are incredibly rare, and the Child Welfare Agency has the government granted right to take children away for the least hint of cause. So when Amaha steals a Police Car after a moment of weakness in which she signs Rihoko over to the CWA in the belief that she'd be better off, you'd better believe that her problems are just beginning. Readers of the the Witchblade comic series should be interested to see the events that follow, as Witchblade is only just starting to get into gear.

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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.

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Sunday, 26 March 2006 00:00

Full Metal Alchemist (TV, 2003)

Overview

I'm sure that fans of Cartoon Network will recognize this series, and now that it's finished its run on CN, I figured it'd be a good time to review it. For those that don't have cable - or won't touch CN with a ten foot pole, the series in question is Fullmetal Alchemist. Now, FMA actually qualifies as one of those series that's fun to watch, but not really worth watching. I'm sure that I've just pissed off a fair number of fangirls - probably a few fanboys too - but I'll explain as I work my way through this review. For the uninitiated, FMA follows the fortunes of Edward and Alphonse Elric, a pair of brothers with a deadbeat dad and a mother who grows ill and passes away early on in their life. The world that they live in, though, is a world of Alchemy rather than one of science - I'll come back to this later - and so, after going out into the world for a few years and training with a teacher, they come back to their hometown and try to bring her back to life through alchemy and its first law, that of equivalent exchange.

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Monday, 23 January 2006 13:42

Furi Kuri (OVA, 2000)

Overview

Somewhere out there is a little yellow Vespa scooter that's got more miles on it than the Starship Enterprise, and riding it is a madwoman who likes to do Hendrix impersonations on people's foreheads. If you're having trouble picturing the two together, don't worry, because I can almost promise you that the effect is intended - FLCL doesn't make sense until you've watched all the way through it at least three times - and then only if you're really, really paying attention. Despite numerous attempts by friends to get me to watch FLCL, and the easy availability thanks to CN's surprisingly lightly edited version, I actually avoided watching Furi Kuri for a fair while. For all outward appearances, after all, it was in the same category of 'humor' as shows like Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Home Movies, Southpark - indeed, FLCL even has a few scenes that directly mime Southpark's 'animation' - and so on. When I finally DID get around to watching, though, I was pleasantly surprised.

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