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Review: "Outlaw Star - Complete Collection (UK Edition)": Going On The Lam In Nostalgia County

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Maybe it’s just because my most coherent formative years were part of it and that most of the initial Japanese titles I sampled came from it, but I have a soft spot for 90′s anime. There just seems to be an energy in the titles from the decade that I don’t think quite transitioned into […]

Review: "Power Rangers Super Samurai Volume 2 (UK Edition)": Best Laid Plans

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Last time on Super Samurai, the rangers unlocked the powerful Black Box upgrade and gained a new enemy in the form of Serrator, a devious Nighlok lieutenant. Much of this second volume and its seven episodes is focused on Serrator’s machinations as it starts to become obvious his goal has been carefully planned in advance. […]

Review: "Patema Inverted (UK Kickstarter Project/Theatrical Release)": Makes Your Spirit Soar

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The opening moments of Patema Inverted successfully grab one’s attention and curiousity. As we watch through what appears to be a video camera and hear panicked, static-riddled cries in different languages, a city’s worth of buildings begin to rupture and float upwards into the vast sky. Instead of being a misguided attempt to turn Pixar’s […]

Review: "Durarara!! Complete Series Blu-ray (UK Edition)" Knows How to Get Ahead

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Durarara!! is set in the Ikebukuro sub-district of Tokyo, Japan. When country boy Mikado Ryugamine moves to the city to attend school with his childhood friend Masaomi Kida, he hopes to find the excitement and adventure that eluded him back home. This isn’t a difficult task as Ikebukuro is bustling with all kinds of amazing […]

Review: "Power Rangers Super Samurai Volume 1 (UK Edition)": Super Charged Fun

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Power Rangers is now a 20-year old franchise. Created by sourcing fight footage and costumes from the Japanese Super Sentai franchise (which has been running even longer), the series focus on a usually five member team of teenagers who are granted the power to become an elite colour-coded team of warriors to help a wise mentor […]

Review: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 2: The Mutation Situation' UK Premiere

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Back in late 2012 I had the privilege to review ‘Rise of the Turtles’, the two part opener to Nickelodeon’s revived take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The past year has seen the show enjoy great ratings and toy sales on both sides of the Atlantic. I’ve stuck by the show and although it’s been […]

Video Game Review: "Doctor Who: Legacy" - It's Finally Time For A Good 'Doctor Who' Game

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Since finally making the upgrade to the smartphone generation this spring, I’ve spent a lot of time playing downloadable app games including big names like The Simpsons: Tapped Out, Candy Crush Saga and Angry Birds. All fairly decent games but not ideal and certainly focussed on micro-transactions, the life blood of this new era of […]

Review: "Perfect Blue DVD/Blu-ray Combi (UK Edition)": Excuse Me, Who Are You?

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Review: "Space Battleship Yamato" Live Action Movie Blu-ray (UK Edition): To Boldly Go Where Mainstream Sci-Fi Has Gone Before

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There’s a pantheon of space opera anime that includes Gundam, Macross, Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999, to name a few. Those last two lead us to Space Battleship Yamato, which is arguably the greatest entrant from its co-creator Leiji Matsumoto. Indeed there can arguably be no better benchmark for a story being legendary than […]

Review: "Martian Successor Nadesico" Complete DVD Boxset - A Truly Super Robot Show

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In the post-Evangelion landscape, mecha anime became even more serious, deeply philosophical and emotionally overwrought. I say even more, because really those wheels had been set in motion since Gundam, which marked a major shift away from super robots as toyetic kids shows, and towards “war is hell” allegories. However, post-Evangelion, stories tended to be […]

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