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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 […]

Review: "Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 (UK Edition)" - Nowhere Near What You'd Expect

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Usually I’d offer a brief explanation of the plot’s starting point but on this occasion I find myself more than a bit bewildered. As the adaptation of a later saga in a massive sci-fi epic, Horizon does itself few favours by beginning the show with a hurdle in the form of a four episode ‘introduction’ […]

Review: "Bodacious Space Pirates Part 1 & Part 2 (UK Editions)": It's Time For Some Piracy!

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In the far future humanity extended to the stars and colonised alien worlds. War inevitably broke out between the overseers and the colonists, the latter bolstering their forces by issuing Letters of Marque to pirate ships and using their actions as legal pirates to weaken their enemy. 100 years later pirates have become a little […]

"Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance" Video Game Review (PS3)

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   Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Publisher: Konami Developer: Platinum Games Poor Raiden.  Ever since he burst onto the video game scene with his surprise debut, he’s been the bête-noire of the Metal Gear Solid franchise.  Sure, he got a cybernetic upgrade in the last major title, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, but […]

Review: "Is This A Zombie?" Is a Delicious Genre Stew

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Let’s be real for a moment. It’s 2013, and zombies and zombie humor have become so culturally rampant that even complaining about their over exposure is itself a bit trite and played out. So, if you’re in the “not another freakin’ zombie-related thing” camp, just leave. In fact, if you can’t handle healthy dose of […]

Review: "Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt" DVD Box Set: Subversively Sardonic But Egregious In English

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The last decade of anime has been dominated by one trend above all others. Moe. I could spend some lines describing what exactly that means, but I think this is easier: Moe is the opposite of character like Fujiko Mine from Lupin The 3rd and Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop. Instead of a strong, adult […]

Review: "Puella Magi Madoka Magica" Vol. 2 LE: Die a Hero or Become a Villain

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Well, we’re now on volume 2 of fan favorite and deconstructionist magical girl anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The so-called Evangelion of magical girl series continues to shock and delight with intense revelations and fantastic character development, yet the question still lingers from volume 1: is this worth $100 a volume for it’s limited editions? […]

Review: "G.I. Joe" Series 2 Season 2 Surrenders to the Suck

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I thought that the previous season of the DiC G.I. Joe series would prepare me for what was to come in the second and last one, now available on a 3-disc set from Shout! Factory and Hasbro. However, it turns out that even my lowest expectations weren’t sufficiently low, because G.I. Joe Series 2 Season […]

Out for the Count: "Gankutsuou" Triumphant!

I always find it fascinating when a piece of art endures longer than its author intended. Conan Doyle never considered his Sherlock Holmes stories masterpieces. It was work for a periodical that took on a life of its own, so much so that when he tried to kill the detective off he was forced to […]

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