• Tokonatsu 2018 News

    Toko ’18 T-Minus 2 Weeks – Toko-Retreat

    With 2 weeks leading up till Tokonatsu, the hype has begun to set in, and the excitement is building.  If you haven’t already purchased your ticket, there is still time! Head on over to the ticket page now! In the run up to Tokonatsu, we like to release some articles relating more to the festival itself, and what is on offer, and so this week is our annual “who we are” at Toko-Retreat post 😀 Toko-Retreat By now, I imagine a lot of you have a better idea of who we are, and what we offer, which is great! For some of you though, especially those that are new, there…

  • Anime News,  Review

    Record of Lodoss War: Anime review

    Record of Lodoss War: Anime review Hello again everyone, This review is for a fantasy world that has a long heritage in the realms of fantasy anime and RPGs. The wealth of material for the Lodoss War story goes back as far as the 80s. A lot of the foundation to this show was brought to life in a fantasy RPG system with novels and computer game adaptations which were very popular amongst gamers and fantasy fiction readers alike. The anime ‘Record of Lodoss War’ aired in 1990 begins with an OVA of 13 episodes, It sets up an exciting start to the show and chucks you straight into the…

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    Tokonatsu 2018 – The Houses Explained!

    So, we have had the announcement on the new houses, and Tokonatsu 2018 draws ever closer. If you haven’t seen the reveal yet, you can check it out at the bottom of this post! Some of you may be wondering at the new houses, and what is the meaning behind their name? Well, Toko-Retreat has you covered once again 😉 The houses this year are based on The Four Gentlemen, also known as The Four Noble Ones in traditional Chinese art. They are four plants, Bamboo, Plum blossom, Orchid and Chrysanthemum, and stem from Confucianist junzi, or “gentlemen”. They have been used in Chinese painting since the time of the…

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    Zombie Nation

    For weeks, we have been hinting at something coming from the dark… Of a madness spreading throughout Tokonatsu and Toko-Retreat… Of something evil in the winds… Our posts may have left some of you confused, maybe even a little scared. “What could they be talking about?” “Hamburgers?” “Should I be worried?” Today, we are here to bring you answers, but the answers cannot bring you hope I’m afraid…for in your future, there is little hope to be had! Without further ado, the time has come…Tokonatsu Events team and Toko-Retreat are bringing you two new events this year! 28-Minutes Later It starts off as what would appear to be an ordinary…

  • Review

    Thunderbolt Fantasy

    Recently, I was sat watching some Anime with my housemate, and he was like “have you seen Thunderbolt Fantasy? Oh man! It’s awesome, put it on!” So, naturally I was expecting Anime, but what I got I was not prepared for. My first thoughts were, “Japans done a Thunderbirds?” as you are presented with a set of puppets moving in real time, with very extravagant movements and in VERY ornate costumes. Initially, this put me off, but only for about two seconds, as the show immediately kicks off with why it’s amazing. Rarely have I seen fight scenes so well executed, and never have I seen it done with puppets.…

  • Tokonatsu 2018 News

    From the other side…

    “No Johnny! What are you doing!” Then the pain hits you… You start to lose consciousness as you realise that your childhood friend is now eating your brains! Sometime later… “Grrrrrrrrr…” You start to get up… “Grrrrrrr…” (what did I just say?) “Grrrrrrrrrr…” (Why am I saying Grrrrr?) “Grrrrrrrrr” (The last thing I remember… Johnny! He was eating my Brains…) “BRRRAAAIIIINNNNSSS…” (Mmmmmm I’m hungry) “Grrrrrrr” (I’m soooo… very… hungry!)“BRRRRAAAAIIIINNNNNSSSS!” (hold up… am I hungry for brains? Am… I?) You get up and look around… everything’s in a sunny haze; everything is so bright and colourful! You try to think of the last time you have seen something so amazing. But it’s…

  • Review

    Corpse Party: Blood Covered

    A stormy night. A harmless ghost story. A silly pact intended to symbolize their friendship. I first discovered Corpse Party on Youtube when one of my favorite Let’s Players (Cryaotic) decided to do a walkthrough of the game. Yes this a manga review, but the story of Corpse Party goes way back to 1996. Initially beginning as a horror-survival game developed by Team GrisGris on RPG Maker, receiving a remake named ‘Corpse Party: Blood Covered’ in 2008, which was followed up by numerous sequels including ‘Corpse Party: Book of Shadows’ for more up-to-date gaming platforms. It is the Blood Covered remake which this manga is based upon. The gameplay itself…

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    Will you survive?

    You look around…you start to think…where has everyone gone? How did I get here? Just moments ago you where confident that you could survive this…now you find yourself laying on the ground covered in mud, hoping that they cannot see you…but you can hear them… They start to get closer to you… You dare not move… Moreover, you cannot breathe for fear of them finding you…but they’re close now… so very… close. A foot lands right next to your head! Do not move! You keep telling yourself, just don’t move. After what seems like forever, the footsteps start to move away, further and further away. Finally there is silence, and…

  • Review

    Darling in the Franxx anime review

    Darling in the Franxx As original story lines go Darling in the Franxx ticks the boxes for science fiction and mecha lovers right off the bat. In episodes 1 and 2 we get the general setup for the world and the characters with some epic mecha fighting action and even the foundations of a love triangle to boot. The show starts off showing you the post apocalyptic world where humanity is dependent on huge self-sufficient bastions of science and technology called plantations, and just to make things even more uncertain and desperate for human kind, the fate of humanity lies in the hands of children named parasites raised specifically to…

  • Review

    Dr Stone Manga review

    Well I’m currently encoding the Anime for this years Tokonatsu but in the “Looks” 2 hours I have before the encoding is done I thought I would try my first Manga Review… I know… So for my first Manga Review I’m going to start with… Dr Stone.   The story is by Inagaki, Riichiro “Eyeshield 21” With the Art done by the amazing Boichi. “Sun Ken Rock!” The story starts like any other slice of life Manga with a school scene. The boy “Ooki, Taiju” is trying to get the girl “Ogawa, Yuzuriha” with the help of his scientific friend “Senkuu” when a world changing event happens. This event petrifies…