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    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.…

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    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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    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…

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    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…

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    Kuromukuro

    It’s been awhile since I’ve sat down and watched a good mecha, so when Kuromukuro popped up on Netflix,  I thought why not? Produced by P.A. Works, the studio behind Another and Angel Beats! with Tensai Okamura, director Wolf’s Rain and Blue Exorcist, there is decent enough pedigree involved to inspire some hope going in. And the first episode start’s with such hope and promise, opening with mechs fighting in the snow in the Sengoku period, and dead samurai littering the ground. It makes you think, “What the crap is going on? I don’t care…this is cool!” The pacing takes a bit of a turn though as the title card…

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    Five Centimetres per Second

    Five Centimetres per Second is an anime written, produced and directed by Makoto Shinkai, which follows a few key characters through three short episodes on a journey through life. The total runtime of all three episodes is around an hour, though when I watched it, it felt longer. This isn’t a fault in the story telling, more that the scenes are not fast paced or hectic, but take their time to tell you what they need. The story spans from the start of the 1990’s till around 2008, which was present day at the time of release. Each episode is centred around Takaki Tōno, and the first of which starting…

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    Terror in Resonance

    Terror in Resonance Been a couple of months since my last review, not that I’ve had a shortage of Anime to write about, I’ve actually been managing to get through a number of them, but the one I’ve just watched really stood out for me. Terror in Resonance, is a hard one to review, as it invokes so many emotions while watching it, especially as it approaches it’s climax, I find myself struggling to put into words what it is that made this short Anime so good, but I guess the beginning is a good place. The story follows these two teenagers, one very stoic and serious, the other very…

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    Hunter X Hunter (2011)

    Hunter X Hunter (2011) OK, so Hunter X Hunter is an Anime that was recommended to me a long time ago, but I never got to watching it at the time. Since then a new series was released back in 2011, re-telling the story, and reportedly staying closer to the Manga than before. While flicking through Netflix for a new Anime, it pops up with 5 seasons available (many not having more than 1 or 2) so I think, why not? I was not disappointed. Granted, it starts feeling very familiar, with a kid wanting to set out on a journey to prove himself, and to find out the mystery…

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    Kill La Kill!

    Kill La Kill So, here we have one of the newer Anime, Season 1 appearing entirely on Netflix, and Season 2 in production. When going into Kill la Kill, you have to keep in mind that the budget wasn’t massive for this kind of thing, and it shows sometimes, but really, only sometimes. In fact, this is the company Trigger’s first original television Anime project, and directed written by the guys who worked on Gurren Lagann (coincidently, this will be my next review!), so they’ve done a good job, while bringing some great experience to the table. The Art style I find reminding me of Anime from the late 80s…

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    Knights of Sidonia Review

    Knights of Sidonia <So I was meant to post this before last Toko…My bad!> So I’m sitting bored one night, flicking through Netflix, and wondering what to watch. That’s when I see this pop up in the “recommended for you” section of the site. I think to myself, “Why not? I’ve been after a new anime to watch” and flick it on. First thing that surprises me is the caption “A Netflix Original Series” by which they mean, they have exclusive distribution rights in the Western world. This does mean though that it’s available on Netflix in all its territories, and it also means that Netflix is funding Anime. These…