Anyone’s anxieties over the all-seeing eye of the Internet of Things are justified in BLAME!, a future in which the AI has assumed control, deems humans poisonous life forms and becomes the epitome of our worst mistakes. Humans had begun to construct cavernous cities, presumably after the surface world became overpopulated or unliveable, and once held genetic control over the Builders of our invention. But … Continue reading Review: BLAME!
Takumi Fujiwara didn’t know if he even wanted to be a racer when he won his first downhill drag against Keisuke Takahashi of the formidable Akagi RedSuns. Hell, he only struck a deal for his trusty 8-6 auto so he could go out on a date with his best girl. Even now, as his own racing outfit the Speedstars gain notoriety, he doesn’t know what … Continue reading Review: Initial D Legend 2 – Racer
Little did we know that in 2016, the human species would have been destroyed if not for a Master and his Demi-Servant. This humanity knew through the Chaldea, a celestial oracle shining out the future of our survival. The root of mankind’s demise, a ravaged temporal bubble in Fuyuki circa 2004, the time of the Fifth Holy Grail War. As a new recruit to the … Continue reading Review: Fate/Grand Order – First Order
A spiritual waste spill at the check-in point between Heaven and Hell sets the evil dead free to walk among the living. So commences this film duette’s final all-killer-no-filler flourish, beginning with Fusion Reborn in the last of the Dragon Ball Z Movie Collections. As the dearly departed, vampires and Hitler ooze, float and tank their way across the earth, Goku decides to leave the … Continue reading Review: Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection 6 – Fusion Reborn / Wrath of the Dragon
It’s time for a new spate of Chunin Exams, and a new generation of Shinobi to prove their worth against legends come before. First step, a written exam. Spending several episodes in a classroom is far from the most riveting way to connect a new chapter of Naruto’s saga, especially when the man himself is nowhere to be seen. He’s off doing his duties as … Continue reading Review: Naruto Shippuden Box 31
It’s another day in Goku and Chi-Chi’s domestic bliss, stuck in the parents’ interview queue for private school admissions. It’s all Gohan’s mama can do to stop Daddy blabbing his penchant for punch-ups, thereby ruining his son’s chances of getting a better education. Perhaps it’s fortunate that the wrath of a legendary Super Saiyan interrupts Goku’s need to make small talk. The upshot is that … Continue reading Review: Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection 5 – The Broly Trilogy
For some, the magic of Pokémon never really went away, but even stalwarts have to agree that the success of Pokémon GO was a shot in the arm, giving the veritable franchise its second wind in the mainstream. I Choose You! is an exercise in nostalgia, serving to celebrate two decades of this franchise. As the 20th movie in the series, this legacy flick had … Continue reading Review: Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!
Matoi Sumeragi has the simplest of wishes, for her delicate adolescence to be normal. But this dream has been impossible since her mother mysteriously vanished, leaving just her and her father to look out for one another. Even with the shadow of grief without closure looming over their every day, it’s about to become a whole lot harder to try and live in an average … Continue reading Review: Matoi the Sacred Slayer
Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions was one of the more middling titles on the Winter 2016 slate and up against some pretty stiff competition in Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, Erased and Ajin. But it’s the earlier Sword Art Online that tends to overshadow the series. While both were produced by A-1 Pictures, the similarities all but end there. While SAO was concerned with teens trapped in … Continue reading Review: Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions
Kotaro has been learning to live for himself since his only protector, the monk Shouan, bid him to flee alone from their faceless pursuers. The young orphan boy is wanted for his blood, the key to a mystic medicine which will bring immortality. Sengoku-era Japan is rent with war against the Chinese, a savage landscape where swordsmen hunt for prey to keep their swords sharp … Continue reading Review: Sword of the Stranger – Collector’s Edition
Right from the get go, and under the glittering façade of Kyoto Animation’s visuals, we’re introduced to jaded highschooler Hotaro Oreki, who sees himself in shades of grey. Imagine that instead of being simply listless, Tanaka-kun was nihilistic, and you’ve got a fair approximation of Oreki, who shuns school clubs, romances and almost everything else to save the effort. As he’s so fond of reminding … Continue reading Review: Hyouka – Part 1
The start of Dragon Ball Super arrived with such fanfare, fans could scarcely believe they’d be treated to the continuing screen adventures of Goku and co. While the reception was overwhelmingly positive, it was hard not to feel a little aggrieved with the first half of the inaugural season retelling the events of 2013’s Battle of Gods. Still, it expanded on Goku’s clash with Beerus … Continue reading Review: Dragon Ball Super – Season 1 Part 2