Manga review: Her Impact! #0

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Seldom seen in mainstream circles, writer Mikel Miles is fast becoming one of underground comic’s most important new voices. Having hit a home run with his Samurai Shin series, blending anime aesthetics, slick storytelling and a hip hop soundtrack, Miles is back with a new demo manga – Her Impact! Like its predecessor, the Toronto […]

Review: Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection 4 – Super Android 13 / Bojack Unbound

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Released in 1992 and ‘93 respectively, the latest in FUNimation’s Dragon Ball Z movie remasters brings together Super Android 13 and Bojack Unbound – a title harder to take seriously since a certain Netflix series. Although both movies, clocking in at under 50 minutes each, have been digitally restored with all the blood intact, its […]

Review: Monster Musume – Everyday Life with Monster Girls

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On paper, a story set shortly after new legislation is signed allowing for humans and non-humans to co-exist in a cultural exchange is an interesting one. Instead, imagine a cast of women characters completely devoid of agency or independence, and reduced to fetish for one desperately dull lead and the slew of teen boys he’s […]

Review: Norn9

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Norn9 is a series of two halves, belying its otome game source material where, under any plot contrivances, the point is to woo males and form romantic relations. So often, these series act as straight-up adaptations, making for badly structured and poor plotted anime. The core conceit of 2016’s Norn9 is a compelling one. Set […]

Review: Girls und Panzer OVA – This is the Real Anzio Battle!

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It’s the day of Oorai Academy’s tankery championship battle with the illustrious Anzio Girls’ High School. A chance to take a peek behind enemy lines, and ingratiate oneself with the delicacies of tactical planning glossed over in order to get to the meat of this match in the series proper. As witty as Girls und […]

Review: Girls und Panzer der Film

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It seems you can’t go far wrong with sticking teams of schoolgirls in tanks and letting them do their thing. Girls und Panzer takes a heartening satisfaction in friendly friction between rival schools and comradeship among the students of Oorai Academy, recently saved from closure by a school championship win in sensha-do, the esteemed martial […]

Review: Nurse Witch Komugi R

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From its early genesis, Nurse Witch Komugi R was a series built on parody, a conceit that means this latest release comes ready-loaded with pop culture references, nods to anime and video games, and all while offering a passable wind-up of the magical girl genre. Premiering last winter, the series is a reboot of the […]

Review: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

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Rupert Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell plays up to hyper-connection and disconnection felt from our own world, being so drenched in the constant techno-stream. Through the lens, everyone else seems to belong somewhere. The memories ourselves and others present to emulate that same belonging could just as well be fantasy, or mere glitches in our […]

Review: One Piece (Uncut) Collection 16

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Tailing out the end of the gloriously gothic arc that was Thriller Bark, just before this collection hauls anchor for new territory, Zoro is given an unexpected platform to prove his dedication: to his dream of being a master swordsman, as part of the Straw Hat crew, and to Luffy. Higher forces in the World […]

Review: Snow White with the Red Hair – Part 1

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Somewhere down the line, we all began to question fairytales and their oversimplified, sometimes warped views of romance. Who does that Prince Charming bloke think he is, presuming to kiss a sleeping woman he’s never met full on the lips? We know he means well, but why is a kiss from an absolute stranger considered […]

Review: Heavy Object – Part 1

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The opening lines of Heavy Object depict an Earth that’s already coming to be – the wealthy vacationing on the moon, and cruises across space now as easy as firing a laser. Even seeing our wondrous advancement reflected back at us, the first commercial swing around the moon set to take place before next year […]