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Things to Like and Dislike on Iron Man Anime – A Review

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Title: Iron Man Year: 2010 Episodes: 12 Company: Madhouse (Marvel Co-Producion) Genre: Science Fiction Introduction: Marvel‘s cinematic universe changed the way Hollywood produces movies and television shows. Beyond western TV and movies, Marvel has sought to create interconnected viewing experiences in anime as well. Warren Ellis’ supervised four 12 episode Marvel anime series which Madhouse produced. Iron Man, produced first, laid the foundation for the succeeding anime shows. It follows Tony Stark’s visit to Japan. Tony plans on retiring as Iron Man. To keep the world safe in his absence, He designed a new cutting edge armor – Iron Man Dio. During the testing, thieves steal the experimental armor. Tony races to regain control of his experiment. Aiding him is researcher Dr. Chika Tanaka and journalist Nanami Ōta. They assist his investigation into the conspiracy behind the theft. What It Gets Right: Madhouse knows how to make anime […]

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Manga Review

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Title: Star Trek: The Next Generation : Boukenshin Year: 2009 Volumes: 1, out of print currently Company: Tokyopop, Eaglemoss/IDW  (potential upcoming hardbound reprint ) Genre: Science Fiction Introduction: Adaptations provide notorious difficulty. Narrative rules vary between entertainment mediums. Additionally, narrative rules vary between cultures. Successful adaptations attempt to satisfy both sets of rules, while standing as its’ own work of art. Countless failed adaptations speak to the difficulty of turning an anime or manga into a Western live-action movie. In this case, Western work adapts into an Easter style. Star Trek: The Next Generation – Boukenshin adapts the popular show from the 1980’s into 4 new manga stories. As in the show, Captain Picard runs the ship. Commander Riker leads the crew on missions. Worf is a alien warrior living among humans. Data the android desires to be more human. Deanna Troi serves as the emphathic ship’s counselor. […]

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Iria: Zeiram The Animation – a Review on a Classic

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Title: Iria: Zeiram the Animation Year: 1994 Episodes: 6 Company: Ashi Production Genre: Horror Introduction: I sat in the darkness. Iria: Zeiram the Animation flickered on the screen as our only illumination. The last credits scrolled across the tv before fading. I turned to my friend and said, “We’ve got to watch the next episode now.” Neither of us knew we were “binge watching” Iria.  The term failed to exist at that time. In spite of us knowing we had to work the next day we pressed on to the next episode.  Whenever I watch Iria again I think of my first viewing. I fondly recall the intense watching session.  It remains one of the best anime watching experiences I’ve had. What It’s About: Zeiram the Animation is an OVA prequel to the live-action movie series of the same name. Movie fans will prolly notice a plot hole. The […]

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Boogiepop Phantom : Anime Review

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Title: Boogiepop Phantom Year: 2000 Episodes: 12 Company: Madhouse, Nozomi Entertainment Genre: Horror Intro: In many stories, beacons of light offer hope and resolution. In Boogiepop Phantom a flashing pillar of light creates a deadly mystery. Because of the pillar, people disappear from the city. The anime follows a variety of people in the aftermath of the light. Due to the anthology nature of the show, the anime’s characters are difficult to discuss. All the characters are important to the plot, yet few of them understand the greater crisis at hand. Most characters posses only a partial understanding of the anime’s events. The Mechanics of Boogiepop: Summarizing Boogiepop defies normal story mechanics. It is a complex mechanical clock. Non-linear story fragments revolve around each other. Viewers must pay close attention to piece the story together.  Subtle details and nuanced clues reward sharp eyed viewers. Boogiepop‘s animation aides in delivering […]

High School of the Dead : Printed on the Tin

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Title: High School of the Dead Year: 2010 Episodes: 12 Company: Madhouse, Sentai Filmworks (USA licence holder) Genre: Horror, Action Introduction High School of the Dead immediately drops the viewer into the action.  Scrambling survivors seek shelter on the roof while social order quickly decays around them.  Instead of a routine delivery, this series’ introduction captures instant suspense. Too many zombie horror entries drag during the set-up for the inevitable outbreak. High School of the Dead wastes no time during character introductions.  Having the introduction of the characters already imperiled, this anime instantly sets the stakes. Takashi Komuro and Rei Miyamoto are identified as the star-crossed leads. Saeko Busujima is an athlete and sword student while Saya Takagai smugly assumes the role of the entitled, arrogant genius. Kohta Hirano transforms from gun nerd into hero due to the circumstances. Shizuka Marikawa is the school nurse, who actually manages to survive the […]

Paranoia Agent: An Anime Review

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Title: Paranoia Agent Year: 2004 Episodes: 13 Company: Madhouse, MVM Films (UK) Genre: Horror Introduction: Paranoia Agent‘s story begins with a shy Tsukikio Sagi designing characters. One of her notable creations is the beloved, pink dog Maromi. Tsukikio was pressured because she felt the need to surpass her previous success. Hence, she panics and worse, she even faces a creative block. At that moment, a skating, child-like figure attacks her with a baseball bat. Later on, Tsukikio wakes up with two detectives, Keiichi Ikari and Misuhiro Maniwa. They were questioning her about the incident. It was apparent that this duo  suspected her of intentionally hiding an important information about the attack. Nonetheless, a second attack causes them to investigate further. The attacks instantly grew into a cultural phenomena. The public named the attacker as “Lil’ Slugger.” From here, Paranoia Agent becomes a series with two facets. On the […]

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Koutetsujou no Kabaneri / Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

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Title: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Year: 2016 Episodes: 12 Company: Wit Studio, Funimation (USA licence holder) Genre:  Horror, Action Introduction: Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead reinvigorated the zombie genre. Consequently, The Walking Dead summoned a horde of lifeless impersonators. Truly unique entries rarely enter the genre. Surprisingly, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress blessedly provides a new look at the zombie apocalypse. Rather than providing another look at a devastated version of our modern world, the show smartly creates a new setting. In addition, the show moves the traditional zombie weak spot from the head to the heart. The show also adds a steampunk aesthetic. For example, Giant trains run tracks between massive walled cities. Soldiers use steam-powered guns for protection while inventors tinker with rivets and gears. Character and Plot: Ikoma and Takumi are steam smiths, repairing the massive trains entering Aragane Station while they refuel. […]