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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 […]

Knights Of Sidonia

Knights Of Sidonia Review

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Breakdown Mechs, outer space and an unnervingly persistent, formless race of aliens straight out of a horror movie. Combine that with a teenage pilot prodigy and his friends, all likely being humanity’s last and only hope.  Is this what happens if you take Gundam and Evangelion then slap them together? Knights of Sidonia seems to borrow many staples from its respective genres that are all too familiar. Does it do enough to make itself stand out and be unique though? Is it also worth watching be you a mecha fan or just someone looking for a thrilling anime? Let’s find out then. Synopsis Earth is no more. After years of passive contact with an alien species known only as the ‘Gauna’, the planet came under sudden attack one day. The results were terrifying. Within moments, most of the world’s population met their end as the […]

Yu-Gi-OH VRAINS

Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS Review

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Breakdown   Yu-Gi-Oh seems set on competing with the likes of Pokemon. That is, it wants the record for being one of the longest running anime series around. Where Pokemon’s Ash can’t seem to age or hit puberty though, Yu-Gi-Oh gives us an entirely new protagonist and setup each time. Fast forward almost 5 series since the original and we’ve now arrived at Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS. Is this latest iteration of the franchise worth watching or is Yu-Gi-Oh long past its prime and in need of retirement? Synopsis If, like myself, you’re only familiar with the original Yu-Gi-Oh and only vaguely so with the others you have some catching up to do. Since the tale of the original the series has gone far off into the future. We went from the near future to a somewhat dystopian one to a future utopia. Along the way the original card […]

Coppelion

Coppelion Review

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Breakdown     Spiderman got his powers after getting bitten by a radioactive spider. On the other hand, these teen-aged schoolgirls are radiation proof. Able to stroll through a post apocalyptic wasteland in their school uniform skirts and shirts, they even have some special powers to boot. Together, they are navigating the ruins of Tokyo, investigating and looking for survivors to aid. Did you raise an eyebrow after reading that? Coppelion may have a strange premise but don’t let that dissuade you just yet. Synopsis    Sometime in the year 2016, a catastrophic nuclear accident from the Odaiba nuclear power plant saw Tokyo bombarded with radiation. Whoever didn’t flee faced a horrific death from radiation poisoning. Years pass and rumors of survivors would flit around here and there. Though, the former city of more than one million souls remains a virtual ghost town. In the space of two […]