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Animazement Comes To Raleigh This Weekend

In the upcoming weeks a large convention known as Animazement is coming to Raleigh, North Carolina. From Thursday May 26 at 6 p.m. to Sunday May 28 at 5 p.m. Animazement will be at the Raleigh Convention Center. This particular convention has been around since 1997, when they originated by hosting a 36-hour anime marathon. Since then, the convention has grown and developed into a large event which celebrates Japanese visual culture. The convention tends to attract an array of cosplayers from numerous genres and fandoms such as Kill la Kill, Bleach, Rwby, and Attack on Titan amongst countless others.

As the name suggests, Animazement has a strong focus on anime. Anime is a style of Japanese film and television animation which can be intended for children, adults, or both. The convention is run by a collection of fans, and volunteers as well as there being organized events, and panels throughout all four days.
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One Piece Collection 9 DVD Review

Director: Konosuke Uda

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale, Ikue Ohtani, Brina Palencia, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Stephanie Young

Running Time: 575 minutes

Certificate: 12

It’s taken over 200 episodes but the Straw Hat Pirates have finally made it. Not to their destination of course, but in to the fantastic world of widescreen. The first episode of the latest set is the conclusion to the Navarone arc, but after that the colours are brighter and the image stretchier, just like Luffy himself. This allows for more of the brilliant artwork to be seen, and also lets the action sequences take place on a wider canvas. We’ve all come to take widescreen for granted, so this transition is a stark reminder of just how much more we are treated to.

Unfortunately the latest arc isn’t exactly the
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Kanye West Fans May or May Not Know Who Paul McCartney Is, Twitter Is Enraged

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Kanye West Fans May or May Not Know Who Paul McCartney Is, Twitter Is Enraged
Kanye West celebrated the New Year by releasing a new song called "Only One," a collaboration with Paul McCartney. (McCartney used to be in a band called The Beatles, apparently - more on that later.) Twitter jokers celebrated this track by widening a generational divide. Shortly after the track was announced, Kanye's fans took to Twitter to seemingly express bewilderment at who West's "new" collaborator was. I usually don't pay much attention to Kanye West, but it's cool he's launched this 'Paul McCartney' dude's career pic.twitter.com/1iaTOLRkr9— Oliver Age 24 (@OliverAge24) January 3, 2015 Predictably, Beatles fans were not amused.
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One Piece Collection 8 DVD Review

Director: Konosuke Uda

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale, Ikue Ohtani, Brina Palencia, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Stephanie Young

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

One Piece continues its fantastic voyage, now crossing over the 200 episode mark. Not only that, but this collection manages to show all the great bits of such a brilliant series. It contains the action, adventure, and sheer joy of exploration.

This set sees the conclusion of the Skypiea saga, which does rather brave examination of Gods and religions. We see powerful men willing to exploit others and abuse their power, while also criticising blind followers. A series of episodes that explores the past of Skypiea and its mythology also provides a welcome break from the main story, while chronicling a sweet and honourable bromance. Such tangents from the main stories in anime can sometimes be a curse,
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One Piece Collection 7 DVD Review

Director: Konosuke Uda

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale, Ikue Ohtani, Brina Palencia, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Stephanie Young

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

Taking us into the land of Skypiea, this 7th collection of One Piece episodes, taking us from episodes 157-182, adds a new dimension to the usually water set saga. Although the water is pretty much just replaced with clouds, there are plenty of new dynamics, interesting beasts, and a world of religious intrigue, which all helps to prevent the series from getting stale..

The characters are once again split up, which does allow for a lot of individual character development. Best of all, this development usually presents itself in the fight sequences. Being an archaeologist, Robin is more concerned with her surroundings when fighting and the damage done to ancient relics. Choppers, as a doctor,
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One Piece: Strong World Blu-ray Review

Director: Munehisa Sakai

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Stephanie Young, Ikue Ohtani, Brina Palencia, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale, Cho, Ian Sinclair

Running Time: 109 minutes

Certificate: 15

With One Piece: Unlimited World Red released on gaming platforms this Friday and One Piece: Strong World arriving on Blu-ray and DVD this upcoming Monday, it’s never been a better time to be a fan of Eiichiro Oda’s mange/anime. This is the first film released in the UK despite being a cinematic entry from 2009. This means that certain elements may be jarring for those who have been following the DVD releases of the series over the last year as we encounter characters not yet introduced in the dubbed run. Those who have kept up with the show in its original Japanese language will be more settled though.
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One Piece Collection 6 DVD Review

Director: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Munehisa Sakai, Junji Shimizu, Konosuke Uda

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale, Ikue Ohtani, Brina Palencia, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Stephanie Young

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

Like with any anime series following a huge arc, One Piece settles into a few smaller adventures during its sixth boxset. Each one makes a strong effort to be more than simple filler though, elaborating on characters or making sure the individual adventures are fun and engaging. This is leagues away from becoming anything even close to stale, which may be down to the general theme of exploring. Other animes seem to become bogged down in overcomplicating stories and having to add new elements, whereas One Piece has an entirely imaginative world to explore as our heroes make their way to their goal but become distracted by
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Dragonball Gt Season 2 DVD Review

Director: Minoru Okazaki

Starring: Stephanie Nadolny, Eric Vale, Elise Baughman, Andrew Chandler, Kyle Hebert

Running Time: 800 Minutes

Certificate: 12

After gathering an international following, spawning a lacklustre Hollywood film, and producing a trilogy of series’ totalling in 508 episodes, the Dragonball phenomenon finally draws to a close with Dragonball Gt Season 2.

After the first season ended with such an intense and climactic cliff-hanger, this second part very quickly deals with the events of Dragonball Gt’s action-packed first part. The story picks up after the destructive artificial intelligence known as ‘Baby’, managed to infect the world’s entire population (similar to Invasion Of The Body Snatchers) and migrate them to his new ’planet Tuffle’, leaving only Goku behind to save the human race and the entire galaxy. Goku soon realised that his new adolescent body would not be enough to stop Baby and his army of Tuffles and as a result gained
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One Piece Collection 5 DVD Review

Director: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Munehisa Sakai, Junji Shimizu, Konosuke Uda,

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

In terms of story, this 5th collection is the most ambitious yet. Picking up from where the last set left off, we now find Vivi and the Straw hat Pirates, in Vivi’s homeland where rain has not fallen for years. A conspiracy is uncovered that looks set to erupt in civil war if Vivi and the Straw Hats can’t put an end to a reign (or should that be rain?) of terror from the mysterious Crocodile A.K.A. Mr. Zero. Confidently setting character development and focus on the protagonists aside, One Piece once again shows how it can handle the more mature plot strands.

With a dark sense of tragedy throughout this very extensive arc,
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Dragonball Gt Season 1 DVD Review

Director: Minoru Okazaki

Starring: Stephanie Nadolny, Eric Vale, Elise Baughman, Andrew Chandler, Kyle Hebert

Running Time: 787 Minutes

Certificate: PG

After the incredible and influential cult classic anime series Dragonball Z, finished its 291 episode run with a spectacular ending, it seems impossible for a follow-up show to match the quality of predecessor. And so I think it’s only fair that I start this review by stating that Dragonball Gt is not as good as Dragonball Z. However with that being said I should also state that Dragonball Gt is by no means a bad show and it’s actually very entertaining. As the third in a trilogy of anime shows that began Dragonball and Dragonball Z, this final entry in the franchise feels like the perfect closing chapter of Goku’s journey. With that in mind, no shame should be felt for not matching the outstanding quality its predecessor, after
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes the first two short films from The Four Players, the New York City Horror Film Festival lineup, details on the new zombie novel Northern Lights, and a Jason mask charity auction:

The Four Players Short Film Release Details: “Screenwriter and director, Evan Daugherty, screenwriter of the 2012 fantasy/action film “Snow White and the Huntsman” (as well as 2014’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “GI Joe 3,” among others) and Maker Studios’ collaborative gaming and geek culture network Polaris have announced the release of “The Four Players,” four new short films, each one re-imagining a different character from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. franchise. The first two films, “The Fixer” (Mario) and “The Addict” (Luigi) will debut on Polaris beginning November 14…”

To find out more on these four short films, visit: www.
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One Piece Collection 4 DVD Review

Director: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Munehisa Sakai, Junji Shimizu, Konosuke Uda,

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 15

These releases certainly come thick and fast, but it’s an output most should be happy with. After all, One Piece isn’t a show you merely dip into every now and again. It’s a show that becomes an addiction, and like all drugs it can leave you wandering the streets begging for your next hit. This is something that could be said for many of the long running anime shows such as Dragon Ball Z, Bleach, and Naruto, but it has to be said that One Piece has that little something over those other popular, and often entertaining shows. Variety is the key to One Piece, as it goes way beyond setting up
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Dragon Ball Z Season 9 DVD Review

Creator: Akira Toriyama

Starring: Masako Nozawa, Sean Schemmel, Daisuke Gouri, Stephanie Nadolny, Naoko Watanabe, Eric Vale, Miki Itou, Christopher R. Sabat, Ryo Horikawa, Dameon Clarke, Takeshi Kusao, Kyle Hebert, Toshio Furukawa, Sonny Strait, Jeremy Inman, Chuck Huber, Mike McFarland, Tiffany Volmer, Cynthia Cranz,

Running Time: 625 minutes

Certificate: PG

It’s been a long and winding road for the characters of Dragon Ball Z, but this is the final season. Dragon Ball Z is a show that I first approached with resistance, unwilling to accept that 5+ hour long fights could be anything but repetitive and dull. But it has gradually become more hospitable, if only for the fact that the show is demonstrably addictive. Set aside the fact that reviewing anime is one of the things I do for the site, this show would have sunk its claws into me and refused to let go no matter what. This final season
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One Piece Collection 3 DVD Review

Director: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Munehisa Sakai, Junji Shimizu, Konosuke Uda,

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

With Monky D. Luffy and shipmates continuing towards the Grand Line, but as One Piece has proven time and time again, it expertly mixes in individual arcs while the main plot drives forward. It makes for a show that is ever so easy to enter for new fans, or those returning from a long break, without making old fans feel as though they are being forgotten. This is the first collection where the core cast of characters feel at ease with each other. All the conflict and suspicions have been left behind and the writers have done a tremendous job at making the cast feel like a close-knit family while also relating them to the audience.
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Deadman Wonderland Blu-ray Review

Director: Koichi Hatsumi,

Starring: Romi Park, Greg Ayres, Kana Hanazawa, Monica Riel, Iori Nomizu, Leah Clark, Junichi Suwabe, Eric Vale

Running Time: 325 minutes

Certificate: 18

Deadman Wonderland is a gratuitous mix of everything exploitation cinema. Taking its cues from the likes of The Running Man, Battle Royale, and Death Race, it sees a 14 year-old boy wrongly convicted of massacring his class. Sent to Deadman Wonderland, an amusement park where criminals take part in games, he finds himself fighting for his life and not just his freedom. Hardly an original tale, but the use of such a young protagonist adds an extra bit of sympathy and danger to proceedings that charge the violence to excruciating levels. The show also kicks things into overdrive from the outset which is great for you action junkies, but also means we miss out on a lot humanising early on. Unlucky lead, Ganta, would have really been
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Dragon Ball Z Season 8 DVD Review

Creator: Akira Toriyama

Starring: Masako Nozawa, Sean Schemmel, Daisuke Gouri, Stephanie Nadolny, Naoko Watanabe, Eric Vale, Miki Itou, Christopher R. Sabat, Ryo Horikawa, Dameon Clarke, Takeshi Kusao, Kyle Hebert, Toshio Furukawa, Sonny Strait, Jeremy Inman, Chuck Huber, Mike McFarland, Tiffany Volmer, Cynthia Cranz,

Running Time: 625 minutes

Certificate: PG

Picking up where Season 7 left off, Season 8 really should begin to crack under the pressure of continuing a fairly simplistic series for so long. In actual fact, this is one of the best seasons the show has to offer thanks to some amazing character development, interesting and meaningful fight sequences, and even sections of heartfelt emotion. It all begins with the regular gang of heroes travelling to take on the evil wizard Babidi, son of Bibidi, and yes there is also a Buu. Babidi wishes to awaken the ultimate fighter, Buu, in order to take over the word.

The lead up to
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One Piece Collection 2 DVD Review

Director: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Munehisa Sakai, Junji Shimizu, Konosuke Uda,

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

Picking up directly where Collection 1 left off, One Piece returns to complete its introductory arc. The last member of the crew, chef Sanji, joins the gang but just as it looks as though everything is in place, we discover that navigator Nami may not be everything she appears. After a gruelling battle with Don Krieg, the show clearly announces that although violence isn’t going to be used on a regular basis, the show isn’t afraid to use it when creating conflict and consequence. This fact becomes even more obvious during the next arc of the show that focuses on Nami’s past and her connection to the dreaded fishmen. Fish-men hybrids that are super song,
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Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood: Part Five Blu-ray Review

Director: Yasuhiro Irie

Starring: Romi Park, Vic Mignogna, Rie Kugimiya, Maxey Whitehead, Shinchiro Miki, Travis Willingham, Megumi Takamoto, Caitlin Glass, Hidekatsu Shibata, Ed Blaylock, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Eric Vale,

Running Time: 318 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Final Episode Commentary, Textless Opening and Closings, Outtakes

All good things must come to an end. This is the final instalment of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood on Blu-ray, bringing to a close an incredibly deep story filled with amazing characters and well explored themes. From the second it was mentioned that a manga faithful anime adaptation was to be produced, we all knew it was going to be one of the finest moments in anime history, no matter how great the original series was.

This final collection of episodes brings about a more than worthy conclusion to a fantastic show. Usually when shows are this rich and complex, it becomes almost impossible to end it in a way that will satisfy all,
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One Piece Collection 1 DVD Review

Director: Hiroaki Miyamoto, Munehisa Sakai, Junji Shimizu, Konosuke Uda,

Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kazuya Nakai, Christopher R. Sabat, Akemi Okamura, Luci Christian, Kappei Yamaguchi, Sonny Strait, Hiroaki Hirata, Eric Vale

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

It’s finally arrived! One Piece is one of the longest running animes, sitting alongside the likes of Bleach and Narruto, and yet it isn’t until now we are getting a box-set here in the UK. Not only that, but it’s also the uncut FUNimation and Japanese dubs of the show and not the butchering 4Kids version. A company that treated the show with such little respect (as it does Pokemon) that 144 episodes were edited down to 104. Still, that’s all in the past now and we can explore the show as it was meant to be seen, and what a show it is.

One Piece starts with the simplest of prologues before
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Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood: Part Four Blu-ray Review

Director: Yasuhiro Irie

Starring: Romi Park, Vic Mignogna, Rie Kugimiya, Maxey Whitehead, Shinchiro Miki, Travis Willingham, Megumi Takamoto, Caitlin Glass, Hidekatsu Shibata, Ed Blaylock, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Eric Vale,

Running Time: 318 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: 2 Episode Commentaries, Textless Opening and Closings.

It’s a good thing this series is coming thick and fast to Blu-ray, because can anyone really wait for the next exciting instalments? Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is popular for a reason, and that reason is that it quite simply ticks all the boxes for what one would expect in a deep and entertaining anime.

As this fourth collection opens,we find that brothers and constant companions Edward and Alphonse Elric have parted ways in order to achieve individual goals. It’s a huge turning point for the duo as it allows them to successfully grow as characters in new situations as well as seeing how they interact with other characters.
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