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4 items from 2014


One Piece: Strong World Blu-ray Review

25 June 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Blue Exorcist: The Movie Blu-ray Review

20 May 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Atsushi Takahashi

Starring: Nobuhiko Okamoto, Bryce Papenbrook, Jun Fukuyama, Johnny Yong Bosch, Kana Hanazawa, Christine Marie Cabanos, Kazuya Nakai, Kyle Hebert,

 Running Time: 98 minutes

Certificate: 12

Blue Exorcist: The Movie is a simple extension of the popular TV show. It doesn’t supply a plot that elaborates or adds to the series’ story arcs, but instead offers up an emotionally powerful film and solitary story. This means that newcomers will be welcome, and although they won’t quite understand every character relation, the main points are easy to pick up. The basics see Rin (Okamoto/Papenbrook), the biological son of Satan, now a full-fledged exorcist, simply going about his business getting rid of demons.

The film opens up with a powerful action sequence which sees a possessed train under attack from the exorcists. It’s a delightful opening action sequence that is rather lengthy but doesn’t outstay its welcome. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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One Piece Collection 6 DVD Review

16 May 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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 »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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One Piece Collection 5 DVD Review

12 February 2014 5:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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