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'Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F' Clip Brings Frieza Back to Life

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'Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F' Clip Brings Frieza Back to Life
Following the new trailer that arrived last month, IGN has released a new clip from Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F. The animated movie is set for a limited theatrical release from August 4 through August 12 in the states, and fans can purchase tickets from DragonBallZ.com. This new clip features a fearsome dragon asked to bring the powerful villain Freiza (Chris Ayres) back to life. And it's done with unexpected results.

One peaceful day on Earth, two remnants of Frieza's army named Sorbet and Tagoma arrive searching for the Dragon Balls with the aim of reviving Frieza. They succeed, and Frieza subsequently seeks revenge on the Saiyans. The film is set to feature the return of cast members Sean Schemmel as Goku, Christopher Sabat as Vegeta/Piccolo, John Burgmeier as Tien, Kyle Hebert as Gohan, Mike McFarland as Master Roshi, Monica Rial as Bulma, Sonny Strait as Krillin, Ian Sinclair as Whis,
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Michiko & Hatchin Part 1 DVD Review

Director: Sayo Yamamoto

Starring: Suzuka Ohgo, Yoko Maki, Jun Murakami, Jad Saxton, Monica Rial, Scott Freeman.

Running Time: 275 minutes

Certificate: 15

From the creators of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, with such pedigree behind a series you’d be expecting a lot, and although Michiko & Hatchin offers a lot, it promises and flirts with more than it can deliver. You’ll be hooked straight away by the funky Latin inspired theme, which makes a change from an alternative rock track. Such a theme also captures the general feel of the entire show. It’s fast, bright, and certainly has a more exotic flavour than many of its peers.

Setting us up for a classic fantasy tale for kids, we find Hana (Ohgo/Saxton), an orphan currently living with cruel stepparents and an even worse stepbrother and sister. Seemingly unrelated is a prison break involving the super sexy and super dangerous Michiko (Maki/Rial). Of course,
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From The New World DVD Review

Director: Masashi Ishihama

Starring: Ayumu Murase, Haruka Kudoe, Kana Hanazawa, Kanako Toujo, Mai Toudou, Motoki Takagi, Risa Taneda, Yuuki Kaji, Blake Shepard,Clint Bickham, Emily Neves, Greg AYres, Monica Rial, John Kaiser

Running Time: 325 minutes

Certificate: 15

From The New World is a striking animated show which traverses common ground in a unique way. Set in a distant future, where elements are not too dissimilar to our own, we follow a group of 12-14 year olds in a world where all humans have powers. These kids eventually uncover teh secret behind their seemingly perfect society, but it isn’t a simple journey from A – B.

The show starts with a dreamlike opening in which blurry and unfocused shots create a sense of unease. Additions of blurry sequences are always interesting in animated properties, as you always know they are done on purpose. The effect is also more powerful than in respective live-action series.
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'Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods' Trailer

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'Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods' Trailer
Funimation has debuted two new trailers for Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, along with the announcement that the upcoming animated adventure will debut in a limited theatrical event from August 5 through August 9 in over 350 theaters nationwide. We also have a new photo gallery, along with the official synopsis and the full English-language voice cast for the first Dbz animated movie in over 17 years, directed by Masahiro Hosoda. Check out the trailers and images below, then clickHere to find out if Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is coming to a theater near you.

Following the events from the internationally renowned animated television series, Dragon Ball Z, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet,
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Chrome Shelled Regios: Part 2 DVD Review

Director: Itsuro Kawasaki

Starring: Ayahi Takagaki, Brina Palencia, Mai Nakahara, Monica Rial, Mikako Takahashi, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Todd Haberkorn

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 15

The heavily influenced dystopian show is back to complete its run, and this time the show manages to underplay elements taken from other films and television programmes. There’s a greater focus on character and politics in this collection of episodes, and although that may sound like a good thing, it makes the show a rather convoluted and confusing watch.

Chrome Shelled Regios doesn’t exactly supply any memorable characters, and nor does it focus on a a particular character or group for a decent amount of time. The narrative is constantly switching in order to build a world in which we can feel engaged, but this is something that should have been done in the first place. Complications for the latter half of the series
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Chrome Shelled Regios Part 1 DVD Review

Director: Itsuro Kawasaki

Starring: Ayahi Takagaki, Brina Palencia, Mai Nakahara, Monica Rial, Mikako Takahashi, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Todd Haberkorn

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 15

Chrome Shelled Regios sounds like a wonderful idea at first, but it isn’t long before your mind starts connecting the dots and realising that every aspect of this dystopian science-fiction has been taken from previous anime, films, TV series and novels. It’s a rough compilation of ideas thrown together resulting in the anime equivalent to a hurried out album of various artists which is released to cash in on an upcoming Holiday/event. That’s not to say it’s terrible. Like any compilation, there are loads of great “tracks”, but there is also a lot of filler, and ideas that have worked better elsewhere.

The main locale of the series is set in a city that resides in a huge dome. This dome
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Infinite Stratos DVD Review

Director: Yasuhito Kikuchi

Starring: Kouki Uchiyama, Josh Grelle, Yoko Hikasa, Monica Rial, Asami Shimoda, Hilary Haag, Kana Hanazawa, Shannon Emerick, Makoto Yasumura, Chris Ayres, Marina Inoue, Tiffany Grant

Running Time: 325 minutes

Certificate: 15

Harem and mecha, together at last! When originality is hard to come by, why not just shove two popular genres of anime into one? Infinite Stratos is a argument both for and against such a tactic, as it may showcase the optimistic and fun tropes of the genres, but it also has twice the limitations, constantly highlighting the generic twists and turns.

Infinite Stratos is the name of a mechanical suit that would be perfect for war. Interestingly enough, this universe has outlawed the machines as such weapons and so they are used exclusively for sports. That’s the most fascinating thing about the show, as it takes large weaponised creations and reduces their sinister edge. Stars of
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Is This A Zombie Of The Dead DVD Review

Director: Takaomi Kanasaki,

Starring: Junji Majima, Austin Tindle, Iori Nomizu, Jad Saxton, Midori Tsukimiya, Cherami Leigh, Ai Shimizu, Monica Rial, Aya Goda, Caitlin Glass, Hiroyuki Toshino, Anthony Bowling, Hisako Kanemoto, Brittney Karbowski,

Running Time: 325 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Episode 1 Visual Commentary, Episode 10 Audio Commentary

Is This A Zombie Of The Dead is the second season of a show that messes with the Zombie formula more so than Twilight did with vampires and werewolves. Although this isn’t a huge issue, you soon start to forget that there is anything wrong with the lead character of Ayuma. Very rarely, if ever, do his zombie powers come into play. A show shouldn’t need to go overboard with the demonstration of powers from the supernatural lead, but unfortunately season 2 has but one thing on its mind. Sex!

Anime has never been the most subtle of mediums when it comes to mixing humour and sex.
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Another DVD Review

Director: Tsutomu Mizushima,

Starring: Atsushi Abe, Greg Ayres, Natsumi Takamori, Monica Rial, Ai Nonaka, Brittney Karbowski, Hiroaki Hirata, David Wald

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 15

Sometimes faith can be restored in the strangest of places. Horror is a very specific genre in that it sets out to do one thing. Scare the viewer. As the years pass it becomes harder to do as we are wise to their tricks. Another is an anime that delivers pure fear and unsettling terror. It can take a lot to really crawl under the viewer’s skin these days, but Another does a wonderful job at burying itself deep and gradually tearing its way to the surface. The opening narration sets up a creepy urban legend in a quiet and eerie voice. We hear of Asaki, a young high school girl who died under tragic circumstances. However, in order to tackle the grief, her class
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Penguindrum Box Set 2 DVD Review

Director: Kunihiko Ikuhara

Starring: Ryohei Kimura, Blake Shepard, Subaru Kimura, Illich Guardiola, Miho Arakawa, Monica Rial, Marie Miyake, Emily Neves

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 18

Remember the delightful, if sometimes emotionally draining, first set of episodes from earlier this year? Well then, you may be shocked to see an 18 certificate slapped on the box of the most recent collection. This may hint at a much darker path for the show, which there most certainly is, but the elements that equate to the 18 rating are mostly suggestive. However, it is some of the darkest suggestive material imaginable, and although handled with restraint and intelligence, the BBFC have deemed it adult.

Although a shame in some ways, it is also very understandable. The scenes in question take in to account themes of bondage, adult/child relationships, and sees feelings used as a vicious weapon. There’s no gruesome violence, foul language, or explicit
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Linebarrels Of Iron DVD Review

Directors: Masamitsu Hidaka

Starring: Tetsuya Kakihara, Josh Grelle, Mamiko Noto, Alexis Tipton, Aya Hirano,Monica Rial, Biichi Satou, Bob Carter, Chiwa Saito, Tia Ballard, Emi Shinohara, Michelle Specht,

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 15

Linebarrels Of Iron is another anime entry in the ‘gifted youngster discovers power to battle evil’ genre, and to some this may sound like yet another retread. And although that is certainly true for some aspects of the show, it actually starts off as a very brave and complex show. Set in a world where giant mechs help to protect freedom from invading forces, we start our journey with Koichi, a downtrodden high school student. Koichi believes he has great power, but until that power shows itself he is quite happy to appease his bullies. The beginning starts with a very suspenseful sequence in which Koichi’s world and that of the mechs approach each other at a well-timed pace.
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C Control DVD Review

Directors: Kenji Nakamura

Starring: Kouki Uchiyama, Todd Haberkorn, Daisuke Hosomi, J. Michael Tatum, Haruka Tomatsu, Brina Palencia, Masami Kikuchi, Sonny Strait, Mayumi Asano, Martha Harms, Saori Goto, Monica Rial, Takahiro Sakurai, Scott Freeman

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 12

Anime and arranged battling often go hand in hand. Whether it’s the monster based strategies of Pokémon or the card oriented Yu-Gi-Oh, there’s always some way of solving differences without pulling out traditional weapons and going at it. In C Control the weapon of choice is money. Set against a world where Japan has been rescued from financial ruin, certain members of society are now invited to an alternate reality known as The Financial District where they can get involved in fights in order to gain more money. It’s an attractive get rich quick prospect, but comes with a lot of small print.

The set-up is fantastic, and it’s
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Inu X Boku Secret Service DVD Review

Creator: Naokatsu Tsuda,

Starring: Rina Hidaka, Hilary Haag, Yuichi Nakamura, Chris Patton, Kana Hanazawa, Monica Rial, Mamoru Miyano, Blake Shepard

Running Time: 312 minutes

Certificate: 12

Inu X Boku Secret Service puts a gentle spin on the harem genre of anime. It’s a clever and useful technique which sees the constantly expanding cast of characters live together, not in the same house, but in the same apartment building. This means that the relationships can be developed upon while also allowing characters some much needed alone time. It also reduces the number of comedic misunderstandings that naturally evolve from a full house.

As you could probably guess, this is no ordinary apartment building. It allocates rooms to supernatural beings, each of whom is protected by their own secret service agent. Our protagonist isn’t exactly thrilled with constant supervision, but as you’ve already worked out, romance blossoms. Predictable? Of course it is,
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Is This A Zombie? Series 1 DVD Review

Director: Takaomi Kanasaki,

Starring: Junji Majima, Austin Tindle, Iori Nomizu, Jad Saxton, Midori Tsukimiya, Cherami Leigh, Ai Shimizu, Monica Rial, Aya Goda, Caitlin Glass, Hiroyuki Toshino, Anthony Bowling, Hisako Kanemoto, Brittney Karbowski,

Running Time: 325 minutes

Certificate: 15

The simple answer to the question posed in the title of this anime, Is This A Zombie?, would be a resounding “No!” from purists familiar with the brain eating, shuffling, decaying kind of zombie the majority of audiences are acquainted with. It’s not hard to see why, as our hero, Ayuma (Majima/Tindle) is introduced to us as a member of the undead, but is fully capable of cognitive thought as well as not giving off a foul smell. His debut scene captures the tone of intensity and humour that the show aims for, as Ayuma rescues a cat from the path of an incoming truck. Ayuma is flung into the air and
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Cat Planet Cuties DVD Review

Director: Yooichi Ueda,

Starring: Mutsumi Tamura, Aaron Dismuke, Kanae Ito, Tia Ballard, Kana Hanazawa, Monica Rial, Haruka Tomatsu, Brittney Karbowski,

Running Time: 304 minutes

Certificate: 15

With a title like Cat Planet Cuties, you can pretty much surmise what the entire series is about. Cute girls that have a few traits similar to cats arrive on Earth from another planet. Anyone with even a passing interest in anime will also be able to correctly guess the tone of the show as well. Indeed it is cute with elements of romance and sci-fi thrown in, with a lot of fan service. When the show gets involved in areas outside of its light-hearted settings, is when it really shines.

An alien cat girl, Eris (Ito/Ballard), lands on Earth and is soon taken in by an Earth boy, Kio (Tamura/Dismuke). While she lives with the boy and learns the ways of Earth, there
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Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt The Complete Series Blu-ray Review

Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi,

Starring: Arisa Ogasawara, Jamie Marchi, Mariya Ise, Monica Rial, Kouji Ishii, Christopher R. Sabat, Takashi Nakamura, Ian Sinclair, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Joel McDonald, Yuka Komatsu, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Ayumi Fujimura, Cherami Leigh,

Running Time: 352 minutes

Certificate: 18

Extras: Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt Revealed: Unrated Cut, Sit Down With Panty and Stocking, Panty and Stocking in Sanitary Box, Ghost Explosions Collection, Ghost Explosions Collection Documentary, TV Promotional Video, Commercial Collections, Talk Live Animated Loft/Plus One, Making Of Lingerie Scene, Outtakes, Trailers, Textless Opening/Closing Songs,

Ever wondered what The Powerpuff Girls would be liked if one of them was a slutty sex addict and Professor X was an S&M fan with a penchant for young boys? No? Probably not, but just because you never imagined it, doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it. Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt is a twisted, over sexualised, foul mouthed, and revolting play upon Western style animations.
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Penguindrum Box Set 1 DVD Review

Director: Kunihiko Ikuhara

Starring: Ryohei Kimura, Blake Shepard, Subaru Kimura, Illich Guardiola, Miho Arakawa, Monica Rial, Marie Miyake, Emily Neves

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 12

It’s a scientific fact that everything is made better by the inclusion of penguins. That information has obviously now reached the world of anime with the arrival of Penguindrum, in which penguins feature heavily. This bizarre mixture of comedy and drama sees a young girl, Hiromi (Arakawa/Rial), die and quickly come back to life thanks to a spirit placed in a penguin hat. It’s not all fun and games though as this spirit wishes to retrieve the Penguindrum and needs Hiromi’s twin brothers to do exactly that – unfortunately they have no idea what the Penguindrum is.

The very set-up of this show bravely mixes intense drama with surreal comedy. The brothers are constantly given orders to search out items, but are given
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Okami-San And Her Seven Companions DVD Review

Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki

Starring: Shizuka Itou, Brina Palencia, Miyu Irino, Joel McDonald, Kanae Ito, Monica Rial, Aki Toyosaki, Caitlin Glass, Ayako Kawasumi, Colleen Clinkenbeard. Hirofumi Nojima, Micah Solusod, Satomi Arai, Luci Christian,

Running Time: 276 minutes

Certificate: 12

If you haven’t noticed, there’s a trend in modern culture to adapt famous fairytales into contemporary settings, or place them in darker and grittier worlds. Anime is no exception and thus we have Okami-san And Her Seven Companions. However, despite some very obvious references, the show is quite subtle at including motifs from such classic stories, as well as putting greater focus on the exploration of the themes rather than plot points.

Okami is a teenage girl that works as part of the Otogi Bank, only this bank doesn’t lend money, it’s a student run bank that deals in favours. Being high school, and the connection with fairytales, the majority
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Towanoquon: Complete Series Collection DVD Review

Director: Umanosuke Iida

Starring: Corey Hartzog, Hiroshi Kamiya, Jessica Boone, Kaori Nazuka, Monica Rial, Ryoko Shiraishi, Adam Gibbs, Chiaki Omigawa, Andrew Love, Jouji Nakata, David Matranga, Kousuke Toriumi, David Wald,

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Textless outro, commentary on Episode 5, original Japanese teaser and trailer, extended previews

Unlike most anime series Towanoquon decides to express itself over the course of six 45 minute mini-movies, rather than the usual 22 minute long episodes. So what does this mean in terms of story? First of all, I am happy to say, each episode is wonderfully paced and justifies its running time. The exciting action elements play out well, while we also get plenty of character development. This is essential in anime, as many can often rely on a formulaic approach to each episode.

Towanoquon takes place in the near future, where certain children start displaying signs of supernatural abilities. The more experienced superpowered beings
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Anime News: Funimation Announces Sacred Blacksmith English Voice Cast

Today, Funimation announced the full English voice cast for Sacred Blacksmith, scheduled for a complete DVD series set release on January 25, 2011. Character: Cecily Cambell Luke Ainsworth Lisa Aria Charlotte E. Firobisher Doris Margot Penelope Evadne Siegfried Hannibal Quasar Hugo Housman Reginald Drummond Areviy Irving Augustus Arthur Justina Albright Lancelot Douglas Fio Atkins Lucy Cambell Patty Baldwin Francesca Jack Strader Elsa Elsa’s Father Actor: Cherami Leigh Blake Shepard Monica Rial Anastasia Munoz Alexis Tipton Maxey Whitehead Trina Nishimura Jamie Marchi Clarine Harp J. Michael Tatum Mark Stoddard Christopher Bevins Chris Cason Barry Yandell Kenny Green Cynthia Cranz Grant James Leah Clark Lydia Mackay Kara Edwards Colleen Clinkenbeard R Bruce Elliott Brina Palencia Cole Brown About Sacred Blacksmith The knight Cecily wants to defend the weak, but her lack of skill makes her an unlikely heroine – until the blacksmith Luke comes to her aid, using magic to forge blades of supernatural strength.
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