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11 items from 2013


One Piece Collection 4 DVD Review

6 November 2013 10:12 PM, 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: 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 »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Dragon Ball Z Season 9 DVD Review

19 October 2013 11:59 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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 »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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One Piece Collection 3 DVD Review

18 September 2013 12:01 PM, 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

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. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Lupin The Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine Blu-ray Review

15 September 2013 12:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Sayo Yamamoto,

Starring: Kanichi Kurita, Sonny Strait, Miyuki Sawashiro, Michelle Ruff, Daisuke Namikawa, Mike McFarland, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Christopher R. Sabat,

 Running Time: 325 minutes

Certificate: 15

Lupin The Third is one of anime and manga’s best loved characters. A master thief who gets caught up in a series of adventures, his tales mix very Japanese themes with a hint of Franco-Belgian comics such as Tin-Tin and Lucky Luke, only more adult orientated. In Lupin The Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, we are treated to adventures set in the early years of Lupin’s thievery, as well as detailing his relationship with later series regulars, femme fatale Fujiko Mine, samurai Goemon Ishikawa Xiii, and former bodyguard Daisuke Jigan. Therefore, this is the perfect entry point for new fans as well as elaborating on details for old fans. It also happens to be one of the most impressive anime ever made. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Dragon Ball Z Season 8 DVD Review

14 July 2013 12:29 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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 »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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One Piece Collection 2 DVD Review

30 June 2013 8:32 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

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, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt The Complete Series Blu-ray Review

20 June 2013 10:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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One Piece Collection 1 DVD Review

23 May 2013 2:00 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

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 »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Dragon Ball Z Season 7 DVD Review

9 May 2013 11:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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

Dragon Ball Season 7 is one of those points in a long running anime that can be seen as an easy ‘jumping-in’ point. Whereas the last two seasons required lengthy mythology and background knowledge to receive much of the enjoyment, this season will welcome newcomers and reward dedicated fans alike. Season 6 was an incredibly long tournament based season, with much of the action focused around a single fight. Season 7 has a lot of tournaments to get through too, but it also gives a wide range of fights and competitors, as well as supplying us with some heartfelt character moments and exciting new storylines and characters. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Dragon Ball Z Season 6 DVD Review

27 February 2013 11:21 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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: 650 minutes

Certificate: 12

Dragon Ball Z Season 5 really grabbed my attention in terms of the complicated mythology it had to offer, as well as a wide range of interesting characters. By leaving that Season on a cliffhanger, I eagerly awaited a second bout with the long running anime. At the end of Season 5 the alien/android Cell had reached his final form, and had challenged the world’s fighters to a fighting tournament which would dictate the fate of our planet.

That’s right I’m afraid, this is a tournament based season, which means it’s lacking on plot but high on action, a little too high to be honest. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Dragon Ball Z Season 5 DVD Review

7 January 2013 3:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Creator: Akira Toriyama

Starring: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Eric Vale, Christopher R. Sabat, Dameon Clarke, Kyle Hebert, Sonny Strait, Jeremy Inman, Chuck Huber, Mike McFarland, Tiffany Volmer, Cynthia Cranz,

 Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: PG

So many anime, so little time. With all the Bleach, Naruto, Pokemon, and other great series to be watching a few, no matter how important or popular, are bound to fall by the wayside. For me, that series is Dragon Ball and its sequel Dragon Ball Z. My only exposure to the world of Dragon Ball are a few memes circling the net and the film Dragonball Evolution, which I’m sure is a grand representation of what to expect? No? Fine, I guess I’ll give the series a go.

But can someone really jump into the series five seasons in? This isn’t like House or some other procedural show. The world of Dragon Ball, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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