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6 items from 2013


C Control DVD Review

7 October 2013 10:03 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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 »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II: The Battle For Doldrey Blu-ray Review

27 August 2013 9:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Toshiyuki Kubooka

Starring: Hiroaki Iwanaga, Marc Diraison, Toa Yukinari, Carolyn Keranen, Takahiro Sakurai, Kevin T. Collins,

 Running Time: 93 minutes

Certificate: 15

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II: The Battle For Doldrey is very much the middle section of a trilogy, in that it has no clear plot other than what has been carried over from the first instalment, and all conclusion are seemingly left until part three. It’s certainly a thrilling segment though, with extensive violence, sex, and sometimes even a combination of the two meaning there is never a dull moment. Set against a medieval backdrop, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II uses this as an excuse to exaggerate everything you’ve come to expect from such fantasy films.

This is both a help and a hindrance to the film. Prudishness doesn’t enter into it, but when legions of soldiers are constantly torn apart it quickly becomes meaningless and distracting. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Bakemonogatari Part 2 DVD Review

29 July 2013 2:20 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Tatsuya Oishi,

Starring: Hiroshi Kamiya, Chiwa Saito, Emiri Kato, Eri Kitamura, Kana Hanazawa, Miyuki Sawashiro, Takahiro Sakurai, Yui Horie

Running Time: 168 minutes

Certificate: 15

This second set of episodes from Bakemonogatari is very similar in tone to its predecessors. We continue to follow Koyomi (Kamiya) as he helps young women in need of some paranormal advice. Once again though, Koyomi isn’t elevated to the ranks of martyr style white knight, but is simply a helpful and kind guy. It makes the individual stories easier to digest as we aren’t always concerned with raging hormones. Not to say that lust and desire aren’t handled in this series, but when they are, they are treated with as much dialogue as they are with innuendoes and misunderstandings.

This collection only follows two such girls, as the ‘Tsubasa Cat’ arc takes up 5 episodes by itself. This is the main focal point, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Bakemonogatari DVD Review

16 June 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Tatsuya Oishi,

Starring: Hiroshi Kamiya, Chiwa Saito, Emiri Kato, Eri Kitamura, Kana Hanazawa, Miyuki Sawashiro, Takahiro Sakurai, Yui Horie

Running Time: 192 minutes

Certificate: 15

Koyomi (Kamiya) is your average high school student…apart from the fact that he used to be a vampire. Having been cured of his supernatural affliction, he is attempting to live a normal life, even though he has kept some of his more useful gifts such as healing quickly. His world is soon turned upside down when he discovers the otherworldly abilities of stationary armed classmate Hitagi (Saito). After some antagonism, Koyomi offers to help Hitagi with her darker side. After which, Koyomi becomes the target of other paranormally powered females looking for help.

Bakemonogatari manages to mix both the supernatural school set anime tropes along with the harem clichés of women swarming over a single male character. But this is far from the misogynistic and »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Code Geass: Lelouch Of The Rebellion Complete Season 2 Blu-ray Review

8 March 2013 1:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Goro Taniguchi,

Starring: Jun Fukuyama, Johnny Yong Bosch, Takahiro Sakurai, Yuri Lowenthal, Ami Koshimizu, Karen Strassmen, Yukana Nogami, Kate Higgins,

 Running Time: 625 minutes

Certificate: 15

Season 1 of Code Geass: Lelouch Of The Rebellion absolutely blew me away: intricate characters, brilliant designs, complex stories, well debated ethics and morals were just some of the sublime elements that helped to craft one of my favourite anime series of all time. But how will a second season advance the themes and story threads set up before? This is truly one of those shows that could never possibly live up to its promises…or is it?

Last season ended on a cliff-hanger – the classic cut to black before hearing a gunshot. Delving straight into this box set without any hesitation I immediately wanted answers. What I got was more questions. Code Geass: Lelouch Of The Rebellion decides to pull a complete 180 and put us back in the school. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Code Geass: Lelouch Of The Rebellion Blu-ray Review

19 January 2013 6:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Goro Taniguchi,

Starring: Jun Fukuyama, Johnny Yong Bosch, Takahiro Sakurai, Yuri Lowenthal, Ami Koshimizu, Karen Strassmen, Yukana Nogami, Kate Higgins,

 Running Time: 625 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Episode Commentaries, Picture Dramas

When anime is done this well, it surpasses almost any other form of storytelling. Along with classics such as Death Note, Code Geass: Lelouch Of The Rebellion puts the medium on a platform that should easily engage new and experienced viewers. The series is set in an alternate future where Britannia have conquered the majority of the world. One of the places they have conquered is Japan, now known as Area 11. We meet Lelouch, a Brittanian living in Area 11 with ties to the Britannian government. One day he becomes possessor of a unique gift that allows him to control the minds of anyone, but only once. He sets about forming a rebellion to challenge Britannia but things inevitably spiral out of control. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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