Netflix to debut first original anime series Knights of Sidonia in July

Netflix has announced that it will debut its first original anime series.

The on-demand service will premiere Knights of Sidonia in all territories on Friday, July 4.

The show - based on the popular manga series by Tsutomu Nihei - follows humanity's struggle to escape extinction against shapeshifting aliens who are determined to wipe them out.

The focus of the series is on low-born Nagate Tanikaze, who is now a refugee following the destruction of Earth.

After living in the bottom layers of the ship Sidonia during his youth, his talent as a pilot comes to light, leading him to become one of the ship's elite defenders.

Knights of Sidonia stars Hisako Kanemoto, Aki Toyosaki, Ryota Ohsaka, Takahiro Sakurai, Aya Suzaki and Eri Kitamura.

Earlier this week, Netflix unveiled the trailer for The Battered Bastards of Baseball, one of its first original feature-length films.
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Dusk Maiden Of Amnesia DVD Review

Directors: Shin Oonuma, Takashi Sakamoto,

Starring: Tsubasa Yonaga, Clint Bickham, Yumi Hara, Emily Neves, Eri Kitamura, Jessica Boone, Misato Fukuen, Brittney Karbowski,

Running Time: 349 minutes

Certificate: 15

Supernatural love stories are usually met with grimaces and groans these days, and we have a certain vampire and blank faced girl to thank for that. Dusk Maiden Of Amnesia proves that we needn’t be so worried about conflicted romances between humans and fantastical creatures thanks to its wonderfully structured relationship between a boy and a ghost.

Set in a high-school where haunted tales run rampant, the trio that make up the school’s paranormal investigation club are always looking to explain the strange goings on. However, Teiichi (Yonaga/Bickham) is able to see the school’s main ghost, and she just happens to be the very lovable and very beautiful Yuko (Hara/Neves). The two enter into a complex relationship wherein the
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Film Review: ‘Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie — Rebellion’

Film Review: ‘Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie — Rebellion’
Appearances are deceiving in “Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie — Rebellion,” an alternately enchanting and exhausting anime adventure in which cutesy characters and peppy vocal turns belie a darker, angst-ridden narrative. The third film in a cinematic trilogy spun off from a popular Japanese TV series (the first two pics simply condensed the show’s 12 episodes with a few tweaks and new material), “Rebellion” delivers a convoluted conclusion sure to prove beyond baffling to any franchise newcomers. Pic was a box office hit on home turf (where it was released Oct. 26), but its overseas appeal is strictly limited to those already under the “Magica” spell.

“Rebellion” presumes a healthy familiarity with the pre-existing “Magica” arc and its thoughtful, somewhat bleak subversion of anime’s “magic girl” genre. In one of the series’ primary twists, magic powers are obtained through Faustian bargains that ultimately cost young girls their souls. Locked in
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Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing Part 1 DVD Review

Director: Koichi Chigira,

Starring: Ai Kayano, Carrie Savage, Aki Toyosaki, Jad Saxton, Aoi Yuki, Leah Clark, Chiwa Saito, Kara Edwards, Eri Kitamura, Clarine Harp,

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 12

Last Exile was a highly acclaimed series that I found to be quite lacking. It wasn’t bad, but the hype surrounding it just placed it on a pedestal that was almost impossible to reach. In this spin-off series, set in the same universe, naturally expectations were lowered, which proved to be a huge plus. It must be stressed that the series, Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing, isn’t as good, but it also doesn’t have the surrounding praise. Once again set in the skies, we follow a band of sky-pirates that aren’t the cruel kind of pirates you might expect. In fact, they’re relatively lovely, if perhaps a little opportunistic. However, that’s just a side
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Bakemonogatari Part 2 DVD Review

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,
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Bakemonogatari DVD Review

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
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Black Rock Shooter DVD Review

Director: Shinobu Yoshioka,

Starring: Kana Asumi, Kana Hanazawa, Miyuki Sawashiro, Eri Kitamura, Mamiko Notot, Manami Numakura, Ayumi Tsunematsu,

Running Time: 250 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: 3D CG Animatics; Making Of Black Rock Shooter; TV Spots; Clean Ed

Teenage angst is hard to get right; the problem is that from an adult perspective it often seems ridiculous. Obviously the problems facing teenagers aren’t that big a deal in the grand scheme of things, but from at the time they are the most world shattering and complex issues one can imagine. Black Rock Shooter is an anime that looks at teenage angst, while at the same time trying to mix elements of fantasy and action. This is something that the show is damn successful at.

The show begins with two girls meeting each other and feeling an instant connection in terms of friendship, as they each offer something that the other feels is missing from their lives.
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Mayo Chiki! DVD Review

Director: Keiichiro Kawaguchi

Starring: Eri Kitamura, Satoshi Hino, Yuka Iguchi, Kana Asumi, Kana Hanazawa, Keiji Fujiwara, Mariya Ise, Minori Chihara, Miyuki Sawashiro,

Running Time: 325 minutes

Certificate: 15

Mayo Chiki! is another entry in the anime sub-genre of Harem shows in which one, usually unexpecting, male character finds himself the object of many girls affections. In Mayo Chiki! our “lucky” protagonist is Kaneda, a smart and sweet enough kid who unfortunately suffers from gynophobia (fear of women) – which will result in nosebleeds if he gets too intimate with a girl.

One day he accidentally discovers that one of the most popular boys in school, and the butler to one of the most popular girls in school, is actually a girl in disguise. This results in a number of highly contrived stories in which Kaneda is forced to confront his fear of women.

A Harem series such as this is bound to feel
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First Trailer for Sci-Fi Anime Aruvu Rezuru – Mechanized Fairies

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The story takes place in 2022 when humanity is accelerating towards the technological singularity — the advent of computers that surpass humans. Nano-technology has advanced to the point where humans can seamlessly link to networks, but the consciousness of tens of thousands vanished in a tragedy that became known as the “Early Rapture.” Remu Mikage (played by Jun Fukuyama) goes to take back the soul of Shiki (Eri Kitamura), his little sister who disappeared in net space.

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Chaos: Head Collection DVD Review

Director: Takaaki Ishiyama

Starring: Carrie Savage, Eri Kitamura, Todd Haberkorn, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Brittney Karbowski, Ayumi Tsuji, Clarine Harp, Chiaki Takahashi, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kara Edwards, Mark Stoddard, Stephanie Sheh,

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Textless intro and outro,

Takumi is a nerdy kind of guy known as an Otaku. That’s a person with an obsessive love of anime. Takumi’s obsession runs so deep that he is in love with an anime character and resists any contact with, what he calls, 3D girls. He lives in a large shipping container that sits on the roof of his family’s apartment building. He collects figurines of his favourite characters and prefers to be left alone.

Unfortunately for Takumi, this is a choice that is no longer his. After a series of murders known as the Next Gen killings, he begins talking with someone over the internet known as The General. This
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