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9 items from 2013


Arakawa Under The Bridge Season 2 DVD Review

9 December 2013 10:13 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Akiyuki Shinbo,

Starring: Hiroshi Kamiya, Maaya Sakamoto, Chiaki Omigawa, Chiwa Saito, Cho, Fumihiko Tachiki,

Running Time: 320 minutes

Certificate: 12

This second season of Arakawa Under The Bridge is very much like its predecessor. It’s a bizarre and often delightful waste of time, but other than the quick stories that bear little to no consequence on the world in which they take place, it offers very little. Stories just sort of happen, which is no doubt part of the charm, but when there are so few rules to contain the madness, it becomes difficult to truly care for the characters or their motivations.

We pick up from where we left off, with Ko continuing to live with the self-proclaimed Venutian under a bridge that seems to attract the most bizarre characters. Perhaps it’s the lack of any real development that makes this such a hard show to love or hate. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Film Review: ‘Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie — Rebellion’

5 December 2013 3:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing Part 1 DVD Review

27 November 2013 9:05 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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 »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Arakawa Under The Bridge DVD Review

29 October 2013 10:41 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Akiyuki Shinbo,

Starring: Hiroshi Kamiya, Maaya Sakamoto, Chiaki Omigawa, Chiwa Saito, Cho, Fumihiko Tachiki,

Running Time: 320 minutes

Certificate: 15

Ko Ichinomiya lives life by his family’s creed of never being in debt to anyone. This doesn’t just concern money, but favours as well. It is strictly following such a belief that has lead Ko to becoming such a self efficient success. He doesn’t need to rely on his parents for anything, and that’s just the way he likes it. Then one day, he finds himself without trousers and standing on a bridge. This leads to him almost drowning, and being saved by Nino, a bizarre girl who lives under the bridge and believes she is from Venus. Ichinomiya can’t believe he is now indebted to somebody, and in an attempt to pay the debt back, he agrees to be Nino’s lover. Although, being an alien, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Linebarrels Of Iron DVD Review

10 October 2013 11:43 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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. »

- 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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Last Exile Complete Season 1 DVD Review

11 June 2013 2:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Koichi Chigira,

Starring: Mayumi Asano, Johnny Yong Bosch, Chiwa Saito, Kari Wahlgren, Anna Shiraki, Michelle Ruff, Junko Noda, Joshua Seth, Shinichiro Miki, David Lelyveld

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 15

Take to the skies in Last Exile, one of the most revered around. If you’re into anime then chances are you’ve seen or at least planned to watch this series, which is often touted in “Best of…” lists. However, you best be sure to like your aerial adventures, as you’ll be spending a long time among the clouds and the birds, a laborious and tedious amount of time.

Claus (Asano/Bosch) and Lavie (Saito/Wahlgren) are two aeronautical messengers that fly around the world of Pester delivering messages. A job made all the more difficult as this is a time of war. One day, when investigating a fellow airship that has crashed they come across a ‘package’ that »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Crunchyroll to Stream Maoyu TV Anime

3 January 2013 5:54 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

The media distribution site Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will stream the Maoyuu (Maoyuu Maou Yuusha) television anime series. The site will stream the series on Fridays starting on January 4th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Est for members in North and South America, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and the Netherlands.

Mamare Touno‘s original novel series centers around Yūsha (Hero), a fighter in a war that humans and demons have waged for 15 years. The humans have infiltrated the demons’ territory, but Hero is separated from his three companions before he enters the castle of Maō (Demon Queen). However, the Queen is waiting for him, and instead of fighting him, she proposes an alliance. Her explanation changes his entire view of not just his purpose in battle, but the purpose of war in general.

The series stars Ami Koshimizu as Maō and Jun Fukuyama as Yūsha. Other cast members include Chiwa Saito, »

- Vesna Sunrider

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