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Halo: Legends Launches Worldwide on VOD

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Based on the globally renowned best-selling Halo franchise, Halo: Legends tells seven amazing stories in the sweeping Halo saga, following Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Halo: Nightfall and Halo: The Fall of Reach.

Halo: Legends will be releasing worldwide on Vop platforms on July 31, 2017.

Created in collaboration with some of the world’s leading animators from Japan, Halo: Legends draws you into the center of humankind’s ongoing battles with the Covenant, dynamically depicted in cutting-edge animation styles that deliver breathtaking visuals and gripping adventure.

Starring Atsuko Tanaka (Ghost in the Shell), Josh Grelle (Mass Effect: Paragon Lost) and Greg Ayres (Dragon Ball Z Kai), Halo: Legends delves deep into the rich Halo universe surrounding the Master Chief’s mysterious origins, the Spartan’s advanced combat capabilities and the tense rivalry between Spartans and Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs).
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Mysterious Girlfriend X DVD Review

Director: Ayumu Watanabe

Starring: Ayako Yoshitani, Miyu Irino, Misato Fukuen, Ryou Hirohashi, Yuuki Kaji, Genevieve Simmons, Josh Grelle, Brittney Karbowski, Carli Mosier, Greg Ayres

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 15

Stick any high-school relationship-centric anime in front of me and I am already concerned regarding the potential sexism and fan service. Mysterious Girlfriend X is thankfully very different. It still finds time for plenty of perversions, most notably the saliva swapping that results in special powers etc. But it always does it in an innocent way that highlights the raging hormones of the teenage characters without always making it an exploitative and sensual affair.

The sweet depravity is found throughout, and the contrast between males and females is made without ever becoming offensive. Yes, boys do think about sex a lot and make inappropriate comments, but at least the girls aren’t seen as nothing but objects for their affection. We find
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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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Hakuoki: Ova Collection DVD Review

Director: Osamu Yamasaki,

Starring: Hiroyuki Yoshino, Greg Ayres, Houko Kuwashima, Brittney Karbowski, Koji Yusa, Illich Guardiola, Kousuke Toriumi, Leraldo Anzaldua, Shinchiro Miki, Andrew Love, Showtaro Morikubo, Blake Shepard,

Running Time: 180 minutes

Certificate: 12

Hakuoki returns for a brief Ova (original video animation). OVAs can go either way, having more time and effort put into them without the worry of TV limitations, or being cheaper and rushed. Hakuoki seems to fall into the second category, but only in terms of animation. The look of this set of episodes just doesn’t compare with the three seasons that preceded it; colours aren’t as vibrant and the movement seems stilted at times. It’s far from unwatchable though, and fans will enjoy revisiting key characters.

Most impressed by this set of episodes will be fans of the original games, as we now focus a lot more on the female protagonist Chizuro (Kuwashima/Karbowski
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Hakuoki Season 3 DVD Review

Director: Osamu Yamasaki,

Starring: Hiroyuki Yoshino, Greg Ayres, Koji Yusa, Illich Guardiola, Kousuke Toriumi, Leraldo Anzaldua, Shinchiro Miki, Andrew Love, Showtaro Morikubo, Blake Shepard,

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 15

After wrapping things up in the previous season, season 3 of Hakuoki is a prequel. Prequels don’t always spell success, often dragging out a story and revealing way too much of the past which was better left to the imagination. There’s also the tricky issue of knowing where the story’s going, which can lead to the plot becoming very disinteresting. Thankfully, Hakuouki avoids all of these potential traps in storytelling. Instead we get a riveting stand alone tale that can easily be enjoyed on its own merits.

In fact, it could be argued that is the best season so far, as it gives a huge amount of development to the male cast. The original series focused on a female having
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Night Raid 1931 DVD Review

Directors: Jun Matsumoto, Masashi Ishihama

Starring: Daisuke Namikawa, John Gremillion, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Andrew Love, Hiroaki Hirata, Greg Ayres Nabuhiko Okamoto, Josh Grelle, Ryusuke Oobayashi, John Kaiser

Running Time: 400 minutes

Certificate: 15

It isn’t often that an anime series arrives as a completely original offering, but Night Raid 1931, is not only not based on any pre-existing material, but it’ also a brilliant series. Taking place in Shanghai between World War 1 and World War 2, Night Raid 1931 is a glorious recreation of a conflicted time period, where poverty and depression was leading into yet another crisis. Everything in the series is beautifully animated, with epic attention to detail bringing to life the period setting. Cars, buildings, and clothing all help generate a realistic and faithful representation of life in Shanghai at the time.

The plot follows a group of secret agents who each have a different power. Whether it be teleportation, mind reading,
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Hakuoki Season 2 DVD Review

Director: Osamu Yamasaki

Starring: Hiroyuki Yoshino, Greg Ayres, Houko Kuwashima, Brittney Karbowski, Koji Yusa, Illich Guardiola, Kousuke Toriumi, Leraldo Anzaldua, Shinchiro Miki, Andrew Love, Showtaro Morikubo, Blake Shepard

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 15

The second season of Hakuoki is quite similar to the first. There is still a strong emphasis on the relationship between Chizura and the many men in her life. Fortunately, the series still refuses to make this the main focus. Rather than having a romantic mystery surrounding who Chizura will end up with (if anyone), it instead focuses on each relationship and how important it is. All the men in her life have a connection to her i some respect, but neither her nor them are completely obsessed over love. If it happens, it happens, and that is a rather mature outlook especially for an anime .

When not focusing on the characters, we have a lot of history to be catching up with.
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Hakuoki Season 1 DVD Review

Director: Osamu Yamasaki,

Starring: Hiroyuki Yoshino, Greg Ayres, Houko Kuwashima, Brittney Karbowski, Koji Yusa, Illich Guardiola, Kousuke Toriumi, Leraldo Anzaldua, Shinchiro Miki, Andrew Love, Showtaro Morikubo, Blake Shepard,

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 15

Based on the popular video game series mostly aimed at females; well, completely aimed at females, Hakuoki in anime form tries to appeal to a much broader audience. The Playstation and Nintendo franchise is an otome game, which is basically a dating-sim with a story and multiple endings. The game sees the player choosing different story paths and eventually ending up with the man of their choice. Not the easiest idea to adapt to an anime, especially when the games play up to the fulfilment of romantic fantasies and the anime has to tell a much more balanced tale.

Chizura is a young girl disguised as a boy in feudal Japan. She searches for her father, which leads her to the Shensengumi,
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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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Heaven’s Memo Pad DVD Review

Director: Katsushi Sakurabi

Starring: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Blake Shepard, Yui Ogura, Hilary Haag, Ai Kayano, Brittney Karbowski, Daisuke Ono, Illich Guardiola, Hitomi Nabatame, Shelley Calene-Black, Kouki Miyata, Greg Ayres,

Running Time: 320 minutes

Certificate: 12

Meet the Neet detectives. No, that isn’t using Neet as an adjective; Neet stands for Not in Education, Employment, or Training and has become a popularised term throughout Asia. As such a term may suggest, we follow a number of teenagers who have thrown off the shackles of everyday life in order to solve crimes. With such a premise you’d be forgiven for expecting some social commentary dealing with the unemployment problem, or a lack of drive for today’s youth. Unfortunately, these elements are nowhere to be seen and there’s a distinct sense of glamorisation as far as their lifestyle goes. It’s also questionable as to why the characters need to be NEETs in the first place,
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Deadman Wonderland Blu-ray Review

Director: Koichi Hatsumi,

Starring: Romi Park, Greg Ayres, Kana Hanazawa, Monica Riel, Iori Nomizu, Leah Clark, Junichi Suwabe, Eric Vale

Running Time: 325 minutes

Certificate: 18

Deadman Wonderland is a gratuitous mix of everything exploitation cinema. Taking its cues from the likes of The Running Man, Battle Royale, and Death Race, it sees a 14 year-old boy wrongly convicted of massacring his class. Sent to Deadman Wonderland, an amusement park where criminals take part in games, he finds himself fighting for his life and not just his freedom. Hardly an original tale, but the use of such a young protagonist adds an extra bit of sympathy and danger to proceedings that charge the violence to excruciating levels. The show also kicks things into overdrive from the outset which is great for you action junkies, but also means we miss out on a lot humanising early on. Unlucky lead, Ganta, would have really been
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Anime News: 'Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts' Cast Announced

Funimation has announced the full cast list for Baka and Test — Summon the Beasts, the studios latest 13 episode supernatural action anime series:

Aiko—————Trina Nishimura

Akihisa————-Josh Grelle

Akira—————Carli Mosier

Fukuhara———–Anthony Bowling

Hasegawa———–Ian Sinclair

Hazuki————–Lindsay Seidel

Hideyoshi———–Brina Palencia

Hiraga————-Micah Solusod

Hiromi————-Anastasia Munoz

Kouta————–Greg Ayres

Kubo—————Joel McDonald

Miharu————-Kristi Bingham

Miho————–Tia Ballard

Minami————Leah Clark

Mizuki————-Alexis Tipton

Nemoto———–Todd Haberkorn

Nishimura———Kent Williams

Shouko————Jamie Marchi

Sugawa————Chris Burnett

Takahashi———-Colleen Clinkenbeard

Toudou————Wendy Powell

Yoshiko————-Ryan Reynolds

Yuuji—————-Scott Freeman

Yuuko—————Brina Palencia

About Baka and Test — Summon the Beasts

When a fight breaks out at Fumizuki Academy, nobody throws a single punch. Instead, the students utilize the school’s technology to summon Avatars, pint-sized stand-ins with battle powers based on academic ability. That “academic ability” part is bad news for Yoshii – because Yoshii’s an idiot,
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New this Week: ‘I Am Number Four,’ ‘Unknown’ and ‘Unstoppable (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son – Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson, Jessica Lucas

I Am Number FourAlex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron

UnknownLiam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones

Movie of the Week

Unknown

The Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones

The Plot: A man (Neeson) awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity. With the help of a young woman (Kruger), he sets out to prove who he is.

The Buzz: Liam Neeson rocks. So happy to see his career is still in full swing. There have been a couple missable films on his most recent filmography (Clash of the Titans, The A-Team), but those were smaller roles, and he’s had his fair share of ‘must sees’ over the past few years (Taken, Five Minutes of Heaven, Chloe). The trailer for Unknown was thoroughly enticing.
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Convention News: AnimeNEXT, June 18th-20th 2010

AnimeNEXT is an annual three-day convention that has been held in the New Jersey / New York metropolitan area for the past eight years, Reigning as the ninth largest convention in the United States. Opening it’s doors for the first time on October 11th 2002 to a meager one-thousand in attendance, the convention has grown exponentially since then, now hoping to boast over 10,000 in attendance this year. Hosted and organized by Universal Animation Incorporated, a non-profit organization for the promotion of Anime and Manga appreciation in the United States of America, the convention offers manga Libraries, cosplay competitions, karaoke, video game competitions, artist kiosks and last but not least, panels and workshops held by leaders in the field.

Every year AnimeNEXT invites the most prominent people in the business to attend the convention’s many panels and workshops. This years lineup is no exception, Guests of Honor include:

Kenji Kamiyama, Director,
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AniMania: The Wallflower

A couple of weeks ago, AniMania ran a spotlight on Welcome To The Nhk. While Nhk is a great series, admittedly, it is aimed mostly at a male audience, what with all the jokes about internet porn and dating sims. In light of this, I thought it would be nice to give the girls a treat (more of a trick or treat, actually) and highlight a series that caters to the ladies.

The Wallflower is a harem show — for girls. The first clue to this is the cover, which features four naked boys, covered only by rose petals. If that didn’t tip you off, the opening animation features the same four boys, still naked, lying in a circle around our female star (also naked). Nudity aside — and there isn’t much of it in the actual show — The Wallflower tells the tale of four young bishounen (impossibly handsome men) who live in a mansion,
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Ani-Mania: Reviews ‘Welcome to the Nhk’

I’ve been promising this Nhk review for a long time. While I Could blame the delay on a massive, world wide conspiracy (which in light of the show’s premise would be completely appropriate), the truth is, its hard for me to write about a show that I *really* like. Sounds counter-intuitive, I know. You’d think the more I like something, the easier it would be to gush about it, but for me, it doesn’t work that way. If I think something is pretty good or just “okay”, its easy to talk about it. But if I really think its great, my opinion comes out something like, “Nhk: watch it.” — which would be a great review coming from Yuki Nagato, but it doesn’t really work here.

Welcome to the Nhk is special to me for several reasons. For one thing, it was among the last shows
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