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Nov 7, 2018
I moved around a lot when I was young. For a while I kept in touch with friends and former classmates by writing letters. While email has mostly replaced snail mail these days (and for good reason), it can't quite replicate the power of letters. Something about their physical limitations makes you weigh your words and topics more carefully; the excitement of receiving a letter is also ripened by the lengthy waiting time, making you cherish those letters even more.

The last anime I can remember that said something poignant about the sadly declining art of letter writing was one of my all-time favourite anime. Now read more
Oct 23, 2018
If the original "Getter Robo" can be affectionately described as "very shit", then "Getter Robo G" can be described as "less shit".

[Note: "Getter Robo G" is largely similar to "Getter Robo", so I won't be repeating most of the things I've already said in the review for "Getter Robo", and will be focusing mostly on the differences instead.]

"Getter Robo G" is essentially more "Getter Robo" with some upgrades.

The most important upgrades are the robots. The new robots looks a bit cooler than the original, for example, Getter-1 had two "horns" sticking out of its head in "Getter Robo", and now it has about five. The read more
Oct 17, 2018
Hey, does anyone remember watching "Force Five" when growing up? Oh. Just me then. Damn I feel old. Well, sit thee down, young whippersnapper, and let me tell thee a tale while slowly stroking my bumfluff.

A long time ago (the 70s) in a land far, far away (Japan).... there were four unrelated super robot anime series and one not-super-robot anime series which got an English adaptation. The adaptation mashed them all together and presented them as an anthology under the umbrella title "Force Five". The show would air during weekdays, with a different series being shown each day. The version I watched had "Force Five: read more
Sep 20, 2018
Children can be cruel. I can recall the times in school when I got picked on by assholes for being different, and the times when I was an asshole to others even lower on the food chain. But children grow up, and I can also recall the taunts, teases and playground fights fading away, and the feeling of regret over my own bad behaviour growing stronger as we got older. By the time I left school, everyone mostly got along.

"A Silent Voice" is like a reflection of that transition in my life, but a reflection in a convex mirror where everything is magnified, where the read more
Sep 2, 2018
"Why do you build me up buttercup, baby just to let me down?"

Is it just me or do those old song lyrics describe this anime quite aptly? It's a show that seems to promise to break all the conventions of a typical romance anime in its opening episodes, only to end up in the same place.

"Tonari no Totoro-kun" is the story of this furry monster named Totoro who lives next to… oh hang on, wrong anime! *leafs through the notes* Ahh yes, here it is: "Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun" is the story of this non-furry monster of a human named Haru who strikes up an unlikely read more
Aug 23, 2018
Yawara! (Anime) add (All reviews)
Naoki Urasawa's an interesting fellow. An award winning mangaka, he's probably best known in the English anime fandom for "Monster", a dark, psychological manga from which sprung an anime of the same name, an anime that critics often trot out when compiling their "Best Anime" lists. (Disclosure: it's also on mine, though whether I count as a critic is debatable.) Given Urasawa's crendentials, you probably wouldn't expect him to have also written a manga that gave rise to a bright and chirpy long running sports anime adaptation about a young girl doing judo. That anime is "Yawara!", or to give it its full title, "Yawara! read more
Apr 30, 2013
The success of "Spice and Wolf" probably came as a surprise to most. Who'd have thought a dialogue-heavy fantasy anime about economics on the surface but powered by the character chemistry underneath would sell, right? But sell it did, and some people must have extrapolated that there's a under-tapped market for such an anime, because the next thing you know, along comes "Maoyu Maou Yusha", a show so blatantly similar to "Spice and Wolf" (the fantasy settings, the economic lectures, moe heroine sporting ginger hair and unusual strength of character and intelligence, etc etc) that people immediately started labelling it "Spice and Wolf with Tits". read more
Mar 31, 2013
Originally a series of novels about a vampire hunter who is half vampire himself, Vampire Hunter D's first transition to the anime world takes the form of this self-titled OVA from 1985. At the time of writing, the ever reliable Wikipedia describes this OVA as "a cult classic among English-speaking audiences". Amidst the lavishing praise - the effect of which is spoiled somewhat by the clumsy prose - there's a bit which notes that the OVA featured "memorable voice acting performances in both English and Japanese". Now, aside from struggling to recall anyone lauding the original "Vampire Hunter D", I've also watched "Vampire Hunter D" read more
Feb 28, 2013
Urda (Anime) add (All reviews)
Firstly I have to say: "Urda" could have been great. Set on the western front of the second world war, a landscape relatively unexplored by anime, "Urda" threw together a bunch of random plot elements like Nazis, UFO and time travel ... and ends up with a surprisingly intriguing sci-fi tale. But alas, the potential went to waste, as the end product felt more like the result of someone experimenting with CG from his home PC than a proper anime. With its short length and undercooked story and characters, watching "Urda" is about as satisfying as getting served a starter when you're hankering for a read more
Jan 31, 2013
Trigun (Anime) add (All reviews)
"I'm just killing the spiders to save the butterflies."

1998 saw three popular shows going down the unusual route of combining futuristic sci-fi and cowboy-filled westerns as the backdrop to their story. "Cowboy Bebop" stands out as the biggest name amongst the trio, while "Outlaw Star" has all but faded into distant memory. Sandwiched between them is "Trigun", which made a big splash, but never quite achieved the evergreen status of "Cowboy Bebop".

I'd heard about "Trigun" being similar to "Cowboy Bebop", but personally I don't think the similarities stretch much beyond the marriage of sci-fi and westerns settings. If anything, it's "Rurouni Kenshin" that "Trigun" share read more