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Review: Persona 4 The Golden

As the years have passed by, the JRPG has fallen far in the eyes of gamers. From being the must have, killer app that every platform needed (love it or hate it, Final Fantasy VII was one of the most important games in the history of the P...

 
 
 

Journey's End - Winter 2012

It seems only yesterday that we were kicking off 2012, and yet here we are at the end of our first season. Despite initial scepticism over the quality of the season, I actually found a lot to enjoy. Here, as usual, I'll be recapping what ...

 
 
 

Closing thoughts on...Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger

If you're over the age of about ten, Power Rangers is the dumbest thing in the universe. It's a hyper-extended toy commercial full of cheap special effects, goofy looking monsters, laughably bad acting and way too much spandex. But if yo...

 
 
 

Opening Salvoes - Winter 2012

Whoah, it's been a while since I've done one of these, hasn't it? Blame work and the pressures of pesky real life intruding. Regardless, after 2011 became such an excellent year for anime, with at least one cast iron classic and a whole ran...

 
 
 

The 2011 Awards

We've reached the end of another year in the anime community, and it's fair to say it's been an extraordinary one. Patient fans were rewarded with the richest and most diverse crop of new shows in years, as the industry stretched its legs...

 
 
 

In defence of the Bunny Drop ending (spoilers)

I, no doubt like many of you, have been watching and thoroughly enjoying Bunny Drop, the exceptionally charming tale of Daikichi, a 30 year old bachelor being forced into the role of adoptive parent for Rin, the six year old daughter of h...

 
 
 

A few thoughts on...GunBuster

1988 was a long time ago. The Soviet Union still existed, Die Hard was the movie of choice and Never Gonna Give You Up was a legitimate smash hit rather than a well known internet meme. And Studio Gainax was a still struggling startup anima...

 
 
 

Closing thoughts on...Puella Magi Madoka Magica

"The destruction and grief are inevitable. You just need to change it all."The word ‘masterpiece’ tends to be overused in modern parlance, not least in the anime community. We’re quick to leap on the bandwagon and declare the latest h...

 
 
 

Opening Salvoes - Spring 2011

Is it that time again already? Yup, the latest batch of steaming hot anime has just rolled off the production line, awaiting out approval. As always, I'm offering some initial impressions on the stuff that caught my eye this season. We're t...

 
 
 

Journey's End - Winter 2010/11

Time sure goes quickly huh? It seemed only yesterday that the new season was beginning, full of promise, and now it's all over and the shows we loved and hated are going to rest in the archives, at least for a while.Here then, are my closin...

 
 
 

A few thoughts on....Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE

Note - As ever, I'm going to try to avoid spoilers as much as possible, but it is almost impossible to discuss some of the finer points of Tsubasa without revealing some aspects of the plot, so there are some spoilers present.I don't read m...

 
 
 

Opening Salvoes - Winter 2011

It's a new year, and that can only mean a new season! And a very interesting season at that. I'd heard a lot of talk before we kicked off about how weak this season looked to be, but I've been very pleasantly surprised across the board. As ...

 
 
 

A Few Thoughts on....Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

"Stand By Ready. Set Up"One of the many, many unmanly things about me is my liking for magical girl shows, probably dating back to my childhood encounter with Cardcaptors. Regardless of where it came from, there's a guilty pleasure of snu...

 
 
 

A year in pictures and words

So...it's been exactly one year since I started writing on this site, and a little over that since I started taking an active interest in manga and anime. In that time, I've watched a ton of series, read a fair few manga, been to several co...

 
 
 

A few thoughts on...K-ON!(!)

"Moe Moe Kyun!"In the year I've spent in the anime fandom, nothing has inspired more reaction than K-ON!, ranging from fawning adoration to bored indifference to volatile hatred. It seems to be a show that is impossible not to have an opini...

 
 
 

Convention Adventure 2 (with photos)

So a little while back I detailed my first visit to an anime convention, the MCM Expo held down in London. Unlike most cons, it's held twice yearly, in May and in October, so last week, flanked by my trusty anime society comrades, we jumped...

 
 
 

Help me waste money!

So, thanks to a little extra work I did, I'm coming into possession of some additional funds at the end of this month. Subsequently, I've earmarked the money to be frittered away on some amusing anime or manga related stuff.The question is ...

 
 
 

Opening salvoes - Autumn 2010 season

So, encouraged by what I saw last season, I decided to plow right into this season with as many shows as I could handle. The results have been surprisingly mixed to say the least. I actually had 8 shows lined up originally, but MM! and Baku...

 
 
 

Closing thoughts on....Heroman

"There's more than one Hero..."It's often said that from small acorns, mighty oaks grow, and though Heroman is hardly tree like, in all other respects the analogy fits perfectly. Over the course of 26 episodes, we've seen the show go from e...

 
 
 
 

A few thoughts on...GaoGaiGar FINAL

Thoughts on the original series can be found here. I'd highly recommend reading it first if you're unfamiliar with the show. Hopefully spoiler free once more."This is the end of the tale of the Brave King who transcends fate"The original Ga...

 
 
 

A few thoughts on...Yuusha-Oh GaoGaiGar

Quick note - in case anyone wants to pick up these series after reading about them, I'm making these spoiler free from now on. Also, this covers only the original series, not the subsequent OVA"This is the story of the brave men and women w...

 
 
 

Halfway Home - The season so far

We're 13 episodes into the season here, which means, of the four shows I committed to watching, two have reached the end of their runs while the other two are at the halfway point. Amazingly, I haven't actually dropped any of them. Without ...

 
 
 

A Few Thoughts On...Rozen Maiden

A little break from stompy robots here. This covers both the first series and the followup Rozen Maiden: Traumend. Mild spoilers contained within.Regardless of its quality, Rozen Maiden will always be special for me because it's one of the ...

 
 
 

A few thoughts on....Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

So this one has been coming for a while. A lot of fun to write. As ever, humongous mecha and equally humongous spoilers abound"Mark my words...this drill will open a hole in the universe!"I thought I knew what to expect from Gurren Lagann. ...

 
 
 

A few photos from my first convention

I've never really been to a large scale anime convention before, so when a few of my friends asked if I wanted to tag along to the MCM Expo in London, I jumped at the opportunity. Although the Expo, held twice a year, isn't strictly a pure...

 
 
 

A Few Thoughts On....The End of Evangelion

Note - I've already written a separate post on the regular Evangelion series, this is exclusively about the movie. Very lengthy and pretentious, be warned. As ever, massive SPOILERS abound."The fate of destruction is also the joy of rebirt...

 
 
 

This is why I should not be allowed money...

So I finished work early on Saturday, and as a result decided to go out shopping round London with a friend. We wandered into Forbidden Planet, which in retrospect was asking for trouble, and some time later I emerged bearing this...This is...

 
 
 

A few thoughts on...Neon Genesis Evangelion

Note - I knew I promised Gurren Lagann would be the next show to be covered, but after finishing Evangelion, I just had to write something about it. This is to be the first of what will probably be three posts, the next one covering End of...

 
 
 

A few thoughts on...Code Geass

Brace yourself, this one's looooong - Covers both the original series and R2. Minor spoilers insideCode Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion has what I would mildly describe as an identity problem. It seemingly sets out to be all things to all ...

 
 

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