Before we start, anyone reading this, who is unfamiliar with Black Lagoon should take a few minutes to read the review for that as Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage (to be known from this point on as BL: TSB) is a direct continuation of the series, so while you go read that I’ll sit here and drink some tea… Its okay I’ve got the time to wait and my tea is quite tasty… ahhhh… that’s good tea. You’re back. … (read more)
First off, although based off of the story ‘Pinocchio’, this adaptation is really not for the children. The fact that there is a decapitation in the first fifteen minutes, well hidden by shadows and dust but it’s still a death by beheading, is proof of that fact. Secondly it’s a very complex. It’s taken me two sittings and I’m still not entirely sure that I can get my head around everything that is happening on screen.
Palme, a robot puppet … (read more)
This is the second time I’ve reviewed a remake/re-imagining of Go Nagai’s work after New Getter Robo and I’m beginning to think that old Go is an anime industry equivalent of American horror director John Carpenter. Both their early works were influential and inspirational to the generations that would follow but attempts to remake these early works in the modern age often fall flat.
Cosplay City is besieged by violence crime and chaos with even low level street gangs sporting … (read more)
New Getter Robo comes from a time long gone. It is an echo of a time before even Gundam was on the scene. Back then the soon-to-be-genre of mecha anime was only really just beginning to get off the ground. There had been a couple of shows about robots and the like but it was really the work of Go Nagai that established the stereotypes and clichés that fans have come to expect of giant robot shows. One such example … (read more)
When big films get released, the studios releasing them will often look for different ways to market their new product to get as many people to see it as possible. The usual way is to release trailers and posters to tempt people; a newer unusual way to do things is make a tie in animated film. This was done with The Animatrix and the release of The Matrix Reloaded. So with the release of The Dark Knight sequel to … (read more)
I had a difficult time reviewing this one. Why? For starters, writer’s block. The words didn’t come to mind to properly describe the experience easily. Secondly it is a little bit unconventional in that it’s not actually a film from our neighbors from the north. It’s an episode of a cable television series, from the USA — the Masters of Horror series. So why is there a review being written for it? This question brings me to the hardest thing … (read more)
Back in 2006 when our great land was run by a nerd with glasses and petrol prices were rising, I went to my first Anime Convention. Manifest ’06 was weekend of anime and the ultra addictive foodstuff that has become the food of choice for Otaku everywhere. Over that glorious wonderful weekend — where it can quite safely be said that I had developed a bizarre fixation on violence (known as a bloodlust) — I first saw Black Lagoon. … (read more)
Anime has a long tradition of making shows about fighting. Dragon Ball Z, Street Fighter, S-Cry-Ed and many others exist in a genre that’s all about beating each other to a pulp. Some go beyond their conventions to be something special that fans remember for years and that hold a special place in their hearts, while other shows languish and stay stuck in the clichés that abound the genre. Baki the Grappler is unfortunately one that sits in … (read more)