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Humanity Has Declined DVD Review

I was pleasantly surprised by Humanity Has Declined. The anime, licensed by Hanabee in Australia, seemed to have the look of a cutsey human and fairy story. However, the old rule of judging a book by its cover is in full effect as Humanity Has Declined proves to be a clever dark comedy on the foils of humanity. The humans are in a decline in a post-apocalyptic world. As a way to survive, they live alongside the fairies. To act as a mediator between the two, there is a female protagonist simply referred to as the Mediator. The series doesn’t have an overarching story, like most anime. Instead, ten of the twelve episodes feature a mini story of their own … Continue reading

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Koimonogatari Review

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Koimonogatari is the final release of the Bakemonogatari Second Season in the Bakemonogatari series. The Bakemonogatari series is animated by SHAFT and is released by Hanabee here in Australia. Bakemonogatari focuses on a group of characters that deal with the occult and other mysterious dealings going on in town. In particular this group revolves around the character Araragi, who is an ex-vampire and the main character of the series. This particular release seems to move away from Araragi, however. In the past, Araragi and his girlfriend, Senjyogahara had come across a kind of con-artist character named Kaiki. Kaiki was, in the past, friends with Araragi’s mentor, Oshino. This particular final story in the Bakemonogatari saga follows Kaiki as he fulfills … Continue reading

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The Familiar of Zero: Knight of the Twin Moons (Complete Second Season) Review

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The Familiar of Zero is an Anime series animated by the Japanese Anime studio J.C. Staff, and released by Hanabee Entertainment here in Australia. It was originally released as a manga and in 2006 and the Anime adaptation was originally released in Japan. This second season covers a bit more of a darker theme than the first, while still retaining that signature comedy feeling. This second season, The Familiar of Zero: Knight of the Twin Moons, originally aired in 2008 in Japan. This release continues the story set at the end of the last season. The Familiar of Zero is a fantasy comedy about a teenage hero, named Saito, that is transported from the real world into this fantasy world … Continue reading

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Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Inferno Bluray Review

The Rurouni Kenshin franchise is a mega hit, both in Japan and Western territories. The manga series, brainchild of Nobuhiro Watsuki, has been a success during its run, spawning into several other forms of media. There is a successful anime series, several OVAs, video games and animated films. It also ventured into the live action realm back in 2012. Simply titled Rurouni Kenshin, the film brought the action and excitement of the story onto the big screen, with success at the Japanese box office. It did very well to commission a two part finale. The first, Kyoto Inferno, sees Himura Kenshin forced to defend the world he helped create by battling another assassin who wants to see it all burn … Continue reading

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TyranoBuilder Review

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TyranoBuilder is the latest Visual Novel development suite published by Nyu Media and developed by Strikeworks. This particular application allows for users to create Visual Novel style video games with a quick and easy user interface that requires little-to-no scripting knowledge from the outset. For those unfamiliar with the Visual Novel genre, they’re essentially elaborate visual stories that function similarly to a picture book, but are often more detailed. It’s kind of like reading an episode of an anime series or something. One of the biggest advantages that TyranoBuilder has in comparison to its nearest competition is that it is a much easier to understand system due to being largely graphically based. Users can simply add and remove elements into … Continue reading

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Nadia – The Secret of the Blue Water The Complete Series Review

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Nadia – The Secret of the Blue Water is one of Gainax’s most important works to date. The series was made in 1989 and follows the story of a teenage inventor, named Jean, and a teenage acrobat, named Nadia, as they go on an epic adventure to determine the secret of the Blue Water and find Nadia’s homeland. Nadia is set in the late 1800s and is based on the adventure story, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Seas by Jules Verne. It also has original story elements that make this a rather interesting and impressive story. It’s also got that signature Gainax production feel to it. The story in Nadia follows the teenaged inventor named Jean, a boy that meets … Continue reading

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Deltora Quest Review

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Deltora Quest has an amazing story to give with an amazing detailed world being discovered by the heroes Leif, Barda and Jasmine. An adventure of rebellion against tyranny, fighting for freedom and hope after years of pain and despair. The series is based on a series of books by the same name, as written by Emily Rodda, and is released on DVD by Madman Entertainment here in Australia. The kingdom of Deltora was attacked by the evil shadow lord who seeks to conquer the land using fear, power and destruction. Through the efforts of a blacksmith named Adin, a character that later becomes king, and his forged belt of Deltora, defeated the shadow lord… or so they thought. The belt … Continue reading

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