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Chihayafuru Complete Season Two Review

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The karuta card game anime series is back with a second season, as released by Siren Visual here in Australia. We previously looked at the first season and quite enjoyed our time with the series. This second season of Chihayafuru takes place after the first season, with the cast and crew coming back into their second year at highschool, and with that new year, bring in some new members into their competitive karuta club. In this season, the team must take on a large tournament, as well as adapt their new team mates into this traditional card game sport. In the first season of Chihayafuru, Chihaya and her childhood friend start a karuta club at their highschool in order to … Continue reading

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Ghost in the Shell 25th Anniversary Edition Review

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Has it really been 25 years? Wow, that is a very long time. Ghost in the Shell is older than I am. That’s pretty awesome. Ghost in the Shell is the animated movie adaptation of the Shirow Masamune manga by the same name. The story follows a government foreign affairs policing squad known as Section 9 as they follow a case about a notorious hacker called The Puppetmaster. The movie is set in a future Tokyo where people are able to become cybernetic organisms living inside of cybernetic bodies, making them cyborgs. The Mamoru Oishii film is well regarded as an artistic and action-packed film that has strong philosophical elements. The storyline in Ghost in the Shell is one that … Continue reading

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Bayonetta: Bloody Fate Review

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As a lot of Bayonetta fans are blatantly aware, there is an Anime adaptation of the Bayonetta storyline as a film called Bayonetta: Bloody Fate. The film adaptation very loosely follows the storyline of the first video game in the Bayonetta series, Bayonetta. The story follows the journey of an Umbran Witch, named Bayonetta, as she travels to the city of Vigrid to unlock her forgotten memories. The adaptation is animated by GONZO and released by Madman Entertainment here in Australia. In Bayonetta: Bloody Fate we follow Bayonetta, a femme fatale Umbran Witch with no memory of her past that has begun to make a living by clearing out Angels during funerals at the request of Enzo, a mafia-esque figure. … Continue reading

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Hellsing Ultimate IX – X Review

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Hellsing Ultimate is one of the longest running OVA series that we know of. The series is known as Hellsing in Japan, but has been renamed to Hellsing Ultimate in English to avoid confusion to the 90s anime series by the same name. In the original Hellsing series, the story followed Alucard and the rest of the Hellsing organisation in an original story, whereas, Hellsing Ultimate follows the plot of the manga series much more closely. In these two OVA episodes, the Hellsing organisation concludes its battle against the Nazi “Millenium” regime of 1000 paratrooper soldiers and their supernatural undead abilities. Previously in the Hellsing story, the Hellsing organisation has encountered a few organisations to do with the occult, vampires … Continue reading

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ef ~ A Tale of Memories and Melodies Collection Review

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ef~ A Tale of Memories and ef~ A Tale of Melodies (pronounced as eff, like, f) are a couple of romance centered series’ based on a Visual Novel series by the same name. The two series’ are related to each other directly, with Melodies tieing in almost directly after the end of Memories. Each series has its own particular themes and visual cues while telling two very different stories with romance at the center of the plot. The series was animated by Shaft and released by Hanabee here in Australia. The English localisation is done by Sentai Filmworks. As you can probably guess, Ef was released in two seasons, A Tale of Memories, and the second being, A Tale of … Continue reading

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Ninja Scroll Review

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Ninja Scroll is one of the most classic examples of Anime that someone growing up in the 90s could probably refer to. The rather adult movie follows the story of a ninja named Kibagami Jubei as he goes up against the evil Lord Gemma and his eight ninja cronies before they unleash their plans to take over Japan. The movie is the directorial debut of Yoshiaki Kawajiri, who would later go on to direct the film adaptation of the third Vampire Hunter D book, Demon Death Chase, as Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. This rather adult movie made huge waves back when it was released, and it still has a reputation even today. Jubei Kibagami is a Ninja, seemingly without a … Continue reading

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Gatchaman Crowds Review

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G-G-GATCHAAAMAAAAAAAN~! UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ. Gatchaman Crowds is the most recent Gatchaman series, featuring a group of bird themed heroes in a modern Tokyo that go against ancient threats to the planet Earth. The original Gatchaman came out in something like the 70’s or 80’s, and was rebuilt into G-Force and Battle of the Planets here in the west. Since then, the most recent series, that may or may not be a sequel, has lost the goofy outfits and have instead gained powersuits suited to each of the Gatchamans style. Tatsunoko have re-imagined this classic franchise for a new generation, and it’s quite great. The basic story of Gatchaman Crowds is that alien-thingies have invaded Earth and are causing … Continue reading

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