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RahXephon Review

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RahXephon is an odd mecha/supernatural anime series from Studio Bones about a near adult boy named Ayato in a world at war with creatures known as the Mu. The series originally aired in 2001 in Japan, but was released in the west originally in the year 2004. Since then, the Australian publishing license behind RahXephon has changed hands a few times and now resides with Siren Visual here in Australia. This review is based on the 2015 release by Siren Visual. The story of RahXephon is one that starts similarly to a disaster show. The protagonist, Ayato, is preparing for school on a normal day. Along the way to school for his exams, he catches up with his best friends … Continue reading

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Tsuritama DVD Review

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Yuki is a student always on the move. With no parents, he lives with his Grandmother who travels to wherever it is that she can find work. When the pair move into a new town by the beach, their lives take a turn for the strangest and the most funnest yet. Tsuritama combines fishing, aliens, conspiracies and, most importantly, friendship, making it a rather strong series that is quite enjoyable. One of the first things that you’ll notice about Tsuritama is how completely vivid the series is visually. It uses bright and poppy colours, along with a vibrant palette to really bring the world to life. From the get-go, you’ll notice how bright and distinctive the character Yuki is, even … Continue reading

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AKB0048 Box-Set Review

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What happens when you have Jpop in space? Well this anime does the experiment for us as a world famous idol group extends their fanbase throughout the galaxies with a cute but action packed group known as AKB0048. AKB0048 is the anime series that takes an animated version of the real-life JPop group, AKB48, and puts them into space. The series is animated by Satelight and released by Hanabee here in Australia. The Box-Set contains both the first and second season of the series. In the year of 0048 a galaxy wide ban on entertainment was put into place and enforced by an organisation known as the DES, or the Destroy Entertainment Soliders, which are run by a group known … Continue reading

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Hakkenden Eight Dogs of the East DVD Review

Hakkenden Eight Dogs of the East is quite an interesting anime. Starting off as a manga by Miyuki Abe in 2005 and premiering as an anime back in 2013, Hakkenden follows Shino Inuzuka and Sosuke Inukawa, two humans who possess demonic abilities, in their quest to find six people known as Bead Holders, who also possess demon abilities. While it does have an interesting story, it’s somewhat ruined by the poor pacing and slow start. However, it makes it up for giving most of their characters personalities, the art style and the strong finish to the series. What should have been addressed is the lack of action sequences, despite being classified as an action anime, and the unmemorable music. Hakkenden … Continue reading

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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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