Give me a Mecha with a giant ass spear, and make it a battered Gundam in the hands of slightly older children soldiers. Oh, and give the title some sort of kick ass name with metal and some body fluid as the subtex. I must admit, I have been jonsing for a mecha title in the vein of more realistic mecha titles of yore, like Gundam 08th, Votoms, or maybe even Fang of the Sun Dougram. In fact, in the case of the last title mentioned, a desert wasteland is a perfect backdrop. Let's face it; Gundam has been stumbling about a bit lately. Gundam Age was too glossy and cumbersome, Gundam G... read more
This is going to be a short review. Why? This is a short show. Like really short. Of all the Lupin titles, outside of the random late 60's short, this one is right up there for itty-bitty. It is 10 minutes and some of that is credits. The title is not going to make a lot of sense and becomes a game of Clue. The mystery only becomes clear at the end of the episode (well, sorta) . Everyone in the Lupin group was invited by Lupin to show up on an island. As each one arrives, there are accusations that not all is what it seems by everyone. Just imagine a room full of people who all... read more
Stylish, slick and and with the guys from Redline and A Woman Names Fujiko Mine, behind the helm, you know it is going to be gloriously striking (more on that later). Outside of almost all Lupin series/movies OVA/specials, this one stands with very few as a rather Mature, gritty tale in the Lupin topology. It does sometimes feel like a show in the middle of a larger series. This is not a major problem, but will leave some people hoping for a continuation of the ongoing story. Mind you this is two separate episodes that are needing each other to complete the story. When delving into the world... read more
Are you on drugs? Would you like to be? Well, why not try out Maeshiba. This is one of those odd titles that remind me that Japan is a lot different than the rest of the world. When 59 second shorts about small beans or food that talk to you with random facts you know you are in for Oddity city. There is no real narrative. Just understand that somehow a single coffee bean will sift away from other beans. Then that bean will look up to a character, introduce itself, and then tell the main character of this short a random fact. The fact like "hippos sweat is pink" will normally cause the... read more
Food! It is good! It is life! You eat Yoke? What!!! Add a lot of exclamation points filled with excitement and over dramatics. So, this is a short subject about a man who takes his food way too seriously. The interesting way it goes about this is following our protagonist as he overreacts to how food is prepared and or eatten. If you want to know how to mix rice and greens and the all important egg, this is a title for you. If you wonder why your life is pointless, also watch this title! It will make you feel like your life is less pointless than this man. The animation in this is actually... read more
Jackass the Sumo wrestler. Did you ever watch something originally to find out about a certain sport or activity which you are too lazy to read about it? Well, this is why I decided to watch Abarenbou Rikishi!! Matsutarou. Matsutarou Sakaguchi is a career student who seems to have only 2 ambitions in life. Eat and fawn after a teacher who has all the dimensions of a piece of paper on the ground. Right from the get go, Sakaguchi drinks heavily, kidnaps a woman, endangers a life, wrecks a car and even takes candy from a kid. He is essentially one of the bigger assholes that I have... read more
I think I am going to create a reverse romance! First thing, I need a hapless heroine who is attractive to the males in the title for no in particular reason other than she is of the opposite gender. We now need some guys. Let's make one A brawny sporty type who is into her, a fun guy who you can laugh at (but chances are slim the girl would end up with him) now we need the guy who acts like he doesn't like her at first, yeah just like that. Oh and a quiet cute boy. Me: "You know what we are missing?" Audience: "An Asshole guy?" Yeah we need one of those. If we have enough... read more
As far as Lupin movies/OAV's/TV Specials go, this is a steady Lupin title. It pulls all the right lupin-ish momnets and even has a great comical escape, But it does foray into something that many Lupin series do not go. Instead of just a treasure and a baddy who wants it the Lupin jumps for a little bit of the supernatural. In fact it does this so much better than the Pycal special. Now this is not completely out of the relm of Lupin, I mean he has driven a car along the side of a moutain, jumped out of a burning plane unscathed and his partiners have done everything under the sun from cutting... read more
First off, claymation penis makes any claymation artsy. Mezamero is some sort of animation project that somehow got funding in Japan, and was niftily put up on You Tube for me to waste my time on. Stop photography shorts can come in 2 sizes. Unique, brilliant little gems that can stir the mind, sometimes leave you uneasy. The second are dreadful, overwrought, crap-fests that are better left in a project room floor somewhere gathering dust while being stepped on. This was the later. It was not that the story mattered. After a few lines of metaphysical mumbo jumbo, we are greeted to a mixture of... read more
So your just dieing to see some Cycling right? No? (If you happen to be a cyclist do not read further, just find it) Well, to be honest, I could give a rat's ass about the two wheeled contraptions outside of a few bike trails when I get the notion. So a cycling anime probably would not be what you think someone like myself would reach for...but I did, and it probably is because I do end up reaching for anime that would be something unique, and hard to compare. This title did all of the above, for the mere cost of 45 minutes of my time. Now a days this is more of a feat than it was... read more
If ye be wanting to see good stuff from the 90's, go back! Go elsewhere! Run! If ye be wanting to walk down memory lane with your VHS tapes anime addiction from the 90's (back when any anime you could find was worth watching) and you are desperate, watch this again. This is a title that adorned a handful of Blockbusters and mom and Pop VHS stores back in the day. It was prominently displayed near a copy of Sailor Moon's first movie release, or just near the "S" section of your alphabetical anime section. (Because outside of porn, there was little in the way of breaking... read more
Got your Mecha checklist handy?
The Mecha is piloted by a boy who could hardly hold a driver’s license.
There is political intrigue of governments and companies that pull strings in the background.
There is a Monster or fight of the week. There is not much you’re going to get out of this title past the standard. It does nothing more than pull off exactly what it set out to do. Make a colorful mecha title with a stack of young pretty characters. It is pretty similar to about 10 mecha titles and the characters are nothing more than variations of Eureka 7 or Star Driver which are both... read more
This is the worlds quickest review. I can sum the show up with one line. Underwear, lots of it. STORY Underwear, Lots of it. ANIMATION (colorful) Underwear Lots of it SOUND Average (if underwear made noise, I am sure it would have been here) CHARACTERS A moving stroke of deep emotional story telling, with strong emotional women, wound tight with a sisterhood of care and love... .... what am I kidding? Underwear, lots of it. OVERALL It was very clean underwear anyhow. Nary a brown streak in the lot. It is almost worth the watch just to see how many ways the... read more
Not being a major reviewer of sorts, I just need to come here to somehow make sense of the wasted 4-5 hours of my life. I am a big fan of gender-bender storys. When I saw this on a monthly marathon, hosted by Chii on Anime Planet, I was overjoyed and really looking forward to this title. It sounded like I, Me My, Starberry Eggs, meets My-Hime, and had potential. I was just finishing a title that was the polar opposite called Aoi Bunkoi, so the change of pace sounded like Rocky Road bliss. 20 minutes into the first episode I realized I was more wrong than people who order a Snuggie. The... read more
It is ever so hard to define Lupin in an anime world of trope filled Shonen, Shojo, comedy, slice of life, supernatural, magical, mecha laden, tournament seeking, violent, monster of the week, moe and ecchi filled titles that anime is begrudgingly dumped into. First off, this is a great nostalgic flashback to the lupin series that came before. Especially Lupin part2. It so far has been a fun ride as Lupin and gang spend this series in sunny Italy. Do you want a Lupin title to start with? One that will be your gateway drug, as it will, to one of the longest lasting series in Japan? Well, this... read more
Dragonball has a new series, Sailor Moon has been revived and JoJo is no-longer an OAV, I think I smacked my head on a time machine and woke up in the 90s. Here comes another very simple straight forward shonen from that era. Set up is easy; Tiger looking demon, kid who grows long hair and carries a long sacred spear. Each episode so far has our protagonist fighting a demon. We know what is going to happen you won't need Cliff’s Notes or Wikipedia to fill you in on subtle deep meanings. No, you will be able to follow the numbers like a paint by colors booklet. But there in-lies the... read more
How do you easily grab my interest away from cookie cutter titles? Well, it is not hard. Any title that puts a lumbering, big lipped, buzz cut guy slapped right on the front title promo picture tells me that this title might be worth a look. Quantifying this anime leaves me hard pressed to find a title that is similar to it. The awkward height proportions of Lovely Complex? The main character who downright scares everyone like Kimi ni Todoke? Or possibly the character who does not know about romance very well like Say, I love you? All of these would make solid recommendations, yet do not... read more
Welcome back Tomino. It has been a while since I tried to decipher a story thrown at me with as much force as dirt through a Dyson Vacuum. Gundam: G no Reconguista reunites not only Yoshiyuki Tomino with his crowning achieving of Gundam, but also gives us his compadres who helped with the character designs of Turn A Gundam and the same character designer and mecha designer of King Overman Gainer. But wait that is not all! It also is set in the old Universal Century (now living in a new timetable) to have fun with again. Can it be watched without seeing the original series? Yes. Will it be confusing?... read more
When watching this title, I said to myself, based on the opening alone it would be an exploitative ride down a dark path of violence, sex and bloody action. Then I watched episode 1 and realized, yep, not for little boys and girls, but then I kept watching. Soon it felt like I was watching a Gonzo title. It has a fantastic start, and a so-so end. At first the title seemed like a seedy world of tough guys who bludgeon, dice and blast through a trove of gang minions. But then the show seems to take an almost comical turn when they introduce a crime family ran by a young girl. From the point... read more
Oh Hell yeah, you lookin' for some fantasy action adventure? This is a fast paced, mother fucking bad-ass, well drawn, awesome action title! I am just going to say if there was ever a title that required, no, demanded a review to get people to check it out, Rage of Bahamut deserves it. A one word review to describe it? "fun." Right from the start we are introduced to: huge high fantasy dragons, angelic magic powered glowing women on steeds, and a raging battle just this side of Middle Earth. Dont want that type of action? How about a clever horseback chase as they literaly rip... read more