I didn't like the first Dragon Ball movie very much. I deemed it a rushed, shitty version of the Pilaf saga from the original show. But now we move onto the second film, Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle. How does it compare to the show and the preceeding movie? Well, it's no worse or better than the first film, so we're already off to a good start. STORY: 3/10 [seriously, vampires?] For a start, I can credit the film for featuring an entirely new plot and NOT trying to retell a previous story arc... this time, it just changes how Goku and Krillin became Roshi's students and met Launch. The old coot... read more
As a casual fan of the Dragon Ball franchise, I thought it was about time I watched one of the films. And what better way to start than to watch the first theatrical feature film to grace the franchise, Curse of the Blood Rubies? (henceforth Rubies) STORY: 3/10 [spastic pacing, nothing we haven't seen before, completely stupid concept] Rubies is a retelling of the Pilaf Saga from the original manga and 1986 classic anime, replacing the miniature Pilaf and his goons with a giant monster named King Gurumes. The basic plot of the film is that he and his mooks have been searching through a kingdom for gems... read more
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.
Even though I tend to stick to what's considered "popular" or "mainstream" within the anime fandom, every once in a while I enjoy delving into the world of obscurity and watching something that was not all that popular or on some occasions, critically panned. This is why I watched such masterpieces such as Wolverine, Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie and Blade of the Immortal. You might uncover a hidden gem, or you might uncover a fossilised mammoth turd. And believe it or not, Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha (which... read more
I may not have seen many Ghibli films, but I like what I've seen. I'm a huge fan of My Neighbour Totoro and I loved Spirited Away, and the only reason I watched this film was because I saw it at Cex (electronic trading store) for a low enough price and seeing that it was a Ghibli film, I bought it. Can't hurt to add to the collection, right? Arrietty (known as The Secret World of Arrietty in the Americas) is loosely based on The Borrowers, a novel by Mary Norton. I never read the book and probably never will, but whether or not I'm familiar with... read more
Talk about underrated? Ping Pong the Animation is not only underrated, but my personal pick for Anime of the Year 2014. And this show went unnoticed for two reasons, the first being that it's a sports anime. As a person, I despise sports. I view it as too physically demanding for someone of my style, and yet I'm still expected to do it. While Ping Pong certainly has sports in it, it isn't an anime about sports; it's an anime about life. The plot focuses on two teenagers nicknamed Smile and Peco, who are pro ping pong players at their school. As a ping pong tournament... read more
Have you ever been placed in a situation where you're not sure what to watch so you just say "fuck it" and look for a short anime with good reviews so you can move on to bigger pictures? Yeah, that's basically Usagi Drop for me. This was an intriguing find for me, as I'd mostly been sticking to the high-action adrenaline filled shounen or the goofy comedy anime before then. Oh, and a couple of ecchi and yuri for no good reason whatsoever... moving on. Usagi Drop interested me with its premise. A 30-year-old man who goes by the name of Daikichi is living on his own, when he recieves word that... read more
Tokyo Ghoul suffers most from what it was supposed to be than what I wanted it to be. As one of the most acclaimed anime of the Summer 2014 season, I decided to sit down and watch the series, keeping up to date with it from episode 3 and onwards. However, the series used it's best episodes within the first hour, as it completely wastes all the potential that could've been used to deliver a series that could rank up with the likes of Death Note or Madoka Magica. A shy young man named Ken Kaneki is infatuated with a girl who is one of the Ghouls, a race of man eating... read more