April232014
Peacemaker Kurogane. This 24 episode anime is based on the manga by Nanae Chrono. This was one of the shows I fondly remember downloading the subtitled episodes over irc back in high school. It is loosely a historical series, filled with bits of comedy and drama, and some yaoi-like undertones. The show takes place in 1800’s Japan, leading up tp the Meiji Revolution. A young boy, Tetsunosuke Ichimura, wishes to join the Shinsengumi to avenge the murder of his family. Starting off as a page, he is determined to prove to the fellow members that he has the will and ability to fight. However, as he makes friends both in the Shinsengumi and around town, events unfold that test his willpower and his resolve for seeking the power he needs. The animation in this series is decent for its time. Being a Gonzo anime from 2003, quality of animation was always a big thing for them. The character designs, while still using the traditional Shinsengumi uniforms and other traditional garb from that era, stand out from person to person, making things easy to recognize who is who. The voice acting in Japanese is pretty good. Sadly the English dub isn’t on par, and falls flat with a lot of characters. The music is pretty good in this show as well. The opening and ending themes definitely stand out from the show, in a good way. I’ll give this a 7/10. While not the complete story, the show ends at a good point where if you do wish to know more, historical accounts make up for things. It’s worth a watch if you’re into seeing some post-samurai era swordfighting, or want to see an interesting (but not fully accurate) versions of histroical events and people. ADV once released this series, but in recent years Funimation has rescued the license and released the show on DVD in an affordable set. http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/XHDcQcZ2B4xQgQ92lz/browse/item/91997/4/0/0OP: http://youtu.be/XVeFojaz0vE

Peacemaker Kurogane. This 24 episode anime is based on the manga by Nanae Chrono. This was one of the shows I fondly remember downloading the subtitled episodes over irc back in high school. It is loosely a historical series, filled with bits of comedy and drama, and some yaoi-like undertones.

The show takes place in 1800’s Japan, leading up tp the Meiji Revolution. A young boy, Tetsunosuke Ichimura, wishes to join the Shinsengumi to avenge the murder of his family. Starting off as a page, he is determined to prove to the fellow members that he has the will and ability to fight. However, as he makes friends both in the Shinsengumi and around town, events unfold that test his willpower and his resolve for seeking the power he needs.

The animation in this series is decent for its time. Being a Gonzo anime from 2003, quality of animation was always a big thing for them. The character designs, while still using the traditional Shinsengumi uniforms and other traditional garb from that era, stand out from person to person, making things easy to recognize who is who. The voice acting in Japanese is pretty good. Sadly the English dub isn’t on par, and falls flat with a lot of characters. The music is pretty good in this show as well. The opening and ending themes definitely stand out from the show, in a good way.

I’ll give this a 7/10. While not the complete story, the show ends at a good point where if you do wish to know more, historical accounts make up for things. It’s worth a watch if you’re into seeing some post-samurai era swordfighting, or want to see an interesting (but not fully accurate) versions of histroical events and people.

ADV once released this series, but in recent years Funimation has rescued the license and released the show on DVD in an affordable set.

http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/XHDcQcZ2B4xQgQ92lz/browse/item/91997/4/0/0

OP: http://youtu.be/XVeFojaz0vE

April222014
Retro Game Master, also known as GameCenter CX. This collection is a small sample of episodes of the long running gaming show in Japan. Including 14 games out of over 100 that have been played so far, this is just a taste of what to expect. The show is about comedian Shinya Arino, playing a fictional chief of a retro game company. Every week his subordiantes give him an old game to play, with the goal to be to finish the game and see the ending in one day, sometimes two or more. Many time he succeeds with the aid of his Assistant Directors, other times it ends with suffering and failure. The show is a great time to watch regardless of the outcome, who gamers across the world can relate to. There is not much to say about production value. As the show went on they upgraded from normal TV quality cameras to HD cameras with the advance of production standards in Japan. The show has amazing ammounts of comedy in it, due to Arino’s normal comedian career, and his love of video games. the ADs are varied and have great personalities that work well with Arino. My only gripes are this set removes the sub-segments, with game trivia, visiting arcades across Japan, and other skit-like segments. Oh and the English narrator is annoying, but there’s an option to just have the Japanese audio with English subtitles. I’m not going to rate this, since it’s not the complete series, or even an complete season. However, it is well worth watching, either on this DVD set or watching the fansubbed episodes. The DVD set came out 2 years ago, and should not be hard to find online and at anime conventions. DO give it a look and buy it if you like any of the games. http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/NQL0ZgUWLHd-3B74kI/browse/item/95528/4/0/0GAMECENTER CX! KACHO ON!

Retro Game Master, also known as GameCenter CX. This collection is a small sample of episodes of the long running gaming show in Japan. Including 14 games out of over 100 that have been played so far, this is just a taste of what to expect.

The show is about comedian Shinya Arino, playing a fictional chief of a retro game company. Every week his subordiantes give him an old game to play, with the goal to be to finish the game and see the ending in one day, sometimes two or more. Many time he succeeds with the aid of his Assistant Directors, other times it ends with suffering and failure. The show is a great time to watch regardless of the outcome, who gamers across the world can relate to.

There is not much to say about production value. As the show went on they upgraded from normal TV quality cameras to HD cameras with the advance of production standards in Japan. The show has amazing ammounts of comedy in it, due to Arino’s normal comedian career, and his love of video games. the ADs are varied and have great personalities that work well with Arino. My only gripes are this set removes the sub-segments, with game trivia, visiting arcades across Japan, and other skit-like segments. Oh and the English narrator is annoying, but there’s an option to just have the Japanese audio with English subtitles.

I’m not going to rate this, since it’s not the complete series, or even an complete season. However, it is well worth watching, either on this DVD set or watching the fansubbed episodes.

The DVD set came out 2 years ago, and should not be hard to find online and at anime conventions. DO give it a look and buy it if you like any of the games.

http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/NQL0ZgUWLHd-3B74kI/browse/item/95528/4/0/0

GAMECENTER CX! KACHO ON!

April212014
Future Diary. This 26 episode series is based on the manga by Sakae Esuno. Unfortunately, this review will not be covering the Redial epilogue, due to it not yet been licensed by Funimation. The series follows Yukiteru Amano, also known as Yuki, a boy who spends most of his free time writing down observations in his phone. He has an imaginary friend, a being known as Deus Ex Machina; or at least, he thought he was imaginary. Deus one day gifts Yuki’s phone the ability to predict the future, allowing him to know things in advance and either act it out or alter events. The phone becomes known as a Future Diary. However, there are eleven other phones like his, and the holders of those phones are all trying to kill each other in a game whose goal is to become the sucessor to the throne of the god of time and space. Luckily, or unlickily, Yuki has a partner in this; the second Diary holder, his classmate Yuno Gasai. However, she is creepily posesssive of him, even to the point of being violent, and will protect him at all costs. A prime case of a yandere. The animation in the series is decent. It did not have a large budget, and suffers from a few instances of low quality, but makes up in other areas. The still shots showing Yuno’s psychotic fits are well done, adapted well from the manga. There are a few problems with scenes being too dark to see much going on. The Japancese voice acting has its shares of pros and cons. I much prefer the English dub, where Yuki’s actually voiced by a guy. Dialogue localization is pretty good. The music is average. The show gets pretty graphic at times. The DVD we got here, especially, is filled with gore and nudity since it is the unedited version. I’ll give this a 7/10. It has a few problems, with some events skipped over for pacing purposes. Overall, the series was pretty good, and some pleasant surprises throughout. If you have read the manga you will enjoy this series. it was well worth watching.Funimation released the show on DVD in 2 sets, one with am art box to house both volumes. People are hoping the Redial epilogue OVA gets released here in a blu-ray set. it would be nice, but I won’t be double dipping. Part 1 LE: http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/1VKWXtEV5TZSxfaSUU/browse/item/98412/4/0/0Part 1 Standard: http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/1VKWXtEV5TZSxfaSUU/browse/item/98413/4/0/0Part 2: http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/1VKWXtEV5TZSxfaSUU/browse/item/98668/4/0/0OP1: http://youtu.be/LLDA9cfRLlgOP2: http://youtu.be/0_36iNzrEn0
I also wish to point out this was posted on 4/21, the day Yuki got his Future Diary. I actually burned through this series over the Easter holiday, without knowing this fact ahead. Creepy coincidence.

Future Diary. This 26 episode series is based on the manga by Sakae Esuno. Unfortunately, this review will not be covering the Redial epilogue, due to it not yet been licensed by Funimation.

The series follows Yukiteru Amano, also known as Yuki, a boy who spends most of his free time writing down observations in his phone. He has an imaginary friend, a being known as Deus Ex Machina; or at least, he thought he was imaginary. Deus one day gifts Yuki’s phone the ability to predict the future, allowing him to know things in advance and either act it out or alter events. The phone becomes known as a Future Diary. However, there are eleven other phones like his, and the holders of those phones are all trying to kill each other in a game whose goal is to become the sucessor to the throne of the god of time and space. Luckily, or unlickily, Yuki has a partner in this; the second Diary holder, his classmate Yuno Gasai. However, she is creepily posesssive of him, even to the point of being violent, and will protect him at all costs. A prime case of a yandere.

The animation in the series is decent. It did not have a large budget, and suffers from a few instances of low quality, but makes up in other areas. The still shots showing Yuno’s psychotic fits are well done, adapted well from the manga. There are a few problems with scenes being too dark to see much going on. The Japancese voice acting has its shares of pros and cons. I much prefer the English dub, where Yuki’s actually voiced by a guy. Dialogue localization is pretty good. The music is average. The show gets pretty graphic at times. The DVD we got here, especially, is filled with gore and nudity since it is the unedited version.

I’ll give this a 7/10. It has a few problems, with some events skipped over for pacing purposes. Overall, the series was pretty good, and some pleasant surprises throughout. If you have read the manga you will enjoy this series. it was well worth watching.

Funimation released the show on DVD in 2 sets, one with am art box to house both volumes. People are hoping the Redial epilogue OVA gets released here in a blu-ray set. it would be nice, but I won’t be double dipping.

Part 1 LE: http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/1VKWXtEV5TZSxfaSUU/browse/item/98412/4/0/0
Part 1 Standard: http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/1VKWXtEV5TZSxfaSUU/browse/item/98413/4/0/0
Part 2: http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/1VKWXtEV5TZSxfaSUU/browse/item/98668/4/0/0

OP1: http://youtu.be/LLDA9cfRLlg
OP2: http://youtu.be/0_36iNzrEn0

I also wish to point out this was posted on 4/21, the day Yuki got his Future Diary. I actually burned through this series over the Easter holiday, without knowing this fact ahead. Creepy coincidence.

April192014

moriahari:

HOLY SHIT

He would do this, too.

(Source: sizvideos, via evieevangelion)

April172014
April162014
2PM
Casshan, also known as Casshern. This 1973 series is the original show that would later inspire an OVA, live action film, and anime series about the cyborg Casshern. The show, consisting of 35 episodes, comes hot off the heels of a long run with another Tatsunoko show, Gatchaman. The show follows Tetsuya Azuma, son of Dr. Azuma, a leading researcher in robotics. One night, lighting strikes their home, messing with the memory of robot BK-1. Instead of serving humans, BK-1 decides humanity is evil and begins forming an army of other robots to wipe out humanity and rule the planet, changing his name to Braiking Boss. Tetsuya,s dog, Lucky, is killed by Braiking Boss, but is reborn as the robot dog Friender. Tatsuya decides he wants to fight the robot army Andro Force, and begs his father to turn him into an android. he is reborn as Casshern- not Casshan- and fights alongside his friend Luna to free the world of the robot menace.I’ll address this now: the subtitles are a bit off with names. Casshern is called Casshan, and Friender is called Flender. Annoying, yes. The animation is average 70’s action anime. nothing too amazing, though some instances when stock animation is not used, stuff looks  rather cool. The voice acting is not bad. Acting is not campy, though sometimes minor characters sound uninspired. The audio’s degraded along with the visuals over the years, and it’s been restored as much as possible. Music is alright. Nothing too memorable. The pacing is rather slow, with much of the epsidoes resorting to robot or gimmick of the week. The show gets a 6/10. It’s a fun watch, but hard to marathon. If you can’t stand a lot of it, look up episode summaries to see which episodes are actually crucial to the overall story. Much of the final dozen episodes are really good and must be watched. Sentai released the series subtitle-only on both DVD and Blu-ray. Because the cost difference was very minimal, I got the BD version. It should be rather easy to aquire. BD: http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/=2xQVLrZyzB9mNFUjg/browse/item/99821/4/0/0OP: http://youtu.be/M776Y7hvZ3o

Casshan, also known as Casshern. This 1973 series is the original show that would later inspire an OVA, live action film, and anime series about the cyborg Casshern. The show, consisting of 35 episodes, comes hot off the heels of a long run with another Tatsunoko show, Gatchaman.

The show follows Tetsuya Azuma, son of Dr. Azuma, a leading researcher in robotics. One night, lighting strikes their home, messing with the memory of robot BK-1. Instead of serving humans, BK-1 decides humanity is evil and begins forming an army of other robots to wipe out humanity and rule the planet, changing his name to Braiking Boss. Tetsuya,s dog, Lucky, is killed by Braiking Boss, but is reborn as the robot dog Friender. Tatsuya decides he wants to fight the robot army Andro Force, and begs his father to turn him into an android. he is reborn as Casshern- not Casshan- and fights alongside his friend Luna to free the world of the robot menace.

I’ll address this now: the subtitles are a bit off with names. Casshern is called Casshan, and Friender is called Flender. Annoying, yes. The animation is average 70’s action anime. nothing too amazing, though some instances when stock animation is not used, stuff looks  rather cool. The voice acting is not bad. Acting is not campy, though sometimes minor characters sound uninspired. The audio’s degraded along with the visuals over the years, and it’s been restored as much as possible. Music is alright. Nothing too memorable. The pacing is rather slow, with much of the epsidoes resorting to robot or gimmick of the week.

The show gets a 6/10. It’s a fun watch, but hard to marathon. If you can’t stand a lot of it, look up episode summaries to see which episodes are actually crucial to the overall story. Much of the final dozen episodes are really good and must be watched.

Sentai released the series subtitle-only on both DVD and Blu-ray. Because the cost difference was very minimal, I got the BD version. It should be rather easy to aquire.

BD: http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/=2xQVLrZyzB9mNFUjg/browse/item/99821/4/0/0

OP: http://youtu.be/M776Y7hvZ3o

April92014
1PM
bornwithattitude:

Kudos to whoever created this tribute. RIP Warrior. This has to be the most emotional 4 days in wrestling history.

bornwithattitude:

Kudos to whoever created this tribute. RIP Warrior. This has to be the most emotional 4 days in wrestling history.

12PM
wontliveforever:

RIP Ultimate Warrior <3
So devastated right now…

Wordd almost seem prophetic, like he knew his time in this world was growing short.  One day later, and the words he spoke of come true. RIP Ultimate Warrior.

wontliveforever:

RIP Ultimate Warrior <3

So devastated right now…

Wordd almost seem prophetic, like he knew his time in this world was growing short.  One day later, and the words he spoke of come true. RIP Ultimate Warrior.

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