Xiaoyu and Alisa

Tekken: Blood Vegeance – It’s all about kicking people in the face

Title: Tekken: Blood Vengeance Rating: 12 So, the main point of Tekken it always seemed to me, was that you mashed a lot of buttons and in doing so, kicked other people in the face a lot (hopefully). There may have been a wider and more in-depth plot, but this has evidently escaped me as … Continue reading

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Samurai Girls from MangaUK

Samurai Girls – Not Much to Take Off

Title: Samurai Girls Rating: 15 Extras: 4 Case Manga omake mini-stories, 2 short bonus OVAs on each disk, French and English Dub versions and original language sub version. I had hoped with Samurai Girls to get a chance to play another drinking game. With the tagline “Experts in Striptease Fighting”, I was hoping for it … Continue reading

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Manga Market Arrugas Wrinkles Review

Growing Old Gracefully? – Arrugas (Wrinkles) Review

In the present day obsession of youth and beauty, we very rarely see films that deal with aging and the older population such as Arrugas, based on the multi-award winning graphic novel by Paco Roca. Yet with the aging population seen as an increasing burden, Arrugas candidly highlights a growing problem in modern society, and stirringly explores the isolation and fear of those facing their mortality in the confines of a care home…(Read More.)

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Caption Contest #26

The rules are simple – caption this picture. The aim is to be as funny, witty, clever or downright silly as possible. It doesn’t have to relate to the series it’s from, or even anime and manga at all! We’re looking for things to make us laugh, not series knowledge. The prize is knowledge of … Continue reading

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Welcome to the NHK Anime

Welcome to the NHK – An Awkward Meeting

Title: Welcome to the NHK Rating: 15 Welcome to the NHK is an unusual series. Adapted from a manga that was adapted from a novel, it deals with the life of a hikikomori named Sato Tatsuhiro, and his road to recovery. It deals with the first relationships he forms with real people since dropping out … Continue reading

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Caption Contest #25

The rules are simple – caption this picture. The aim is to be as funny, witty, clever or downright silly as possible. It doesn’t have to relate to the series it’s from, or even anime and manga at all! We’re looking for things to make us laugh, not series knowledge. The prize is knowledge of … Continue reading

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Assistant Abroad: Christmas in Japan!

It’s been far too long since I’ve written a proper post here- my excuses include Japanese video games, myriad trips to Kyoto, the dreaded exams and the odd karaoke night. Having just experienced Christmas in Japan, I knew at once that everything I have seen and experienced in the last two days needs to be documented while it’s still fresh in my mind! I’m sitting here typing this in a hostel in Tokyo, Santa hat on my head that I’ve worn for so long that it probably needs to be surgically removed by now… It may be technically Boxing Day as it’s 1am, but there’s an urgent need to write a bumper post about my crazy Christmas in Japan before I forget even a single detail!

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K-On! Band

K-On! – It’s On!

While in Japan, I didn’t really watch much anime outside of the odd episode of a short children’s show about ninja and a long-running show based on a popular newspaper cartoon. So, when I found out that I had a DVD to watch and review, I was glad to be watching something that was more to my taste. When I found out that it was K-On!!, I was even more pleased! I went to a fair few arcades in my time in Japan, and wandering around the impossible-to-win claw machines, you couldn’t get more than several steps past a machine before you stumbled upon K-On!! merchandise- figurines of the main characters, posters, large pillows with the characters on. This, combined with my very basic knowledge that it was about a band, piqued my interest. So I sat down to watch the first few episodes with high hopes…(Read More

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Happy New Year!

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Redline! from MangaUK

Redline! Review – too cool for a pun

Title: Redline Rating: 15 Extras: Trailer, Perfect Guide to Redline, Quick Guide to Redline, English dub and Japanese with English Subtitles Due to a house move, I had managed to miss almost all the promotional material for Redline, as I was literally living out of a box (or rather, lots of boxes). I had managed … Continue reading

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