After a series of heavily fan-service filled titles dominated the winter releases, it’s refreshing to see the release of another traditional shonen series in the UK, especially one that comes as highly acclaimed as Fairy Tail, winner of Animax Asia’s “Anime of the Year” in 2010. But does Fairy Tail live up to the hype? Or will it be disappearing into obscurity?
In the peaceful land of Fiore, magic is commonplace. Commonly used as a tool, wizards can join a guild – an organisation through which jobs are offered up to wizards with a reward available to the one who completes the job. Fairy Tail is one of the most famous of these guilds, widely renowned for its powerful wizards and lack of restraint, Fairy Tail grabs plenty of negative attention to accompany its positives…(Read More)
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
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
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
Black Butler comes to the UK with a large weight of expectation on its shoulders. The manga has proved itself a cult success to the UK market, and the anime’s creators A-1 Pictures have seen success in other titles: Birdy the Mighty (aka Tetsuwan Birdy), Sound of the Skies (aka Sora No Woto), and the hugely popular Fairy Tale, Blue Exorcist and Fractale. With a pedigree like that, it would perhaps be expected for Black Butler to further that success, however sadly it appears the series falls into some of the same traps as Birdy the Mighty: Decode…Read More.
When Sekirei turned up in the pile of review disks, I took one look at the press release for it and called dibs.
Title: Vampire Knight Guilty Rating: 12 As many people who have spoken to me know, I am hard to impress when it comes to vampires. As a child of the ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ era, I was spoilt early on with my vampire fiction and series. So anything I read or watch to do with … Continue reading
Title: Master of Martial Hearts Rating: 15 Release Date: 4th April 2011 What is it: 5 episode OVA Extras: Commentary by original Seiyuu on the first episode Master of Martial Hearts was sent to me for reviewing purposes, and once I read the press release, I knew it was going to be a very difficult … Continue reading
If I am strictly honest, the cover of Gakuen Alice did not draw my attention at first. The design is remarkably restrained, with a mock red leather pattern, and a single person underneath the title. It doesn’t give much away, and as I wasn’t a huge fan of the style of the art on the cover I am sad to say that this initially dissuaded me from reading it. However, a brief flick through revealed that the art style of the actual manga is very similar in style to that of Fruits Basket, and re-reading the blurb I decided to give it a chance.
2) Princess Tutu For those of you who are old enough, you may remember Sunday nights in winter, watching dramatisations of classic children’s books – 5 Children and It, The Prince and the Pauper, the Phoenix and the Carpet…. Hour-long programmes which brightened up Sundays before bedtime. Princess Tutu taps into that sensibility. Set in … Continue reading