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Buddha: v. 1: Kapilavastu
Buddha: v. 1: Kapilavastu
by Osama Tezuka
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History in manga!, 3 Nov 2004
'Buddha' is the story of the Buddha's life, from birth to death, all drawn by Osamu Tetsuka who is more famous for manga such as 'Astroboy' and 'Blackjack'. Although by today's standards, Tetsuka's artstyle seems very simple and a little dated, 'Buddha' is still a stunning and moving story which clearly illustrates the class struggles of India at the time. In this first volume, the Buddha is born and other character created by Tetsuka are introduced in a separate storyline. There is a priest sent to find a being born with supernatural powers, a young pariah thief named Tatta, a slaveboy called Chappa who aims to break out of his class and become a soldier. The story is very long and moving, with lots of interesting characters appearing along the way. If you are a fan of manga, or interested in Buddhism, I would strongly advise you to read this. I will certainly be buying the next volume XD

Hellsing Volume 1
Hellsing Volume 1
by Kohta Hirano
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.35

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'You've only had a coupla legs blown off...', 13 Oct 2004
This review is from: Hellsing Volume 1 (Paperback)
If you are a fan of manga and have yet to read this series, I advise you to click the little shopping basket in the corner of your screen right now. Although it is a manga about secret societies, vampires, zombies and (later in the series) Nazi cults 'Hellsing' is interesting because it contains a degree of black humour, even in the gory action scenes. All of the characters who frequently appear in the 'Hellsing' series - the vampires Alucard and Seras; Sir Integra Wingates Hellsing, the leader of the Hellsing organisation; Integra's very unconventional butler, Walter; the insane Catholic priest, Alexander Anderson - are all very unique and individual characters. The manga is also far better than the anime (although the anime is also well worth watching) as it has more plot and better characterisation. Events in the manga also happen in a slightly different order to the anime though (i.e. Episode 10 of the anime forms the second chapter of the first volume of the manga).
If you are into cute, fluffy shoujo manga, this probably isn't the series for you. However, if things like 'Trigun' and 'Vampire Hunter D' are more your thing you should read this series ^0^

Nightbreed [VHS] [1990]
Nightbreed [VHS] [1990]

12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror with a twist, 13 Oct 2004
This review is from: Nightbreed [VHS] [1990] (VHS Tape)
I would advise anyone who likes horror movies with plots to buy this film right now! 'Nightbreed' is based on the novel 'Cabal' by Clive Barker, who's most famous work would have to be the horror film 'Hellraiser'. It's the story of a man plagued with visions of a strange world called Midian that is inhabited by all kinds of demonic creatures. I don't want to reveal too much of the plot, but it concerns a battle between the Nightbreeds and Humans, the twist being that the humans seem to come out as being infinitely more cruel than the demons - especially the serial killer psychiatrist.
Sure, in places 'Nightbreed' is violent and shocking but it has a nice plot which makes it evenly balanced for those who like gore fests and those who like stories.
Buy this film...go know you want to...

Blackjack [1993] [DVD]
Blackjack [1993] [DVD]
Offered by joe4books
Price: 23.50

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS MOVIE!, 23 Mar 2004
This review is from: Blackjack [1993] [DVD] (DVD)
After hearing very mixed reviews of this film I was unsure whether or not I should risk viewing it. After finally deciding that I should give it the benefit of the doubt I was pleasantly surprised to find how good it really was. Although there is little action until the movie's climax, it is gripping enough to keep you on the edge of your seat as Dr. Blackjack tries to solve the mysterious disease that effects the people who had once been reffered to as 'Superhumans'. Some of the scenes in Blackjack may be unsuitable to the more squeemish viewers as there is plently of cracked skulls, brain surgery and blood but it is a very thought provoking and interesting anime which explores very modern questions of what is ethical. The animation is also stunning and the English dub is passable so it is well worth watching.

Vampire Princess Miyu: Chapters 4-7 - Haunting [DVD]
Vampire Princess Miyu: Chapters 4-7 - Haunting [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shaun O'Rourke (II)
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly interesting demon hunting..., 23 Mar 2004
I was slightly disappointed by Vampire Princess Miyu volume 2. I was enthralled by the first three episodes and so felt compelled to buy this DVD but what I found was that these four episodes were more of the same AND the English voice acting in the dubbed version is painful to listen to. Though I did enjoy watching the four episodes (especially episode 6 - "Ghost of Miyu" which I thought was the best episode that I have seen so far) I felt that more effort could have been made to make the series different. All that is new is the introduction of Reiha, an ice demon who also wants to be a Guardian like Miyu and does not care about hurting humans who get in her way. Every episode, Miyu still hunts and destroys a Shinma and even Reiha's 'assistance' makes very little variation in the plots. And Larva doesn't remove his mask once on this disk. Bishounen lovers of the world weep!
If you enjoyed the first volume, you may enjoy these episodes. I did, but don't say I didn't warn you if they disappoint you. My tip, if you want quality demon hunting buy Hellsing instead.

Trigun Volume 1: v. 1
Trigun Volume 1: v. 1
by Yasuhiro Nightow
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars >^w^< - "Nyaaaow", 23 Mar 2004
This review is from: Trigun Volume 1: v. 1 (Paperback)
Trigun is an interesting manga to look at, whether you are new to the world of Japanese comic books or not. It's story is deep and humerous in places and its characters are all very memorable. Vash the Stampede makes a particulary interesting hero as it is unclear why such a gentle person has a $$60,000,000 price on his head. The Insurance Girls, Millie and Meryl are also add to the comedy value and it's fun trying to spot the black cat (Kuroneko-sama) who appears frequently throughout the manga. The only problem I really had with Trigun is that some of the action sequences - which are stunning in the anime - seem a little confused in the manga and so it makes parts of it a little hard to follow. Since the manga had a very action packed start, this put me off it a little but by the time one of the lesser villains (Brilliant Dynamites Neon) was introduced half way through the manga I was hooked. Trigun volume 1 is well worth a look at.

Hellsing - Vol. 1 - Episodes 1-3 [2002] [DVD]
Hellsing - Vol. 1 - Episodes 1-3 [2002] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jji Nakata
Offered by NetsavesUK
Price: 19.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonder in red and black ink, 25 Jan 2004
Hellsing is one anime that everyone should see, because it stands out from most of the other series that are currently avaliable. The characters all have very strong personalities, the anti-hero Alucard is possibly the coolest character ever created and even the American voice acting is not too bad! The story is about a young policewoman called Seras Victoria who is transformed into a vampire by the mysterious Alucard. She then has to join the Hellsing organisation to help them wipe out the zombie-like FREAK vampires. Hellsing is also one of the most violent animes that I have seen. There is strong violence, gore, swearing and sexual references throughout and so it is not one for the weak of heart. But, as I have said, it is a must see series. Although the series gets progressively worse from episode eight onwards, the first two DVDs are must buys. If nothing I have said appeals to you, buy it just to see Alexander Anderson, the insane Catholic priest ^_^

RahXephon - Vol 1 [2003] [DVD]
RahXephon - Vol 1 [2003] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jason Douglas
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: 4.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you call yourself an otaku, you must watch this series!, 14 Jan 2004
RahXephon is a science fiction anime which seemed (in my opinion) to be a cross between Neon Genesis Evangelion, Detonator Orgun and the Matrix. It's about a teenage boy called Ayato who lives inside a city in a dome called Tokyo Jupiter. The people there believe that the rest of the world has been destroyed and that they are all that is left but in reality their city has been taken over by the evil Mu and isolated from the rest of the world. After part of the city is bombed, Ayato wanders through the rubble and finds a mysterious girl from his class. Uncertain of what is going on, Ayato follows her and finds himself in a huge underground temple called the 'Room of Ra'. Here he witnesses a huge mecha called the RahXephon hatch from an egg and bonds with it. This makes him valuable to TERRA, the anti-Mulean resistance group as they see the RahXephon as being an easy way for them to destroy the Mu's own mechas (the Dolems). The only problem is Ayato's reluctance to join him as he is forced to leave his friends and his mother, whom he knows is a Mulean...
The animation and soundtrack of RahXephon is absolutely stunning, as are many of the voice actors in the American dub. As I have already said, the plot seems to be a cross between many other stories but all of the characters are very deep and so I expect they will develop very well through out the series. It also manages, like animes such as Trigun, Outlaw Star and Generator Gawl, to be serious and have some humour at the same time and so it lightens the mood and so prevents it from being overly dark and depressing. I love this anime and will certainly watch it more. I would reccomend it to everyone ^0^

Saiyuki Volume 1: v. 1 (Saiyuki Reload)
Saiyuki Volume 1: v. 1 (Saiyuki Reload)
by Kazuya Minekura
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new take on an old story, 11 Jan 2004
Saiyuki is a take on a Buddhist legend about the quest of a monkey spirit. It features your average chain smoking, gun totting buddhist monk and his three demon companions on a mission to retrieve a stolen sutra and discover why demons all over the world are going crazy and killing humans.
I first discovered Saiyuki before it was licenced and read five fan scanlated volumes of it. Though the initial motivation for me to read it was the attractive cover design, the action packed story line and interesting characters kept my attention. The four main characters (Sanzo, Goku, Hakkai and Gojyo) have widely differing personalities and deep back stories that are slowly revealed throughout the series and so they contrast each other greatly. Sanzo is the quick-tempered and agressive priest, Hakkai is a kind big-brother figure with a tragic past, Gojyo is a lady's man and gambler and Goku is young and obcessed with food. Although many aspects of the plot are very serious, the interaction and conflict between the characters gives it some humour and so the two balance each other out perfectly. The manga is also incredibly well drawn and every pannel is extremely detailed. I would tell anyone who calls themselves a fan of manga to read this!

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