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Mr. D. W. Brennan "I love me some top-quality anime! No, that doesn't mean Highschool Panic Ultra Quest or whatever the generic otaku nerds eat up without fair judgement" (South Yorkshire, United Kingdom)
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Speedgrapher Collection [DVD]
Speedgrapher Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kunihisha Sugishima
Price: £30.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Darker Than Black meets Fifty Shades of Grey... I'm sorry for making that comparison., 11 Sept. 2015
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You wouldn't believe the things some people do, in pursuit of the almighty yen...Here's a story about people with superpowers that reflect their hidden fettishes. Enter Tatsumi Saiga, a photographer who covered wars among other things. It's what he loves doing, so much so that he can't get off without looking into the lens of his camera. After rescuing a young girl named Kagura from a corrupt fettish club attended by the wealthiest politicians and celabrities in Japan, he makes it his mission to protect her with his life. Unfortunately, Kagura's saliva bestows powers on whoever consumes it, and some of these people want her back, including main antagonist Suitengu.

Speed Grapher's story sounds insane, but seeing it in motion is a lot more interesting. It's very much a seinen anime, and it manages to keep a certain level of intrigue from start to finish. We get to see some of the darker sides of humanity when involving wealth and power, and the lengths people are willing to go to achieve it. Saiga isn't your typical role-model protagonist, and yet he already knows that. Despite that, he's very likeable, and puts the safety of Kagura before anything else. The relationship between the two can get a bit uncomfortable at times, but thankfully the show has boundaries it won't cross. The characters in general were really interesting, especially the villains. Suitengu's motives remain mysterious until the very end, and he seems like a very ruthless and vile human being, but there's a lot more to him than meets the eye. easily one of my favourite villains in anime due to how complex he is.

This is another one of Gonzo's better shows in terms of animation. When you compare the quality of the visuals to their other works like Desert Punk or Pumpkin Scissors, you can tell they actually tried here. There aren't any stand-out spectacles I can think of throughout the series, but the animation remains consitantly good throughout. There aren't really any stills or scrolling images, which I'm thankful for.

As with many of Gonzo's other works, this anime's soundtrack can get repetitive, though not to the same extent. I liked the OST for Speed Grapher a lot more, and it really fit the wealthy-city sort of environment the show takes place in.

I had this anime on my list of series to buy, and after finally purchasing and watching it twice, I can safely say it was worth it. It's very fettishy though, so I can understand if it would scare away any potential viewers. It's still nowhere near as bad as the anime of today with their pandering though... Anyway, on the whole, Speed Grapher is very unique among the more adult-oriented anime in how it portrays its characters. I think it's worth checking out.


Gungrave Overdose (PS2)
Gungrave Overdose (PS2)

4.0 out of 5 stars KICK THEIR ASS!!! Again., 11 Sept. 2015
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Taking place a few years after the first game, Beyond the Grave and his charge Mika are back. This time, they must team up with Juji Kabane, a blind deadman who specializes in close range combat, and Rocketbilly Redcadillac (yes, that's his full name), a Spectre who uses a guitar to shoot electicity at his foes. Their goal is to eliminate a parasite known as SEED, and bring down a crime cyndicate before they can spread this deadly parasite worldwide.

This game plays much better than the original Gungrave did. Grave has more moves at his disposal,such as deflecting missiles with his coffin and chaining a series of deadly melee attacks toward larger enemies. He runs a lot faster, though he still feels like a tank (a stylish tank, I will admit). If you're expecting any deep complicated Devil May Cry quality gameplay here, then forget it. But Gungrave Overdose, like its predecessor, is still fun, first and foremost. Some of the bossfights can be frustrating on the harder difficulties, but there is a certain degree of skill involved here. It's good ol' arcade-style action, and you have to blast your way through hoards of henchmen.

The story isn't at the same level of quality as the anime, but there were some genuinely gripping moments. Plenty of surprises, though at some points it remembers how much it likes to be over-the-top, so it rides that horse home instead. Not as serious as the story of Brandon, Harry and Millennion, but a worthy continuation regardless.

Sound design is... mediocre. Plenty of loud sound effects that drown out most of the better soundtracks, as well as repetitive voice clips during gameplay. Sometimes the voice acting is a bit too quiet during cutscenes, and it overall feels low-budget in that department. The voice acting itself is good for the most part, but Steve Blum, Quinton Flynn and Cam Clarke are cast as more than one character, which is annoying... It's like they think you won't notice they couldn't be bothered to hire more actors.. Oh, speaking of which, Gungrave Overdose has english voice acting as an option, unlike the first game. Take it or leave it.

Very entertaining, and worth a buy if you enjoyed the first game. Good value for money. It is a little dated in some areas, but still enjoyable.


Naruto Shippuden Box Set 21 (Episodes 258-270) [DVD]
Naruto Shippuden Box Set 21 (Episodes 258-270) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chie Nakamura
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: £18.01

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4.0 out of 5 stars Disc 2 Problem is SOLVED!, 11 Sept. 2015
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I finally got a working copy! For those still afraid to purchase this due to the risk of the region 4 DVD (Manga UK, you f*ed up), you probably won't have to wait too long. I recently purchased a new copy from here at the pre-order price, so it costed below £20. Your best bet would probably be to wait until they restock with more DVD's, and get it at the lowest price possible, because chances are those are the ones that work. I'm not sure how helpful that was, but hey, Manga have finally begun to fix the issue and give us 2 working region 4 discs. If you're still impatient and don't mind paying the current price for it though, then that's fine. Manga ordered all shops to call in their defective copies, so if it doesn't work by now, then the worst you can expect is waiting longer for a replacement.

Anyway, onto the anime itself. It starts off with these disappointing filler episodes that take place during Part 1 of the story, and for no reason whatsoever, focuses on Naruto and Sasuke's relationship throughout the series, skipping everything else. There's only three of them, but damn... You can tell Masashi Kishimoto has no respect for the audience's intelligence, as he doesn't mind TV Tokyo pushing out lengthy flashbacks to stall the anime so the manga's story can get further away. This is why I think adapting ongoing manga is pointless. You're just going to upset fans of the orginal. It only worked with shows like Trigun, Soul Eater and even the first Fullmetal Alchemist series because they decided to take the story in a different route while keeping the charm of the quality that fans of the original can expect, and also deliver a satisfying conclusion despite being different from the manga somewhat. But the best manga-based anime? They adapt the manga once it's all finished, cut out all the problems of the original, and just give you the quality stuff from start to finish. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood remains the ultimate shounen anime for this very reason, as it avoids all of the shameful tropes every other shounen anime falls for. Hellsing Ultimate delivers one of the best OVA experiences to date, in the form of a 10 lengthy episode long of gore-fests and over-the-top action, and does this much better than the inferior product that Gonzo coughed out many years ago. You don't need 600 episodes to tell a great story. If you just waited till the manga was finished and then adapted it and add onto it with whatever you thought would improve the experience, then sure, it would be much better. Alas, this is one of the big 3, and despite it being the only one I like, it will continue to repeat its past mistakes, because Naruto as a franchise already makes enough money, so nothing I say will ever improve the quality of the writing, since any complaints I have will be burried under defensive teenagers' angry comments.

Wow... I really went off on a tangent with the fillers! Anyway, this is definitely one of the better volumes despite the 3 pointless recap episodes. The 4th Great Ninja War finally begins, Gaara unites the 5 Great Nations with a heart-felt speech, and the battles begin. The animation looks a lot better than usual in most of these episodes compared to the usual stills and minimal effort. Nothing fancy, but hey, at least the frames of animation compliment the art style this time. The plot becomes more interesting now, with shinobi from the dead now resurrected to fight against their former comrades alongside the Akatsuki. We see all sorts of characters return through this, including my favourite duo in the series Zabuza Momochi and Haku being forced to fight once more against Kakashi. For me, this was a really strong moment in the series, as we realise just how honourable Zabuza was before death compared to when he's forced to fight against his will. Not to give anything else away to spoil the experience, but Deidara reveals the shocking truth to shake the shinobi universe... He doesn't like S&M. I couldn't stop laughing after I heard Roger Craig Smith utter that line. Less flashbacks appeared throughout the 10 episodes than in the past, where they forced you to watch entire scenes complete with the original line-read and soundtrack. Here, it's mostly straight to the point and doesn't try to stall for time in the most obvious ways. I can safely say I enjoyed myself this time round. Plus the relief that it actually works now added to the experience!


Naruto - Shippuden: Collection - Volume 20 [DVD]
Naruto - Shippuden: Collection - Volume 20 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chie Nakamura
Price: £15.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Filler, everywhere...., 5 May 2015
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It was enjoyable, until the talking ostritch and flashback filler arcs returned...


Wolf's Rain - Chapter 6: Amongst Wolves [2004] [DVD]
Wolf's Rain - Chapter 6: Amongst Wolves [2004] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tensai Okamura
Offered by Revival Books Ltd
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars To paradise and beyond!, 5 May 2015
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One of the first teen-oriented animes I ever watched online. Well worth a buy.


Fullmetal Alchemist 10 - Journey To Ishbal [DVD]
Fullmetal Alchemist 10 - Journey To Ishbal [DVD]
Dvd ~ Fullmetal Alchemist
Offered by nagiry
Price: £5.31

5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it..., 5 May 2015
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Watch it!


Fullmetal Alchemist 12 - The Truth Behind Truths [DVD]
Fullmetal Alchemist 12 - The Truth Behind Truths [DVD]
Dvd ~ Fullmetal Alchemist
Offered by RCDiscs
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it, 5 May 2015
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Fullmetal Alchemist 11 - Becoming The Stone [DVD]
Fullmetal Alchemist 11 - Becoming The Stone [DVD]
Dvd ~ Fullmetal Alchemist
Price: £15.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The plot thickens!, 5 May 2015
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Not much to say that hasn't already been said.


Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo Wii U)
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo Wii U)
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent., 5 May 2015
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Creative and fun in its own rights. Short but sweet. If you enjoyed Super Mario 3D World, then this is definitely worth a try, since it's on the exact same engine.


Full Metal Alchemist: Volume 1 - The Alchemist's Curse [DVD]
Full Metal Alchemist: Volume 1 - The Alchemist's Curse [DVD]
Dvd ~ Vic Mignogna
Offered by Sunset-Games
Price: £19.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Why haven't you watched it yet?, 5 May 2015
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It hasn't aged badly at all, even with the much better Brotherhood now available. Essential start to an essential anime franchise!


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