Eureka Seven

In a town where nothing happens, Renton Thurston dreams of taking to the skies and surfing the Trapar waves with his hero Holland and the rogue nation of Gekko State. And then one day his dream comes true, when a member of Gekko State quite literally crashes into his home, sparking off a chain of events that sees Renton join up with them and embark on an adventure that will affect the very future of the planet. Continue reading “Eureka Seven”

Sixty Anime You Might Not Have Seen, But Probably Should: Part II

Welcome back to the lengthiest and most pointless project undertaken by this blog, now in its second and final part. First, a couple of disclaimers- I understand that Twelve Kingdoms is very good, but until my DVD boxsets arrive, I can’t comment. Also, Oh! Edo Rocket must be left out until it finishes airing.

Mahou Shoujotai

What’s it about?: Alice has always believed in magic, so when she is transported to a world of witches and wizards, it should be like a dream come true. Unfortunately, contrary to her idealistic vision, the people of this world do not use magic only to bring happiness, and so Alice feels compelled to make everyone listen to her optimistic views- and, naïve as they may seem, they may be the only hope of finding a way to save a dying world and ward off a plan to use powerful black Continue reading “Sixty Anime You Might Not Have Seen, But Probably Should: Part II”

Sixty Anime You Might Not Have Seen, But Probably Should: Part I

Once you’ve watched a certain amount of anime (aka, more than is probably good for you), there comes a point when top ten lists don’t really do the job of encapsulating your favourites anymore. When such a time comes, the only thing you can do to showcase your favourites is make a highly ambitious and incredibly lengthy post about not just ten, but fifty-plus anime that you feel you absolutely must recommend to everyone. Such was the origin of this post, and so it was that after much thought, a hefty list of no fewer than sixty series were collected together. Some of them could never make it onto an overall top ten list, but they are nonetheless so good at what they do that they still require a mention in some capacity.

On a side note, don’t expect the likes of Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop and Evangelion to appear on here. Whilst the first two at least are certainly solid enough, they appear on recommendation lists throughout the land, and it’s time they stood aside to let worthier series get some of the spotlight. Continue reading “Sixty Anime You Might Not Have Seen, But Probably Should: Part I”

Xebec: From Fafner’s Kazuki to Busou Renkin’s Kazuki

Gonzo may have cornered the market when it comes to messing up manga adaptations, but a quick look at Xebec’s catalogue indicates that they may not be the only studio who has problems adapting a series from page to screen (let us not forget the Negima fiasco). Do their original works make up for it, or is Xebec just an unremarkable studio in a sea of better offerings? Continue reading “Xebec: From Fafner’s Kazuki to Busou Renkin’s Kazuki”

Studio BONES: does creating some of my favourites make up for the existence of Jyu-Oh-Sei?

Founded by former Sunrise members who had sworn off the dango, Studio BONES will celebrate its ninth anniversary this year, but in that time, what has it brought us? A quick glance at the studio’s catalogue certainly reveals some strong contenders, but should we assume that everything they touch turns to gold? The only way to find out is to take a closer look at their work. Continue reading “Studio BONES: does creating some of my favourites make up for the existence of Jyu-Oh-Sei?”


In 2017, Japan finds itself under attack from a Heterodyne; a mysterious monster so powerful that only the most dangerous and destructive of explosives is able to stop it. Fearing that the beast is the first of many such monsters, the army channels its resources into building an effective countermeasure- a giant robot named Dai-Guard.

Flash forward twelve years, however, and Dai-Guard’s fate has not exactly been the one its creators envisioned. When the Heterodyne never returned, the robot ended up in the care of 21st Century’s Public Relations Division, and has since become little more than a marketing gimmick. All that changes, however, when the Heterodyne finally make a repeat appearance, forcing the three young officers who were trained to pilot Dai-Guard to jump in and start fight back. Unfortunately, saving the world just isn’t as easy as it looks, especially when you have to deal with damage forms, expense accounts and a thrifty board of directors.

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