Around ten years ago, I got my hands on a copy of Macross Plus: Ultimate edition DVD, and spent a couple of evenings watching the OVA and movie. This was my first exposure to one of Japan’s biggest mecha franchises, but also the only part that had made it across, unadulterated, to the UK. I knew that Macross was all about mecha and singing, but I was watching it out of context, with no other knowledge of that universe. And whilst it is meant to be a standalone story, it did suffer for being watched on its own. Who or what are the Zentradi? What are the importance of variable fighters? What even is the titular ‘Macross’? None of these are addressed in the OVA, so if you don’t already know, all of that is lost on you. As you can imagine, therefore, I didn’t rate Macross Plus very highly. Continue reading “Macross Plus revisited”
Elric Brothers: Blood and Lava
When a previously unremarkable prisoner stages a dramatic escape with the help of alchemy, the Elric brothers are at the forefront of the action. Following up on this lea, the brothers are dispatched to the border town of Table City, where the native Milosians live in poverty, stuck between the powers of Amestris and Creta. With tensions high between all sides, can the Elric brothers hope to untangle a dangerous mystery relating to the past of both the town and its people? Continue reading “Full Metal Alchemist 2: The Sacred Star of Milos”
In a magical castle under the waves dwells the goldfish Ponyo, daughter of the wizard Fujimoto. Yet Ponyo dreams of seeing the wider world, and on one illicit trip to explore the ocean, she makes it all the way to the shore. Befriended by a human boy, Sousuke, Ponyo eventually learns how to escape the sea and transform herself into a little girl, but will a time come when she will be forced to return to the ocean? Continue reading “Ponyo”
Seventeen-year-old Komugi Nakahara works for talent agency Kiri Pro- a job that involves dressing up in ridiculous costumes, arguing about chest sizes with her rival, and lusting over pop idol Kyousuke Date. What most people don’t know, however, is that she also pulls double-time as Nurse-Witch Komugi-chan, thwarting the plans of Magical Maid Koyori and her army of evil viruses. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it! Continue reading “Nurse-Witch Komugi-chan”
Setsuna Mudo always knew he was different from other people- after all, you can hardly be said to be normal when you’re tortured by improper feelings for your own sister. What he doesn’t know, however, is that he is also the reincarnation of Alexiel, a powerful angel who was cast out of Heaven. Now, even as he struggles with his own inner conflict, Setsuna finds himself drawn into a war between Heaven and Hell; a battle where the angels may themselves be more corrupt than the demons they pursue. Continue reading “Angel Sanctuary”
Growing up is something we all have to face eventually, and for elementary school student Tsubomi, the time to start the transition from childhood to adulthood has arrived. With a younger sibling on the way, her first period and the realisation that boys can be more than just friends, Tsubomi has a lot to deal with- but luckily a mysterious new student at her school is always there to offer support and advice through these important times. Continue reading “Naisho no Tsubomi”
Together with her intelligent sword Grandeek, itinerant warrior Tia travels the world in search of the greatest weapon in the world. It’s no surprise, therefore, that she ends up on the Isle of Weapons, a place where numerous blacksmiths practise their craft in search of that same perfection; but on arriving, it becomes clear that all is not well. A stolen sword has possessed its owner and forced them to go on a killing spree to sate its anger, but with the murderer having gone beyond what it means to be human, can anyone stop them?
Continue reading “Grandeek: another average fantasy OVA”
Shed by the legendary tree Yggdrasil, the mysterious Fruits of Time are both a blessing and a curse, granting immortality to women, but condemning men to a fatal, bloodthirsty hunger. Rin Asogi is one such immortal, and as the ages pass, she and her faithful companion Mimi can only watch as the world turns and each generation succeeds the last. Their endless lives are far from uneventful, however, for in the background a shadowy force is slowly but surely hatching a deadly plan that could change the world forever. Continue reading “Final Thoughts: Mnemosyne”
When a strange impulse compels Prince Arren to kill his father, he finds himself fleeing for his life, unable to trust even himself. Through a chance meeting with the wizard Ged, however, Arren finds himself drawn into a whole new series of events- one that must inevitably end in a confrontation with the ambitious mage known as Cob.
With the directorial reins of this Ghibli film having been handed from the legendary Hayao Miyazaki to his son Goro, Tales of Earthsea was always going to be a film that attracted much comment and scrutiny, but for me it was something I could never really be bothered to watch- until the day family members unexpectedly came home with the DVD. By this late stage in the game, I was already aware of the mixed reviews the film had accrued elsewhere, but how would it fare on the Azure Flame “400 anime” scale? Continue reading “Tales of Earthsea (Gedo Senki)”
Despite its name, Treasure Town is infamous not for being a place you would actually want to visit, but for being a hotbed of gang wars and yakuza activity. In amongst all this chaos, two young boys- canny streetwise Black and childish idiot savant White- fight both to survive and to protect their home turf from outsiders and the changes they bring.
Continue reading “Tekkonkinkreet”