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The one they called Hybrid gave us a clue about what review he was going to do next and the Anime Gods did let him choose the next piece to review and I’m guessing the audience knows what he’s about to review next….

They asked me if I was sure about this and warn me about the purists considering I only read a little bit of the manga and seen the anime 3-4 times, (I might be watching it now.) and give me this constant warning: DON’T SCREW THIS UP, KID. REALLY, don’t let us down.



…….and so they heed their warning and prepare myself



And yes, the anime is Battle Angel Alita (or Gunnm).



As you may know already or not, it is based on the manga written by Yukito Kishiro, about a cyborg that lost all her memories and is taken care by cybernetics expert Daisuke Ido and he names the cyborg Alita (or Gally by the original Japanese translation), after his dead cat. Now I would talk about the many adventures that she has throughout but I am only covering the anime, which is only 2 episodes. Keep in mind that I don’t usually read much manga and I do want to acknowledge both versions and know the differences between them and hopefully not sound like an ignorant jackass.



The plot summary in first episode called “Rusty Angel” is pretty much the beginning of the story like in the manga, only it seemed kind of rushed with the discovery of Gally being over less than a 3 minutes but I wasn’t expecting an overly-long explanation of it and also she notices her powerful strength and fighting skills and decides she wants to be a Hunter-Warrior. Also, she has a close bittersweet relationship with Hugo (or Yugo) who happens to the part of the main focus of the second episode, “Tears Sign”, where he gets into deep s**t with his bosses. Usually by day, he performs maintenance work for Ido but by night, he collects cyborg spinal columns for Vector, a Scrapyard businessman in selling illegal human body parts and organs in Zalem, the floating city Hugo someday wants to live. But unfortunately after a botched mission, now every Hunter-Warrior is hunting Hugo down.



Any other characters worth mentioning are completely nonexistent or completely unimportant to the story. While Chiren may have a minor-major part in both episodes, she is not much of a character that I would consider to be “threatening” or “their mind screw on tight”. Alita (Gally) is actually a favorite among myself, Ido is somebody I can respect (except that sorry explanation why Gally shouldn’t be a Hunter-Warrior), and Hugo, while being the unfortunate character but he still kind of irked me. But then again, I look back at the English voice actor who dubbed him and it turns out it’s the same guy (Spike Spencer) who voiced Shinji Ikari on Neon Genesis Evangelion and I did detect some whininess in Yugo and the woman who voiced Gally (Amanda Winn-Lee) also voiced Rei, but this time her voice requires her to show emotion and she did…….although Gally could be less shrilly but she did do a great job.



The animation done by studios KSS, MOVIC & Madhouse, despite showing its age, manages to hold its ground and it shows. The music……it’s like an old ‘80s score showcase, even though it is made in the ‘90s but I really starting to like the end song, “Cyborg Mermaid”, and could be added to my growing list of anime songs.



But before my final verdict, I do know about the James Cameron live-action adaptation coming in about 4 years and my opinion of that is that even though many anime live-action movie adaptations always manages to suck (including one anime-inspired show live-action movie adaptation) but with Cameron, it’s about 50/50. True. Avatar was a visual marvel to look at but I am not exactly the people who loved Avatar, just thought it was okay, but I think Cameron could break that cycle……….only time could tell.



FINAL VERDICT
: You know what, I actually love this anime. I just wished it would have been longer but like FLCL longer (about 4-5 more episodes would have been nice), not Bleach or Inuyasha longer. I like that feel it had on me after watching this and I can look past its problems and I did appreciate the old-school frame to it. I can see myself watching this over and over again. I would recommend this for people who haven’t read the manga but I suggest you know a bit of the manga before watching this.



Also, for the first time since I joined Planet Tyro, Battle Angel Alita gets the rating of

10/10


Planet Tyro Rating: HALL OF FAME!!!
!


(And before you ask, what titles do I consider to be HALL OF FAME material? Cowboy Bebop, Akira, Summer Wars, & Afro Samurai.)



“What? You actually consider Afro Samurai to be HALL OF FAME material?” That is what the gods questioned and I answered, “Well, yeah. It’s not that bad of an anime. It has a few epic moments.” Then they nodded and decided to leave…….after they bitch-slapped me several times and they left me a note saying, “Well, we got a next assignment for you. If you’re still feeling a concussion for that slapping and obviously that kick in the head……well, we’re Gods, we have powers, don’t you know?”





BATTLE ANGEL ALITA – courtesy of ADV Films/ animation by MADHOUSE, KSS & MOVIC
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Previously on ANIME DISCOVERY………..

I reviewed Battle Angel Alita and then got the shit kicked out of me for some reason and now they drugged my drink and suddenly……I woke up to the sight of the sky and I try to remained calm. “AAAAHHHH!!”, I screamed panicky. “Why am I flying a jet?!?! I don’t know anything about flying a jet. Who can explain this?”, It was the Anime Gods’ doing and they explain that it had something to do with today’s choice of anime and how to review something under pressure, case in point, the jet. I ask why I couldn’t just do it regularly in my own facility but they said, “Just do the review as it is, you little bitch, or else we’ll make the plane crash with you in it.” And so I just shut up and began the review.





Yep, I’m once again exploring the direction of Mamoru Oshii and this time, it’s based around the Japanese novel series by Hiroshi Mori that follows the journeys and tribulations of a group of young fighter pilots involved in dogfight warfare, set in an alternate historical period, but it is never mentioned what year or century it takes place. I assume it would be in the near future, due to some notices of technological advances.



The plot involves ace pilot Yūichi Kannami is reassigned to Area 262 after the deaths of three pilots and bond with the other piloting corps, the chief mechanic, and the base’s CO. There is also a subplot with the mystery that is Kildren and they are humanoids genetically designed to live eternally in adolescence and one of these people in Area 262 happens to be one of them but I’m not going to reveal who it is. Also there is a master pilot fighter who goes by “The Teacher” and this is, by far, the biggest threat to the main characters despite it not being more important enough.





Now it’s time for a HybridMedia fun fact: The Japanese dub version both feature actresses Rinko Kikuchi & Chiaki Kuriyama and I happen to know there is a movie “Six-degrees” like connection with them. As in, Rinko Kikuchi played the deaf girl in “Babel”, a movie which stars Brad Pitt, who was in “Inglorious Basterds”, directed by Quentin Tarantino and he did “Kill Bill” and yet…..there are double connections. Production I.G. did the anime sequence in Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Chiaki Kuriyama played Gogo Yubari. Isn’t learning fun? (Gets shocked). “OW! Dammit.” I said, “JUST GET ON WITH YOUR OPINION, JACKASS!” The Anime Gods said.



But…….both the Japanese and English dubs sounded like they were either drifting off to sleep at some parts, especially from both actors that played Yūichi Kannami. It is very slow-paced and if you wondering about any dogfight scenes, they exist but I felt like I missed an interesting part of the movie and only see the ones not worth mentioning. Also, the CGI is really not a good idea (in my opinion, of course). It felt more liked a computer game rather than a movie and Production I.G. is no stranger with CGI, counting the opening of GiTS: Stand Alone Complex, 1st season & GiTS2: Innocence but the animation is still standard.

Now, I get some people call this movie “pretentious and slow”, and they are….



Well, they are 50/50 on this.



FINAL VERDICT: Despite some good dogfight scenes, I completely lost interest in some parts of this movie. It’s just average quality in terms of storytelling and characters but I wasn’t expecting GiTS quality but I think they tried too hard with what they got and it backfired and disappointed.


5.5/10
/ Planet Tyro Rating: Vanilla


“Really?”, questioned one of the Gods, “A 5.5?”, “You are not even trying anymore, are you?”. They were not pleased with what I said about The Sky Crawlers. We argue and argue and argue and still brought out that I rated Afro Samurai more than The Sky Crawlers. “WILL YOU EVER STOP BRINGING THAT OUT?!?!”, I shouted to them and they completely ignored me but unfortunately said to me, “Look! You either shape your dumb ass together or we could bring this to your friends on the group you do.”, Yes, they had the audacity to put my fellow friends/reviewers on the line and maybe me putting them on the line isn’t exactly helping.

Then I woke up and all of that was only a dream. I would say you have wasted your time but during the next minutes, I noticed something on my right side and noticed a little person sleeping next to me and yet she had no legs or anything like that…….but when I raised my right arm, so did she……. CAN YOU WHERE THIS IS GOING? IF NOT, WELL
…….



THE SKY CRAWLERS – animation by Production I.G./ distributed by SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT (US Distribution) & The Sky Crawlers Production Committee (Nippon Television Network Corporation, Production I.G, Bandai Visual, Warner Brothers, D-Rights, VAP, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, D.N. Dream Partners, Yomiuri Shimbun, Chūōkōron-shinsha, Hochi Shimbun
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Previously on Anime Discovery, The Hybrid reviewed The Sky Crawlers and he was disappointed with the final product and The Anime Gods are once again fed up with him and the morning after he woke up with something unusual…….well, more unusual than before.


“AAAHHHH!!!” both myself and the attached girl on my arm screamed in panic as they find themselves in a weird bind.

“What’s going on?” the girl said, “Why am I attached to someone’s right arm again? Why does this always happening to me?” She looked frightened and scared as like she went through this before and I figured out it was The Anime Gods’ doing. I ringed them up and they told me since I been dicking with them for the last time, they give me a special assignment (go with me here), on an anime series which conveniently has a somewhat weird concept………and this is a romantic comedy anime.

This is MIDORI DAYS.







MIDORI DAYS, at the beginning was a shōnen fantasy manga by Kazurou Inoue and run for two years (Sep. 2002-Nov. 2004) and was released in the States by Viz Media. The title in Japanese, Midori no Hibi (美鳥の日々), is translated as “Green Days” since —midori 緑 is a homophone for the Japanese word for “green’, which you’ll get due to Midori’s hair. It’s green, get it?

The anime adaptation consists of 13 episodes (April 2004-June 2004) but strangely it ended before the manga series did.



The plot starts out with Seiji “Mad Dog” Sawamura, who is the toughest student in high school but he does not have the best reputation with everyone, even though, he fights for the weaker students against bullies and yet, every girl feared him and he does make him a bit sad and lonely that he suffers from a gift and a curse. Meanwhile, one girl by the name of Midori Kusagano, a shy girl who admires Seiji from afar but hasn’t got the courage to confess her love for him but when Seiji whines about not having a girlfriend and not wanting to die alone, suddenly, he got his wish……..but not in a good way. Him and Midori finally meet face to face, or is it face to hand? But I got one question about this.

HOW THE HELL DID THIS HAPPEN AGAIN? IT IS MAGIC? DRUGS? ILLUSIONS GONE WRONG? TOO MUCH GANJA? THE POWER OF LOVE? This series doesn’t exactly answer that but it did answer that the real Midori is under a coma and has no way of waking up.



As for the characters, well, most of the time they either screaming or panicking too much, which would be a normal thing if you see a human being on your arm but it gets into stir crazy results. Seiji is a character that I could relate to with his situation and can be enjoyable to watch but he seems, at first, not to get that he got his wish but he just say it wrong. Midori has that cue Moe girl personality and it might bother most people who get easily irritated by that but for me, she was average at some times but can irk you a bit. However, two other women in the series got on my nerves a bit. First, Takato Ayase…….yeah, I don’t like her at all. First, she act snobbish toward Seiji for being a delinquent, even though it’s total bullshit, and yet after he saves her from being gangraped and even though she has a crush on him, too, she still treats him like shit (most of the time but warm up to him at some times) and his sister, O-Rin, who enjoys drinking, beating up her little brother and taking his allowance, but he spends it on porn anyway so she’s doing him a favor. At first, I didn’t like her but I eventually didn’t mind her presence. There is also Osamu Miyahara, who idolizes and the closest thing to a friend to Seiji, but he’s really not that important and the same goes to Shiori, a 10-year-old girl who also has a crush on Seiji but she might as well hold a neon sign that says “Chris Hansen can’t wait to meet you.” Also, the strangest character in the series, Shuichi Takamizawa, a doll otaku with the overall creepy obsession and becomes very interested in Midori in her doll form. Last, there is a cat in this. He’s not that important. Moving on……..



The animation is a bit appealing but it’s also clownish at a few times and overall “meh” and I hope you like the amount of fanservice thrown on, such as bare breasts, from almost every main female character (Rin, Takako and especially Midori). It can get excessively amusing but annoying at the same time. But then again, I forget that “pierrot” in Studio Pierrot means “clown” in French and yes, I know of one of their previous works, the one that ends to end already. The music, I’m just not that much into this much saccharine J-Pop and it does fit the mood into the series and it works.

But, overall…….




Then I noticed the girl is staring at me with her teary-eyed moe eyes and was starting to cry a bit because of the way I was talking about the show. I calmed down and said, “Look, I may have pointed out a few flaws in the show but I don’t find them that annoying. I did mention you were cute and that was a genuine truth. I didn’t mean to take it personally and at least I didn’t make any cruel handjob jokes because I need it to be classy.” Then she looked at me and a smile was starting to crack on her and I briefly apologized to her and anything was cool. But since she was graceful to me, she offered to repay me with anything that I can’t mention here and as soon as she’s about to give it to me……..

I woke up. That’s right. It was a dream review inside of a dream review. I have been shafted in two visions. Those Anime Gods were crafty, aren’t they?




FINAL VERDICT
: It really wasn’t the anime for me. The comedy did work at a few times, I really gotten interested in the characters but in the end, it was something you would rent but you think twice before buying.

4.5/10 / Planet Tyro Rating: AN ACQUIRED TASTE



Wow. I really don’t feel right about this.

But then again, the dream fucked me up major time but, at least, this time the Anime Gods did not completely cross me.

Then suddenly, I heard some wild and crazy simultaneous explosions coming from outside my room and both are caused by two young women, one who is falling from a bathroom with a large man grabbing her and another one with a guy with punk-like hair jumping from another exploding building with one guy blown up through the ceiling, then crash down and yet was still intact. Dead but intact
.






MIDORI DAYS – courtesy of Media Blasters, animation by Studio Pierrot
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As I left off, many simultaneous explosions happen on my block and this had reminded me of not one, but two anime OVA that I have recently saw. There are most similarities between the shows but they have very small differences that could easily be the better part of this experiment.

The Anime Gods messaged me this, “Okay, your last review was a bit off although you dream it….twice. (Yeah, try not to watch Paprika & Inception back-to-back again). But I am willing to give you a pass…..barely. Still, your next assignment will reunite you with an anime studio you have tangled with in your past, but people have classified this as a Hentai.” I quickly answered, “Really? Didn’t I do a Hentai review last time?”, then they shouted, “IT WASN’T THAT GREAT TO BEGIN WITH! And this one isn’t exactly a Hentai as most people classified it. It has a few sex scenes but overall, not that much of a Hentai. Okay. There’s your assignment. Now do it and shut up!!” After that, they jetted out and here we are now…….






Both OVAs are directed by Yasuomi Umetsu, which are his directorial debut (he previously work as an animator and/or character designer in Lupin III, Robot Carnival & Megazone 23 Part II) Both movies have very similar elements such as a highly trained female protagonist, the strange comedic tone, extremely violent and incredibly bloody and some over-the-top, stupefied, “fuck your psychics” action sequences. Yeah, that is about pretty much it—oh wait, this is a few sex scenes in both projects although Mezzo Forte has only one sex scene per episode and 2 per episode in Kite. However, they did edit both movies 5 minutes off but really; I don’t get how both movies are classified as a Hentai. Yes, I get the sex scenes but maybe it’s one of those series that focus on story rather than just explicit sex, which is actually a nice change of pace.



I can’t really say that both movies have a plot or that I can think of one. Kite is mainly focus on Sawa, an orphaned schoolgirl whose parents are victims of a gory double murder, who works for Akai, a crooked detective who take her in as guardian, one that forces her to be his sex slave…...that’s where the Hentai factor kicks in. Also, there is a fellow assassin named Oburi, who works with another detective Kanie (which almost sounds like ‘Kanye’. Try picturing that and what is with his starred-off eyes? He looks kind of brain-damaged.) And quickly he and Sawa develop a relationship and gain some emotional strength to free them from their guardians.



Mezzo Forte, on the other hand, has more a team dynamic rather than the backstabbing and betrayal element from Kite. The plot consists of the Danger Service Agency (3 members: Mikura, combat specialist; Kurokawa, the ex-cop & Harada, the technical specialist) hired by a mysterious old man to kidnap Momokichi Momoi, the mob boss owner of pro baseball team, the Peach Twisters. But the plan turns into shit and now his daughter Momomi Momoi wants revenge for her father and she is about as batshit insane as her father, but worse. Way worse. I noticed in the movie that there are two voice actresses for Mikura: One of them happens to be Melissa Fahn, who voices Edward in Cowboy Bebop and another one named Marie Court, who does the English sex scenes for her. Yeah, now that I think about it, hearing the voice of Edward having sex can be a head-scratcher to deal with.

Both of their animation are very lively and archaic and fit their over-the-top style of animation and it is one of Studio ARMS’ better productions. Although, ARMS may have done better in these two series, but does this change my opinion on them?

Actually, No. This was their earlier works and so far either show I watched recently from them either had good material but became too excessive with it (Elfen Lied) or either an massive bulls**t fest (Master of Marital Hearts).

As for music, I liked the music from Kite with its jazzy-like score that might resemble Yoko Kanno’s score from Cowboy Bebop but it is not that high-caliber of a score. Mezzo Forte has that action-feel score it mixes well into the action of the movie like an 80s’ action flick.



FINAL VERDICT: While Kite & Mezzo Forte may have the similar style of work, Mezzo Forte knows that it’s not taken itself seriously and it is a lot of fun to watch; Kite, however, can come as pretentious but not so much. It’s fun to watch, too, but it gets so unbelievably stupid and contrived, it can irk with you for a long mile. However, I would recommend this if you are in the mood for over-the-top anime.

But will I check out the sequels to both movies, Kite Liberator & Mezzo DSA sometime in the future.

KITE
- 6/10 - Watchable
Mezzo Forte - 8/10 - Solid B.


"I really to get a drink.”, Then I walked outside for a minute and what’s the worst that could happen to me?



20 MINUTES LATER….



“Okay, I just finished my assignment but now I want to take a request.” I answered to them and they wholeheartedly agreed and I then said, “Next time, can I do a review of a normal show? No over-the-top shit, No more of me getting in life-or-death situations, No more weird hand girlfriend tricks, just a normal anime that could be interesting so what you say about that?”

Then they responded with a swift Yes and I was right back home with a special wrapped gift that they send me and left a note that says: “We heard of your wish and get you something very rare as of now but be warned of what you want. It can bite you back in the ass.” They left no signature and as I rip off the wrapping paper as reveal that the anime for next week is…
……..


Okay. This is kinda nice. It's feels very sweet and relaxing. This might be a different change of pace.



KITE & MEZZO FORTE – courtesy of Green Bunny/Studio ARMS & Kitty Media, a division of Media Blasters
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Okay, let’s cut to the chase here. After The Hybrid mostly reviewed titles that involves a weird right hand for a girlfriend and two OVAs that has either crazy over-the-top explosions and yet people called these Hentai even though the sex was minimal, he wanted to review a normal anime (Yes, those actually do exist!!) and what he got was…….



“Oh, Hell!” he said, “I should have been clearer when I said what I said.”

“Well, you did said an anime that doesn’t have big explosions or weird elements and this one is the most normal of them.” one of the Anime Gods said, then I reiterated, “You think this anime is normal!?!?!?OH, REALLY? THIS PIECE OF WORK IS A NORMAL ANIME?”

Then I said f**k it, I seen worse things before. What can go wrong?



SIX and a HALF Hours (13 episodes) LATER…….


UUHHH…..


If you may or may not already know, this is one anime that has been controversial for many, many, many………many reasons but that part is going to come up later in the review. The series are adapted from a manga series (running from September 2001 through October 2004) by the same name written and illustrated by Motoi Yoshida. Also the name “Koi Kaze” is translated English to “Love Wind”, which do happen to occur during the series’ run.



It starts with Koshiro Saeki, a 27-year-old man, who just been dumped by his girlfriend of 2 years because she claims that he always too cold around him and I happen to agree with her on that and the fact he just has this bored look on his face all the time. Then, one morning on the train, he meets this 15-year-old high schooler Nanoka Kohinata as he went to return her wallet after she accidentally drops her wallet. Soon, the two have been talking to each other about their past relationships (her being rejected by a boy she likes; the same story I just told you about Koshiro earlier) and they have begun into a mutual attraction, which doesn’t seem that bad at first. Okay, the age difference is…….well, out there, but if you are wondering that subject I brought up was the controversy, then you thought wrong considering most people date outside the age range nowadays.





The real controversy of this is that…………they are brother and sister.

Biologically brother and sister. Yeah, this is an incestral relationship show



There was been a few anime series about this type of subject, which can steer away most American and some Japanese audiences from considering watching it. However, most of these shows either have the brother and/or sister adopted, as in; it would be okay for them to have sex to their heart’s content. Now, most guys would like the idea of that but it’s either the guys who have no older or younger sisters and I’m pleased to say that I am not one of those guys. But on the other hand, Koi Kaze is not really a fan service show. The amount of that is actually bar none. They don’t try to do the upskirt panty-shot bullshit or the big breasted little sister thing or the very horny but weenie guy trait. They are mostly what average or above average people look and act like.....some of the time.

But, they are some very “squick” moments into this show and I would reveal them to you but most of those moments fall onto the spoiler territory and I don’t give any spoilers on here.



As for characters, what I said about Koshiro (voiced by Patrick Seitz) is that he is very bland and a bored character. Not boring, bored. He really doesn’t look too interested or he can sometimes be a hardass to Nanoka and as for her, she is either sweet or naïve, but what else is there? She seems like any normal teenage girl and I can’t find any problems to her nor have any doubts about her. Either that or I have an obvious crush on the English voice actress for Nanoka (Stephanie Sheh, or one of her alibis, Tiffany Hsieh, in this dub.) The dad, Zenzo Saeki, is mostly there for worry about his two offspring and Koshiro’s supervisor Kaname Chidori (voice of Michelle Ruff), who Koshiro should have try to hook up with IMO, is more like the girl who is more level-headed than the others.



The animation is really lackluster from what I saw. I never heard of Studio Adenine Cytosine Guanine Thymine, or Studio ACGT (DNA Joke, get it?) but it isn’t that impressive. The backdrop art images are very good but their most noticeable and nitpicky flaw in the design of every characters’ mouth. It looks like they just said don’t draw any teeth, tongue, or anything resembling a human mouth. Look, I’m sorry if this comes out too picky but that did bug me for a while in the series. The music have a very high-brow setting as it mostly consists of piano and it plays at most of the very awkward scenes in the show. It’s not that bad of a thing to do and the theme song is listenable and the ending is the same but with lower results.



Also, at every end of an episode, there is some scene where one of the main characters is confessing to some lady and some humiliating moment happens to them.


FINAL VERDICT: On the one hand, it is a very sweet anime that touches on a complicated and controversial subject and doesn’t have any obnoxious tones but unfortunately, the disturbing elements and scenes from the show makes it too creepy to even enjoy it on a stable level. This would be a vanilla title but it’s more cocoa than vanilla and ……



My final rating for Koi Kaze is.....

6/10


Planet Tyro Rating: Watchable




Also would I consider buying this anime? I have no idea and that’s mostly due to the fact that Geneon Entertainment, who distributes the anime, is no longer in business and the series are out of print and the only to get that is mostly eBay.



“Well, that’s another anime reviewed, signed, sealed, and—“, Then I got interrupted by one of the Anime Gods and said, “If you say ‘delivered, I’m yours’, I’m striking your ass over and over again. Anyway, kid, you actually did a decent job with the review and you obviously improve somehow.”

I don’t believe it. No strikes, slaps, beatdowns, threats, or anything and they give me a gift of appreciation but they said not to open after the next anime review and this time, this one is a surreal anime, in terms of story and visuals
.

NEXT TIME:




KOI KAZE – animation by Studio ACTG/ courtesy of GENEON (now out of print
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Last time on Anime Discovery, a dark shadowy figure appear at the sight of the Anime Gods and unbeknownst to The Hybrid, they sent a special package for him in a BLUE BOX and it was rumored to be the anime that can break The Hybrid, making him totally bonkers out of his mind and where is he now?



Sitting in his armchair, asleep, watching a marathon of Community with an empty bag of Doritos on his head. Then, suddenly, a smack to the face with a DVD box and after cleaning himself up, there were two unmarked DVD boxes sitting in his counter and one of them was THE BLUE BOX and just as he was about to pick whatever he choose, another DVD was thrown at him out of nowhere and he look up the title and that name is…..GENIUS PARTY & GENIUS PARTY BEYOND.






Not known to many anime aficionados mainly because there isn’t an English translation, which can make it harder to know about what they’re going through, both of these pieces come from Studio 4°C, who previously known for works like The Animatrix (“Kid’s Story”), Batman: Gotham Knight (“Have I Got A Story For You”, “Working Through Pain”) Transformers Animated, Thundercats ’11 and another movie that I’m going to review after this one.



This is going to be a break for the norm, since Genius Party & Genius Party Beyond is a collection of short 12 anime films (7 from Genius Party, 5 from GP Beyond) from unknown to well-known anime directors; I’m going to break down each and every short one by one.



Let’s start with the shorts of Genius Party:



Genius Party
: While this is just the 5-minute opening that has a hand-puppet chicken and smiling rock heads, this is, in fact, a very strange and surreal opening to what is already considered to be fitted under the surreal category in anime and it is very impressive to look and be at awe.




Shanghai Dragon
: At first, you wonder why this is about some snot-nosed kid (no, really, he has a very snot-ridden nose and never bothers to wipe it out) discovering this magical crystal that you draw food with and then, ALIEN INVASION!!! GIANT MECHAS!!! TOTAL COMBAT!!! Everything has just thrown into that situation and the results match as a pass (as in succeed). Also, most of the characters have made me change my mind about them in a flash and it was enjoyable and a bit crazy to watch.


Deathic 4:
Aside from the impressive 3D animation and to live in the world of zombies (and being one), there isn’t much of a story around there, just crazy and goofy antics, which are okay but it didn’t leave it wanting more. In fact, I’ve gotten bored with that segment.



Doorbell
: This is one of those pieces that show an example of paranoia and mind-altering animation where a high school boy is wondering why is there another version of him cycling through his daily life. This one is where I’m very amused by this concept and it’s weird and hard to explain results at the end.



Limit Cycle
: As all anime fans should know, philosophy has always been a factor into anime and a 20-minute monologue going through that with the subjects of life, death, and religion and asking and answering any question about that. Once again, anime pieces like this should be watched more than one time to understand the point of the subject in order to expand your mind around the basic ideals of your own self and what is around you. But should it last over 20 minutes, which is half the time of what during the last two episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion try to explain? That’s a maybe.



Happy Machine
: This is possibility more surreal than its other counterparts of the collection. It follows a baby exploring through some odd stages, befriending a fiery flame (briefly), a caterpillar-like giraffe and a green dog and also experiencing loss whenever something bad happens to them. I would say this is a head-scratcher but that would be redundant considering most of the shorts I covered so far is a head-scratcher.



Baby Blue
: Now to the one from Shinichiro Watanabe, the famed director of two of my favorite anime, Cowboy Bebop & Samurai Champloo. This is a high school romance piece about two people who enjoyed their night of love and maturing into adults with a bit of action thrown in, which is very dissonant of the previous Watanabe works and it shows and hopefully it could again with his upcoming series, Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope). Overall, this is an unusual turn for him and it was remarkably well-crafted.



Time to go BEYOND…….



Gala
: From director Mahiro Maeda of GONZO, this is set up more of a music video (although better than current music videos) when a meteorite crashes upon a village and the only way to keep it under control is to perform music or soothe it. The music itself drives the energy and life in this anime because everything else wasn’t helping at all, but it doesn’t mean it was bad. It was just the usual animation and art-style of this short.



Moondrive
: Kazuto Nazakawa, known for work in Samurai Champloo, The Animatrix and director of the anime sequence in Kill Bill, Vol. 1 directed this short about delinquents on a search for treasure on a colonized moon. There’s a mix of art style of Japanese conceptual art and of artist Sylvain Chomet and the end results into a slightly solid addition of the compilation of shorts.



Wanwa the Doggy
: When you were a little kid, did you ever wonder about anything you dream you want to experience yourself and then thought, “What the hell were you dreaming?” This piece by Shinya Ohira (does key animation for Studio Ghibli & Gainax) absolutely says that for you and it is full of unique and interesting visuals with its chalk-based art style.



Toujin Kit
: The phrase, “Now that’s just plain damn weird” does apply to the short here. A young girl is under the suspicion for breeding squid-like organisms inside stuffed animals and when it’s revealed, you’ll keep asking questions about this but I don’t think you will get an answer. This has got a good cyberpunk setting and the semi-ominous greyish color scheme fits it all. Is this worth watching? Actually; yes, it is.



Dimension Bomb
: The final entry from Koji Morimoto and my words about it are this: WOW!! Most of the time, I had no idea what was going on and was trying to piece it together but I couldn’t try to focus them altogether…..unless this was supposed to play off as an unfocused dream and in that case, it works.



FINAL VERDICT:
Both entries of GP and GP Beyond are in fact, visual marvel fests that can explore deeper within our psyches and our imaginations combined. The two things can could confused me was sometimes I wasn’t completely aware of what they are talking about and it’s harder to understand with there being no translation but I think it wasn’t broad enough for audiences to earn it. However, this is something that is meant to be appreciated for their work.



Genius Party & Genius Party Beyond gets the rating of:

8.5/10


PLANET TYRO Rating:
High Solid B.

“Okay, which one of you idiots threw the wrong box at him?” The shadowy figure fiercely questioned the Anime Gods and one of them responded and said, “Look, he may have completed some arcs but this thing…….this anime; he is not ready for this type of work. We are throwing all the right stuff at the wrong time.”

“The Hell he isn’t ready!! Did he, not too long ago, review Neon Genesis Evangelion, and look at him now” the shadowy figure said and then one of the Anime Gods said, “True, but NGE does have its bullshit moments and those last two episodes do—“and suddenly got he gotten grabbed by the neck by the figure and slammed him against the ground and remind them they needed to get that box to The Hybrid and deliver that package or they will be exempt of their powers, forever making them a mortal
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GENIUS PARTY & GENIUS PARTY BEYOND – courtesy of Studio 4°C
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“Now do you understand my drift? Do you know all about my cause? Did I explain this purpose? The reason why that Dirty South slacker has to review this? Now get your asses together and find that motherfucker because you don’t want me to find him and you don’t want me to find you” The shadow figure said. Then the Anime Gods conveniently popped in his place. The Hybrid asked why they are here and they warned him about the Blue Box package and said that if you don’t review it soon, the worse is yet to come for him and the Hybrid didn’t believe a single they said and was still convinced that they only appear to make his life a living hell and then he stormed off outside his house and just run as far away from them…..but what does this have to do with this review of TekkonKinkreet? Not a thing but yes, this is……well, that title.


Once again, I have entered the domain of Studio 4°C with this psychological tale of two orphan boys in the city of Treasure Town, based upon a three-volume seinen manga series by Taiyō Matsumoto and was adapted into a feature length movie directed by Michael Arias, who previously was a producer on The Animatrix, making it his directorial debut.



The main characters, Black and White, have shared alliterations toward the concept of yin and yang. Black is a streetwise punk who embodies all that is wrong with the city and White is an innocent and dopey kid, who is out of touch with the world around him. Together they are known as the Cats and their quest is how they deal with the local yakuza from taking over the city and turning it into an amusement park.



When they are together, they are an unstoppable force to be reckoned with as they take down many assailants, such as petty thugs and religious fanatics but when they soon separate, they are hopeless without each other and it really shows that point during the middle of the movie.



The animation design and art is up to par with the other works of Studio 4°C. It’s very unique and endearing but at some times, it can be disturbing at a few times but not overall. The innovation works At first, the character of White started to annoy me with his constant spacey state but soon, he’ll annoy you less as the story goes on and Black, as cool as he may be, is one disturbed and f***ed-up kid but it is true that Black and White do really have shared chemistry throughout the film. It feels like they can’t live without each other and once again, the concept of yin and yang applies to this movie. As for the music, the electronica score courtesy of British group Plaid was remarkably decent but I didn’t really pay that much attention to the score and I usually do. Although during those parkour-like sequences, the music did embrace that a bit further than before.



FINAL VERDICT
: Well, the positives of this movie do outweigh its negative aspects but it is a perfect film? Not really but it’s still a very good movie to watch from its unique art style to the contrast of the main characters and yes, I would recommended this to anybody who likes this kind of anime.

TekkonKinkreet gets the rating of....

8/10


Planet Tyro Rating
: Solid B.

As I ran and ran so far away, I started to notice something from this chase. Why am I running from them? Aren’t they Gods? Can they just poof out of nowhere and stop me at my tracks? But then, as I continue to ponder those thoughts, I took a shovel to the head and got knocked out pretty cold.



A few hours later, I find myself tied up in an uncompromising position with a gun to my head and a knife to each sides of my stomach. Something tells me that the Gods were forced into this and if they defy a bigger power than them, they will become mortals like me.

Then the dark shadowy figure finally reveal himself (or should I say herself to me- her identity, BTW) and she said that her name is (CENSORED FOR A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF REASONS) and she really insisted that I opened that blue box or else, she renounces the powers of The Anime Gods, but then I remember why should I? They are the ones that got me in this but then she responded, “Well, suits you. But if they lose their powers, that means you can’t do anime reviews anymore and you’ll be banned from going near one again.” I was caught in a binder of a problem and decide whether by helping myself, I would be helping an enemy (well, not enemy, just a pin needle on my foot) out of trouble and I decided to risk it all and do the review of this mysterious anime.



She slowly revealed the DVD title and as my darkest nightmares came true; this title has been an example of fandom gone insane and many people calling this franchise overrated because of its prior entries (especially on their second outing) and guess what? This time I’m not telling you the name of this title
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TEKKONKINKREET – courtesy of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquistions Group and the TEKKONKINKREET Production Committee(Aniplex, Asmik Ace Entertainment, Shogakukan, Beyond C., Dentsu, Tokyo MX & Studio 4°C)

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Let me recap a bit for you:


I got sick and tired of all the bullshit I went through with the Anime Gods’ bidding (from explosions all around town, a weird girlfriend on my hand, a plane shooting at me, a dream within a dream within a dream, a look into incest and the typical confusion) and now one dark shadowy figure has captured the Gods’ and myself easily and she (Yes, a woman) has ordered me to review a special select title in what she calls THE BLUE BOX and I look upon the product and it is always something I expected. It is related to a certain anime, which I personally thought it was an okay show but some people love the hell out of it……at least, until the second season but will this movie change the mind of the Hybrid, will he review it in time and-----GET ON WITH IT ALREADY!!
!!!



Okay, Okay! This is …..sigh….

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA.





Like I said before, I don’t love this show that is based on (THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA) but I found it to be okay (My rating would be Solid B. for the 1st season; 2nd season would be An Acquired Taste) and I happened to like slice-of-life anime and I had fun with that show albeit I don’t get that who would think a bitchy 16-year-old Japanese girl would be considered a God or the universe would turn into hell whenever she’s bored and the ones who are keeping their eyes on her have to keep her ass happy. But if you are wondering why I don’t rank the show that high, well, if you can guess the second season (I.E. Endless Eight) has something to do with it, you are correct, sir.’



What bothers me about that how lazy was Kyoto Animation with their budget and why did we need to see the same damn episode EIGHT TIMES?!?!? I wasn’t mad about it, just disappointed and later episodes of that season were just as lackluster as the previous ones. But enough about the TV series, let’s get on with the movie.



The story starts off with your typical show opening for this series as Kyon (or John Smith, voiced by Crispin Freeman, who naturally gave a good performance) narrates about what’s going on with his life and it’s the same typical formula for this series as it goes along but then, one morning, when Kyon woke up and notice something very, very different with usual ritual. The SOS Brigade doesn’t exist, Yuki Nagato (the mute of the group, voiced by Michelle Ruff) is still in the literary club, has emotions and not an alien, Ryoko Asakura (voiced by Bridget Hoffman) is still in this school, even though she transferred to another one in the series, Mikuru Asahina (the fanservice moe bait…..and possibly one of the reasons why I look onto this show…and also voiced by Stephanie Sheh) is still her usual self but she’s not a time traveler, Itsuki Koizumi (voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch) and Haruhi Suzumiya (voiced by Wendee Lee) are not students of North High School and there is no existence of the SOS Brigade or any of their misadventures. He discovers he is not in his own world and nothing is gone right at all and must find a way to return there before



Now, in the movie, it has gotten more into a serious tone than the show but still has their usual charm, humor, and even their opening song….at least, in the beginning. Of course, the animation by Kyoto is their bread and butter and they excel at it and the acting and character development (especially from Nagato, who actually show more emotion than she did previously) was actually the best thing going on in this movie. The only flaw in this movie for me is the length of the movie. I didn’t expect for it for to be 2 hours and 44 minutes but, yeah, it’s that long of a movie…..when most Studio Ghibli movies don’t last that long. I don’t know if this movie is an improvement over the first season but it is definitely an improvement over the second season, especially that one. If they would have cut it to 6 or 7 episodes and call that the second season, it would have been HALL OF FAME, but no, I’m not rating it that high.



FINAL VERDICT: This is definitely something I would recommend, but to either old or new fans of the show, it’s a maybe for casual or wandering viewers like me but everyone else…..it’s a 50/50 or lower chance. Like I said, this movie actually improves on the Haruhi franchise on a storytelling level and it didn’t faze me most of the time except the time length and the only thing something against it.



Therefore, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya gets the final rating of:

9/10


Planet Tyro Rating
: Low First Class

Well,well…”, the dark figure said, “You surprisingly didn’t suck at this review. I’m suppose I can let you go your way and let the Gods keep their powers.” Then I look relieved and excited for myself and for them, too; even though it is their fault I’m in this situation and then she said, “But you got to review one more anime for me and then I will let you go”. Oh yeah, I got pissed and screamed, “ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!?!??!? I WAS SPENT BEEN TIED UP WITH A GUN TO MY HEAD AND A KNIFE AIMED AT ME AND YOU WANT ME TO REVIEW ANOTHER ANIME OF YOUR CHOICE? REALLY AND WHAT IF I SAID ‘NO’?”

She showed me a machine gun and pointed it at one of the Gods and she shot him in the kneecaps and it does hurt like hell…..unless you are a God but she took one’s powers away for a while and yeah, it hurts.

“Will you accept my last request or will I have to shoot it out of you? Or worse, I really don’t need this gun to cause harm to you.” She really meant that last statement.



THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA – animation by KYOTO ANIMATION, released by KADOKAWA PICTURES & distributed by BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT
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So it all comes down to this: The Anime Gods are finally at their mercy and I could just walk out of here and be on my merry way but if I do, I will end up in the same position as them and this woman is no joke. She would tear me down and stomp on me when she got the chance and so, I agree to do this review for her and she’ll let me go and this one wasn’t a hard target but let’s just say that if this anime were a sweet confection and it tasted oh so nice, leaving you wanting more and more and then when you ate too much, you might become sick too quick.



This anime was the case and that case happens to be named SISTER PRINCESS.

The anime is based off the popular Japanese seinen series written by Sakurako Kimino and illustrated by Naoto Tenhiro. It began as a serialized light novel series and spun into manga and a bishōjo videogame. The show is categorized as a harem (with moe elements) anime but it’s not like one guy + lots of girls = HOT SEX TIME!!!! ; considering the fact that all the girls on this show happens to be the guy’s sisters. That’s right, the main character of this show, Wataru Minakami, has 12 younger sisters (or in the anime case, 13 sisters). Imagine yourself in that position (brothers or sisters, your pick) and wonder about that.



Anyway, the synopsis of this show is when Wataru fails an entrance exam and left behind by his old friends, he is suddenly enrolled him in a school in Promised Island and upon his arrival, he happens to find out that he has 12 sisters who actually is very ecstatic and looking forward to meeting and spending time with him. That is mostly the synopsis so far in the series. Most of the episodes consist of him doing the aforementioned spending time with every one of his sisters doing various things. At first to me, it just seem kind of repetitive and mildly tedious but later on, I actually started to enjoy some of the episodes quick.







The 12 (or 13) sisters consist of (in alphabetical order): Aria, the soft-spoken and sleepy-voiced French sister who has a tendency to cry whenever there’s trouble; Chikage, the mysterious and gothic sister who is an accomplished practitioner of dark magic; Haruka, the German sister who aspires to become a perfect Japanese lady; Hinako, the youngest of the sisters and shows her affection accordingly; Kaho, the clumsy sister despite that she’s on her school’s cheerleading team and loves to cheer for her brother and loves to grow flowers with and for her brother; Karen, the skilled pianist and whose personality seems suited for an older sister; Mamoru, the athlete of the group and always trying to get her brother to play sports with her; Marie, the one who has an weak constitution and spend time in the hospital various times; Rinrin, the gifted one in the fields of science and technology and always building things; Sakuya, the one who behaves like a modern teenager and would like for her brother to see her as a woman and not just a sister; Shirayuki, the cook of the dozen and always tries out new recipe and Yotsuba, the English-hailed sister who fancies herself as a detective. Plus, there is Mami, who poses as Wataru’s sister after he mistakes her as that and as she tries to break him away from his sisters, her stay there has given her a second opinion about them overall, learning why the sisters love him very much and I could reveal more but like I always said, this is something you have to see for yourself.



The sisters themselves are actually very likable. At some points, they can get overly too cute and saccharine and sometimes you can go “AAWWWW!!!” but still they could be characters that you can stand being with. Although, one of the sisters did claim in their previous lives, they could be lovers and the other one expresses her desire that she might marry him. On a positive note, it doesn’t go too far with that and she agrees that it would be impossible when in his presence, so don’t worry, no incest sex (I’m looking at you, Koi Kaze) in this one. However, with every decent character, there is one annoying character and it is Yamada. I really hate Yamada. He’s that kind of character who is hyper and annoying as hell and constantly sniffing around and is jealous of Wataru and the affection his sisters are giving him. Mostly, he’s like the friend that only hangs with you to score with your sister and fuck all. Also, what’s also the word to describe him?

(oh wait, HAM!!)

Yeah, that’s it.



The animation by Production Company ZEXCS (weird name, by the way) is very colorful and has that paint backdrop look to it and it doesn’t feel that it aged to me. Maybe by a year, it will, but that’s just me. The music is decent for the show as I didn’t mind the beginning and ending songs but I do skip those once I gotten into the show and the background jazzy-like music is one of its musical highlights, even though it sounds almost like music from The Weather Channel.



FINAL VERDICT: At first, I thought this was going to be a borefest with too many girly elements but it was an alright show. I enjoyed most of the episodes, characters, themes, elements and I think this show is actually one of the harem titles that don’t apply the element of lolicon and other Hentai-related things. It’s something I would recommend to watch or give it a try.



Therefore, it gets the rating of:

8/10

Planet Tyro Rating:
Solid B.


“Okay, Okay. I did it. I did the review. Can you let me go now? I’m begging you.” I asked the woman and she was thinking about it and what she decided that she will let me go and walk out of here in one piece but she asked if I wanted The Anime Gods to either walk free with me or should they suffer more for their abuse of me and guess what? I chose the latter. Why? Frankly, I had enough with their bullshit and they pushed me too far and I wanted to torture them some more and she look at me and we happen to think alike about this situation and I told her to get some chains, whips, a lighter, an wax candle, and a MP3 of Soulja Boy’s song Anime….all of them combined is the perfect torture machine and I got her some earplugs so she won’t hear that damn song.



So as I hear the screams of them getting what they deserve, I decide on my next anime venture on my own
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SISTER PRINCESS – animation by ZEXCS, distributed by ADV FILMS (now AeSIR HOLDINGS
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One month later after the Anime Gods gotten their due in punishment, I was invited into an open house provided by the people of Madhouse made for anime enthusiasts and it looks like the people that show up so far is me and 4 other strangers. The first one to encounter me is Don, a very slick and tricky guy who works in the IT industry; Neon, a young man who dresses like a certain Madhouse character which I assume you already know; Kris the Discord, an anime insider delves into the crazy side of the experience and why he’s named Discord, I’ll never know; and finally, Nu, this girl who I swear I seen before but have no recollection of her and her past. We all have introduced ourselves to each other and the owner has introduced himself on the giant TV screen and said there was a prize in the top of the building and many of us can get it if you survive the ongoing tactics that could kill you. Those are the rules of the game and right now, the first challenge that the 5 of us have been chosen for to do this title which involves an anime that has flesh-eating monsters and that we needed weapons…….lots of them.

This is KEMONOZUME……or if you can’t pronounce it right, BEAST CLAW.




The series’ beginning explains that since ancient times, there has existed shokujinki or “Man-Eating Ogres”, flesh eating monsters that can assume human form or live in the shadows feeding on humans. However, there is a group of martial-arts styled warriors called The Kifūken that are trained to execute these creatures. The main storyline starts with Toshihiko Momota, a skilled swordsman and chosen heir of the dojo and soon after that, he falls in love with a girl named Yuka Kamitsuki and as it turns out Yuka is a shokujinki making the sudden romance turned forbidden as when The Kifūken finds them, they will hunt both of them down and it’s not like horrible things can happen to someone like them…….


Yeah, this show is definitely not for kids, whatsoever.

Both of the main characters Toshihiko & Yuka do developed into very interesting characters throughout the series. Their love story is a bit cheesy at a few times and what to expect for a love story only with lots of sex and female full frontal nudity and believe me, there is a lot of that going on in this show. As for the side characters, they just come off as dull and come off as uninteresting, such as, Kazuma (Toshihiko’s half-brother) wants to modernize the business with high-tech gadgets but the family does not take that easily. That little subplot just sounds like something you always find in a business only doing things the old-fashioned way but it wasn’t that bad. Rie Kakinoki is the most underdeveloped character in the show as the girl who gets in between Toshihiko and Yuka, vying for his love and even compares her breasts to Yuka’s. Yeah, that happened. But as for the villain, I wouldn’t say who it is because it would be a huge spoiler but whoever it is; their coming of being a villain is never really explained why.



One thing I got to say about the animation in here: I didn’t think that was a Madhouse project at first. It seemed like Studio 4’C helped in there but it is, in fact, all Madhouse and while they used the same art style in some 4’C productions, at first, it was very bold and different but it isn’t unique at all and it can show to be very lazy at a few times. Some character designs look completely flat and unfinished and the same goes to the backgrounds and most of the fight scenes. It seems that they had a slim budget on the animation and resulted into doodling.



The opening theme used "Auvers Blue" by Katteni-Shiyagare help you prepare for most of the show’s antics and situations and the jazz score in the series is very minimalist but it doesn’t distract you from the series and it helps play its role. The ending theme "Suki" by Santara isn’t really anything special but like the music in “Sister Princess”, I just skip this song and move on into the next episode but I still always listen to the opening theme with open ears.


FINAL VERDICT: The story gets dull in the first half of the series but as the story goes along, it did alright and that’s all. I noticed many people who reviewed this giving this 9s or 10s in order to be mature to fellow anime watchers but I don’t find it that worthy. It’s an OK show with decent but tiresome animation, average characters, and a good music score.



In other words, Kemonozume gets the grade of:

7/10

Planet Tyro Rating: Watchable




As the challenge begins, they supplied us with weapons to fight the Kifūken and our chosen weapons are: 2 katana swords, used by Nu; 2 sawoff shotguns, used by Don; flashbombs and grenades, used by Neon; machine guns, used by Kris; and as for me, I was handed……2 tiny pistols that almost resembles the little gun from Men in Black and in other words, I’m fucked.

So the fight has started and the shokujinki started attacking right away and so far, everybody was bringing their A-Game on the floor and every time I shot, it just looked pathetic and just as one of the beasts start to feast on me, Neon pulled me out at the last minute and blinded and bombed him. I’ll thank him later once if I don’t die. Don started to run out of bullets and melee on one of those beasts but tripped and Kris unloaded his bullets upon it and so far, Nu is not doing too badly on the frontline as she slices and dices them like the Iron Chef. She was doing perfectly until the beast grab her and start to dine on her and just as she was a goner, all of us unloaded on the beast and she take her sword and deliver the final blow.

All the shokujinki are defeated and we just finished the level and passed with flying colors and with full body movement intact. We are moving on to the next level and what I got from the next round; it gets more silly and goofy but it is still a very dangerous game
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After the run-in with the shokujinki, the five of us (still intact and alive) have made way into the next round of games which involved more usage of the katana and a new element added into the situation and luckily, we have traded in our firearms for blades and katana with an extra special feature added in, such as, a high-powered laser when it’s fully charged and that is when it is best performed. So far, Neon loved the idea of laser-powered katana and everybody else was a bit skeptical and so was I for thinking that it exists but as we head off to the next round…….

Five other people was in the first stage we just passed and the first thing shown is another crazy rabbit (but it’s a real-life walking rabbit) with a chain sword, slicing and dicing every shokujinki spotted and well-executed. The rabbit was very lucky to survive and yet that is the rabbit’s name, Lucky, or LRF. Soon another person just strangled the shokujinki with his equivalent beast-like features and snapped its neck and stabbed it with his bare hands and shrugs it off like it was nothing. His name is Jon Da Beast and he was a force to be reckon with and two other guys was shooting it out with little effort as one of the guys, Professor Paradox, the genius of the group told his test subject and supernatural muscle, The Jumper, whom him and Paradox represented the Chaos section, to put this new drug inside him, which will make him capable of fighting from every angle, thus making him harder, better, faster and stronger. And last, their masked leader of the group easily took down the last round of shokujinki with her silencer and her final touch, the knife gun. Let’s just say she can be a real maniac when it comes to her battling………..and speaking of maniacs, this is TENJHO TENGE
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Everything about this title just reminds of one other show which has something to do with it being a shounen title and most of the time, I can get easily bored with shounen anime with dragged out storylines, flashbacks and stilted frames of fights instead of actual fights being animated onto there but what I heard from the manga adaptation, it has plenty of intense fight scenes, completely uncensored and outstanding artwork. But how can I compare the manga to the anime considering I haven’t read the manga and from what I know, the manga was still running at the time after the anime was finished and the manga was finished printing in August 2010……6 years after the anime adaptation. Let’s just get into the plot summary.



Souchirou Nagi and Bob Makihara (also named the Knuckle Bomb) are two delinquents who arrive at Toudou Academy with the objective of ruling over the school with their strength. But on their first day, they encountered the Jyuken Club, a martial arts group of the school. Members of the group, Maya Natsume, her sister Aya, and Masataka Takayanagi easily overpowered Souchirou and Bob. And what's more, due to what was assumed to be their "connections" with the Jyuken Club, the two were attacked by members of the Enforcement Group, which oversees the martial arts groups of the school. Drawn into the personal conflicts between Jyuken Club and the Enforcement Group, Souchirou and Bob have no choice but to join up with Maya Natsume's group and to hone their skills to become even stronger.



Before I began to watch this series, I did not know that it had some fan service and ecchi moments on there and believe me, if you drink any time you see panty shots when the ladies are fighting, you will get fucked up. Most of the fights in the anime are not exactly animated well. It is mostly stilted fight stills and throws and sure the animation background looks pretty but still for a fighting anime, the fights are not that exciting. Plus, you notice that every female character on this show has…….(well, guess)



Not that I’m complaining but two things: 1) this is a much exaggerated design on the female characters. Sure, this is to appease the fan service crowd but I think they have a bit of more variety. 2) No love for the booty lovers. We like them, too. Also, I think the plotline about the past of Shin Natsume, Maya & Aya’s brother, should have had more focus in the beginning rather than in the middle where everything would’ve been more organized and not as confusing.



For characters, I think the show Bleach has been somewhat of an influence despite Tenjho Tenge (manga - 1999-2010) being released earlier before Bleach (manga – 2001-2012) so that means Tenjho Tenge was the predecessor of everything that the first season of Bleach was before it got too annoying. Also, I think most of the English voice actors in Bleach were in this show or at least two that I recognize.



Music wise, the series’ opening theme is m.c.A.T's "Bomb A Head!" and while it can corny at first, it’s an enjoyable and quotable song, and by quotable I meant the “Bomb A Head” part of the song. The rest of the music is pretty average for a shounen anime and the ending sequence is pretty awkward and weird to watch, especially the background art of the sequence.



FINAL VERDICT: While this show has mostly the same flaws as Ikki Tousen, I find this more enjoyable than that. Most of the characters in the show are likable (and some are pretty damn stupid), especially Bob & Chiaki – my favorite characters, and they don’t irritate me too much. This is also what I consider a guilty pleasure for me like how much I enjoy the movie Shoot ‘Em Up. But I think if you wanted more fights and uncensored content, then read the manga and this is coming from a guy who went in completely unknown of the manga.



But yet, I’m rating Tenjho Tenge

6.5/10

Planet Tyro rating: Solid Watchable.



We all heard a giant bang on the walls and the sound is getting louder and louder and then there came a horde of martial artists, street fighters, and wrestlers crowding the room anywhere. It looks like we are outnumbered but Neon had this sneaky look in his eye and quickly he made his first move by throwing Nu and Don, both of whom with charging swords, at the guys and they both took them down and Neon continuously stab the toughs and while doing that, me and Discord are getting our asses kicked by the street fighters and wrestlers with one good hit or two but when Discord straight slit the guy in the Achilles’ tendon and I just slit his throat. Yeah, it’s getting pretty dark. So more and more toughs came into the room and as it looks like we are about to end our ends, suddenly, the masked leader of the second group appears and she took down 4 guys with her gun knife. Then Neon notices the other mad-hopping crazy rabbit with the chain sword and he was impressed….and frightened by Lucky. Then, Jon, Jumper and Paradox arrives just in time to take out the toughs and all of them escape and soon I started to ask questions from the masked leader and she did answer them and reveal her true identity to everyone. This raven-haired girl revealed her name is Ani and she heard about the open house through her connections to the anime world and she wanted to be the one to earn the grand prize but suddenly me and her started to clash and argue over the prize but the others follow suit? No. They said it was a waste of time to argue over some bullshit like that and slap some sense into me and Ani, mostly me. So it is decided. We merge together and called ourselves…..The All Nation Army. Why I call it that? Well, that is something I will answer…….the next review (round) and the next one is something that I wanted to explore ever since its existence and everybody else has known about it but me and it involves.......zombies!!!!! (wink wink)



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Now with both teams merging into the one team known as the All Nation Army (mainly we are anime fans of all races, nationalities, species and creed) and as they head off to the next round of games, Prof. Paradox wanted to show this new supernatural enhancer he used on The Jumper called Blue Leaf. Blue Leaf is a strange plant found in Colombia and rumors is that it can make you able to fight and jump out of problems in and out (think of the character Nightcrawler) but it has been proven it is become so unstable for one person to handle, the power of the leaf can control you and eventually it will take over your body and possibly end it. However, I didn’t hear that last part and said to Paradox that I should be another test subject but Don, Neon, Ani & Lucky warned me about the aforementioned effects of the drug; Nu was a bit skeptical about it at first and sided with the rest of the people; Discord was a bit neutral on this and Jon…..well, It worked well for Jon but he was more of a chance of stability than me, due to him transforming into a nonhuman and I talked to Jumper about it and he said that you should take a little dose of it and I should be fine and don’t use it for my own mischief, only in case of the important issues like combat and not letting your teammates die. So as the next round begins, the room has this rank smell and this is one level too many people either failed or give up and got destroyed and that level’s name is…….HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD.





You know what? Unlike Tenjho Tenge, where I didn’t know for most of the show it has fan service elements but it didn’t completely took over the show with that, I did knew before doing this review that HOTD has fan service elements added to what should have been a zombie survival anime and with zombies being the latest craze since vampires and werewolves aren’t exactly attracting fans who aren’t crazy enough to want to love them……nor fuck them for that matter (literally, and I assure you nobody wants to fuck zombies anytime soon), why wouldn’t they pass on the idea on a zombie anime? It could actually work if the material given was strong enough.

Oh well, here’s the storyline:

It’s the beginning of the end of the world as it is struck by a deadly pandemic that turns humans into zombies, euphemistically referred to by the main characters as "Them" (奴ら?). Also, please stop referring the zombies as “Them”. They’re zombies, you know they are zombies and it is not like the audience is that stupid enough to not know what a zombie is and that goes the same message to the AMC series “The Walking Dead”. That’s basically all the plot there is…a zombie outbreak and people need to survive and get the hell out of that area. The story is pure and simple although we really don’t know how the epidemic was started and gotten spread around the city. The show never had gotten that far to explain it so I’ll give it that.


As for the characters, let’s start with the main hero, Takashi Komuro, a 17-year-old 2nd year student who serves as the viewpoint character of the show. At first when he appeared he appears to be mostly “emo” and bitter, mainly because he was dumped by his childhood friend, whom make a pinky promise to marry her in the future and pinky promises are always sacred, right? Am I right But we’ll get to the girls in a few seconds. Takashi just seems like the average head leader when the zombie apocalypse occurs only more boring. He’s just not that interesting to me. Then come Kohta Hirano, the 16-year-old chubby guy in the group who does appear to be wimpy at first, but he is exactly a gun enthusiast who can actually an excellent shot and can take out zombies faster than you can say, “All the other kids with the pumped up kicks, You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.” He is one of the few characters who is actually more fun and interesting than the main hero and let’s get into this segment of the review where I introduced the main reason why people watched this show….


THE FANSERVICE FOUR. Who are the Fan Service Four? They are the main female traveling characters.

Let’s start with Rei Miyamoto, the girl just dumped Takashi and went out with his friend Hisashi and after Hisashi becomes a zombie and Takashi kills him, she thinks he’s jealous because of him, not because he can turn into a zombie and munch on your ass like a happy meal. I really hate her in that first episode because she seems like a total bitch to Takashi but she don’t always be like that and she happens to occasionally fight the zombies whenever they appeared but it don’t last that long.


I think there is where Zack Snyder got his inspiration for Sucker Punch. I am surprised Michael Bay didn’t think of this.

However, there is one female character more annoying than Rei and this is Saya Takagi. Oh my god, how I hate this character right here. Most of the time, she either whines, bitches and moans about the other people and how stupid and beneath her and how she is a genius, which is more annoying than when Snow in Final Fantasy XIII always spout out some shit about being a hero. Takagi is the most useless character on this show and I’m not kidding about that. The other two girls, the first being Saeko Busujima is skilled at close combat with a bokken and can maintain a calm and collected mood so she won’t panic as much as the others. I could say that she is the one female character that personally I favor over the others. I’m not kidding, when if one time, she dresses in nothing but an apron and a thong, I still find her more enjoyable than the other ladies and the last one Shizuka Marikawa is the ditzy school nurse of the team, or rather a porn star acting like a school nurse and she’s the adult of the team. Oh, did I forget to mention she has….(come on, you should know this already.)

Yeah, almost every girl in the show has those. Those animators must love them some T & A.

The other characters include Alice, a 7-year-old girl who was rescued by the team in episode 7, but she’s just there to add some innocence in there and that’s it. Plus, she has a dog named Zero (or Zeke in the Japanese translation). Also Koichi Shido, who runs a religious cult of some sorts but that plot wasn’t that relevant in the show so I won’t bring it up.

In short, the animation for it is very, very crisp, vibrant and colorful and the action scenes (at least, most of them that weren’t fan service ridden) was absolutely stunning and very intense and this is something I will give Madhouse credit for but most of the time for a zombie show, it has a very light atmosphere and it doesn’t fit at all.

The background music here has that scary dark tone and I like the fact they used different songs for every ending to make it not as monotonous as possible. The opening song was decent but I don’t see me hearing it too much.



FINAL VERDICT: Is this show bad as most people make it out to be? Well, I didn’t waste my time watching this but it is mediocre at some parts. Some of the characters are lousy, boring, and unlikable (except Kohta & Saeko), the fan service element can easily overshadow the main reason why people will want to tune in for this show and it’s the zombies. While having stellar art and music, it isn’t a grand work of art and mostly, I think when some people watch this, they will have lotion near them and their pants down. This is mainly for people who love fan service, IMO. (Also for a show called High School of the Dead, they only stay in the school for THREEepisodes!!)

So, High School of the Dead will get the rating of:

5/10

Planet Tyro rating: An Acquired Taste.

So Paradox put the Blue Leaf inside my system and it should take effect in a few seconds when the zombies come to attack. We were all laced with guns and swords blazing and ready to attack at any minute, even to do anything so our group survives and so, the zombies came running at full speed and the first thing I do was blast a shotgun straight to its head and quickly disappear before anyone’s eyes and that’s when the Blue Leaf kicked in. Suddenly, I became a mad man when it comes to shooting zombies and slaying them. Most of the time, I would appear before the zombie and simply stab them in the head and albeit, I didn’t do any showing off but I might as well since I basically played Mary Sue (or in this case, Alice from the Resident Evil MOVIES) but when the round began to end, three people showed up in the balcony and then I hear those strange familiar voices and I know those voices anywhere and this is the time to start worrying and I warn them to “RUN!!!!!” and then they start to shoot at us and so did we. Then one by one, their guards started to tranquilize all of us with different drugs. First they drugged Neon & Lucky, then headed for Jon and they did it once but he was still standing but then they loaded more shots of him and then as he started to slow down, he found a chute towards downstairs and he purposefully fell down towards it. Discord got darted down and when Don was started to cornered, he reluctantly fought them off but at the last minute, one guy tranquilize him in his neck and down goes him. The guards grabbed Paradox and Jumper but didn’t drug them as they will need them for their other purposes and it was revealed that The Anime Gods have made a vengeful return and they were pretty pissed at me …and then their attention was focused on Nu and Ani.

The first one came up to Nu and warn her that she may have trick and torture them before but she won’t be lucky this time and then looked at Ani and noticed that she met them before and once escape their clutches and then both of them shot at the guys and wounded them and then I took a good look and began to finish them off but they shot me but something called Red Mist, which if mixed with Blue Leaf, can make you unstable and will put you in a coma and as I seizure into silence, they dragged me and took the girls away and lock them up with everyone else. As for me, they have something special waiting for me and it does not look uplifting……
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After the Red Mist has affected The Hybrid and went into a disoriented coma, he soon woke up to find out he was been strapped down to an operating table with instruments of torture and the Anime Gods want seek revenge for his betrayal and insolence and next to him, Ani was also tied and strapped in an operating table, in a mid-comatose state and Nu has been tied to a chair and has an appearing black eye on her left but what the Hybrid didn’t know that the two ladies actually have more in common with him and his connection to the Anime Gods, but what happened to the others? Well, Lucky was chained up next to a broken heater, woken from the drug stupor and soon ravenous dogs will be released in one hour if the chain isn’t broken from the heater. Neon is in worse shape as he is tied down in a movie theater with his eyes propped open, forcing him to watch unspeakable acts of pain caught on video. Jon was still unconscious from his fall, Prof. Paradox was forced into making the Blue Leaf for the Gods and using Jumper as their test animal and the results has him almost writhing in pain from the effects. Don and Discord has being issued for waterboarding for information and most of the time when they wasn’t cooperating, they changed from water to lemon juice and it does sting like a bitch. Why the Anime Gods wanted to torture them was mainly the fact that they can’t risk another mortal of their existence but they easily wanted to make me beg for everyone’s mercy or else they’ll die because of me and I wasn’t going to let them die like this.



Speaking of dying (or something like it), this is TEXHNOLYZE.






The word “cyberpunk” has been synonymous within the anime and manga world and most of the media over the last 40+ years. Examples like the works of Philip K. Dick, William Gibson’s Neuromancer, Johnny Mnemonic, Metropolis, Akira, Battle Angel Alita, Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell and The Matrix and it seems that most of these titles has been a bit of inspiration for today’s anime du jour but sometimes when you have a fascinating theme that can be entertaining in the eyes through visuals and storytelling, you accomplish something but let’s just get into the synopsis.


The events take place in the vibrant yet dilapidated underground city of Lux. Denizens of Lux have come to call it "The City" and treat it as a sentient force. Three factions vie for control of the city: the Organo, a strictly professional conglomerate with ties to the criminal underworld in the prosthetics business ("Texhnolyze"); the Union, a fanatical populist group interfering with Organo's affairs; and Racan, a marauding group of Texhnolyzed youths. The series has an ensemble cast, but events particularly focus on Ichise, a stoic prize fighter who loses a leg and an arm to satisfy an enraged promoter; Onishi, a young but level-headed executive of the Organo who has many enemies; and Ran, a little girl who has a very important gift that affects the entire city. As they struggle to accept the challenges that they are dealt, the characters bear witness to major events that determine whether the city continues to exist.



Now, this is a very gritty and complex story that I actually can see being made beautifully and graphically into something I can get with although it has been done before in most of the anime released but the main problem of this anime is that it has a very slow pace of storytelling and while most of the main characters represent some symbolic figures that bear these deep psychologies, motives and desires, they just seem too dull and uninteresting for me to care about. I can honestly say I have no feel or relation to any of these characters and I really hate to say this but most of the time I fell asleep through some of the episodes, which is a fail at my part due that this requires you to pay attention to the plot and may leave you to think at some parts and the animation has a bit to do with that, too.



Yes, the animation of this is very dark, bleak, and has a depressing tone that perfectly matches this anime but its favorite colors happen to be black and grey and there is a bit too much of that color scheme. Also, there is to be minimal dialogue in some of the episodes (especially the first one) and some that I just can’t keep up with.



I think the music has be the saving grace of this show. While it may something I expect from The Matrix movies, Juno Reactor’s “Guardian Angel (Xavier’s Edit)” has got to be one of the most energetic high-electronica songs I have ever heard and yeah, I love this song. As for the ending song by Gackt, it was fine. It wasn’t that great but it was suitable for the show.



FINAL VERDICT: While having a story that is at first interesting but isn’t that unique anymore, they tried too hard to execute it and only manage to put some viewers to sleep, but then again, Texhnolyze isn’t the anime for everyone, just like Angel’s Egg but that anime is only 80 minutes in length while this is 22 episodes long and could have worked better as a movie. I will say this as a positive, this is highly recommended for anime fans have more of an artsy side of them and to those that want to learn all about this. I won’t rate it too high or too low for this but…..

Texhnolyze gets the final grade of:

7/10

Planet Tyro Rating: Low Watchable (it was that close to being a Vanilla title)



What I later realize that I actually did notice Nu from somewhere and that’s where it hit me. She was the one that tortured the Anime Gods at that warehouse but I really must have a short term memory of that and as they look at her, they had this insane look in their eye and wanted her to feel the pain as they did and then Ani woke up and started to come to the realization that she can’t escape of that trap and soon the attention was turn to her and then another shocking revelation has come to fruition: Ani was originally supposed to be in my shoes. She could have been what The Hybrid is but she is the only one that was able to escape the clutches of the Anime Gods…..until now, that is. Soon after that, the guards took Nu to rough her up more but the worse is yet to come for me and Ani as the Anime Gods has a device called Project EUPHORIA, a virtual reality helmet that can affect you in real life as it’s happening in there, too. Unfortunately, as me and Ani refused to cooperate, they have force us to wear those helmets and we did not like the images we saw. Both of us screamed with agonizing pain and disgust and then came silence and both of us were entered back into the comatose state and then only time can tell.


Everyone is still in peril. From getting beat up, having to fight for your life, trying to survive out of painful situations, working on a formula in order to live, cooperate in order to live so you won’t be dosed in gasoline and just plain living. Will our heroes ever get out of this situation? Will the Anime Gods ever succeed with their revenge? Will I get backlash for ranking Texhnolyze a 7
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Everyone is still in very perilous situations and it seems like it spells the end of our fellow protagonists. Either they are chained up, strapped in, water boarded, forced to work and test or die, getting beat up relentlessly and violently, wandering aimlessly after a brush of death or suffering through a virtual reality program that messes with your psyche. Then, at the room where The Hybrid & Ani is still unconscious from the Euphoria, a lab assistant named Rahman was starting to clean up around the area and then all of a sudden, Hybrid was starting to get his sight and the use of his arms and hands again but he is still immobile of his legs and he took off Ani’s helmet and see if she regains consciousness and she’s starting to come around and they was spotted by Rahman and as he began to call the Anime Gods, Hybrid threw a metallic paper holder at him, only breaking the phone. Hybrid slowly limped to him and tells him if he has a weapon, give it to him and he won’t hurt him, considering he was saving all that for you-know-who, but since Rahman doesn’t want to die, he reluctantly gives them something for getting the quick feeling of their legs back and soon Ani & Hybrid searches for the rest of their friends and the first one they find is Jon and he is still woozy from that fall, but they give him something to energize his being and should be up in a while and as they look for the others, another trip to the surreal and strange begins again with KAIBA.






Yup, this is another Madhouse production with the surreal imagery and animation used again like in the previous entry, Kemonozume, and it is also from the same director Masaaki Yuuki, which debuted on the WOWOW network in the spring of 2008 in Japan. Despite the Dr. Seuss-lite appearance of the show, the show is a science-fiction romance story which in the series, it’s now possible to store memory data into a body so the death of somebody wouldn’t really be a “death”, they are just transferred to new bodies but because of that discovery, or “memory trading”, it is now become very illegal to steal memories and trade them for others. The society in that world is being degenerated; authority is losing its grip towards the state of having the rich and powerful beings to barter others’ bodies and memories for their own enjoyment and longevity while those who have various money problems have to struggle finding a good body for themselves or a loved one. The main plot consists of a boy named Kaiba, who woke up in a smashed room and has no memories of his own and he find a pendant with a picture of an unknown woman named Niero inside of it. Then after being attacked, he escapes into space and meet all sorts of people and starting to regain most of his memories and still be of worry of the problems of the world, especially of why does he exist?




One of the important features in the series is the ability to store memories inside of a body and like in the real world, where we use flash drives, memory sticks, and external hard drives, memory chips are exactly like that but with minor differences. It is a great convenience and advantage but prolonging their ego can make them vulnerable to an extent putting them at the attacker’s mercy if it’s removed. Also there is the use of memory tanks, as in when a person dies or is killed, their memories are released as small yellow-orange beans floating away, creating rivers of dead people’s memories out in space.



As for the characters in the show, they often jump into every different character throughout the whole run of the series and there is a lot of deeper characterization within them, mostly from the title character and Niero. Popo, the public voice for Issoudan, the anti-memory chip organization, is a decent and perfectly flawed character but as for Vanilla, the sadistic sheriff who also has a weakness for extremely kawaii girls (which Chroniko, a girl who sells her body so the money can support her family, comes in) wasn’t actually needed for the show. I feel like he is just there for…..something but he felt useless to me.





Now for the animation and its surreal imagery and strange surroundings, this is miles ahead and completely surpasses Kemonozume in that department. Yes, some of the characters do look like little children but this is another world we are enchanted in and it felt more finished and not at all rushed before production was finished. The soundtrack for this has an more ambient feel in the background music and it enhances them well together and the opening and ending songs “Never” & “Carry Me Away”, both sung by Seira Kagami, are very welcoming and comforting to listen to and what’s weird about it is that the songs are in English but yes, there is no English dub of this.





FINAL VERDICT: This is one anime that had some good things about it going for it and originally I thought it wasn’t going to be excellent. It’s a great anime that’s also good for the mind in your anime diet and also requires all of your attention whenever but at some times, you’ll tend to drift off a few times if you are a casual/rising anime fan like myself but give it a try if you can handle reading subtitles.





And so, Kaiba gets its well-deserved rating of:

8.5/10

Planet Tyro rating: Solid B (Finally!!!!)



Soon as we continue searching for the people, Lucky suddenly pops up looking all bloody and beaten, but the blood is from the dogs that had the unfortunate end of that quarrel and then Ani borrows Lucky’s chain and slam into the door where Neon is forced to watch Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star in repeats and he is not having that as he start to break away for the chair but is too strong to break apart and it seems like he is doomed to watch Nick Swardson acting like a dumbass over and over again and then…we just unscrew the chair and freed him just like that. Oh yeah, and Neon lit a match and burn every reel of that movie and laugh like he was in Inglorious Basterds. In the next room, as Don and Discord was getting too wet from the waterboarding (that and their eyes are turning red from the lemon scent they put in) and as they were beginning to crack, Don told one of the guards to look down and kick him square in his jaw and Discord helped out with him sneaking a gun from one of the guards and shooting them in cold blood but one of the dying guards shot Discord in his ass but he still lived. Then Prof. Paradox couldn’t do any more work for another miracle drug like Blue Leaf which if they tested it on Jumper one more time, the results could be fatal for him and then, they dragged Nu and said to test it on her even though humans can’t handle it well. Paradox refused to do it and would rather die than harm a human for his success and then one of the Gods pointed a gun at him and shot his shoulder. Jumper looking worried, he started to knock out one of them but they threw him to the wall like he was a sack of potatoes and then pointed the gun at Nu and said if you don’t work on that formula, she will get shot. Sick and tired of the useless threats like every Bond villain, Nu got a hidden knife and just stab him in the gut and clear out as fast as she can. They soon to approach her and then all of us was reunited and now this looks like it can be the start of the beginning of the end for everybody. Will they survive against the Anime Gods? Can they succeed or will they fail at maximum levels? Will The Anime Gods just give It up
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As I stared into the face of my adversaries and thought all about the pain they inflicted on me and how I wanted my revenge on all of them. Although, I did get my revenge on them at the warehouse 6 reviews ago but now, they are really pissed about that day and now wants to take it out on not only me, but everyone who happens to be associated with me but still, do I deserve what’s coming to me and pay the price for what I’ve done or should I protect these people who I hardly know (in this story, not in real life) and fight to protect? Yeah, I chose the latter and guess what? This time, I won’t go easy on them and there will be bloodshed and most of it will be from them.



All of us, armed with katanas, machine guns, shotguns, gun knives, chain swords, flash bombs, grenades, handguns, the Blue Leaf, and last but not least, our own strength and wits. That list of weaponry may seem like overkill but baby, it’s time to get to killing. So who fire the first shot? Well, you’re going to have to wait for that until the review part of this is finished. The last Madhouse thing to review is MILLENNIUM ACTRESS.





From late anime filmmaker Satoshi Kon, (director of Paprika, Perfect Blue & Tokyo Godfathers) this is a story which may seem very normal and simple for unsuspecting eyes but from what I heard from people who loved his work and often reviewed it is that he has proven to have some phenomenal storytelling that can transform something so simple into a masterpiece of anime and so far, I have only seen Paprika and I was surprised that Chris Nolan was inspired by that movie to make Inception and yes, my rating for Paprika would be a First Class but right now, let’s focus more into this anime.



When Studio Gin'ei commissions filmmaker Gen'ya Tachibana to make a documentary in commemoration of its 70th anniversary, he travels to a secluded mountain lodge to interview the idol of his youth, the enigmatic Chiyoko Fujiwara, who was the studio's leading lady from the 1930s until the 1960s. As Chiyoko reminisces about her life, Tachibana and his cameraman suddenly find themselves on a rich and dazzling journey through time. Chiyoko's films and personal memories intertwine with present events and stretch the boundaries of reality.



Now what is actually unique about this story is that when Chiyoko tells the stories of her past, it isn’t just some flashback with none of the other characters involved and then they jump right back to the location, they are sucked into the stories like if they were actually there and actually experiencing the events she went through in her various movie roles and most of her personal ventures. It makes all the transitions in the movie cutting to the next scene of either from the train to the battlefield of Feudal Japan looking very well done and I’m impressed.



What I thought was kind of too farfetched was the plotline where Chiyoko’s love and devotion to an man that she’d only met once and spent most of her life trying to find him and while at first, it sounds somewhat sweet although foolish at some parts but it has made Chiyoko for she is and if it weren’t for that, she would’ve stay where she was and do whatever her stern mother would’ve wanted her to do.



Most of the character backstory we get from here is either Chiyoko or Gen’ya, the filmmaker who looks up Chiyoko as an idol of his youth and he doesn’t come out as an obsessed crazed fanboy, but actually has worked alongside with her in the studio but keep it low key and that did made him a better character throughout the end. The same can be said for Chiyoko. They are flawed characters but with the ongoing character development they get only in 90 minutes, which is completely acceptable and keeps it on a normal pace, it is perfectly fine.



The animation does show its age since the release of it in 2001 but it did aged well and doesn’t look too different from the current releases, maybe a little but it holds up good for what it is and some of the photo-realistic backgrounds do fit with the animation. The music I never did notice too much in the movie but like the animation, the music fits with the situations and the turmoil of the events in the movie.



FINAL VERDICT: I’m just going to say it. This is a great movie on the basis of storytelling and imagination. I can see why most people would love this movie and it is all of those things that I mentioned. It doesn’t get that confusing for some people and I didn’t get too brain-frazzled by it but I would recommended if you are both either an anime and/or a film fan.



So, Millennium Actress gets their rating of:

9.5/10

Planet Tyro rating: FIRST CLASS



So who fired the first shot? Well, Ani did with her knife gun and this is part where SHIT GETS REAL!!!!

Everybody was shooting all around the places, bullet holes are showing up more than Swiss cheese and there is more bloodshed here than in a Quentin Tarantino film and that’s saying a lot. So far, Lucky sliced a few guards with the chain swords; Neon got his revenge by stomping on the guard’s head and making it bloody but not too bloody; Nu just went into Berserker mode and snap every guards’ neck off; Don, Paradox & Discord manned the many guns they acquire and stole from the room and Discord had some payback by shooting the guy in the ass and Paradox really went mad. Jon & Jumper held their ground and straight threw a guy up in the air and slammed him on the ground and The Hybrid just did his thing and aimed for them. He took one out with a shotgun blast to the knee (not an arrow!!) and another one by stabbing him in the gut and the intestines just bleed out and it’s pretty gory and now the last remaining Anime God and he is so determined to bring him down and as he took the Blue Leaf to finish him off, The Anime God grab him by the leg, swing him and throw him directly at Jon and then Jon launched me back at the guy and surprise, he caught him again and threw me at Neon and it happened again and again and then I was beginning to be sick.

As the remaining God proven to be invincible and started to grab The Hybrid again and give the finishing move, a gunshot was heard out of nowhere and as it turns out it was directly at the God but it didn’t affected him that much and as he finds out Ani was the one that shot him but unfortunately, he won’t hold back because of a woman and grab Ani by the neck, choking the life out of her, and as hope seems to be only a sliver, the end of a sword came from the God’s back and Hybrid was the one to stab him, only to have the God stabbing him, too, but not that far into any vital organs. But he is, in fact, losing blood from his wounds and starting to lose any consciousness. He won the war but at what cause? Well, he made some new friends and hopefully allies for the future of his next endeavors of anime reviewing…..only he is doing it by the orders of himself. For now on, he is his own boss
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MILLENNIUM ACTRESS – courtesy of Madhouse/The Klockworx Ltd. (U.S. Distribtion by GO FISH Pictures
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