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As Hybrid is re-united with GSXR and Ani, they need to think of a plan on how to escape from town and getting past through bounty hunters looking for Hybrid’s head…….Well, Ani, GSXR, & Hybrid put their heads together and thought of a plan. Two hours later, GSXR received a vehicle from one of her contacts while Ani is busy making an unrecognizable Hybrid with false teeth, a blue-grayish low-cut afro, and a facial mask to fool anyone who has the slightest suspicion. He looked at the mirror and said that he looked like if Marge Simpson had a long lost bi-racial brother but he was okay with the appearance as not even he recognizes himself. Now Ani specifically said to him, “Look, if anyone asks about you, I’ll tell them you’re a deaf mute, that way no one can recognize your voice.” And then GSXR interfered, “And if that happens, we can make you deaf.” Hybrid’s eyes widen as GSXR puts earphones with loud music blaring and he said, “Okay, okay, the deaf mute thing works.” Soon, they were ready, willing, and eager to go and during that time, a track enters the mind of these words: WELCOME TO THE SPACE SHOW.






For any American or anybody that isn’t Japanese that doesn’t always follow anime as much, there is no denying that Studio Ghibli is a part of that fraction that people who aren’t anime fans like their movies but recently, most anime movies have their Ghibli touch such as Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt through Time, both of which are from Madhouse and directed by Mamoru Hasoda but what if a movie that combines the magic of Ghibli and the works of Mamoru Hasoda? That is where this movie comes to mind.


The plot involves around five children who originally plan to spend their summer vacation at a self-run summer camp but things all change when they save the life of a dog-like alien while looking for their lost class pet and they are rewarded with a trip to an alien colony located on the moon. However, things take a turn for the worse when passages from the Moon to the Earth banned, poachers hunting for something one of the kids got (it’s wasabi), and to top it all off, finding a way home before their parents discover them to be missing.



While I got to say that story of the movie is really nothing new, being it’s a journey to a world that’s outside of our own and experiencing new entities beyond their eyes, is actually really refreshing to watch, but I believe there are some scenes (The passport scene, the ways of them earning money and losing it) that really didn’t need to be there or need to be cut short, considering its runtime is over 2 hours 16 minutes (136 minutes) and most anime movies don’t even try to be that long…or at least, the anime movies that I watch. There is also something about the title element, The Space Show, as in you’ll know nothing about it in the first part and only know a little bit about throughout the movie’s mid-section.



Characters are pretty decent with a minimal main group of characters like Natsuki, the newly added, energetic kid from town who is a space case some of the time but wants to prove to be stronger than she usually is, as in her being a heroine; Amane, the youngest member (and Natsuki’s cousin) who has the honest and gentle personality but isn’t as naïve as most people would think in a child and was annoyed with Natsuki in the first few minutes of the movie because of her letting the pet Pyon-Kichi escape. There’s Kiyoshi, who’s the oldest of the group and basically the leader because of his leadership skills, but to me, he had less to deal and honestly, he’s really not that interesting to follow through. Noriko, the timid fourth grader, might be the same as Kiyoshi in the story but her role is being the voice of reason. Then, there’s Koji, the bespectacled boy who is very curious about anything with UFOs, aliens, and the occult and yet he doesn’t seem like the person that would touch everything and messes it up for that person. He’s curious but he’s not an idiot and I like that in a character. Then there’s Pochi Rickman, the dog-like alien who has a very Peter Pan-ish personality minus the Lost Boys and felt more like a characters that adults can somewhat relate to in something that’s very kid-friendly but not in your face about it. There’s also the message of owning up to your responsibility, from Natsuki being arrogant and lazy to when her cousin is in danger or Pochi.



For animation, A-1 Pictures, the studio that brought you Blue Exorcist, Black Butler, and of course, Sword Art Online, are the ones responsible for this movie and this may sound redundant but the animation looks very vibrant, colorful and a visual masterpiece. In layman’s terms, it’s that damn good but at sometimes can get a little warped in the character movements, like it was Studio 4’C doing in-between animation but stil, it’s great animation to look at. The music score has that jazzy, bouncing edge to it, like you are a kid in an amusement park being surrounded by all these people and cartoon characters (mainly people in mascot outfits) and the ending song done by Susan Boyle (yes, that Susan Boyle. Has she done anything relevant in a while?) was really a great highlight in the music department.



The dub, surprisingly, is done by underutilized New York/Los Angeles (bicoastal) dubbing company NYAV Post and, as of the time of this review being made, is distributed by Manga Entertainment……that’s Manga UK meaning no US date has been made for this yet. Anyway, the dub really had strong points when casting child actors Michael Dean & Michael Jacob Wayne as Amane & Koji, respectively, as you believe that this is an actual kid voicing that role since most dubs and especially the original Japanese counterparts often ignore that. However, there are strong performances from veterans Michael Sinterniklaas (The Venture Bros. and founder of NYAV Post), Stephanie Sheh (in her better roles, IMO, and also co-direct and wrote the English version/ADR), Cassandra Lee & Marc Diraison (also co-directs with Sheh.)



FINAL VERDICT: This movie has got the touch of what Ghibli has been missing recently with a sense of adventure and fun thrown in with some glaring problems like forgetting the title element of the movie, it can run for too long, and some lessons can become overbearing but can be subtle about it. It’s an anime film that I would recommend to families if they can stand the 2 hour length of it.



Welcome to the Space Show blasts off to a

PLANET TYRO RATING: LOW Solid B. 7.5/10



Ani, GSXR & Hybrid are now on the road to find the rest of the crew and from the looks of it, it looks like to be a hell of a long trip as the first destination they’re heading to is Kris, or as he liked to be called now, “Pancho.” And as Hybrid knew about that, he said, “AAHH! No fucking way! Didn’t that guy want to kill me when he sees me?” Ani calmed him down saying, “You have a disguise. We’ll just tell him you are….my grandfather. I think he’ll believe that.” Then Hybrid interjected with, “How is he going to believe that I’m…….wait, I’m not sure if I’m younger or older than you.” Then GSXR came to an abrupt stop as a gaggle of police officers and bounty hunters are securing the exits and they are checking every vehicle for The Hybrid and other runaways. Soon they got to theirs and GSXR got off by saying, “Is there a problem, officer……and scary looking guy?” As she looks toward one of the hunters, the officer said, “Well, ma’am, we’re searching for a dangerous and nefarious man that’s considered a threat and danger to everyone in the state, including you two lovely ladies and……is that your grandfather or grandmother?” Hybrid looked displeased and Ani answered, “No. This is my hearing impaired cousin who really needs our help with communication so we speak for him.” The officer looked awfully suspicious of that but he checked them out……with one exception. They send in another officer and that officer was……….”You need my help, sir?”, and it was Pancho that answered and Ani, GSXR, and especially Hybrid were shocked.

WELCOME TO THE SPACE SHOW – animation by A-1 Pictures / distributed by MANGA ENTERTAINMENT (UK), US distributed undetermined yet (that or GKIDS)
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So, after escaping from the police station, unbeknownst to anyone else, Hybrid, Ani & GSXR roam around the night looking for either a car to travel or a hotel to rest. “This is getting exhausting!!” GSXR said, “Why can’t you just use your power to transport into an empty room at a hotel….no one is going to notice us there.” Then Ani added that we can’t be exposed too much considering we used it once and somebody is bound to find them out. “This is going nowhere. We can’t rent a car because of Hybrid’s face and they’re closed at night, we don’t see any vacancies for a hotel within our mile radius, and we’re mostly wanted men….well, people.” As they continued to walk and GSXR agreeing with her statement, Ani noticed Hybrid was very silent (well, more silent than normal) and went to turn around and he was nowhere to be found and the reason was that he was feeling twice as exhausted from Blue Leaf usage and then some gang was cornering him with and knew who exactly he was and the leader said, “Yo, is that—Oh SHIT, it is! It’s that $6 million bounty guy!!” and then they pursue to track him and then they hold him down and knock him around until he’s unconscious in case he tries to escape and then they put in their car. I think this kidnapping attempt reminds me of some anime I watched not too long ago…..I can’t think of the title but it’s…I...I……oh, yeah...I’s.



Yup, today’s topic revolving around this anime is romance, considering at the time of writing this review, it’s close to Valentine’s Day, mostly the holiday that many people either get excited about or dreaded as it goes by. Anyway, the anime du jour is based on the manga that was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan from 1997 to 1999; the series was collected into 15 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha. There were 2 OVA adaptations, the first From I’s is a 2-episode OVA while I’s Pure is a six-part OVA.


The story's main character is 16-year-old high school student Ichitaka Seto who is in love with his classmate Iori Yoshizuki, but too shy to tell her. Again and again he plans to tell her his true feelings, but each time something (usually a misunderstanding of some kind) gets in the way. Things become even more complicated when Itsuki Akiba returns to Japan; she is a girl Ichitaka was friends with in their childhood before she moved to the United States, and who had a huge crush on him. Now, that part is more from Pure rather than the first outing From, but some of the time, they both have similar plot details with the first OVA being something that actually resembles a plot that’s involves Itsuki meeting Yosuke, another childhood friend & Ichitaka in the woods to fulfill a promise they made ten years ago.



I will say that the first OVA, while being the shortest, is possibly the more interesting one to watch but it doesn’t hold up well to the second series in part of story continuity and cohesion and yet, Pure focus more on the romantic aspect with it being played straight although it needs up being generic and typical, especially the most awkward misunderstandings, oblivious characters who really seems more dumb than they appear, and obnoxious editing tricks.



For characters, Ichitaka Seto, the main character of the series is the shy teenage boy who has trouble with relationships due to his earlier misfortunes but to me, I get his shyness and where he’s coming from but often he has his foot in his mouth a few too many times, although that is bound to happen to many people. For Iori Yoshizuki, she’s very friendly, gorgeous to look at but honestly, she’s the blandest character in the series. For the first OVA, she definitely showed no purpose there except for her doing her job and in peril. The second series show more purpose with her but is still in peril with the dumbest antagonist who wants revenge for finding out that he spies on girls changing clothes. Next time, buddy, make your cam more unnoticeable. Itsuki Akiba, on the other hand, was actually one of the greater things about the show. She’s playful, characteristic and often shameless and loud but somebody that seems fun to hang out with and of course, there’s the other plotline that she’s a childhood friend and she has real feelings towards Ichi and we all know how that goes along. Then there’s Teratani, Ichitaka’s best friend who think himself as a pro with the females and gives him advice on how not to mess up his relationship but he’s also a jackass when it comes to messing with Ichi a few times.


For animation, it was provided by two animation companies; the first being Studio Pierrot, the guys responsible for 2 of the Big Three, Naruto and Bleach; and Studio ARMS, the one animation company that I bitch about for being hacks…….plus they made Master of Marital Hearts and for it, the character designs are very consistent from both OVAs while the first series looks older, which is more understandable considering the years. There is a little amount of gratuitous fan service in the second OVA on the sections of “Ichitaka’s Fantasy Diary”, where he sexually fantasizes about the girls (Iori, Itsuki, etc.) and their intimate moments. The music score is mainly decent although it’s forgettable most of the times, including the openers and ending songs in Pure.



Funny thing about the dub is from New Generation Pictures, this is a Viz Media release and NGP is usually associated with Geneon most of the time but this dub was…off. Darrel Guillbeau and Erika Weinstein gives tiresome and stilted performance as the main would-be, kind of couple Ichitaka and Iori, respectively. It could be the direction they were given but I wasn’t feeling their performances. I will say that Carrie Savage did a better run out of all the performances in the show than anybody else.




FINAL VERDICT: This is a passable series that doesn’t drag at all but you’ll be bored by some of the characters and irritated by the cliché elements and you’ll wonder why there are even there if they don’t provide anything to the story. I would just give the series a rent rather than buy.


I’m sorry but I’s is very…..

Planet Tyro Rating: VANILLA - 5.5/10




Suddenly, Ani & GSXR noticed the gang members putting Hybrid in the car and they quickly need to think of a plan of sneaking him out. Then out of the blue, someone else in black clothing and mask had a crowbar to break into the car while the gang members went into the convenient store, then he hot-wired the car and swiftly drove away from there, while the gang find out, very pissed and frustrated, shouting “My motherfucking BOUNTY!!!!! You fucking prick!” and the black masked-man shouted, “Tanto tiempo, limp dick folla!” The car then comes up to Ani & GSXR and wondered, “Um, excuse me; our very tired friend is in that car. Can we at least have him back?” The car pulled up to them and then he took off his mask and the person revealed was…..Pancho. “So, what did the Hybrid dumbass done this time? I know all about the bounty and everything.” It seems like Pancho is about to turn him in but GSXR said, “Look, I know he hasn’t been a good fri—“ Then Pancho said, “NO SHIT, He isn’t a good friend. HE GOT ME SHOT!! IN MY ASS, FOR FUCK’S SAKE!! He deserved what’s coming to him and tell one reason why I shouldn’t turn him in?” Then Ani basically stated that if the person turning him in is a cop, they get no reward money. Pancho then said, “Well, fuck, OK……..But when he wakes up, can I just slap him around?” Both girls sighed and gave him permission but not too much.



I’S – animation by PIERROT/ARMS , distributed by VIZ MEDIA.
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It is almost 4:00 A.M. in the morning and Hybrid was feeling weary after being beaten and dragged into a car but luckily someone saved him at the last minute but unfortunately for him, the person that saved him is also the one that was some revenge on him. “Hey, Hybrid, you awake?” that voice answered. “Yeah”, he responded, “I’m not going to get raped, am I?” “No.” the voice said then a light shined on the guy and in case you didn’t know from the beginning, it was Pancho and he said, “But you will get hurt!” Then Hybrid’s eyes widen in the shock of him wanting to kick his ass. “Hey, man……did the wounds heal up pretty well?” He nervously chuckled as he tries to teleport out of there but has no Blue Leaf in him and then he prepared for the worst. While the screams of Hybrid getting the shit kicked out of him and with him saying “STOP!! Please!” Ani & GSXR are planning what town to seek out the crew next and to concentrate from Hybrid’s screams. “NOT THE PLUNGER! THIS ISN’T NEW YORK!! A RUBBER DUCKY? (*squeaky*) Why me?” They were weird out the whole time, especially on the rubber ducky *squeaky* but they thought out the next location and it was somewhere on the other side of the world….albeit they all have to journey into This Ugly yet Beautiful World.



Welcome back to the world if anime studios Gainax and Shaft were actual people in the real world that they could conceive a lot of unique and weird kids of their own. Now I’ve already ventured through Mahoromatic before and I know what content to expect from these two studios.

Takeru and Ryou are high school students who work doing deliveries for the former's uncle. One night, the two go to investigate a mysterious light in the woods only to find a young girl. Takeru and Ryou are attacked by an alien, which is defeated when Takeru transforms into a powerful and strange looking beast himself. The girl, whom the boys’ name "Hikari" (light), is taken in by Takeru when she confesses to having no memory of who she is.



They are later joined by Jennifer Portman, an American scientist with an interest in the boys and Hikari; Ioneos, a shape-shifting robot loyal to Hikari; Kuon, a little floating alien; and Akari, Hikari's "sister". The series follows the daily lives of its characters as they learn about the human condition and face the incoming monsters.



Now upon watching this series, I started to notice a trend within the show, such as taking in an unknown possibly non-human young girl into your place, the main male characters somewhat hate their current life based on stuff in the past (very horrible things), robots are involved, the kicked-in sci-fi element, an older but annoying character who drunks a lot, a harem of girls who crushes on you, the tsundere who’s really has a crush on you, the other alien girl also completely unknown of Earth’s customs.



In fact, this is more like the twin of Mahoromatic. Unfortunately, this is the ungrateful/unimaginative twin who can’t think of anything significant besides basically being a copycat to the older source. The story is very generic from the get-go, if you know much of Gainax or Shaft properties. The characters give or take, are basically the anime stereotypes we know but hell, I don’t love them that much. Takeru is the miserable pessimistic yet turns a little optimistic teenager who’s often lazy & unmotivated but can transform a powerful primal being……but only for a few episodes that’s ever mentioned. Ryou is Takeru’s best friend who captured the hearts of many girls at his school (including Sakurako and Amika – yeah, that’s all they get for character description) and always has this feel-good position whenever about something and also his sister Kimi, who is the stereotype of kid sister who knows way too much of their age…..and yet I don’t give a damn. Mari is the typical tsundere character, who is also in love with Takeru and oh yeah, she’s also his cousin. Then comes the lone foreigner (or American) Jennifer Portman, who I swear is more like the molesting teacher in Mahoromatic or Misato & Ritsuko in Evangelion but more annoying, drunk, and not that funny. She’s just being unbearable whenever she appears. There’s also Shinichi Asakura and Daijirou Matsumura, who always want to fulfill their sexual fantasy ever since meeting Hikari and they are really just beating (or in this case, fucking) a dead horse with that stereotype.



For the animation, what did you expect from Gainax and Shaft? Fan service is all around the place from her, but that isn’t why the anime isn’t that great and the budget constraints do show many times here with speed lines, weird and awkward movements, and often contrived pacing. The opening theme is actually very intense and has the dramatic feel set for the show while the ending theme is too much fluff and no twist. BGM is marginally okay but nothing home to write about. The dub by ADV Films was decent but some of the voices just felt too irritating, especially from some of the female characters (mostly Jennifer), but other than that, there was nothing noteworthy of the dub but passable.


FINAL VERDICT: This has the same elements of the other Gainax/Shaft series, but this is just pure laziness and dribble from beginning to end. I can’t recommended this series unless you want to experience déjà vu but shorter. Personally, I suggest you watch Mahoromatic over this but unlike this, it has a better, more interesting story and a better lead female character.

Unfortunately (for you maybe), This Ugly yet Beautiful World gets the ugly grade of

Planet Tyro Rating: NOT FEELING THIS – 3/10




*squeaky* “Will you stop with the squeaking?” Ani said, “It’s getting very frustrating.” Then Pancho walked out of the room, with a satisfied grin in his face, “What? I’m through with my revenge and now I’m cool with him.” GSXR said, “Then why were you still torturing him with a rubber ducky? *squeaks* STOP THAT!!” Pancho said, “Oh, I was just doing that for fun. *duck squeaky*” Then Hybrid appeared from behind and said, “We need to get into deeper beyond our grid. I heard that somewhere there are safe havens hidden in places like Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Greece, South Africa. We just need to gather the rest and place ourselves there but we got to do it by going into the digital grid.” Then Hybrid pulled out 2 laptops with helmets that have 4 USB plug/outlets ready for the others and preparing for explore within their limits……..


THIS UGLY YET BEAUTIFUL WORLD – animation by GAINAX/SHAFT , distributed by AeSIR HOLDINGS (formerly ADV Films)

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The place, setting and time has been set as our four mysterious and strange travelers head inside the Grid to find the rest of the crew that Hybrid swore to get back together. As they went in, they have been assigned to codenames: the first being GSXR, who was assigned to the name Black Rose; second is Pancho, who’s assigned name is Sakuma; then is Ani, who was given the nickname of Pleiades and then there’s Hybrid and his given username is….. “.MAK? I’m sorry but what the hell does that mean?” he replied after having his name. Pancho then asked him, “Wait, I don’t get the MAK name, unless it has something to do with this one guy that I heard of who was traveling with a wolf---“, Then GSXR interrupted him at that sentence saying, “Guys!! We’re close to arriving there.” reliving Hybrid on something that most people (meaning Ani & GSXR) already know, at least the surface points of that. So they started to search the first district for some answers and familiar faces and after an hour of searching, they ran into this merchant who was rushing back into his building due to an electric storm and that’s when Hybrid (or .MAK) noticed the bunny ears coming out of his head, so we decided to go into the building and then the next thing, let’s just say we saw a ghost today…………and now onto the review of .Hack//sign.




Well, I think it has about time that I get into checking this series out, considering when at the time I was watching Sword Art Online, people were making such references to this series and I having no idea about this show or this franchise, as a matter of fact and while this has the digital world aspect, it also had a RPG (Role-Playing Game) element in it and considering my disinterest in the latter (not hatred, just not that into it) but more into the former, this might be a hard feat to accomplish and wonder how will I enjoy the series.


Amidst a popular online role playing game in the near future, characters try to play out the goals they set for entertainment and passing of time. The World as the RPG is called is one with a setting of monsters, player characters and dungeons. Tsukasa is a detached and introverted character that has a number of mysteries about his player character. Many weird happenings seem to surround Tsukasa and his involvement in a rare item called 'The Key Of The Twilight' sparks Tsukasa's meeting with different online characters and the befriending of their real life counterparts; All without ever meeting face to face in reality. What is strange about Tsukasa is that he can't seem to log out of The World. Subaru and Silver Knight of The Crimson Knights continue to look for proof of why Tsukasa cannot log out or the existence of The Key of the Twilight. Meanwhile Bear, Mimiru, and BT as Tsukasa's friends try to help him understand who he really is and how he can return to the real world.



Here’s the one thing in this show that might tune out a lot of people out: At the first beginning of the series, it felt very slow-paced and the plot is mostly hard to follow at a few times or even sometimes if you went to take a bathroom break, you won’t miss any important detail considering it’s very scatter-brained. Also, the plotline where the character Tsukasa can’t log out in the game and the whole “you die in the game, you die for real” aspect, which I still call bullshit considering people would check that before any game’s initial release and yes, it may be just an anime but it doesn’t mean any type of logic should back thrown in the backseat. There’s also that this is a dialogue-heavy show, which is fine for an anime although the dialogue can be dull a few times, possibly enough to put you into sleep.



Characters in here are actually……decent although slightly askew with more character than meets the eye. Tsukasa, the lead character, is kind of a jerkass in the game, but in the real world has been through a lot of depressing things in his life. Mimiru, one of the first characters we met in the show is the tomboyish energetic player who, like any other player, plays there for fun and when it comes to helping Tsukasa, she seems more like the lead rather than him. If it would’ve been focused on her from the beginning, I would have liked it more. Bear is the older yet kind of wiser player; Subaru (which I did joked about her name because I didn’t know at first, ‘Subaru’ is also the Japanese name for the Pleiades star cluster.) is the one of the heads-in-charge of the Crimson Knights, who wants to keep things civil in “The World” (BTW, most generic name for a MMORPG game) and Crim is the one who helped mentored Subaru for when she first enter “The World”. BT is the insider of all things “The World” and……she hates lettuce? Wait, what was important about that? Oh, and Sora is the douchebaggish character who apparently assaults women when playing the game.


The animation supplied by Bee Train is not really that stellar but offers nothing in the first half. Bee Train is being responsible for the infamous girls-with-guns trilogy (Noir, Madlax, El Cazador de la Bruja), which only two of them are my favorite (Noir, ECDLB) and most of it is just talking and talking and for a game that is RPG, I expected to be at least more balanced with the action and dialogue but it was a major drag. Character and art design are nothing risqué and mostly very safe territory and the closest thing to some fan service is the outfits that Mimiru and Subaru got on in the game.



One thing I can say about the music is that it’s the best thing going for the show as I found every piece of music, including the opening “Obsession” , the ending “Gentle Dawn” and the background music, made by Yuki Kajiura, to be the more interesting part of the show. Hell, I hear on the DVD you can select an option to only hear the music and there’s the Bandai/PCB Productions dub, which is decent as best but has some stilted acting from the cast as they are really no standouts, although this is the first time I hear noticed Brianne Siddall, who usually play young boy roles in anime, and hearing more of Amanda Winn-Lee since she went from Texas voice-acting from being in L.A.



FINAL VERDICT: This has a good premise going for it but met with lackluster execution but manages to go somewhere in the final part of the series. I can honestly see why most people love it, which associates it with the RPG element, which I will recommended to those who loved it but if you’re like me and you enjoyed the soundtrack more, just get that and don’t look back.


This is going to be a tough one for me, but I rate .Hack//Sign….

5.5/10 – HIGH An Acquired Taste




The group noticed that guy somewhere before as he walks past by Ani and she whispered into Hybrid’s ear and said, “Doesn’t that guy look like Tron?”, but Hybrid reiterated the fact that Tron is no longer alive but Ani swore that he just saw him coming around here. “But isn’t there the other issue that merchant that looks like a rabbit might be either Neon or Lucky?” Pancho said. “But you said it was a ‘he’,” GSXR pointed out, “And we all know that…...you know what, does anybody know if Lucky is a male or female?” The group either shrugged, wondered, or they didn’t know. Soon the four split into separate ways, which had Ani & Hybrid looking for the rabbit-eared merchant and possibly Tron. “Hey! You with the rabbit ears! I need to talk to you!” Hybrid shouted at him (or her) and then the merchant kept running and running from Hybrid with him throwing things at him including a banana peel and yet, the rabbit avoided the cliché trap of slipping on one but yet Hybrid didn’t. “OW! Dammit.” As Hybrid felt the pain from the fall, Ani was tracking down possible Tron and remained incognito, that as until a grim voice being whispered into Ani’s ear and said, “You can’t escape the FATES, my dear Ani-chan!” and then after being creeped out by what she think is some random guy, Possi-Tron spotted her and deliberately asked her why is she following and/or stalking him. Well, that’s saved up for the next episode and it does involve FATE........


.HACK//SIGN – animation by BEE TRAIN, distributed by BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT.
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“Now can you please tell me why you are stalking me?” Possi-Tron asked Ani as she was spotted by him. Ani had no choice but to stop making up a story and just tell the truth, “Well……..okay, I’m sorry, but you just look a friend we once knew and we have been trying to find most of our friends, me and couple of people including—“, Then he interrupted her when he saw Hybrid lied down from slipping before and ask her if she’s friends with him or not and she responded with a yes and then Possi-Tron revealed his true identity and it turns out to be Chaos Emperor in a clever masking disguise. “CHAOS!!” Ani whispered, “I thought you got out of your business. What are you doing in the Grid?” As they went to help up Hybrid, Emperor explained that he recently found out about some personal files revolving Hybrid and the connection to how he encountered Blue Leaf and him as a superhuman being overall and even though Hybrid is within earshot of this, he couldn’t make up any dialogue from them. Chaos also explained that he had warning signs telling him all the fates heading his way, the same thing as Ani has experienced earlier and she asked him, “Tell me, Chaos, what are the FATES that you speak of?” As the two talked, there is one FATE to speak out from this point…….FATE STAY NIGHT that is.



There’s something about the Fate franchise that has such a Westernized influence. The show itself (along with its prequel Fate/Zero) is partially derived from a series of visual novel games, made for the PC and then later for the PS2 and PS Vita made by Type-Moon, but like many visual novel games, it didn’t left a mark in the Western part of the world and then in 2006, an anime adaptation was made into the fray as it would come to that eventually.

Shirou Emiya lost his parents in a fire when he was young and was later adopted by a sorcerer by the name of Kiritsugu Emiya. Although he was full of admiration for his adopted father and yearns to become an ally of justice, Shirou has limited powers and was unable to become a strong sorcerer like his father. That is until one fateful day, he was drawn into the Holy Grail War and had to summon a female "Servant" known as Saber in order to protect himself. It turns out that the Holy Grail War involves a series of battles among powerful sorcerers to fight for the possession of a relic that will grant one's wishes, the Holy Grail. There are altogether seven "Masters" who can summon their respective "Servants" from different classes known as Saber, Archer, Rider, Berserker, Lancer, Caster and Assassin. These "Servants" have to hide their names in order not to reveal their weaknesses to the enemies. The story revolves around Shirou and his entanglement in the Holy Grail War.



Well, after watching through the whole series and possibly getting into the movie, Unlimited Blade Works, I got to say that the show feels like most other shounen anime, meaning there are many epic fights, a plotline involving somebody’s life on the line, and the occasional magic. Albeit it’s been done before, but what type of story hasn’t? The execution of it was mostly on a medium note, as in it was tired, predictable but something you can stomach thru for the time being.


As for the characters in here, the range is either minimum to weak as the main character Shirou Emiya is the noble dumbass savant of the series, as if he wants to fight and protect the people he loves, but the one he’s protecting are overall better fighters than him and more invincible since the few times he tried to fight, he ended up dead….or very seriously injured. The rest of the Masters were hardly noticeable in the show or barely a standout, except for Rin Tohsaka, whose character is handle OK in the plot, despite sometimes being a damsel-in-distress and Illyasviel von Einzbern and she fills in the role for creepy little girl with white girl but in the second half, she rarely often used in the main plot much. As for the Servants, the two standouts are Saber and Archer, whom have more involved character development into the show than the other Servants, even if Berserker can kill you savagely and violently. I will say that some characters like Taiga Fujimura, English teacher and Shirou’s guardian & Sakura, who often is Shirou’s caretaker, didn’t really felt like if they were offscreen, they were to be noticed that they were missing although involving the latter in the main plotline seems way out of left field.



The animation by famed anime production company Studio Deen (Ranma ½, Hetalia, Higurashi: When They Cry) and it looks pretty impressive, considering it was in 2006. The battle scenes are animated excellently and the backgrounds/art are often utilized to their full extent. Plus, character designs are mostly basic, aside from the Servants, and it does have that Victorian classic feel to it. The opening theme (and even the 2010 version) was actually one of the better opening themes I have heard in a while, although the second opening was a downgrade to how too fast-paced it is, since the first one builds it up to that pace. The ending was remarkably decent but still something you can back up.


The dub by Geneon/Bang Zoom! Has more weaknesses than strengths, which is unfortunate since I happen to like Bang Zoom’s dubbing work (yes, even more than Funimation). The biggest weakness being Sam Regal and he wasn’t exactly as whiny as I pictured him as Shirou but his voice feels slightly off due to the appearance of him and comes off as a jerk to me. Mostly the biggest deal in this whole franchise as a whole is the English voice of Saber as of now, three voice actresses’ play the part of her while the Japanese counterpart is only played by one. Kate Higgins has the role of Saber for this time and she was rather decent in her performance. Mela Lee, Sherry Lynn & Liam O’Brien was also decent in their roles while Julie Ann Taylor annoyed me in her role as Taiga, considering how screechy her voice in her character is and Jennifer Sekiguchi (aka Stephanie Sheh) is good but is type-casted as the little girl character but more of a creepy vibe from her.


FINAL VERDICT: This series is mostly okay for the execution but in the end, ends up clumsy at the final result. I get some of the hatred or “meh”ness of this show and how it leaves some questions hanging about the Servants and Masters but on the other hand, I’m glad I watched this first, so that way when I eventually watched Fate/Zero, I would feel satisfied in some way. For that, I’ll advise you if you ever watch this or F/Z, either watch Stay Night first or just watch Zero and forget about this one.


So, what beholds the Fate in Fate Stay Night?

Planet Tyro Rating: Watchable-6.5/10



As they need to put Hybrid in bed rest and Ani had to call back GSXR & Pancho to meet at Chaos’ digi-palace, he addresses the existence of the FATES, these shadowy figures who look upon your life, watching your every move and throwing some obstacles at you to prove that you are destined for whatever you become. Then Chaos said that for Hybrid, the FATES made a special case for him, placing a FATE-on watch in his earlier teenage years that even continues throughout his recent life. “Wait, you mean these figures predicted that Hybrid was to be what he is now?” Pancho asked. “But starting with him as a teenager?” Chaos then said, “Yes. According to the files I got from a local tracker, Hybrid wasn’t exactly the most optimistic of teenagers, but then again, who isn’t? Plus, he had over 4 FATE-on watches during his time, including here, The Madhouse a year ago, One Blood, and some location which I can’t make out to read.” Ani then asked him, “Do you think it’ll explain more about Hybrid?”; “With anything in his past life that can do us any good?” GSXR concluded Ani’s sentence. “Well, we have 6 files on that but which one can we start with?” We get a close up on the files and the names of it listed as follows: Ballistics, Offense, Nature, Efficiency, Synergy, and a 6th file that is to be remained unnamed.

FATE STAY NIGHT – animated by STUDIO DEEN / distributed by SENTAI FILMWORKS (formerly GENEON & partially FUNimation at the time)
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I think I have been too harsh whenever I said that I’m not interested in any form of media that is close to an RPG or has Middle Earth elements but that statement still stand by me because there’s nothing remotely interesting about that genre, aside from most Final Fantasy games (I’m not sure about the other media with the Final Fantasy name) but I’m mostly willing to give one of them a shot especially with this particular title, which has recommended (sort of) from a fellow reviewer I know.

Pacifica Casull is the most feared and hated person by the followers of the God Mauser. Known as the Scrapped Princess, she is the poison that will destroy the world. To avoid being killed by the zealots of Mauser, Pacifica and her adoptive brother and sister leave the village of Manhurin. Her brother, Shannon, is an expert with the sword while Racquel is proficient with magic. At every step of the way, however, someone is constantly trying to kill Pacifica, hoping to somehow avert the catastrophe that is supposed to befall the world on her 16th birthday.



I will admit that I like the plotline for this title as it deals with a burden of being born with a curse and that you have to live with that of people constantly hating you for what you are because of your title yet once you know them, they are not that bad of a person that they make you out to be. Plus, the show is run of a quick and constant pace as it doesn’t feel too long whenever you watch it, as in watching the first 6 episodes is 2 hours long but you don’t think that it’s dragging or wasting your time.



I got to say for the characters, there is one flaw within the characters of the show: NONE OF THEM ARE UNLIKABLE! As in, I find every character of the show to be enjoyable to watch once you get to know them in the story. In the beginning, the main character Pacifica Cassul may act like a brat in some of the episodes but you don’t really hate her since it wasn’t that obnoxious or overbearing. You really feel for the character that’s going through his status as the Scrapped Princess, being forsaken to that, and it helps that she can be a sweet person on the inside. Shannon Cassul is the straightforward older brother, meaning he doesn’t have time to fool around when it comes to protecting his sister and is a great swordfighter. Raquel is the oldest of the siblings and she is very calm and motherly figure of the show, which is what I liked about her as in groups, people do need that type of person who assures themselves that things can work out. Other characters include Leo, the noble yet naïve knight who vows to protect Pacifica, and also has a crush on her, too, and Winia, the introverted and lonesome maid who later joined the Cassul siblings into their adventure.



The animation from Studio BONES is very 2000s vintage considering as of now, it’s been almost 10 years since its creation in 2003 and it doesn’t look aged at all but the artwork, character designs and backgrounds are very fluid and strikingly impressive by today’s standards or even the standards of 6 years ago.



Musically, I can say for the opening theme, it seems like a bit of Scottish and/or medieval charm was heavily influenced by that, as well as the background music. The ending music, I didn’t feel much of that influence on there but it is serviceable for the ending theme.

Lastly, I got to say on the Bandai/Bang Zoom dub is that this is one of the most well-done dubs I have ever watched. It also helps that Crispin Freeman, not only voices Shannon, but he is also the ADR director and writer of the show and it shows that Freeman can be awesome behind the screen as well as being the voice. Kari Wahlgren as Pacifica is one of her better roles of likable characters, right next to Haruko from FLCL and Saya from Blood+ and Bridget Hoffman does a great and nuanced job as always playing the cool and calm role of Raquel and even supporting roles filled by Michelle Ruff, Yuri Lowenthal, and Kirk Thornton among others are decent in their roles.



FINAL VERDICT: I can easily say that Scrapped Princess is one of those shows that you should definitely check out (if you can, since you-know-who has folded). It has a great amount of pacing, enjoyable characters with great development and something that can combine things you don’t even like in anime into saying you love.


As much as I love this show, the rating I will give for ScraPrin is….

9.5/10 – First Class


SCRAPPED PRINCESS – animation by BONES & distributed by BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT (try to look for it on eBay)

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One thing you got to understand about this type of show is the representation of a utopia, while being something that may be relaxing and it feels like you’re in paradise; they’re not as they say they are and also must have their deepest dark secrets hidden that if you know them, then eventually, you will be hunted down and presumably you will get killed. That is the case with most things in media, such as 1984, 12 Monkeys, Children of Men and other works too much to name. There’s also something else about No. 6 but that is going to come up later in the review.



The story takes place in the "ideal" and perfect city known as "No.6". Shion, a boy raised in the elite and privileged environment of his home, gives shelter to another boy, who only gives his name as 'Nezumi' (meaning Mouse or Rat) on the former's 12th birthday. After spending a rainy night with his new friend, Shion discovers the next morning that Nezumi has disappeared without a trace. Shion receives information via an intercommunication bracelet, issued to all citizens, that there is a boy on the loose and that Shion is to report having seen the suspect or not. When he does not comply with demands, the government strips him of his privileged status and he moves to the ghettos of the city. Four years later, Shion experiences a spate of incidents around him in which a deadly infection by parasitic wasps causes its victims to age rapidly and start to decompose at an alarming rate. Shion's co-worker is one of the victims and Shion is arrested on suspicion of insubordination to the city. While Shion is being transported to the Correctional Institute, Nezumi appears and rescues him. Shion begins to find out the hidden truth behind the ideal city No.6.



OK, let’s just get this one thing out of the way considering some of you will mention this if sooner or later…..this show has underlying yaoi elements/moments, especially with the two main characters Shion and Nezumi. I could see it coming even from the first episode, hell; it was hinted in all the episodes but I didn’t think that it distracted the main element of the plot which is that a conspiracy lying under the city of No.6 and those who oppose it or get caught in the crossfire will most likely to suffer and if you’re expecting a full-blown yaoi/shounen-ai fest, you’ll be disappointed on that. But as for the plot, like BONES’ other series Jyu-Oh-Sei, the pace goes way too fast but it’s after the first episode where it skips 4 years where Shion is 16. They should’ve scrapped the idea of the first episode with him being 12 and just know about what happened between the events of the 1st and 2nd episode or started with the 2nd episode going in.



For characters, Shion was great character development going on from being ignorant of No.6 to being well-known of what the city he’s been in is doing. Nezumi or “Rat” was an okay character for the time being until he can be a real dick to Shion, albeit the guy might need that since he’s out of his comfort zone. However, the female characters and their development wasn’t executed well, especially with Safu, Shion’s childhood friend, and the fact that if this show were to run without her, it wouldn’t have made a difference since they hinted that she eventually want to have sex with him (No, really, it was hinted in the show that when she left for No.5, she wanted him to have sex with her.) but that goes nowhere like most of the subplots there. There’s Shion’s mother, Karan, owner of her bakery shop who has been worrying about him ever since he escaped and has been received messages from him via rats and for her, she was one of the more important female characters in the show or at least one that don’t cast aside that often. There is also the Dogkeeper……yeah, she was cool but that’s all I got from her.


The animation is mostly “meh” on BONES’ part with some of it being a little off on the movements of characters. I think we all say that most animation on anime nowadays looks great but this is just average animation. It’s nothing mind-blowing but it isn’t cheap to look at. Musically, it is also “meh” as it has some great background music that gives the suspense of the show, especially in the next episode previews, but the opening and ending themes left no long lasting impression on me.



And for the dub………yes, this is a Sentai Filmworks dub and I don’t have much nice things to say about Sentai Filmworks dubs (except for K-On!, Persona 4, & Fate/Stay Night – well, the movie) but it is a decent dub from them. Greg Ayres does voice Shion as someone who doesn’t know much outside the city he’s in and Kalob Martinez portraying Rat was fine as well but nothing to cheer on home about although Luci Christian was possibly the most notable voice actress in the dub playing the Dogkeeper.



FINAL VERDICT: This was more likely on the middle of “meh” and “lackluster”. It’s lackluster because of the quick and unnecessary pace it went through and was “meh” because of the character interactions felt nothing special to me. I admit that the bond between the two male characters didn’t result to any frivolous fan service but felt at least genuine. Sci-Fi/Apocalyptic nerds or shounen-ai fans may not find this at the top of their watch list but it’s something to watch when you’re bored.


So, what grade should I give No.6? Well, it isn’t a 6 but it is a…
6.5/10 – Watchable

NO.6 – animation by BONES, production by ANIPLEX & distributed by SENTAI FILMWORKS

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Anybody remember the name of Sho Aikawa? Well, people who follow anime and especially manga knows him from doing scripts for Fullmetal Alchemist, Martian Successor Nadesico, Gad Guard & Violence Jack to name a few but with this wholly original idea from him, it actually has a peak of interest in one anime connoisseur to another but once going in, should we be quick to call this a classic in the making?


Anyway, in the 14th year of the Tenpo era, there was a secret shrine for “Bansha Aratamesho” (a research institution for foreign literature and learners)...more under the city of Edo. To the public, this organization was punishing the scholars who studied the Western Culture. However, this organization's true mission was far more significant. Bansha Aratamesho was responsible to slay the “Yoh-is”, the evil spirits with flesh and blood from another world, that were expanding into Edo. Bansha Aratamesho is not an official organization. Members do not have the typical credentials to be the vassal of Shogun. It consists of a man who lost his memory, a man who was raised in a mountain and a girl who dresses up in a man’s outfit. Their special powers are yet to be known, but they all have special abilities that help slay the Yoh-is. The code name given to them is – “Ayashi”. Ayashis collect all types of information that seems bizarre. With thorough investigation, they locate the Yoh-is and hunt them down.



Now this is where I got to share my problems with the series…..and the main problem is either the pacing issues in the plot, as in it is very slow and it will feel like you’ve been watching the show for half a day. The series does highlight Japanese calligraphy and word study if you interested in learning the language itself and some historic facts often show up in the show, much like Hetalia does sometimes and while it is informative and I will give them merit for that, this series sells itself as an action series and yet the action isn’t up to par to being exciting, it’s just there and it does the pattern of an “monster of the week” plot and for the main storyline does suffers of you trying to keep up and not drift asleep to it. I can see why the series was originally supposed to be 50 episodes, but due to low ratings in Japan, they decided to can the series with only 25 episodes and 5 OVA episodes entitled “Ghost Slayers Ayashi: Inferno”, which I don’t think concluded the series to a satisfying finish.



The characters are honestly very unenthusiastic and dull, and you couldn’t care less about what happens to them. You got Yukiatsu Rydou, the main character who’s a vagrant and has the power of the Ayagami and he was a relatively okay character but I was never completely invested in any of the characters, not even the cross-dressing member of the group Genbatsu Edo or Saizo, the female warrior of the group who dresses like a man and possibly Atl and she is summed up to be the damsel in the group. The other characters are too forgetful or unimportant to mention.



The animation and production values from BONES are remarkably well. Even though I thought the action scenes just felt like it’s just there so you’ll be awake, it was well-animated and the art style of the characters, minus the Yoh-is (they were more “meh” rather than threatening), was acceptable and feel smooth overall. The music of the series was the standard feudal-Japan era BGM and it was done fine but the opening and ending songs are just generic J-Pop tracks that I’ve heard too much in anime and I would just skip them every time I watched an episode, to be honest.


And then there’s the dub by Bandai/Bang Zoom and like the series, it was lacking in the writing department but the dub isn’t bad, it’s just dull and yet the dub has some of my favorite LA-based anime voice actors (Steve Blum, Crispin Freeman & Stephanie Sheh) and even they can’t save this show and that’s the hard thing about it. Maybe Crispin Freeman voicing a cross-dresser help a little bit but the script was written to be straight-laced, no intentionally funny wits and not bullshitting around; and I thought that the script should’ve used a little bit more humor to even it out.



FINAL VERDICT: I’m going to be straightforward about this show…..AND THE FACT THAT IT IS BORING!!! It’s one of the shows that had some potential but it kept on stubbing some toes along the way. I’m very sad and disappointed for this and I wouldn’t recommend this show to action/samurai fans but I’m not going to fully discredit this series and if you like some of the history facts about feudal Japan and calligraphy, then it’s your cup of tea.

Now that I partially slayed this series a new one, what rating does it deserve?

5/10 – An Acquired Taste


GHOST SLAYERS AYASHI – animation by BONES, distributed by ANIPLEX OF AMERICA (formerly BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT)

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Now, here’s a thing that I never noticed in most recent anime before and that is called the Movie Series……now this is definitely different from the term “OVA” as in movie series are released theatrically while OVAs are direct-to-video. Many examples of anime movie series include Kara No Kyōukai (or The Garden of Sinners), Broken Blade & Mobile Suit Gundam UC Unicorn. The film series is directed by Umanosuke Iida, known for directing anime such as Devilman, Vandread, Hellsing (the original one), Mobile Suit Gundan: The 08th MS Team & Shangri-La. Unfortunately, before the movies were released, he passed away of lung cancer at the age of 49 in 2010, and that’s the same year that Satoshi Kon passed away from pancreatic cancer..…..OK, let’s just get to the review.



In a futuristic Tokyo, unique human beings who have awakened distinct powers are being hunted by a secret organization named Custos. Known as "Attractors", these exceptional humans are joining forces to defend themselves. They are led by a boy named Quon, an idealist who is determined to save all the Attractors he can.


Now here’s the thing about these films: They are quite reminiscent of the dark superhero genre and mostly the X-Men franchise, which are the majority of which they are parallel to, such as, ordinary people who have these powers that they can’t control, which have affected their past and scarred them for life and they are being taken in a facility, much like Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters to an extent and like that, they are being hunted down by a secret organization that wants to do them in. Yeah, this idea isn’t exactly wholly original but it’s an interesting concept and premise and I can say for that reason alone, it works on paper and it does work on the big screen.



As for the characters, they are actually very stock characters with hit or miss qualities about them with having powers that can cause consequences and mostly regret. The main character, Quon, who has lived over a millennia, from witnessing his family being slaughtered and wanting vengeance ever since. Now I say Quon was some similarities to Wolverine but here’s the difference between them….Wolverine has more charisma and personality than Quon as that character seems unmotivated most of the time but he is not the all-mighty God-mode being that most people would suspect as he gets his ass kicked a lot in fights but he does manage to heal himself after. There’s Yuri, the flirty but competent attractor whose powers aren’t exactly developed but can maintain it; Kiri, the innocent young girl whose gift is her voice and with it, she can only use it to heal or to destroy and I got to admit, that trait is close to being the character Rogue. Tei is the telepathic woman who can communicate with others from many distances but can relive painful memories of the past. Miu is the young girl that can communicate to animals but her limiter enables her to speak normally and also the animal’s language. Takao is the smart-alecky, lazy, but complacent attractor who talks shit sometimes but not so much to be an asshole. Yuma is the boy whose power is to erupt colored orbs from his body whenever he’s upset or angry and the antagonist Genji Kamishiro is the class-A comic book-style villain who wants to control all the Attractors and to gain order……so, yeah, he’s the typical villain and last but not least Towa is Quon’s younger brother, who is believed that whoever contacts him will have their powers increased.



As for the animation, I can safely say that BONES did an excellent job on this, especially the fighting animation where it feels so fast-paced and often gritty sometimes and that goes to the art style of the show, too, especially with some scenes that would be gruesome for younger eyes. The main theme for the show called “Reckless” by LAZY is somewhat thrilling and yet unintentionally funny for every time I hear, “Feel Rock Emotion, Burning Rock Emotion” because I know they use Engrish in some of the lyrics, but it still feel silly once you heard it so many times.


For the dub by Sentai Filmworks, I can see why I said that Quon had no charisma and that’s thanks to Corey Hartzog and his lackluster performance as Quon sounds too chill, even in a tense situation, but I will say that, I’m pleased with the rest of their performances including Jessica Boone as Yuri, Emily Neves as Kiri & Monica Rial as Tei.


FINAL VERDICT: After seeing some lackluster titles from BONES (No.6, Ghost Slayers Ayashi), this is an improvement and the kind of quality that BONES should have put in most of their shows. It’s a concept that seems foreign to Japan but if handled well, it can turn to be pretty impressive. I could easily recommend this to people who are akin to any Marvel comic character.


In other words, FEEL RATING EMOTION cause Towanoquon gets…..

7.5/10 – Low SOLID B.



TOWANOQUON – animation by BONES, distributed by SENTAI FILMWORKS
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I have heard of this series being compared to Neon Genesis Evangelion as its counterpart or rival, although I also see it as being a starter or growing plan of other BONES’ series such as Eureka Seven & Xam’d Last Memories and also that RahXephon has its share of being close to the aforementioned series but it is far from that to what I watched. There is also the fact that the director of the series Yutaka Izubuchi has worked with Hideaki Anno on a few projects together and he helped with the design drafts of the EVA units.



In a world where time passes at a crawl and the blood of your neighbor runs blue, 17 year old high school student Ayato Kamina goes about his daily life within Tokyo Jupiter oblivious to the world around him, having been educated with the fact that the all civilization but Tokyo has been destroyed. But all that changes when the mysterious civilization "MU" invades his home, raining destruction down from the sky in the form of strange monsters called Dolems. The events that occur next will lead Ayato to the mysterious woman named Reika Mishima, to the truth of their existence, the discovery of what and who he is, and to the powerful angelic robot RahXephon.


Like I said, the plot, premise, and even the characters is almost similar to EVA although it manages to not mess up or try to make it sound artsy or too pretentious whenever they run out of story ideas, albeit EVA was more of a parody/psychological breakdown of the genre. There is the plotline of being in a war using giant mechas piloted by teenagers to battle with and also the utopian/dystopian element where Kamina discovers that the world he’s been in for so long is not what it seems, with the “humans” in Tokyo Jupiter bleeding blue blood instead of red. Maybe the story isn’t as original and being like NGE, but it is a straight-up mecha anime story that is actually played off well and something that I saw myself liking, much like watching Eureka Seven for the first time.




The characters are ranges from being well-developed and semi-interesting, although I will say once again, the character traits have an EVA feel to this, but I’m proud to say that the main character Kamina Ayato is not a Shinji Ikari as you do feel for him when he discovers his whole world is a lie and how would you react, plus it helps that he isn’t a whiner most of the time. I will say that Haruka Shitow is exactly like Misato Katsuragi for being the older motherly figure to Kamina but has some problems of her own, too, and there’s her sister Megumi, which I would say have some similar features to Asuka, but thankfully, not that much as she gotten to be less annoying and more relatable throughout the series. I really can’t tell who the Rei Ayanami of this show is basically either Reika Mishima or Kuon “Quon” Kisaragi as both happened to be silent and stoic figures of the show. There are also Kamina’s friends at Tokyo Jupiter Hiroko Asahina and Mamoru Torigai, who are also more messed up than him ever since he left as one of them discovers the truth for them and that one of them is quite a prick (Try and guess who I am talking about).



The animation by BONES is now quite dated with its’ character and mecha designs, being made in the early 2000s, 5 years after EVA, and for what it was, it had great animation for the time being with the art style and colors being muted. Musically, it was rather good to an extent; the background music can get a bit repetitive but sometimes I don’t even notice it that much but I really do love the opening theme for show, “Hemisphere” which was produced by Yoko Kanno but sadly, that’s the only thing she handled in the music department and the ending theme was very silent-sounding and docile but I happened to think it somewhat fits well into the show.



The ADV Films dub was actually an okay dub with some overacting in some parts. I really did like Chris Patton’s performance as Kamina Ayato and I can see why the guy is a great voice actor as he played someone that would act realistic in a situation of crazy proportions. I’ll say Monica Rial was good in her role as Haruka but whenever it’s her cue to react or scream at something, it pierces into overacting a little and yes, I will mention that Vic Mignogna is also a part of the dub and he was an alright addition as capturing the prick nature in Mamoru.



FINAL VERDICT: All-in-all, Rahxephon is something that I would watch and actually recommend over Neon Genesis Evangelion as this actually goes into that territory without having to stoop into being overly pretentious although Rahxephon is guilty of being like that sometimes.


So, what does RahXephon get in the end?

9/10 – First Class.


RAHXEPHON – animation by BONES / distributed by THE ANIME NETWORK/SECTION23 FILMS (formerly ADV FILMS)
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Well, like any anime series that has a rise of popularity or being noteworthy, it was getting the compilation treatment of combining all 26 episodes of the series into a 120-minute feature-length film. Now projects like this often can screw up, especially in BONES’ case, although Eureka Seven made an alternate version of the series into a movie and how bad the reception it had gotten but there is the case of the two Puella Magi Madoka Magica movies that’s been running in theaters and has gotten great reception, so I’m quite skeptical on this.



Ayato Kamina was separated from the girl he loved, Haruka Mishima, when an event occurred that was thought to have killed everyone outside of Tokyo. But one day three years later, invaders suddenly attacked the city. It was then that he meets an agent of TERRA, Haruka Shitow, who tells him that she will give him the truth about the world. It is the beginning of a series of strange events, which involve him activating a giant mecha, the RahXephon and finding out that many people, including his own mother, has blue blood, and that he was actually living in a self-encased dimension where time moves slower than that of the outside world.



Well, like I said, this is a remixed version of the series and nothing I can say is going to sound different from the review of the series I did but I can say that it has the whole copy-and-paste feel to it as some of us know what’s going to happen with some added things that I never did notice fully, like the relationship between Ayato and Haruka Shitow, who has got me thinking that either she might be Mishima based off some of the Intel I got from it. There is also the fact with Quon not being fully utilized into the story but only bits and parts of it and also Megumi, Asahina (well, she wasn’t pushed aside but concluded her character quicker than the show did), & the other supporting characters are mostly pushed into the sideline or some that feel like they don’t exist at all. Now, about the romance angle between Ayato and Haruka Shitow, it does have the romantic link/theory between him and Mishima, thinking that all this time that he’s chasing to find her; she’s been there the whole time but I got a feeling it’s close to being like the romance in the Eureka Seven movie, which resulted into being romantic but instead of going with the mind and sometimes a little from the heart, it went with its head far up its ass.



For the animation, once again, BONES did an amazing job handing the mecha fight scenes, the art style being muted yet craftily done, and the backgrounds are tastily done to an extent. For the music, all the background music in there is fine, just like the series minus the awesome Yoko Kanno-produced opening, and I noticed some of the tracks in the film itself and the ending theme was marginally good for what it is.



And for the ADV Films dub, like I said, everybody did fine in the dub including Chris Patton as Ayato and I can say that Monica Rial as Haruka Shitow did approve on her performance and she didn’t quite overact like she did before.


FINAL VERDICT: Well, if I had a choice to choose between the movie and the series, I couldn’t because either way, this show is still good but I’ll say if you want to watch it but in the span of 2 hours, I would check the movie out. It does copy and paste some of the episodes in there but for a shorter pace and gets to the straight and narrow. But if you’re like me and you don’t care otherwise, check all things in the RahXephon universe.


However, this movie gets a lower grade than the series, it gets a…..

8.5/10 – HIGH Solid B
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RAHXEPHON: HARMONIC CONVERGENCE (or PLURALITAS CONCENTIO) - animation by BONES, distributed by THE ANIME NETWORK/SECTION23 FILMS (formerly ADV FILMS)
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As the Hybrid is awaken from his coma, he noticed Professor Chaos, Ani, GSXR & Pancho gathered in a bunch reading the files about Hybrid’s past, as his alias of MAK, and as soon as Hybrid got up, he instantly collapsed to the ground and the others heard it as well. “Hey, hey, HEY,” Professor Chaos said, “How long have you been up and can you still even walk?”, Then Hybrid responded with, “Apparently not long enough. Now what the fuck are you guys reading over there?” The rest of the crew looked worried as they are keeping something very secretive of him. He first went to Pancho and tried to get some answers out of him but Pancho remained his poker face intact and didn’t give anything away, soon he went to GSXR and she also told Hybrid that nothing is going on there but as soon as it got to Ani, Hybrid wasn’t going to be fooled and just teleported out of her way and looks at the notes of his past and as he looks, his reaction wasn’t a happy one. “OK, some of you got some explaining to do later.” And with that, his body glow blue out of anger and just ported out of there. Speaking of something that glows or have flames of BLUE…….



So, a show about somebody going after Satan and the person who wants vengeance happens to be his son? Well, of course this idea isn’t new but it’s something.


Humans live in the world of Assiah, demons in Gehenna. The two dimensions are not meant to interfere with each other, but demons still possess creatures in Assiah in spite of this. The humans who can fight these demons are known as exorcists. Rin Okumura is a boy who bears the curse of being Satan's illegitimate son. His foster father sacrificed himself to save him from demons. To avenge his foster father's death as well as to prove himself, Rin decides to follow the path of an exorcist.


It’s just not original which most people have been saying about this show, that is the same type of shounen series that all have seen before but does it mean that it’s terrible? Maybe to some, but it’s not about them. The story may have been done before but it did entertain me as it goes around.


That being said, the show does have a bit of religious tone and I am not a religious guy at all but it didn’t get too overbearingly religious as it’s also more like Hellboy in a way but let’s not get carried away.


For the characters, there is very cookie-cutter, run-of-the-mill characters in the show like Rin, who wants to overcome his chances of beating Satan but while training he’s all brawn and little brains, would charge into an attack without knowing a strategy but Rin can be a likable character and goofy in a good way into later episodes albeit he has to keep his secret hidden from mostly everyone. Yukio, Rin’s brother, does get more interesting as the show goes along as he never jokes or bullshit around about his studies of being an exorcist and I do like the relationship between Rin & Yukio as brothers as it wasn’t too feely-sappy but it wasn’t angsty as most people make it out to be. Two other interesting characters in the show are Mephisto Pheles, the Chairman of the True Cross Academy and he’s always bring his eccentric personality whenever he is on screen & Shiro Fujimoto, the foster father of Rin & Yukio and a priest at the Southern Cross Monastery and while this character was killed off in the second episode, he does appear in flashback sessions of the show that gets us to know him as a character. Other characters like Shiemi Moriyama, Izumo Kamiki, Ryuji Suguro, Renzo Shima, & Konekomaru Miwa are okay as well but they happen to be very stereotypical and run-of-the-mill character tropes like the forced romantic interest, tsundere, the rival kid who would turn to be a friend later on, the playboy & the smart kid, respectively and there’s Shura Kirigakure, an Upper First Class exorcist under the guidance of Shiro and she is mostly the fan service character of the show and honestly, it needed that.


For the animation, A-1 Pictures, the offshoot animation production company of Aniplex, did want most shounen shows can’t do well and that is make great fighting scenes in the animation and visuals itself. The art style is very much like Soul Eater in terms of the designs, especially the True Cross Academy outlook. The music was a bit okay with the first opening sequence "Core Pride" by UVERworld, that grew into me and the same can be said for the second OP "In My World" by ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D, but I liked the first theme more. For the ending themes, as much as the first ED "Take Off" by 2PM didn’t fit, I actually liked it (I don’t know why but I do) and the second ED "Wired Life" by Meisa Kuroki was more fitting with the tone of the show. The background music is very orchestral sounding in all the right places and it was remarkably decent.


For the Aniplex/Bang Zoom! Dub that debuted on Neon Alley, when it was announced that Bryce Papenbrook and Johnny Yong Bosch would portray the main characters, I initially thought Bosch would be Rin but I’m glad he was Yukio as Bosch in a reformed character like him would be better suited and not be type casted as much and Papenbrook was good as the character of Rin; Sam Riegel was excellent as Mephisto, Kirk Thornton as Shiro excelled at being a good father figure and character and as for Christine Marie Cabanos as Shiemi, while I dig her voice, it sometime becomes too panicky in a non-panicky situation. Kira Buckland as Izumo nailed it with the character’s bitchiness intact, Wendee Lee as Shura remind me a lot of Faye Valentine…..well, mostly in the sound of her voice and the way she dresses and Stephanie Sheh as a demon cat? That’s an automatic win for me.


FINAL VERDICT: Now this show isn’t groundbreaking or new, the execution was handled pretty well in my opinion. It’s not the best that can be offered in this genre but compared to stuff like Naruto & Bleach, this is a good choice but I will say that you should probably watch Soul Eater but I would recommend this series to you, too.


Does Blue Exorcist got me fired up to 10? Well, it’s more like…..

Solid B. – 8/10



Hybrid was running far, far away from Chaos’ place and felt like he wanted to give up and then the rest of the crew kept chasing after him but he kept using his power to evade them and screamed, “You LOOK into my files? MY PERSONAL LIFE? How in the fuck dare you?!?!?” Then he threw some garbage at them, mostly hitting Pancho and for retaliation, he threw some back at Hybrid but he misses and Hybrid even counter throw some garbage. As he kept running on top of buildings, he stumbled in front of a guy standing in the way, wearing sunglasses and he said to him, “Excuse me, are you the Hybrid?” Then Hybrid got frustrated even more, “Look, I don’t care what you want from me. Just the fuck out of my w—“ Then he got interrupted and the guy said, “My name is SOTY 16 and I have come to warn you of a threat.” “Let me guess, THE FATES?” Hybrid said, “I heard more of my equal share of them. Now will you please get out of my way?” Then SOTY16 put a sleeper grip on him and proceeds to carry him back to whatever he’s from, despite Hybrid being a tall and obviously big guy and with that, he manages to grab the other three and got them out of the GRID and instantly arrested all of them, put them in bags and driven them into an unknown facility for human beings with extraterrestrial powers, which has all the fixings for the next anime to review
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BLUE EXORCIST – animation by A-1 PICTURES / distributed by ANIPLEX OF AMERICA & NEON ALLEY
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As they got into the unnamed facility, Agent SOTY was not in a good mood after hearing the constant complaining from our bagged suspects, including Hybrid. “Hey! When’s the last time you washed that bag? Where in the hell are you taking us? I’m too young to get sold by Europeans in the sex trade. Take Pancho, he’s a week younger than me!! Where’s Liam Neeson where you need him?” After hearing all of that within 20 minutes, SOTY began to slap and punch Hybrid several times and then he told him while choking him, “Look, we’re just going to ask you and your friends some questions and then after we’re done, you can leave as you wish because right now, I feel like snapping your neck and making it look like an accident. You get it, man?” Hybrid shook his head ‘yes’ and they all went inside for questioning. Inside the facility, there were cameras in every position and angle, watching any person’s move so no one would try to evade to any blind spot and it even prevent Hybrid from doing his stealth mode and can instantly tell from a normal human to a super powered figure and since we’re on the subject of that……



Superheroes in general has got the impressive resume nowadays, starting from animated and live-action shows and comics like Superman, Batman, Justice League, Wonder Woman, The Flash and now today, they are part of the every medium, such as movies where many of the all-time highest grossing movies happen to involve superheroes including this one (well, two) movie(s) in 2012 that happened to earn $1 billion worldwide and it really has an appeal out in the western world so how will anime be able to do that subject well? Well, let’s just see right here right now.



Sternbild City is home to people called "Next," who use their special abilities to protect the people as superheroes. These heroes solve cases and save lives so they can wear sponsor logos or acquire "hero points." Their activities are documented on the popular program "Hero TV," which picks the "King of Heroes" in a yearly ranking. The veteran hero Wild Tiger has always preferred to work alone, but now he's been assigned the rookie Barnaby Brooks Jr., who has a different perspective on being a superhero.


The thing with Tiger and Bunny is that it has the elements of a buddy cop show but takes out the cop element and put in superheroes with the added-in element of reality TV, which I was okay with (considering my disdain for reality TV) and it was an execution in that it succeeded for me. I dug the premise of reality TV superheroes although I get some problems including why there is product placements posted on their costume but that’s for them to get some publicity and of course to make some money, as some aspect turned more into business than just doing it because it’s the right thing to do.



For characters, Kotetsu T. Kaburagi aka Wild Tiger is the old-school veteran superhero, who of course is eventually way past his prime and is losing popularity to the other growing heroes and I definitely saw Tiger as that guy who knows his stuff about being a superhero and can be noble about it but unfortunately, Tiger has this problem of trying to be a father but fails to do it whenever it involves his daughter Kaede and him failing to do with fatherly duty. Barnaby Brooks aka Bunny is the new shot rookie partner for Tiger and basically, he’s Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne combined but Bunny can be a bit arrogant and a bit of a diva to the point where I don’t give a fuck about him but thankfully, he was as unbearable as that TV producer Agnes, who was a major bitch especially when it involves the heroes saving people’s lives and use their advantage for ratings and I wish I can talk about the other heroes but they weren’t covered with much character development such as Blue Rose, Sky High, Dragon Kid, Fire Emblem, Rock Bison & Origami Cyclone. I would have loved to watch more of their stories and they do get an episode centered on each of them but only one episode but I hope that someday someone in Sunrise thought about expanding more of those characters.



And speaking of Sunrise, they were the ones who were in charge of the animation and it is very impressive in my eyes. The CG didn’t feel too clunky at a few times but it can stand out on some times. Character designs are good as well and the art style has the futuristic but modern feel to it. The opening and ending songs were really a delight to listen to and it definitely fits the tone of the series. I can’t say which one I liked more but that means that I couldn’t find a thing wrong with that factor.


For the dub by Viz Media & Studiopolis, which aired on Neon Alley, Wally Wingert as the voice of Tiger felt a little too young for somebody that was a veteran but it didn’t exactly bother me as his performance was decent and Yuri Lowenthal as Barnaby Brooks did have the sound of a young guy fitted into the right area though. Other performances including from Patrick Seitz, Laura Bailey, Kari Wahlgren, Stephanie Sheh & Steven Blum as one of the major villains in the show were spot-on and impressive as well.



FINAL VERDICT: For what is it, I can easily say that this show is worth checking out and may be even worth buying in stores. I think this could be one of those anime that can attract a lot of the western audience and can have a good time watching it. I solely recommend this series to anyone, especially people who are getting into anime.


And what is the grade for Tiger and Bunny then?

HIGH Solid B. – 8.5/10





So everybody is now being questioned by SOTY one on one. First, he questioned Ani about her recent agenda from a few months ago, her life before meeting Hybrid and so far, she didn’t give much info about Hybrid’s powers or his recent past of getting the Blue Leaf. GSXR didn’t say much about Hybrid, except that she almost beat his ass once because she thought he stole her bike but other than that, nothing about his past and as for Pancho, well……he didn’t have any nice words to say about Hybrid, but it didn’t involve the Blue Leaf, just him getting shot, beaten, and multiple hospital visits and once it got to Hybrid, SOTY wasn’t bullshitting around and he wanted him to tell him about his powers or him and his friends won’t be getting released and will remained here permanently and with that, Hybrid was ready to tell all about the Blue Leaf and the struggles we went through but suddenly the lights went out and the red alert came on and sirens blaring all around the building, calling it a Level 3 threat and while there, he heard the shout of the word “FATE” and he knew what he was going against……..


TIGER AND BUNNY – animation by SUNRISE / distributed by VIZ MEDIA & NEON ALLEY
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As the lights go out and the sirens are blaring out, every member of the facility including SOTY went out with guns and other weapons blazing but as they ready their weapons, the others has begun their escape out of there and as the FATES came swarming in, the agents began shooting at them and every time they hit one, the bullets has no effect on them and they swoop up the guys and then keep beating them on the wall into a bloody pulp. Several others have been beaten to killed so far and then SOTY call for a retreat and then finds out that the Crew have escaped and he put on a level 4 alert for escaped containees but soon after, they have made their escape and now they are wanted by them, too, if only Hybrid know what the name of the facility was, he would be on watch for them. Suddenly one of the FATES said to him in his mind, “You….need….to….hideaway…escape….from….your…..daily….routine,” and soon all the others disappeared without a trace but before that, they swear that the next time they met, it would be on a non-dramatic note but before that, the dramatics continues with…….FATE STAY NIGHT: UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS.




You know, after watching the series of the same name, I would never think it would continue or developed to be such a big franchise. However, the ending of the series didn’t quite satisfy some folks or that it went some confused and/or dazed (I was just confused some of the time in this show) but luckily after 3-4 years when the series ran in 2006, there was a movie adaptation coming to the fray in 2010 in Japan, but I didn’t know if it was one of those compilation movies where they just put scenes from the show and make it different somehow.



Shirou Emiya finds himself an unwilling participant in a deadly competition where seven Mages summon heroic spirits as servants to duel each other to the death. They compete for the chance to make a wish from the Holy Grail, which has the power to grant any wish. Shiro is unskilled as a mage and knows nothing of the Holy Grail War, but he and his servant, Saber, enters into a temporary partnership with another Mage, Rin Tohsaka. However, problems arise between Shirou and Rin's servant, Archer, who seems to seriously despise him.



You know what, I could go over how I feel about the characters and story of this show but I would be repeating myself from the series’ review. However, I will say that the story has a very darker tone, compared to the PG-13ish tamer nature of the series, cutting out some of the high school filler and anything with the two non-major characters and while it does a retelling of it, some characters who you expect to make it out alive in the series, without giving spoilers away, some of them got some fucked-up deaths and for some of the latter part of the movie, it’s centered around Shiro and Archer, as opposed to Saber, who still have a major role in this but more in the background. Also, you know Shiro still has ideals of him becoming a champion of justice, being a hero and all that while Archer, who’s been through it all, became cynical about it and feels the need to kill Shiro to remind him of that.



Honestly, I’m with Archer on this, mainly because I still stand by the fact that Shiro is that noble jackass who has these traditional hero traits but when it comes to him going against opponents that are more stronger and powerful than him, he is still the hard-headed moron that doesn’t get it that he can easily die of that. Sure, you can say he may not be strong, but he has heart but you forget that you also need brains to fighting an opponent or uses their advantages against them, which Shiro did sort of used in the end.


For the animation by Studio DEEN………this actually does resemble the animation in Fate/Zero but this is on a movie budget so of course, it’s going to look better than the series since that was made in 2006-07 and the movie in 2010 with the fighting animation more fluid, the brutal scenes feel more gripping as you watch it and maybe felt some scenes that involves a lot of blades, hence, Blade Works. The music has the mysterious and haunting tone that it was going for but I barely notice some of it as I watched it.


The Sentai Filmworks dub with used the original (sort of) voice actors from the series, provided by Bang Zoom Entertainment and if you remember, I said, they used THREE DIFFERENT VOICE ACTRESSES for Saber and this is the second one voiced by Michelle Ruff and for her performance…..it was nothing outstanding. She did fine or close to Kate Higgins to an extent as Ruff always works her monotone voice in most anime characters and it was just a “meh” performance. The dub as a whole was more of a step up from the TV series, it was a 60% improvement over the TV series.


FINAL VERDICT: The movie passes on levels that it took a darker tone in the franchise, making it more serious than what it was but alas, it still suffers from the same problems with the same characters. If I could say this, I would just watch the movie and just skip the show now that I have seen it and like many others say, some of the answers will be further explained in Fate/Zero.


So, again, the FATE for Unlimited Blade Works……

WATCHABLE – 7/10



One escape and re-locating later, Hybrid was found in an abandoned apartment sleeping the day away and for the time being, it’s been over 4 months since the FATES went into his mind and told the others to go their separate ways but as they went. Hybrid had to perform some amnesia trick with the Blue Leaf for the agents and he needed to dissociate himself from Ani, GSXR & Pancho mainly because he doesn’t want any more harm coming to them since it was his fault and he dropped the mission as a failure and so he’s now back where he started, writing reviews for freelance with no control from any entity. He sighed at the fact of that but is grateful nevertheless. Then he found an old blind box marked, “The Anime FolderHolder” and he just grabbed the first title out of there and the title he’s going to review next is……



FATE STAY NIGHT: UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS – animation by STUDIO DEEN / distributed by SENTAI FILMWORKS
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As The Hybrid gets accustomed into his new lifestyle without having anybody to interfere with his work, he decided to review a special anime that most of his reviewer friends already review. Some loved the anime for what it is while the others aren’t that fond of it but they didn’t hate it as much at all but when Hybrid received the package, there was a note that said “this is best viewed under the influence of alcohol and/or weed” and it even included a pound of weed to go along with it. “Well, I better get on this anime and light up, too.” And so he rolled up, light up a joint and begun to experience the utter close-to-GAINAX-y craziness that is…….DEAD LEAVES.



Technically, I just going to describe mostly everything about this anime with its style being which like Studio GAINAX and their latter works like Gurren Lagann, FLCL & Panty and Stocking with Garter belt but to some of you that don’t know that the director of the OVA, Hiroyuki Imaishi, did work for GAINAX since 1995, first as an in-betweener for Neon Genesis Evangelion and then him and the crew with him that did Panty & Stocking left the company to form their own studio, Studio Trigger, but I did sense a bit of inspiration that was brought onto the animation.



Pandy and Retro, two unlikely renegades, awaken naked on Earth with no recollection of their past. After embarking on a devastating crime spree for food, clothing and transportation in downtown Tokyo, they are captured by authorities and sent to the infamous lunar prison called Dead Leaves.



Now the plot is pretty basic and simple as it was described on top of the paragraph above. You know that, coming in this isn’t going to be some deep psychological anime that gets into your cerebellum, considering the main characters are a guy with a TV for a head and this crazy-ass woman with a “punk”-ish attitude and don’t expect much character development in here and I wouldn’t question why nor would I care for it and yes, the shit that they get into is very, very insane as possible……but then again, it’s not up par with FLCL when it comes to massive insanity since in FLCL, it’s set in the real world Japan with it is very unexpected and with Dead Leaves, you know what to expect out of this. I’m not going to be surprised when watching this especially when leaving the synopsis of this. Don’t get me wrong, I do like this movie but I would not put it on my top favorite list.



Now for the animation, I keep saying on and on about GAINAX being an inspiration to this and yet even though GAINAX was part of the In-Between Animation, it wasn’t in charge of this production. That credit goes to Production I.G. and with that being said, where any of you surprised that they did the animation for this? OK, I was for a bit, but then again they were a part of FLCL, too, but I did felt that GAINAX was head honcho for that production and with that, the animation is a bit divisive among fans, some love it for the extreme avant-garde style that’s close to American animation while some don’t like it as much because it felt like a mess as if the team just did a lot of doodling instead of actual work….and also the cover of it might betray a few people once they get into it.



For the Manga Entertainment dub, there was a lot of energy put into the making of this with Amanda Winn Lee not only voicing the character of Pandy, but did the English script and directed it and I really did felt the connection and dialogue exchange with her and Jaxon Lee, who voiced Retro.



FINAL VERDICT: I can easily say that I would recommend that you watch this movie and it’s not much of a hassle to get through considering it’s posted on YouTube for free by the same distributing company so, hey, if you love the zany and wackiness of GAINAX or something close to it, then I would say watch this or FLCL.


So, what’s the amount of value for Dead Leaves?

SOLID B. – 8/10




After watching the movie and consuming half of the weed Hybrid used, he suddenly felt sleepy and as he got up to go to the kitchen, he then fall fast asleep on the ground and slept all night on the floor of his apartment. A few hours later when he woke up, he had some severe stomach pains and had the need to quickly use the bathroom and while there, somebody came knocking on the door and Hybrid said, “IN A MINUTE!!”, but the knocker wasn’t that patient as they kept knocking hard and furiously, “I SAID IN A MINUTE!!”, then the knocking turned into just beating the door and then Hybrid became furious and said, “Look, motherfucker, you don’t have to act like a little bitch, I’m going to answer the door….” And when he did, tentacles went and grab Hybrid out of there and then the question occurs: Who was that person that grabbed him and don’t tell me you’re reviewing a Hentai? Well, no, it’s not a Hentai but it does involve tentacles
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DEAD LEAVES – animation by PRODUCTION I.G. / distributed by MANGA ENTERTAINMENT (U.S)
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