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MARDOCK SCRAMBLE – THE SECOND COMBUSTION

Posted by RommelS On February - 5 - 2013

MARDOCK SCRAMBLE SECOND COMBUSTIONREVIEW:

Being the second part of a trilogy, it should come as no surprise that you need to have seen the first movie to understand what is going on. The first half of the movie deals with the aftermath of the assault that ended the first movie: Oeufcoque needs time to recover from his injuries, while Rune Balot tries to come to terms with putting him in that state in the first place. In the meantime, various characters give  background information about Oeufcoque, the Mardock 09 protocol and Boiled. The second half of the movie has Rune and the Doctor finally taking some direct action against Shell by going to one of his casinos and winning quite a bit of money playing poker and roulette. As the movie ends quite abruptly, it left me hoping that the third movie will be released soon.

 

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BLOOD-C THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

Posted by RommelS On February - 5 - 2013

BLOOD C THE COMPLETE COLLECTIONSYNOPSIS:

Horrifying beasts with a hunger for human flesh prey on the citizens of a quiet town. In moonlit twilight, Saya slays the monsters and returns home drenched in blood. As the attacks increase in frequency and intensity, her enemies relay cryptic messages about a broken contract. Limbs are torn from flesh and skulls are crushed and devoured while the huntress struggles with paralyzing visions and gaping holes in her memory. When the humans Saya promised to protect reveal the sickening truth about her role in the violence, she learns her mission isn’t as clear cut as she thought – and her most sadistic foe of all is so close she can taste it.

 

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MASS EFFECT: PARAGON LOST

Posted by RommelS On February - 5 - 2013

MASS EFFECTJames Vega was one of this reviewer’s favorite characters in the MASS EFFECT video game universe.  He accompanied Commander Shepard on many missions in MASS EFFECT 3, covering his back in action against the impressive array of enemies the main character encountered in the quest to liberate Earth from the Reapers- an ancient race that appeared every 50,000 years to reset the galactic clock and conquer races that had reached a certain level of development.  It was with some delight that news of an anime telling more about Vega’s back story was received.  We heard from him in the game about what he did as an Alliance Marine.  He was a crucial part of some of the earliest operations involving Earth’s Alliance against the Reapers and their allies, the Collectors, and literally had the physical and emotional scars to show for it.  But hearing the story as told to Shepard one day aboard his ship, the NORMANDY, was very different to seeing it played out in this offering from Production I.G. and Funimation.  This is a story that was, like the back stories of so many characters in the MASS EFFECT universe, ready for further exploration and in some ways, the creators of this film delivered all that could be expected of it.

 

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NEON GENESIS EVANGELION OMNIBUS EDITION 1

Posted by RommelS On February - 5 - 2013

EVANGELION OMNIBUS 1 - 3In a conversation, someone much younger that I confessed recently that he had not seen or read EVANGELION.  He had watched bits of the anime series, but found it lacking action(?!).  God only knows what he’s been watching instead.  I certainly didn’t want to.  If he saw it as a simple ‘boy and his giant robot’ story, as it can sometimes feel in the first few episodes of the anime series and its manga adaptation by character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, he might have been forgiven for his lack of judgement.  Unfortunately, I was unable to glean from him more useful information to help steer his way towards the path of EVANGELION enlightenment.  When Third Impact does come, I suspect his will be a lost soul in the resulting conflagration.  But if he ever sees review he should take the following advice: watch the series, the films and new version completely… and buy the omnibus edition of the manga currently being released by Viz.

 

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BERSERK THE MOVIE THE GOLDEN AGE ARC 1: THE EGG OF THE KING

Posted by RommelS On January - 27 - 2013

BERSERK THE MOVIE THE GOLDEN AGE ARC 1Based on the original manga by Kentarou Miura, Berserk the movie offers a fairy faithful anime adaptation. This is the first film in the trilogy.

 

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FAFNER HEAVEN AND EARTH

Posted by RommelS On January - 27 - 2013

FAFNER HEAVEN AND EARTHFafner the movie is a visually arresting and powerful story for those familiar with the TV series. Unfortunately a weak point of the film is that for those who are not familiar with the Fafner TV show, the film, set a couple of years after the events at the end of the TV series, will have a difficult time following the movie or appreciating its emotional impact. For fans of the TV show, they will enjoy this epilogue to the series.

 

One of the strong points of the movie, of which there are many, is that it shows that actions have consequences. Although they saved the island from the invading alien Festum and international military threats, Kazuki, our hero, is a broken young man. He is nearly completely blind at this point and suffers the physical and mental scars of his battles and the loss of his dearest friend Soshi. However when a new threat arrives, it reopens his old wounds and sees him entering the fray again to protect the home he hopes against hope that Soshi will return to.

 

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INFINITE STRATOS COMPLETE COLLECTION

Posted by RommelS On January - 27 - 2013

INFINITE STRATOS COMPLETE COLLECTIONSYNOPSIS:

Ten years ago, the development of the revolutionary Infinite Stratos powered exoskeleton changed the world’s balance of power overnight. Unfortunately, while the distribution of IS systems to every nation on Earth has ushered in a new era of peace, the fact that only women have thus far been able to pilot the Stratos systems has sent the relationship between the XX and XY-chromosomed halves of the human race into a spiraling tailspin!

 

When fifteen-year-old Ichika Orimura is suddenly discovered to be the first male with the ability to control an IS, whatever plans he might have had for his own future are tossed out the window even as he’s thrown to the wolves and enrolled at the otherwise entirely female Infinite Stratos Academy by order of the Japanese government!

 

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LOST GIRL SEASON 1

Posted by RommelS On January - 27 - 2013

LOST GIRL SEASON 1SYNOPSIS:

Bo is a gorgeous renegade, an irresistible beauty, and a deadly succubus. For years, she had no idea what she was – or why every new lover died in the throes of passion. She fled one corpse after another until a chance encounter with the puckish thief Kenzi exposed Bo’s existence to the clandestine order of the Fae. This ancient society of supernatural freaks exists outside the realm of mere mortals. Within their world, there are only two sides: Light and Dark.

 

Each member of the Fae must choose who they will serve – but not Bo. Driven to understand her own aura of desire, Bo vows to live on her own terms, even if it means existing in the abyss between good and evil. With the help of the mischievous but loyal Kenzi and the handsome shapeshifter Dyson, Bo will use her powers of seduction to unravel the riddle of her mysterious past.

 

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BLACK LAGOON COMPLETE SEASON 1

Posted by Sandra On January - 21 - 2013

BLACK LAGOON SEASON 1 - UKSYNOPSIS:
Office Temp Rokuro is held at gunpoint by members of Black Lagoon, an organisation of mercenaries who work for Russian mafia boss Balalaika of Hotel Moscow. They have the disc Rokuro was supposed to safely get into the right hands, but when the company who sent him threatens to kill him, he makes a decision that changes his life forever, but not necessarily for the better. The disc is important but Rokuro does not think it is worth a man’s life to get back. Rokuro decides he doesn’t want to be a normal man stuck in a job where he is isn’t respected anymore, and throws his lot in with the guys of Black Lagoon, getting called Rock, as he can perform certain tasks the other members can’t.

 

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BLACK LAGOON COMPLETE SEASON 2

Posted by Sandra On January - 21 - 2013

BLACK LAGOON SEASON 2 - UKUnusual events around the city bring back the services of Black Lagoon as a chain of murders has got everyone in a frenzy, and what is more strange as well as sinister is the killers themselves, twins, vampire twins as they are named. These two have targeted Hotel Moscow and six corpses have been found so far. Remy’s old flame comes into their main drinking hole with a tale to tell of her own and some leads that night prove useful.

 

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ARIA THE SCARLET AMMO COMPLETE COLLECTION

Posted by RommelS On January - 15 - 2013

ARIA THE SCARLETT AMMOSYNOPSIS:
Aria is a volatile girl who wields two pistols and two swords and holds the highest rank in assault studies at a high school for young mercenaries. This pint-sized prodigy swoops in to save her classmate Kinji from a high-speed chase, but he ends up saving her after he switches from a boring wimp into a total hot shot! His secret? He only turns into something of a James Bond when he’s turned on!

 

Convinced Kinji’s an ace, Aria strong-arms him into being her partner – but she isn’t the only femme fatale who wants a taste of his coveted combat skills. Aria gets Kinji for one mission, but he’ll end up with more than one finger on his trigger!

 

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iDOLM@STER XENOGLOSSIA COLLECTION 1

Posted by RommelS On January - 15 - 2013

iDOLM@STER XENOGLOSSIA COLLECTION 1107 years ago, the Moon was destroyed in a massive cataclysm that shattered Earth’s former satellite into 81 quintillion tons of orbital debris. However, thanks to super-science, the Earth itself was saved and today no one really thinks much about that century-past disaster. Which is why when teenage Haruka Amami auditions for something called the Idolmaster Project, she thinks she’s trying out to be a singing idol. Instead, Haruka finds herself at a secret school run by the Mondenkind Agency, living with a group of other girls who have also been selected as candidates to pilot an IDOL – an advanced robot specifically designed to intercept falling chunks of moon rock.

 
Unfortunately, there aren’t enough Idols for all the potential pilots, and there are some who will do anything to earn the coveted seats, even if the consequences are lethal. And then there’s the question of whether the Idols are really just robots, because from almost the first moment, Haruka starts to feel emotions resonating from within the Idol called Imber. The mysteries are mounting, the competition is furious and the mission to save Earth is on!

 

 
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VAMPIRE KNIGHT VOLUME 12

Posted by RommelS On January - 15 - 2013

VAMPIRE KNIGHT VOLUME 12The soiree proves to be even more riveting than anyone guessed as vampires, vampire hunters, and the odd human mix. Yuki is reunited with her friend for the first time in a year, but Zero’s interference proves to be a bitter reunion between girl and boy. However, the greatest surprise is the introduction of more pureblood vampires. Tonight is Yuki’s very first outing and her debut into vampire society and she may not live out the night!

 

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SAKURA HIME VOLUME 7

Posted by RommelS On January - 15 - 2013

SAKURA HIME VOLUME 7Asagiri and Ukyo are faced into a violent confrontation. However there is a large snag – Ukyo will not harm Asagiri, despite Enju’s orders. Her past and her choices are revealed as Asagiri’s tale is told and so too, her lover’s, Ukyo. It builds to a dramatic confrontation and a turn in the tides as Sakura is at last set free and again falls into Aoba’s embrace.

 

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UN-GO COMPLETE COLLECTION

Posted by RommelS On January - 2 - 2013

UNGO COMPLETE COLLECTIONSYNOPSIS:
Some call him the “Last Great Detective.” Others call him the “Defeated Detective.” What’s certain is that he’s Shinjurou Yuuki, a young man with a passion for mysteries and a talent for solving them that has made him the target of dark forces now stirring within the sinister underworld of a near future Tokyo.

 

That could prove lethal, given that not even the other “good guys,” including the police, are exactly on Shinjouro’s side. Fortunately Yuuki’s not completely on his own, and with the aid of his uniquely talented associate Inga, he’s ready to cut a swath through the veils of secrecy that have been laid before him.

 

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