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STEINS;GATE PART 1

Posted by RommelS On February - 25 - 2013

STEINSGATE PART 1SYNOPSIS:

The microwave is a time machine. Okarin proved it. The self-anointed mad scientist nuked bananas into some gelatinous version of the future. Or maybe it was the past. Doesn’t matter. No one thought he could do it, but he did it anyway. He sent text messages through time to people he knew. To his friends. Some of them female. Pretty. He should have been more careful. He should have stopped. Tampering with the time-space continuum attracts unwelcome attention. Clandestine organizations of nefarious origins take notice. SERN. Always watching. Okarin knows; he can feel their eyes. That’s why he started the top secret Future Gadget Lab. To stop them. You should join. We get to wear lab coats, and it’s dangerous. Danger is exciting because it’s deadly. The microwave is a time machine.

 

 

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BLEACH BOX SET 11

Posted by RommelS On February - 25 - 2013

BLEACH BOX SET 11SYNOPSIS:

Ichigo and Rukia take responsibility for looking after Rurichiyo, a girl of noble birth who one day appears in the World of the Living. She and her two bodyguards transfer into Ichigo’s class at school, and Rukia decides to show her how to have fun. But the fun stops when Rurichiyo disappears and then a group of assassins arrives and challenges Ichigo and his friends to a fight!

 

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NINJA SCROLL

Posted by RommelS On February - 17 - 2013

NINJA SCROLLThe story of Ninja Scroll is pretty straightforward: Jubei is a wandering swordsman, who accidentally gets involved in a conspiracy involving a lot of gold from a secret mine. He ends up teaming up with Kagero, whose entire clan just got massacred by one of the Eight Devils of Kimon, and Dakuan, a government spy. Together they fight the Eight Devils of Kimon and try to prevent that the gold reaching some evil shogun. As you may have noticed, you probably shouldn’t watch Ninja Scroll for its great, complicated story.

 

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BLEACH THE MOVIE: HELL VERSE

Posted by RommelS On February - 17 - 2013

BLEACH HELL VERSEThe fourth film strikes a different tone with it opening, stark in animation, darker than usual, proving to be a foreboding prologue to the film while the story offers something different for Bleach fans but with the regular no holds barred, everything on the line, fights.

 

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PANTY AND STOCKING WITH GARTERBELT THE COMPLETE SERIES

Posted by RommelS On February - 17 - 2013

PANTY AND STOCKINGSYNOPSIS:

The Anarchy Sisters Panty and Stocking are two nasty angels who got booted from the pearly gates for being foul-mouthed bitches! Now they spend their days blowing up ghosts in the lecherous abyss between Heaven and Earth. Panty likes sex, Stocking likes sweets, their afro-sporting main man Garter Belt has a fetish we can’t mention. Together, they’re keeping the streets free of bodily fluids. Ghosts don’t have a prayer against their panty pistols and stocking swords, and if this debaucherous duo can collect enough Heaven Coins, they just might get their halos back. They’ve got a slim chance in hell, but rolling commando is the best way to get lucky – especially with Panty and Stocking!

 

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DEADMAN WONDERLAND

Posted by RommelS On February - 17 - 2013

DEADMAN WONDERLANDSYNOPSIS:

Tokyo has been decimated by an earthquake, but middle-schooler Ganta Igarashi has bigger problems. He’s been convicted for the slaughter of his classmates – a crime he didn’t commit. The authorities lock him up in a brutal privately owned prison: Deadman Wonderland, where the incarcerated are forced to fight vicious gladiatorial battles for wealthy tourists.

 

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BLUE EXORCIST PART 1

Posted by Sandra On February - 12 - 2013

BLUE EXCORSIT PART 1SYNOPSIS:
Some children grow up without parents; while others are told that they are demon kids, but that’s usually due to them being naughty but fifteen-year-old Rin is a real-life demon child, the son of Satan. Being brought up by father Shirou isn’t easy either, but when he dies protecting him against demons, Rin goes against his demon birth to become the best exorcist in the land. He enrols at the True Cross Academy where he has to keep his demonic heritage a secret even though his twin brother Yukio is a tutor there. It’s not an easy life but Rin wants to make his mark on the academy, and the rest of the world. Rin isn’t on his own by any means; he has his friends; Izumo and Shiemi to help keep his spirits up.

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

Posted by Sandra On February - 12 - 2013

BERSERK 1The movie opens on a castle siege, a battle of incredible might rages over Midland, but one lone knight stands between the mercenaries who have been sent to fight. When none of them will go up against him, one comes forward and shows his worth – for seven pieces of silver – Guts, a mercenary who is not a part of any band. While the dead have been brought out and piled up to rot, and the mercenaries have been paid,Griffith and his own band of mercenaries have been observing Guts’s work and are impressed by his swordsmanship.

 

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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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