It’s not often a team of people can create a machinima series and really make it work. Make it stick through so many years of episodes and content to the point where it crosses between games in a franchise and becomes a true part of the franchise itself. Continue reading Review | Red VS Blue (Season 9)
Mecha is such a large market in the anime industry. More often then not you’ll see series after series pop up that involves robots fighting some kind of space war for a belief of some sort and it will end with a grand finish, normally with the heroes triumphant.
That said, all this mecha craze had to start somewhere and Gundam is certainly a series that helped pioneered this love for all things robot related. Madman recently have been acquiring some of the older Gundam including one of the earliest, Mobile Suit Z (Zeta) Gundam available as two collections (50 episodes) on DVD. Continue reading Review | Mobile Suit Z Gundam: Collection 1 & 2
Anime fans that have been around for a while may remember an incredibly gory anime out there called Berserk. Berserk as a series is still going even today, with a Dreamcast game a while ago and a manga that has been going for two decades now as of 2010. Extremely violent fantasy anime is certainly a niche market yet also it is something that has not been catered to for a while. That said, as one of the earlier Blu-Ray launches by Madman, Claymore was released as a full collection produced by Madhouse (Record of Lodoss War, Chobits, Death Note among many others). Continue reading Review | Claymore: Collection
Most anime series these days are extremely linear and rather basic in their story direction. That is, told from the perspective of one single person or group. Siren Visual however has licensed and released ‘Durarara!!‘ produced by Brain’s Base (behind series such as Baccano), a series gaining popularity very quickly and taking a different perspective from the normal approach that a series may have. Continue reading Review: Durarara!! Part 1
Since the era of the Playstation 2 there have always been two major franchises that focused on a specific historical period in Japanese History, being the “Warring States” or “Sengoku” era covering it right from the beginning where clans fought for land until the eventual unification of all Japan. Sengoku Basara from Capcom is one of these two series; however instead of being a game release this time around they’ve gone for an anime adaptation of their earliest Basara game, named Devil Kings in PAL territories.
Bleach is an anime series that has been around for a long time now, spanning many seasons and three separate movies with a fourth being announced. That said in traditional PAL style we’re a little behind with the second movie “The DiamondDust Rebellion” being released only recently in Australian shores.
5 years ago on the PC yet another eroge (erotic game) TRPG was released to the masses named Tears to Tiara. Cue to 2010 and after having the game released as a non-eroge version as well as a Playstation3 port with added content, naturally an anime series was next as other eroge (Fate/Stay, Tsukihime, etc.) have accomplished. Eroge can at times be known to have incredibly indepth stories, which work well as anime adaptations and it’s no surprise to see more of them ported across to anime series depending on the success of the actual game itself.
The Melbourne Anime Festival (Manifest) is running this weekend at the Melbourne Showgrounds and has the theme ‘Mecha VS Magic’ in this incarnation (it’s 11th year running). Expect to see various panels on how to get into anime and Japanese culture as well as more specific genres of anime such as mecha anime. That said, the convention isn’t just for anime but rather Japanese culture as whole with panels and events catered to those who enjoy the lolita fashion style and others of its kind (Fruits), mecha, Ball Jointed Dolls in addition to the mainstream anime itself.