Dragon Ball: 22nd Tenkaichi Tournament Arc (Episodes 83 – 92) Review

Time to kick off a run of five chunks of original Dragon Ball that take us through to the end of Goku’s screentime as a child (not including the four Dragon Ball films I’ll tackle later, anyway… or Dragon Ball GT for that matter!) The 22nd Tenkaichi Tournament is where the series really starts focusing on action over comedy and thanks to massive blasts of energy still being rare there is a greater focus on hand-to-hand combat, too… at least in the later fights, sadly this arc is also mired with lots of filler that kills a lot of a pacing, especially in this first half. How badly does that effect things? Let’s find out!

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S-CRY-ed – Episodes 1 – 13 Review

As a bit of a break from long-running adaptations I saw S-CRY-ed had been added to Crunchyroll here in the UK a while ago and I remembered really enjoying the series when it aired on the ill-fated Anime Central channel many years ago, so I decided to give it a re-watch! I have to say the first half here takes a while to get going and me fourteen years later is now far more familiar with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and therefore the similarity of the Alter powers seen here to the Stand powers from that are extremely apparent! Still, let’s have a look!

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean (Episodes 1 – 12) Anime UK News Review

I will get round of covering all of JoJo’s at some point on this blog, including Stone Ocean in far more spoilery detail, but for now my spoiler-free (unless you’ve been avoiding the trailers, I guess) review of Stone Ocean’s first twelve episodes for Anime UK News can be found by clicking HERE.

Good fun, as the series always tends to be…

Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System – Case 03 “On The Other Side of Love and Hate” Review

In terms of the “Sinners of the System” mini-films this was the big one, not just because it’s the longest but because it focuses on Shinya Kogami, the co-protagonist of the original Psycho-Pass and fan favourite, showing us how he goes from wandering mercenary back to Japan. It’s got the longest title, with “On the Other Side of Love and Hate” being the reason I dropped putting the titles in the thumbnails for these films… also it has the biggest scope out of the three stories and some really great animation, so let’s take a look to see if the story matches up to it!

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Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System – Case 02 “First Guardian” Review

The next mini-movie in the Psych-Pass: Sinners of the System run focuses on enforcer Teppei Sugo and the events that led him from an army man to “disgraced” enforcer as he mulls over an offer to join Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He never stood out as a character in the series, to the point where I can’t even remember him BEING in the original series, but this certainly did a good job of giving me a reason to care about him in the future! Let’s take a look…

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Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System – Case 01 “Crime and Punishment” Review

One day on this blog I’ll get to write about how much I loved the original Psycho-Pass series. It blew me away and had me hooked for the whole thing, so much so that even though I didn’t really get on with 2, the movie or 3 to varying degrees I still eagerly watched each one in the hopes it might find its form again. Well, here we are, a Blu-ray release of three stand-alone films called “Sinners of the System”. Will any of these recapture the magic? Let’s find out over the next three weeks! “Case 01” is focused on Mika Shimotsuki before she took control of the main team and also shines more light on Inspector-turned-Enforcer Nobuchika Ginoza…

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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Review

Speaking of things just released on 4K blu-ray (as I was a week ago… that paragraph starter doesn’t really work here in that case… oh well) we have Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, the CG follow up film to the mega-popular RPG. At the time of its release I was blown away by the animation and CG effects and I guess I convinced myself to buy the 4K version because I was desperate to reclaim that feeling but I have to say it doesn’t matter how uncompressed it is CG animation from 2005 just doesn’t impress any more in 2021… Still, what’s the actual story and experience like? Let’s take a look!

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Ghost in the Shell (1995) Review

As I settled down to watch the newly released 4K blu-ray of this all-time classic I thought it was a good time to finally review it on this site, especially given I’ll be reviewing the Matrix trilogy leading into the release of the fourth film in a few weeks. Yes this first Ghost in the Shell anime film has inspired so many people and properties in its wake (not to mention a fun Anime TV series I’ve already reviewed in “Strand Alone Complex”) that it’s hard to cut all of that out and just focus on it as a singular story. I’ll try though! So let’s take a look…

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie – Mugen Train Review

Demon Slayer was the big hit a two years ago, with gorgeous Ufotable animation and a decent Shonen story to boot but I don’t think anyone could have predicted this film’s success! Collecting accolades like the biggest Japanese box office success EVER and the very top film of 2020 worldwide (okay, that one isn’t as impressive given the whole pandemic thing, but still!) is this film THAT good? Well, no, I’m sure what could be, but I will say that it is a good watch, being an adaptation of a manga arc rather than a spin-off like other Shonen films adds to it, certainly. Let’s take a closer look!

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