Review: Muv-Luv Alternative – Total Eclipse

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In 1973, an invasion of aliens known as BETA upon Earth is driving human civilization into nearly collapse. Facing an enormous mass of enemy force, mankind has developed large humanoid arms called as Tactical Surface Fighters and deployed them to its defense lines through out the world. However, all those efforts could slow down defeats but could not stop BETA, and mankind is forced to abandon major area of the Eurasian Continent. For 30 years, mankind is bogged down in an endless war against BETA without any hopes of victory.
In 2001, the Imperial Japan faces difficulties in the development of a next-generation main Tactical Surface Fighters (TSF) as it defends the front lines of the Far East. The UN has proposed a joint development program between the Imperial Japan and the United States as a part of its international mutual development project of TSF, the Prominence Project.
This story with exciting human dramas and robot actions takes place in the development of a new Tactical Surface Fighters, the most important and effective weapons against BETA, at a crisis of human extinction.
Yet they never knew that their encounter would change their destiny drastically.
Yui Takamura, a TSF pilot of the Imperial Royal Guards of Japan, is given responsibility for the project and sets off to Alaska. Meanwhile, Yuya Bridges, also a TSF pilot of the US Army, was heading to the same destination.

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I do love Mecha Anime, thats the first thing I saw, I didn’t know what to expect, but I love it when I see robots, and this time around Muv-Luv Alternative was an interesting story. You get pulled into the characters from the beginning with a few more interesting characters getting introduced, and the world is fighting a losing battle against an Alien Force that just won’t stop. I can’t help but like because it has the Mecha machines and the battles are cool. The story is decent, not great, there are few things that just didn’t make sense but the battles made up for and the wacky characters too. If you want a good Mecha anime, then Muv-Luv does the job, don’t have high expectations and enjoy.

Link: AnimeNewsNetwork

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Iron Man – Rise Of The Technoverse

Billionaire Tony Stark, in his Iron Man armor, prevents an attack from a mysterious new foe, but innocent bystanders are killed, including his best friend War Machine, Lt. Colonel James Rhodes. Detained for questioning by S.H.I.E.L.D., Iron Man escapes, determined to find the mastermind behind the attack. Pursued by Black Widow and Hawkeye, Iron Man enlists the help of the ruthless vigilante The Punisher. But can the Armored Avenger handle what he finds when he catches the person responsible and is forced to face his deadliest weapon, a biotechnology called Technovore that could wipe out all life on the planet?

I love that Marvel is taking more of a Japanese Anime style to Iron Man, and this is movie directed by Hiroshi Hamazaki. The man behind Blue Submarine 6 & Ninja Scroll, so the quality of the anime is bound to be good. I’m excited just watching this trailer, and I hope that Marvel continues with this style. This is going to be released on April 16th which is smart timing since its a month before Iron Man 3 comes out, but I’m curious of how this movie is going to play out with a lot of interesting characters that I can tell from trailer.

Star Wars – The Clone Wars – Coming To An End On Cartoon Network

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Now this is something I really wasn’t expecting, one of the animated shows that I follow religiously and I thought was going strong. This might be the last season of Star Wars on Cartoon Network, and there is still so much to see, whats great about Star Wars is that it’s in a Universe with so many stories to tell, but it doesn’t seem like it is stopping, but they might be changing directions. Still I’m a bit shocked that a show that is doing so well might stop for now, I hope that what ever they do they will continue this amazing animated show in some form. Got to love Star Wars!

While the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we’re continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen. Stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content.

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Ghost In The Shell – Arise – Trailer

I can’t believe it took this long to make another Ghost in the Shell movie, I’m a huge fan and this is sort of a prequel to all of the Ghost in the Shell movies, a build up if you will to Major Kusanagi. I can’t wait to see this movie, I just hope that they come out with another series, its just too good to let it be like this. It’s a 50 minute movie with a July 26th release date for the BluRay.

The translation to the trailer

The year 2027
Her name is Motoko Kusanagi.
Attached to the 501st Army Secret Unit.
Heavily Cyborg
Ego
Memories
Hope for the Future
What proves my existence?
It all begins here.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock – Teaser

This could be good… or not. Leiji Matsumoto’s manga (and anime) character is being brought to CGI life in a new theatrical movie from Toei Animation. Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) is directing from a budget of over 30 million in U.S. dollars. The film will open in Japan this fall.

Old school anime, Captain Harlock was one of the originals that I saw and loved, I for one am very happy they brought it back to life and this teaser looks damn good, can’t wait to watch the movie.

Anime List 12/12

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Just a few days left in this year and I thought I would wrap up the shows and anime I’m watching and I have really fallen back compared to what I used to watch. But over the last few months I have managed to catch up a bit on the shows. I have restarted Bleach at last, slowly chipping away at the mountain of episodes left, it is one of hell of show, I loved where I picked up. Too many good shows out there to watch, but right now the top four are Jojo’s Bizzare Adventures, Mobile Suit Gundam Age, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, Bleach.

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Watching:

  • Mobile Suit Gundam Age – Can’t Believe it’s Almost Done
  • Inu X Boku Secret Service – A Surprising Anime Indeed
  • Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure – Awesome story with modern animation from Fist of the North Star, very cool
  • Ozma – Very Cool First Few Episodes
  • Sengoku Collection – Different take on Sengoku Basara
  • Stiens Gate – Trippy To Watch
  • Muv-Luv Alternative – Just Started To Watch This One
  • Sword Art Online – The Game gets more intense
  • Bleach – At Last I Have Restarted The Episodes and planning on finish it!
  • Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon – Pretty Interesting Twist On The State Of The World

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Going To Watch:

  • Fate Zero
  • Darker Then Black
  • Gai Rei Zero
  • Guilty Crown
  • Giant Killing
  • Ixion Saga DT
  • BTOOOM!

Black Dynamite

Like the movie, the show is predominantly a parody of and tribute to blaxploitation cinema. The show continues the story of Black Dynamite and his crew of Bullhorn, Cream Corn, and Honey Bee as they engage in dangerous and over-the-top misadventures sometimes involving African-American stars ex: Michael Jackson (back when he was part of the Jackson 5), O. J. Simpson, Richard Pryor, Mr. T and other famous people like Elvis Presley, as well as Black Dynamite’s recurring arch-nemesis President Richard Nixon (the main villain from the film). This show also makes references to the original Black Dynamite movie, such as Fiendish Dr. Wu as the leader of a group of ninjas; however, the show seems to follow its own continuity; as some characters from the film who were killed off are alive in the series.

This is one over the top ridiculous animated tv shows I have seen in a while, insults of every kind flying everywhere. They took the movie and took it to another level, with the style of 70s and some great humor they really made this show hilarious especially with Black Dynamite. This isn’t meant for kids, this is directed to adults and you can tell when you watch it. The idea of an orphanage and whorehouse being the same business is just ridiculous, its what Black Dynamite calls his Whorphanage, and it just gets more ridiculous from there, it is offensive on a lot of levels and I love that about the show. Its just over the top animated fun of the R-rated kind, its just 10 episodes but I hope they bring it back again.

Link: IMDB
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Review: Sengoku Basara – The Last Tea Party

With the fall of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Japan is once again plunged into chaos as his once subordinate Ishida Mitsunari looks to seek revenge against Date Masamune. Tokugawa Ieyasu however seeks a different path despite having once been under Toyotomi’s forces. Their fates soon intertwine with Sanada Yukimura’s and other warriors across the land. With a new unknown threat looming over the land, all warriors advance to Sekigahara for a final showdown…as a sinister plot unfolds in the background.

The movie to tie up parts of season 1 and season 2, I can never get enough of Sengoku Basara, the characters and story are just too good. And this 90 min movie will get your blood pumping, Ieyasu Tokogawa is trying to unite the Land Of The Rising Sun using bonds and reason, twice it has been burnt & hurt by power to dominate from Nobunaga and Hideyoshi. This time around the Tiger of Kai & Dragon of Oshu are against insane odds, with so many generals on the field it is an epic battle. As the battle takes place the real enemy appears and again all of the generals must unite in this battle to stop the threat against the Land Of The Rising Sun. As I have said it before the animation of this anime is amazing, the movie is just as good as the series, and I love the characters, any anime fan will love this.

Link: AnimeNewsNetwork
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DC Nation: Bat Man Of Shanghai

Produced by Chinese animation studio Wolf Smoke (also responsible for the awesome and NSFW Kung Fu Cooking Girls), this three part adventure transports Catwoman, Bane and the Caped Crusader himself back to Shanghai in 1930 for an all-out battle of thievery and mystical kung fu, and if you haven’t seen it, you’re in luck.

Link: ComicAlliance

DC Nation Shorts are pretty cool and they came up with this, I think it would look pretty good as a full animation not just a short. I love how they brought Batman to the 1930s, and to watch these youtube shorts start from top to bottom to develop the story the right way.

Thundercats – Cancelled???!??

A day after TNI ran a story about ThunderCats still possibly being on the loose, it now appears that the cage doors have slammed shut on this cartoon reboot. The show’s art director, Dan Norton, has claimed the following on Facebook: “Let me just say, nobody is working on TCats. It would take years to get it back on tv if we started today. Draw your own conclusion.”

The conclusion everybody seems to be drawing? That ThunderCats’ second life is over. While the news has yet to be confirmed by an official press release, Norton’s statement would seem fairly telling. However, others optimistically believe that the show is going forward without Norton and some staff since neither Bandai nor Cartoon Network has officially acknowledged a cancellation (and, in fact, the last official comment involved trying to work the show into Cartoon Network’s schedule).

Link: Tomopop

Please No!! Come on, I was so happy they brought back an 80s cartoon and did it so well. We all grew up watching it and loving it, and we still love it even when the cartoon is a bit childish from the 80s, it carried a spirit and heroism that we could relate to. What I loved about the new animation is that they kept the spirit of the original animation yet they made the story more complex and did an amazing job of telling, more character development and depth, and a lot of morality was brought into it, something that I wasn’t expecting. The end of the season was so good I couldn’t wait for season 2, but it seems that no anouncement has been made and it was left of the Cartoon Network line up, please bring it back, we love the show.