Review: Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet

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While fighting an intense inter-galactic war, a mecha pilot was accidentally warped into a space-time neither he nor the computer of his mecha could recognize. After waking up from a long-time hibernation, he found himself trapped on a planet, with human residents talking in an unknown form of language, using inferior technologies, and — most shocking to him — naturally breathable air.

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This Mecha anime starts off with an Epic battle, all forms of Mecha versus a jellyfish like Enemy who is more then formidable against there great numbers. From the start Gargantia had me excited from the start, I love when there is a mix of cel and cg animation to bring out the depth of the characters and action in the story. I was slowly getting to love the main character and his mech, they were totally out of place on this earth and slowly adapting to their current situation as circumstances changed. The story kept heading for an insane climax but at the end of all of it, it just didn’t hit what I was really expecting, I expected something Epic but instead I was left wanting more. I enjoyed this Mecha anime but wanted more.

Link: AnimeNewsNetwork
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AMP – SciFi Short

10 years after leaving a war his father started, Quinn and Amp live in the slums selling illegal custom-tech just to afford the batteries that keep Amp alive. When an old childhood friend tracks him down, Quinn is confronted with the dilemma of choosing to remain idle in a city run by the corrupt Coreley Corporation or finally finish the war he never wanted to be a part of.

I love short movies like these with Robots involved, and this one looks very cool, even better then what I was expecting, its over the top and I love it! Loved the character of the Robot and the special effects and impressive for a short.

Review: Tiger & Bunny

Plot Summary: Sternbild City is home to people called “Next,” who use their special abilities to protect the people as superheroes. These heroes solve cases and save lives so they can wear sponsor logos or acquire “hero points.” Their activities are documented on the popular program “Hero TV,” which picks the “King of Heroes” in a yearly ranking. The veteran hero Wild Tiger has always preferred to work alone, but now he’s been assigned the rookie Barnaby Brooks Jr., who has a different perspective on being a superhero.

I always do enjoy these types of anime, short and sweet, but it keeps getting a little bit more complex and they always leave a bit of mystery which is very good. Humans start developing Powers which they call NEXT and each power is different from the other, and the best of them become Heros protecting the city and each Hero is backed by a Sponsor which is a very capitalistic idea. The action is there right away and you hit the ground running meeting all the characters, and this anime revolves around two of them, Tiger & Barnaby or Bunny as they call him. Then the story starts digging deeper and you get connected with all the characters and how things develop with the story line. The best part is reaching the end but then whats great is that just enough is left for another season and more of the story to dig deeper and darker into what was waiting in the background. Basically an anime worth watching and very entertaining.

Link: AnimeNewsNetwork
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Senshiro Jumaro – Model

The kids of the 80s will know who this is instantly, Senshiro and Jumaro from the robotic wrestling show of the 1980s. This is when KTV was at its finest, they had amazing animated cartoons from Japan even before Europe and North America did, we were ahead of the curve with so much types of media. And I remember it so fondly this was one of the shows that I cherished, who wouldn’t have wanted a robot as they were a kid that can kick ass. Usually I prefer watching anime in Japanese but I saw a few episodes of Jumaro a while back and watched them in both Japanese and Arabic, and by far the Arabic was much better. Surprisingly the anime had a few risque drawings in the Anime from back in the 80s, it shows that we were more open back then.

Thanks to Fewture models I was able to find the Jumaro model, and whats great about their models is that they are made from metal and molded to the perfect form. The model is fully moveable joints while made out of metal, and Jumaro looks everything like the animated series, if not better then the series. Didn’t take long to unbox and put together, I placed next to the other Japanese & Fewture models on my shelf. The only thing left to make this the perfect model is for him to have A.I. and move based on my telepathic commands.

Check out this YouTube for the intro video to Senshiro.


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Macross – VF 256 Armored Messiah Ozma Custom

Macross is one of those Animes that I followed in the 80s when I was a kid, everyone loved Robotech from back in the day. Luckily they came up with a few more storylines over the last decade with some very impressive animes. I remember thinking it would be very cool if the Air Force had jet planes that could turn into robots but for now we have the animes to enjoy and the robots to see.

I recently got my hands on the VF 256 Armored Messiah Ozma Custom from BanDai and it looks damn good and big. Its one of those types that are semi done and you have to transform him into robot mode and add the big weaponry and pieces to him. I thought it wouldn’t take more then an hour to put it all together but I was very wrong it took me over four hours and a few pieces kept falling off which drove me nuts but at the end I have a very lovely piece to add to my collection.


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Review: Break Blade

Plot Summary: The inhabitants of the continent of Cruzon are born with the ability to freely control quartz. Technology based on this power allows them to perform a great multitude of tasks such as shoot projectiles and pilot mobile suits (called Golems in this society). Rygart Arrow is an un-sorcerer, a rare individual who is unable to levitate even the smallest crystal. Living with his brother on a farm, he receives a letter from an old friend, Hodr, the current king. Close companion of the king and queen when they were students at Assam Military School, Arrow is informed that a war is about to occur. Hodr called him because an ancient type of Golem has been found in a mining shaft. No one has been able to move it and Queen Sigyn, an expert engineer, suspects that maybe an un-sorcerer might be the key to activate it.

From the onset this anime grabs your attention with some very intriguing characters and an intense storyline with countries on their verge of war, and friends being caught in the middle of it. Rygart is non-sorcerer which is extremely rare, he doesn’t have the capability to control quartz through his mind like the rest of the population, one isn’t seen except for every 180 years. Rygart has a pecular character and is called by the king and queen who are his school friends to help them with their dilema. Rygart also steps into ancient Mecha from a time where civilization didn’t have the ability to control quartz and its surprisingly more powerful then their usual Mechs but he isn’t a soldier, he is practical man and farmer but with his friends and family on the line he also has to fight his best friend who is leading the charge. For only six episodes this is one very complex anime with so many angles to it, and extremely well done its fantastic. I’m honestly disappointed that it was only 6 50min episodes, I wanted to see a lot more and enjoy more out of it but for only 6 episodes I loved it. This is an anime that should not be missed.

Link: AnimeNewsNetwork
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GX-48 Big-O Soul of Chogokin Metal Figure

From the classic giant robot anime ‘The Big O’ comes a MAX Alloy of the strongest megadeus – the Big O itself! It’s the biggest model to join the MAX Alloy series ever, measuring an incredible 300mm in height and weighing an unbelievable 1050g!

Soul of Chogokin make some very high quality models and when I saw that they made the Big-O model I really had to have it. Its an exact duplicate of the giant robot from the anime series, Big-O robot with the giant arms attached to the body, they look more like battering rams then arms. I remember watching this anime in my apartment in the states, I would watch it every night on Cartoon Network on Adult Swim. Overall the model is made from a combination of metal and plastic and the details on it are fantastic, and it has an impressive stance to it, very solid.


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Shin Getter – Fewture EX CHOGOKIN

Shin Getter Robo is a fictional mecha from Go Nagai and Ken Ishikawa’s Getter Robo universe. It first appeared in the last volume of the Getter Robo Go manga, then made famous by the Super Robot Wars series of video games. It has appeared in two separate OVAs and several of Nagai and Ishikawa’s manga.

Fewture makes one of the best models out of all the companies, moveable and almost all in metal which is very impressive. They only have a few and the moment they sell out, they start selling in the thousands. This one is from the old school Shin Getter 1 from 1993 and its mean and I love it, I have the Great Mazinger and Mazinger 1969 which are very cool. I especially love the Giant Axe with Shin Getter 1, he just looks bad ass like that.


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Grendizer

That name knows no borders, we all watched him back in the 80s and many of us remember Grendizer foundly. Recently while traveling I came across this Grendizer model I picked it up right away without a second thought. This is larger model and I was happy that I saw when I picked it up, it fit perfectly next to all the other ones currently on my shelves.

When I saw Grendizer I remembered the theme song playing in Arabic and remembered watching it on the TriColor Sony TV we have back in the 80s. Kuwait TV Channel used to be so advanced back in the day, they dubbed the best shows and we all loved them. I hope that they restart the franchise again like they did Mazinger Z & Mazinkaiser.


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The New Voltron

Now any news about Voltron gets me excited, I love when they remake an animation from back in the day. In this case it’s Voltron and every kid loved Voltron, I even remember picking up the 5 lion toy piece set from Shamiya Co-op and putting it together to form Voltron. This is the first look of Voltron and I think they are really bringing it the future, and keeping in mind it will be targeting an older audiences since all the fans are adults at this point. These concept drawings for the movie aren’t exactly what the movie will turn into but I’m assuming pretty similar, I’m hoping for it to be a damn good movie, its supposed to be released some time in 2013.

Link: Blastr