Category Archives: anime


Please note: this was written in 2011 so hence things like REDLine had just come out and my recent trip to Otakon.

Usually, when you discover a new anime series, it’s a case of “Hmm, interesting, but it’s too generic and samey. Could have used a vampire.” It’s a sad fact that the bulk of shows made today pander too much to a really, really, small niche market. I’m fine with people liking whatever it is they like but once in a while, just once in a while, I like to get a show or movie that I can really start chewing on. So, I heard and then read the central premise of Rideback. I looked for fansubs of it but by the time I did, FUNimation has already licenced it and so I decided to wait for my DVD or blu ray of it. So, when I realised that I’d be at Otakon this year and FUNI would have a sales booth I decided to buy it. And then it sat on my ever widening shelf of anime that I hadn’t watched. But unemployment will make a person want to fill the spaces when they aren’t looking for a job. So, I found myself watching the show. And it might be my favourite show of the year and I’ve had a lot of candidates for the title.

Continue reading Rideback

Cyber City Odeo 808 (The Better review)

cyber-city-oedo-808Today we tackle the awesome Cyber City Odeo 808. Today we have Michael from Prede’s Anime Reviews helping review my favourite Yoshiaki Kawajiri OVA. Check out my review of the show on Anigamers and Michael’s take on the title on his blog. Apologies for the audio problems. Also, if you feel like cringing, listen to my original podcast about it, all those years ago.

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Noburu Ishiguru 1938 – 2012

Chances are, if you’re reading this, that you probably have heard of the passing of famed anime director Noburu Ishiguru. Mr. Ishiguru passed away aged 73. I won’t keep you all very long. This is my personal recollection of Ishiguru.

I knew of Ishiguru’s work in anime even before I knew of he, himself. Growing up with Robotech, you, sort of, had no choice in the matter. Even after discovering about Macross, and his involvement with it, I remained impressed that one man kept it all of it together. Today there are committees, companies and like for this sort of thing. Back then nobody knew about cross media opportunities, having record companies work hand in hand with anime producers to the degree Macross did. Ishiguru helmed a series that did all that.

Working on the 1980’s Astro Boy series, you can see his flair even inside this most Tezuka of Tezuka’s works and having the added pressure of working alongside the God of Manga himself. I am only now digging into the treasure that is Legend of Galactic Heroes. Such an amazing work. Oddly, I saw his latest work, Tytania, before starting into LoGH. Does this distract from his earlier space opera? Not at all, in my book.

At Otakon 2011,I had the delightful opportunity to see Mr. Ishiguru in person as he, Makoto Shinkai and Kazuya Murata were jointly holding a Producers and Directors panel (well, the producers were too scared to come up on stage, so it became a directors panel!). We heard from a variety of their recollections, most of which I struggle to recall at the moment to be honest, and then got a chance to ask questions. Unfortunately, some idiot decided to ask the inevitable Tsunami question and that ground the whole panel to a halt. As a result, a lot of us never got a chance to ask our questions. I had a few but now I think of it, there really was only one: “For Ishiguru-sempai, and the rest of the panel if they like, what do you want to be remembered for?” Sadly, I’ll never get the chance to ask that of Mr. Ishiguru, but looking back at his long body of work, his contribution to what we regard as modern anime and his great take on being an animation director, I think I’ve got the best answer possible, in my mind. Thank you, Mr. Ishiguru, for all your hard work. You have most certainly earned your rewards, whenever you are.

Go raibh maith agat.

Leiji Matsumoto’s OZMA first review plus quick impressions of the VIKI service

OK, so I’ve just seen Matsumoto’s new show OZMA on @viki. It’s pretty good.


It’s the future, the earth has dried up, people will in the outcroppings of rock in the desert. Our plucky hero, Sam Coyne (great Irish name) rescues the whisp-ish girl, Maya, from a Theseian (I think it’s spelled
that way) patrol who seem to know her. Just as they chase her down in their huge sand destroyers, she and they are thrown into a micro-sandstorms (because you know they can be very dangerous) by a Dune sandworm called an Ozma, allowing Sam in his sand flyer to snatch Maya out of the bad guys clutches. He takes her back to his home, a town built into a huge rock plateau where the ship he serves on is docked.

So, our adventure begins. I love Matsumoto and everything he does. The character designs never change, the ideas are all similar but still I’m glad he’s around. If anything, this first episode reminds me that he can make the best kinds of stories. When he announces a new show I get excited for watching a show or movie that I’ve seen replayed dozens of times before. Normally, I’d say this is not a good thing but he’s different. He’s always like that. The cast talks about Natura’s, quantum resonance, Ozma’s and so on but it’s not really that important. Matsumoto’s not that pushed to give you explanations. He’s got a hero, a beautiful girl, old Tochiro, Queen Esmeraldas without the scar, Harlock being the debut episode’s bad guy, the Man to fight and that’s all you need to know. A little bit of this, a little bit of that and you have your setup and your reason for watching. The blurb on the Viki page says this series will “tackle the ultimate question of life and its existence”. If that’s true, I’m all for it.


Trying out Viki on Android, the subtitles are clear, if literal, and the font they use is huge and crisp. You will not be able to NOT read this stuff. The people at Viki can only subtitle this stuff with community help. I know it’s on Crunchyroll as well but this is a new service and they are a worldwide outfit straight out of the box. That, in and of itself, deserves our praise. So, head over to and check out their other shows.

See you at Otakon!

Hi all. Here’s a brief update for those of you (and at this point the list is growing short) who don’t follow either of us on Twitter:

New podcast next month (see below). I’m kinda getting itchy to go back to recording. If there’s a series, movie or manga that you want covered let us know via email.

More written reviews next week. I’m enjoying doing written pieces on otakunews and MMF and I’m looking forward to expanding stuff into our site as well.

I’m going to Otakon next week. If you want to swing by and say hi, hit me up on Twitter. Check out our site or for any info out of the con.

That’s it. Talk with you all next week.

Killing our Demons, by hook or by crook.

Hello, and welcome to something called a podcast. We used to do these things, ya know?

In this, the first show of the year, I tackled the GAINAX show, Panty and Stocking With Garterbelt. while Oni takes on the show Demon King Daimao. We also catch up on the time in between and what we got up to in the downtime. Plus, an apology for someone who has never met Oni. Remember, it’s all Oni’s fault.

Thanks to everyone who has stuck with us for all these months! This proves that you love us, you really love us!

Arghh, I need more beer…..

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Upcoming Show Sneak Peak

Hello. We interrupt your regular scheduled programming (namely, none) to bring you the upcoming show preview.

I will be taking on the GAINAX show, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt while Oni will tackle Demon King Daimao from Studio Artland.

That is all. Continue swimming naked. Ah, come on! Continue!

2011 Winter Season Picks

OK, so the Winter season is on us. So with that in mind, for the first time in the history of the site, myself and Oni will be tackling some of the shows. I’ve decided to only tackle stuff that’s streaming legally. Here are our choices for the season:


Hourou Musuko – Wandering Son

Oh, boy. I am looking forward to this. I don’t think I’ve been this excited about an anime or manga since I read A Drunken Dream. Boy meets girl in school. Girl wants to be a boy. Boy wants to be a girl. It’s not played for laughs. Lordy, I can feel the hope on the streets with this title. Please, please, watch this. Convince Japan to make more of this stuff. Wandering Son starts simulcasting January 13th from Crunchyroll

Rio – Rainbow Gate!

From the wiki entry on it: In an island casino called the Howard Resort, Rio Rollins is a popular casino dealer with an uncanny ability to bring good luck to gamblers just by walking past them, earning her the nickname “The Goddess of Winning”. Mint Clark, a young child, comes to the Howard Resort with her grandfather and encounters Rio, and the two become the best of friends.

However, Rio’s life suddenly changes when she obtains one of the 13 legendary cards called “Gates”, and gets involved in a tournament for the title of “Most Valuable Casino Dealer” (MVCD). With her reputation on the line, Rio must compete against the world’s top gamblers to become MVCD.

I know exactly what I’m letting myself in for here. I don’t care. I must balance high stuff like Hourou Musuko with Rio. Just roll with me on this one. Rio – Rainbow Gate! is streaming right now on Crunchyroll.


Dragon Crisis

Boy finds girl. Boy likes girl. Girl needs to protected from shadowy forces. Boy offers to protect girl. Girl turns out to be a Dragon Girl. Who knew? Dragon Crisis will start simulcasting on Crunchyroll from the 11th January


OK, guy rescues baby, finds out he’s the pick to protect the child, who happens to the son of the demon king. Oni will love this. Yeah, this is going to be goooood. Beelzebub is currently streaming in North America and Europe from Crunchyroll

And that’s your lot. What do you think? Would you add something to that? Take something away? Tweet us or leave a comment!

I can hear the ocean…and my co-host crying

Today we tackle Ocean Waves (or I Can Hear the Sea) from Studio Ghibli, our first review from that studio. I hope we did ok with the review but you lot can me tell other wise. While talking about Ocean Waves, Oni makes a connection in the roles of Liam Neeson of late.

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From this:

to this:

and this:


Sense a pattern forming here?

We briefly touch off the passing of Robotech producer, Carl Macek. We will talk about Mr. Macek on another show but Oni does share some opinions on the man. In the meantime check out the tributes to Carl on

We also tackle the thorny issue of what will Oni review for the next show. We had a fair few suggestions. Which one won? You’ll have to watch it and see!

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Promos played:
Up A Paddle

The email address to send the request to Oni!

If you’re wondering what I’m chewing on during the show it’s a yoghurt desert.

1) Get a glass, like a whiskey glass, fill the base with fruit preserve.
2) Fill in with fresh yoghurt (flavoured or not).
3) Top with crushed biscuit.
4) Leave in fridge (uncovered) for two to three hours.
5) Enjoy!

Now see, you do learn something new!

Apologies for Oni’s poor audio. Mic change soon.

And Oni can be found on Twitter here