Sep 082014
 

Welp, this series sure showed me.

Last week’s episode was good. So good, that I don’t mind saying it’s the best the show has done so far. Why is this relevant? Because (keeping with this show’s ability to track my thoughts and then respond) this week is the weakest the show has offered to date. It’s not unwatchable, but there are so many elements that are either tedious or outright frustrating.

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Sep 072014
 

All aboard…

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With the clock ticking down to one of the most anticipated games of the year, Masahiro Sakurai gave some very interesting insights into his designs for Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U, and they’re not what one would usually expect from your average fighting gave designer. What’s his rationale? And what does the Inverseman think? Find out!

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Sep 072014
 

Hi everybody! (Hi Dr. Nick!) Okay, I’m not actually Dr. Nick Rivera, just Guyinthe3rdRow here with this week’s installment of Give it a Shot! This is my first time writing for this feature, so bear with me-especially since this is a doozy to recommend here.

Legend of the Galactic Heroes is a series that is incredibly tricky to try and briefly sum up, but I’ll do my best for you.

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Sep 062014
 

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The purpose  of my reviewing a movie on this site is to give advice on whether or not I think my readers should go see it. In this case though, I don’t think that really applies. Whether or not this movie is good doesn’t matter. Of course you should see this movie, regardless of whether or not it’s good or you’ll like it, because you will never again see a movie anything like it. The fact that it is good, so very, very good, just makes it easier for me to tell you that.

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Sep 062014
 

Dragonball Z is a show that needs next to NO introduction. It most likely one of the first examples of anime that many American Otaku would have been exposed to, thanks to its never-ending broadcast run on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block.

Over the years, fans have wanted to be able to enjoy their DBZ anytime they wanted, and with the new millenium came the advent of DVDs, a far more compact and efficient way of storing all of the many, MANY episodes of Dragonball Z spanning from the Saiyin saga, all the way up to the Arrival of Majin Buu. But, one problem has always seemed to spring up regarding the DBZ collections: THERE ARE TOO DAMN MANY OF THEM! Some collections feature the American intro theme, while others feature the Japanese intro. Some collections contain a Japanese dub option with English subs, while others keep only the English dub.

But worst of all, these collections spread themselves out amongst WAY too many volumes, something that deters collectors and fans of the franchise for sure. BUT NO MORE! Finally, Funimation has decided to publish a new Blu-ray edition of the DBZ franchise. This version will be consolidated into far fewer volumes, and kept at a very reasonable price-point.

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Review copies were provided by FUNimation Entertainment.

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Sep 052014
 

Welcome back. It’s time to delve further into Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s re-envisioning of the classic giant robot series.

After the pattern established by the first two volumes, this one presents interesting variation to help transition into the next few volumes. After the last book ended with the series’ first major turning point in the death of Garma Zabi, this book keeps its focus on…well, the title says it all: fan favorite ace Ramba Ral.

This is also where it gets a little weirder to do the ‘run the show’ comparison. This third book takes on a larger span of the series: roughly seven episodes (would be eight but one of the events featured was moved back to the previous volume) compared to the four or five of previous installments. Despite the larger amount of material, it still streamlines it pretty easily, folding battles into one another and working new events into the material to keep the narrative from developing episodic breaks as pronounced as the first two books.

"Look, just because our robots have horned shoulders and giant ominous red eyes does NOT make us the bad guys here!"

“Look, just because our robots have horned shoulders and giant ominous red eyes does NOT make us the bad guys here!”

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