Category Archives: Animation

Heroic Age

Every genre has certain themes that are considered its staples – the building blocks of stories that have been, or are yet to be told. One of the most common elements in science fiction is the Earth being attacked by an alien force with superior

Shining Hearts – Shiawase no Pan

“Quod Subigo Farinam” – Terry Pratchett (Feet of Clay, 1996) Once upon a time Sega were a powerhouse of the videogames world, but these days they appear to have lost much of their former glory – mainly because their most visible releases are little more

Fate/Zero 2nd Season

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” – Lord John Dalberg-Acton, 1837. There are many types of power – financial, military, political, religious, etc – and at one time or another each has been used to further the goals of individuals, organisations, and

Full Metal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

Dairy farming isn’t something that one would normally associate with anime and manga, especially as there’s nothing really entertaining about looking after or milking cows. There is, however, a rather improbable connection between these seemingly disparate industries, and nowhere is this more apparent than when

Guilty Crown

Many people are aware of the financial problems faced by the anime industry, and one of the methods that studios have adopted over recent years to try to shore up their crumbling foundations is to adapt popular manga, games, and more recently, Western comics. This

Tiger & Bunny

Superheroes have long been a staple of popular culture, especially in the West, and over the years characters like Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and even The Hulk have become household names. With their popularity at an all-time high thanks to video game tie-ins and movie adaptations,

Ben-Tou

Times are hard, and in these days of global economic crisis and recession more and more people have joined the hunt to find the best bargains. As with anything in life though, experience is what counts, and veterans in the ways of saving money will

Sacred Seven

“Haste makes waste.” Entertainment is a cut throat industry, and while every studio and publisher scrabbles around in a desperate search for the next big thing, they must continue to make ends meet in some way. When it comes to anime this is usually achieved

Dantalian no Shoka

These days we take the written word for granted, but for the majority of human history this has not been the case. Over the millennia, those with the ability to communicate using these strange markings have been viewed with awe and suspicion in almost equal

Fate/Zero

Type-Moon have made a habit of finding success with their dark blend of magic and supernatural elements in modern day settings, but with the release of the Fate/Stay Night visual novel on the PC in 2004, the developer seemed to have found its flagship title.