Category Archives: Reviews

The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Anime Review)

Like many anime fans, I have ended up watching the films of Makoto Shinkai in something approaching reverse order, investigating his earlier work after his more recent triumphs. This is not an ideal way to experience a body of work. … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Sinister Man (Review)

Who is the “sinister man” of the title of this film? We shouldn’t read too much into this, as the title is taken from a book, and the plot bears little relation to the book from which the title is … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 12 (Review)

“Hexenjagd“ The view from Igirisu: This episode is a massive info-dump, and I am reliably informed by those who have read the manga that we are rushing through chapters and leaving out huge chunks of the story. The problem with … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: In the Beginning

What is there to say about In the Beginning that hasn’t been said already?  That makes this probably the strangest of the B5 movies.  Not to mention, it’s also a strange movie placement-wise because you can’t watch this at the … Continue reading

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Mail Order Monsters and other giant memories

This is a weird situation. I typically reserve Thursday for a single video game review but this past weekend I watched Godzilla vs. Kong and it made me reminisce for some older games.  Mostly this is because I wanted to … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Bellero Shield

With each episode of The Outer Limits, I find myself asking: will this start with a prequel or a preview.  Disappointingly, it’s another preview – a quality that started as a lure to get viewers interested.  I prefer a prequel; … Continue reading

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Weathering With You (Review)

Let’s get the elephant out of the room straight away. This is Makoto Shinkai’s first film after the huge hit Your Name, and it’s not as good. But that’s a bit like saying gold is not as good as platinum. … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Never Back Losers (Review)

Never Back Losers is an unusual entry into the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of films. There is no detective, and for much of the film I didn’t think there was going to be a murder either. Despite that, I found … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 11 (Review)

“A Sudden Reunion“ The view from Igirisu: The story is moving along rapidly now. With the threat of the Valkyria hanging over the witches, a new ally is introduced to help them in their fight: Hatsuna. Her power is another … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Sleeping in Light

Sleeping in Light.  The words appear on the screen in the opening but there are no opening credits.  20 years have gone by since the last episode and Michael Garibaldi says that this is the day they all dreaded.  John … Continue reading

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Pathfinder: Kingmaker

There’s been a lot of hype around Baldur’s Gate which returned in a playable, Early Access form in October of 2020.  I was surprised to see an Early Access game released for full price, but Larian Studio’s knows the power … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Invisibles

Does it bother me that I feel like I already covered this with the Babylon 5 episode Exogenesis?  Obviously, I feel this is a weak episode.  Now that I think of it, I even made the comment back when we … Continue reading

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A Lull in the Sea (Review)

The premise of this series requires some suspension of disbelief. The idea is that humans originally lived below the sea, until some decided to live on the surface instead. This has created a divided human race. The ones below the … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Man Detained (Review)

We start once again with a burglary at a business premises and a safe being cracked. This time the thief in question, Frank Murray, really hits the jackpot, finding £10,000 in cash. How much is that in today’s money? Answer: … Continue reading

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Brynhildr in the Darkness Episode 10 (Review)

“Proof She’s Alive“ The view from Igirisu: What’s the point of changing the opening title sequence at this stage in the series? Having more than one opening or closing sequence per season is a phenomenon peculiar to anime, but starting … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: Objects at Rest

“This place kinda grows on ya!” Well, leave it to the great JMS to surprise me.  Last week we saw some friends leave the station and I thought it would be a bleak affair without them but G’Kar and Garibaldi … Continue reading

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Breathedge

As long time visitors to the Junkyard know, I really loved Subnautica.  It had the right balance of exploration with survival and there was no actual “enemy” per se.  I’ve grabbed a few other games that claimed to be like … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: ZZZZZ

Well, if nothing more, I have to credit the writers of the Outer Limits for creativity; maybe not in their titles, but in their ideas.  It’s not that ZZZZZ is that great an episode, but the idea is certainly unique.  … Continue reading

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Lu Over the Wall (Anime Review)

Kai is a grumpy teenager. If you’re an anime fan, you’ll recognise the character trope, a boy who doesn’t seem interested in life and can’t get enthusiastic about anything. He is virtually railroaded by a couple of friends into putting … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Attempt to Kill (Review)

This is a curiously structured murder mystery because the running time is about the usual 55 minutes for this film series, but it takes 30 minutes for the first murder to happen. That actually works surprisingly well, because we know … Continue reading

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