Category Archives: Reviews

When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace

Jurai Ando has a major case of chunibyo. Most readers of this blog will probably know what that means, but for the benefit of newcomers to anime, he is obsessed with fantasy-based fiction and anime, and pretends to have superpowers … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Clue of the Twisted Candle

This is the first film from the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series that is actually based on an Edgar Wallace book, and it’s certainly very different to Urge to Kill, which we looked at a couple of weeks ago. This is … Continue reading

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Elfen Lied Episode 5

“Empfang (Receipt)” The view from Igirisu: Did I say last week’s episode was the hardest one to watch? I was wrong. It just got worse. We finally learn the full truth about Mayu’s background, and it’s exactly what we might … Continue reading

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Babylon 5: The Paragon of Animals

I wasn’t fond of the Fifth Season stories surrounding Byron because I find him a cold character.  He strikes me as creepy, hiding out in hallways waiting for the right moment to “walk by”, gathering data where he can, even … Continue reading

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Quake II: Extremities

I’ve been discussing the idea of “comfort gaming” and took a trip back in time to some classics from the 90’s which invariably means I’d want to look at my favorite FPS game, Quake II.  What happened nearly a year … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever

Here’s a tough subject to cover: The City on the Edge of Forever.  It’s one of the consistent contenders for the #1 spot in any Trekkie’s top ten list.  It’s well written, thought provoking and frequently funny, with just a … Continue reading

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Torchwood: The Middle Men

I realized one of the things that was bothering me about season 4 of Torchwood: it’s the speed with which everything is carried out.  How much time has gone by since the Miracle?  Episode 4 takes place on March 5th, … Continue reading

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Hidamari Sketch

Slice-of-life is a widely misunderstood genre, and I often see anime series mistakenly categorised as slice-of-life simply because they are not hugely dramatic by Western standards. But there is no point having descriptions for things if we misapply them, or … Continue reading

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The Goodies: The Tower of London

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the first episode of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, and regular commenter in the Junkyard SFMike requested an article about The Goodies. You could hardly think of two more different … Continue reading

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Elfen Lied Episode 4

“Aufeindertreffen (Attack)” The view from Igirisu: This is a very well-titled episode, because it revolves around a huge battle between Lucy and Nana. The “attack” of the title is actually an attack from Nana. Lucy has no wish to kill … Continue reading

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