Category Archives: Television

Love Live! School Idol Project (Review)

Love Live! is a hugely popular series, which has spawned multiple spin-offs. With its blend of happy music and cute girls, it’s not hard to see why this would easily develop a large fan base. The story concerns a group … Continue reading

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Columbo: The Most Dangerous Match (Review)

Ever heard of Magnus Carlsen? Viswanathan Anand? Vladamir Kramnik? Veselin Topalov? Probably not, and I certainly hadn’t until I went onto Wikipedia to check, but those are the most recent World Chess Champions at the time of writing. Now how … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 7 (Review)

Labyrinth / Cooking The view from Igirisu: This is probably the most slice-of-life episode so far, but that doesn’t mean it’s devoid of jeopardy. Chi and Yuu are travelling through a maze of pipes, and in the opening sequence the … Continue reading

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Crusade: Patterns of the Soul

Patterns of the Soul poses a serious question in a post Covid world: is there any justification for suppressing information about the potential spread of a virus?  The story has Gideon and the crew of the Excalibur sent on another … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: A Feasibility Study

Magnificent recovery!  For a few episodes, I had been wondering why I loved this series as a kid.  There were simply too many in a row that we predictable and dated.  A Feasibility Study brings back the awe and mystery … Continue reading

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Yu-Sibu (Anime Review)

Yu-Sibu, also known as Yu-Shibu, or to give it its absurdly long full title I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job, is an anime series set in a fantasy world, with some entertaining similarities … Continue reading

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Columbo: A Stitch in Crime (Review)

One of the most effective tactics Columbo employs is to hound the person he thinks is the murderer until he or she gets flustered and makes a mistake. So what happens when the murderer is a man like Dr. Barry … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 6 (Review)

Accident / Technology / Takeoff The view from Igirisu: A plane flying behind Chi signals the arrival of only the second human being the girls have met in six episodes. Ishii is similar to Kanazawa in many ways, with a … Continue reading

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Crusade: The Path of Sorrows

I think I figured out the bizarre placement of these episodes.  The Path of Sorrows is listed as 109, meaning 1st season, 9th episode, but it aired at number 4.  So I started thinking: was this to get all the … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Special One

I nearly fell off the couch when I realized this episode didn’t have a preview of what’s to come. Just one episode ago, I skipped the spoiling effect without checking. Now I wonder if that was a mistake. (I checked; … Continue reading

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Columbo: Requiem for a Falling Star (Review)

Actress Nora Chandler is being blackmailed by a biographer who has discovered a serious fraud in her background. Complicating matters further, her long-term faithful secretary, Jean Davis, is involved with the biographer, Jerry Parks, and is going to marry him. … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 5 (Review)

House / Nap / The Sound of Rain The view from Igirisu: This episode has three very distinct chapters, two of which are magnificent in a very melancholy way, but let’s get the middle of the three out the way … Continue reading

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Crusade: The Well of Forever

The Well of Forever gives us the second story in a row focusing on Galen and it’s a second story that I’m not impressed with.  I can feel something bubbling beneath the surface: potential.  It’s there, but it seems to … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: Fun and Games

Visitors to the Junkyard may recall September of 2020 when we reviewed Star Trek’s Arena where I mentioned that it was based on an idea from The Outer Limits.  “You will meet in the Arena!”  Yep, this is that episode.  … Continue reading

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Spice and Wolf (Season One Review)

Many anime series take place in fantasy worlds that take inspiration from Europe of the Middle Ages, but they tend to go no further than copying the look of the period, and use that as a starting point for creating … Continue reading

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Columbo: Dagger of the Mind (Review)

Lt. Columbo is visiting London, the land of “Scotland Yard, Jack the Ripper, and all that,” and he’s very excited. He rushes around like a hyperactive child, photographing the Changing of the Guard, anything that looks remotely like a landmark, … Continue reading

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Girls’ Last Tour Episode 4 (Review)

Photograph / Temple The view from Igirisu: The fourth episode of Girls’ Last Tour feels like the most slice-of-life episode so far, lacking one of those big shocking moments that have characterised the series so far. Having said that, the … Continue reading

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Crusade: The Long Road

You know what happens on the long road?  Crashes.  Whenever you’re driving for a while, the risk increases.  The longer the road, the higher the risk.  Alas, we’re only two episodes into Crusade, but The Long Road is a traffic … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: The Guests

It’s funny because when I played Westmark Manor, something about it seemed familiar.  I admit, I thought little of it at the time, figuring the horror setting of an old house and twisting hallways was just a trope.  But when … Continue reading

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Zombie Land Saga (Review)

The school idol phenomenon is fertile ground for anime. If you’re not familiar with the genre, it’s a simple enough idea: some school girls get together to form a group of singers, who overcome various obstacles and hardships to become … Continue reading

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