Tag Archives: Fantasy

The Box of Delights Episode 6

“Leave us not Little, nor yet Dark” After an absence of three episodes, it’s great to have Patrick Troughton back as Cole Hawlings. He was chosen for the role because the director was a fan of his Second Doctor Who, … Continue reading

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Dream Eater Merry (Review)

Regular readers will know that I’m not a huge fan of fantasy anime. All those big battles don’t really impress me, however many people are flying around and however many bangs and flashes there are. One thing that will attract … Continue reading

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The Box of Delights Episode 5

“Beware of Yesterday” Beware of yesterday, especially when yesterday is achieved with Colour Separation Overlay. Kay goes back into the past in search of Arnold of Todi, the original owner of the Box of Delights. He seems to think that … Continue reading

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The Box of Delights Episode 4

“The Spider in the Web” The “spider” of the title presumably refers to Abner, but what flies has he caught, and what will he do with them? There is a theme of capture and escape this week. We get confirmation … Continue reading

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The Box of Delights Episode 3

“In Darkest Cellars Underneath” If you thought there was a weak cliffhanger to the end of the previous episode, it does at least lead to a very important scene at the beginning of the third. There are a couple of … Continue reading

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Mysteria Friends (Anime Review)

Originally titled Manaria Friends, but retitled Mysteria Friends by Sentai Filmworks for the international market, this short anime series combines slice-of-life with fantasy. It is inspired by a chapter from a computer game that also spawned its own anime, but … Continue reading

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The Box of Delights Episode 2

“Where shall the ‘nighted Snowman go?“ We start this episode with Kay slicing at some wolves with a sword and stabbing one to death. OK, we never see the blade make contact with anything, but it’s still pushing things a … Continue reading

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The Box of Delights Episode 1

“When the Wolves were Running” A wolf. Mr Punch. A rat. A mouse. A Roman soldier. Herne the Hunter. Abner Brown. Cole Hawlings. The Box of Delights. In a sequence that haunted my dreams as a child, these are the … Continue reading

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Is This a Zombie? of the Dead (Season 2 Review)

It’s odd what gets a second series. So much excellent anime fails to reach a conclusion, ending with just one series and a story with huge potential left hanging forever. On the other hand, something like this, which has very … Continue reading

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Is This a Zombie? (Review)

Is This a Zombie? Well, sort of. Ayuma Aikawa was murdered by a serial killer, and brought back from the dead by a very cute necromancer called Eucliwood Hellscythe. Most of the time, you wouldn’t really know he was a … Continue reading

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Bakemonogatari (Anime Review)

I’ll start with the visuals. Bakemonogatari is anime as a modern art form, and that presents some problems. When I say art, I don’t mean beautiful backgrounds etc. No, this is symbolic art, expressing ideas and situations non-literally and/or non-realistically. … Continue reading

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We Without Wings (Anime Review)

This was another impulse purchase on DVD at a very reasonable sale price, and I didn’t have much idea what I was buying. Halfway through the series, I still didn’t have much idea what I had bought. This one is … 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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Maquia (Anime Film Review)

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, to give the film its full title, is an anime set in a fantasy world. Fantasy tends not to be my favourite genre. Let’s face it, it’s nearly always basically showing us a human … 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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Brave Story (Anime Review)

Grief can do different things to different people, and some of the responses can be the exact opposites of each other. For example, grief can make a person kind, or it can make a person cruel. Brave Story is a … Continue reading

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Dragon Age II

I mentioned I had been playing a game for a few weeks before stumbling on Tacoma.  That game was a classic from 2011 called Dragon Age 2.  Yes, it’s odd that I would jump back to the sequel without replaying … Continue reading

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The Sacred Blacksmith

This was another impulse buy at a reasonable price in a second hand DVD shop. It’s not the kind of anime I normally watch very much, as swords and sorcery isn’t really my thing, but I sometimes get these in … Continue reading

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Made in Abyss

Two of the things that are most likely to make me decide to watch an anime are the quality of the art and how interesting the story sounds. This one scored on both counts. It is set in a town … Continue reading

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Beyond the Boundary

I’ll have a go at explaining this, although I’m not entirely sure I understood it all after watching the whole series. Also, it’s one of those series where everything you think you know at the start turns out to be … Continue reading

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