Tag Archives: Fantasy

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Teacher’s Pet

This week, Xander is mesmerised by an unattractive middle aged woman. Is something magical going on, or is this simply a representation of a teenage boy who is a slave to his hormones? Actually, it’s both, one literal and one … Continue reading

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Nekomonogatari Black

This short series in the Monogatari saga runs for just four episodes and focuses on a single arc, adapted from one book in the light novel series. Anyone who has watched a few anime series will have probably picked up … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Witch

When I first watched Buffy I found the first season entertaining enough to keep watching, but on repeat viewings I’ve always felt it doesn’t quite reach the standard of what followed later. I think that’s probably because it feels so … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Harvest

The resolution to the previous episode’s cliffhanger is very weak, but to be fair it was originally intended only to follow an advertisement break, with the two episodes shown back to back on first broadcast. A bigger problem is how … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Welcome to the Hellmouth

The first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has one of the most iconic opening scenes of any television series. A couple of teenagers are sneaking around, the girl hears a noise and she looks nervous. Once she is satisfied … Continue reading

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Nisemonogatari

After the 15 episode Bakemonogatari series and the Kizumonogatari film trilogy, next on the agenda was the 11 episode series Nisemonogatari. I have always wanted to find an anime series I enjoy that has lots of episodes, so I can … Continue reading

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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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