Japanese Animation TV Ranking, January 29-February 4

Japanese Animation TV Ranking, January 29-February 4

Bloody Escape -Jigoku no Tōsōgeki- Anime Film Review

The cyborg vampire ninja isn’t enough to keep this film above merely mediocre.
― Bloody Escape -Jigoku no Tōsōgeki- is a film of tremendous highs and lows on nearly every level. On the one hand, its world is wonderfully over-the-top. The mixture of future technology, magic, and fantasy races leads to wildly fun clashes in tone and style. Kisaragi, our main protagonist, is a cyborg vampire ninja who h…

Plastic Models as Art: Touring Kaiyodo’s Headquarters and Hobby Land Museum

On its 60th anniversary, Kaiyodo’s slogan remains the same: to spread the joy of making plastic models to everyone.
― When Kaiyodo founder Osamu Miyawaki submitted a painted Revell model of the Constitution ship to a city art exhibit in 1970, the judges disqualified his work when they found out it was a painted plastic model. Undeterred, he told the organizers, “Just as you need a cloth canvas to pa…

Senpai is an Otokonoko Anime Unveils Cast, Staff at project No. 9, 2024 Debut in Video

Shūichirō Umeda, Akira Sekine, Yūma Uchida star in noitaminA anime
― The official website for the television anime of Pom’s Senpai is an Otokonoko (Senpai wa Otokonoko or “this is him (can’t be anyone else)”) posted a video on Saturday to unveil the anime’s first key visual. The video, which features the characters’ voices but no animation, also announces the anime’s main cast, main staff, and 2024 p…

NEET Kunoichi to Nazeka Dōsei Hajimemashita Manga Gets TV Anime

Hinaki Yano, Shōya Ishige star in romantic comedy series
― Anime studio Quad announced on Saturday that storyboarder Yakitomato and artist Kotatsu’s NEET Kunoichi to Nazeka Dōsei Hajimemashita (For Some Reason I Started Living with a NEET Kunoichi) manga is getting a television anime. Hisashi Saito (Bamboo Blade, Haganai, Heaven’s Lost Property) is directing the anime at Quad. Takashi Aoshima (Uzaki-…

Bullbuster Anime Series Review

If you’re looking for a story that uses giant robots to do something different, something smart, maybe even something a little political, this is worth your while.
― Yes, this is an anime named Bullbuster that was produced at Studio NUT. Two things that sound like a testicle reference! Dohohohoho. Now that we’ve gotten that sensible, if slightly puerile, chuckle out of the way, let’s move on to talki…

Tekken 8 Video Game Review

Tekken’s bombastic story continues in this latest franchise entry, coupled with an impressive soundtrack and a story that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
― I love Tekken! It’s such a fun, dumb franchise where the same three people constantly try to kill each other, but it’s over-the-top fun in all the best ways. I have not played every iteration, but I wanted to dive into the latest installment si…

Gachiakuta Manga Volume 1 Review

Gachiakuta looks like a promising entry to satisfy readers with Mad Max-esque itch.
― From the outset, Gachiakuta’s heavily graffiti-inspired art is striking – with deceptively simple and immediately cool-looking character designs depicted with clean, thick line-work contrasting with a grimy, lived-in world. The opening chapter, in particular, plays with perspective and warped proportions to instantl…

The Ultimate Madoka Recap and Homura’s Lost Paradise

Contrary to the memes, Homura did do something wrong. ZeroReq011 recaps the seminal magical girl series and Homura’s parallels to Lucifer from John Milton’s Paradise Lost.
― It has been over a decade since Puella Magi Madoka Magica mainline story received an anime project. It’s now 2024, and the long-awaited movie follow-up to the controversial Rebellion film, Walpurgisnacht Rising, is set to come ou…

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