Cold Cobra

Having watched anime since it was airing late night on the Sci-Fi channel in the late 90s, I consider myself... someone who's watched a lot of anime, and then got hired to write reviews about them. Hooray!

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Rokka – Braves of the Six Flowers Review
Anime Review

Rokka – Braves of the Six Flowers Review

Rokka – Braves of the Six Flowers Review
Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers starts off with a straightforward “chosen heroes gather to defeat the big evil” plot, but actually spends most of its 12 episode run on a “whodunnit?” plotline, and frankly ended up all the better for it. Let’s see why… without spoiling too much!
• 25th Jun 2018
Dragon Ball Super – Part 3 Review
Anime Review

Dragon Ball Super – Part 3 Review

Dragon Ball Super – Part 3 Review
Dragon Ball Super finally reaches brand new material with “Part 3”, and with it some new characters and settings, but a familiar plot… That’s right: it’s tournament time! (well more “five on five elimination match time!” really…)
• 1st Jun 2018
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin I – IV Collection Review
Anime Review

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin I – IV Collection Review

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin I – IV Collection Review
The prequel: a phrase that often causes more eye-rolling than excitement, followed by the sentence “that’s great and all, but does that story really need to be told?” Well, Gundam The Origin is a six-part OVA series set before, and leading straight into, the original Mobile Suit Gundam series. These first four focus on the backstory of one of the lead characters: Char Aznable, but does this need to be told, and more importantly, is it any good?
• 24th May 2018
Naruto Shippuden Box Set 32 Review
Anime Review

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 32 Review

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 32 Review
Naruto Shippuden’s 32nd release is almost entirely filler, despite what the front cover wants you to think. The “New Chunin Exams arc”, as it’s often called, concludes at Episode 413, giving a whole two canon episodes! Is this filler arc worth sticking with, or are you going to buy the set for two episodes' worth of content? Let’s find out if either are going to be true…
• 21st May 2018
Our Favourite Classic Anime
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Our Favourite Classic Anime

Our Favourite Classic Anime
Join the writers at Anime UK News as they look back to the classic titles that first inspired them to investigate anime and ask, ‘What makes an anime a classic? Does it have to have stood the test of time?’
AUKN Staff • 17th May 2018
Bleach – Volume 72 Review
Manga Review

Bleach – Volume 72 Review

Bleach – Volume 72 Review
Bleach Volume 72 continues to steer the manga towards its final end, an end that happened in 2016 for Japan, but (unless something gets delayed) for us here in the UK, the series will end this November. So just two volumes out from the finale, how is the story shaping up?
• 1st May 2018
ERASED – Part 2 Review
Anime Review

ERASED – Part 2 Review

ERASED – Part 2 Review
After a sadly long eight months wait, the second half of the 2016 hit ERASED finally makes it to disc here in the UK. After such a promising first half, does the series get the big pay-off it deserves? Read on to find out! (Although you’ve probably already watched the end on Crunchyroll or Netflix in the past 8 months due to understandably running out of patience, but hey-ho…)
• 27th Apr 2018
GATE – Collector’s Edition Review
Anime Review

GATE – Collector’s Edition Review

GATE – Collector’s Edition Review
GATE is a hard show to talk about without getting into nationalistic propaganda debates and general right- wing unpleasantness, but ignoring this argument for the time being, the show has some merit, not least its premise of a modern army fighting a bunch of races and animals from a typical fantasy land. Is there more good than bad, though?
• 19th Apr 2018
Dragon Ball Z – The TV Specials Double Feature
Anime Review

Dragon Ball Z – The TV Specials Double Feature

Dragon Ball Z – The TV Specials Double Feature
Just when you thought Manga was done releasing two Dragon Ball Z short-length films, they… well, they release two TV specials which are roughly the same length as the 13 films released previously. While there are differences between the films and TV Specials (and not all of them good), story-wise it’s hard to find two better examples of the Dragon Ball franchise taking itself uncharacteristically more seriously. Is that a good thing, though…?
• 12th Apr 2018
My Hero Academia – Season 2 Part 1 Review
Anime Review

My Hero Academia – Season 2 Part 1 Review

My Hero Academia – Season 2 Part 1 Review
The latest big hit from all powerful weekly manga magazine Shonen Jump!, My Hero Academia turned plenty of heads when it first appeared in anime form in 2016, and the second season only added more momentum to the series’ worldwide popularity. This set collects the first twelve episodes of Season 2, a complete story arc based around a tournament! There’s an original concept! … Seriously though, it’s great. So let’s see why!
• 30th Mar 2018
Dragon Ball Super Episodes 119 – 131 Review
Anime Review

Dragon Ball Super Episodes 119 – 131 Review

Dragon Ball Super Episodes 119 – 131 Review
It’s been a long and crazy road since Dragon Ball Super began in July 2015, but now the series has come to an end (well, with at least one more movie to come, and an ongoing manga still being written…) What the Universe Survival Arc lacked in storyline it made up for in great, over-the-top action, and that still held true for this last block of episodes. So let’s take a look, shall we...!
• 27th Mar 2018
Dragon Ball Z – Movie Collection 6 Review
Anime Review

Dragon Ball Z – Movie Collection 6 Review

Dragon Ball Z – Movie Collection 6 Review
Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection 6 brings together the final two movies from the 1989 – 1995 run of 13 DBZ movies, the two movies that for the longest time were plainly “the final two Dragon Ball movies”. Past villains escaping from Hell, fusion, fart gags, a cartoon interpretation of Hitler and Godzilla parodies are all on offer here, but the big question remains, does this run of 45-minute films end on a high note…?
• 9th Mar 2018
Naruto Shippuden Box Set 31 Review
Anime Review

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 31 Review

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 31 Review
After two releases containing nearly nothing but adaptations of the manga, Naruto Shippuden Box Set 31 falls into a filler-fest, to the sad surprise of nobody. But is the filler here any good, or is it so bad it’s worth losing the few “canon” episodes contained in this set by skipping it? Let’s find out!
• 22nd Feb 2018
Dragon Ball Z – Movie Collection Five Review
Anime Review

Dragon Ball Z – Movie Collection Five Review

Dragon Ball Z – Movie Collection Five Review
The Legendary Super Saiyan known as Broly is, undoubtedly, the most Marmite character in the Dragon Ball franchise. The phrase “you either love him or hate him” may as well be made for him, as seemingly most fans land on one side or the other, but does the truth lie somewhere in the middle? Let’s take a look at Manga Entertainment’s 5th movie collection, bringing together all three of Broly’s movies, and see, shall we?
• 9th Feb 2018
Dragon Ball Super Season One – Part 2 Review
Anime Review

Dragon Ball Super Season One – Part 2 Review

Dragon Ball Super Season One – Part 2 Review
Dragon Ball Super’s second TV release features the final episode of the Battle of Gods arc before quickly shifting over to a retelling of the Resurrection F film… so, the series still doesn’t offer much new to fans who already own the Blu-rays of the latest DBZ films, but there are some differences between the two versions of Frieza’s return…
• 26th Jan 2018
Dragon Ball Super – Volume 2 Review
Manga Review

Dragon Ball Super – Volume 2 Review

Dragon Ball Super – Volume 2 Review
Just in case you thought there wouldn’t be enough Dragon Ball coverage here at Anime UK News, we have a slightly belated look at the second volume of the Dragon Ball Super manga, released here in the UK on the 28th of December (and therefore taking a long time to reach my house through holiday post…) Two universes collide in a tournament with… actually no real stakes, this time…
• 16th Jan 2018
Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection Four Review
Anime Review

Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection Four Review

Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection Four Review
DBZ Movie Collection 4, awkwardly collecting Movies 7 and 9 (leaving 8 to be paired with the other two Broly movies… next month!), is full of good action and loosely defined villains, as well as Androids and … very on-the-nose Space Pirates! Who doesn’t want to watch those?!
• 12th Jan 2018