Anime Review

Chaos;Head: Complete

Chaos;Head centres on 17 year-old Takeru, a massive anime otaku who lives in a storage container. So all-consuming is his obsession that he completely rejects “three-dimensional girls”…

• 29th October 2012
Manga Review

Message to Adolf Volume 1

“What luck for rulers that men do not think.” – Adolf Hitler.

Osamu Tezuka may be better known for his children’s work, especially Astro Boy, but this thrilling historical…

• 23rd September 2012
Anime Review

Mirai Nikki

“Keep a diary and one day it’ll keep you.” – Mae West

Yet another of Anime on Demand’s acquisitions, Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) is thrilling, shocking, sometimes…

• 10th May 2012
Anime Review

Gantz (Live-Action)

So far Hollywood’s attempts to turn anime and manga into major live action movies have either resulted in commercial and critical flops (Speed Racer, Dragonball) or have languished in…

• 14th October 2011
Anime Review

Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne

Back in the 90s Manga Video (as this was the dark ages of VHS) made their name by selling 15 and 18 rated anime full of sex and violence. Memorably they used to add extra swearing to their dubs to obtain…

• 12th November 2010
Anime Review

Fate/stay night Volume 2

“I’m just gonna check this out; it’s probably nothing…” Shirou Emiya

Relations between unwilling Master, Shirou Emiya, and his Servant, the warrior maiden Saber, are distinctly…

• 17th March 2010
Anime Review

Fate/stay night Volume 1

Two shadowy figures are engaged in a violent battle as an inferno rages through the centre of a city far below. A young boy wanders through rain-soaked devastation; the last thing he sees before…

• 16th February 2010
Anime Review

Vexille

‘Vexille’ is one of a number of anime being produced with CGI as opposed to conventional cell drawn animation and is a scrumptious example of what exactly can be done with CG animation.…

• 22nd April 2009
Anime Review

Death Note Volume 3

“Human beings are truly disgusting creatures.” Rem (shinigami)

Top student Light Yagami has given up the Death Note and, as a consequence, he no longer remembers that he was Kira, the ‘righteous’…

• 27th March 2009
Anime Review

Death Note Volume 2

When Light Yagami wins a place at a top university, he is surprised to find that the fellow top-scoring student chosen to give the opening address is the same shambling, unkempt young man he noticed…

• 25th January 2009
Anime Review

Submarine 707R

In light of recent maritime incidents at the hands of terrorist faction USR, eleven countries across the world form a coalition force, the Peace-Keeping Navy (PKN). During the inauguration …

• 24th October 2008
Anime Review

Ergo Proxy Volume 6

Reviewing Ergo Proxy has actually been a pleasure, and, in the same sense, I imagine that most people making the informed decision of buying into the series are inevitably going to take something…

• 25th August 2008
Anime Review

Lupin III: The Secret of Mamo

In the first feature length outing of the now forty year old master thief Lupin the Third we are introduced to the protagonist straight away but there’s only one problem, he’s been…

• 22nd August 2008
Anime Review

Death Note Volume 1

“Humans are so much fun!” gleefully observes Ryuk, the shinigami, or God of Death, who has oh-so-carelessly dropped his Death Note, the notebook in which he inscribes the names of those…

• 31st July 2008
Manga Review

Claymore Volume 3

‘Claymore’ volume three is basically Yagi coming back into form. This volume begins to really unravel Claire’s past whilst simultaneously setting up her future. The conclusion to the…

• 7th July 2008
Manga Review

Claymore Volume 2

Following on from the death of Elena and Raki becoming Claire’s cook they both travel to Rabona which is a holy city where there is a huge religious community. A Yoma is present here however holy…

• 30th June 2008
Manga Review

Claymore Volume 1

Norihiro Yagi’s ‘Claymore’ (クレイモア) is a dark and brooding story chronicling the journey of Claire, a Claymore (a half-breed of Human and Yoma), through her miserable job of…

• 24th June 2008