Review: A Silent Voice (Blu-Ray)

A Silent Voice is a movie that accomplishes several seemingly impossible balancing acts at once. Characters that initially appear despicable are allowed some semblance of reconciliation in a narrative punctured with such sadness opposite moments of complete catharsis and joy. It feels like a film that could have so easily suffered from severe tonal whiplash, […]

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Review: Seiyu’s Life Complete Series (DVD)

Seiyu’s Life’s premise is refreshingly interesting – self-referencial seiyu career drama/slice of life/coming of age-character based story with a big emphasis on the nitty gritty quirks of working in Japan’s highly-competitive and internationally recognised voice talent industry. As a long-time fanboy why wouldn’t I jump at the chance to check it out? Seiyu’s Life follows […]

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Review: Snow White with the Red Hair (Blu-Ray)

Bearing little relevance to its namesake, Snow White with the Red Hair is a relaxed anime that leaves a lot to be desired. The most appropriate word I found to describe it would be “basic”. While the medieval setting in the anime is preferable over the typical school backdrop, it wasn’t utilised to its full potential. Furthermore, […]

Review: Death Parade (Blu-Ray)

There’s an art to finding the right balance between the aspects of a show with a serious story line, and in the realm of anime this scale is often tipped in favour of repetitive gags. Thankfully, through the clever use of universal themes in a unique setting, Death Parade stands out as both thought provoking as […]

Review: Samurai Flamenco Complete Series (DVD)

Masayoshi Hazama is a model with dreams of becoming a real-life superhero, so he takes to the streets donning his superhero persona, Samurai Flamenco. But without superpowers or a fancy crime fighting suit,  Masayoshi has to start small, and spends his nights targeting teenage loiterers, litterbugs, and purse snatchers. While performing his heroic duties, Masayoshi […]

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Review: Shirobako (DVD)

At a glance, Shirobako is just another show where the entire premise is cute girls doing cute things, but it completely circumvents expectations with its relatable characters, insight into the anime industry, and heartwarming story. It’s no stretch to say that Shirobako goes far beyond any show of its calibre has ever gone, wonderfully combining drama and […]

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Review: Haikyu!! Complete Season 1 (DVD)

Karasuno High School once housed the greatest boys’ volleyball team in the Miyagi Prefecture, representing the area on several occasions. However, nowadays the team is known as “The Fallen Champions”, alluding to their lacklustre performance at recent tournaments. Hoping to follow in the footsteps of his hero, this label isn’t enough to stop Shouyou Hinata from enrolling. […]

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Review: Your Lie in April Part 2 (DVD)

Picking up where we left off at the end of episode 11 of Your Lie in April, Kousei Arima’s mother issues are quickly resolved, making way for a whole new bout of trepidation to plague his life. The girl he’s fallen in love with is frequently being hospitalised and the question of his future as a pianist pushes its way into the spotlight. All […]

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Review: Only Yesterday (Blu-Ray)

Back in May we had the opportunity to review Only Yesterday on DVD, but with Madman recently releasing it on Blu-Ray, we thought it was a good opportunity to revisit Takahata’s delightful tale in HD. For those wanting a strong synopsis of the plot I’d recommend you read Calo’s review of the DVD edition, but […]

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Review: Your Lie in April Part 1 (DVD)

When music completely encompasses your life losing the ability to play would undoubtedly be one of your biggest fears. Your Lie in April follows Kousei Arima, who is unable to hear himself play after the traumatic death of his mother. Kousei now adamantly avoids the piano and the competition scene altogether, seemingly content with giving up on everything he’s worked […]