Monday, 11 June 2018

ADVANCED ANIME REVIEW: OCCULTIC;NINE VOLUME 2

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Occultic;Nine Volume 2
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 15
Running Time: 138 Mins
Audio: English and Japanese DD 2.0 with English subs
Due Out: 2/07/2018
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

If you thought the previous volume was strange, this second volume feels even more so with Yuta investigating the Inokashira Lake incident. He and his friends of the Occultic;Nine discover people with the same names had drowned there, leaving Yuta and his friends feeling a sense of unease about how their lives are going.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

ANIME REVIEW: MY HERO ACADEMIA SEASON 2 PART 2 DVD & BLU-RAY RELEASE

My Hero Academia Season 2 Part 2
Released By: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rating: 15
Running Time: 138 Mins
Audio: English and Japanese DD 5.1
Release Date: 11/06/2018
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

IN what is the final part of Season Two, the class of U.A. High School have a lot to learn when they have to train hard, though as for them their work experience goes horribly wrong. A serial killer is on the trail of the kids, which leaves Class 1A students running scared as this killer has a bloodlust and Deku Midoriya is the main target as he is the only one born without a "quirk" power.

Whereas Season 1 focused on the general plot and getting viewers used to the characters, Season 2 Part 2 has successfully made these characters more three-dimensional and believable to us as ones we can also understand on a more personal level; take Deku for instance and the struggles he has with being a non "quirk" user. The sports festival and grueling exams are only a few of the problems the kids of Class 1A have to deal with, but the biggest by far is the Hero Killer who is what I would call an improvement on the villain in the previous series. The story is fun, engaging and gives us more info on the characters than we could have expected. Couple that with cool animation and we have a winning combination for anime fans worldwide.

Friday, 1 June 2018

BOOK REVIEW: NARUTO VOL: 38 BY MASASHI KISHIMOTO


Naruto Vol: 38
Author: Mashashi Kishimoto
Publisher: Viz Media
Pages: 192
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

As usual, Masashi Kishimoto gives us an interior uncoloured version of the cover, urging us to have a go at colouring it in ourselves. This time it's a split image of Sasuke and Naruto with Konoha as the background.

CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW: THE KNIGHTS OF THE BEST QUEST BY KAYE UMANSKY

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The Knights of the Best Quest
Author: Kaye Umansky
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Pages: 78
Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-78112-767-4
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes


What promises to be King Arthur, laughs, dragons and adventure proves to be that in spades. The Knights of the Drop Leaf Table was last year's hilarious novel where Arthurian legend became full of laughs and hearty japes with characters like King Artie and Queen Gwinny, knights like Sir Percy, Sir Prancelot, and Sir Bone De Gannet and Sir Angela (a girl in disguise), but don't get me started on the horses, they can't be trusted, especially Gnasher and Breakwind.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

ADVANCE ANIME REVIEW: YU-GI-OH! ZEXAL SEASON 3

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Season 3
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1012 Mins
Audio: English and Japanese DD 5.1
Release Date: 18/06/2018
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be more cards to find, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal has seven legendary number cards which are hidden around the four corners of the galaxy and each have a way of unlocking the power of the universe. 

Saturday, 12 May 2018

MERCHANDISE REVIEW: GRIMMJOW JEAGERJAQUES NO 6 ESPADA PENDANT


Grimmjow Jeagerjaques No. 6 Espada Pendant

Back in the Bleach Arrancar Arc where Aizen had forgone his captaincy of the Soul Society and became a rogue lord in charge of Hueco Mundo, Grimmjow reluctantly served as one of his ten Espadas.

Friday, 11 May 2018

BOOK REVIEW: PRINCESS LABELMAKER TO THE RESCUE (ORIGAMI YODA #5)

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Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue (Origami Yoda #5)
Author: Tom Angleberger
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 1419713558/ ISBN: 13:978-1419713552
Pages: 208
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

In an effort to stop the FunTime Menace, the Rebel Alliance of McQuarrie High School hope they have found an ally in their principle, Rabbski, but they aren't so sure. An anonymous classmate has taken the Rebel's secret case file and given it to the principle thinking she will understand her class better and join them. Writing on the file as Princess Labelmaker, the classmate asks her to keep what she has done a secret as some of the class would get mad if they found out.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

ATTACK ON TITAN KEYRING REVIEW



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Size: 12 cm x 3 cm
Material: Metal
Weight: 0.1 Pound
Limited Edition

As any fan will know, Attack on Titan emblems are divided into four distinct branches of the military.; Training Corps (Crossed swords), The Garrison (Two roses), The Military Police (Unicorn head), The Survey Corps (Two wings).

MANGA REVIEW: BLEACH VOLUME 47













Bleach Volume 47
Author/Artist: Kubo Tite
Publisher: Viz Media
Pages: 192
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

There is no wonder that Gin Ichimaru is on the front cover of this manga. It's mainly about how he feels toward Squad 10 subordinate, Matsumoto, while at the same time trying to follow former Captain Sosuke Aizen. So far, Aizen has gone through a transformation due to his fusing of the real Hogyokou with the fake one he created, giving him more power.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

ADVANCE ANIME MOVIE REVIEW: BLAME!

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Blame!
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 15
Running Time: 106 Mins
Audio: English 2.0 Stereo, Japanese 5.1 Stereo, English Subs.
Release Date: 28/05/2018
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

In a futuristic setting, humanity is nearly at its end, a few hundred humans scramble to stay alive after an infection from the past had automated systems get out of control and start to hunt down the remaining humans as a system they know is Safeguard.

Friday, 4 May 2018

ADVANCED ANIME REVIEW: NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 32

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Naruto Shippuden Box Set 32
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 140 Mins
Audio: English 5.0 Stereo, Japanese 5.0 Stereo, English Subs.
Release Date: 21/05/2018
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Before getting back to the main story arc with Madara, we go back in time too the Leaf and Sand's joint Chunin Exams where Kiba's team are looking for the stolen scroll and Ino and Choji try to find answers to their problems in the desert landscape. Gaara learns a lot about his past actions which could affect how he sees himself being the Sand's Hokage.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

ANIME REVIEW: JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE SEASON 1

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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Season 1
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 15
Running Time: 650 Mins
Audio: English and Japanese DD 5.1
Due Out: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

If you look at the manga of this anime, hero of the hour, Jonathan Joestar wouldn't look out of place in Brideshead revisited, but this would have to be a more violent version. In 1880's London, Dio Brando's father is seriously ill needing medicine, but only wants to down more booze. His son, Dio has to put up with his mood swings and endless demands, but as he is now on his deathbed, he gives Dio a letter, telling him to go visit a man he once saved from death saying he owes him a favour.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

GAMA-CHAN NARUTO FROG PURSE


Gama-Chan Naruto Frog Purse

In the series, Gama-Chan, or in the English dubbed series he's known as Froggy or Toad-Chan, he is Naruto's purse. Seen only a few times during his mentoring by Jiraiya, the Toad Sage, the purse has a special significance for Naruto in his personal development.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

ADVANCED ANIME REVIEW: BLUE EXORCIST: KYOTO SAGA SEASON 2

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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Season 2
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 15
Running Time: 140 Mins
Audio: English 5.0 Stereo, Japanese 5.0 Stereo, English Subs.
Release Date: 28/05/2018
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

His brother, Yukio is dead set against Rin using the demon sword after flaring-up before, but Shura wants thinks Rin should be given the choice of whether to help Tatsuma as the letter from him asking for help is addressed to him. 

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

ANIME ARTICLE: INTERESTING PARTS OF X THE SERIES

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Interesting parts of X The Series

Subaru is continuously plagued by a recurring memory of his sister being killed. If I remember Tokyo Babylon, his sister went to see Seishiro in place of Subaru when Subaru made a pact with him when he was a young boy. He met Seishiro at a cherry tree that was said to bear red blossom due to there being a body buried underneath it.

Friday, 20 April 2018

MY HERO ACADEMIA SEASON 2 PART 1

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My Hero Academia Season 2 Part 1
Released By: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rating: 15
Running Time: 144 Mins
Audio: English 2.0 Stereo, Japanese 2.0 Stereo with English Subs.
Release Date: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Naruto and Dragonball Z debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump and now it is the turn of My Hero Academia, an action anime series now in its second season. U. A. High School isn't for everyone, but for Izuki Midoriya it's an essential part of who he wants to be now that being a superhero is considered a viable profession.

REVIEW:CUTE PIG STRESS TOY


Cute Pig Stress Toy

Never had one of these before and the fella got it for me from wish.com. I liked the look of it with its chubby body and little feet (trotters) sticking out all cute. Its big nose reminded me of the Angry Birds green pigs, so for me it was a true winner.

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD - EDWARD ELRIC POCKET WATCH


Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - Edward Elric Pocket Watch

You can get this as part of a three item set; pocket watch, ring and pendant, but you can also get only what you want if the other two don't appeal. An essential part of an FMA cosplayer's outfit will be this pocket watch for several reasons I will point out.

MERCHANDISE REVIEW: DEATHNOTE "L" ITALIC DOUBLE PENDANT


Deathnote "L" Italic Double Pendant

In the manga and anime, L is the one who investigates the murders that seem to be connected to a single book and its shinigami owner. This pendant is two connected by a clasp and on the top pendant, the metal is light, while the one underneath is much darker.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

MANGA REVIEW: TOKYO BABYLON VOL: 1 (SPOILER ALERT)


Tokyo Babylon Vol: 1
Artist: Clamp
Publisher: Tokyopop
Pages: 140
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

I remember reading this a few years back, thinking it was a fresh, new series of novels on young love and what can come out of it, but it's also about deception, hatred, violence and the supernatural.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

ADVANCE BLU-RAY REVIEW: POKEMON THE MOVIE 20 I CHOOSE YOU

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Pokemon The Movie 20 I Choose You! 
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 75 Mins
Audio: English Region 2
Due Out: 30/4/2018
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

When Ash arrives late to choose his pokemon, he finds out the other students have taken them, leaving him with only one, the very fiery Pikachu. Pikachu takes an instant dislike to Ash whenever he tries to befriend him, resulting in him being electrocuted on many occasions. It is only when Ash rescues him after a run-in with another pokemon that Pikachu trusts him implicitly.

ADVANCE ANIME REVIEW: POWER RANGERS DINO SUPER CHARGE VOLUME 2 EXTINCTION


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Power Rangers Dino Super Charge Volume 2 Extinction
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 230 Mins
Audio: English and Japanese DD 5.1
Release Date: 21/05/2018
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

After beating Sledge, the Power Rangers decide to go their separate ways thinking that they have nothing else to do and no reason to stay together to fight evil, but they would be wrong as a new evil is about to do more damage than they ever thought.

BOOK REVIEW: THE SURPRISE ATTACK OF JABBA THE PUPPETT


The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett (Origami Yoda #4)
Author: Tom Angleberger
Publisher:
ISBN: 1419708589 / ISBN: 13: 9781419708589
Pages: 214
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

After Harvey's betrayal, Dwight is back at McQuarrie High School, but Tommy is confused so he started a new case file to note it all down. Tommy raises many questions about Dwight being expelled from school. Did he and his Origami Yoda use the force to help them out, or was it all a ruse?

BOOK REVIEW: DARTH PAPER STRIKES BACK BY TOM ANGLEBERGER


Darth Paper Strikes Back (An Origami Yoda Book)
Author: Tom Angleberger
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 1419701274  / ISBN: 978-1419701276
Pages: 176
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

The dark side is truly upon us in this new and sinister story. When Dwight is suspended from school, it means Origami Yoda is out of the way, replaced by a new puppet; Darth Paper, Harvey's creation.

Friday, 13 April 2018

ANIME REVIEW: POKEMON INDIGO LEAGUE SEASON 1

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Pokemon Indigo League Season 1
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1248 Mins
Audio: Japanese with English subs
Release Date: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Ash has the dream of choosing his own Pokemon, but he sleeps the night and part of the next day away, arriving late. When he gets there, all the Pokemon have been taken, except for one and Professor Oak thinks there is a serious problem with it.

BOOK REVIEW: EMPEROR PICKLETINE RIDES THE BUS BY TOM ANGLEBERGER

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Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus (An Origami Yoda Book)
Author: Tom Angleberger
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 1419715054  / ISBN: 978-1419715051
Pages: 224
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

What do a field trip, a strange pickle and the class of McQuarrie High School have in common? This new novel that is the last chapter in the series, not to worry, though there are loads of books in this series to read if you haven't already done so. The Origami Rebel Alliance(Tommy, Remi, Dwight, Cassie) get out to Washington DC on their field trip as a prize for defeating the FunTime Menace. There is only one snag, Principle Rabbski has decided in her wit and wisdom to ban any of the class from doing origami.

Monday, 9 April 2018

MAGAZINE REVIEW: FAERIE MAGAZINE ISSUE #42 SPRING

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Faerie Magazine Issue #42 Spring
Reviewed by: Sandra Scholes


With each issue of Faerie Magazine there is a theme while other issues were of snow queens, practical magic, warrior goddesses and the faerie court, and to my delight this months' theme is of Tolkien. I remember reading his books at a young teen age when interest in the otherworldly was at the forefront of my mind. This issue captures what readers would think of when they explained Tolkien's world for the first time.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

ANIME REVIEW: OCCULTIC;NINE VOLUME 1

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Occultic;Nine Volume 1
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 144 Mins
Audio: English 2.0 Stereo, Japanese 2.0 Stereo with English Subs.
Due Out: 02/04/2018
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

What seems like another fan-service anime had me question what I thought about this series. I admit I thought it was made up of cliche teen problems, ideas on how to become the next best thing of the blogging industry and how to win friends as a no-hope NEET, but Occultic;Nine has more substance than that. Ryoka is the one with the distracting DD Cups who bounces around and ends up being the most useless one of the nine even if she does  have a bouncy, bubbly attitude to life. Ryoka also provides the fan-service for the entire series and had me wondering at first if there was a plot to this.

Monday, 2 April 2018

MOVIE: MONSTER HUNT

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Monster Hunt
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 112 Mins
Audio: Chinese 2.0 Dolby & Chinese 5.0 Dolby w/ English subs
Due Out: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 


Monsters and humans used to live in harmony, but the humans became greedy wanting the world for their own banishing the monsters to the mountains where they survived rather than lived. Unknown to humans, the monster world was changing too as the former monster king had been murdered to make way for another who had designs on killing anyone who was a supporter of the former king.

ADVANCE REVIEW: ANIME REVIEW: DRAGONBALL Z TV SPECIALS DOUBLE FEATURE: THE HISTORY OF TRUNKS/BARDOCK THE FATHER OF GOKU


Dragon Ball Z The TV Specials Double Feature: The History of Trunks/Bardock the Father of GokuDragonball Z The TV Specials: Double Feature: The History of Trunks/Bardock The Father of Goku
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 96 Mins
Audio: English and Japanese DD 5.1
Due Out: 16/04/2018
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

For real fans of the series, here is a double bill of TV specials many will remember from way back. 

ADVANCE REVIEW ANIME REVIEW: BLUE EXORCIST: KYOTO SAGA VOLUME 2

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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Volume 2
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 15
Running Time: 140 Mins
Audio: English 2.0 Stereo, Japanese 2.0 Stereo, English Subs.
Release Date: 28/05/2018
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

As Rin has to control his flame powers, he trains on the roof, but still finds it hard to perfect his technique, which is bad considering he has been warned he will be executed if his flames get out of control again.

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD - EDWARD ELRIC PENDANT

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - Edward Elric Pendant


Any self-respecting fan of the series should get their hands on this, whether it is part of the set or on its own. Not just for having it, but from a cosplay standpoint as well. This particular pendant (there are others) is of Flemel's Cross and it is the symbol familiar to all FMA viewers that we see in the series. It is on Edward Elric's jacket and his brother, Alphonses armour suit.

Monday, 26 March 2018

BOOK REVIEW: GHOST IN THE SHELL BY ANDREW OSMOND


Ghost in the Shell
Author: Andrew Osmond
Publisher: Arrow Films
Pages: 124
ISBN: 978-0993306-02-0
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

Synopsis:
When I got this book through, I thought it was a book version of the movie, but now that I have studied its content, I found it to be much more. With a stunning cover illustration by Chris Malbon, Ghost in the Shell by Andrew Osmond is a breakdown of what made the manga so iconic and when the anime came out, what made fans tick as far as its interpretation was concerned. So when the live action movie was released, it also could achieve cult status among fans of both.

BOOK REVIEW: ART20D2'S GUIDE TO FOLDING AND DOODLING BY TOM ANGLEBERGER


Art2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling (An Origami Yoda Activity Book)
Author: Tom Angleberger
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 1419709593 / ISBN: 978-1419709593
Pages: 176
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

If you wanted to get a book to keep your son or daughter busy for hours while you do all the things you have to and want to, then this is a great idea. part of the Origami Yoda series, this, unlike the other books is a standalone activity manual where children can create all kinds of things to do with Star Wars.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

MOVIE REVIEW: CODE GEASS LELOUCH OF THE REBELLION 1 INITIATION

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Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion 1 Initiation
Publisher: Anime Limited
Genre: Action, Mecha, Drama
Rating: 12a
Running Time:134 Mins
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

I never make an assumption based on a past manga-ka's work, but so far CLAMP have done well in convincing me that I should watch adaptations of their manga, whether it is anime or OVAs. Some may remember me reviewing Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion a couple of years back when it was the series I watched and reviewed, this time I had the opportunity to watch this one and was glad I took it.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

PRESS RELEASE: CODE GEASS: LELOUCH OF THE REBELLION 1:INITIATION

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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion 1: Initiation

Seven years have passed since the Holy Empire of Britannia occupied Japan, depriving its people of even their names and designating the country “Area 11”. Sent there in exile, Prince Lelouch of Britannia is caught amidst a struggle between Britannia’s forces and resistance fighters when he encounters C.C., a mysterious girl who bequeaths him the power to control anyone just once: “Geass”.

PRESS RELEASE: CHASING THE DRAGON


















Chasing the Dragon

Screen legends Donnie Yen and Andy Lau star in an action-packed Hong Kong crime thriller, based on the life of a real-life drug lord and Triad gang leader, and his brutal ascension to power.

Key talent:

Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Rogue One)
Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, House of Flying Daggers)
Philip Keung (Drug War, Unbeatable)
Kent Cheng (Ip Man 2, Crime Story)
Bryan Larkin (Outlander, London Has Fallen)
Jing Wong (God of Gamblers, City Hunter)




Read more about this title here on the Fetch.fm website:

PRESS RELEASE: GHOST IN THE SHELL NOVEL FROM ARROW BOOKS




Ghost in the Shell Novel

A science fiction classic that was largely overlooked on release, Ghost In The Shell has grown in stature with the support of such Hollywood fans as James Cameron and the Wachowskis, and in 2017 was controversially remade as a live-action spectacular, starring Scarlett Johansson.

PRESS RELEASE: BIRTH OF THE DRAGON




















Birth of the Dragon

Synopsis:

In the world of martial arts, there is one man above all: Bruce Lee. San Francisco, 1965. Young, hungry and looking for an opportunity to make a name for himself, Lee (Philip Ng) challenges legendary Shaolin monk and kung fu master, Wong Jack Man (Xia Yu), to a fight when he hears that he’s crossing the Pacific to observe the state of kung fu in America. Their legendary fight would change the history of martial arts forever.

CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW: FREE LANCE AND THE DRAGON'S HOARD BY PAUL STEWART AND CHRIS RIDDELL

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Free Lance and the Dragon's Hoard
Author/s: Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Pages:128
ISBN: 034087404X  ISBN: 13: 978-0340874042
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

You've read Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls and Free lance and the Field of Blood so here's his new story from the writing team that shows us nothing is ever what it seems for our favourite knight who is always down on his luck.

Monday, 5 March 2018

ANIME REVIEW: DRAGONBALL Z MOVIE COLLECTION 5: BROLY THE LEGENDARY SUPER SAIYAN

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Dragonball Z Movie Collection 5 Broly The Legendary Super Saiyan
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: PG
Running Time: 165 Mins
Audio: English and Japanese
Due Out:Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

It's cool to have a triple bill of movies, and after such a long spate of duo movies, this is the Broly set and it is great to also have movies that form a continuation that is interesting and moving to watch. I will go through these movies one at a time as the arc is extensive to say the least and worthy of me mentioning a few key things.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE TOAD WHO LOVED TEA BY FAIZ KERMANI


The Toad who Loved Tea
Author: Faiz Kermani
Publisher: Matador
Pages:62
ISBN: 9781788039970
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

Synopsis:

What happens when you brew together a toad who loves tea, a cruel crow, snobby customers and an ancient toad prediction?

Monday, 26 February 2018

DVD REVIEW: POKEMON THE MOVIE 20 I CHOOSE YOU!

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Pokemon The Movie 20 I Choose You!
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 75 Mins
Audio: English Region 2
Due Out: 12/2/2018
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Ash turns up late to make his choice of Pokemon, so he only has one to pick from - the dreaded Pikachu. The professor warns him that Pikachu is a problem and a lightning user as well. Ash might be excited to be training his new Pokemon but Pikachu doesn't like him from the start. A run in with some rival Pokemon changes Pikachu's outlook though as he steps up to the challenge of using his lightning power to drive his rivals away.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

ANIME REVIEW: NARUTO BOX SET 31

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Naruto Box Set 31
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 112 Mins
Audio: English Region 2
Due Out: 26/02/2018
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

So far, Naruto has given his pep talk to Gaara, Sasuke and Pain, convincing them their actions are questionable and they need to see the error of their ways. This time it is Obito Uchiha's turn as his path in life could have been very different had he not met Madara and allowed his heart to be clouded by Rin's death.

MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA


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My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 75 Mins
Audio: English Region 2
Due Out: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

When I first saw this, I wondered what it would be like as it isn't the usual anime that is done in the Japanese style or features Japanese characters. As it isn't what anime fans would expect, I figured it might need more of a look into. High school has two opinions for most of us; we hated it as we were bullied and would never fit in, or we loved it as we fitted in with our colleagues.

Friday, 16 February 2018

ANIME REVIEW: ATTACK ON TITAN SEASON 2



Attack on Titan Season 2
Released By: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Rating: 15
Running Time: 112 Mins
Audio: English and Japanese DD 5.1
Due Out: 26/02/2018
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

After the Titans broke through the wall, Eren vows he will kill every one of them when his mother is one of the fatalities. Here several years on, we see Eren through his time with the Scout Regiment he enlisted in and how they manage to evade and eventually kill the Titans, but there is the one thought on their minds; where did the Titans come from?

ADVANCED BOOK REVIEW: THE HUNTED: THE VOICES SERIES BOOK 2 BY GX TODD

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The Hunted: The Voices Series: Book 2
Author: GX Todd
Publisher: Headline
Pages: 485
Release Date: 31/5/2018
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

Rufus rushes in with a baby he rescued from certain death while the baby's mother lay dead at a roadside. Rufus and Albus had organised for many to be rescued from those who might hurt them or worse still, kill them, and more than anything  Albus wanted to carry on his sister, Ruby's work after they had received so much persecution from being different.

ACTION MOVIE REVIEW: THE SHANGHAI JOB

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The Shanghai Job
Released By: Signature Entertainment
Rating: 18
Running Time: 110 Mins
Audio: English Region 2
Due Out: Out now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Get in. Get Out. Get Even.

From the director of Skins and Marcella, Danny Stratton (Orlando Bloom)  is a former private security agent now assigned to low level guarding work. The reason? A Van Gogh painting had got stolen when he should have been looking after it. A chance to change his fate comes along when he has to escort a Chinese antique out of Shanghai. The question is, can he do it without anything going wrong?

Saturday, 10 February 2018

BOOK REVIEW: STAR TREK PROMETHEUS FIRE WITH FIRE


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Star Trek Prometheus Fire with Fire
Author: Christian Humberg & Bernd Perplies
Publisher: Titan Books
ISBN: 9781785056491
Pages: 384
Reviewed by: Sandra Scholes

With the new Star Trek movies making their presence known to fans, this could be a possible inclusion for an adults Christmas stocking. The reason is obvious as this is the beginning of a new series of novels that takes place in the Nemesis timeline.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

BOOK REVIEW: MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA INITIATION

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Mass Effect Andromeda: Initiation
Author/s: NK Jemisin/Mac Walters
Publisher: Titan Books
ISBN: 9781785651601
Genre: Fiction/Gaming
Reviewed by: Sandra Scholes

As an official prequel to the hit video game from BioWare, Mass Effect Andromeda: Initiation has Lt. Cara Harper who has come back to an Earth she doesn't recognize, joining the Andromeda Initiation as Alec Ryder's second-in-command. Cara's mission is to find stolen tech before it gets into the wrong hands.

PRESS RELEASE: THE SHANGHAI JOB

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The Shanghai Job

Orlando Bloom reinvents himself as a formidable action hero in this slick, high-stakes thriller set in Shanghai, that mixes the heist capers of The Italian Job with impressive action set pieces, and with the fighting skills from Ip Man alumni thrown in.

Monday, 5 February 2018

MERCHANDISE REVIEW: IWAKO PIG ERASER



Iwako Pig Eraser

As part of a set (elephant, pig, panda, cow & giraffe) iwako toys of Japan have created some damn fine miniature erasers perfect for collectors of anything Japanese.

MERCHANDISE REVIEW: GRELL PLUSHIE



Grell Plushie

Hes always on about his favourite man Bassie and as a plushie, Grell the Grim Reaper looks every bit his toothy self.

MERCHANDISE REVIEW; USA-CHAN TOTE BAG

Usa-Chan Tote Bag

Hunny senpai never travels anywhere without his Usa Chan (Bun-Bun in the US version of the anime) and this tote bag is tHe perfect present for the discerning Ouran fan whether they like the anime or the manga.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE RESURRECTION GAME: A NOVEL OF THE SHADOWSIDE BY MICHELLE BELANGER

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The Resurrection Game: A Novel of the Shadowside
Author: Michelle Belanger
Publisher: Titan Books
ISBN: 9781783299560
Pages: 447
Reviewed by: Sandra Scholes

From the author of Conspiracy of Angels and Harsh Gods, protagonist Zach Westland is out for gas when he confronts Cacodaimons he has to kill - but this is the least of his worries when he sees someone else who wears his face.

Monday, 15 January 2018

TOKYO GHOUL TEASER TRAILER

TOKYO GHOUL TEASER TRAILER

IN CINEMAS 31ST JANUARY


ANIME LTD / NATIONAL AMUSEMENTS

Discover a terrifying new world on our doorstep with a gripping, gory horror based on the best-selling manga. Anime fans and scream junkies alike will savour a twisted dish where the line between good and evil isn’t just blurred, but smeared in blood.

Teaser Trailer YouTube Link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdEFrflG2x4&feature=youtu.be


Download Link

https://we.tl/bpSBvofHsj



Synopsis:

Quiet and bookish, Ken Kaneki (Masataka Kubota) was all but dead to a world living in fear of “Ghouls”: creatures who not only share our skin, but crave its taste. When a nightmarish encounter leaves him a human-ghoul hybrid however, Ken finds himself taken under the wing of those he once considered monsters and fighting to protect them from a vengeful hunger that will leave him asking what it truly means to be inhuman.

We like it because:

A thrilling reimagining of the breakout hit manga, “Tokyo Ghoul” is a gruesome delicacy that not only opens up the original’s captivating world to whole new audiences, but provides a gourmet feast for existing fans - earning deserved praise for its faithfulness to the source material in a climate where fans feel justified in hesitation towards live-action adaptations.

Similar films may be content with positioning the monstrous ghouls as unsympathetic foes of a vulnerable humanity. “Tokyo Ghoul” however, expertly paints its picture a striking moral grey, with examples like Tōka (portrayed by Fumika Shimizu) and her frustrated struggles to live in both worlds, giving us a wonderfully nuanced view of the humanity in monsters and the savagery in humanity.

Kentarô Hagiwara shines in his feature film debut, harmonising each ingredient on his plate into a unified flavour led by Masataka Kubota and supported by powerful spices like a deliciously creepy performance by Yū Aoi. With clever framing against the narrative’s brutal turns, even the costume choices are at times given an expressiveness that makes them feel like worthy additions to the cast!




Please get in touch if you would like to see the film and visit the link below for a full press release and images
http://fetch.fm/anime-ltd/anime-ltd-tokyo-ghoul/


For a site list and ticket bookings:

http://alltheanime.com/cinema

PRESS RELEASE: ATTACK ON TITAN SEASON 2


Attack on Titan Season 2
To be released: 26 Feb 2018
On Blu-ray and DVD

If the Levi and Eren dakimakura pillows and endless doujinshi aren't enough to convince anyone how popular this series is, then maybe the fact the second series is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray. Let's face it, it's a perfect late Valentine's present for your loved one, or just bite the bullet and go out and get him/her it for those special occasions.

The battle for humanity’s survival continues as the epic anime adventure ATTACK ON TITAN SEASON 2 arrives on DVD, Blu-ray™ and Limited Edition Blu-ray™ on February 26, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. With an all new 12-episode season, the struggles become more personal and the secrets of not only the Titans, but of those around them, will start to unravel.

Monday, 8 January 2018

DRAGONBALL Z MOVIE COLLECTION 4: SUPER ANDROID 13/BOJACK UNBOUND

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Dragonball Z Movie Collection 4 Super Android 13/Bojack Unbound
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: PG
Running Time: 95 Mins
Audio: English with Japanese subs
Due Out: 15/01/2018
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

As there are a whole range of these movie collections like the one I reviewed here is one that stands out. On one disc are two movies Super Android 13 and Bojack Unbound.