The Ancient Magus’ Bride Part 2

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Part 2 (Episodes 13-24) (Cert 15) 4 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 309 minutes approx  The unusual teacher and student relationship between a depressed orphan teenage girl and a reclusive mage with a goat’s skull for a head that is destined to end in marriage continues. At this … Continue reading The Ancient Magus’ Bride Part 2

11 Eyes Collection

11 Eyes Collection (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 336 minutes approx. Why an odd number of eyes you might ask? Perhaps it is because the main protagonist wears an eye-patch over his right eye, and he is surrounded by five friends with perfect vision; yet the covered eye is fully functioning and … Continue reading 11 Eyes Collection

Hakkenden: Eight Dogs Of The East Season 2

Hakkenden: Eight Dogs Of The East Season 2 (Cert 15) 3 Discs DVD/2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 345 minutes approx. With a central premise of the search for the Eight Bead Holders with the aim to resurrect Princess Fuse, the first season of this supernatural fantasy series spent more time having the protagonists … Continue reading Hakkenden: Eight Dogs Of The East Season 2

Hakkenden: Eight Dogs Of The East Season 1

Hakkenden: Eight Dogs Of The East Season 1 (Cert 15) 3 Discs DVD/2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 334 minutes approx. When you are creating a manga and you take your inspiration from a legendary epic series that runs for 106 volumes, it is fair to say there is plenty of material to choose … Continue reading Hakkenden: Eight Dogs Of The East Season 1

The Monkey King 2 (Xi You Ji Zhi Sun Wukong San Da Baigujing)

The Monkey King 2 (Xi You Ji Zhi Sun Wukong San Da Baigujing) Hong Kong /China (2016) Dir. Pou-Soi Cheang If we have learned anything from the modern movie business model it is that no matter how bad a film is, if it scores big at the box office a sequel is inevitable. This applies … Continue reading The Monkey King 2 (Xi You Ji Zhi Sun Wukong San Da Baigujing)

Blade Dance Of The Elementalers

Blade Dance Of The Elementalers (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray/3 Discs DVD (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running time: 296 minutes approx. The theme of this review is “familiarity” - familiarity of the story, the developments, the character designs, and of my comments. And it is with some irony than one of the shows Blade Dance Of … Continue reading Blade Dance Of The Elementalers

As The Gods Will (Kamisama no iu tôri)

As The Gods Will (Kamisama no iu tôri) Japan (2014) Dir. Takashi Miike The king of subversive Asian cinema, Takashi Miike, must have enjoyed his school based Lesson Of Evil so much that he chose to return to the classroom for this live action adaptation of the manga by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Akeji Fujimura. With … Continue reading As The Gods Will (Kamisama no iu tôri)

Beyond The Boundary

Beyond The Boundary (Cert 12) 3 Discs DVD/2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running time: 303 minutes approx. Over the past decade Kyoto Animation (KyoAni for short) have built up a reputation for producing wonderfully cuddly series involving cute schoolgirls in daily comedy dramas. With Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! they ventured towards comic fantasy … Continue reading Beyond The Boundary

Devil Survivor 2

Devil Survivor 2 (Cert 12) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 333 minutes approx. Mobile phones have come along way since their arrival in the late 1980’s. Not only can we now make calls, send texts and e-mails, take photos, shoot videos, surf the internet, play music and video games, for the folks in Japan … Continue reading Devil Survivor 2

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 3 – The Advent

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 3 – The Advent (Cert 18) 2 Discs (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (Distributor: Manga Entertainment/Kaze UK) Running time: 113 minutes approx. Unfortunately we are not afforded a recap of the events from the previous two films in this rebooted trilogy of Kentaro Miura’s popular manga so coming into this final instalment fresh … Continue reading Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 3 – The Advent