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Guessing Game (16)

Guessing Game is back again, this time it’s Round 16! As most often with these posts, I haven’t gone for any theme here, it’s just some random images…

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Jujutsu Kaisen

One thing that (fighting) shounen anime can do so well is stretch a fight (or a contest) over several episodes – and Jujutsu Kaisen fits that bill for…

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OVA Week – Day 7: Dragon’s Heaven

Welcome to the final post for OVA Week. There will be another OVA Week, perhaps next month – but so far, I’ve still got to find a few…

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OVA Week – Day 6: Open the Door (Tobira wo Akete)

Day 6 already! So, if you’re new to ‘OVA Week’ here at the heap, basically speaking, I’ve got some dot points on the OVA form itself, and then…

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OVA Week – Day 5: Riding Bean

The week of OVA reviews is slowly winding down – but it isn’t over yet :D As with all previous posts, I’ve included a quick overview on the…

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OVA Week – Day 4: Sorcery in the Big City (Itazura Majo to Nemuranai Machi)

OVA Week continues! You can find a quick overview on the form itself below, then the actual review. (This time, the review is actually for an ONA). Hope…

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OVA Week – Day 3: Twilight of the Dark Master (Shihaisha no Tasogare)

Four more days of OVA reviews after this one! There’s a brief overview on the form itself below, before I get to the actual review. I hope you…

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OVA Week – Day 2: Scoopers

Onward – six days left of OVA reviews! As before, I’m starting with a brief overview on the form itself, before jumping into the actual review and will…

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OVA Week – Day 1: Relic Armour Legaciam

Here we go – seven days of OVA reviews! I thought I’d start with a brief overview on the form itself, before jumping into the actual review (and…

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Infinity Train Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train

Infinity Train Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train (2020) After really enjoying the first season of Demon Slayer I was keen to see how…

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Blackfox

Over the last couple of years here in Australia we’ve had a few streaming services disappear, swallowed up by one another etc, the end result of which being…

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Bubble (Baburu)

The fable of The Little Mermaid gets its fair share of attention in anime, especially when it comes to the ‘doomed-romance’ sub-genre. (Further spoilers below). Bubble (Baburu) 2022…

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OVA Week – Coming Soon

Soon (perhaps in the coming weeks) I want to do a week of posts just on OVAs. This obviously means that the 1980s and 1990s will feature heavily,…

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Lunar Legend Tsukihime (Shingetsutan Tsukihime)

This short anime series is based on visual novel Tsukihime, and while I didn’t see Lunar Legend back in 2003 when it aired, I believe it garnered its…

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Titan A.E

Something about Titan A.E feels just a little… I’m not sure I can place my finger on what gave me feelings of vague dissatisfaction. And yes, the short-lived…

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A-Z Challenge: “Z” is for Roujin Z (Rōjin Zetto)

I think I’ve seen Roujin Z described a dark comedy fairly often, but one that is set within the plot boundaries (I guess) of a science fiction film.…

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Vampire in the Garden (Vanpaia in za Gāden)

You know the very-real genre known as “not-quite-tearjerker”? Yep, that one – absolutely something real that you’d find in a video store, or in the list of categories…

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Guessing Game (15)

Okay, here’s another Guessing Game, as I’m a bit short on time once more this week. (As I often do with these posts, there’s no particular theme here,…

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Summit of the Gods (Le Sommet des Dieux)

This was a bit of a harrowing film, and I was transfixed the whole way through. Having said that, I watched it in 3 separate sittings – partly…

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Abandoned #14 (The Black Cauldron)

This is perhaps a tweak on my usual ‘abandoned’ post, as it’s a DNF for a rewatch. A fair few years ago I saw this film and I…

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Guessing Game (14)

Been a fair while since I did one of these! Like last time, these images are mostly from forthcoming reviews – recognise any? :D

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Zaion: I Wish You Were Here (Anata ga koko ni Itehoshii)

This is a short sci-fi ONA from 2001 – not so long into the slow rise of CGI in anime, and while it has a few problems for…

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Strait Jacket (Sutoreito Jaketto)

This was a great taste of action-science fiction from an era of anime that’s sort of long gone now. Well, if you consider 15 years a long time…

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Ray: The Animation

From creator Akihito Yoshitomi comes something of a Black Jack spin-off, with another supremely talented surgeon – Ray, whose x-ray eyes help her save the day wherever possible.…

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Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul (Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei)

The Dawn of the Deep Soul film continues with the ‘let’s do unspeakably cruel things to cute kids’ approach that featured in the first season of the anime.…

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Agrento Soma (Arujento Sōma)

After a slow start that wasn’t actually slow – I was transfixed. Agrento Soma (Arujento Sōma) 2000 Argento Soma feels like a bit of a rare story for…

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Kiki’s Delivery Service (Majo no Takkyūbin) 1989 [Collaboration with Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews]

it’s been a little while since I hosted a collaboration here, so I was really happy that Scott was up for working with me on Kiki’s Delivery Service…

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Devil May Cry: The Animated Series (Debiru Mei Kurai)

Devil May Cry is another anime based on a classic game franchise, but I can’t judge this one in terms of its merits as an adaptation, since I’ve…

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Series Reviews now on the Menu

Well – two of them, so far! As I’ve mentioned before, I’m planning to do one or two reviews per year (give or take) that end up longer…

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Darker than Black (Dākā Zan Burakku ー Kuro no Keiyakusha)

Shadowy syndicates, superheros and melancholy characters – tick, tick and tick! Darker than Black (Dākā Zan Burakku ー Kuro no Keiyakusha) 2007 I feel like Darker Than Black…

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Occult Academy (Seikimatsu Okaruto Gakuin)

Occult Academy* charges out of the boxes with its first episode – really throwing punches everywhere and culminating in uber-tsundere Maya standing on her father’s coffin, interrupting the…

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Abandoned #13 (Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc, Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Dog & Scissors and Mieruko-Chan)

(Imagine that my standard disclaimer about maybe coming back to these one day appears right here!) Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Zenitsu. Masters of the Universe: Revelation Okay,…

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Kino’s Journey —the Beautiful World— (Kino no Tabi)

I hope that Kino’s Journey is considered a classic beyond my limited sphere, since I reckon it’s a wholly compelling series from beginning to end. Ideally, I’d launch…

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009-1 (TV)

009-1 (2006) TV I’m a little annoyed that I’d never come across 009-1 before last year. Written by Shotaro Ishinomori as a way to tackle stories beyond the…

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The Book of Bantorra (Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra)

Book of Bantorra is definitely more than its fan service – though if you need some, then the costumes for Noloty and Chesty La Rue Hamyuts Meseta will…

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5 Stars (2019 – 2021)

This is just a quick post but I was curious about how many 5 stars I’d given out at the Review Heap so far (or, at least between…

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Blue Period (Burū Piriodo)

There was hardly a single moment I didn’t enjoy in Blue Period. Obviously, I do like coming of age stories. And for me, it was great to remember…

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Jubei-chan: The Ninja Girl – The Secret of the Lovely Eyepatch

Another quick review today – feeling less than stellar after some dental work! Jubei has so much going on re: the levels of parody and satire, and even…

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Casshan: Robot Hunter (OVA)

Compared to the 2008 series (Casshern Sins), in some aspects the Robot Hunter OVA feels like more of a somewhat faithful remake of the 1973 original than a…

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Gungrave (Gangureivu) TV

It’s probable that I’ve said this before but I find mafia-style stories a hard sell. And yet, I’ll usually at least try them out. Gungrave (Gangureivu) TV 2003…

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Ryoko’s Case File (Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo)

Supernatural investigations led by the lovely but cruel Superintendent Ryoko. A quick review this time! Ryoko’s Case File (Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo) 2008 This was a short…

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Ninja Scroll: The Series (Jūbē Ninpūchō Ryūhōgyoku Hen)

In many ways this is a less compelling echo of the film. Same lead character of Jubei, similar quest feel with stumbling blocks presented by different monsters/adversaries to…

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse

This film would probably be a real delight for folks who like in-jokes and intertextuality. Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse (2018) It’s also nice – after 60-odd years…

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Update Quest 2021 (12)

Again, this update task is taking me way, way longer than I’d hoped – but here’s some progress nevertheless :D Today, 12 more updated reviews taken from the…

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GHOSTS OF REVIEWS PAST [Boxing Day Review]

This year I’ve been too busy to write a new review, even a short review for a film, and so I thought I’d share my Boxing Day Reviews…

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Out of Scheduled Posts! XD

So, not much to say here – other than the fact that I’ve now got nothing left in the bank of drafts/scheduled posts. Which means it might be…

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Tokko

If you like breasts and blood, supernatural-action anime Tokko has got you covered. Okay, flippant opener I know – but I’ll switch to the tone of the series…

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Arion

Arion (1986) Arion should satisfy fans of Greek mythology and ‘old school’ anime. And it certainly did for me. Before starting, I hadn’t realised that Arion was a…

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BEM: Become Human

BEM: Become Human (2020) follows on directly from the series but you could probably pick up the movie and have a different but equally enjoyable experience – how…

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Bright: Samurai Soul

Bright: Samurai Soul (2021) Woodblock prints and math rock! Here’s another anime where I have no knowledge of the source material, allowing me to head in to the…

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