Reviews

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 32 Review
Anime Review

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 32 Review

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 32 Review
Naruto Shippuden’s 32nd release is almost entirely filler, despite what the front cover wants you to think. The “New Chunin Exams arc”, as it’s often called, concludes at Episode 413, giving a whole two canon episodes! Is this filler arc worth sticking with, or are you going to buy the set for two episodes' worth of content? Let’s find out if either are going to be true…
• 21st May 2018
Bleach – Volume 72 Review
Manga Review

Bleach – Volume 72 Review

Bleach – Volume 72 Review
Bleach Volume 72 continues to steer the manga towards its final end, an end that happened in 2016 for Japan, but (unless something gets delayed) for us here in the UK, the series will end this November. So just two volumes out from the finale, how is the story shaping up?
• 1st May 2018
ERASED – Part 2 Review
Anime Review

ERASED – Part 2 Review

ERASED – Part 2 Review
After a sadly long eight months wait, the second half of the 2016 hit ERASED finally makes it to disc here in the UK. After such a promising first half, does the series get the big pay-off it deserves? Read on to find out! (Although you’ve probably already watched the end on Crunchyroll or Netflix in the past 8 months due to understandably running out of patience, but hey-ho…)
• 27th April 2018
Kiss Him, Not Me! Review
Anime Review

Kiss Him, Not Me! Review

Kiss Him, Not Me! Review
Kiss Him, Not Me! is a true delight for shojo fans. While there might be some questionable content in terms of its realism, the series is undeniably great fun and not as shallow as the first episode or two would suggest. Shojo, especially good shojo, is so frequently not brought to home video in the UK that this is a rare treat all fans of the genre should give a go.
• 25th April 2018
My Boy Volume 1 Review
Manga Review

My Boy Volume 1 Review

My Boy Volume 1 Review
An unconventional friendship develops between two lonely individuals. My Boy delivers a sensitive and beautifully drawn story that will make readers think about the pressures of modern life on adults and children alike.
• 20th April 2018
GATE – Collector’s Edition Review
Anime Review

GATE – Collector’s Edition Review

GATE – Collector’s Edition Review
GATE is a hard show to talk about without getting into nationalistic propaganda debates and general right- wing unpleasantness, but ignoring this argument for the time being, the show has some merit, not least its premise of a modern army fighting a bunch of races and animals from a typical fantasy land. Is there more good than bad, though?
• 19th April 2018
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku Volume 1 Review
Manga Review

Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku Volume 1 Review

Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku Volume 1 Review
Wotakoi is a heartwarming comedy series with a firm message to convey in that love is difficult - not just for otaku but for everyone. Your hobbies can be judged and make people run for the hills but that isn’t right, and Wotakoi does its best to show you the great times you can have when the people around you do accept and understand you.
• 18th April 2018
Dragon Ball Z – The TV Specials Double Feature
Anime Review

Dragon Ball Z – The TV Specials Double Feature

Dragon Ball Z – The TV Specials Double Feature
Just when you thought Manga was done releasing two Dragon Ball Z short-length films, they… well, they release two TV specials which are roughly the same length as the 13 films released previously. While there are differences between the films and TV Specials (and not all of them good), story-wise it’s hard to find two better examples of the Dragon Ball franchise taking itself uncharacteristically more seriously. Is that a good thing, though…?
• 12th April 2018