The Review Heap: 2020 Directions (Checking In)

I’d planned something to mark the 1st year of The Review Heap but June hasn’t felt like time for much in the way of a celebration, so I’ve deferred my original idea for now. I still want to mark the moment, I guess, so I’ll do a bit of a ‘check-in’ perhaps, and update anyContinue reading “The Review Heap: 2020 Directions (Checking In)”

The Review Heap: 2020 Direction(s)

Okay, roughly 8 months into the blog now and as I mentioned in my ‘About’ section, the new year is time for me to assess and look ahead a bit 🙂 The plan for The Review Heap was just to review (nearly anything) at my own pace. So far so good on that front –Continue reading “The Review Heap: 2020 Direction(s)”

Real Neat Blog Award

Firstly, thanks to Mia over at for the nomination 🙂 I haven’t been involved in a blog-tag-chain-nom for many moons – not since I used to be a poet with my old blog, so it’s nice to get back into a community! So, as many of you will already know, here’s the structure –Continue reading “Real Neat Blog Award”

When can I say something is a classic?

So, when can I actually say something is a classic? The glib answer is whenever I want, of course 😀 But while working on a semi-functional menu for the Review Heap and checking over some of my tags – I saw one that caught my eye: classic. Of course, I instantly began to doubt myself,Continue reading “When can I say something is a classic?”

Twitter Meme “Anime I…”

So, this was just a fleeting but fun meme doing the rounds on Twitter the other day but I didn’t end up posting there because I was too slow but also because the platform is rather ‘cramped’ when it comes to sharing reasons behind your choices 😀 And so, here’s that meme – the bareContinue reading “Twitter Meme “Anime I…””

Metropolis (Metoroporisu)

Metropolis (Metoroporisu) 2001 Metropolis was fascinating and I know I’ll watch it again – mostly for the visuals and direction rather than the story perhaps (which is kinda conventional but not boring by any stretch). But setting that aside for a moment, another aspect that I found really interesting was the many links to oneContinue reading “Metropolis (Metoroporisu)”

Sirius the Jaeger (Shiriusu Shiriusu za Yēgā)

Sirius the Jaeger (Shiriusu Shiriusu za Yēgā) 2018 I’m not going to claim to be well-versed in the vampire sub-genre of anime, though I’ve seen a few of them over the years and the ‘exterminate all vampires’ theme is a pretty classic one – though it’s played out by our main character Yuliy in anContinue reading “Sirius the Jaeger (Shiriusu Shiriusu za Yēgā)”

The Skull Man (Sukaru Man)

Just a quick review for right now – this one being The Skull Man which is a noir-ish science fiction/horror series with a few surprises. The Skull Man (Sukaru Man)2007 When I started this, I wasn’t aware that the anime was based on a one-shot manga by the massively influential Shotaro Ishinomori (who was oneContinue reading “The Skull Man (Sukaru Man)”

Batman Ninja (Ninja Battoman)

I stumbled across Batman Ninja and had to click ‘watch’ because the premise sounded pretty fun – Batman, his enemies and allies are sucked back in time to Feudal Japan… and it’s exactly as crazy as it sounds. Batman Ninja (Ninja Battoman) 2018 Mecha castles, monkey armies, katana fights, explosions – the Joker farming –Continue reading “Batman Ninja (Ninja Battoman)”

Fractale (Furakutaru)

Fractale had some interesting concepts and nice animation… but really wildly inconsistent tone and approach to some of the themes. Fractale (Furakutaru)2011 At times there were nice dashes of humour (and you can see the fingerprints of Laputa and Nadia Secret of Blue Water here) but the flickering from violent to moé elements, to super-creepyContinue reading “Fractale (Furakutaru)”