Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Banpaia Hantā Dī: Buraddorasuto)

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Banpaia Hantā Dī: Buraddorasuto) 2000 Even today, nearly twenty years after the release of Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, I’m still fascinated by the fact that the English dub was done first. And, twenty years later and I’ve still never heard the Japanese cast 🙂 Finishing the English voice acting first wasContinue reading “Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Banpaia Hantā Dī: Buraddorasuto)”

Hellsing

Hellsing 2001 Hellsing is something of a classic anime series and it definitely has some really killer elements… but as a whole it doesn’t quite live up to its reputation for me. That’s not to say that I didn’t really enjoy some episodes or that I think it’s bad series, but the show strays betweenContinue reading “Hellsing”

Psycho-Pass (Saiko Pasu)

Psycho-Pass (Saiko Pasu) 2012 I thought I’d try to avoid a long, rambling preamble for a change and instead take a shot at summing up my response to the show in a few words – disturbing, fascinating and mostly compelling. While it actually took me months to finish Psycho-Pass (usually watching one or a fewContinue reading “Psycho-Pass (Saiko Pasu)”

Abandoned #3 (The Rising of the Shield Hero, Inuyasha & Kabaneri of the Iron Rortress: Battle of Unato)

The Rising of the Shield Hero (2019) Portal fantasy is a classic genre and can be perfect for a writer to deliver exposition – naturally, the visiting character needs most things explained and at the same time, the viewer gets the info. That’s why I like such shows in a way, because they’re up frontContinue reading “Abandoned #3 (The Rising of the Shield Hero, Inuyasha & Kabaneri of the Iron Rortress: Battle of Unato)”

Castlevania (TV Series)

Castlevania (2017 -) Castlevania as an animated TV series was a long time coming. The first four episodes were released back in 2017 after around ten years of development ups and downs, with the next batch following late last year – leaving most viewers pretty keen for the third season, it seems. And I’m oneContinue reading “Castlevania (TV Series)”

Memories 1995

Memories (1995) Katsuhiro Otomo had been involved with two other anthologies (and one afterwards) prior to Memories, and while I’m still hunting down Neo Tokyo, I’m pretty confident in saying that Memories will remain my favourite. And maybe there’s a certain amount of nostalgia in that – some of the stuff we see as teenagersContinue reading “Memories 1995”

Vampire Hunter D (D Banpaia Hantā Dī)

Looking back to another classic for this review – this time it’s Vampire Hunter D which is very much a ‘monster hunting other monsters’ film but while there are definite horror aspects present, the Western and post-apocalyptic/sci-fi elements are just as clear. Vampire Hunter D (D Banpaia Hantā Dī) 1985 So many of the storyContinue reading “Vampire Hunter D (D Banpaia Hantā Dī)”

Empire of Corpses (Shisha no Teikoku)

Empire of Corpses (Shisha no Teikoku) 2015 I was only vaguely aware of this film up until last year – but the cover art of the DVD caught my eye and then upon doing a little reading I found out that the writer ‘Project Itoh’ had certainly been a significant voice in Japanese speculative fictionContinue reading “Empire of Corpses (Shisha no Teikoku)”

Dimension W (Dimenshon Daburyū)

Dimension W (Dimenshon Daburyū) 2016 Dimension W only just finished its run as a manga late last month, so I thought I’d do a review on the anime today, which I really enjoyed except for two aspects – but more on those two issues below. If you’ve read any of my short reviews here, you’llContinue reading “Dimension W (Dimenshon Daburyū)”

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)”

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