Double down for the better: A review of Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan


These are two big franchise titles from the world of anime – Detective Conan and the master thief Lupin the 3rd. Even if you’re not an anime fan you may recognise the names. Conan isn’t the barbarian but named, in the series, after Sherlock Holmes. He’s not even a kid. He’s a young adult shrunk […]

Dem feels: A review of Giovanni’s Island


I was able to watch Mizuho Nishikubo’s Giovanni’s Island in a cinema during an anime film festival. I could hear people in the row behind me sniffing and sobbing quietly towards the end. We call that effect ‘dem feels’ in anime fandom. There’s plenty of anime fans who’ll appreciate a good ‘dem feels’ story. The […]

Real enough for you? A review of Appleseed Alpha


I think the Appleseed series is underrated. It’s always been great fun and always pushed ahead to explore with what animation can do. Appleseed Alpha is no exception. At times, for the scenery, I actually wondered whether it was a photo still that had been animated over the top of. The animation quality in Appleseed […]

Sexy gun witches: A review of Bayonetta – Bloody Fate

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

Bayonetta was a popular action computer game. It got great reviews, sold well over a million and had intense combat. It had a “witch time” system in which the frantic melee slowed down and your sexy witch could take down angels and fight back against the impressive bosses. The movie, Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, follows a […]

Black Butler live action coming to UK; latest trailer


I watched a chunk of the Black Butler anime before giving up. I wasn’t the target demographic. The live action is very different. It’s set in the future. There’s a different sort of the anime-esq gender role tensions. Sebastian is still one hell of a butler. He’s looking after a young noble who has had […]

Tomorrowland’s trailer will intrigue but it’s not Star Wars


Disney have a themepark called Tomorrowland and they’re working on a movie too. Once rumoured to be a Star Wars film we can now see that’s not true but there is sci-fi here. George Clooney and Britt Robertson star. They can access a place called Tomorrowland and while they visit their actions have a direct […]

Which 10 comic book adaptations top the movie disappointment list?


There’s been no shortage of comic book inspired movies in recent years. Some have been better than others. Which of these comic book adaptations have flopped the hardest? Viewing figures tell one story but this month cinema chain Vue asked fans for another point of view. Vue ran a survey to discover and rank the […]

Kingsman trailer promises hi-tech British action


A remake of the Avengers (the British original, not the superheroes) or perhaps even a new James Bond? Nope. Not so. This is the second trailer for the forthcoming 20th Century Fox Kingsman movie. Due out in February 2015 the movie is directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) based on a comic book […]