Anime Reporter brings you the word on Mardock Scramble, the Complete Collection. Some readers may recall that a review of the third Mardock Scramble film was published on Anime Reporter here. This time I’m looking at all three films as a single unit, so expect a different take on the series.
The three films, (The First Compression, The Second Combustion and The Third Exhaust), which in total add up to just under three and a half hours, are available in this collection in their theatrical versions as well as the uncensored director’s cuts. The fact that there are uncensored director’s cuts of these films should probably already tell you what I’m about to; these films contain a lot of graphic violence, nudity and subject matter that is unsuitable for minors or easily disturbed viewers.
This trilogy, based on the series of novel by Tow Ubukata, tells the story of a teenage girl, Rune Balot, taken into a highly abusive relationship by a sadist known as Shell. When Rune breaks Shell’s rules, he leaves her in his car, which he promptly blows up. Luckily, a fiery death isn’t all that’s in store for young Balot. Brought back with many cybernetic enhancements and the ability to communicate with technology, Balot is given the tools and the skills to serve up justice to her would-be murderer and all of the people protecting him. The only Read more ›
Anime Reporter brings you the word on A Certain Scientific Railgun- the complete first series. If the title of this series sounds familiar and you’re not sure why, it might be that you’re half-remembering A Certain Magical Index, which ACSR is a spinoff of.
Magical Index focused on the incredibly technology-themed Academy City and its super powered citizens having their worlds turned upside down by the conflicting elements of (often religiously-themed) magic and a hapless, incredibly unlucky young lad (who never seems to run out of luck when it comes to surviving unlikely situations) called Toma. Scientific Railgun is a bit different, focusing almost exclusively on the more sci-fi elements of the world within the series and Read more ›
Anime Reporter brings you the verdict on Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 3, (episodes 98-144). Most Western anime fans will be familiar with the Yu-Gi-Oh! series and its premise of duelling with ferocious warriors and monsters summoned digitally throughout a card game. Viewers who are only familiar with the early series will find things similar but different by the time the third season rolls around. The card-playing method has become a little bit more complicated and its roster of monsters has expanded somewhat, though the story hasn’t become much more complicated.
I’ll try to avoid any spoilers for events within this season, but I can’t guarantee avoiding spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen the earlier episodes.
The Season begins with Yu-Gi and the Yuginauts (definitely not the name of their group of friends) on a boat towards a big tournament on Kaiba Corps island headquarters when their journey takes a slight detour. Read more ›
Anime Reporter indulges in some, if not actually Arabian Nights, then certainly Arabian-themed episodes with Magi: the Kingdom of Magic Part 01 (episodes 01-13). Kingdom of Magic is the direct sequel to the series Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic (reviewed here and here, but if you don’t feel like reading up on it, just consider it highly recommended).
While I’ll do my best to avoid major spoilers, I’m going to have reference some things that happened during/after the first series, so watch if your step if you’re entirely new to this world and these characters.
Things follow on pretty neatly from the ending of the last series with the people of Sindria celebrating after a hard-won victory, but there are still many sinister elements afoot. Our trio of young adventurers, Aladdin, Morgianna and Alibaba, have some pretty big quests ahead of them. They’re all journeying to become stronger, to learn more about their abilities and though this time they may have to go it alone. Following a magical attack on one of his friends, Aladdin takes off for a Read more ›
Anime Reporter brings you the verdict on Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie 3: Rebellion, a film no less complicated than its title.
The Puella Magi Madoka Magica series follows the concept of “magical girls”, girls sworn to protect the world from supernatural threats, at the cost of one day giving up their souls and becoming one of the things they fight: witches. This third film shakes things up a bit as Read more ›
Anime Reporter brings you the news on Bleach Series 16 Part 02 (episodes 355-366), the end of the Bleach anime and a fond farewell to all the Soul Reaping action therein.
Naturally, with this being the final twelve episodes of the series, there are going to be some spoilers here, so, you know, here’s Usopp with a Spoiler Alert:
Where the last collection finished off saw Ichigo training fiercely to access an entirely new type of power, having been cut off from his Read more ›
Anime Reporter heads to Namek for the second season (episodes 27-52) of Dragon Ball KAI. If you’re unfamiliar with Dragon Ball KAI, don’t worry it isn’t a Dragon Ball Z sequel that you’ve never heard of, it’s actually a remastered and edited version of that exact series. The first season of Dragon Ball KAI has already been reviewed here and naturally, if you’re reading any further, you should beware of spoilers.
The last collection ended up with Bulma, Krillin and Gohan on the planet Namek searching for yet another set of Dragon Balls. Unfortunately Vegeta and Frieza have their own plans for the wish-granting treasure and they’re not above killing to get them. Goku’s on the way to help his comrades out, but they’re still going to have to pull out all the stops to stay alive until he does.
This storyline was really when the Dragon Ball Z series took off, taking things to an intergalactic scale and upping the strength of characters exponentially. If there was one flaw that the original series had, it was Read more ›