Friday, 30 September 2016

Show #127: M.A.S.K.


Working overtime to get this show out to you, Greg Driver of Ace Comicals stops by to take us for a spin into M.A.S.K, aka Mobile Armoured Strike Kommand!

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The lesser cousin to the 80s cartoon stalwarts it borrows from, MASK has some nifty ideas but finds itself lacking in the execution. All the usual suspects are here; relentless background music, inconsistent visual quality, an irritating child character taking up precious screen time. Pockets of quality exist in the mechanical design and the better directed episodes, but spread all too thin over a long series. We can all agree that the opening theme is still fantastic though!

THE SHORT VERSION

Sweet rides

Time to try and not get fired today

Scott Trakker: Robo Racist

Friday, 16 September 2016

Let’s Go JoJo! Episode 24 – Sheer Heart Attack, Part 2


Koichi's Stand powers have grown yet again, and just in time as the modest murderer Kira returns to tie up some loose ends. ALSO: immortal clothes, dirigible drama, more proof that characters in Japanese media can't get on a boat without talking for hours and Shonen Ashibe Go Go Goma-chan returns from the Olympics!

  • Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable #24
  • Dragon Ball Super #57
  • Bananya #10
  • Bono Bono #9
  • Shonen Ashibe Go Go Goma-chan #14
  • Thunderbolt Fantasy #6-7
  • 91 Days #9
  • Mob Psycho 100 #9

Let’s Go JoJo! Episode 23 – Sheer Heart Attack, Part 1


Were we in Jotaro and Koichi's place we'd be calling shenanigans on this whole Stand-with-it's-own-Stand business, but they ain't got time for that as they're in danger of getting blown up and letting a serial killer escape! More heart-pounding action can be found in the rest of the anime world in such shows as:
  • Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable #23
  • Dragon Ball Super #56
  • Bananya #9
  • Bono Bono #8
  • Thunderbolt Fantasy #4-5
  • 91 Days #8
  • Mob Psycho 100 #8

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Show #126: Urban Square


Those maverick renegades are at it again! Time for some good old fashioned 80s street justice in the middle of Urban Square!



Another one-off OAV from that magical era when they'd animate anything, Urban Square is a loving homage to action movie conventions with a welcome pinch of self awareness, sporting an impressive pedigree featuring some of anime's best creative talent. Unlike many of its contemporaries which mindlessly rehashed the plots of bigger and better works here can be seen much more care and appreciation that wears its inspirations like a warming, familiar blanket.

THE SHORT VERSION

Hapless heroes

Stunt drivers

THAT FIREARM AIN'T REGULATION

Let’s Go JoJo Episode 22 – Yoshikage Kira Just Wants to Live Quietly, Part 2


Kira's murderous intentions look set to claim another victim, but will this be the incident that will finally bring his terrible crimes to light? ALSO: Bonos Jr and Snr chart a new island, Bananya baffles, Thunderbolt Fantasy talks and brothers fall in with a bad crowd in 91 Days and Mob Psycho 100.
  • Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable #22
  • Dragon Ball Super #55
  • Bananya #8
  • Bono Bono #7
  • Thunderbolt Fantasy #3
  • 91 Days #7
  • Mob Psycho 100 #7