Redline (2009)

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Redline is a visually and aurally spectacular science fiction racing film directed by Takeshi Koike. The eponymous Redline is the ultimate no holds barred race in the universe, and that applies to basically everyone trying to kill the racers. Continue reading

Dirty Pair (1987): No Thanks! No Need For a Halloween Party!

Nozomi Cover Art - Dirty Pair OAV Series

Nozomi Cover Art – Dirty Pair OAV Series

In which the Lovely Angels accidentally disrupt 4 criminal plots whilst killing a terminator[1] with fireworks.

The 2nd Dirty Pair OAV episode No Thanks! No Need For a Halloween Party! is possibly one of the most iconic Dirty Pair episodes[2] ever made. Driven by Rule of Funny, Halloween Party is fast paced, and always good for a laugh no matter how many times I see it.

The episode opens with the criminals who are planning to use the Eleanor City wide Halloween parties to cover their criminal plans. The four groups are in costume as: Continue reading

A quick guide to criticism, abuse, and harassment

Whilst waiting for Ghostbusters (which is awesome, and you should see it), I dropped a few tweets on what constitutes criticism, what constitutes abuse, and what lifts (lowers?) abuse to harassment. I’m saving this for future reference since I expect to see “can’t handle criticism” again from harassers and want to have this handy.  Continue reading

Ghostbusters (2016)

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Ghostbusters is a fun film. It’s good to the point of “want to see sequels”. The trailers really did not do this film any justice.

The core to the success of Ghostbusters was always going to be the interactions between the four leads, and all are solid. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones have a strong on-screen chemistry, and the comedy flows naturally as a result.

How Chris Hemsworth didn’t kill himself laughing during his scenes is an unsolved mystery. I suspect that there are many outtakes where he (or the rest of the cast) couldn’t. Kudos to all for managing it. Continue reading

Dirty Pair (1987): Prison Uprising! We Hate People With Grudges!

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Nozomi Cover Art - Dirty Pair OAV Series

Nozomi Cover Art – Dirty Pair OAV Series

In which the Lovely Angels go surfing in a volcano.

No, really, I’m not making this up you know!

Welcome to a new series of posts reviewing the Dirty Pair Original Animation Videos (OAVs) which ran from December 1987 – to April 1988. This second series is off to a good start  with episode 1, Prison Uprising! We Hate People With Grudges! Continue reading

Dirty Pair TV Series (1985)

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Kei and Yuri - Nozomi Cover Art - Episodes 10 - 13

Kei and Yuri – Nozomi Cover Art – Episodes 10 – 13

Dirty Pair is regarded as one of the classic anime or, failing that, one of the key gateway anime for many fans in the late 80s and early 90s.

Despite being a fan, I’d never actually seen all of it[1], and I was very happy when Nozomi announced the remastered DVD release.

So, how does it stack up as a series now? Overall surprisingly well, and with quite a high rewatch value. Continue reading

Summer 2016 Round Up – Bits and Bobs

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I missed a few shows in the main round up post because I forgot, or they were late debuts.

The latest additions are:

  • Looking Forward To: 1
  • Probationary Watch List: 2
  • Dropped: 2

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The Penultimate Dirty Pair Episode Titles Polls

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In reverse order, here are all the polls for the best episode titles in the Dirty Pair TV series. I’ll leave these polls open until I get a reasonable number of votes in each poll, then do a run off.

Disc 6 had a fairly strong episode title game (the episodes themselves, not so much): Continue reading

Dirty Pair (1985): R-Really?! For Beautiful Women, “Canon” is the Keyword to Escape

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Kei and Yuri - Nozomi Cover Art - Episodes 23 - 26

Kei and Yuri – Nozomi Cover Art – Episodes 23 – 26

As series finales go R-Really?! For Beautiful Women, “Canon” is the Keyword to Escape is OK I guess. It has a suitably over the top episode title, some decent action, and the exploding volcano that we were denied in Nostalgic Blues Make a Killer Soundtrack.

Still, it all falls a bit flat overall. Amusing enough, but definitely not one of the better Dirty Pair episodes out there[1].

The episode begins with Kei getting caught raiding some cake Yuri left in the fridge. Yuri is unimpressed since the cakes from Blue Lagoon are special. The ensuing dust up sees Kei locked in the fridge for the rest of the night. Continue reading

Dirty Pair (1985): Eek! The Boy in the Manor is a Terminator

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Kei and Yuri - Nozomi Cover Art - Episodes 23 - 26

Kei and Yuri – Nozomi Cover Art – Episodes 23 – 26

Depending on how you look at it, Eek! The Boy in the Manor is a Terminator is either episode 25 of the Dirty Pair TV series, or episode 1 of the first Dirty Pair OAV series With Love From the Lovely Angels.

Either way, it isn’t very good[1], and I have to admit that the general quality of the Dirty Pair TV series was declining towards the end. Although I didn’t mention it, several of the recent episodes seemed to have lower animation quality/drawings, with an increase in Off Model images.

This may have contributed to these episodes being pulled from broadcast, particularly if the ratings had been dropping at the time. Continue reading

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