Review: Patlabor – The OVAs (U.K. DVD)(originally published in MYM Magazine #20 December 2013)

For the last few years I have been writing reviews (mostly anime, some live-action) for U.K. print mag MYM Magzine. What follows is the text of the submitted draft reviewing MVM's U.K. blu-ray release of classic SF cop/mech show Patlabor. To read the final version as edited by David Axbey please buy back issue #20 of the magazine. Title: Patlabor: OVA Series 1 The Early Days Collection Out: 18th November 2013 From: MVM On: DVD; also on Blu-ray Price: £24.99 (Blu-ray also £24.99) Rating: PG Stars Out of Five: Four Standfirst: The classic 1989 mecha...

Review: Perfect Blue (U.K. BD)(originally published in MYM Issue #19 November 2013)

For the last few years I have been writing reviews (mostly anime, some live-action) for U.K. print mag MYM Magzine. What follows is the text of the submitted draft for my third commission back in 2013, reviewing the Anime Limited U.K. blu-ray release of feature Perfect Blue.  To read the final version as edited by David Axbey please buy back issue #19 of the magazine. Title:  Perfect Blue Out:  30th September 2013 From: Anime Limited On: Blu-ray/DVD combi pack, also DVD only Price:  £xx.xx (DVD £xx.xx) Rating: 18 Stars Out of Five:  Five (Two if you think anime should only be...

Review: Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (U.K. BD)(originally published in MYM Magazine Issue #18 October 2013)

For the last few years I have been writing reviews (mostly anime, some live-action) for U.K. print mag MYM Magzine. What follows is the text of the submitted draft for my second commission back in 2013, reviewing the Manga U.K. blu-ray release of feature  Fate/Stay Night:  Unlimited Blade Works.  To read the final version as edited by David Axbey please buy back issue #18 of the magazine. Title:  Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Out:  30th September 2013 From: Manga Entertainment UK On: Blu-ray Price:  £24.99 (DVD £14.99) Rating: 15 Stars Out of Five:  Three (Four if you’re a Fate/Stay fan) Standfirst:...

Review: Hellsing Ultimate Vol.1-4 (U.K. Blu-ray)(originally published in MYM Issue #17, August 2013)

For the last few years I have been writing reviews (mostly anime, some live-action) for U.K. print mag MYM Magzine. What follows is the text of the submitted draft for my first commission back in 2013, reviewing the Manga U.K. blu-ray relese of  Hellsing Ultimate OVAs 1-4.  To read the final version as edited by David Axbey please buy back issue #17 of the magazine. Title:  Hellsing Ultimate 1-4 Out:  29th July 2013 From: Manga Entertainment UK On: Blu-ray Price:  £34.99 (DVD £24.99) Rating: 18 Stars Out of Five:  Two Standfirst:  Vampires, Nazis and BLOOD EVERYWHERE Body Copy With this...

Retro Review: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (as first published in Geeky Monkey #2)

I’ve been fortunate to have become a regular columnist for new U.K. print mag Geeky Monkey, whose third issue is now on the shelves. What follows is the text of the submitted draft of the Retro Review column for second issue, about The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai.  To read the final version as edited by Miles Guttery please buy Issue 2 of the magazine. If there was one major problem with most heroes Hollywood offered geeks in the eighties, it’s that too many of them were musclebound lunkheads full of brawn but no brains, only low animal cunning....

Retro Review: The Last Starfighter (first published in Geeky Monkey #1)

I've been fortunate to have become a regular columnist for new U.K. print mag Geeky Monkey, whose second issue has been on the shelves for a while and third is imminent. What follows is the text of the submitted draft of the Retro Review column for first issue, about The Last Starfighter.  To read the final version as edited by Miles Guttery please buy Issue 1 of the magazine, which went on sale 24th September. As the 21st century rolls on, aging nerds are finding their haze of nostalgia for some classics wiped away by high definition...

The Hunger Games/Battle Royale Fallacy (first published on the Manga UK Blog)

With the final film in the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' excellent Hunger Games out in U.K. cinemas this weekend, here's the article I wrote for the Manga UK Blog ahead of the release of the first film in the series. It was commissioned under the heading "Hunger Games vs. Battle Royale", then published as "Battle Royale With Cheese", which seems to have disappeared from the current version visible online here. Follow the link to the final published version edited by Dr. Jonathan Clements, and compare to my submitted draft below. U.S. Young Adult fiction phenomenon The Hunger...