Re-direct to new site…six months later =(

•January 4, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Hi all. As many of you know we moved over to our new site back in January(yeah we’re really quick around here) so this site won’t be updated at all. Come back to read our reviews any time but in the meantime check out the new site:

www.eeeperschoice.com

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Episode 11: Misogynistic Love God Worship

•April 12, 2007 • 1 Comment

Air Gear (2006-Present)

by Oh! Great

Written and drawn by Ito Ōgure (under the pen name Oh! Great), this manga originally published by Kodansha in 2003 and is still ongoing. Currently bring published in the United States by Del Ray and by Tanoshimi in the UK, it tells the story of Minami Itsuki (Ikki for short) who is the undisputed leader of the fighting gang called “East Side Gunz.” However, his life changes in new, exciting and often painful ways when the AirTreck gang called Skull Saders beats to him into a pulp. Upon suitably recovering from his ordeal, he discovers that his adoptive sisters are in fact the famous rival AirTreck gang “Sleeping Forest.” Stealing a pair of their skates, he settles his score with the Skull Saders and becomes the newest contender to be AirTreck champion, a path that is destined to bring him joy and heartache….

They Were Eleven (1986)

Director: Satoshi Dezaki & Tsuneo Tominaga

Based on the 1975 manga by Moto Hagio, this film, originally with the Japanese title Jûichi-nin iru! and directed by Satoshi Dezaki and Tsuneo Tominaga, centres on the distant future. Mankind has gone to the stars and made peace with themselves and all other alien races in the galaxy. In order to help train the leaders of tomorrow the various races establish the Cosmo Academy. With rigorous testing levels only a handful applicants are selected every four years. Tada, an Esper from Terra, (that’s Earth to you and me) is one such person selected to make up a group of ten students.The ten applicants receive their final exam orders: Board the derelict ship Esperanza and function as a unit for a set amount of time. If they get into trouble that they cannot handle they can call for assistance. However, if they do then the whole group fails and will be rejected by the academy.

However when they arrive they discover that their number makes Eleven now. Worse still, events conspire to set every student against each other as they struggle to complete the test and discover who the impostor really is…

Birdy The Mighty(1996)

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri

Based on the manga by Yuuki Masami and produced by MADHOUSE under the auspices of director Yoshiaki Kawajiri. This two part OVA follows the unhappy exploits of Tsutomu as he encounters the interplanetary police officer Birdy Cephon Altirra as she attempts to apprehend a criminal. The meeting kills Tsutomu instantly meaning that the Intergalactic Federation ( what else would it be?) orders Birdy to merge with the unfortunate high-schooler in order to save him. Now the two must work together to solve the mystery of intergalactic criminal Christilla Levi AND make it to class on time. Add to that the fact that Tsutomu’s dad keeps seeing strange naked girls around the house and Tsutomu’s sisters’ wardrobe keeps disappearing then reappearing in a disheveled state……….

(Edit Note: Yeah I know we were supposed to leave our reviews for the titles above but we’re getting there. Another day or two,OK? )

Episode 10: Our Evil Spreads Show

•March 3, 2007 • Leave a Comment

CHICK FIGHT!

 

Project A-Ko (1986)

Director: Katsuhiko Nishijima

If you’ve never seen a parody anime then Project A-Ko may be just what you’re looking for. Born from a very successful hentai series called Cream Lemon (don’t ask) this title became something of an anomaly. Not a hentai, but not an serious film. not that you think of any of that when you’re watching it. From it’s opening shot of an asteroid/meteor streaking across the earth and obliterating a city to it’s deliberate wholesale ripping off of anime and manga conventions it’s intent is to provide entertainment, not answers. You want answers, say the creators? Watch Macross instead.

A-Ko and C-Ko

The story as neatly as I can make out is one of A-Ko (Eiko Magami) who transfers to Graviton High School in Graviton City with her best friend from kindergarden, C-Ko (Shiiko Kotobuki), but on her first day at her new school she runs afoul of the school spoiled madam B-Ko (Biko Daitokuji) who for some reason is fixated on C-Ko. C-Ko must be “her’s” whatever that implies. As C-Ko’s friend A-Ko defends her from B-Ko’s clutches time and again in the course of the film.

B-Ko when she’s pissed

Also playing alongside this story is the story of the Lepton Kingdom’s Alpha Cygnan space navy looking for their long lost princess in the depths of space. Captain Napolipolita is facing yet another of sixteen long years searching for their missing royalty when a call comes though from Operative DC138621-S113 but referred to by the codename “D” who has been observing the Earth and seems to have identified the lost princess after witnessing A-Ko and C-Ko racing by to be in time for school. Each time D tries to document the two girls daily trip, it usually ends with D being hospitalised on account of the fact that A-Ko can run at speeds approaching the supersonic. Napolipolita charges D with getting 100% accuracy so that they can retrieve the princess.

D’s hurt. Anyone wanna lend a hand?

Couple this story with the story already going on and mix into it the local defence force getting increasingly nervous that an alien attack fleet may or may not be approaching the planet and you have the basis of a riotous comedy of epic proportions. With it’s insane cast of heroic characters who you wouldn’t want to come to your rescue to it’s out and out send up and popular anime such as Harlock, Maison Ikkoku and Hokuto no Ken this title continues to impress me even after over ten years of viewing the film. When first watched I found the film to be very funny. Only after learning more about anime and otaku culture did the in-jokes become relevant. Such as this picture below. This shot can only be seen for a split second after A-Ko knocks down D and sends him flying. Again

Hidden joke in A-Ko the Movie

One of the back stories on the production of the original movie is that the scene in which B-Ko is bathing and thinking about how much she wants C-Ko. According to the production staff, this was the only scene to remain from when A-Ko was going to be a CL hentai, but when they revised the scene within the context of the new story any lesbian subtext on the part of B-Ko was excised. Still, it’s interesting to view the film within that frame of mind and seeing if that character trait makes better sense within the shell of the new story. Personally I’ve never believed the lesbian subtext within A-Ko so it’s never bothered me.

Also some of the designs of the earth defence forces look similar to stuff from Macross Plus and sure enough the animation director for A-Ko was Yuji Moriyama. Anyways if you can get over the fact that A-Ko is now over twenty years old then you’re in for something special. Just don’t expect Macross.

Gotta a Light?

Ninja Scroll (1993)

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri

Truly if there is divine justice then Ninja Scroll should be shown in film school. Not for any educational value, but for the adrenaline soaked action junkie fest that is. What happens when you give a Japanese anime director some money, production staff and no proviso’s? Well you’d get Ninja Scroll. And we should thank the foolish Japanese financiers for doing just that.

READY? FIGHT!!!!

This film takes it’s cue from the Futaro Yamada Kouga Ninja Scroll books. We have our hero Jubei Kibagami (who in turn is based on the real Japanese hero Yagyu Jubei) who is a lone ninja. He was a samurai at one point but betrayals within and without destroy the clan he was part of. Now he works for anyone who pays. At the same time the Mochizuki clan send it’s ninja team to investigate the nearby Shimoda village which has been blanketed by a plague. Unfortunately every guy in the team must have StarFleet security uniforms on because they get slaughtered wholesale.

Jubei taking the road rather than the bus

Note I said all the guys. That’s because the only girl on team, Kagero, is captured by the team killer, Tessai, who proceeds to try and “have his way” with Kagero. This is where Jubei comes in. With his help, Kagero escapes. From there he hooks up with a government agent called Dakuon who poisons Jubei and promises him the antidote if he will help him solve the mystery of the village and it’s “plague”. Together they met up with Kagero and the three enter the village area…..

Gemma wants to get closer to Jubei. Hospitalization Close.

Now to go any further with this would give away the whole plot. But with wicked fight scenes, nice punchy dialogue that does it job perfunctorily and great character designs Ninja Scroll won’t win any awards for original thinking but it’s a testing ground for new anime fans and a familiar place to be for existing ones too.

Eeeper’s Choice Show 04:The Cunning-Segway-Into-Peanuts Show Extra Shownotes and reviews

•August 25, 2006 • Leave a Comment

Hi guys! Here’s extra show notes and full reviews for the titles I’ve reviewed.

I’ve just got the remaining episodes of Jigoku Shoujo. I’ll let you know in next weeks show how the show turned out. As I haven’t seen the whole series yet I’m refraining from reviewing on this page. Instead I’ll wait till the next time and post it then. In the meantime here’s my written review of Sgt. Frog from TokyoPop

Title: Sgt. Frog (Keroro Gunso)

 

Author: Mine Yoshizaki

English Language Publisher: TokyoPop (UK/US)

Keroro Gunso was recommended to me by an online friend. I had heard about the title in respect of the anime. After collecting a few volumes of Love Hina I passed by volume one of Keroro. The artwork on the cover looked sharp and neat. I like neat. That’s why it takes me three weeks to clean up my bedroom. I’ve got a pet in here somewhere……

Sgt Frog (Keroro) and his team of five from the *ahem*”Space Invasion Force’s Special Advance Team of the 58th Planet of the Gamma Storm Cloud System” who have come to invade the planet Pekopen (Earth). The invasion seems to be working but before they can make their presence felt, the invasion force retreats, leaving Keroro and Co. behind. Discovered by Fuyuki and Natsumi Hinata in their home, he is forced to endure household tasks in order to be allowed to stay in the Hinata household. It never occurs to him that the Hinatas would never dream of turning him over to the government. As well as planning the conquering of Planet Pekopen, his great passion in life is Gundam model building. This was only done because the author is passionate about Gundam but when the anime adaptation was being planned Sunrise (people behind Gundam) wanted to do the animation. As a result the anime didn’t need to be changed to protect copyrights. He is joined (at least by vol.three) by Private Tamama (a mild mannered psychotic!?!) and Corporal Giroro (a Rambo type with an itchy trigger finger). There goes the prefecture.

 

But I digress. To say Keroro is manic is simplifying it. It does have a certain amount of fan service in it (Keroro spying on Natsumi, Aki Hinata (the mother)’s being well endowed and Natsumi (more on her later)) but the titles strength seems to lie in it not taking itself too seriously nor too funnily. It DOES have manga staples like the beach chapter and so on but in the three volumes I’ve read the title is paying off. Things like the chapter where Natsumi is turned into a grown up so that she can accompany the rest of the gang (minus Aki) to the beach are well done rather than being the usual crap. She has to wear her mothers clothing as she is, umm how should I say this, too big for her regular clothes. Now usually in manga something like the ageing ray would be used once and then never seen again. But Mine uses the ray gun again later in the volume when Aki has to impersonate Fuyuki.

 

Natsumi is at times the heroine and villain of the story. She sees through Keroro smokescreen of quiet behaviour to his true nature. His plans to take over the world are always undone by Natsumi. But she’s known as “The Devil” as she’s a bully in school and she’s a bully at home too. But she’s neither unlikable nor unlovable. She’s just FIRECE.

 

Fuyuki is a believer in all things unknown. So having an alien living in his home is a dream come true. Also he is a master at telling horror stories. Just read the chapter where the gang tell each other horror stories. Priceless.

 

Oh I should introduce the gang.

12 year old Momoko Nishizawa is a rich girl who likes Fuyuki. But she has a split personality in which the gentle Momoko likes Fuyuki and is shy and retiring. The other is a raging psycho who views everyone who gets close to Fuyuki as the Devil. She, quite rightly, takes care of Tamama.

 

Angol Moa:

Nostradamus predicted that the apocalypse would come. He just didn’t know the apocalypse would be a ditzy, scatterbrained girl. From outer space her family is good friends with Keroro. She calls him ‘Uncle’. Go figure.

 

The Ghost:

The spirit of a condemned girl who died in a former prison located on the Hinata’s property. She tries to scare people away but didn’t reckon on a space frog.

 

 

All in all, I like this title. It’s a guilty pleasure that passes the time on your way to work/school/college/uni/Judge Judy/whatever. Don’t expect rocket science from it but don’t think its Pokemon either.

 

Review by Eeeper.