By Andrew Osmond
Should space be serious? It’s a question which worries Hollywood, because space operas become preposterous very easily; maybe it’s best to play them for laughs to be safe. Last year’s hit Guardians of the Galaxy was full of distanced, mixtape-scored knowingness. But any film with a talking racoon as a main character instantly disarms accusations of silliness. More recently, Jupiter Ascending was a dismal flop, with critics arguing the only way to enjoy it was as a camp comedy.
One interesting thing about Outlaw Star is that it blithely goes both ways, sometimes playing for straight space adventure, sometimes for ludicrous farce. Its hero is Gene Starwind, which sounds like the set-up for a joke, but Gene turns out to be a dimensional hero, with phobias and demons which he covers with bravado and a well-notched bedpost. Unlike the hero of the recent Space Dandy, Gene doesn’t need to frequent a joint called ‘Boobies’ to find pretty women!
As Neo magazine noted, Gene is a stereotypically cocky hero “…with abandonment issues and a fear of space flight. Let’s say that again; a space hero with a fear of space fight.” Even Gene’s main sidekick is interesting; a no-nonsense little boy, effectively a little brother who keeps Gene grounded. Rather than the anodyne space kids in Star Trek and the like, the character feels like a forerunner for Al in Fullmetal Alchemist a few years later. Continue Reading
.By Tom Smith.
The first series of Durarara!! was a journey through the madness of Ikebukuro’s backs streets. The bands fuelling its soundtrack were just as crazy and outlandish, and the second series is no different, not least because of chiptune-abusing electro-metallers THREE LIGHTS DOWN KINGS.
Thankfully, the relatively new band is also go by the much shorter “San-Eru” in Japan, meaning “3L” in English, so I’ll refer to them as that from here on out. The group joins Brit-rock inspired rockers OKAMOTO’S, who are London-bound for their first UK gig courtesy of JAPAN NIGHT on 10th July. Whilst OKAMOTO’S take care of the ace opening theme “HEADHUNT”, 3L take up responsibility for the bouncy ending song “NEVER SAY NEVER”. Continue Reading
NOTE: This post is directed to people who purchased Kill la Kill Part 3 at MCM London Comic Con: May 2015 specifically. The general release on 29th June will have not have this issue.
As has been previously mentioned, by the time MCM London Comic Con back in May came to a close it was discovered there was an issue with the rigid case component specific to the copies of Kill la Kill Part 3 that we had available during the event. (Despite the fact the sample we had signed off on before going into production being fine.) So we quarantined all other finished copies in our production house and made the decision to delay the general release of this until 29th June so the problem could be fixed.
We're happy to say we have an update on this as we now have the first wave of replacement rigid cases and these will be getting sent out next week!
We know some people expressed difficulty in being able to remove the digpack and book from the "tight" rigid case included with MCM copies, so we wanted to show what we feel is the best and most effective method for getting them out. Please see the video below. Continue Reading
By Anthony Thomas
It’s time for a brief lesson in Japanese language, mythology and classic punk music courtesy of Tiger & Bunny closers Aobozu! This four-piece rock band, who supply the fun series’ first ending theme Hoshi no Sumika, are named after a ghostly figure from ancient Japanese folklore – kind of.
Way back in 1999 the boys started out by forming a cover band of their punk rock idols The Blue Hearts, a legendary band that I recommend anyone with an interest in Japanese rock and roll music to listen to (here’s a link). In true tribute band fashion, they decided to pick a name that’s almost the same as their idols, but ever so slightly different. So, in Japanese, The Blue Hearts is spelt ‘Za Buru Haatsu’, and they decided to call themselves ‘Za Buru Bozu’ – The Blue Monk.
The Blue Bozu name was partly inspired by another Japanese legend, this one slightly more unnerving than a Japanese bloke filled with punk spirit, shouting down a microphone; it was inspired by the tale of Aobozu (literally, the blue monk). Continue Reading
It's the time for the latest edition of our Newswire featuring updates on Sword Art Online II: Part 1, Tokyo Ghoul, Space Dandy and more! Read on below for details.
~ First of all, a quick reminder that our next releases are Kill la Kill Part 3 and Tiger & Bunny: The Rising, both on 29th June. Only a couple of weeks away now.
~ Following us sharing initial visuals of Sword Art Online II: Part 1 Collector's Edition last week we have a small update on that for you. Below is an updated visual of how the Collector's Box (that comes with Part 1) will look. The main difference being that in our visual last week there was a black border around it.
We'd also like to take a moment to highlight that the Collector's Box is strictly limited to the first print run of this title. Now to clarify, no matter where you pre-order Sword Art Online II: Part 1 Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi you will receive the Collector's Box, but there is a strict number of how many will be available following it's release.
~ Speaking of visual for our upcoming titles, late last week revealed the initial visual (see below) for our Collector's Edition Blu-ray version of Tokyo Ghoul, coming in September. Continue Reading