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New Anime Series: Haiyore Nyariko

First Episode Review for: Haiyore Nyariko

Summary : Well basically all the gods of the Cthulhu Mythos are actually aliens and some of them are good guys (space cops) and are living on earth disguised as cute teenage girls, GOD I LOVE ANIME!!

Animation : A great mix of styles from a acceptable plain cell style to a seriously detailed dark style (hence the 2 screen shots)

Plot Potential: I don’t care if it has a plot (which is Lucky as I cant see any sign of one), as I’m to busy trying to follow all the ‘in jokes’ regarding Lovecraft’s works and RPG’s

Characters: The characters have diddly squat to do with their Lovecraft originals, and this is far more a re skinned “alien girl comes to earth” than anything else

Music: Nothing to speak off, I cant even remember the opening theme and its only 10 mins into the anime!

Reminds me of: To Love-Ru feels just about the same

Overall: I had been really looking forward to a Lovecraft themed anime, and was disappointed when the terrible flash style version Haiyore! Nyaruko-san came out
, this is the anime I was really waiting for and it is very happily received, though I’m sure that a pure lover of H.P. Lovecraft’s works would be rolling in their grave

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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series: Ginga-e-Kickoff

First Episode Review for: Ginga-e-Kickoff

Summary : A lad who loves Football (soccer) but can’t play it for toffee is the last person on a dissolved team and starts the hunt to make a new team.

Animation : Slightly washed out single tone cell animation, nothing partially wrong with it but a bit “low rent”

Plot Potential: This looks like another underdogs rise to meet the challenge job,

Characters: Strangely enough given that I was not enjoying this anine (I hate football), the characters were not that bad, the main character was the weakest of them

Music: The opening theme was quite rousing, with low key stirring music in the back ground throughout

Reminds me of: A much naffer (or comedy version) of Knight in the Area

Overall: I made it though this anime teeth gritted, there is nothing hugely wrong in it, but the subject matter combined with the lack of anything outstanding makes it in my opinion one to miss


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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series: Folktales from japan

First Episode Review for: Folktales from japan

Summary : As you may have guessed from the title this anime is a series of retellings of traditional Japanese folk tales.

Animation : Very basic, a certain simplistic charm but obviously designed for young children

Plot Potential: 3 short tales for each episode very much in the vein of Aesop’s fables, although Japan REALLY has it in for bad neighbours, really REALLY!!

Characters: I cant really pass judgements on traditional characters that are there to relate the point of a tale rather than entertain us, characters tend to be very polar either completely good or completely bad

Music: Snippets of traditional music and a couple of kiddies tunes for closing, nothing that gets on the nerves.

Reminds me of: Nope this is fairly unique on me, i vaguely remember an 80’s anime about history that might come close but I can find its name

Overall: These were really quite fun to watch, quite fascinating in fact and I suspect gave a bit of low brow cultural background to the normal stuff I watch, very much recommend.


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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series: Jewel Pet Deco

First Episode Review for: Jewel Pet Deco

Summary : The Jewel Pets are back for their 4th go, this time they seem to be saving the world with the help of a teenage super team

Animation : Bright single tone cell animation, but they have gone overboard with the sparkly effects, but I can only guess that given the reception from the rest of the flat that this is a good thing

Plot Potential: WTF! This makes even less sense than the normal Jewel Pet series, no plot continuity from the other series, so just treat it as a fresh start and enjoy it.

Characters: Core characters remain the same but the look and history of everything else has been changed, however the amazing and hysterical scripts continue, I don’t know if its the original or a gifted set of translators but let it continue.

Music: bouncy bouncy (dance like a 8 year old)

Reminds me of: All the other JewelPet shows but most of all JewelPet Sunshine

Overall: The lowest of low stress anime, if you’re feeling down put this on in the background!


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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

Review of Vx Shop

Since becoming a vegetarian and more recently a vegan I have probably eaten in a more healthy fashion than at any time in the last 20 years. When you’re a vegan you can obviously make good food for yourself at home any time, and there are lots of good veggie health food places to shop or eat in London, but sometimes you just want a hot dog or a mouthful of biscuits or generally some junk food.

Thankfully there is a place in London that fills that need, its Vx or SSOV (Secret Society of Vegans): It’s a shop that occupies the “oh F**K isn’t there a proper vegan version of that” area of the market. I go there every weekend to get both the interesting core of my week’s food as well as the treats that you simply can’t get elsewhere. I’m talking about vegan marshmallows, doner kebab meat, cheesecake and proper vegan cheese that actually bloody melts for amazing pizza, all the stuff you can’t seem to find in the more specialist food shops. While a number of vegan products like cheese and ‘meats’ can be found in other grocery shops around London, Vx seems to stock the best tried and tested versions out there, which makes sense seeing as the owner is vegan himself.

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In addition to that, the shop provides shoes, clothes, pet food, cakes and pasties, with more of an urban feel than a hippy one. It’s owner is both very open-minded to new products and suggestions and very very careful that all the products he sells are truly vegan, which makes shopping there a blessed relief in this day and age when product ingredients are sometimes not listed clearly and sometimes they seem to change each week depending on third line suppliers.

The shop is quite small physically but don’t let that stop you going each week, as it’s crammed with a large variety of things and the stock changes rapidly as new products come out from the various suppliers so there is always something new to try (that’s my excuse for going to get one of the ace hot dogs and I’m sticking to it!!!)

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There is also a webshop and they update their Twitter and Facebook meticulously, both with things such as opening hours, as well as new stock or cupcake flavour of the day etc.


One final thing, the shop is located only 4 mins walk from Kings Cross so if you are waiting for a train you can actually get something nice to each for a change!!

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Old Comments

hm(25/07/2012 09:45:46 GDT)

AWESOME!!

New Anime Series: Eureka Seven AO

First Episode Review for: Eureka Seven AO

Summary : Part of the ongoing Eureka Seven Mecha series, unsurprising an accident happens with a stolen Mecha near a young boy. (who somehow survives instead being brained by chunks of flying concrete)

Animation : Excellent quality throughout with good shading and attention to detail in the backgrounds, top mark especially on the electric effects (an often overlooked feature)

Plot Potential: This initially triggered my “oh no not again!” when the “accident” happened to the teenage kid, hopping they can do something fresh with it.

Characters: All stock so far, not a single original characters (although the sheer cowardice of the people who caused the accident was impressive), but given the obvious effort they have put into it I will give them time

Music: Faily strong dramatic music, heavy on the piano and sonic style effects.

Reminds me of: Eureka Seven

Overall: I’m not a huge Mecha fan, as they tend to struggle with new plot lines, but the visuals of this anime alone make it worth seeing.


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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series: AKB0048

First Episode Review for: AKB0048

Summary : Set in a world where Entertainment is outlawed (work work you devils) and Idol concerts are run by high tech gorilla groups, a group of young fans aspire to be just like their heroes.

Animation : Good quality cell, mixed with very high quality computer and amazing quality backgrounds.

Plot Potential: If they get this right, then it will be a fab plot. its certainly quite original for an anime.

Characters: For what is basically an Idol anime, there is a lot of personal strife and angst which gives a sense of purpose over and above what is normal for this kind of series.

Music: Lots of nice idol tunes, lets see if they can maintain the standard.

Reminds me of: Sakura wars.

Overall: Normally Idol anime are background only, but this one held my attention and I will be watching to see how things progress, recommended.


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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series: Acchi Kocchi

First Episode Review for: Acchi Kocchi

Summary : Day to day life at a school and one girls secret love for an oblivious boy (every one else knows about it though).

Animation : Really bright with strong colour blocks , backgrounds look a bit “stock”, but as its not an anime that in any way is meant to be relaistic , it’s nice and watchable

Plot Potential: Cutesy school love, not much plot

Characters: very one dimensional, completely flat, the script made out of stock phrase, feels a bit like Japanese stand up comedy.

Music: Bouncy poppy, but they lost the plot with the lyrics on the opening song

Reminds me of: Lucky Star but a bit more serious

Overall: This is a low stress background anime, not bad, but it wont go down in history for much.


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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series: Accel World

First Episode Review for: Accel World

Summary : A social out caste at a school (mentally as well and physically) who’s only ability lies in the virtual world that is an every day part of school, is taken under the wing of a popular girl and introduced to “acceleration world” which lets him bring those virtual skills to the real world, but is there a dark side to this gift?

Animation : A strange style, sort of computer generated crayon, not sure it would go well in a lot of anime but with this subject matter it goes very very well

Plot Potential: Pulling the plot down to bare basics does not give me much hope, but it seems to have been perfectly implemented, which prenty of growth all round

Characters: The main character is a BIT tooo wimpy for my taste (needed a good slap), but the other characters were all done well, and despite only speaking about two words of Japanese the quality of the voice actors felt rich and vibrant.

Music: good general background music and a powerful end tune

Reminds me of: hmmm nothing springs to mind, lets say a mecha/tec version of yu yu hakusho

Overall: A excellent start to the new Anime season, and definitely on my repeat list


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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

New Anime Series: Black Star/Rock Shooter the Series

First Episode Review for: Black Star/Rock Shooter the Series

Summary : Girls in a normal high school have alter egos in a dark and sinister dimension that battle it out to determine the hearts of the girls in our world

Animation : The animation is mixed, the real world is just ordinary quality, but they have kept Black Star’s world up to the amazing quality of the original OAV (with an extra watercolour feel)

Plot Potential: I know this is at heart only another alternative personality in an alternative world anime, but it just feels as if its more going for it than normal

Characters: Oddly enough this might be the animes week spot, the good guys are a bit shallow, the bad guys more than make up for that (the girl in the wheel chair nearly made me hide behaind the sofa)

Music: A lot of piano tootling, but good rocking tunes to go with it

Reminds me of: hmm tough one, I think it’s going to be a somewhere between Angel Beats and Rozen Maiden

Overall: I have been waiting for this series to start for ages, and it really does not disappoint, its flipping awesome


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Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

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