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  1. Dai

    Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

    Appleseed (1988) I dug out my old VHS copy for this one. Manga Video promoted the hell out of this OAV circa 1995, and what a disappointment it was. I'd only been watching anime for a couple of years at that point, and every new tape I bought felt like a revelation, something that immersed me...
  2. Dai

    Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

    Witchblade The Witchblade anime is a story with an identity crisis. This might not be apparent from the early episodes, which follow a monster-of-the-week action formula. In order to make enough money to stay with her daughter, homeless young mother Masane does cleanup work for a shady...
  3. Dai

    The News Thread (for news that does not need a thread)

    It's weird that they consider it bad news for a story to get an ending. Too many manga just spiral on forever without going anywhere. And don't even get me started on the way anime has become a medium of story fragments.
  4. Dai

    What did you RECEIVE today? PHOTOS EDITION!

  5. Dai

    Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

    Heaven's Memo Pad This was a decent mystery series, but it stumbled in a couple of key places. For starters, some of the mysteries were too easy to figure out. The ideal time for the viewer to figure out a mystery is a few seconds before the protagonist, not two episodes before. The other...
  6. Dai

    What did you RECEIVE today? PHOTOS EDITION!

    Ginga is often considered one of the weakest Ultra shows, due to the limitations caused by its exceptionally low budget, so I hope it didn't put you off the franchise. You'll see a major uptick in the quality of effects and action direction from X onward. X is also tied with Nexus as one of my...
  7. Dai

    What did you RECEIVE today? PHOTOS EDITION!

    I freaked out a bit when I saw the back of the box for Witchblade stated it was only 12 episodes on 2 discs, but thankfully it's just a typo; the set has all 24 episodes (on 3 discs). Despite being an upscale, it's a massive improvement over the picture quality of the old US DVDs, since those...
  8. Dai

    If you need to watch something funny..

    Many of us have probably been driving less over the last year, so it's important to brush up on how to approach a roundabout correctly.
  9. Dai

    What did you RECEIVE today? PHOTOS EDITION!

    You received Dear Brother already?! I thought that wasn't out until the end of the month.
  10. Dai

    Do you collect any blurays other than anime?

    I have quite a lot of tokusatsu (mainly kaiju) movies, including all 33 live-action Godzilla movies on blu-ray. I also have loads of Hollywood SF and fantasy, some Disney Classics, and those Marvel and DC superhero movies that the normies like. My Doctor Who collection is mostly on DVD, aside...
  11. Dai

    In Memoriam: When DVDs become coasters

    I haven't really looked into those, so I'm not sure. I suspect the best solution might be a combination of a standard amaray case with a non-abrasive fabric inlay sitting between the disc's play side and the case to prevent any of that greasy film being transferred. I have no idea if pre-cut...
  12. Dai

    Rate the last anime you watched out of 10

    Gundam F91 This turned out pretty well, considering that it was originally meant to be a TV series and ended up being chopped down to a two-hour movie. The fingerprints of that origin are all over it, from the overwhelming number of characters thrown on screen with nary an introduction, to the...
  13. Dai

    Overseas The Discotek Media Thread

    I'll be buying them as soon as they're available. I ended up keeping my VHS copies of some of the movies due to some weird sound problems (possibly inverted audio) on the DVDs, so I've been waiting over a quarter of a century for a definitive upgrade. I can keep on waiting.
  14. Dai

    The Gundam Thread Gundam: Hathaway will be on Netflix from 1st July. It's unclear if that's internationally. It will be nice to see it so soon (if the UK is getting it), but there goes any chance of...
  15. Dai

    Upcoming UK Anime Blu-ray & DVD Artwork

    I'm increasingly unconvinced that any of the common storage types are good for optical discs in the long-term. The translucent plastic on amaray cases often 'sweats' a greasy film after a while, which I have to wipe off the play surface of discs sometimes. Matt black DVD cases don't seem to be...
  16. Dai

    The Gaming News Thread (for news that doesn't need a thread)

    watches trailer Ah, so that's what's going on inside a chunibyo's head.
  17. Dai

    What did you RECEIVE today? PHOTOS EDITION!

    At least one more than when you asked. MVM were truly committed to the concept of devilry with their Flowers of Evil release... the discs are stacked on top of each other. On the other hand, the release has excellent picture quality for standard definition.
  18. Dai

    Overseas The Discotek Media Thread

    I'm glad Orguss is getting a blu-ray release. After buying the first couple of volumes of the blink-and-you-miss-it ImaginAsian release (presented on the finest of DVD-Rs...), I never did get around to buying the Discotek one, and it seems to be out of print now. They were originally saying...