Tag: sirenvisual

Blu-ray Review: THE DEVIL IS A PART-TIMER Delivers Funny Anime-Fast-Food

(If you thought curly fries were the most twisted thing in fast food, think again...) This week, the hit anime The Devil is a Part-Timer will be released in Australia and New Zealand, courtesy of local distributor Siren Visual. Known...

DVD Review: Urasawa Naoki's MONSTER, Episodes 61-74 (End...)

(Does it take two headshots to finish off someone with a split personality?) To say I've been eagerly awaiting the fifth boxset of the Monster anime is an understatement. The fourth set ended with enough cliffhangers to break off an...

DVD Review: Urasawa Naoki's MONSTER, Episodes 46-60

(Being inconspicuous: you're doing it WRONG!) While I have yet to hold the last few discs in my hands, Australian distributor Siren Visual has stuck the landing and managed to get the anime Monster on DVD in its entirety. The...

DVD Review: Urasawa Naoki's MONSTER, Episodes 31-45

(We're past the halfway point already? Nooooooooooo...!) Australian distributor Siren Visual continues its release of the Monster anime unabated, and the third boxset, released last month, is the strongest one in quality so far. Despite sporting an IMDB-rating of...

DVD Review: Urasawa Naoki's MONSTER, Episodes 16-30

(Secret societies are all fun and games, until someone starts planning a genocide...) Last weekend, the whole world seemed to be watching marathon sessions of House of Cards when its second season arrived on Netflix. Not me though: I had...

DVD Review: Urasawa Naoki's MONSTER, Episodes 1-15

(To all the people who thought Hitler wasn't quite blond enough: wait until you see Johan...) A surgeon is on the run from the law for crimes he didn't commit, while hunting for the real murderer. Is this The Fugitive?...

DVD Review: MONONOKE Delivers Ghostly Thrills With Both Flash And Feeling

(Featuring that most mythical of creatures: a traveling salesman you should trust!) Back in 2007, Nakamura Kenji's horror anime series Mononoke -- not to be confused with Miyazaki Hayao's film Princess Mononoke -- was aired in Fuji TV's famous noitaminA...

DVD Review: HAKABA KITARO Offers Creepy Nostalgia

(This series sure doesn't make you want to poke your eye out.) In 2008, Fuji Television aired a very unusual eleven episode anime in their famed noitaminA slot. It was called Hakaba Kitaro, meaning "Graveyard Kitaro", the titular character of...

Blu-ray Review: MAWARU PENGUINDRUM (Second Half) Baffles While It Breaks Your Heart

(I always thought majorettes were kinda weird anyway...) Back in May, I reviewed the first half of the anime series Mawaru Penguindrum and was very, VERY positive about it. Those first twelve episodes tell the story of Himari, a young...

Blu-ray Review: MAWARU PENGUINDRUM Will Make You Dance To Its Beat!

(Insert Linux joke here...) Recently I lamented the general lack of originality in anime. Next thing I know, this series was dropped in my lap, making me eat my words. For Mawaru Penguindrum is not just original, it's beyond batshit...

DVD Review: FRACTALE, More Than Just A Pretty Anime-By-Numbers?

(Is it original, or an infinite spiral of repeated anime tropes?) Many recent Japanese animation series look good on the technical front, but seem to have trouble distinguishing themselves from the many series which came before them. It's always the...

Siren Visual Unleashes a MONSTER Anime On Australia

The German-set serial murder meets surgery psycho-twist anime series Monster has been acquired by Siren Visual for Australia.  It is in the early stages of being live-adapted by Guillermo Del Toro and HBO but you can see it in its...

Blu-ray Review: TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0 Is Tragedy Animated

Japan's psyche was deeply affected after the Fukushima catastrophe and the effects of this have been increasingly felt in a lot of post-trauma works of fiction since. However there's one work of fiction that aired only 18 months before the...

DVD Review: PRINCESS JELLYFISH Exhibits Other Kinds Of Otaku

(Me, I'm not an Otaku, I just collect stuff fanatically...) By now you just need to mention noitanimA and my ears will prick up. Over the past few years there have been so many interesting anime series aired in Fuji...

Siren Visual Releases The Complete Collection of Detective-Twist Anime UN-GO On Australian DVD

Un-Go is the latest from the team behind anime smash Full Metal Alchemist and operates on a completely different level, although retaining the signature clean and cool BONES animation. Twitch colleague Charles Webb covered the US BluRay release extensively in his excellent review, the...

DVD and Blu-ray Review: SHIKI Aims to Creep You Out With An Army of Bloodsuckers

(Brief description: it's like Stephen King's Salem's Lot done as an anime, but done BLOODY well!!) Both Funimation in the US and Siren Visual in Australia have recently released Shiki on Blu-ray and DVD. Here in Europe, Manga UK is...

DVD Review: THERMÆ ROMÆ, The Animæ.

(Are time-travelling hot-tubs a new general topic for comedies?) Before Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo broke records a few weeks back, the most successful Japanese film was Thermæ Romæ, a ribald and silly live-action comedy about bathing habits which...

DVD Review: BLACK ROCK SHOOTER Is Twee, Goth And Awesome

(Do Schoolgirls Dream of Apocalyptic Amazons?) For lovers of Japanese animation it pays to keep track of those series which are being broadcast in Fuji TV's famous noitaminA slot. In general these will be aimed at a more mature audience...

When Fans Cry: Waiting For The Second Half Of A Story

On these here pages of Twitch we've paid quite some attention to the Australian DVD release of the Japanese anime horror-thriller series When They Cry, with several reviews for both season one and season two. For good reason: When seen...

DVD REVIEW: All Good Things Have to End With... HIGURASHI NO NAKU KORONI KAI (WHEN THEY CRY SEASON 2 PART 2)

When They Cry is set in a small rural town that goes by the name of Hinamizawa. In it lives a group of students that laugh together, play together and brutally murder each other multiple times. An infamous curse and...