Well, it’s 2014 already but we wanted to remember this past year by pointing out the men and women who have helped contribute to this site.
We speak of those brave few who dared to review television series, movies, and independent features. We’d like to thank all of those who stood up and shouted out their opinions and thoughts loud and proud. But there were a special few who went above and beyond the call of duty and so we’d like to highlight our best and brightest by recognizing them and their selfless work.
First up is CherryBomb, our SuperReviewer! She’s been around the site since 2010 and is a major forum contributor, fashionista, and blogger. She’s contributed quite a few reviews in the past and even though her numbers have dropped slightly this past year, with only 10 reviews; we expect that she’ll stick around to post some more for 2014.
She’s a very broad minded reviewer who is a true professional who breaks down each film into good and bad parts and an objective summation of it all. Congratulations Cherry!
Excessive tweeter, blogger, and occasional writer of stuff, jackanderson is one of our Super Reviewers for 2013, having contributed no less than 11 reviews. His reviews are long, rambling page of plot summaries interspaced with his personal thoughts and details about what was good or bad about each movie as it progresses. He’s also one of Screened’s biggest bloggers too and maintains his own Twitter @CallumPetch.
Active since 2010, VioletEyedDragon is one of our most highest ranking members with a massive amount of forum posts and spends most of his time selflessly expanding our wiki pages in vast detail. Even with all that going on, he still found the time to post 14 reviews throughout 2013, making him one of our Super Reviewers! He loves crafting beautiful reviews peppered with images interspaced with his prose about the facts, flaws, and good points to each movie along with comparisons to other films.
One of Screened’s Staff Members, Mitch is a bit of a quiet sort but even so, he’s managed to post 16 movie reviews earlier this year when he isn’t contributing to ShowBuzzDaily, making him one of our Super Reviewers. He appears to be concentrating on that and has been somewhat less active lately but we hope that he’s still around to express his professional opinion on films.
Mitch is a very detailed reviewer who meticulously breaks down each movie and even details a lot of background information behind each and every film. Otherwise, he is a fairly easy going and generous reviewer who rarely gives too low ratings for his reviews.
One of our Champion Reviewers with 22 reviews to his credit this year; TheLawnWrangler has been around since 2010 and is an inveterate blogger with long, detailed, and massive blogs. Much like his blogs, his reviews are massively detailed and complex where he picks apart each film and gives us the nitty gritty.
Self proclaimed movie fan and future ruler of the world, MrMazz is one of our site’s Mods and when he’s not plotting world conquest, he managed to post 25 reviews on Screened this year, making him a Champion Reviewer! For his tireless effort, he’s earned our undying appreciation although we demand to know just what his views on taxation and medical insurance are first. For his reviews, Mazz gives detailed information and his blunt viewpoints interspaced with his interpersonal thoughts about each movie and where it right and where it went wrong.
A fairly recent addition to Screened having just joined in 2012, biggest_loser is one of our Top Reviewers for 2013. A passionate reviewer with an awesome 50 reviews, he has a poetic way of describing characters. He’s a reviewer who picks out key scenes, characters, and actors in addition to talking about major trends and ambiance of the movie.
Our second Top Reviewer is SnowyMountain who just joined in 2012 but already has made an impressive benchmark this year with 83 reviews. He has a wide range of interests including sci-fi, fantasy, and anime but he’s especially fanatical about superheroes which compose most of his reviews.
As a reviewer, he’s very interpersonal with his comments and likes to bring his experiences of watching the shows as well being blunt, straight forward, and getting to the point quickly. He’s known to point out the flaws in a movie such as music, special effects, or voice acting and break them down.
Worst Shows Reviewed in 2013
And last but certainly not least is our greatest Top Reviewer! None other than the Man With An Opinion on Everything! Despite having only joined in 2010, etragedy is a major contributor to the reviews on Screened. The man is a machine, providing prolific reviews on not just major films but also independents, documentaries, foreign, and art films. In this year alone, he wrote 161 Reviews! He writes short reviews with key points in his conclusion, talks about trends in movies, and is an avid reviewer who engages with the reader. Many thanks etragedy for helping expand Screened.
Inspired by Taka's Top Anime Vice Reviewers of 2013, SnowyMountain asked Taka and Acura to team up to do the same project for Screened.
Note: The spacing for the bullets are messed up because posting from Gdocs with fonts cause the coding in Screened to mess up. I'll take care of the excess bullet spacing at the end of the day.
Hello everyone, Sentai Filmworks just announced shows that they have acquired. Check out this list to see if your favorite anime got picked up.
I might not be able to finish this list or anything. It's for the site. Just trying to promote industry news.
For Amnesia, Samurai Bride, and other future anime shows that have an English dub, there may or not be a dub trailer due to availability. I will try to post every dub trailer news in this community.
When the heroine regains consciousness in an unfamiliar place, she has suddenly lost all memories of everything that happened before August 1. What is this place, and what was she doing there? Who is she, and what sort of life had she lived?
Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat
It is said that a stony cat standing in a hill can make our dream come true. Asking for their wishes, the protagonists come to a hill and ask for their wishes to the cat. Then, for some reason or other, a high school boy loses the face he wears in public and his nickname becomes a pervert prince. A cute girl is deprived of her true feelings... The cat makes mischief to their relationship better and worse. What will become of them?
Dog & Scissors
One day, Harumi Kazuhito was killed in a robbery. However, his fascination with books allowed him to miraculously come back to life - as a dachshund dog. As he lamented his loss of ability to read books, before him appeared a sadistic woman, Natsuno Kirihime, who used scissors as a lethal weapon. But, not only can she hear Kazuhito's thoughts as a dog - she also happens to be a novelist he was a huge fan of. What is to become of this dog's life?
Zettai Boei Leviathan
There lands of Aquafall were a paradise, where water flowed freely, the hills were covered with lush vegetation and life in all forms flourished in peace and abundance. But that was before the meteors began to fall, each impact spawning new, hideous monsters, until it soon became clear that there were others who wanted to claim the entire green world for themselves. An enemy that would not stop until all opposition had been vanquished. Fortunately, the fairy Syrup was on guard and knew exactly what to do. Working quickly, she began to recruit an extraordinary team of young women to form the base of the Aquafall Defense Force: the incredibly strong Jormungandr, the extravagant Bahamut and the stoic Leviathan. But can three girls, alone, really turn the tide of an alien invasion? They can when each of the ladies in question is also a member of a Dragon Clan, and when it comes to fighting tooth, nail and claw, the invaders have just met their match! Get ready for the ultimate monster showdown as alien takes on dragon while the scales of fate hang in the balance in LEVIATHAN ~ THE LAST DEFENSE!
Fifteen years have passed since the war between humans and demons began. The human army that charged through the gate into the demon world managed to take one of the demon clan's vital strongholds, but left an opening for the demon clan to occupy part of the humans' territory. Frequent skirmishes between humans and demons in the intensely cold southern kingdoms have caused everyone much suffering and confusion.
Some guys wait their entire life to meet the girl of their dreams, but high school freshman Rihito is already living with FOUR of them! And they're (almost) always ready and willing to help him with whatever difficult task their "Master" needs to be handled. So, how did Rihito get to be so lucky? Well, while Hina, Ann, Ines and Rene may not be exactly high maintenance, Rihito does have to make sure that they're lubricated regularly and their batteries are recharged. That's because they're Shinki: tiny, six-inch high, customizable androids. But don't let their tiny size fool you. These little ladies have more than full-size intelligence and emotions, and since each one would prefer to be Rihito's favorite, there's sure to be a little mechanical friction! Get ready for sparks to fly as these battery powered princesses take charge of Rihito's world in BUSOU SHINKI!
Things seemed to be going so well for Muneakira Yagyu. On top of dealing with Jubei, the immortal samurai warrior who fell out of the sky and into his arms and lips, he used his ability to awaken the latent power of a female samurai with a kiss to successfully juggle a handful of very powerful, very female master samurai, AND led them all to victory against the minion of a great evil. So was it too much to ask for a little break in the routine of saving Japan? Apparently it was, as another great evil has appeared in the land, this one even stronger than the last. However, that's the LEAST of Muneakira's problems, because with all the women he's kissed in order to awaken their latent samurai powers, the inevitable has finally happened. Someone's taking the long walk down the aisle with a samurai girl! It's going to be a REALLY old fashioned wedding and any resistance by the groom will be totally feudal in SAMURAI BRIDE!
Welcome everyone to the last week of February's manga releases! This week's manga catalog for North America is light.
Luckily, I have read both Blood-C and Fairy Tail.
For Blood-C, if you love vampires, gore, and butt kicking gals, this manga is for you. I only read the first 2 volumes of Blood-C, so I can't really say much without spoilers.
For Fairy Tail, it's one of my personal favorite Shonen manga. If you don't mind the over usage of Nakama and lots of fan service, this manga is for you. Fairy Tail has fairly short fights and story arcs. It's easy to get in. For you guys and gals who are looking for a serious Shonen manga, Fairy Tail isn't for you. Fairy Tail is a light hearted series.
Please enjoy the releases we have this week. All comments are welcome.
Note: I forgot to include Blood-C last week. I was overwhelmed by college studies. It was released on Feb. 19.
Disclaimer: I'm not selling manga to you guys and gals. This blog is to promote the manga industry by getting you guys and gals to support the official release.
Sources: All plot summaries and data are from ANN's Manga Releases page. Plus, I stole some English covers from PikaHyper, a great mod from Comic Vine. He probably knows I do.
|Blood-C Volume 3|
As the ruse of her small-town life comes crashing down around her, Saya Kisaragi uncovers the mastermind behind a huge plan to deceive and test her! Katanas clash in this vampire-battling saga, taking the story right up to events in Blood-C: The Last Dark!
|Fairy Tail Volume 35|
When Minerva of Saber Tooth sadistically thrashes Lucy to within an inch of her life, Fairy Tail vows vengeance! Their chance comes at the climax of the fourth day's events. It's Natsu and Gajeel vs. Sting and Rogue, the old dragon slayers against the new! Can the stadium contain the sheer power of these wizards' fire and iron?
I haven't tried any other anime on this list except for K. I haven't finished K. K is known for having one of the best visuals; however, the heavy blue hue and colors can be distracting. It's a good anime series if you like gangs with superpowers and a mystery murder case. The series builds its characters based on their pasts, and the secrets behind the mystery murder case all comes full circle. That's what I heard.
I would love to hear your recommendations on these series. All comments are welcome. Thank you.
Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release.
|Appleseed XIII: Tartaros & Ouranos (DVD)|
In the wake of destruction from a worldwide non-nuclear war, the city of Olympus has become the control center of the world. As humanity adopts biological enhancements in attempts to achieve perfection, a terrorist organization uprises to prevent what could be the eventual extinction of the human race. Two former LAPD SWAT members join a special mech-piloting, military force to take down the leader of the terrorist organization.
|Blast of Tempest - Complete 2nd Season (Sub.DVD)|
A month has passed since the showdown at Mt. Fuji, but the world is once again thrown into chaos with the appearance of the "Mage of Exodus." In order to discover the truth behind Aika's murder, Hakaze decides to return to the past. There, she meets Aika and is told something completely unexpected. If everything happens for a reason, is Aika's unfortunate death actually a blessing in disguise? All the puzzle pieces finally come together to reveal the shocking truth! Contains episodes 13-24 plus a 16-page booklet and a reversible mini-poster.
|Dallos - Complete OVA Series (Sub.DVD)|
Shun Nonomura is a young man out of Monopolis, a sprawling miner's colony on the lunar surface. His people mine helium-3 and other essentials for Earth, but in the late 21st century, Earth's resources are depleted and the planetary government has resorted to authoritarian rule to get what they want. As the put-upon miners - including Shun's own family and friends - start to organize a revolt, they come under attack from Earth's new lunar commander: Alex Rigel, a military man unafraid to use force to put down the uprising. As Shun's idealism and Alex's chilly pragmatism clash, Monopolis is thrown into chaos. The last, best hope for victory lies within a mysterious alien artifact that the lunarians worship as a god: Dallos!
Contains OVA episodes 1-4.
|Di Gi Charat: Winter Garden (special) (Sub.DVD)|
Things have changed a bit for Dejiko, the alien princess who came to Earth to become a famous idol singer. She's grown up and her teens are practically a memory, though her sidekick Puchiko still has a few years to go before becoming an official "adult." They don't wear their cat ears anymore, and the affectation of sticking nyo or nyu on their sentences got old along the way as well. And the game store? That's in the past as well. Instead of cooking up mischief, Dejiko works in a local bakery. And yet, there's still something strange and mystical about her. But will that be enough to draw the attention of a handsome young man she first accidentally encounters in the park? It had better be, because Di Gi Charat is about to discover the most powerful Earth magic of all. Love hits Dejiko and it's going to hit her hard, as the original saga concludes in Di Gi Charat: Winter Garden
|Mighty Space Miners (DVD)|
When disaster strikes an asteroid mining colony, who can the trapped miners call? No one! That's why only the bravest and most resourceful of individuals can ever become space miners, the hardworking pilots, scientists, and technicians who keep Earth supplied with priceless metals and isotopes from deep-space asteroid mines in the year 2060.
When a military satellite triggers a catastrophic disaster, the colonists must cope with a world turned literally inside out with a nuclear reactor that theatens to turn the entire asteroid into a miniature sun in a matter of hours!
|K - Complete Collection (DVD)|
K introduces viewers to Shiro, an easygoing teenager content with just being a student – until his seemingly perfect life is suddenly halted when a bloodthirsty clan, glowing red with fire, attempts to kill him in the streets. Unbeknownst to Shiro, he is suspected of murdering a member of their clan and will need a miracle to escape their vengeance. Miraculously, a young man named Kuroh Yatogami swings in and aids Shiro in his getaway, only to reveal afterward he's also after Shiro's life. Now a hunted man, Shiro will have to evade the clans of seven powerful kings and desperately try to prove his innocence – before it’s too late!
Special Features: Clean Openings & Endings, K Events - U.S Convention Highlights, K Trailers, More from VIZ!
|Lily C.A.T. (DVD)|
2264 A.D.: The Starship Saldes is sent into deep space to explore a newly discovered planet. The journey will take twenty years. The Saldes' crew of thirteen, mixing experienced space jockeys with eager but naive scientists, are prepared for anything - except an unseen alien invader with an insatiable appetite and the ominous force that takes over the ship's controls. The voyage becomes a grim struggle for survival in a vessel which has become a coffin orbiting the paradise world which was to be its destination.
|Love, Election & Chocolate - Complete Collection (Sub. Blu-Ray)|
In Japan, participation in extra-curricular activities is as fundamental a part of an education as chalk and gym shorts. However not all students are overachievers, and for those like Yuki Ojima, groups like the Food Research Club are welcome havens in which to slack-off. But what's a slacker to do when the radical new candidate for Student Council president announces her intent to get rid of clubs like the FRC? Well, getting the help of the current Student Council president is a good start, but HIS suggestion is so counter-intuitive that it's crazy: Yuki's going to run for the Student Council himself! And yet, it's SO crazy that it just might work. Especially when Chisato, the chocolate-adverse president of the FRC, not to mention Yuki's best childhood friend, and members of other targeted school clubs start to join the swelling FRC army. But can this army of goofs and goof-offs coast all the way to political victory? Or will someone have to step up to the plate and take one for the term? They may savor victory, they may taste defeat, but you're certain to eat up LOVE, ELECTION AND CHOCOLATE!
|Love Election & Chocolate - Complete Collection (Sub. DVD)|
|Star Blazers 2199|
The year is 2199. Mother Earth is on the verge of breathing her last. Earth has been rendered a dead world by meteor bombs launched by Gamilas, a mysterious interstellar state. The time left to humanity, which has fled into underground cities, is a mere year.
Mankind's final hope is the Yamato, which rests off of Kyushu's Cape Bonomisaki - the Space Battleship Yamato! Believing in a message of salvation sent from the distant depths of the galaxy, the Yamato now sets sail with a young crew under the command of Captain Okita! Contains episodes 1-4: Messenger from Iscandar Our Destination is the Sea of Stars Escape From Jupiter Space Gravestone on the Ice Field
Welcome to the Fairy Tail review! I'm Takashichea (Taka for short) who is a big Fairy Tail fan and wiki editor. There are so much content in Fairy Tail, so I decide to review the last parts of Fairy Tail because it's fresh in my head. Since this review is for the Anime Vice's Write A Review & You Could Win A Copy of FAIRY TAIL! contest, I have to set it up like a burrito.
Some of these ingredients are fantastic, and these make Fairy Tail enjoyable. The unique part about Fairy Tail's Time Skip was that it did a 7 years skip, but the main characters along with a few supporting characters didn't age. Compared to Bleach, Naruto, and One Piece, everyone had aged. The Grand Magic Games/ Tournament arc in Fairy Tail may seem a cliche arc you see in most Battle Shonen series. For Fairy Tail, it had build up the characters to this point where you want to root for your favorites and new characters. For the filler arc, it's has some good parts and bad. Overall, it wasn't exciting as the tournament arc. When you hit the filler arc, you may skip it or not. If you eat a breakfast burrito each day, you might get bored of it. That's how I personally felt with the filler arc.
The Key of the Starry Sky filler arc is an extension of Lucy Heartfilia who suffers from the ravages of time. Even though she still has her guild as a secondary family, she lost her father. She regrets not spending the time with her father who was worried about her those seven years. Because of the Phantom arc, Lucy had distance herself from her father. It was tear jerking to see her story with her father reach closure. The rest of the gang didn't have a lot of issues with the time skip like how Lucy did. Later in the Grand Magic Game, Erza encounters her past when Jellal and Millianna come into play. That makes the story in Fairy Tail come full circle. These past arcs still have their roots embedded.
For the characters, their fight and struggles are what gets the audience revved up. Lucy's fight with Flare just makes you want Fairy Tail to win. Natsu's and the guild's drive to back up Lucy makes you feel you're part the experience. Even though the friendship theme is a bit overwhelming, Natsu's speech manages to stir me up. With the action and drama, Fairy Tail's comedic scenes are often warm and enjoyable. Happy's scene of Lucy's sex appeal finally working or Mirajane vs Jenny's cosplay fight were great and memorable. Some of the humor comes from shipping characters make some scenes irresistible like Erza and Jellal's scenes by the beach. The fans loves this part of Fairy Tail, the silly romance we make it up in our heads.
The flavor of this series' burrito is memorable. You can't forget these characters and their stories.
Personally, the music in Fairy Tail wasn't memorable. I sometimes hum different anime songs along with other music at random points in the day. I don't really hum the Fairy Tail theme songs. It's not that I hate Fairy Tail songs. It's a bit average.
I don't know if it's my eyes or Crunchyroll. That's the legal streaming site I use predominantly for Fairy Tail until Crunchyroll remove the episodes later on. I feel the animation was sharper and crisp in the Tenrou Island arc. For the animation in the Starry Sky arc and Grand Magic Games, the animation looks blurry. Close up of characters look fine, but shots of characters in the middle ground are pretty blurred. The animation in the fight scenes are lower than ones you see in Kill la Kill and other anime series that are produced by companies like Production I.G, Inc.
Everyone might run into a bad burrito or ate a stale burrito. There are some stale parts in Fairy Tail's last arc or some times there is an odd combination of flavors.
The Tortilla part in the burrito is what holds the ingredients together. Fairy Tail did a decent job for its last arc back in 2013. It's coming back from a year break starting this spring 2014 season. The story does get stale and look like its running out of ideas, but it keeps you going with its characters and their zany adventures. Fans will look forward to Fairy Tail. Newcomers will enjoy Fairy Tail if they like the simplistic characters, a bit of fan service, and light hearted fun.