A tale of what’s to come..


Is it the end of September already? Well, what do you know. This time, I have a halfway decent excuse for the lack of content.

In between watching episodes of ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is magic’ and Gundam, I’ve been doing some thinking about this site and what I want to do with it. Why? Because I’m really not satisfied with where this site is right now. Sure, I have a good readership (I love you guys) and it all looks pretty enough, but the original goal of bringing Anime to new audiences has fallen flat on its face.

The problem I think, is that its incredibly hard to sell anime to new audiences, whilst tip towing through the landmine of controversy that is accociated with the medium.
How are you going to do this then? I hear you ask. Well, I’ve found a rather novel way of navigating that minefield- Bulldoze right through it. In what I think is long overdue, I’m going to use my little soap box to address some of the problems this industry and its communities has, and try to stir up some serious debate about it. In order to reach out to these audiences, I’m going to have to find as many homes for these rants as possible, starting with my currents homes here, UkOtaku, and on Wearearcade.com (whenever they’re done renovating), as well as new homes on Figure.fm and the new Screwattack.com
Lastly, with all these changes, certain features will have to be dropped. That includes News and AMVs. What will stay however is the Reviews. I would say there would be less of them, but I’m not exactly renowned for pushing them out at a quick pace.

So, that’s that. Thanks for sticking by me all this time, and I hope you look forward to all the new content coming very soon!


Robin Williams: King of Nerds again.

Did you know that Robin William’s daughter was named after Princess Zelda? Well, now half the world does with this very touching and personal ad for Ocarina of Time 3DS. Dayum, I wish I had a dad that cool.

This isn’t the first time Williams let his nerdom show through, as in the 2002 film One Hour Photo, he lent his Mass Production Eva figure as a prop for a scene. The catch? He ‘forgot’ to mention that the Mass Production Eva is anything but a good guy, and the world was treated to a scene with a little kid glamouring about how heroic it is. Have fun pulling a straight face in that scene.

(pardon the italian)

Amazon Pulls Yaoi Manga from Kindle Store

Amazon, has pulled various explicit Yaoi titles from their Kindle store, and while authors are happy to censor their works so the can be inspected for any man bits, this has sparked a storm of controversy in the Yaoi community, who are accusing the retail giant of homophobia. However, despite pulling boys from the kindle store, Amazon have no problem keeping other highly erotic literature on the store, so long as it involves wholesome hetrosexual loving. Amazon are also accused of holding a double standard- yanking titles from the kindle store, but still selling them in physical format.
A full list of what titles have been removed, and which ones have returned castrated, can be found here.

[Review] Rozen Maiden Series 1 & 2 Collection

MVM, the anime distributor that got hit hard by the bad economy, has recently risen from the grave to deliver all sorts of anime goodness to the living. Among these titles, is the Rozen Maiden Series 1 & 2 Collection. With a low price tag of £29.99, this is a great deal for those who haven’t had the chance to watch the series before. For those out of the loop, Rozen Maiden follows the tale of Sakurada Jun, a young lad who shut himself away from the world, after some extreme bullying from his classmates, only to find himself in possession, or the possession of, a living doll named Shinku.

The first series loosely follows the plot of the original manga, where after meeting Shinku, Jun discovers that he has become involved in a deadly conflict between the doll and her sisters, as they all strive to earn the affection of their creator.
The series does a good job of mixing slice of life comedy with (slightly) more serious shonen action. And despite his irritating attitude, you eventually feel sympathetic of Jun’s situation. As the series progresses, you get to meet some of the most colourful characters in anime in recent years. Although some feel tacked on and unnessesary, some really do shine- Suiseiseki in particular, with her bipolar personality and the now famous quirks in the way she speaks.
In all, the first season is a unique take on the rise of the hero, in a mix of slice of life and shonen action that can entertain people of any taste.

The second season builds on this formula, rewriting the story and cast of the original to cast the illusion of a fresh experience, whilst staying true to the Rozen Maiden canon. New dolls and people enter the series, whilst others are killed off to provide a much needed sense of drama that was somewhat lacking before, upping the tone of the series to give it a much darker feel. The plot focuses more on the dolls this time around, letting Jun’s life take a backseat for the more action orientated battles between the sisters. This isn’t bad exactly, as once again it’s the dolls who steal the show and deliver the best performances.

Two new characters unique to the anime also feature also feature prominently in this season- Barasuishou who is the mysterious 7th doll who serves as the main villain, and Enju, the equally mysterious doll maker who teaches Jun the cruelty of the world of dolls, where anything less than absolute perfection is crushed into dust.

In all, Rozen Maiden is a series that anyone can enjoy. Whether it be for the emotional drama, action sequences, or even victorian fashion, there is something for everyone. Although it can feel a tad formulaic at times, the series keeps things fresh enough for you to still stay hooked. And at the low price of £29.99, you’d have to be mad to miss out on this.

Shadow of the Colossus, Amazing Anime Fan Poster


Here is an amazing mockup for a Shadow of the Colossus anime by artist MetalHanzo, based from the classic PS2 game, which is soon to get a HD reboot alongside its older brother, ICO.
I can imagine now, as a silent anime with acts, musics and sceneries to convey the story, and minimum dialogue.
Unfortunately, 99% of the anime industry in Japan right now is more concerned with underage girls, incest, and panties….nothing good could possibly from a SOTC anime with this mentality. There are about 3~4 anime studios maximum who would actually allow SOTC to maintain its dignity.
Oh well, on can always dream…

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As you may or may have not of noticed, there has been a severe lack of new content around the site recently. I’m glad that you have been understanding of this and not completely deserted me, I am only human after all 😛

Nethertheless, UKOtaku is now ready to move forward, along with my renewed promise to at least try to update this site once a day. I at least owe that much to you for sticking with me through this period.
TTFN! ^_^

[Anime Review] Durarara Part One

Durarara, this years smash hit anime by bones, hits UK shores earlier than expected in the form of sub only DVDs, split into 3 parts. The first 2 disc set contains the first 9 episodes of the series, soft subbed with the original Japanese audio track.

This series has generated a lot of hype this year, touted as the spiritual sequel to 2007′s smash hit Baccano!, sharing both the same studio and light novel author, Bones and Ryohgo Narita respectively. The show shares many similarities to it’s precursor, like a large cast of varied and believable characters and a hefty dose of the supernatural to spice things up. Also like Baccano!, the supernatural elements are an important plot device, but it’s ultimately the cast of colourful characters that are the driving force behind it.

Durarara is set in the real life location of Ikebukuro in downtown Tokyo. In this town, there are strange rumours and warnings of anonymous gangs and dangerous occupants, one urban legend stands out above the rest – the existence of a headless “Black Rider” who is said to be seen driving a jet-black motorcycle through the city streets. This world is first presented through the eyes of Ryuugamine Mikado, a country boy who has always yearned for the excitement of city life, who has moved to Tokyo at the invitation of his childhood friend Masaomi Kida. This is where the show quite cleverly takes the opportunity to bombard you with every character in the show, including a suprising cameo from Horo of Spice and Wolf fame. It’s all far too much for the viewer to bear, and captures the sense of being overwhelmed by the introduction of coming to a new city well. Luckily, the show properly introduces the cast at a more reasonable pace throughout the rest of the 8 episodes, and sets out the groundwork for the main plot of the show.

Interestingly, the main character of Durarara is the one that is seen least in the opening 8 episodes, the mysterious headless biker Celty Sturluson. It’s hard to call Celty a protagonist at all, as she only acts as an observer throughout the series, only stepping in to resolve the numerous conflicts when the heat gets too much to handle. Mikado, Kida, and Anri Sonohara, the three high schoolers at the heart of the plot would serve as much better protagonists, no matter what the Author may say. It’s very interesting to see how these characters fit in to the bigger picture of Durarara, as hints start dropping suggesting that not is all it seems between the three seemingly normal school friends.

Overall, Durarara: Part One is a great value way of getting into the series several months early of the official dub releases. It takes the formula used in Baccano!, and improves it to make it a much more accessible and enjoyable series- a mean feat considering how far the bar had already been set.

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