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Rick & Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons

Funny how something labelled as a “versus” really shows great coordination between both sides.

That’s basically the whole story here, if you like Dungeons & Dragons & Rick & Morty… then it’s a good comic, as one would expect from a story penned by Patrick Rothfuss, fantasy author and famed D&D player with the PAX team, occasional guest star on Critical Role, and he’s a standy-up DM like me. Jim Zub co-penned the piece and has a back-catalogue of D&D comics under his belt. (more…)

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Review – Game Of Thrones Season 7

Winter has come. It has kicked down the door and is making itself at home despite the fact that we’ve called the police and are cradling a knife for fear that winter does something unpredictable, but all it’s doing is drinking a beer it brought with it and asking if we’re feeling ok.

That’s a bit of a belaboured metaphor, but I’m going somewhere with it. This has been the shortest season of Game of Thrones to date, in fact this and the remaining season are supposed to constitute a single super-season that brings the series that has now wandered from the Song of Ice and Fire source material rather dramatically. Gone are the magic horns Dragonbinder and the Horn of Winter, gone are half the characters, and the rich prophetic and psychological elements of Martin’s epic that inspired the watered down show. (more…)


Anime Review – Anti-magic Academy: the 35th Test Platoon

In a world ravaged by witches and criminal gunmen, there’s an academy dedicated to building up Inquisitors to defend the world from the criminals. When elite pistol master Ouka Ohtori joins the 35th Test Platoon, known as the Small Fry Platoon, she’s led by a highly inexperienced captain called Takeru Kusunagi, a boy who still uses swords in a world where guns are the norm. A dysfunctional platoon take on missions and have to work as a cohesive unit.

Review

Story

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Is this an innuendo already..?

Witches are running rampant and are causing havoc everywhere. With this in mind, the military have set about making sure that these dangerous magics are kept at bay, by training elite soldiers against them. Whilst magic is an issue, skilled criminal gunmen are also fighting for the power that witches bring. The Anti-Magic Academy was set up to bring these criminals to justice, whilst keeping an ever watchful eye on witches.

Ultimately, this is just a harem anime but I wish it didn’t have good premise behind it. When I read the description, I was goaded into watching it because it sounded like a relatively fun and quite unique anime. What I was greeted with however a constant supply of oh-so-hilarious antics of a guy who is the captain of a dysfunctional platoon known as the Small Fry Platoon, as he has to deal with being in a platoon filled with nothing but female members. So, take just five seconds to guess what happens? Within the first few minutes, you’re greeted to the emotionally unstable sniper who is dressed in a bunny outfit, being filmed by the smart mechanic girl.

Audio

Yeah the audio is good, with some nice music. But there’s nothing that actually jumps out and grabs at you. There’s nothing special about the music, but there’s also nothing noteworthy about the voice actors in this series case. Still, it’s fine for what it is. One jaunting issue I found is sometimes when a character is conveying anger through voice, their faces didn’t match the tone they were giving… Particularly weird to see. When you have a slightly miffed face and you’re screaming at the top of your lungs, it just doesn’t look right. I might start doing this to terrify people, actually!

Graphics

Here’s a gallery for the series. The artwork is really nicely done and I do like how they’ve kept the uniforms standard, even if they were literally made to tightly hug the female protagonists bodies…

Overall

As you might tell, I’m not so fond of this anime, but that’s because I’m bitterly disappointed. I found in a lot of instances the plot was good but only to be dampened with this wet sponge of yet another anime that promotes the groping of breasts and gazing at butts. Don’t get me wrong: the art in this series is superb and it will certainly be entertaining if you’re looking for a small kick… However with the constant supply of “this is a man and these are all the girls he will have to interact with” animes (mostly known as harem anime), there’s . Before you get the wrong impression and think that I don’t like harem anime, I’d highly recommend you check out Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?. That is a masterfully crafted harem anime with a fun, exciting premise.

I can’t in any good conscious encourage you to watch Anti-Magic Academy and I hate to be a downer on a series: That’s not like me. However, when it’s an incredibly blatant ploy to keep people sucked in through sexual appeal, I get bored quickly. Within minutes and seeing countless back-breaking breasts (all of which abide their own laws of physics) and perked out butts (which there can only be so many of), I have seen all I can stand. If you don’t mind the crassness of it, then go ahead and give it a watch as the actual premise sounds pretty fun… However I won’t be going back to this one. I’m really disappointed as I have seen so many gleaming reviews in the comments section, although the same can’t be said from what other reviewers are making of the series.

What do you all think? Have I been really harsh on this series? Should I go and give it another try in later episodes, or is this just a ploy to be yet another harem anime and cash in on the fact that prepubescent boys (and girls) will be interested in animated, physics breaking bosoms? Let me know what a Scrooge I’m being in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter. Gosh, I can’t believe this anime has gotten me so… bitter. Just as well I’m going to be running a meetup today!