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Gatchaman: Crowds DVD Review

Director: Kenji Nakamura.

Starring: Daisuke Namikawa, Maaya Uchida, Ryota Ohsaka, Corey Hartzog, Jessica Calvello, Ty Mahany.

Running Time: 288 minutes

Certificate: 15

Gatchaman first started life way back in the 1970s, and is better known in the west as Battle Of The Planets. There have been many iterations of Gatchaman over the years, ranging from loosely connected anime shows to live-action movies and so on. Therefore you must forgive my ignorance of being absolutely clueless on the franchise with the latest offering, Gatchaman Crowds, being my first exposure to this world.

Set in Tokyo, the series follows a series of superheroes known as Gatchamen, who seemingly protect the world from alien invasions. However, once a new recruit, Hajime, joins the force, things begin to change. Hajime is at first presented as naive, but quickly shows that her bubbly, cute approach to the alien threat may actually be worthwhile. She ends up talking to one of the aliens,
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Girls Und Panzer Complete Ova Series DVD Review

Director: Tsutomu Mizushima

Starring: Ai Kayano, Jessica Calvello, Ikumi Nakagami, Rebekah Stevens, Mai Fuchigami, Meg McDonald, Mami Ozaki, Caitlynn French, Yuka Iguchi, Molly Searcy

Running Time: 72 minutes

Certificate: 12

The girls in tanks return for a bizarre mixture of Ova episodes that may fun, but are completely unnecessary. These episodes range from between 13 minutes down to 3 minutes and although a few connect together for a lengthier story, there’s not too much actually going on.

We start off with some swimsuit shopping, which puts the characters into skimpy clothing and we see the shy ones being bashful and the buxom ones being confident. A drinking game could be played to go along with the sound effects for bouncing boobs here, even though the show tries to keep it as innocent as possible. We’re also treated to a camping episode and a fascination with Spam. Each of these individual moments adds up to a few laughs,
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Girls Und Panzer DVD Review

Director: Tsutomu Mizushima

Starring: Ai Kayano, Jessica Calvello, Ikumi Nakagami, Rebekah Stevens, Mai Fuchigami, Meg McDonald, Mami Ozaki, Caitlynn French, Yuka Iguchi, Molly Searcy

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 12

The idea of girls and tanks could have easily sparked a creative flourish of voluptuous fanservice and gratuitous violence. It comes as a great surprise that Girls Und Panzer gives us neither. This is a very gentle show which focuses on friendship in much the same way as other innocent schoolgirl focused anime such as K-on! The transformation of tank warfare into a sporting event, where tactics and hard work are rewarded over death and destruction, makes this both an unexpectedly uplifting show that has plenty of action, without being inappropriate or unsuitable for most audiences (pretty sure that 12 rating is just for the use of tanks and not how they are used).

Miho (Fuchigami/McDonald) transfers to a new school that
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