James Mapley

Golden Time Episode 14 Impressions

Golden Time Episode 14 – Ladies Talk Within the anime subculture there is a fairly common, slightly jaded view that all girls in anime are clean and pure which is one of the most frequently given reasons why people become very heavily invested in the 2D world. This is partly because in the vast majority of cases, anime that become extremely popular rarely ever feature sex, even those that thrive o...

Golden Time Episode 13 Impressions

Golden Time Episode 13 – Summer Has Come “Prepare yourself…” The ghost of Banri has been angered and his wrath shall be felt! All lingering sympathy that you may have had for Banri’s old self went straight out of the window this episode as he declared that he would have his revenge on his current self for abandoning Linda and rejecting his existence last episode. While that...

Golden Time Episode 12 Impressions

Golden Time Episode 12 – Don’t Look Back Lovers of romance anime have historically always been in conflict with each other, trying to prove that their favourite pairing is the best or ‘true’ pairing that the creator envisioned. It is not surprising, therefore, that creators often shy away from giving a real answer about who they intended to be the true couple at risk of ali...

Space Dandy Episode 7 Impressions

Space☆Dandy A Race in Space is Dangerous, Baby At the end of last week, I said that this episode looked like a great opportunity for Bones to make a homage to a certain awesome 2010 racing movie that may well be my favourite anime movie of all time. Undoubtedly, there was always a bit of the bloodpumping magic that is Redline hidden somewhere between Dandy’s brilliant, bouffant quiff and the...

Space Dandy Episode 6 Impressions

Space☆Dandy The War of the Undies and Vests, Baby The human race has had its fair share of stupid wars. Oil, religion, the colour of our skin – They’ve all been fuel for conflict in the past, but only after the fact do we see how ridiculous and futile fighting over them really is. However, this week Space Dandy actually succeeded in making those wars seem reasonable in comparison to th...

DOTA 2, CS:GO, FIFA, and StarCraft II Ready to Set UK e-Sports Ablaze

Gfinity, the British company best known for their pro Call of Duty tournaments, announced their e-sports lineup calendar for 2014 today and it is packed with events to get excited about. Kicking off on the 24th February, fans from around the world will be invited to watch some of their favourite teams competing for up to $10,000 in 5 week long leagues for DOTA 2, FIFA, StarCraft II, and Counter-St...

Space Dandy Episode 5 Impressions

Space☆Dandy Episode 5 – A Merry Companion is a Wagon in Space, Baby Do you want to know the bane of being an anime reviewer? Every time you claim that a series is amazing, it immediately bombs, and every time you say that it’s the worst thing since sliced Hitler, it makes the biggest comeback ever just to shut you up. Not a week on from saying that Space Dandy wasn’t worth carrying on ...

Comedy Point & Click, Randal’s Monday, Given Release Date

Imagine the situation. You wake up after a wild engagement party and find in your possession the very ring that your friend was going to wow his bride with on his big day. Sure, it’s important to him, but what is it worth to you? You could sell it and he’d never know. One fateful Monday, Randal took his friend Matt’s ring and did exactly that, but it didn’t take long for a ...

Space Dandy Episode 4 Impressions

Space☆Dandy Episode 4 – Sometimes, You Can’t Live With Dying, Baby The Western zombie phenomena is something that has fascinated Japan ever since George A. Romero’s 1968 classic, Night of the Living Dead. Somewhere along the way, that fascination trickled down into anime and manga and in the last decade there have been some extremely notable and, in all honesty, very good titles ...

Loadout Review

Loadout Developer: Edge of Reality Publisher: Edge of Reality Platforms: PC Release Date: 31st January 2014 Price: Free to play – Available Here Overview Loadout is a fast-paced, third person shooter with near limitless amounts of gun customization, meaning that no two games are ever the same. It currently features ranked and unranked game modes that are centred around objective based gamepl...

Capture the Candy Crooks in Another Case Solved

Life is rough in the candy prohibition. Ruthless criminals with a sweet tooth for trouble roam the streets that flow with bootleg caramel. Innocent civilians quake inside their houses with not a chocolate coin to their name and only one hope amidst the sugarless anguish in which they struggle to survive. That hope is you, a private detective dedicated to helping the common people as the police try...

Paradox Reveals New Europa Universalis IV Expansion

This spring, get ready to orchestrate the rise and fall of nations. Offer the olive branch of peace or watch as that branch falls, ashen, to the ground. Today, Paradox Interactive announced the latest expansion to their critically acclaimed empire-building strategy game Europa Universalis IV, entitled Wealth of Nations. Following on from its earlier expansion, Conquest of Paradise, this latest add...

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