Tag: Animation

From the Vaults: Transformers Animated

Transformers_Animated_AutobotsSo, as you all are sure aware, I am a huge fan of Transformers. The G1 series is intricate to my childhood and I still am nostalgic for it to this day.  While I do love it, I do admit that just about everything that was released of Transformers after the fact… Kind of sucks. Beast Wars was solid until it went back to Cybertron. But beyond the the best I can come up with is Transformers: Prime which is… Okay… Just okay. And don’t even get me started on the fucking Michael Bay movies… Well… Almost everything. There is one other show that I do love from the Transformers line that came up after the fact and that show is Transformers: Animated.

Yet strangely enough this is a series that is not looked upon fondly for some reason. Often considered to be too “kid friendly” and a little silly, Transformers: Animated doesn’t typically get brought up when you talk about the greatness of Transformers… Which is a shame considering the show is fucking solid! So today we are going to open up the vault to make a case for Transformers: Animated being an underrated gem. Continue reading “From the Vaults: Transformers Animated”

Cheesy Romance Month: Love Hina

230px-Love_Hina_volume_1We continue with part 3 of Cheesy Romance Month 2 with a look into the wonderful world of Japanese Culture that is Anime. Oh anime, you are such an odd and wonderful thing. We have covered the subject of anime on multiple occasions for this site  but one series that has not been touched on is the anime/manga series known as Love Hina. 

Probably one of the most universally known anime/manga series in existence, Love Hina is the quintessential harem anime. What is a harem anime you might ask? Well it is a unique anime genre in which a young man is surrounded by a handful of lovely women with very different personalities that all want to bone him for various reasons. It also helps if the young man in question is a bumbling nerdy socially inept dweeb who will lose the ability for rational thought at the mere instant a female lays a single finger on him whether platonic or otherwise. There are of course reverse harems that feature one woman and a multitude of men/women but for the context of this review we will keep this description short, sweet, and to the point. While other anime like Sekirei and Rosario + Vampire come to mind, it is in this critics opinion that Love Hina is the king of all harem animes and the bar to which other harem anime aspires to reach. The story of Keitaro Urashima and his awkward bumbling through Hinata Inn are known even by casual anime viewers. Considering its fame and the fact that fits the mold of a Cheesy Romance, I feel it is high time to talk about this interesting television show. Continue reading “Cheesy Romance Month: Love Hina”

Anime Week: Tanner Reviews B Gata H Kei: Yamada’s First Time

230px-BGHKei-1Oh Anime… It is quite an interesting genre isn’t it? I have always had a deep appreciation for the unique artistic style and story telling that goes into Anime. It truly sets itself apart as a category all on its own, separating itself from other western animations. You know when you are watching an Anime, you can see it in the style, in the artwork, in the way it is written, and seeing the culture within it. Anime is a really fun genre… And also one I’m not as immersed in as its western counterparts. I do enjoy Anime and I watch it on a frequent basis, whenever a series catches my eye. But it is not something that I generally seek out to watch. I look at Anime the same way I look at other television shows. Does this seem interesting and worth the copious amounts of time that I will surely spend pouring into it as I binge watch the series and through crusty, red eyes look out my window to realize that four days have passed and I’ve been sitting there watching a television show and drinking coffee? If the answer to that question is yes… So now you as the reader know just how I feel about Anime, I enjoy it… But I am by no means an Otaku like my friend Brandon “The Ultra Otaku” Lias (visit his site here) and generally look at Anime through a westerner’s perspective. But I do not think that should stop me from enjoying some Anime and so this week I am dedicating it to watching nothing but Anime for my site and I thought what better way to start Anime week then to watch some random Anime on Netflix, in this case the random Anime being B Gata H Kei or by its western name Yamada’s First Time. It is an adorable story about a young woman’s desire to bone 100 guys, the only problem… She hasn’t even kissed a boy before. When she runs into some geeky kid in a book story hilarity ensues! Continue reading “Anime Week: Tanner Reviews B Gata H Kei: Yamada’s First Time”

Top 5 Transformers Generation 1 Episodes

220px-Transformers_G1_series_logoOH right in the nostalgia. Talk about my childhood, I remember watching the original Generation 1 Transformers as a kid and just being absolutely enamored in the world. I had the toys, I had some of the episodes on VHS, and as I got older I even was able to grab the entire collection on DVD from China before the Live Action movies revived the series. I still watch them every now and again just for the sake of some nostalgia and after watching it as an adult I can say with the up most certainty… That the series is actually rather bad. It is episodic, there is a plethora of animation, voice acting, and continuity errors, and the laws of common sense make you sit there and scratch your head wondering why nobody has died in this universe until the Transformers Movie.  All that being said, I still love the shit out of them! I love the series and watch it whenever I get the chance and they are not all bad. Some of the episodes are pretty good and today’s list is made to showcase some of the best, the Top 5 Transformers Generation 1 Episodes.

Now as always I preface my list by saying that this list is my own personal opinion. If you have a different opinion, then please let me know, I love a good debate. Next up I base this list on a number of things. First off, what was the feel of the episode. Did it feel like something was at stake or was it simply filler. Second was their character development of any kind or any type of indication that there was continuity in the story. Finally, was the show memorable? Each fan of the series has those episodes that stick out in their mind so memorability counts. Also keep in mind that episodes that have multiple parts will be lumped into one choice. Also since I already reviewed the Tranformers Movie, it isn’t counted. With that being said, allow me to list some honorable mentions. Continue reading “Top 5 Transformers Generation 1 Episodes”

Starship Troopers Retrospective: Starship Troopers: Invasion

Starship_Troopers_Invasion_posterI hate this movie! I hate, hate, HATE this movie. Not only does this movie go right back to removing everything original and great about its source material, but it also shamelessly rips off my favorite movie of all time thus breaking the cardinal rule for bad movies. If you make a shitty movie, do not remind people of better movies that they can better spend their time watching! Released 4 years after Starship Troopers 3 Marauder, Starship Troopers: Invasion is a computer animated sequel to the series. Our former list of champions was sadly put to the wayside as Edward Neumeier and Casper Van Dien were shifted to the status of executive producers with their role in the creation of the film limited. Instead we now have a new director in Japanese anime director Shinji Aramaki who was the man behind anime OVA’s like Genesis Survivor Gaiarth, the Appleseed franchise, and also was the man behind Halo: Legends. With him in charge and with writer Flint Dille penning the work, Starship Troopers: Invasion takes a much different and far worse path then its predecessors. Continue reading “Starship Troopers Retrospective: Starship Troopers: Invasion”

Tanner Reviews Kiki’s Delivery Service

Kiki's_Delivery_Service_(Movie)Once more we delve back into the extended oeuvre of animation legend Hayao Miyazaki and his production company Studio Ghibli with the 1989 animated movie Kiki’s Delivery Service. Based on a book written by Eiko Kadono, Kiki’s Delivery Service is one of the lesser discussed films of Miyazaki’s career. Not because it is bad by any means, but when you have movies like Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, The Wind Rises, and so forth… Your lesser works tend to fall by the wayside. Which even then feels like a strange statement considering that this particular movie currently holds a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes! But all things considered, still not one that immediately pops into a person’s mind when listening off this man’s storied career. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Kiki’s Delivery Service”

Tanner Reviews Resident Evil Degeneration

BioDPosterA long time ago, back when the concept of this site was in the works; I created a video where I reviewed Resident Evil Degeneration. Now, I think I deleted it from YouTube… But if I did not and you happen to stumble across it, I implore you to please turn down your volume before you push play. I apparently forgot that I could project my voice in that video and I spend the vast majority of the fifteen minutes screaming at the camera lens like a deranged lunatic. But either way I thought I would give it another go in a much more… sane attempt to review the movie. So… On to Resident Evil Degeneration.

I have come to the conclusion that as long as this site exists, Resident Evil is just going to be a thing that appears from time to time. I covered the retrospective of all of the games. But there are still just so many more things to look at, that horrendously bad movie franchise by Paul WS Anderson that is the bane of my existence. The new animated movie franchise that includes this film and the latest release Resident Evil Damnation which we will get to at a later date. We also cannot forget the gaming franchise is still going… All be it in dire straits. So yeah… Resident Evil is something that just isn’t going to go away as far as this site is concerned.  Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Resident Evil Degeneration”

Tanner Reviews Bob’s Burgers

200px-Bob's_Burgers_promoWhenever it was first released, I had no interest in watching Bob’s Burgers. This show came out during the height of the Middle Class America Adult Cartoon craze that Family Guy (and by further extension The Simpsons) started. I watched shows like this at best for background music when there was nothing else on and that was the extent of it. When shows like American Dad, The Cleveland Show, and Bob’s Burgers reared their heads… My interest was well below zero. It wasn’t until my roommate turned on Bob’s Burgers earlier this week that I ever got a taste of the show and after sitting through the majority of the episodes… I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised… But not necessarily blown away. Bob’s Burgers as I predicted, has several similarities to shows like Family Guy. A middle class family with several kids each with their own quirks and goofiness trying to get by day-to-day and we get to sit and watch all their crazy wacky antics… But still I cannot deny that this show does have an identity to it that is all its own, a uniqueness that separates itself from Fox Network’s cavalcade of cartoon shows. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Bob’s Burgers”