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Anime screening Day – Ben-To

On the 21st of December the entire series of Anime Ben-To will be screening in Bath Spa

One day anime screening of the entire series of Ben-to.
Doors open at 10am but the screening will start at 11am.
It will be £10 on the door which will include food and drink.

Every day an epic struggle rages in grocery stores across Japan – the battle for half-priced bento boxes! Once the discount stickers go on, ravenous brawlers start throwing punches in a knockdown, drag-out war over who gets to take home the cheap eats. When a young, broke high school student named Sato joins the Half-Priced Food Lovers Club, he proves to be a rising talent in the world of insane food fights. But does he have what it takes to become the king of clearance cuisine? Welcome to the world of Ben-To, where chopsticks are lethal weapons, the supermarket is a battleground, and there’s nothing more delicious than a deep-fried win.

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More details at the Bath Manga Society FaceBook page

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High School of the Dead – Zombies vs. School girls its blood and fan service galore!!!!

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If you love Zombies as much as I do then you will love this great series that follows in the footsteps of the great Romero films and yet has all the quirks of a Japanese anime. This is like an anime version of Walking Dead only the protagonists are High School students. High school of the Dead is set in the present day, beginning as the world is struck by a deadly pandemic that turns humans into zombies, euphemistically referred to by the main characters as “Them” .The story follows a group of high school students, the high school’s nurse, and a young girl as they fight their way to safety through the deadly streets of Japan during a worldwide catastrophic event known as the “Outbreak”. The group sees Takashi Komuro as their leader, in the Anime and the Manga. The local group of survivors consists of six others and a small dog named Zeke, creating a team with one common goal: to survive, to survive by themselves. The authors used role-playing terminology to categorize the specific attributes each character brings to the group. Takashi Komuro serves mainly as the team leader. Rei Miyamoto, Saeko Busujima, and Kohta Hirano are considered fighters because of their exceptional skills with weapons; Saya Takagi described as the wizard due to her intelligence and deduction skills; Shizuka Marikawa assigned the role of priest as she is a licensed physician. The plot is initially concerned with survival and escape from the titular high school and zombies, but as the series proceeds it introduces the additional threats including: societal collapse, in the form of dangerous fellow survivors, technological attacks, using an Electromagnetic pulse bomb, and the possible decay of the characters’ own moral codes.

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Now this isn’t a show for the young as the Zombie action is up there with the best violent, brutal and very gory. There’s all the Zombie action you could ever want, people being eaten alive right, left and centre. The Zombies themselves are great they look and act the part, the writers got all the lore in there, the way they react to sound, lack of pain and insatiable hunger. Of course once your bitten you turn into a Zombie there’s no exception to the rules which means some harsh decision right from the start for these characters. Everything you expect from the Zombie genre is here, swarming undead, very tense moments, suspense, zombie munching, bitten colleges, the breakdown of modern society, social concern being thrown away as well as the blurring of moral codes as basic survival takes centre. This is a series of at first escape, then doing anything to survive and then seeing the bigger picture of continued survival in a new world of madness and death. The series builds up very well to the final conclusion. The initial escape and bringing together of these characters, their need to survive no matter what and what they are going to do in this new world. As with most endings in the Zombie genre the end is really only the beginning as the series concludes on the characters setting out on their own mission into a new world now that they know who they are and what they’ll do to survive. Each episode is exciting and fun the resident evil movies could look to this series to see how old school zombie story telling still is great. I mean all the clichés are here; you know to expect head shots, the “he’s behind you” moment, daring rescues, sense of false security and blood blood blood.
What also makes this series so much fun is the evolution of weapons, at first these are just high school students fighting with wooden kendo swords, baseball bats and a broken mop. But as the series goes on they find weapons of increasingly destructive power so you get some amazing zombie kills. To steal a bit of Zombieland, “Zombie kill of the week goes to Kota from Japan for expertly turning a nail gun into a sniper rifle and consecutively getting head shouts”. Zombies are run over by various vehicles, beaten and shot at. Weapons range from a nail gun to sniper rifles, shot gun and of course swords (it wouldn’t be Japanese if there wasn’t a sword expert in the group. The series is also very well made its smooth and wonderfully edited with great scoring. It feels fresh and fast but sudden and shocking as well. Beautiful and brutal compare with the crisp and fluid style it’s got. Scenes of violence and be sharp and brutal but they also seem to flow with very good sweeping shots and great cinematography. This is shown during the escape from school as the animation acts like a camera speeding towards and away for our characters, chasing up to the zombies and in a fluid motion delivering our characters into the scene of violence and into battle. Even in battle like so much anime it’s very sleek and looks brilliant. There is nothing like watching an expert swiftly cut down and kill a group of zombies with grace and ease.

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The characters all represent the normal clichés of girly and emotional, confident and smart, poised and deadly, the reluctant leader, ditzy and bouncy, weapon savvy and just plain cute. They aren’t too bad as stereotypes though, even being girly doesn’t mean your weak and being the ugly one doesn’t mean you are a loser. All the characters have their strength and they have their convictions, these are a confident and determined bunch and that is how they have survived. There’s also the romance aspect and the Japanese love of having one guy at the centre of all the female attention and which girl is he going to end up with. Now I can’t really talk about this series without mentioning the gratuitous amounts of fan service it has. In true anime fashion they have gone super crazy on the size of the girl’s breast and the amount of panty shots. I mean there’s a panty shot every few minutes and boobs are bouncing all over the place, I wouldn’t be surprized if you could actually take out a zombie with the swing on these breasts, I have no idea how these girls run, its plain insane. I mean the boobs are so big that the recoil from their guns makes there boobs bounce and jiggle like jelly. But it is rather amusing as you get all this amazing zombie action but you still have the girls wearing so very little as if it’s normal, I mean who fights zombies wearing nothing but a black thong and a white kitchen pinnie!!! And of course there’s very indulgent shots of these girls sleeping and prancing about in their underwear as well as group shower scenes and much fondling. I mean the school nurse wonders around naked and has boobs so big I haven’t worked out how she reaches the steering wheel of their jeep. If fan service really offends you then don’t watch it but if you can see the funny side and like me love zombies so much the fact that the girls leave nothing to the imagination and I now know the colour of each characters panties then go ahead treat yourself to this very indulgent and entertaining anime.

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Kurogane no Linebarrels – Mecha, politics, fan service and a protagonist that needs a kick in the arse!

This is an anime that I am in two minds about, sometimes I was really enjoying it and sometimes I wanted to throw a book at the screen. I happen to be a big fan of New Wave Mecha, Mecha shows post Eva that have that slightly more social and political undertone of how we treat the world and its youth culture. So as you can imagine I loved Rahxephon and the wonderful Soukyu no Fafner. Linebarrels however is neither of these things; in fact it’s a little confused on what it wants from its audience. I was drawn to it by the lure of big robots that fight and are pretty cool to look at, also the character designs similar to Fafner and Gundam seed. This being that Hisashi Hirai was in fact the designer for linebarrels as well as Fafner and Gundam seed. So give me a series about Mechas, politics, teenage pilots, modern society and all its issues couple it with one of my favourite character designers then have the opening theme done by Ali Project and it should be a match made in heaven. But unfortunately there is something just a little off about linebarrels.

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The plot centers around Hayase Kouichi (and it may have something to do with how annoying this boy is that made me want to throw a book at the screen), he’s a bit of a loser, the class go body that gets picked on but he dreams of being a hero of justice. Hayase is always getting saved and protected by his much more attractive and cooler best mate but Hayase doesn’t seem very grateful about this as he feels it’s unfair to always have his mate come to his rescue. As with all those that seek power his lucky or unlucky break comes when a giant robot falls from space crushing him to death. Well through the laws of anime magic and unexplained plot twists the robot saves his life and makes Hayase his pilot. Hayase is overjoyed, he now has power, can stand up for himself and a giant robot. Also with giant robot comes a large breasted girl with amnesia and Hayase vows to protect. So when other robots come to destroy his home a Hero of Justice is born. Unfortunately Hayase is an arrogant sod who flashes his power like a school bully, wont listen or show any respect for the friends that have helped and stood by him since childhood and thinks his new buxom friend should just stand around and be protected. No wonder all the other characters hate him I was waiting for someone to kick the crap out of him. Luckily this came when good guy and his robot from the secret organisation trying to save the world, in fact beat the crap out of Hayase for being an egotistical overconfident pain in the arse. Unfortunately it’s not until death of the only character with any sense that Hayase realises he’s being a pratt.
So yes there’s shocking character revelation after shocking character death and of course Hayase decides to join secret organisation (known as Juda) to help protect humanity from this new threat. Once Hayase himself stops acting like a spoiled brat the series does get a lot better and you only have to sit through 4 episodes of wishing the main character would go jump of a cliff. The plot actually gets a lot more interesting and there are fair few twists to keep you interested but there’s something that keeps it from being a truly great series rather than just an ok one that’s fun to watch. The problem with Linebarrels is not just that every girl ends up in love with Hayase, which I don’t get all other male characters are far more interesting, better looking, less annoying and also have cool robots. I mean even overly effeminate male twin with the crazy mind rape power is more interesting or how about dark and brooding emotionless ace pilot, he’s cold blooded and ruthless and wears glasses. Come on girls where are your brains? No my big beef with this series is the fan service.
I have no problem with fan service really why shouldn’t there be a bit of cleavage, some bouncing boobs and a panty shot. I mean I watch enough anime that has fan serve for girls I am a slash and yaoi fan after all. So in all fairness fan service doesn’t annoy me. I watched all of Tenjho Tenge and had no problem with the fan service in it. Linebarrels however just seems a bit confused about who its audience is, fine have the beach episode where everyone has to wear a swimsuit and there are blushes and nose bleeds galore but then understand you are trying to fight a giant alien invasion and there is a time and a place to be looking down a girls top. Can you imagine watching Gundam Seed and Kira or Athrun had nose bleeds every episodes, I mean they are dating some hot girls after all. It wouldn’t work and Linebarrels is proof of it. Every episode Hayase is caught doing something perverted and getting about 3 nosebleeds, fine he’s a young guy but time and place people. Linebarrels wants to be taken seriously with its plot and message and then in the middle of important conversation our hero is distracted by big bouncy breasts or he is trying to comfort his girl who’s lost everything, very angsty and we get shots of her sitting on the floor so we can look at her knickers. It’s so sad your family is dead but you wear white knickers and the saviour of the world is passed out on the floor in a puddle of blood. Sometimes fan service is fun, sometimes it makes a running joke or is done in a satirical way, sometimes it works like in the Mecha series Gravion which never tried to take itself too seriously but in Linebarrels it distracts from any serious plot and just drove me up the wall.
For me personally there was one thing about the series that made me like it more and yes I am a yaoi fan so the fact that I could slash it was a bonus. After all what else am supposed to do when a gender confused boy has a idol worship respect for his cold hearted but totally kick arse Sempai. I mean I don’t blame him the guy is hot and there is something going on between them, not just idol worship. There’s a lot of angst and all fan girls know that angst means gay, also these two guys seem to not notice all the bouncy boobs and panty shots, there’s a secret letter and a very satisfying fan girl ending for these two males. So yeah all is forgiven due to the fact that I can slash this show and sometimes being a fan girl out weighs all my academic training. Wow 6 years of film studies and art and my brain still chooses being a bit pervery over being a critic.

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