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Don’t know what to watch? Worried that that one show you saw a gif of online might not be as good as you hoped? Just check with us! We have reviews of a variety of shows written up for you, so you know what worth spending your time on.

2015 Anime in Review

December 31, 2015, by , posted in Review

Happy New Year anime@UTS! Lets make next year bigger and better then the last.

Now becoming sort of like a tradition, lets look back at all the great shows that 2015 has brought to us by watching one of the best anime reviewers on youtube talk about the memorable shows that came out this year.

2014 Anime in Review

December 31, 2014, by , posted in Review

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to all our members! What a great year has it been, so much stuff was accomplished, so many new anime were watched (right?). If by chance you didn’t have time to attend our screenings where we watched a bunch of shows form the past few seasons, and were to busy with exams, then here is a video reviewing the anime you might have missed in the passed year.

Gigguk is a great anime reviewer and comes out with these anime in review posts yearly. Check him out:

Wind Rises

The Wind Rises

February 16, 2014, by , posted in Review

When thinking of the works of award winning director – Hayao Miyazaki you would normally think of his amazing fairy tale type movies like My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away or Howls Moving CastleThey are all similar in the sense that they are set out in a somewhat realistic world with elements of magic and mystery and these become the predominant aspects of the story, which create the unforgettable feeling of a Studio Ghibli Movie. The Wind Rises (風立ちぬ), however differs from the tradition fantasy genre and is based on a true story of a Jiro Horikoshi, an aerospace engineer, who’s dream was to create beautiful planes that would surpass the German designs in both speed and power. Even though the setting is in real life World War I and then World War II Japan, this touching story of a young boys dream, dedication to work, search for perfection, love and despair is one of the best works of Director Miyazaki. It really shows us, just how fragile a human life really is.

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FLCL Review

October 10, 2010, by , posted in Review

The early 2000s were an interesting period for anime. On the back of Evangelion, the anime scene was starting to slowly grow in Australia. Madman started to release a bunch of different anime series on DVD, with names like Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, Martian Successor Nadesico and RahXephon. To keep up with all these series (on our severely limited budgets), my circle of friends would pick a series to buy and then share the DVDs amongst ourselves. A lot of anime back then was either those sci-fi psychological thrillers or harem, slapstick comedies, and it was all starting to seem similar and boring. Then one afternoon, a friend dropped off the first DVD of FLCL for me to watch.

Woah. That was something different.

It has been 10 years since FLCL was first released and time hasn’t touched it all. In the very first episode, you have Vespas, Rickenbacker Bass Guitars, school girls, aliens, giant robots, cats, big fights and a love triangle all wrapped up in a school days/coming of age anime. Attempting to describe what goes on in FLCL would do it a disservice. It’ll seem too whacky, hyperactive, over-the-top and just plain strange. And sure, a lot of people who watch it will take it for its face value and have that opinion, which is a shame. Despite all the exaggerations and excess, the series is a coming-of-age story at heart and it never loses sight of that. In fact, its probably the best coming-of-age anime there is.

The soundtrack to FLCL is amazing, rivaling that of Yoko Kanno’s work on Cowboy Bebop (and pretty much any other series she works on). The majority of the music for the series comes from the Japanese J-rock band, the pillows, who have a special spot in the playlists of all those who have watched the series. Their songs compliment the anime perfectly, adding the emphasis on the slow, nostalgic moments and adding brilliance to the high, emotional moments.

But probably the best aspect of FLCL is its pacing. Most people remember it for the wild, whacky action that happens at a million miles a minute that can keep even those of us with the worst ADD entertained for hours. But these scenes are contrasted with slow (almost snail) scenes that really bring out the emotions of the characters. When you watch it first, you’ll remember the crazy moments. When you watch it again, you’ll remember the subtle moments.

And that’s what’s truly great about FLCL. Even if its only 6 episodes long, you’ll find yourself rewatching it over and over again to find the little nuances of the series. After about the third re-watching, I knew FLCL was probably my favourite anime, and it still is.

Moyashimon Lolita Outfits

September 18, 2010, by , posted in Review

Starting off, I don’t honestly know much about the series. So here’s a quote:

“<J0kk|> moyashimon… a university drama set in the biology department where the main character can see microbes”

However, I have been following recently the Moyashimon Live Action J-Drama and discovered (with help) that Baby the Stars Shine Bright is a sponsor.

In the lolita fashion community BabyTSSB is a well established Sweet Lolita brand around the world with stores in Japan, Paris and San Francisco. With some research, I personally thanks the designers from BabyTSSB for creating Kei’s outfit for live action.

Here is an example of what Kei wears in the anime:

Frills of DOOM

And here is the actual dress, purchasable from the BabyTSSB website:

Pretty reality

Having only watched up to episode 10 of the live action, Moyashimon has been enjoyable to watch. I really enjoy watching it for this character moreso than the microbe-seeing main character. If I say anymore…SPOILERS!