Hi I'm Dranzerstorm
You may remember me as a regular contestant on the caption battle contest.
Welcome to Retro Retrospective, my world dedicated to the old guard of the Otaku world; expect some reviews of the old & obscure, and in-depth geeky knowledge with the occasional top ten and I now have a logo.

Little info about me
Well I'm British and I'm in to all things animated and nostalgia.
I've grown up with every cartoon going and have watched hundreds of anime.
Oh and to answer a question I was asked once, no I don't wear glasses in real life, I would wear Loke's sunglasses though.

Boruto Review

As part of theotaku discussion I'll be reviewing three anime, a spinoff, a reboot and a sequel, this is the sequel to Naruto, Boruto.

Boruto is the trouble making son of Naruto attending the Ninja Academy trying to separate himself from being just the Hokage's son, in fact he has some serious daddy issues with the fact that Naruto is often too busy running the country to see his son. Having been placed on a team with Sarada the daughter of Sakura and Sasuke along with Mitsuki who has a suspicious link to Orochimaru, Boruto sets out to repeat what his father did as a kid along with the same evils along the way which is exactly what it is.
I'll break it down to elaborate. The biggest issues surrounding the show is the fact that they spend all this time recycling old story lines and doing them worse not made any easier by the introduction of technology. The enemies are boring, the offspring of the Naruto cast bar Chocho, Sarada and Himawari are boring, the new characters are also boring and most of the plots and stories are boring because it fails to evolve beyond it's roots, it feels like a worse Legend of Korra which has the same issues but it goes to show how good the original Naruto is because it's strongest elements are the Naruto cast members who have evolved as characters, this is the series that made me like Sasuke Uchiha who used to be one of the worst characters in anime. Naruto himself is a very believable father as well, he's fully aware that his position is making him distant from his children especially the older Boruto but struggles to balance his job and paternal duties mostly because he didn't have his own father to learn from.
Kishimoto can write good characters but does not fit them into the best stories and relies way too much on his protagonists always being the same.
Dubbing is the same quality as Naruto.
It's quite a dilemma Boruto finds itself in which doesn't seem to be improving anytime soon as it looks to run just as long as Naruto.
Final Verdict: I feel let down by Boruto, it showcases promise frequently only to be let down by poorly written retreads of older stories and led by a main character who may as well be Naruto 2.0.

Tenchi in Tokyo Review

As part of theotaku discussion I'll be reviewing three anime, a spinoff, a reboot and a sequel, this is the spinoff Tenchi in Tokyo.

At the beginning, the female cast of Tenchi Universe crash land on Earth following an incident in which Ryoko and Washu steal a powerful crystal from Jurai in which Ayeka, Sasami and the Galaxy Police duo of Mihoshi and Kiyone pursue the space pirates. After getting stuck on Earth when an heirloom of Tenchi's defeats monster Ryoko, the regular Tenchi scenario begins, only two years later Tenchi moves to Tokyo to study being a Shinto priest. There he meets Sakuya who later would become his girlfriend making the girls back home jealous and suspicious. These suspicions are realized when a Juraian mutant named Yugi becomes fascinated with the power Tenchi possesses making his meeting with Sakuya all the more coincidental.
I applaud the removal of Tenchi's link to Jurai as it clears up so much baggage that the plot relies on to function but Jurai still has far too much influence on the plot as a whole and it still doesn't make for interesting villains.
Also for the first time since the movies has the plot of Tenchi being with a girl outside the six been explored longer and thankfully it doesn't make the regular cast unbearable especially Ryoko who really pushes the clingy jealous girl trope.
Finally there is different animation which feels less in quality but more expressive very much like the transition between Pokemon Kalos and Alola seasons.
The dub cast is the same as previous seasons so the quality is still very high.
To compare to previous seasons this is the best structured story but lacks the impact of the previous seasons even though they have way more flaws than the Tokyo series. I think it's because by time of release it already felt like Tenchi Muyo ended on the 3rd movie and anymore seasons of different retellings were starting to become stale which were already showing signs of in the Universe series. It's not a bad series just Tenchi Muyo passed it's sell by date.
Final Verdict: Tenchi in Tokyo is good but it had the unfortunate task of following two very successful seasons making this one stale before it even began.

Baki the Grappler Review

Just because my focus is on video games doesn't mean I ignore anime.

Baki Hanma is a 13 year old... wait 13? Okay. Anyway, Baki is a fighter with a goal to get stronger and frequently gets involved in fights with gang members. Frustrated that he's not getting any stronger, Baki abandons his pro training in search of a new challenge only to be taken down a peg by boxing champion Yuri.
With encouragement from his mother, he ventures out into the world to get stronger in his own way as opponents line up to fight Baki leading to a fated confrontation with his father.
This type of anime I like to call a pure fighting anime, like Aah! Harimanada but instead of ripping apart tradition to feed a desire to be strongest, Baki loves fighting and he wants to prove he's better among the strongest opponents, keep in mind this Baki is the youngest version while the 2018 series is a later instalment in the franchise.
Considering how ridiculous some of his opponents look, there's no shortage of spectacle so it continues to pump your adrenaline and you know full well that each fight is going to be brutal but oh so satisfying.
I believe there's a dub but has the advantage of being instantly translatable in any language. You can watch it in Spanish, German and French and you'd still enjoy it.
One thing I wasn't expecting was the 90s club trance soundtrack even though this was released early 2000s. It's surprisingly fun.
Final Verdict: If you want a fighting anime with some purity to it, you can't go wrong with Grappler Baki, don't expect anything deep but it's not criticism rather it doesn't need to be anything else other than a pure fighting anime.

Wild Arms Twilight Venom Review

Bet you weren't expecting Wild Arms to have an anime. Let's see if it's any good.

Dr Kiel Aronnax is incarcerated in prison for crimes were never told about, that is until Mirabelle and Loretta break in hearing about a valuable treasure, said treasure is a young boy named Sheyenne who is an infamous ARMS user but it turns out he's in the wrong body and sets out with Kiel to locate his real adult body looking for any clue no matter how absurd and frequently crossing pathes with the lady thief duo of Mirabelle and Loretta.
This is about as close to Wild Arms as Spirits Within was to Final Fantasy, while it is set in the same universe it's a separate entity that slots in between game's one and two.
It reminds me alot of Black Cat with far less class and very lacking story. The characters do look good and I'm glad they stick to their own agenda and not get dragged down too much by the story of the day, too often when characters get involved in these plots, they usually out of sympathy go out of their way to resolve them delaying the main plot indefinitely, at least in this, Sheyenne is more than happy to move onto the next location.
Not heard the dub, might be okay.
Final Verdict: A bit rugged with it's story and setting but not as easily dragged down by it's story of the week setup. As for it's relation to the games, it may as well be lip service.

Go! Go! Ackman Review

My first review of Project 1000 Video Game series is a little known Toriyama title.

After 50 years of slumber, Ackman awakens to his 200th Birthday which allows him to harvest human souls for the Great Demon King. No sooner when he awakens, he gets pursued by the angel Tenshi, however Tenshi ends up killing a ton of humans unintentionally helping Ackman collect a ton of souls and making tons of money, the short OVA runs with all the same Toriyama trademarks including recycled designs, juvenile humour, unapologetic sex jokes, cannon fodder humans and even a Dragonball reference. The games are alot more fun producing three in the franchise on the Snes in Japan.
As an anime it's okay but it's hardly original, the concept was done better by Disgaea, Ackman looks like kid Trunks and the need to make sex jokes really lowers the quality of what was a fairly decent dark humour series.
No dub but would easily fit with the Dragonball dub cast.
Final Verdict: It's typical Toriyama writing, juvenile dark humour with a lack of restraint in sex jokes, the games make up for the cheap writing.