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.

Animal Crossing Movie Review

I'm running behind with alot of things so I wish to catch up soon.

Ai has just moved to Animal Crossing village and Tom Nook is quick to put her to work, while trying to find her place in the village she befriends Rosie and Margie as they talk about their dreams, particularly aspiring fashion designer Margie.
Sadly Margie leaves the village leaving Ai in despair but reassured by her friends and a number of bottled messages, Ai will soon discover her calling.
This is Animal Crossing in it's most accurate form, I'm not kidding, this is the single most accurate video game adaption anime of all time, they leave nothing out, everything you regularly do in the game is on display, does that make it good? Simple do you like Animal Crossing? If yes, then this is perfect, if no, it passes for a harmless kids anime film which it means it really doesn't do anything spectacular, it just gives you Animal Crossing probably the least offensive video game on the planet.
Never released in English but easy to locate subtitled with the English names of the cast.
Final Verdict: A movie about a peaceful village of Animal People based on a game about a peaceful village of Animal People, what more do you want?

Angelic Layer Review

There will be one more review after this and trust me, that one will be hilarious.

Misaki is a young girl with not much confidence, upon arriving in Tokyo she witnesses a fight between dolls on the big screen, this is Angelic Layer, a combat sport where dolls controlled with a special helmet allows them to move freely on an arena known as a Layer through mind link.
Interested and persuaded by the eccentric scientist Icchan, Misaki gets drawn into the sport and quickly becomes the miracle rookie of the tournament with her doll Hikaru, yes that one from Rayearth. But Misaki may yet be reunited with someone unexpected as she continues her progress in the tournament.
We meet again Clamp, but this time you done good, kind of. The manga was awful, so it's left to the anime to fix the issues and it did so in a good way, giving a proper insight as to why the sport of Angelic Layer came to be what it is and why, showing the complexity of Shuko's dilemma when facing up to Misaki with her neurological condition reducing her to a wheelchair and why she's so good at Angelic Layer.
On the other hand, Misaki created my favourite trope to take the piss out of, the "Miracle Rookie" someone who clearly has never done this before yet manages to battle their way to the top usually relying on dumb luck or something seen earlier in the episode to win, another name for it is plot armor and Misaki is coated in it and it just makes everything laughably predictable even when Hikaru takes hits that knock out other dolls in one hit.
Clamp just can't give me anything without giving me a mountain of problems to spew about but at least the story was fixed in the anime so it's at least a better attempt than their other works.
Dub is fine but Misaki over acts a bit.
Final Verdict: It's good action and the story is a lot less degrading than the manga version but it's laughably predictable with Misaki's oh so thick plot armor.

Arakawa Under the Bridge Review

I'm far from done.

Kou Ichinomiya has achieved everything life has thrown at him living by the words his father told him, "Never be indebted to anyone", this comes back to bite him when he is saved from drowning by a mysterious girl named Nino. Kou being indebted to Nino is desperate to return the favour with Nino asking for him to love her, so begins Kou's new life under the bridge where he lives with a number of other strange people.
The theme of this one is of Denpa-san, a term used to describe people who feel dissociated from the people around them often engaging in wild fantasies, delusions, strong beliefs and engaging in strange speech and actions which easily describe the bizarre characters in this anime.
The anime uses Kou as audience surrogate to really get to grips with each character and their behaviour but there's also an underlying feeling of what made them that way to begin with, shown perfectly when Nino appears in an elegant evening dress for a date with Kou despite looking like she never even laid eyes on a dress like that before let alone wear one. It's definitely worth watching to find out.
I don't remember there being a dub so I've no opinion on it.
Final Verdict: A bizarre anime that makes you question things in a good way, it's worth the investment.

Elfen Lied Review

First of many reviews today.

Diclonius are a type of mutant human with quite malicious and horrific powers known as vectors, invisible arms that rip apart humans faster than a food blender. The Diclonius Lucy is relentlessly pursued by the lab that kept her locked up but loses her memory upon escape developing a child like mind and starts living with Kouta and Yuka. Time will tell whether or not Lucy gets captured but more importantly how many people will be left standing by the end.
Not the worst and certainly not the most needlessly blood soaked anime, that goes to Blood-C. Elfen Lied is a balancing act of morality and you start becoming unsure of who to support as early as episode 1, the bloodshed easily blurring the lines of whether or not humanity deserves it or not. Humanity is painted as monsters at various points but can you blame them when these creatures can easily rip a body to shreds with very little remorse. It's hard to find an answer.
Dub I find redundant as it's a show that can easily run with limited dialogue.
Final Verdict: It's hard to pinpoint the message when both sides are as bad as each other, a common occurrence in humanity's desire to be the correct path, whether it be political, social or morally.

Inuyasha Review

Yes, there is a sequel coming soon, no, that's not the reason why I'm reviewing this.

Kagome looks relatively normal until she gets dragged into the past by a centipede demon. An elderly woman named Kaede reveals to Kagome that she is the reincarnation of priestess Kikyo and inside Kagome is the Shikon Jewel, an artifact said to grant the desires of those who possess it. Kagome in trying to defend herself from the Centipede demon frees the half demon Inuyasha after removing the arrow that sealed him, within the ensuring chaos, Kagome destroys the Shikon Jewel shattering it into thousands of pieces spreading across the land. Fearing that the world will return to chaos, Kagome and a reluctant Inuyasha set out to retrieve the pieces of the jewel with Inuyasha kept on a leash which Kagome can use to stop Inuyasha with the simple command "sit". Joined by a huntress with a ride on demon cat, a perverted cursed monk and a mischievous fox demon, the group set out to retrieve the Shikon Jewel and stop Naraku with Inuyasha's brother Sesshoumaru acting as rival and anti hero.
This was a long adventure and very well regarded but I felt it dragged on far longer than it needed to, to the point that whenever Naraku appeared it's followed up by "not this guy again". I'm also not big on Kagome and Inuyasha's relationship as it feels a bit abusive as quite often it crosses the line as Kagome can often punish Inuyasha for nothing, granted Inuyasha is hardly a gentleman but quite often Inuyasha does nothing to warrant his punishments.
I'm not going to be too hard on it, because I see Inuyasha as the show that made the quality of anime so much better, it was a game changer that brought in the anime renaissance and should really be better appreciated in this current era, alot of anime wouldn't exist without it, looking at you Bleach, Demon Slayer and Naruto.
Dub is really good, no arguments.
Final Verdict: It's too long, there's rarely a change in antagonist and Inuyasha and Kagome's relationship can come across as abusive. But it's quality is spectacular and the action and mythos formed the type of anime that shaped a number of popular shows in the last 20 years, it's impact is important and should not be forgotten.