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Flip Flappers: Complete Collection (anime review)

Title: Flip Flappers: Complete Collection on Blu-ray

Director: Kiyotaka Oshiyama

Writer: Yuniko Ayana

Music By: To-Mas

Studio: Studio 3Hz

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U. S. Release Date: Feb. 27th, 2018

Format: Blu-ray / 13 Episodes / 325 Minutes

Genre: Magical Girl, Absurdity, Adventure, Sci Fi

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Grade: A

Synopsis:

As a middle school student, Cocona has been trying to decide what to do with her life. Magical Girl, however, wasn’t a career path that she’d ever considered. When suddenly a strange girl named Papika thrusts her into a secret organization called Flip Flap, Cocona’s outlook does a radical flip-flop. Her views start to change when she is dragged into an alternate dimension called Pure Illusion where she’s charged with gathering crystal shards and fighting strange creatures.

Now, between running missions and facing off against a rival organization, Cocona doesn’t have much time to consider alternate career choices. What are these shards, and why is gathering them so important? There’s a mystery to be solved and multiple worlds to be saved!

Commentary:

Flip Flappers is another great example of the direction anime has begun to explore as we see new creative teams finding the financing to create new and imaginative series. Only 13 episodes long there is a great deal of action, weirdness and story packed into Flip Flappers. Looking at the series as a whole I can say that I see Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, Fooly Cooly, Puella Madoka Magica and even Space Dandy all rolled up into it. In fact I feel as though that the list is on the short side. I would consider Flip Flappers a true post modern production the way it takes the past and manages to deconstruct so many anime and reconstructs it into a crazy series that leaves you smiling and scratching your head at the same time.

Overall Grade: A

Just the animation for Flip Flappers makes it a winner for me. With some solid absurdity and plenty of surreal surroundings take the series over the top. There are a few weaknesses and I think the the character development of Cocona and Papika could have been drawn out a little better with more hints and story development earlier on. The real meat of the series doesn’t come into play until later in the story line and it would have been nice to give more glimpses of their past together before we get to episode 9/10.

I think Flip Flappers is a big surprise for the winter releases but I am afraid it will be over looked for other big name releases. So, if you are looking for a series that will keep you guessing and make you smile all the way down the rabbit hole then Flip Flappers is the series for you. It is not too often that we get treated to a new series that will blow your mind from the very beginning and keep blowing it all the way to end.

Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) Blu-Ray Collection (anime review)

Title:Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) Blu-Ray Collection

Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi

Writer: Yasuyuki Muto

Music by: Hiroyuki Sawano

Studio: Sunrise

U. S. Distributor: Right Stuf

U. S. Release Date: March 6th, 2018

Format: Blu-ray / 7 Episodes / 450 Minutes

Genre: Mecha, Sci Fi, Action, Adventure, Drama

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Grade: A-

Synopsis:

Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) Blu-ray Collection contains episodes 1-7.

Universal Century 0096. Three years after the last conflict between Neo Zeon and the Earth Federation Forces, the tentative peace of the Earth Sphere is about to be shattered again. Cardeas Vist, the head of the powerful Vist Foundation, has decided to hand over “Laplace’s Box,” the secret of the Foundation’s prosperity, to the supposed enemy, Neo Zeon. Banagher Links, a student at the space colony Industrial 7, rescues a mysterious girl who calls herself Audrey Burne. Audrey is seeking to prevent a war, but it seems she has come too late. As Banagher’s home colony is devastated by the attacks of the enemy mobile suit Kshatriya, he finds his strange destiny and is forced to fight in the formidable weapon system known as the Unicorn Gundam.

Based on a bestselling novel by the famed writer Harutoshi Fukui and animated with theatrical quality, this new chapter in the Gundam saga is a cutting-edge anime series for all coming generations.

Special Features: The “Story So Far”, Episode EX “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, Episode Recaps, Episode 5 Ending with Lyrics, Trailers, Promotional Videos, Commercials, MS & Character Highlights, Episode 3 Textless Ending.

Commentary:

In the wide world of Mobile Suit Gundam there are few series that I find as well put together as Unicorn. This short but exceptional series does something that others did not manage to do. It makes the characters mostly likable and less melodramatic than most of the other series. Unicorn does play fast and loose with physics and makes some aspects a little hard to believe but it remains fun and entertaining. Maybe not as much fun as MS 08th Team or dramatic and hard hitting as Thunderbolt,  but it still hits most of the high points and leave little to disappoint.

The one thing that I felt was a little to tried and true for a Gundam series was the way Banagher was whinny and somewhat of a punk. This model of the anti-hero is something the Japanese love to have as the star protagonist. At least they toned it down somewhat and didn’t allow him to ruin the series the way Camille or even Amuro Ray for that matter. This whinny hero boy archetype is always the weak link in gundam and it is not surprise that most fans will levitate toward  Char or Full Frontal as the real favorite.

Overall grade: A-

One great benefit to being produced in the last 10 years is the quality of animation. Unicorn is top flight and it really does make a difference. Being easy to watch make all the difference in the world. I found it much easier to overlook the bad physics and melodramatic writing when the overall look is fluid and appealing.

Overall Mobile Suit Gundam: Unicorn is one of the best short series for Gundam, next to MS o8th Team. I know that this group of disc were out already, but the repackaging in a single group is much appreciated and I have a feeling that plenty of Gundam fans will be standing in line on March 6th to get their copy. I know I am glad to have mine.

 

Items Just Arrived 2.8.18

Here is a list of the items we just got in:

The Eccentric Family 2 Collectible Figures

Nendoroid Sayaka Miki: Maiko ver

Nendoroid Lancer/ Jeanne d`Arc Alter Santa Lily

Goodsmile Racing Personal Sponsorship 2017 figma Course (8,000JPY Level)

figma You Watanabe

figma Guts: Black Swordsman ver. Repainted Edition

Nendoroid Morgana

Cowboy Bebop Collectible Card

Game: 2 Player Turbo Box

New Arrivals 2.6.18

Here is a list of items we just got in:

Books

Akame ga KILL! Vol. 13 (Manga)

Baccano! Vol. 1 (Manga)

Black Butler Vol. 25 (Manga)

Junji Ito’s Dissolving Classroom (Manga)

Made in Abyss Vol. 1 (Manga)

Plum Crazy! Tales of a Tiger-Striped Cat Vol. 4 (Manga)

She and Her Cat (Manga)

Sword Art Online Progressive Vol. 6 (Manga)

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 8 (Manga)

Figures

Project Diva Miku Future Tone Figure

Monster Hunter Plus Vol. 5 Blind Boxes

Monster Hunter Plus Vol. 7 Blind Boxes

Monster Hunter Plus Vol. 8 Blind Boses

Fairy Tail: Erza Scarlet POP Vinyl Figure

Fairy Tail: Lucy POP Vinyl Figure

Fairy Tail: Natsu POP Vinyl Figure

Fairy Tail: Wendy Marvell POP Vinyl Figure

Dragon Ball Super: Future Trunks POP Vinyl figure

Dragon Ball Super: Goku Black POP Vinyl Figure

Games

Playing Cards: Chocobo’s Crystal Hunt

Playing Cards: Chocobo’s Crystal Hunt – Dungeon & Monsters Expansion Pack

Key Chains 

Key Chain: Bananya – Bananya Pocket Pop Vinyl

Key Chain: Bananya – Bananyako Pocket Pop Vinyl

Key Chain: Bananya – Black Bananya Pocket Pop Vinyl

Key Chain: Bananya – Daddy Bananya Pocket Pop Vinyl

Key Chain: Bananya – Long-Haired Bananya Pocket Pop Vinyl

Plush

Fairy Tail: Happy 17” Plush

Fairy Tail: Happy 3.5” Mini Plush

Fairy Tail: Happy 4” Ball Plush

Kill la Kill: Guts 12” Plush

One-Punch Man: Saitama Ball Plush

New Figure Arrivals Today 1.18.18

Here is a short but wonderful list of figures we just received:

Nendoroid Plus Collectible Rubber Straps: LoveLive!Sunshine!! Swimsuit Ver.

Nendoroid Mitsuha Miyamizu

Nendoroid Taki Tachibana

figma Kirito: O.S ver

figma Shoyo Hinata

Nendoroid Wakatoshi Ushijima

New Arrivals 1.16.18

Here is a list of items we just received:

Books

Death Note (All-in-One Edition) (Manga)

Dragon Ball Super Vol. 1 (Manga)

FukuFuku: Kitten Tales Vol. 1 (Manga) (Chi’s Sweet Home)

Howl’s Moving Castle Vol. 1 (Manga)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 Phantom Blood Vol. 1 (Manga)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2 Battle Tendency Vol. 1 (Manga)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Stardust Crusaders Vol. 1 (Manga)

Karneval Vol. 1 (Manga)

Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Omnibus Vol. 1 (Manga)

Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter Vol. 1 (Manga)

Monster Perfect Edition Vol. 1 (Manga)

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Vol. 1 (Manga)

My Hero Academia Vol. 10 (Manga)

No Game No Life Novel Vol. 5

No Game No Life Novel Vol. 6

One-Punch Man Vol. 12 (Manga)

Persona 4 Vol. 1 (Manga)

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side – P3 Vol. 1 (Manga)

Servamp Vol. 10 (Manga)

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 1 (Manga)

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 13 (Manga)

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 14 (Manga)

Tokyo Ghoul: re Vol. 1 (Manga)

Figures

Death Note: Light POP Vinyl Figure

Dragon Ball Z: Final Form Frieza Pop! Vinyl Figure

Dragon Ball Z: Goku & Nimbus Pop! Vinyl Figure

Dragon Ball Z: Vegeta Pop! Vinyl Figure

Fairy Tail: Erza Scarlet POP Vinyl Figure

Naruto Shippuden: Kakashi POP Vinyl Figure

Naruto Shippuden: Naruto Rasengan POP Vinyl Figure

Naruto Shippuden: Tobi/Obito POP Vinyl Figure

One-Punch Man: Lord Boros POP Vinyl Figure

Sonic: Sonic w/ Ring Pop Vinyl Figure

Sword Art Online: Kirito POP Vinyl Figure

13cm Hatsune Miku Goodsmile Racing & TeamUKYO Racing Miku 2017 Figure

New Arrivals Today 1.11.18

New Stuff today:

Llama Hood Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (White)

Llama Hood Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (Pink)

Llama Hood Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (Purple)

Llama Hood Alpaca 18 Inches Prime Plush (Pink)

Llama Earmuffs Alpaca 7″ Prime Plush white

Evangelion Rei Christmas Figure 22cm

Sword Art Online The Movie -Ordinal Scale- Sinon PVC Figure

Re: Zero Starting Life in Another World Emilia Figure 20cm

Danganronpa 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed 9×12

Black Butler 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed 9×12

Rin-Ne 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Log Horizon Season 2 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Hatsune Miku Figure Original Autumn Clothes Ver. 18cm

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!: Kaleid Figure Illyasviel von Einzbern

Sword Art Online The Movie Ordinal Scale Kirito Premium Figure 17cm

Hatsune Miku Project DIVA SPM Super Premium Figure Christmas

Magical Girl Madoka Magica Figure

Relaxation Time Kyoko Sakura and Miki Sayaka from Puella Magi Madoka The Movie 14cm Sleeping Version(B)

Gundam Re-Stock 12.29.17

Here is the list of what we got in today:

PG Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee N

PG Wing Gundam Zero (EW), “Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz”

Sinanju (Ver. Ka) “Gundam UC”, Bandai MG

Destiny Gundam “Gundam SEED Destiny”, Bandai MG

Strike Noir Gundam, “Gundam SEED Stargazer”, Bandai MG

MG-RX-0 UNICORN HD COLOR

MG Turn A

MG-EW OZ-13MS Epyon

RG Astray Red Frame

MG-MS RX-77-2 Guncannon

#1 Wing Gundam 1/100, Bandai Gundam Wing

#3 Gundam Deathscythe, “Gundam Wing”, Bandai HG Wing

#4 Wing Gundam Zero, “Gundam Wing”, Bandai HG Wing

SD-GG Shining Gundam

SD-GG God Gundam

HG Seed – Abyss Gundam

HG-UC ZG RMS-179 GM II

HG R08 Calamity

HG-BF WG Fenice

#53 Amazing Strike Freedom Gundam “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBF

#57 Ninpulse Gundam “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBF

HG-CE Strike Rouge

RG Astray Red FrameGundam

Exia “Gundam 00”, Bandai RG

HG AGE-FX

HG-TB Atlas

HG UC Blue Destiny Unit 2

#54 00 Raiser + GN Sword lll “Gundam 00”, Bandai HG 00

#66 00 QAN[T] “Gundam 00”, Bandai HG 00

Hydra Gundam, “Gundam Wing G-Unit”, Bandai HG Wing

Zaku Half Cannon “Gundam The Origin”, Bandai HG 1/144

R16 M1 Astray “Gundam SEED”, Bandai HG SEED

Kamiki Burning Gundam “Gundam Build Fighters Try”, Bandai HGBF

#3 Super Custom Zaku F2000 “GunPla Builders”, Bandai HGGPB

Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta “Dragon Ball Super”, Bandai Figure-Rise Standard

New Arrivals 12.22.17

Gundam

MS07B-3 Gouf Custom “Gundam 08th MS Team”, Bandai MG

Gundam Fenice Rinascita “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai MG

EW-04 Gundam Heavyarms Custom (EW), “Gundam Wing Endless Waltz”, Bandai HG-EW 1/100

EW-03 Gundam Heavyarms Custom (EW), “Gundam Wing Endless Waltz”, Bandai HG-EW 1/144

RX-77-2 GUNCANNON, Bandai MG

Crossbone Gundam X1 (Ver.Ka) “Crossbone Gundam, Bandai MG

#01 Nivashi Type Zero “Eureka Seven”, Bandai Mechanic Collection

#4 Nirvash spec 2 “Eureka Seven”, Bandai Mechanic Collection

EX-34 Hidolfir, “MS Igloo”, Bandai EX Model

#59 Gundam Astray Gold Frame Amatu Mina “Gundam SEED Astray”, Bandai HG SEED

#64 Cherudim Gundam Saga Type. GBF “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBF

Shinanju (Animation Color) “Gundam UC”, Bandai MG

04 Gundam Bael “Gundam IBO”, Bandai IBO Full Mechanics 1/100

Mobile Sumo (Gold Type) “Turn A Gundam”, Bandai 1/100 Turn A

#19 Gundam Astray Red Frame “Gundam SEED Astray”, Bandai RG

57 Ninpulse Gundam “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBF

Petit’gguy Setsuna F Seiei Blue & Placard “Gundam 00”, Bandai HGPG

#8 MSN–03 GOGG, Bandai HGUC

BB#203 Wing Gundam Zero (EW), “Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz”, Bandai SD

BB#239 Shining Gundam “G Gundam”, Bandai SD

BB#242 God Gundam “G Gundam”, Bandai SD

#04 Meteor Hopper “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBC

#12 Miss Sazabi “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBF

#176 Strike Rouge “Gundam SEED”, Bandai HGCENN

New Arrivals 12.21.17

 

Books

Art Book: Soul Eater – Soul Art Vol. 2

Art Book: Chi’s Sweet Home- Coloring Book

Attack on Titan vol. 23 (manga)

Bingo Stray Dogs vol. 5 (Manga)

Devil is a Part-Timer Novel Vol. 9

Flying Witch vol. 4 (Manga)

Graineliers Vol. 1 (Manga)

High School DXD vol. 10 (Manga)

Irregular at Magic High School Novel Vol. 6

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel Vol. 10

Kagerou Daze Vol. 8 (Manga)

RE:Zero Chapter 2 Vol. 4: A Week at the Mansion (Manga) (Starting Life in Another World)

Silent Voice Complete Series Box Set (Manga)

So I’m a Spider, So What? Vol. 1 (Manga)

Sword Art Online Novel Vol. 12: Alicization Rising

Sword Art Online Caliber (Manga)

 

Figures

Star Wars: Ronin Jango Fett Meisho Movie Realization Action Figure

Key Chains

Key Chain: Dragon Ball Z – 4-Star Dragon Ball