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Ryu’s Site Review – Animax TV UK

Posted on March 1st, 2014 by Ryu Sheng | 1 Comment


Animax is one of the largest streaming sites around, rivalling Crunchyroll. For the longest time they were in separate rings though, Crunchy taking the west and Animax the east. Over the past few years however Animax have been spreading westwards, though without much fanfare. The problem they faced was the hold that Crunchyroll has on the anime streaming in the west. Crunchyroll however is heavily focused on America, with Europe being a back hander. this has lead to a lot of disgruntled European fans who would like to support legal avenues of watching anime, but are forced to fan subs because there’s no legal option available.

Yes there are several other anime streaming sites in Europe, but most of those tend to just be re-skinned Crunchyroll, sub licensing for showing in Europe.

Animax, who joined forces with Sony sought to bridge that gap, which they did; sort of.

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9781595820723ISBN-13: 9781595820723
Language: English
Direction: Left to Right
Pages: 213
By: Junichi Fujisaku
Publisher: Dark Horse
Type: Series, Novel
Genre: Seinen, Action, Post-apocalyptic


Since being formed as a shadow peacekeeping organization, Section 9 has faced almost countless adversaries both in the real world and in cyberspace, but none like "The Awakened," a group of terrorists who seem to have the ability to take over the minds and bodies of almost anyone and use them to commit crimes against the state, leaving their pawns unaware of who was controlling them. When Major Motoko Kusanagi is able to capture one of the boys used as a pawn she hacks into his cyberbrain to find out who the ringleader is, but what she discovers will take her and the operatives of Section 9 on a journey deep into the heart of cyberspace, and the answers she finds will shake Section 9 to its core.

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Ryu’s Musings – Sword Art Online (Anime)

Posted on January 30th, 2013 by Ryu Sheng |

5fe886f3daa6485efecf1ea6dc5207931343265548_fullLanguage: Japanese + English Subs
Episodes: 25
Director: Tomohiko Ito
Producer: Kazuma Miki and Shinitirou Kashiwada
Distributor: Aniplex (Japan) Crunchyroll (EU/US)
Type: Series
Genre: Action, Fantasy, MMO, Shounen


In the near future, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online has been released where players control their avatars with their bodies using a piece of technology called: Nerve Gear. One day, players discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive unless they reach the 100th floor of the game’s tower and defeat the final boss. However, if they die in the game, they die in real life. Their struggle for survival starts now…

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9781935429852 ISBN-13: 9781935429852
Language: English
Direction: Right to Left
Pages: 248
by: Yu Kinutani
Publisher: Kodansha Comics 
Type: Series 
Genre: Shounen, Action


Stand Alone Complex takes place in the year 2030, in the fictional Japanese city of New Port. The story follows the members of Public Security Section 9, a special-operations task-force made up of former military officers and police detectives. The manga presents individual cases that Section 9 investigates, along with an ongoing, more serious investigation into the serial killer and hacker known only as "The Laughing Man."

When a high-ranking government official is kidnapped, the Prime Minister must call in his top crime fighting force known as Section 9.  Lead by the beautiful (and deadly) Major Kusanagi, the cybernetically enhanced squad must use all their skill to take down the kidnappers and rescue the hostages.  But that’s only half of the mission; can Kusanagi and company find out who’s behind the kidnapping, and, more importantly, just what they’re after?  Find out in this thrilling first volume of The Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex!

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Ryu’s Musings – Jyu-Oh-Sei Box Set (Anime)

Posted on July 14th, 2010 by Ryu Sheng |

Here’s my first Anime review 😀 I choose this one because it’s one off my all time favourites and goes with me everywhere, even on holiday hehe. Included in the review are two promo videos that sadly were not included in the DVD’s, the music videos of the OP and ED. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!! (Video issue should be fixed now….I hope.)

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