Madhouse’s ::Redline:: High-octane Entertainment!

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It’s only just recently that I’ve even heard of this film and that was by some accident I can’t even remember. That totally knocks my fandom down to just below “avid”.

When I watched it I wasn’t sure why I was so out of the loop. Oh and it was amazing!

 After reading that Madhouse produced it I knew the animation was going to be interesting. Madhouse always manages to hyper-stylize their animations to a sometimes nauseating degree but always manage to pull it off with a story that keeps you watching. Redline wasn’t the exception and I found it enjoyable all the same. Oh, and it may come as no surprise that Redline isn’t for kids.

Alien child with parent.

The best way I can describe the movie would be to compare it to that of Episode I having been directed by Wachowski’s, i.e. Speed Racer and animated to boot.

Typical Redline fans.

  Redline appealed to the senses that mattered. The music fit the scenes, the scenes were interesting enough to cover up some weak parts of the story, the story was a typical lucky-reckless-underdog-beats-all-odds-gets-girl type love story. A little cliché. Sounds dull but they add a few sub-stories for an overall grasp of the Universe not to mention they do throw in a little nudity, if you’re into that sort of thing animated. It’s really only when the characters finally make it to the Redline races that all hell breaks loose and we’re able to kick back and enjoy it.

The racers that we want to succeed in this film are human while the other racers are alien. There are several eccentric humanoid characters like the violent Batman/Robin knockoffs (which I found pretty funny) and the undefeated Redline champion who modifies his body for direct interfacing with his car. Craziness!

The Action, the Suspense!

Since it’s based in a fictitious interstellar setting we’re slightly, visually graced with an odd assortment of creatures and cultures watching the live coverage of the races like so many avid NASCAR fans. But this is nothing like NASCAR. I actually enjoyed it.

That’s really all I have to say. Inspired, no?




Studio Movie Grill and FUNimation have teamed up to bring anime to the big screen!

Anime fans, movie goers and lovers of good food gather ’round for this tale of epic proportions! Well, it’s not that huge but it is something big for us local yokel’s.

FUNimation has announced that it has partnered up with Studio Movie Grill to bring to you, every second Tuesday of the month, Anime on the big screen!

Now, you don’t have to be otaku to understand what this means and to top it off: It’s free!

Great food, great entertainment and affordable prices. Yes, that sounds like a great idea!

I hope this appeals to you but as a bonus, and because I love both FUNimation and SMG, I’ll even let you check this out if you missed it or didn’t care to look.



Trigun: The Movie

For some time now, we fans of the Anime and, better yet, the Manga series Trigun have heard rumors of a movie with that name being in the works. Normally I hate rumors, but this appears to be more than rumor and less than normal.


But many of us skeptics aren’t holding our breath yet.

According to this linked article, the movie will be based more on the Manga than the Anime. Everyone’s favorite insurance girls, Millie and Meryl, will be among the animated cast as well as *drum-roll please* Wolfwood! (Yeah, he was my personal favorite.) A couple new characters will be added for that little touch of mystery and even that Vash guy will make an appearance so it all works out!

If you want to check out the trailer click no further:



Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


Looks like FUNimation has finally announced the English voice-over cast lineup for everyone’s favorite brothers Elric!

Yeah, it’s been a while since the original Aniplex/Bones series had its finale in the form of The Conqueror of Shamballa, but now you can see Ed and Al once again!

So far this series has rehashed the necessary and relevant information from the earlier series all within the first 14 episodes, changing and leaving out a few things here and there.

As for how close this series sticks to the manga as opposed to its predecessor, I don’t know. For as much the nerd, and veritable “otaku”, that I am, I’ve only read the first chapter of the first volume so you will have to figure that out your self. What I can tell you is that “Brotherhood” is just as interesting as the original but that soon changes after the first 14 episodes and in the best possible way.

You’ll have to wait until midnight of Saturday, February 13 for the English dub to air on [adult swim] (making it a little less lame), but if you’d like to view the subtitled episodes click here.

And this most recent news straight from FUNimation itself:

Can’t catch the broadcast premiere Saturday? Not to worry fellow anime fans. FUNimation is happy to announce that we are also bringing you brand spanking new dubbed episodes of ‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’ every Sunday for download-to-own on PlayStation®Network and Zune Marketplace.

Watch a new episode on Saturday – buy it for your console of choice on Sunday! We anime professionals at FUNimation once again make it easy to get the shows you want, where you want, and when you want.”

Heck yeah!