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GamelogoBy Australian Ninja

Remnants & Relics. Buttonhole *Special* Feature

Welcome dear reader to Remnants & Relics, the first in an ongoing series of features looking back at various aspects of yesterday's video games. This series is one that I'd hoped to kick off many months ago, but I just haven't had the time to do it justice, until now. So consider this your opportunity to put on your best pair or rose-tinted glasses, open up a luke-warm can of clichés and prepare to hop aboard the way-back-machine.... It came from beyond two dimensions! -A Look Back at Isometric Gaming-

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ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

ACMI Day Tripper

Welcome Buttonhole readers to another feature that is so choc-full of goodness that I've divided it into several sections. The top half is about the Indy video games showcased at ACMI. The bottom half is about the Pixar exhibit. It's ridiculously long and all terribly interesting to read, so you may as well read it in two halves, or just the parts that interest you. After reading about the ACMI exhibits on their website and getting more than a little excited, I decided to make the perilous trek to inner Melbourne. With time on my side and money stuffed in my pocket I ventured forth to the train station. Once on board I passed the time by staring out the window, reading a volume of Dark Horse's Concrete and snacking on tasty fruit. Arriving at Flinders St, I wandered around until inevitably finding my way out of the rat-maze like station.

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ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Classic Comic-book Review. Kraven's Last Hunt

"Here lies Spider-Man - Slain by the Hunter" So reads the grave of one of histories greatest superheros. "But he's not dead, is he? What happened to everyone's favourite web-slinger? Spidey seems to be alive and well now, what with his three movie deal and a string of monthly Marvel comic-book titles to his name, so why was he buried six feet under? The year is 1987. The company is Marvel. The character is Sergei Kravinov also known as 'Kraven the Hunter.' Back in the 60's Stan and Steve (Lee and Ditko, respectively) churned out a heap of cool villains for the title "Amazing Spider-Man." Doctor Octopus, The Cham

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Cyber City Oedo Anime DVD Cover Cyber City Oedo 808. Anime DVD Review

Criminals, Punks and Metrosexuals - Oh My!

Publisher: Madman

Mon, 21 May 2007

Jason Vorhees image by: Jason

Ahh yes the cyberpunk genre, not one of my favorites but still worth a look. Back in the far reaches of time (i.e. the late 90's) this title was available on VHS Video. Probably relegated to a dark forgotten corner of your video shop (somewhere close to the porn section) along with the highly influential Akira and Ninja Scroll among others. Now some years later we have Oedo 808 available on DVD but is it worth looking at? Well read on and find out.

In Cyber City Oedo 808 we have three hardened and extremely dangerous criminals serving ridiculously long sentences in the pokey (300 years plus). The cops give them a choice; either spend the rest of their lives slowly rotting away in a cell in an orbital penitentiary, or join the Cyber police and gain a small reduction in sentence for duty served. One small catch however, is that they only have a limited amount of time to solve the case or (to quote their boss) "Your head will file for divorce from your body" - due to the explosive collars they all have to wear.

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Don't let the nails or lipstick fool you, Benten's all man baby!
The crims in question are: Sengoku, an anti-social, anti authority kind of guy with a very big gun. I think there may have been some liberties taken with the English dub as Japanese people generally don't swear like this guy does.
Gogl, an effing great monster of a bloke with a Mohawk, who (just to throw stereotypes out the window) is the master computer hacker of the group.
Benten, the skinny looking effeminate guy. Until he actually spoke I was sure he was a chick. Benten is an expert gymnast and uses one of those nasty piano wire garrote things as his favorite weapon.

A bit of totally useless information is that all three of these men carry what looks like a Sai (think Raphael the ninja turtle). Some poking about on the interweb informs us it is not a Sai but is in fact a Jutte, a weapon used by law enforcers during the Edo period (18th century or thereabouts) although in this case the Jutte serves as something like a police badge. [Ninja's Note: Both the Sai and Jutte can be used for catching / trapping the attack of a sword wielding opponent].

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"The Dark Knight Returns? Sorry mate, never 'eard of em"
While Cyber City Oedo 808 doesn't have the "must see more" feeling that the long running Anime series have, a three episode one shot is by no means a bad thing. Apparently the original intention was for there to be only the first episode, but popularity prevailed and resulted in another two episodes.

So there you have it. Something to throw on your DVD player of choice, park your arse on the couch and insert popcorn into the larger of your face holes (Buttonhole accepts no responsibility for persons trying to insert popcorn into ears or noses) then switch off your brain and enjoy.

by: Jason

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ToonlogoBy Borgieman

Manifest '07 Report

Ninja's note: Once again, it's time for another Buttonhole report on the Melbourne Anime Festival, otherwise known as Manifest 2007. If you missed Ichibod's feature on a previous Manifest, check it out here. This Manifest coverage comes to you courtesy of forum regular and newest Buttonhole contributor Borgieman, a cool guy who knows his Anime and has been known to play a video game or two. So read on true believers! A Day at Manifest 2007

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ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Only Yesterday. Anime Review

The problem with having favourite films is that every time I watch another Studio Ghibli film it becomes my new favourite. It kind of renders the word 'favourite' meaningless when every Studio Ghibli film takes my breath away. Still, I can't complain about being thoroughly entertained by this whimsical and insightful film, "Only Yesterday". This gem was directed by Isao Takahata, well known for his anime film Grave of the Fireflies. Although Only Yesterday is a light hearted film that ambles along at a leisurely pace, it still manages to explore themes such as love, work, family relationship struggles, following your dreams and country versus city living. In the film, the main character Taeko decides to take a working vacation in the country, getting away from her office bound job and unexpectedly starts t

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ToonlogoBy Jason

Speed Grapher V1. Anime Review

Well, "I don't like it" was my initial feeling when viewing this Anime for the first time. Subsequent viewings haven't changed my views a great deal. Nothing really stands out as being absolute shit but it seems that this series tries too hard. It's almost like they were more interested in creating something 'edgy' and confronting but sadly forgot to include an even remotely palatable story. The hero of this particular piece is a bloke called Tatsumi Saiga. Tatsumi is a photographer and a veteran war journalist for whom taking photos has become somewhat of a fetish. Although he seems to have become jaded - nothing is worth wasting his film on - that is, at least until he stumbles across an exclusive club for the mega rich

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