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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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Cutey Honey Anime DVD Cover New Cutey Honey Collection. Anime DVD Review

Underneath the mask Jason is even cuter

Publisher: Madman

Sun, 10 June 2007

Jason Vorhees image by: Jason

One thing I should probably make very clear right from the start of this review, if you are the type of person that is easily offended by great big gravity defying cartoon boobies and copious female nudity then I have a small suggestion;


Cutey Honey Anime Screen 1
Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to make lonely teenage boys horny
Having said that if there's anyone left (I know you're still there) then take a walk with me into the world of Cosplay city.

Cutey Honey or (to give it its full title) Go Nagai's New Cutey Honey Collection is most likely the first experience that us Westerners have had with the character that is Honey Kisaragi. Unless of course you happened to be in Japan in the mid 70's when the original Cutey Honey series aired and dealt with Honey in high school.

Fast forward to 1994 and this brings us to exactly what we are talking about. Honey is older and now secretary to Mayor Light, until circumstances arise forcing Honey to return to her role of champion of the oppressed, righter of wrongs and protector of truth, justice and kittens and puppies everywhere.

So you're probably wondering just what makes a Mayor's secretary a crime fighting heroine? Well its all down to the outfit she wears and if she's overdressed for an occasion then a cry of "Honey Flash" accompanied by some very gratuitous nudity and Honey is ready for anything, be it riding a motorcycle or posing as a nurse or anything in between.

It's best to look at each disk in this collection individually. On disk one; the first four episodes follow a complete story with Honey facing off against the evil Dolmek.

Disk two's episodes don't seem to follow any connected plot except for the good bashing evil theme. The other difference between them is that disk two's episodes seem to take themselves a lot less seriously. For example, in one episode Honey is shot in her ample chest but is unharmed, as she is wearing a bullet proof bra and a comment is made to the audience about how we can't let the star of the show get hurt.

Cutey Honey Anime Screen 2
Wonder twins unite -form of- a sexy bizarre Japanese comicbook cover
Of course taking on all the darkness in Cosplay city is too big of a job for one person, even if she is a super powered android so it's just as well Honey's not alone. She has the assistance of Danbei Hayami and his family; being his grandson and Honey's pseudo love interest Chokkei, and his thieving thugs of parents Daiko and Akakabu.

Danbei is a cyborg himself and its worth mentioning that he is a walking piss-take of every giant robot cliché you have ever seen. Laser beam eyes, exploding fists, this guy's got the lot.

The value of the extras will depend on how much of a Cutey Honey nut you are. You have the almost obligatory clean opening and closing titles, an interview with the voice actor for the Japanese version and some cosplay-like live action Cutey Honey - personally its one of these things you look at once and then never again.
[Ninja's Note: The whole textless into / closing has to be the most pointless extra I've encountered on any DVD. Who rushes home to load up a textless opening song?]

So there it is, an entertaining mix of boobs and crime fighting - not everyone's cup of tea - but if you're of an open mind give it a look

by: Jason

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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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