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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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Toons
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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Toons
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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Speed Grapher Anime V1_Cover Speed Grapher V1. Anime Review

Go Speed Grapher Go!

Publisher: Madman

Sat, 7 July 2007

Jason Vorhees image by: Jason

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 while investigating a lead. In this club any desire legal or otherwise can be fulfilled, for a price.

Speed Grapher Anime_Screen 1
Smile for the camera darling, that's it marvelous, now you're exploding, can you show me exploding, fabulous!
Upon infiltrating the exclusive club, Saiga sees many things on his way to a large central room where a client is being "blessed" by the goddess. The goddess is a young girl by the name of Kagura Tennouzu; the daughter of the chairwoman of the Tennouzu group.

Kagura has some strange powers. By exchanging bodily fluids with a person, that person becomes a euphoric. A euphoric is a person with super powers related to their innermost desires.

Sounds interesting? Yeah I thought so too, here's where it goes beyond weird and into the realms of fucking strange. Naturally you would assume that Saiga is going to end up with powers of a sort. Well he does, after Kagura descends and bestows him with a surprisingly wet kiss for a young girl. Saiga (the bloke with the camera) develops fast healing and the ability to blow shit up just by taking a picture. (That kind of brings his career to a screaming halt you would think, not much work for photographers that turn their subjects into wet stains on the floor.)

Speed Grapher Anime_Screen 2
If I die before I wake, I pray no more this Anime they make
This series also seems to jump around like a can of Mexican jumping beans after being injected with a cocktail of caffeine, speed and red bull. Either that or the sequence of episodes on this DVD is out of wack.

Case in point: you don't find out exactly what happened at the end of the first episode until the third one. Now, I don't claim to be an Anime god but surely the second episode is a bit early for a filler episode?

Together Saiga and his girlfriend of sorts - Hibari Ginza - truly are a pathetic pair. A photographer who can't get it up without looking through a camera and a cop who can't get it on without a gun in her hand.

Usually I either like or dislike an Anime right from the start. It's either great or I hate it with a passion. This one I feel neither, it just doesn't do any thing for me.
Lights, camera andůmeh!


by: Jason

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Toons
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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Toons
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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Toons
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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