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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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Fate Stay Night V1_Anime DVD Cover Fate Stay Night V1. Anime DVD Review

Jason's fate is to make sense of it all

Publisher: Madman

Tue, 21 August 2007

Jason Vorhees image by: Jason

Fate Stay Night.

Three simple words that in no way resemble a complete sentence or even part of one for that matter. Anyway we're not here to discuss the finer points of the English language; we're here to review another Anime so here we go.

I have noticed a theme in some Animes lately. Nobody knows just what in the name of Sweet Zombie Jesus is going on - this applies to both the viewer and the characters. They just get dropped straight in the middle of everything, strategy in full swing. Although it does have the desired effect of drawing you into the show, making you watch it on off chance someone will explain everything. Well enough of the theorizing and on with the review.

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This servant bloke who looks like Dante just received the award for being "Most outstanding in his field"
Our story follows the adventures of Shiro Emiya, a relatively normal young man if you discount the fact that Shiro has a bit of a knack with electrical things. He can fix them using a talent that passes very close to magic but we'll get to that in a minute.

Ten years previously there was a huge fire that burned most of the city and nearly did in Shiro. But he was saved by his adoptive father who just happened to be a mage (or one who is capable of cool magic shit). The story begins after Shiro's father is dead and with Shiro leading a relatively normal life.

What gradually becomes clear is that Fuyuki City is the setting for the Holy Grail Wars, a secret no holds barred free for all battle between seven sorcerers for the ultimate prize - you guessed it - the fabled Holy Grail.

These sorcerers or 'masters'as they are referred to in the series don't just throw lightning bolts at each other. Once a master has been chosen to participate in the Grail Wars they must summon a servant from one of the seven classes (think lancer, archer, berserker etc). These servants are of course not human, but they once were.

They are spirits who were individuals of great power in life some of whom are historical figures e.g. Hercules makes an appearance and I'm almost positive that Shiro's servant (a woman called Sabre) will turn out to be Joan of Arc.

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Will you challenge the enemy again? Soul Calibur's Sophitia stops by to strike a pose
All of this turns out to be a bit much for poor old Shiro to take in, so he is schooled in some of the finer points by Rin Tosaka a fellow student at his school and descendant of a long line of sorcerers (as well as being an obnoxious bitch).

Rin's father was killed in the last Grail war so she has trained since then to succeed him. So the Grail Wars have begun once again and the question is, who will emerge victorious?
Well like me you'll have to watch the rest of the series to find out (although putting money on Shiro wouldn't be the silliest idea).

So there you have it another gem from the fine folks at Madman, do these guys know what they're doing or what?

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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