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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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Le Chevalier Deon V1 DVD COVER Le Chevalier D'Eon V1. Anime DVD Review

Cross dresser or victim of ghostly possession?

Publisher: Madman

Sat, 2 February 2008

Jason Vorhees image by: Jason

Le Chevalier D'Eon makes for something different after so many anime series about samurai's, robots, vampires and high school girls. For a completely different change of pace we have a series set in pre revolutionary France. Based on a novel of the same name and also based on an actual historical figure the series combines history and intrigue with that essential WTF! feeling we seem to need in our anime these days.

The more observant among you will have worked out that the series is about a guy named D'Eon. Now D'Eon de Beaumont for all intents and purposes appears to be a fine upstanding regular young man, recently knighted and a member of the court of Versailles.

Le Chevalier Deon Screen 1_x
Don't look back in anger, I heard her say
Now all of that is well and good but D'Eon is also a member of the secret police who answer to the king and are investigating a series of disappearances of young women. What is happening to these women becomes apparent when D'Eon's sister Lia goes missing and turns up floating down the river Seine in a coffin with PSALMS painted on the lid.

What follows is D'Eon's investigations into the mysterious goings on and a foray into the realms of some freaky weird shit, secret societies, dead bodies reanimated and filled with mercury and other such stuff that would cause a lesser man to fill his dacks and run away.

Obviously this is more of a job than one man can handle alone so D'Eon has a motley crew of assistants. There is Robin; the queen's page, Durand; the mysterious man who uses a twin sword fighting style and Teillagory; the older man who instructed D'Eon and Lia both in the art of swordplay.

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It slices it dices, it even helps you strike dramatic poses, now how much would you expect to pay Tony?
While D'Eon and his musketeers are a formidable force there is one other thing to mention, that would be D'Eon himself. While he is quite accomplished fencer, at times he undergoes a transformation, he becomes…. a chick, his dead sister to be exact and the better swordsperson of the two.

Now this probably sounds a bit weird and it is, the story is that Lia cannot pass on to heaven and is using her brothers body to seek her vengeance but when she takes over D'Eon looks way too much like a woman for my tastes.

There it is, our foray into pre-revolutionary France comes to a close and an interesting place it is too, from its queens that keep talking skeletons in the corner to its hordes of mercury filled moving dead people (they call them gargoyles), to its heroes of indeterminate gender.

Funnily enough the DVD extras contain historical notes and at one point the historical figure this is based on spent a large portion of time claming to be a woman. If you're sick of samurai and robots you could do worse than give Le Chevalier D'Eon a look

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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