The Reverse Thieves are a blogging duo made up of the stylish Narutaki and the indomitable Hisui. With a detective theme they report on and analyze all aspects of anime and manga fandom with the hope to promote critical analysis ...Read More


It's not even Christmas yet, but for me 2010 has already got off to a good start. January 1st sees the publication of my story Havana Augmented - a tale of globalization, celebrity gamers, augmented reality and non-existent mech battles. ...Read More


Something a little different today - something not directly related to anime or manga - but something I'm pretty sure you'll agree is pretty damn cool. A few years ago, whilst innocently browsing for mecha reference images for one of my ...Read More


With the anime industry facing recession and accused of creative stagnation, a common recent tactic has been to take two well established genres and weld them together, often with questionable results. Satellite Studios' Basquash! pulls the same move, merging sports ...Read More


The first thing about Shinji Aramaki's Viper's Creed to grab my attention when scanning through last season's schedules was that it is a mecha series that deals with life within a Blackwater style Private Military Company, or PMC. Set in ...Read More


(Note: This is the third and final part of an ongoing review of RideBack. Read the first and second parts.) As Japan's winter anime season ends, so too does what was arguably it's highlight: Atsushi Takahashi’s 12 part series RideBack. A ...Read More


(Note: This is the second part of an ongoing review of RideBack. The first part can be read here and the final part here.) If you read my review last month of the first three episodes of Atsushi Takahashi's teenage mecha ...Read More


There was a point, just a few minutes into the second half of the first episode of RideBack, when I finally decided that it was the first show I'd seen worth following this year. As the main protagonist races her ...Read More


Here we go - the final set of art books I picked up in Tokyo, and by far my favourite purchases from there. Patlabor has been my mecha franchise of choice ever since I first saw Oshii's beautifully paced, politically ...Read More