Kipo and The Age of The Wonderbeasts Review

I was looking for something to watch on Netflix when I came upon Kipo. What I found was such an unusual series,wthat I can say every episode shows you something new.

Set in a time after civilization has fallen, where Mutes (short for mutants) control the surface. Humans for the most part live below ground, because not all mutes are friendly. Neither are some humans. But more on that later…

Mutes are anthro you name it, my favs include The Timbercats (as shown above), The Rats and The Raccoons

Although they don’t give exact dates or even a timeline. I found Kipo was an absolute delight to watch. Fantastic characters, which includes a talking giant bug and a 4 eyed blue pig. A great script, and equally great voice acting.

The plot for the first 2 seasons is that we meet the regulars, and we discover that a talking mandrill named Scarlemagne wants to control the humans. You see his pheromones can control the minds of humans. But that isn’t all, he want to takeover the entire area they all share. His minions (also talking primates) ride 2 headed flying flamingos.

Have I got you hooked?

The seasons just fly by I didn’t realize I was already into the 3 season until the other day. Until I got to the episode where they must battle Scarlemagne, how that actually turned out kinda blew my mind as who was actually Kipo’s missing mother, I leave you this one spoiler she isn’t human at this point in the series.

If you have Netflix as any good furry should for at least Beastars and BNA, give Kipo a try you may just wind up loving it like me.

Animaniacs on Hulu Full Review

I tend not to binge as I want to really watch it and my verdict is that The New Animaniacs episodes on Hulu are great. Yes I am very well aware of the complaints and did you know I had only wrapped up TOS, which is also on Hulu barely 2 months ago.

First up let me address the complaints. I would agree the series is not perfect and there was some segments. Namely Cindy and that tiny naked alien I thought was absolutely dreadful, but on the other hand you get this 3 minute long silent piece on what happens when the Gate Guard falls a sleep while on duty. Which I thought was totally brilliant. I think we forget that not everything in TOS was all that great. In fact there are just too many to pick out just 1. But the overall series was great.

This 2020 version or as they mentioned in the 1st episode written in 2018 series. Is a product of today, today’s humor and it’s style. But the overall series is great, they did some segment like Pinky and The First and Brain’s First Lady was something I am sure they would not get away with in TOS. Mainly do to the many rumors that Hillary Clinton was actually running the White House, all the while Bill was getting his dick sucked. Hey, those were the actual rumors. We quickly knew which side of the political spectrum that crew was on in their treatment of trump. Like in the Hall of Presidents in episode 13 where Dot sings about the First Ladies. Tiny legs, FAT belly and BIG head. It was nice.

So the series isn’t to everyone’s liking, what I actually hate with some of these reviews is calling it a waste of time, rather than going in on what they did or didn’t like. They did some amazing bits on the show, and if you have your doubts check out YouTube.

The only person I know who hated that Tucker Carlson slam was Tucker Carlson and his fans? It was brilliant!!! For a second I thought his head was going to explode.

If you got Hulu check it out, if not they are currently running a $1.99 a month special which is good for the entire year. Also they do have that Disney + package.

Come on I hear complaints on how there are so few really good shows to watch, even on these streaming services. Animaniacs is one of those series and is worth checking out.

BNA: Brand New Animal Season 1 Review Warning Spoilers!!!

We start the series with Michira (a female high school student) running away to Anima-City. Because a short time ago she suddenly became a Beastman, a Tanooki. This is when we find out what are Beastmen. Which in this series for the most part they can transform from human to semi-full and furry characters and back again at will.

We also learn that Anima-City isn’t all that great, when Michira runs into Marie Itami and company who not only saves her life from humans that want to kill her (because she is a beastman) but in turn this same group takes her for every penny she has, on top of that her purse gets stolen. So at the very start we see that Anima-City is filled with thieves who steal anything, and their own kind of selling each other into slavery to the humans as test subjects.

But the high point of this series is Shirou, a silver wolf who is immortal, and regurally helps out both law enforcement and those too scared to call for help.

As Michira looks for a cure we get to see all sides of Anima-City, because she teams up to Shirou. It seems she also has other beast powers she can call up at will…but it takes her a while to figure that out.

It would literally take me reviewing every single episode. About what I liked and didn’t. But each episode is good, I agree with most that the baseball episode is one of the best. But I think the reason why we get to see so many characters as well as Anime-City seemly underside is to make us curious enough to stick around. Which believe me I’m glad I did.

Although in these 12 episodes we get to know about these characters and the world they live in we get to see an underlying story arch of the entire season. Involving Alan Sylvasta and the Sylvasta Corp, I promise you won’t trust big pharma more than seeing what they are up to, let alone Alan Sylvasta HUGE secret.

The overall story of the 1st season of BNA: Brand New Animal is that it is slowly revealed that the Beastmen have a problem it seems when they loose focus they turn into giant beasts out to destory everything.

The big question is will they by episode 12?

I am trying to be careful not to post full on spoilers…but when things come to a head in episode 12. Will your favorites die? Will beastmen live on? I don’t want to spoil it, but it was incredible. Believe me when I say it was worth the wait, you will get an ending that will completely statify you.

Although I will admit it takes a while to get into the series. It is well worth watching again and again. I am looking forward to a second season if we get one.

Aggretsuko Review

A couple of furs recommended to me that I check out Aggretsuko which is currently on Netflix.

According to Wikipedia

Retsuko is an anthropomorphic red panda, 25 years old and single, who works in the accounting department of a Japanese trading firm. Facing constant frustration every day from pushy superiors and annoying co-workers, Retsuko lets out her emotions by going to a karaoke bar every night and singing death metal. After five years of working the daily grind, her relationships with her various co-workers are starting to shift, opening up in ways that can change her life for better… or for worse.

To what I think of it? I actually hated it, for example, the characters do what they do then suddenly without warning they go into a psychotic laced rant.

Really there isn’t much to the plot of each episode which takes place mainly in the offices where Retsuko is employed. Really I feel they all should be on meds.

All I can say is if you can watch this and want to check it out do. Like it? I have no issue with you as nobody likes everything…but as for me I know I will not be watching any more episodes.

Anime Review: The Amazing 3

The Amazing 3 anime 1965 to 1966

Okay I fully admit the only reason I know about this series is Joe Strike’s book Furry Nation. Siting it as one of the early anime’s that is furry. Yes I am fully aware of siting something is furry in the mid 1960s is a longshot at best. But I have to admit after seeing just one episode this series is 100% furry.

Airing from June 6, 1965 to June 27, 1966 with a total of 52 episodes.

Plot as taken from Wikipedia

The Galactic Federation is concerned about the number of wars on the Planet Earth. It sends three agents to determine if the planet is a potential threat to the universe, and whether it should be destroyed. The instrument of destruction is a device resembling a large black ball with two antennae that is variously called an anti-proton bomb, a solar bomb, and a neutron bomb. The agents (Captain Bokko, Nokko, and Pukko) are originally humanoid in appearance, but upon arrival on Earth they take on the appearances of a rabbit (Bokko), a horse (Nokko), and a duck (Pukko) that they had captured as examples of Earth life forms. While on Earth they travel in a tire-shaped vehicle capable of enormous speeds called the Big Wheel, which can travel on both land and water (and, with modifications, through the air).

After landing, they are befriended by Shinichi Hoshi, a young boy who becomes their ally throughout the series. The series also features Shinichi’s older brother Koichi who is a member of the secret intelligence agency “Phoenix”, formed to protect the peace of the world. The Wonder 3 are initially repulsed by the violence of the earthlings, especially Pukko, but gradually change their thinking after being touched by the kind personality of Shinichi.

In the final episode of the series the decision is made by the galactic council that mankind is irredeemable and that the Earth is to be destroyed. Although Pukko is in favor of this as much as ever, Bokko puts off the order as long as possible, and eventually decides to disobey the council’s decision. However, prior to Bokko’s decision to disobey her orders, Shinichi is appalled at the likelihood that his friends would obey the order and runs to Koichi to ask Phoenix to intervene.

Although dozens of Phoenix agents fight the Amazing 3 in their saucer, they are unable to destroy it, and Shinichi appeals to Bokko, Nokko, and Pukko to take him back to their home planet to plead Earth’s case. During the trip Bokko, Nokko, and Pukko revert to their humanoid forms for the first time, much to the surprise of Shinichi, who had never seen their true appearances before (perhaps not clearly, anyway – he had also seen them through the window of their saucer in the first episode, though it’s suggested in the episode that he could only see their silhouettes).

Shinichi is particularly surprised by Bokko’s beauty in her actual form. A3 are presented to the galactic council on charges of disobeying orders. Shinichi is given a chance to plead Earth’s case and the council offers him the opportunity to stay on their planet with all the rights and privileges of other citizens. Shinichi becomes angry and attacks a guard, thus proving mankind’s inherently violent nature to many there. The order is given to wipe out Shinichi’s memories, but before this can be done Bokko pleads for him to be released, and for the Earth to be given more time to develop. The council eventually decides to return A3 to the Earth and re-examine the matter when Shinichi reaches adulthood.

Upon their return to Earth Pukko is ashamed of his attitude toward humans before that point, Shinichi is reunited with Koichi, and Bokko is transformed by Nokko and Pukko into an Earth girl so she’ll have a chance to be with Shinichi as the human girl she really wants to be – for a short time, anyway. The closing shot of the series is of the now-human Bokko walking towards Shinichi’s home to find him.

If you doubt this is truly furry watch the episode below, and then tell me I was wrong.

Media

The complete Japanese-language manga is available in two volumes. A late 1970s three volume set can also sometimes be found. The manga has never been officially released in English.

During the 1990s, the series was available in Japan both on two sets of laserdiscs and on a series of thirteen VHS videocassettes. The series was first released on DVD in Japan in two volumes in 2002 and 2003. A complete single-volume 10-DVD set was released in 2005. A lower priced (¥15,000) 10-DVD set was released for a limited time in 2008 in honor of what would have been Tezuka’s 80th birthday. Though the negatives for the series were damaged in a warehouse flood, the episodes on the Japanese DVDs were taken from the best existing sources.

The American (English-dubbed) films are rumored to have been either lost or destroyed. The English-dubbed version of the series also aired on Australia’s Channel 9 beginning in 1969. Anime Sols, which closed officially on May 1, 2015 attempted to crowdfund the streaming rights for the official English-subbed version of the show.

A handful of episodes are on YouTube generally only can be seen in their original Japanese with English subtitles

Anime Review: Samurai Champloo

It is as different from the anime most watch as possible it begins with a chance meeting of these 2 samurai who want to kill each other and this 15 year old girl looking for a samurai that smells like sunflowers. Really that is the plot.

My description is backed up by Wikipedia which goes in to more detail

A young woman named Fuu is working as a waitress in a tea shop when she is abused by a band of samurai. She is saved by a mysterious rogue named Mugen and a young rōnin named Jin. Mugen attacks Jin after he proves to be a worthy opponent. The pair begin fighting one another and inadvertently cause the death of Shibui Tomonoshina, the magistrate’s son. For this crime, they are to be executed. With help from Fuu, they are able to escape execution. In return, Fuu asks them to travel with her to find “the samurai who smells of sunflowers”.

It’s really a fun series to watch as every episode is so different you really can’t even guess of what trouble these 3 characters will get into or who they meet. Everything from Elvis type characters, to an artist, and even terrorists. They get out of the last one by burning the terrorist supply of weed. Really I am not joking, they do that and more. Yes, everyone does get stoned.

Fun series, great action, a good mix of both and more. I could go on and on on why this is such a great series.

Here is a video of short clips

If you like what you see the DVDs are fairly cheap I picked up my copy for $23 and the series is available for viewing on crunchyroll

Anime Review: Samurai Gun

Samurai Gun is a rather unique series set in a time period that was itself unique. Japan between the ancient ways and modern society. It was also a time period when 2 parties were out to control in Japan. The Shogun a self appointed ruler, and the Emperor.

It is the beginning of the industrial revolution, and feudal Japan is in turmoil. The ruling Shogun are wielding their abusive powers to instill fear and dominance over their oppressed subjects. Beatings, imprisonment, rape and even murder are the adopted tactics chosen to maintain their reign. The bloodshed must end. A group of Samurai have banded together, and, with the development of new weapons and new technology, they have both the will and the hardware to stand up and fight. Ichimatsu is one of these fighters. By day, he works incognito at a local tavern, in the evenings he frequents the brothels, and by the dark of night, he doles out some big-time, gun-barrel justice. He is here to help. He is Samurai Gun.

Every episode is a delight for the eyes, you see a mixture of so many genres…even a bit of steampunk. I have been watching the series for years and there is always something I have never seen before. The plots are a period of time, where you feel their world is almost at the point of civil war. Of how balance between “The Shogun Protective Bureau” and the “Samurai Gun”. Is always at a point of just before all out war, not to forget of how their world is changing, even though you already know the results you wonder was it a good thing?