Hi I'm Dranzerstorm
You may remember me as a regular contestant on the caption battle contest.
Welcome to Retro Retrospective, my world dedicated to the old guard of the Otaku world; expect some reviews of the old & obscure, and in-depth geeky knowledge with the occasional top ten and I now have a logo.

Little info about me
Well I'm British and I'm in to all things animated and nostalgia.
I've grown up with every cartoon going and have watched hundreds of anime.
Oh and to answer a question I was asked once, no I don't wear glasses in real life, I would wear Loke's sunglasses though.

Burn Up Excess Review

Remember I said I'd review this at a later date? Well here's your later date as I review it right now. Lets Review Burn Up Excess.

In a slight mirror image of the Burn Up W story, a number of crimes take place that hide a much deeper underlying plot only this time more episodes are given to flesh out the plot better and make the payoff from the final episode a much more rewarding experience than the climax Burn Up W offers.
The cast is exactly the same as before so I need not repeat what they do but there are now more episodes to offer and more opportunities to expand on the character's personalities and dive into their backgrounds a bit, which works well with the likes of Maya, Rio, Nanvel and Maki but Yuji and Lilica stay grounded as a result but then again Yuji being the only guy in a group of sexy policewomen you're never going to be anything other than a pervert which is flanderized to it's maximum in this show, in fact flanderization is the perfect way to sum up the experience as many of the character's already unique traits get maxed up even more, I suppose this was inevitable anyway being a longer series than Burn Up W and already gaining a reputation for obvious fan service which led to the creation of the legendary jiggle counter but at least they could've done was have a little restraint.
Overall Burn Up Excess still maintains the fun Burn Up W was trying to accomplish with it's tiny episode count and succeeds in telling the story it wanted to tell by expanding and fine tuning the details that Burn Up W used in their own storyline. It's living proof that you can make an OVA series into a decent TV Series and while Excess does push flanderization to it's limits it never goes too far that the quality suffers for it.
Dub is similar to Burn Up W but voice cast changes have improved the quality of their performances.
Final Verdict: This is the anime that Burn Up wanted to be in the first place and succeeds in all areas, while it's hard to over look the flanderization of the characters, it doesn't spoil the experience on offer.

Burn Up W Review

Sometimes I need to be reminded of why I watch anime so I dived into my retro collection and dug out an old police anime from the 90s, this review is Burn Up W.

First a history lesson, in the past the Burn Up franchise started as a one off OVA that rounded off the ultra violent era of anime perfectly, this then became the four episode ova were reviewing today followed by a 13 episode TV series and an alternate universe TV series also 13 episodes.
Burn Up W is about a specialist police task force called Warrior consisting of Busty Martial Arts Master Rio, Gun Crazed Lunatic Maya, Perverted Pilot Yuji, Perky Little Hacker Lilica and Genki Tech Scientist (who probably has several law suits from Studio Gainax) Nanval; all of whom are led by the deviously cruel Maki who is apparently the same Maki from the very first Burn Up which is odd because that Maki is blonde and looks suspiciously like Rio.
Anyway the first mission is a hostage situation but the four guys doing it are only after weird requests like demanding a Baseball Manager to publicly castrate himself or asking an Idol Singer to bungee jump naked, in the meantime the proper terrorists who setup the whole hostage situation attempt to try and market a so called Virtual Drug by testing it on certain hostages behind the scenes.
Team Warrior go into action and deliberately mess around with the terrorists demands with Rio pretending to be the naked Idol Singer to grab the Terrorists attention and take them out, that's just episode one.
Being honest episode two is the worst, the quality is dire, the story barely makes any sense and the sound quality in the dub is awful, and how a Virtual Idol is significant to the whole Virtual Drug thing is not explained and the attack android the enemies have, comes out of no where, not to mention Nanvel building a cheap knock off of EVA Unit 01 which explains the early joke on lawsuits.
The final two part episode takes things in a more serious approach as a traitor within the Police Ranks stages a terrorist attack in the Police Building killing Rio's best friend along with many other officers. Warrior are deployed to take out the terrorists and win but a curious epilogue left more questions as the villains use their influence over the President to disband everyone investigating the Virtual Drug and it kind of leaves it on that cliff hanger.
It's clear from the epilogue that this was meant to last longer than it did but thankfully Burn Up Excess manages to satisfy the fans hunger for this series which will be reviewed at a later date.
Burn Up W is just plain fun, the first episode alone is my favorite first episode of any anime, it knew it had to grab attention and grab attention it did, while episode two is horrible the final two episodes that round this off deliver an episode that perfectly balances drama, action and comedy and knows not to over do it on all ends.
With only one duff episode out of four, Burn Up W was onto something special which is why a new series was green lit with the same cast of characters. The dub is great, the art style really shows great detail at times and the overall run of the story is very entertaining to watch.
Final Verdict: Burn Up W is plain fun and is the diamond polished from the rock of it's older sister the original Burn Up. While the second episode is very much a miss and the epilogue adds more questions, the other episodes more than make up for it.

Top 10 Characters Needed for Project X Zone

With the appearance of Project X Zone the possibilities for huge character lineups was endless, I doubt there would be a sequel (Hush my mouth there is now a Sequel!!!!) unless you judge this game as a sequel to Namco X Capcom, but nevertheless, the addition of Sega created more mouthwatering prospects but there were still some characters & franchises missing from the lineup which would've suited the game perfectly so here are the top 10 characters needed for this game.
Rules are very strict with this one, I will be grouping each entry by franchise and character so some entries may have more than one character in them, also strictly human or human looking characters so don't expect me to name Sonic the Hedgehog and finally, and this rule is important, NO OTHER GAME COMPANIES!
Were sticking to Sega, Capcom & Namco. I've seen how much speculation Smash Brothers gets before releases, this is not one of those lists, so no Nintendo, no Konami and no Final Fantasy. With that out the way lets begin.
Honorable Mentions
Bionic Commander: Lacks a decent move set.
Nights: Just missed the list.
Other Tales of Characters: I wouldn't want to spoil it for the Vesperia team they're pretty good.
Bayonetta: Too powerful.
Sengoku Basara: As awesome as it sounds, they might break the game.
Ryo Hazuki: Not powerful enough.
Phoenix Wright: No. Just no. (Confirmed for Number 2, God Damn it!)
Viewtiful Joe: Art Design doesn't work with the game.

Updated 15/5/15 with Information on who's appearing in Project X Zone 2, also this post will continue to update with new information as and when they come

10. Wonder Momo
Classic arcade heroine Momo made an appearance in Namco X Capcom, and would be well suited as a single unit character in Project X Zone, especially with the amount of fanservice characters around, and if you think that's too obscure remember that a Yumeria character made it into the roster.

9. Powerstone
The Powerstone cast have a very diverse range of abilities and with the likes of Edward Falcon & Rouge as a Pair Unit, we've got a decent package as well. It also helps that the Powerstone universe also has good levels.

8. Final Fight
You could argue that there are too many martial art pairs in this game but if they were willing to stop adding Street Fighter characters for a second then Final Fight makes for a great alternative, you have a pair unit in Guy & Cody, with a single unit in Hagger, failing that Hagger fits nicely with another Capcom character.

7. Breath of Fire
Fantasy characters fit just as well and reoccurring protagonists Ryu & Nina would fit nicely in the cast, as to which version, that will be left up to designers but Capcom couldn't do any harm in putting them in.

6. Jin Saotome
The Cyberbots protagonists machine Blodia is already in this game under Devilotte's control so why not add him as a solo unit or part of another team, better yet he could try and work with Devilotte.

5. Joe Musashi
Ninjas didn't get much coverage in this game, with Kogoro Tenzai filling in for the whole Ninja role in the game so a couple of others wouldn't hurt, Mr Shinobi himself, is a great solo unit choice or could easily fit with number four.
(A Character from Shinobi has been confirmed for Number 2)

4. Strider Hiryu
The other ninja Strider is making a comeback and would do his reputation good to see him in a high profile crossover, again as either a solo unit or part of a pair.
(Strider confirmed for Number 2)

3. Golden Axe
Between this one and one other franchise, Sega missed two major tricks as both of these have great characters and great levels, and even great enemies to fight. Gilius Thunderhead & Tyris Flare would certainly be welcome to this game along with Death Adder as a boss.

2. Soul Edge
They appeared in Namco X Capcom and were suspiciously missing from this game, Mitsurugi & Taki wouldn't need much explanation to return and the likes of Sophitia & Yoshimitsu are nice considerations as well. Voldo, Cervantes & Nightmare would make great enemy units.
(Natsu from Soul Calibur V has been confirmed for Number 2 but no other Soul Characters have been confirmed at this time)

1. Skies of Arcadia
But top of the tree is Skies of Arcadia, with the three main characters absolutely perfect for a pair unit & single unit, along with a great move range to exploit and equally powerful villain for an enemy unit and one of the best level designs from a Sega franchise, Sega were mad not to use Vyse, Aika & Fina, especially when Vyse was gaining momentum from two guest appearances in Valkyria Chronicles & Sega Allstars Racing Transformed. If a sequel was made then Skies of Arcadia needs to be in it before any other franchise.

Top 25 Best Anime Openings

First Impressions are important and the best chance of doing so is with a good opening theme. Warning, big list on it's way as we count down the best 25 Anime Openings, a good opening sequence has to be three things. 1. The music has t...

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Top 10 Most Significant Cartoon Creators Today

Cartoons have gone through a surprise renaissance in recent years and we have these ten creators to thank for it. Give some applause to these individuals.

Disqualified: Skyler Page
Creator of Clarence
Skyler Page Disgraced himself by committing an act of Sexual Assault on another employee and has since been sacked by Cartoon Network.

10. Kyle A. Carrozza
Creator of Mighty Magiswords
This show only came out last week and already I'm hooked, this guy is a refugee from Nickelodeon's failed Random Cartoons project that came from the same stable as Adventure Time. While Mighty Magiswords is only a web cartoon at the moment there is hope of more to come from this show.

9. Sean Szeles
Creator of Long Live the Royals
A prominent writer of Regular Show, Sean Szeles has graduated into making his own show that hopes to carry on the same humor that Regular Show produced.

8. Rebecca Sugar
Creator of Steven Universe
A prominent writer of Adventure Time, Rebecca Sugar's show about a boy inheriting gem powers has all the dimensions found from her time working on Adventure Time and is one of the best female cartoon creators since Lauren Faust.

7. Peter Browngardt
Creator of Uncle Grandpa
A major writer on Flapjack, and creator of Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, Peter Browngardt took out what didn't work in Fort Awesome and made Uncle Grandpa which did work.

6. Patrick McHale
Creator of Over the Garden Wall
Another writer from Flapjack and a contributor to Adventure Time, Patrick McHale created the biggest surprise of last year, the dark and mysterious Over the Garden Wall which set a new standard in story writing and atmosphere.

5. Benjamin Bocquelet
Creator of Amazing World of Gumball
A French born British animator who used to work in advertisement and the only one on this list without previous cartoon history. Ben's ability to blend his unique creations into an impressive and hilarious show makes him Europe's finest cartoon maker to date and one to watch for the future.

4. Pendleton Ward
Creator of Adventure Time
This guy put Cartoon Network back on the map along with the number 3 entry. A talented writer that Nickelodeon was stupid enough to ignore, is now regarded as the creator of Cartoon Network's most successful show.

3. J.G. Quintel
Creator of Regular Show
J.G. Quintel is a man who I can relate to, he successfully crafted a cartoon suitable for people of my Generation, basically anyone born in the 80s and made sure that the old Cartoon Network fan wasn't ignored.

2. Alex Hirsch
Creator of Gravity Falls
Alex Hirsch is a reminder that Disney haven't completely abandoned cartoons and can still create classics. Gravity Falls is the cleverest show on TV in all forms, not just cartoons, here's hoping he creates more.

1. Thurop Van Orman
Creator of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
But over half this list owe their pay checks to Thurop Van Orman who gave them their big break. Sean Szeles, Peter Browngardt, Alex Hirsch, J.G. Quintel, Pendleton Ward and Patrick McHale were all credited writers of Flapjack, the show wasn't the most fondly remembered in Cartoon Network's history but you all had to start somewhere and Flapjack is the Forefather of the Modern Cartoon Network.

Note: Nothing from Nickelodeon?
Kind of says a lot about their shows at the moment.