Anime Club: Dead Leaves

Hello everybody! For this week’s anime club we have Dead Leaves.



CREATED BY: Hiroyuki Imaishi 

STARRING: Takako Honda, Kappei Yamaguchi, Yūko Mizutani

GENRE: Science Fiction

YEAR: 2004


Retro and Pandy, two unlikely renegades, awaken naked on Earth with no recollection of their past, but with dead-leaves-pictures-1superior physical abilities. After embarking on a brief but devastating crime spree for food, clothing and transportation in downtown Tokyo, they are captured by authorities and sent to the infamous prison called Dead Leaves, on the half-destroyed Moon.

Once incarcerated, Retro and Pandy are subjected to the activities taking place inside the prison facility, such as forced labor, straitjackets and mandatory defecation. During one such time, he meets Chinko, an inmate with a drill for a penis. 666 and 777, the super-powered prison guards, demonstrate their power when 777 flicks an inmate in the face, killing him along with everybody else behind him.

DEAD_LEAVES-7_1101257743So this week we are doing Dead Leaves? Really? Fine. Dead Leaves is an interesting film to say the least. Ultra-violence is key here, as the film is uber-ridiculous at every single moment. I really enjoyed the animation style, as it is crisp and clean yet comical at the same time. It understands to not take itself too seriously. What would make Dead Leaves even better? A little touch from Rob Zombie.

I came across Dead Leaves as a recommendation from all of you lovely people. Y’all are just demented and I love you for it. The ultra-violence this does lead to some serious “laugh out loud” moments, the over the top nature could have been a little too much for me. I mean, who would even give an offspring machine guns? Why? I just want to end this review with this…drill penis.


  • Interesting story.
  • Animation style.
  • Ultra-violence.


  • Drill Penis.
  • Over the top action.
  • Crazy plot.

SCORE: 6.5/10

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Anime Club: Gurren Laggan

On this week’s anime club, we have the mecha extravaganza with Gurren Laggan.



CREATOR: Hiroyuki Imaishi

GENRE: Action, Adventure, Comedy-drama, Mecha

NO. OF EPISODES: 27 episodes

YEAR: 2007


In a bleak future where humanity is oppressed by an army of mutants and forced to live underground, a young orphan unearths a powerful robot. Together with a boisterous man named Kamina, a beautiful sharpshooter named Yoko and many other friends, they use the robots power to fight against their oppressors and take back the surface.

In their closed-off underground village, Kamina and Simon chafe at the limits imposed by the village elder. Yet all this will change, when Simon stumbles across a fantastic device – just as the village’s peace is broken by a violent intrusion.


Many characters come in, and not one of them feel useless at all. The series is jam packed with lovable characters, both as inspiring heroes and as cool villains. It’s amazing how well all of these characters are maintained, keeping in mind how much they grow and change throughout the series. Even as they mature and change, however, they never stray a bit from their core personalities and that’s an amazing accomplishment in its own right. Some characters earn your respect even more as they perform their various role in the stories, while others become hated for their acts.

It’s to the credit of the creators of the characters and how deep and well made they’ve mad them, that they stir up a great deal of emotion in you. When a character dies, it feels like you’ve SEEN someone precious die. When the heroes of the story are in a tough position, you instinctively urge them on and hope they win. It’s the deep amount of emotional involvement that this anime brings out of you, that makes it so special. Also the fact that the story is focused on the characters not the mechas helps too.


TGL does, unfortunately, suffer from quality control issues. This is most painfully obvious in episode 9, where character designs lose their sharpness, Yoko becomes less busty, and in general everything takes on a rougher edge. (The degradation is, in fact, very similar to artistic breakdowns. Not to mention the fan service, way to much fan service.


  • Story.
  • Characters.
  • Not mecha focused.
  • Dialogue.


  • Loses sharpness.
  • Way to much fan service.

SCORE: 7.2 / 10

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