TV: BBC Horrible Histories Series 1-5 DVD Box Set (UK Edition)

“The best thing since cave-men!”

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Studio: BBC

Genre: Comedy, Historical, Age: 5+

Released: October 2013  (UK version)

Horrible Histories, for those that don’t know, are an insanely popular series of factual-comedic books made for children. They are pretty old, considering I read them in school, and are filled with facts that seem ridiculous, but are actually true. There have been many productions based off the books, from broadway shows, to animated series, but the 2009 series is easily the best one, being made for all age groups, not just children.

The whole box set is around 30 hours long, and includes all episodes from the five series. The first 12 episodes of each series has sketches, fake historical ads, historical parodies of modern-day reality and chat shows, songs, and quizes. Episode 13, the last of every series, has a compilation of the best songs from the series, and a few extended sketches.

The series groups ancient and modern history into categories titled like Rotten Romans, Awful Egyptians, and Terrible Tudors. Although the show starts off with mainly British related history, it does branch out into significant American and some European history.

Each member of the main cast plays a plethora of characters. As time grows on, you can immediately recognise them and their acting style, and the familiarity makes the comedy even more hilarious.

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(Featuring Ancient Beauty Tips from our experts)

I personally find it impossible to pick a favourite person from the cast, because even when they are not in the starring role, they bring a lot of charm and charisma to the sketch, and are great in their supporting roles.

Each cast member has plays many characters, but my favourite roles are Jim’s Shouty Man, Matt’s King Charles II of England, Simon’s Robert Dudley, Martha’s Queen Elizabeth I of England, Larry’s Bob Hale, and Ben’s King Henry VIII of England.

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News: Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive Book 2) Release Date

“Of Extreme OCD-ness”

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Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Age: YA+

Released: 6th March 2014 (UK version)

Following up on my post from eons ago, a lot of little details have appeared for the next book in the Stormlight Archive series. The release date for the UK version has also changed, and is now in March 2014. Pre-orders are being taken at all the usual places, (Amazon, Waterstones, etc) and this book is guaranteed to hit bestsellers’ lists all over the world.

However, in my usual infuriating way, I am refusing to pre-order this book, because… it isn’t the same size as the other books in the series. For some reason, newly released hardbacks and paperbacks are much larger than the paperbacks issued after the first year. (I’m not sure if this a UK-only issue, or not).

It is very obsessive compulsive, but I want to have an uniform collection, and since I only have the smaller paperback version of The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive Book 1), then the rest of the series will have to follow suit.

The few details that I have allowed myself about this book is that it is about Shallan, and there are  some new characters for the interludes.  For the rest, I have covered my ears, and  sang loudly so no spoilers will come to me.

As usual the UK version of Brandon Sanderson’s books have covers by Sam Green. I absolutely adore his art style.

Words of Radiance is available for Pre-order at £20.00 for the Hardback edition.

Purchased: Princess Jellyfish Collector’s Edition DVD Box Set (UK Edition)

“Super Anti-Nerd Makeover Time!!”

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Studio: Brain’s Base

Genre: Josei, Romance, Drama, Age: Adult

Released: 3rd September 2012  (US version)

I mentioned the release of the Princess Jellyfish Collector’s Edition in a previous post, and I remember rushing out pre-order it. It arrived sometime last year, but I haven’t yet put up any pictures of how stunning this collection is.

This edition comes with the Clara toy, which is a massive keyring-type plush. I always seem to have grubby hands whenever I come near this box, and haven’t had the nerves to take the plush toy out. It sort of rolls about in the box. From my initial impressions, I was expecting it to be larger, but the toy is no larger than the palm of my hand. That’s pretty big for a keyring, but not really for a plush toy.

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So far there is no BluRay release of this in the UK. The actual DVDs are contained in a cardboard slip inside the larger box. This slip features some truly stunning artwork. I’m not sure if this is from the manga, but it does look in a similar style. Unfortunately, there is no way of securing the cardboard slip when traveling, and my method is to place it inside a folder is it ever needs to be transported. (The larger box feels too awkward to carry around).

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Anime: Sword Art Online – Episode 25 Series Finale Summary + Review

“End of the virtual road?”

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(Kirito plays a dangerous game of tag with Sugou)

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Game, MMO, Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Age: 13+

Released: 6th July 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Asuna has woken up from the hospital and Kirito is on his way to see her. Danger is lurking the hospital carpark in the shape of Sugou, who was killed by Kirito in Alfheim Online.

Kirito is stabbed, and has to fend off a knife that could end his life before he has a chance to see Asuna in the real world.

Sugou has finally lost his mind, and although Kirito eventually beats him, Kirito chooses to spare Suguo’s life.

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Anime: Sword Art Online – Episode 24 Summary + Review

“Let me make things gruesome”

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(“Yo! Secret Epic Fairy Bro-fist, sucka!”)

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Game, MMO, Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Age: 13+

Released: 6th July 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Yui has opened the gate to the top of the World Tree, and Kirito is just baby steps away from rescuing Asuna.

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Anime: Sword Art Online – Episode 23 Summary + Review

“Let’s all support the main guy”

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(“This is why family shouldn’t play in the same virtual world!”)

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Game, MMO, Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Age: 13+

Released: 6th July 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Kirito has now found out the truth about Leafa being his sister in the real world. A confrontation happens in the real world where Suguha admits that she has fallen for Kirito ever since she found out that they were not siblings. She refuses to hear Kirito out, and locks herself in her bedroom with her woes.

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Anime: Sword Art Online – Episode 22 Summary + Review

“Awkward triangles are a must

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(This is a NO FLY zone!)

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Game, MMO, Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Age: 13+

Released: 6th July 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, at the base of the World Tree, Yui notices that Asuna’s player co-ordinates are directly above. Spurred on by that thought, Kirito tries to fly directly to the top of the tree. He cannot succeed because of the barrier that prevents players from flying up that high. Leafa eventually manages to pull him back to the ground.

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Anime: Sword Art Online – Episode 21 Summary + Review

“Asuna’s detour”

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(“Dammit I gave away all my money. How will I gamble?”)

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Game, MMO, Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Age: 13+

Released: 6th July 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Kirito and Leafa reach the city of Arun; the largest city in Alfhaeim Online. They are closer than ever to the World Tree.

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Anime: Sword Art Online – Episode 20 Summary + Review

“Enter a champion

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(“Did we elect an ambassador…?”)

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Game, MMO, Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Age: 13+

Released: 6th July 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, from the information given to them by Shinichi, the Caith Siths and the Sylphs are forming an alliance. Kirito wants to help these two races succeed in the game, anf rushes forward after hearing the Salamanders want to interrupt the meeting. He bracingly introduces himself as am ambassador for the two sides; although the two leaders have no idea what is going on.

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TV: A Young Doctor’s Notebook – Episode 1 Summary + Review

“A journey to the middle of nowhere”

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(“My name isn’t Oliver”)

Airing on: Sky Arts

Genre: Drama, Medical, Dark Comedy Age: 15+

Aired: 6th December 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

These are the struggles of a young doctor, Dr Vladimir Bomgard, arriving in remote Russia, from a “long and arduous journey”. The small doctor’s practice, which is staffed by zany medical professionals, is a far cry from the bright lights, and washed people of Russia.

The young doctor is watched by his older self, who looks on at the turn of events from the past. This is a semi-autobiographic drama looking at the author Mikhail Bulgakov’s own experiences working at a country hospital.

When Dr Vladimir arrives at the doors of the country hospital, his youth is a surprise to the staff. His predecessor had been a great and respected doctor, and the young doctor cannot hope to live up to these high expectations.

Warning! Not suitable for younger viewers! May contain spoilers!

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