1629 Shizuoka, at the beginning of the Edo Era, Japan was enjoying a rare time of piece under daimyo Tokugawa Tadanaga’s iron rule. However, the lord wished for a fighting tournament to be staged and so it was – though despite his vassals’ strongest objections, Tokugawa insisted that the standard wooden bokken were forgone in favour of the sharp steel of real Japanese swords.
Two past students of Iwamoto Kogan, Japan’s greatest swordsman, find themselves preparing to do battle against one another, the prize being the proof that they are indeed the true successor to Iwamoto’s school. One-armed Fujiki Gennosuke and blind Irako Seigen are about to fight one another to the death – so beginning a story of intertwining fates, conflict and twisted destinies.
The first 32 chapters of Takayuki Yamaguchi’s dark and bloody manga, Shigurui was adapted into a television anime in 2007, directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki and written by Seishi Minakami. Production was handled by famed anime powerhouse, Madhouse Studios.
The series quickly gained notoriety for its detailed and realistic, graphic violence and nudity, and combined with its stunning style, choreography and visuals, makes for an excellent if somewhat disturbing watch.
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On the way back from school Aya and best friend Natsume come across to fiercely dueling women – a stewardess versus a shrine maiden – who claim to be fighting as part of Martial Heart (or Platonic Heart if you’re watching the original Japanese).
Martial Heart is a mysterious women-only fighting tournament in which the ultimate prize is the granting of a wish, whilst the price of failure is a descent into the Dark Realm. It so happens that Aya’s mother was once a champion fighter and having being taught by her, Aya steps in and in the process strikes up a friendship with the shrine maiden Miko.
However, Miko soon disappears and it would appear that in order to find and rescue her, Aya will have to take part in Martial Heart. But as the battles continue and Aya advances deeper and deeper into the truth behind Martial Heart, she begins to learn some rather unpleasant truths about herself.
But these are nothing compared to the dark secrets at the heart of it all…
Master of Martial Hearts or Zettai Shougeki: Platonic Heart is a five part OVA that was originally released in 2008, directed by Yoshitaka Fujimoto and with animation produced by ARMS. If you’ve ever watched fan service laden fighting shows like Ikki Tousen and Air Master before, then you kind of know what to expect from Martial Hearts. Loads of exploding clothes, plenty of panties and bras, and maybe even the odd nipple or two.
Still, there looks to be some interesting fights to be had with a rather varied cast, so the show may just prove to be a little interesting, though I’ll only be able to tell for myself once I make it past episode 1 (hey, it’s a busy month, you know with me buying a house and all).
Anyway, thanks to FileCrop, I have unearthed the following MegaUpload download links for you, just in case you want to see what the series is all about before you go and spend some money on it!
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Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_of_Martial_Hearts
Tetsuro Kasahara is responsible for the original creation of RideBack, and come 2009, director Atsushi Takahashi teamed up with animation studio Madhouse to bring RideBack to life, churning out a quality 12 episode anime television series.
The story is set in the future were an organization called GGP has pretty much taken full control over the world. Rin Ogata was a promising up-and-coming ballet dancer, but a serious freak accident suffered while dancing put an end to her dreams and as such she turned her back on ballet.
Years later, while in college, she comes across the world of RideBacks, basically transforming motorcycle-like robotic vehicles, and discovers that thanks to her unique ballet skills combined with her balance and finesse, she is in fact a natural born RideBack racer.
But life in college isn’t all about fun and games as we all know, and more often than not, these young adults find themselves becoming increasingly aware of the world around them and more importantly the political landscape under which they fall.
And unfortunately, this is exactly what is about to happen.
This beautifully animated and theme packed anime is well worth the watch, even if it weighs in at a particularly short burst of only twelve episodes, and thus I’m pretty glad I managed to track these down over at MegaUpload for you to enjoy! :)
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Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RideBack
The first television anime series for Strike Witches was released back in 2008 and surprised everyone by gaining immense popularity rather quickly and rather vigorously. Why? Well apart from the unusual yet strangely satisfying mishmash of genres that make up the story of Strike Witches, it also gained a lot of followers for its unusual stance on pants – or rather lack of pants – for its all female crew of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing.
And then of course there was the fact that the story does revolve around what is essentially girls who are technically moe anthropomorphisms of classic military planes.
Strike Witches was originally created by Humikane Shimada and the anime series was helmed by Kazuhiro Takamura, with Gonzo providing the animation.
As for the story, well it goes a little something like this:
Earth has been ravaged by the unstoppable Neuroi. Whole land masses have been obliterated and what it is left of the world is huddled together in a desperate defence against these unknown, alien attackers. Mankind’s only real weapon against the Neuroi turns out to be a mixture of technology and magic, given form in the Striker Units, mechanical legs that when worn by magic-wielding girls, deliver the power of flight and strength to its wearer. Armed with heavy artillery that no ordinary man can carry and protected against the Neuroi’s devastating corrosive miasma, these flying, fighting young girls form the front-line of Earth’s defence force. They are the Strike Witches.
Yoshika Miyafuji is a young girl talented in healing magic but who also refuses to join the battle against the Neuroi. However, a letter received from her father long thought dead changes things and she soon finds herself embroiled in the life of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing.
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If you enjoy downloading files from those useful but not always so user friendly online dump sites like megaupload.com, rapidshare.com or mediafire.com to name a few (be it as a premium OR free member), then taking a look at the clever file downloader named JDownloader might well be worth your while.
JDownloader is an open source, platform independent file download manager written in Java. It’s particular strength lies in downloading files from so-called one-click-hosters and as such handles all the annoying little things like automatic link decryption, as well as offering multiple parallel stream downloading, captcha recognition and automatic file extraction. It can import CCF, RSDF and DLC files, and in general is just a pretty useful file download manager to have running on your system.
To get it installed on your Ubuntu 10.0.4 Lucid Lynx installation is as easy as running the following from a terminal console:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jd-team/jdownloader
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install jdownloader
Related Link: http://jdownloader.org/
I’ve mentioned the great MegaDownload.net RapidShare and MegaUpload search engine on this site before, but now a new site has caught my fancy, namely FileCrop.
Like I mention above, at the heart of it all, FileCrop is simply a search engine in the sense that it collects links to uploaded files hosted on RapidShare and MegaUpload, two of the Internet’s biggest providers of public accessible file drop sites. This of course opens up a wealth of download possibilities, be it downloads for those hard to find anime episodes you are looking for, or perhaps an desktop application you no longer can locate an official download point for.
FileCrop is quick, features a growing database of about 22 million links, is simple to use and doesn’t seem to feature any adverts or spam content. It gives a good amount of detail about the files retrieved based on your search criteria, and goes that extra step in allowing you to dictate in part where it searches and in what size range the results should be.
Slick, works well and a great little tool to find those gems you like holding on to as entertainment on those frequent little tea breaks of yours.
File-sharing sites like megaupload.com, mediafire.com and rapidshare.com (just to name a few obviously) have proved themselves as an invaluable tool when it comes to shifting files between people that are otherwise to big to send via the traditional e-mail attachment route.
Of course, the premise of file-sharing websites is usually that you are sharing a resource with a select few, hence there’s no need for a file sharing service to go and blurt out to the world what exactly is sitting on its server, particularly if it wants to maintain some modicum of control over its monthly bandwidth usage bill.
Which is frustrating of course, particularly if you are trolling around the Net for resources that you suspect may just be sitting on these “shared” accounts.
However, it is exactly at this point where “search engines” like megadownload.net come in to play. Basically they scour forums and the like to pick up on forum members posts that reference files being linked on these file-sharing sites, essentially building up an index of files that should be sitting there, waiting to be grabbed whenever one needs them.
Megadownload.net is one of these search engines that I’ve come to enjoy using thanks to it’s decent result set for both rapidshare and megaupload servers, as well as for its relatively clean and informative layout of its search results (though in fairness this is slowly but surely being cluttered up by advertising that they’ve now seen fit to add). In addition, they also make a nifty note of related files found in relation to your search query results, something that comes in quite handy when you searching on something like a series or the like.
So, if you don’t want to give up some upload bandwidth by settling for a torrent and instead would prefer a direct download of something you “desperately” need, give it a spin. Really not too shabby at all! :)