Harlock: Space Pirate (Shinji Aramaki, 2013)

In the year 2977, a new space combat mechanic is discovered

There is, in the field of science fiction, a surprisingly small amount of stories that involve giant, skull-headed space ships employing in battle the main tactic of ramming other ships because, well, they’re just sturdier. Perhaps because of this reason I quite looked forward to Harlock: Space Pirate. Its status as a legacy manga by Leiji Matsumoto doesn’t need explaining – this is one of those titles fit for a canon, alongside the works of Tezuka, alongside Dragon Ball and Gundam.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Adam McKay, 2013)

By the hymen of Olivia Newton-John!

How'd I miss out on this a second time? Years ago, when I saw Anchorman: The Legend of Run Burgundy on DVD, my first thought was quite honestly outrage: why had no one told me this was one of the funniest movies ever made when it came out? Anchorman was a genuine gold mine of quotable lines and had a devil-may-care attitude to zaniness. Its stand-out sequences with jazz flutes and violent gang fights are to this day, strangely perhaps, rarely seen. So it speaks of a deep character flaw of mine that when Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues appeared, I skipped it.