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"Maburaho": Magical Time Bomb

Welcome to a world where magic is commonplace. Everyone has a set number of spells they can cast in their life. Most have a couple of thousand and can use them liberally. But not Kazuki Shikimori—at the moment he has only eight spells to his name. That wouldn’t be such a problem if it didn’t […]

Watanabe Mixes It Up (Again) In "Samurai Champloo"

Champloo is an Okinawan word meaning “to mix up,” and that’s exactly what Geneon’s Samurai Champloo does, mixing wildly disparate styles into a swirling stew of influences. The most obvious of these combinations is that of feudal Japan and hip-hop. The latter isn’t just present in the background or the music, but in the attitude […]

"Robots" Have More Heart Than Sharks

Some of my favorite moments from Futurama are the ones that see robots put in situations you’d think would be exclusive to humans. Fox’s new movie Robots, with animation by Blue Sky, may not have a character as edgy as Bender, but it does manage to build an entire society of robots that, even without […]

"Moeyo Ken": And The Point of That Was ...?

Welcome to Mediocre, population: Moeyo Ken. Petite, food-obsessed spell caster Okita Kaoru; stoic ice elemental Hijikata Toshie; and bossy Kondou Yuuko make up the Mobile Shinsengumi (whatever that means) and protect ancient Kyoto from monsters and the supernatural, just as their fathers did in the past. Someone should protect viewers from this disc. This four-episode […]

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