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"G.I. Joe – The Rise of Cobra": An Action Film That’s Actually Fun

by Dukeon August 26, 2010
Licensed action movies this year have not had the best of times. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was merely decent at best (though I liked it), Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li had about as much in common with its namesake as the Super Mario Bros. movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was just a mess […]

Forgotten Licensed Anime: Saint Tail

by Dukeon February 9, 2010
Ever since Japan started making cartoons, they’ve been brought over to the West. After the runaway success of Pokémon and Cartoon Network’s Toonami block, anime began to explode here in the West, giving us animated exploits that have never been seen before. Unfortunately, with all the series that are brought over, many are lost in the shuffle […]

"Bakugan": I Equip Paper Clip Helper Guy with the Magic Card "Brawling 1-2-3!"

by Dukeon January 26, 2010
Every few years, a new anime series comes out linked to some toy or card game. It catches on for a few years and then dies out. So far, none have lasted against the original trio of Pokémon, Digimon, and Yu-Gi-Oh! The latest challenger is Bakugan: Battle Brawlers, and it isn’t up to snuff either. […]

"School Rumble" It’s Like Your High School, Except Interesting

by Dukeon December 17, 2009
You know, after the excellent Azumanga Daioh and Cromartie High School, I didn’t think we’d be seeing another actually-funny school-themed comedy for a long while. Then came School Rumble which not only ramped up the wacky-zany comedy, but interjected it with bits of actual drama and character development. Now the 2nd Semester is beginning, does […]

"Pumpkin Scissors"" Pumpkins Have Layers OF EVIL! We Cut Them Down!

by Dukeon December 10, 2009
It’s hard to find a good, old-time war story anymore. They either have giant robots prancing around like ballerinas and playing with thirty-story-tall lightsabers, or they have some other giant robots shooting giant lasers at each other as everyone overacts their melodramatic stories like a Shakespearean opera or something. So at least we’ve got Pumpkin […]

"Shonen Onmyouji": It Exists to Make Other Anime Feel Better About Themselves

by Dukeon December 4, 2009
There are some series that are simply magical. The characters are wonderful, the plot is engaging, the animation is breathtaking, the music is addictive, and every single facet of the series is just one moment of super awesomeness after another. And then there’s tripe like Shonen Onmyouji. In ancient Japan, spirits and demons roam the […]

"Dragonball" Seasons 1 and 2: No Z Is a Welcome Blessing

by Dukeon November 19, 2009
Travel back in time with me. Back to when the word “Saiyan” had never entered people’s vocabulary. Back to when Master Roshi was the strongest fighter on Earth. Back to when Oolong actually contributed to the plot. To when Bulma did stuff. To when Yamcha was only semi-useless. To when Krillin was sneaky and when […]

"Comic Party Revolution": Bad Comic, Boring Party, Failed Revolution

by Dukeon November 17, 2009
There have been many, many anime series over the past couple decades that have spoofed the otaku subculture. Some have done it harshly, some have done it just for fun. But one of them, a small series known as Comic Party, was actually good. But then it got a sequel: Comic Party Revolution. Kazuki Sendo […]

"Bakugan" I Sacrifice The Instruction Manual to Summon The Paper Clip Helper Guy!

by Dukeon October 23, 2009
So my last foray into the Bakugan: Battle Brawlers world didn’t go so well. I got lost on the story, I got lost trying to figure out the show’s physics, and I got even more lost trying to understand what the hell’s going on in the actual card game. So, for Volume 5 I figured […]

"Sgt. Frog" The Invasion Has Begun!

by Dukeon October 21, 2009
Way back in the long forgotten year of 1999, planet Earth was invaded. By frogs. Or, frog-like things, anyway. The Keroro platoon from the planet Keron came to take over the Earth, and ten years later, they’ve finally reached North America in Sgt. Frog. In the year 2004, er, 2009, the Keroro platoon descended upon […]