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"Oban Star-Racers": Fun Adventure, Poor Racing

by Dukeon May 30, 2008
Racing has always been a tricky genre to animate. In video games it’s easy: all you have to do is get the racing part fast and furious and you’ve got a winner. Plot, characters, and backgrounds don’t really matter much in the end. But in animation, you need that stuff if the audience is to […]

"Innocent Venus" Innocent of Being Original

by Dukeon May 8, 2008
With more and more anime coming over to the US, it becomes more and more important that a series be highly original and run on all cylinders. Otherwise, we get rather generic titles that try to be awesome and original, but fall far short. Case in point: Innocent Venus. , but it’s not nearly as […]

"Ghost in the Shell" The Individual Eleven Can’t Even Make One Good Movie

by Dukeon May 3, 2008
After the successful, if highly flawed, Laughing Man movie, based upon the first season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, it is of no surprise to see a second movie based on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: 2nd GIG. Now, thanks to Bandai and Manga Entertainment, the latest Ghost in the […]

"Gundam MS IGLOO": More Milk from the UC Cash Cow

by Dukeon April 23, 2008
If you look at the Gundam landscape here in America, what little there is consists mostly of Cosmic Era stuff. While that’s fine for fans of the various SEED series, there’s still tons of Universal Century stuff that hasn’t been seen outside of Japan. Problem is, America hates the Universal Century. But does that stop […]

"Gundam SEED Destiny": An Ending Worthy of the Trash Heap

by Dukeon April 23, 2008
As the production behind the scenes goes to hell, it’s about time for the train wreck known as Gundam SEED Destiny, once so full of promise, to be put out of its misery. Previously, Athrun had defected back to the Archangel, leaving Shinn in the hands of master manipulator Gilbert. As the Minerva wiped out […]

"Oban Star-Racers": Pure Racing Fun

by Dukeon April 22, 2008
If there’s one thing you’d think would be a surefire hit, it would be a racing series. NASCAR’s getting more popular by the day, racing games are always popular, and everybody loves a cool car. But TV series based on racing, especially the animated ones, tend to suck. After Speed Racer and Wacky Races, both […]

"Case Closed: The Fourteenth Target" Doesn’t Prevail

by Dukeon March 30, 2008
After a long, long wait, we finally get the second movie in the popular Detective Conan/Case Closed series: The Fourteenth Target. Does it live up to its predecessor? Or does it deserve to be taken into custody for suckiness? For those who have never seen the series: Jimmy Kudo was a super-ace high school detective […]

"Space Ghost Coast to Coast" Space Ghost, Are You a Leprechaun?

by Dukeon March 27, 2008
“Would you feel better if I jabbed you in the eye?” If the above line made you laugh out loud, go out and buy Space Ghost Coast to Coast: The 1998 Episodes right now and just skip this review. If your reaction was instead “Uh, what? That was just stupid,” then maybe Space Ghost isn’t […]

Retrospective: "Baki the Grappler" Season Two

by Dukeon March 25, 2008
The Baki the Grappler: Season 2 Box Set, collecting volumes 7 through 12 of the series, hits DVD shelves today. To mark this release, here are the opening paragraphs of and links to Toon Zone News’s reviews of each volume in the set, as published at the time they were released to DVD in the […]

"The Slayers" Go to NEXT, Bandit Killer!

by Dukeon March 22, 2008
After the rather clumsy tryout that was the first season of Slayers, Slayers Next shows why it’s on the very short list of “Must See Fantasy Anime.” Previously, wandering sorceress Lina Inverse and her dim-witted guardian, Gourry Gabriev, teamed up with the chimera man and magical swordsman Zelgadis Graywords and the self-proclaimed “Hammer of Justice” […]