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"Gundam SEED" Don't Get Sand in Your Joints, Gundam!

In the Cosmic Era, genetically enhanced Coordinators have caused a deadly war. One young Coordinator, Kira Yamato, actually fights for the Earth Alliance, who is trying to exterminate all Coordinators. He feels pretty dedicated to his cause now, but what happens when he meets the coffee-loving version of Tony the Tiger? Previously, the Archangel descended […]

"Gundam SEED" Refrain from Retreating to the Familiar, Gundam!

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED trudges along with this third disc. Billed as “Mobile Suit Gundam for the 21st Century,” this series has a lot to live up to. Well, it’s finally starting to do that after a visibly shaky start. But the problems from the last disc still haven’t been corrected yet. After spending the […]

"Gundam SEED" Wade Through the Unexpected, Gundam!

It is rare to find a series that is so polarizing. For every person that loves Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, there’s another one who absolutely hates it and everything attached to it. From these early episodes, it’s kind of easy to see why. One of those reasons is the harsh serial format. For instance, see […]

"Gundam SEED" Slice Through That Grim Reality, Gundam!

For those of you living under a rock, Gundam is the undisputed king of giant robot anime and a mainstay in Japan since 1979. Though Turn A Gundam apparently put it to rest in 1999, the series came back with a bang in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, which currently airs on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block […]

"Star Ocean EX": Dude, She's Friggin 10!

RPGs are an interesting bunch, that they are. Often-times, your rag-tag party of four must go up against an entire army and win. But there’s been a lot of RPGs lately, and I think we need something more than the usual “We few must stop the evil empire from ruling the world!” So what else […]

"Fafner": Feel the Angst While Drinking Your Bebop Cola!

What happens when you take the plot of Neon Genesis Evangelion, add some really messed-up giant robots, get a character designer coming off his peak, a popular new JPop artist, and enough angst to fill up the entire United States? Well, you get Fafner: Dead Aggressor, that’s what. Life was good on Tatsumiya Island. Kids […]

"Dragonball Z" Escapes the "Dead Zone"

This is a review of the 1997 Pioneer Video DVD release, which is now out of print but available used, for purposes of comparison with the FUNimation new release. Ah, Dragonball Z movies. Many people are amazed when a franchise goes beyond four films, but the DBZ franchise produced over a dozen before the series […]

"Star Ocean EX": RPG Clichés in Anime Form!

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This may come as a shock to some of you, but I have never in my life owned either a Playstation or a Playstation 2, nor do I plan to get one anytime soon (happy with GameCube). Even though I’ve never played it, I have still heard of the Star Ocean video game series, mostly […]

"Cybuster" Just Can't Stop Being Mediocre

In order for a giant robot anime to stand out from the pack, it needs at least a couple of the following: catchy music, nice animation, an interesting plot, engaging characters, and of course some really, really cool giant robots. Which show defines the standard is subject to personal opinion, but there are some series […]

"New Getter Robo" Vol. 1 Exceeds Flying Internal Organ Quota

While not nearly as prolific a franchise as its giant robot cousin Mobile Suit Gundam, the Getter Robo franchise is still pretty strong, around in some form or another since 1975. Today’s digital paint generation makes it very difficult to release an older series, much less a thirty year-old series, so somebody over in Japan […]

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