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".hack//SIGN" Ends in an Explosive Finale

Those who followed the intricate and dramatic .hack//SIGN on Cartoon Network last year were treated to a rich plot based on a massive multi-player online RPG (MMORPG). It’s a franchise that that went on to become a series of games for the Playstation 2, a manga, and a separate series: .hack//Legend of the Twilight Bracelet, […]

Let Garfield Be Garfield!

When I was a kid, one of my favorite cartoons was Garfield and Friends. So when I heard they were going to make a feature movie, I cheered. Then I found out it was going to be live-action–time to go into cringe-mode. Then I heard that Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield, would be overseeing […]

"Pokémon Jirachi Wish Maker" Doesn't Fulfill Every Wish

Slowly and steadily, 4Kids has been getting better at dubbing the Pokémon movies. After the disaster that was Mewtwo Strikes Back, they allowed for some quietness in Power of One, produced an almost-perfect translation in Spell of the Unown, and used Japanese music in Celebi: Spirit of the Forest. However, with this, the first Pokémon […]

"Azumanga Daioh" Animated Goodness

High school comedic anime are a dime-a-dozen, so to speak. There are almost as many high school anime as there are giant robot anime. So, if it’s to stand out from the crowd, it’s got to be something that separates it from the garbage. It also has to be, you know, funny. If you do […]

"Slayers" Premium It Is Not

The Slayers is a cult favorite, having captivated fans with the wacky adventures of Lina Inverse for years. One of the more interesting thing about Lina’s story is its oddball continuity: It seems to take place in two different universes. One exists in the movie/OAVs, which pair Lina up with the well-endowed Naga the Serpent. […]

"Cardcaptor Sakura": The Sealed Card Also Seals the TV Dub Away

Cardcaptor Sakura is yet another anime with a troubled US history. When it aired on Kids WB, the series was aired out-of-order, the voice cast sounded older than they were supposed to, and the series tried to focus more towards Li than Sakura. Though the original Japanese version was released separately, fans still wished for […]

Fatal Disc Error: "ReBoot" Boots Up a Bumpy Season 4

ReBoot has had a troubled past. It enjoyed good ratings on ABC before being canned by Disney. The third season wasn’t even shown in the US until Toonami accquired it. After getting monster ratings on that block and on Canada’s YTV, a fourth season was produced. It currently looks like we won’t be gettiing a […]

Kuromi May Have Run Away, But Anime Fans Won't

What do you get when you take a fresh-out-of-college aspiring animator and throw her into pure chaos? A typical day in Studio Petit, that’s what — or Animation Runner Kuromi. For Mikiko Oguro, her dream of working on an animation masterpiece comes crashing down when, on her first day, the head of Time Journeys Episode […]

The Beast Wars Rage On In Two Excellent DVDs

Ah, Beast Wars. Hailed as the second-greatest Transformers series after the original G1, Beast Wars has become a major fan-favorite series. While the first season was pretty decent and introduced and developed the characters we all love, that was really all it was, set-up. Season 2 was when things really got interesting and where many […]

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