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"Justice League Unlimited" Vol. 2: The DC Entry Drug

The original Justice League was a little on the bland side. Sure, the occasional episode was magnificent, but too many generic alien baddies decreased enjoyment of the show. Batman: The Animated Series, most of Superman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond raised the bar so high that Justice League seemed like a pale attempt to […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol. 5: A Perfect Prelude

The plot advances nicely and the tone darkens a little bit in Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 5. So let’s skip over any lame puns or intros and dive right in! After meeting Tim Marcoh, Ed and Al may be close to finally discovering the Philosopher’s Stone, the key to restoring both of their bodies to normal. […]

"Tokyo Underground" Vol. 3: Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind

Unfortunately, the title “Tokyo Underground” is indicative of this show’s fate: underground popularity. It won’t be breaking any sales records or be remembered for its intellectual depth or storytelling innovation. It will probably fade into obscurity. And that’s a shame, actually. Sure, it’s not Fullmetal Alchemist, Mobile Suit Gundam, or Evangelion, but at the end […]

Full-On Glory with "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol. 4

The plot thickens as Ed and Al get closer to uncovering the mystery of the Philosopher’s Stone and Scar begins to hunt down and murder State Alchemists. The series is already so good that it’s hard to believe that it can consistently top itself with each volume. And I have it on good authority that […]

Preview: "Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok" Makes Norse Gods Cute

Wow! That title is a bit more than a mouthful. Based on the manga of the same name (also released by ADV), Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok puts an interesting spin on Norse mythology. Loki has been banished from Asgard by Odin and forced to live among mortals trapped in the body of a small boy. […]

"Kodocha Vol. 1": Yes Folks, It's That Good!

All right, before we begin: Yes, I’m an almost-twenty-one-year-old male. And no, this review will not fully convey just how much I, in all my twenty-one-year-old male glory, love this show. It’s directed by the man who did Fruits Basket (another shoujo series I loved) and you can definitely see the similarities. Kodocha is the […]

"Hanaukyo Maid Team" Vol. 3 Kind of Messy

The newest maid anime in a long line of maid anime has reached its conclusion. But you wouldn’t know from watching it. In fact, the third and final disc of Hanaukyo Maid Team had me scrambling for information on when the next volume was coming out. Sadly, however, a fourth volume just isn’t in the […]

"Fullmetal Alcehmist" Vol. 3: "Fullmetal Gold"

Joy! The third volume of Fullmetal Alchemist is here. The first two volumes haven’t disappointed in the least, so when I popped this volume into the DVD player, I expected to be just as entertained. And it delivers in spades. Now that our hero Edward Elric has become a State Alchemist, Roy Mustang sends him […]

"Hanaukyo Maid Team Vol. 2": Maid Action Made to Order

Another Maid show? *Groan* That’s what a lot of people must have thought when they first heard about Hanaukyo Maid Team, and really, it’s true. The fanservice genre has been worn into the ground. Hand Maid May was the pinnacle of what a fanservicey-yet-sentimental show about maids could be. Popping this disc in, I was […]

"Requiem from the Darkness Vol. 3": No Rest for This Damned Show

Poor Momosuke. Apparently the Harry Potter series and all those books by Bill O’ Reilly have convinced the young writer that the horror genre is the final frontier. Traveling around and compiling tales for his book The 100 Stories, he runs afoul of sexy women, ghosts, monsters, demons, and Toon Zone critics. For better or […]

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