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Digimon Adventure Tri Determination

Review: “Digimon Adventure Tri: Determination” Digivolves To Mega Level

by Neo Yion August 29, 2017
The Digimon franchise has been running for fifteen years and none is so beloved than that of its first anime series: Digimon Adventure. Recognizing its nostalgic value, Bandai and Toei Animation teamed up once again to create a six-movie sequel series that takes place six years after the original. I stated in my last review […]

Review: “Snow White with the Red Hair” Season One DVD/Blu-ray Is Pleasantly Progressive

by Neo Yion June 9, 2017
In an ever chaotic world where fear and cynical nihilism rule the media as the common narrative, it’s getting harder to pick out the optimistic, soft-hearted shows out there. Understandably, the doom-and-gloom is a product of people’s behaviors, especially in these trying times, and while I enjoy numerous quality products based on this line of […]

Wonder Woman

Review: “Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition” Is Epic, But Not Empowering

by Neo Yion June 2, 2017
Building a plot around gender politics is always going to require a delicate balance. It’s inevitable that an origin story with Wonder Woman is going to have some complication between the secluded women-only island she lives in versus the outer world where, gasp, men live. In the right hands, this can present an interesting, fair […]

Review: “Steven Universe Album: Vol 1:” Believe in Steven’s Songs

by Neo Yion May 31, 2017
When discussing Steven Universe, the topics most often brought up are its central theme of love and acceptance, the positive feminist and LGBTQ representation, and the music. With dozens of songs spread throughout the show, it was a shoo-in for Cartoon Network to concoct an album. The result is sublime. My initial fears that the soundtrack would […]

Review: “Digimon Adventure Tri: Reunion” – Prodigious! This Digi-Movie is a Digi-Blast!

by Neo Yion May 25, 2017
Previously considered cult classics tucked away in the back of VHS stores in the “Foreign” section, anime reached broader range in the mid-90s, with the gateway drug for many being the money-making monstrosity that is the Pokémon franchise. Its pop cultural impact cannot be understated, so it should not be a surprise that FOX Kids […]

Review: “Summer Wars” Is a Digital Delight

by Neo Yion February 3, 2017
One of my fondest memories from my youth were the annual family reunions. As I stood and watched the nearly 30 – 40 people I was related to – whether through blood or marriage – I was overcome with a powerful sense of pride; “The Yi Clan” as I affectionately would say to myself. I haven’t […]

Beauty and the Beast

Review: “Beauty and the Beast” 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition Is Beautifully Timeless

by Neo Yion September 27, 2016
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the kind of film that comes once in a blue moon: a piece of cinema that is not only flawless, but influential. Playing a major part in the revolutionary Disney Renaissance of the 90’s, Beauty and the Beast proved its predecessor, The Little Mermaid, was not just a fluke […]
Transformers: The Movie

Review: “Transformers: The Movie” Blu-ray Dares To Be Stupid and That’s Alright

by Neo Yion September 12, 2016
I love the cheesy aesthetic of 80’s media because they are often shamelessly dumb and driven by the Rule of Cool. Transformers could not have come out at any point before then. The high concept — giant alien robots that transform into vehicles, forever locked in an eternal war between two factions — is mind-blowing to […]

Review: “CubexCursedxCurious” Blu-Ray/DVD is CrassxClichexCrummy

by Neo Yion July 25, 2016
I thrive off bad entertainment. Shows with an utterly inane premise or a certain level of awfulness makes it worth sitting through for sheer notoriety alone. Sure, the product is bad, but at least you can laugh at it, so there’s a consolation prize. CubexCursedxCurious (or C3 for short) held exactly the kind of nonsense plot […]

Review: “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” Blu-ray Is a Hop, Skip, and a Jump to a Charming Film

by Neo Yion July 15, 2016
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Makoto Konno is your everyday Japanese schoolgirl. She lives with two parents and a little sister, is a total klutz, and barely makes it to class on time. Today is a particularly rough day for Makoto: she fails a pop quiz, her cooking class ends with her […]