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Review: “Only Yesterday” Blu-ray Is A Riveting Trip Down Memory Lane

by Neo Yion July 6, 2016
Only Yesterday’s US release is nothing short of a miracle. For years, it suffered as the only Studio Ghibli film to never make it stateside. Even during the brief time period in the late 90’s/early 21st century when Disney shoved Ghibli dubs out like candy, this one remained curiously absent. The only way anyone could legally […]
Rick and Morty Season 2

Review: “Rick and Morty” Season Two Blu-ray Is Squanching Fantastic!

by Neo Yion June 6, 2016
Rick and Morty manages to pull in more content in twenty-one episodes than most other shows can manage in a multi-season lifespan. Its comical deconstruction of the sci-fi genre is delightfully tongue-in-cheek and cleverly demented. In its first season, the kid-with-a-mentor story trope took  firm bunt to the head, analyzing the whimsical, fun-filled adventures as […]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Review: “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” Blu-ray Continues a Timeless Legacy

by Neo Yion April 5, 2016
Fellow nerds and pop cultural aficionado, I have a confession to make. I am a twenty-nine year old woman who never watched the original Star Wars trilogy until last December. That’s almost three decades of my life without Luke and Leia, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, lightsabers, and anything with the word “Jedi” or “The Force” […]

Review: “Danganronpa” – Congrats, Monokuma, You’ve Murdered Me With Mediocrity

by Neo Yion February 12, 2016
My first exposure to Danganronpa occurred a few years back when I happened upon its fluorescent pop art aesthetics. It had the kind of urban Persona 4 feel that made the latter appealing to look at during my gameplay sessions. The thick line art and overcompensated character designs did much to hook me, especially the […]

Review: “Transformers: Robots in Disguise: A New Autobot Mission” Accomplishes Its Goal

by Neo Yion October 23, 2015
As I stated in my previous review, Transformers: Robots in Disguise carries a lighthearted charm with the promise of weighty foreshadowing and epic storytelling. I was excited to see the antics Bumblebee and his crew would come across. Transformers: Robots in Disguise’s first DVD release contains the first five episodes and provides just as much […]

Review: “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” Chooses To Be Great

by Neo Yion October 5, 2015
The Iron Giant hovers somewhere between nigh-infinite critical praise and semi-obscurity that’s kept it from overblown hype. I think the balance ensured it stuck around as a beloved cult classic all these years. It’s to the film’s credit that the decade-and-half since its release has done nothing to tarnish its quality. Evidently, Warner Bros. must […]

Michiko and Hatchin

Review: “Michiko & Hatchin” Complete Series Blu-ray is Criminally Compelling

by Neo Yion August 28, 2015
Cynicism is a rampant beast. At its worst, a cesspool of negativity and hopelessness. In the world of Michiko & Hatchin, cynicism dominates its rural streets. Crime is frequent and violent, children are treated as objects to be sold, regular folks are forced into uncompromising situations, and survival is a fact of life. For nine-year-old […]

Review: The “Rick and Morty” Season Two Premiere Is Still Dementedly Creative

by Neo Yion July 24, 2015
Rick and Morty was a pleasant surprise. Its ambitious deconstruction to mine laughs out of the sci-fi genre and related tropes could have wandered into aimless, lazy parodies. Instead, it went above and beyond with clever plot twists and diverse scenarios, all comfortably nestled within its provocatively creative animation. No two episodes were alike, and […]

Review: “Spirited Away”: Miyazaki’s Encouragement To Children

by Neo Yion June 17, 2015
Life couldn’t get any worse for ten-year-old Chihiro. Her family is moving to a new home, meaning she had to leave her friends and old life behind. In an attempt to reach their destination faster, her parents take a detour that leads them into what they assume to be a theme park. The two unwittingly […]
Strange Magic

Review: “Strange Magic” – I Can’t Help Falling In Love with This Cliché

by Neo Yion May 26, 2015
 As billions of movies, books, TV shows, internet blogs, and hand puppet shows can attest to, love is an endearingly popular subject. The problem is that love stories are hard to write. Misguided attempts include flimsy chemistry because there’s no build up; a relationship upgrade through questionable circumstances; and the dreaded, dreaded love triangle threatening […]