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Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Review: “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Has a Lot of Spark

by Neo Yion March 13, 2015
Transformers: Robots in Disguise is an interesting transition from Transformers Prime. While each Transformers show seems to reinvent the franchise, Robots in Disguise has the honor of being a direct sequel to Prime. While the latter was an epic space opera, Robots in Disguise excludes the melodrama in favor of peppy, feel-good fun. Those who expect […]

Review: “Space Dandy: Season One Aloha Oe Edition” Goes With the Flow, Baby

by Neo Yion March 9, 2015
In the depths of space lies the man with the to-die-for pompadour. His name is Space Dandy; he’s a dandy in space. As an alien hunter, Dandy scans the far reaches of the galaxy to capture exotic, unknown species for registry in exchange for money. But as determined as he is, Dandy would rather relax […]

Tales from Earthsea

Review: “Tales from Earthsea” – Patronizing Boredom in Fantasy Form

by Neo Yion February 5, 2015
Tales From Earthsea has an infamous shadow hanging over it, being the directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki. At the height of its release, there was a nervous air as Studio Ghibli’s fans wondered if lightning can strike twice from the same family. Whether he expected it or not, there was an immense […]

The Legend of Korra – “The Last Stand” – Episode 52 Recap

by Neo Yion December 26, 2014
While the rest of Team Avatar dismantles the giant mech suit from the inside, Korra fights Kuvira in a final duel. Taken as a whole, Book 4 falls a tad short of the previous Book. It’s still excellent, but its stagnant pacing diminishes its high stakes and momentum. As a standalone episode, “The Last Stand” […]

The Legend of Korra – “Day of The Colossus” – Episode 51 Recap

by Neo Yion December 23, 2014
Everyone must team up to stop Kuvira’s giant mecha suit before she can destroy Republic City. When the last four episodes of Avatar aired, the final conflict ensured only Aang’s group would play a part in ending the 100-year war. We saw them ally with a number of people over the three seasons of Avatar: […]

The Legend Of Korra – “Kuvira’s Gambit” – Episode 50 Recap

by Neo Yion December 18, 2014
Kuvira launches an invasion on Republic City. Team Avatar must stop her army before it’s too late. The Legend of Korra began in Republic City. During Book 1, it served as the show’s chief setting and we saw a metropolis of steel and Asian art deco through Korra’s eyes. It was a melting pot of possibilities […]

The Legend of Korra – “Operation Beifong” – Episode 49 Recap

by Neo Yion December 8, 2014
Bolin helps Opal and Lin save their family. Now we’re getting somewhere. Lin, Opal, and Bolin decide to take matters into their own hands and rescue the Beifong family from Kuvira. Before the infiltration Toph barges in and joins the team, much to Lin’s dismay. Toph was an exciting addition to Book 4. True to […]

The Legend of Korra – “Beyond The Wilds” – Episode 48 Recap

by Neo Yion December 3, 2014
Korra must regain the trust of her friends. Bolin tries to win back Opal. “Beyond the Wilds” is yet another slow episode in Book 4, albeit a necessary one. Korra’s back in action and she’s ready to take on whatever is needed, but unfortunately her closest companions are not convinced she’s prepared. Korra is hurt when Tenzin […]

The Legend of Korra – “Remembrances” – Episode 47 Recap

by Neo Yion December 3, 2014
Korra, Mako, and Varrick reminisce past events. Avatar: The Last Airbender infamously crafted an exuberant take on the clip show format with season three’s “The Ember Island Players.” Instead of talking heads gabbing about events that occurred previously while the episode shuffled through randomly selected clips, “The Ember Island Players” had Aang’s team watching a […]
The Wind Rises

Review: “The Wind Rises” Blu-ray – A Beautiful Mind

by Neo Yion November 19, 2014
When he was young, Hayao Miyazaki would spend his childhood days in his father’s factory, a manufacturer of war plane parts. Fascinated by the intricate design of the flying machines, Miyazaki would carry his lifelong obsession with them for decades to come, tellingly incorporating flight prominently into his films. The Wind Rises feels like a […]