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Review: “Ikki Tousen” Great Guardians & Xtreme Xecutor – Rip-Off Artists

by Classic Speedyon April 23, 2014
I’m about to review Ikki Tousen, and to paraphrase Roger Ebert, this may astound you, but I’m giving it a positive review (Siskel: “It DOES astound me. Are you okay?”). Why did I like this series but loathe similarly-fanservice heavy titles like Highschool dxd? If you’ll indulge me for a moment, let me take you […]

Review: “One Piece Strong World” – Rumble in the Jungle

by Classic Speedyon April 7, 2014
Yes, I’m reviewing anime again. Yes, I’m reviewing One Piece: Strong World. No, I’m not Jacob. No, I haven’t seen the majority of One Piece episodes. But that shouldn’t matter; a movie should be able to stand on its own and not rely on the viewer’s knowledge of the series on which it was based. […]

Review: “The Jungle Book 2” Blu-ray – What a Bear

by Classic Speedyon March 21, 2014
Oh my, did this one hurt. The Jungle Book is one of my favorite Disney films, so this sequel (which arrived almost forty years after the first film!) had its work cut out for it right from the start. Let it be known that I have nothing against sequels, if a worthwhile story can be […]

Review: “Frozen” Blu-ray Warms My Heart

by Classic Speedyon March 17, 2014
With over a billion dollars made, tons of merchandise, and lots of little girls replaying “Let it Go” incessantly (much to the annoyance of their parents), Disney’s Frozen is a phenomenon now.  It almost feels pointless to review a movie that virtually everybody has seen, but I know some of you are interested in my […]

Review: “The Jungle Book” Blu-ray – Trust in Me, This Movie’s Great

by Classic Speedyon February 12, 2014
The Jungle Book was one of my favorite Disney movies as a kid, so I wanted to see if the movie held up as an adult. For the most part, I’m happy to report it’s still an enjoyable film, and certainly the best Disney movie of the ’60s. Very loosely adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s classic […]
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Review: “The Smurfs 2” – Not Smurfin’ Awful But Not Smurftacular

by Classic Speedyon December 11, 2013
When The Smurfs live-action/CG animation film was announced, there was a sizable portion of the original show’s fanbase that considered it an abomination. Despite that backlash, it made a ton of money, so it must’ve done something right. I suspect that many of its viewers had never seen the original cartoon, so this was their […]

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Review: “We Without Wings” Complete Series: Needs Flying Lessons

by Classic Speedyon December 4, 2013
There’s nothing worse than untapped potential. We Without Wings: Under the Innocent Sky falls into this category; it’s one of the most frustrating anime series I’ve watched as of late. I say it’s frustrating because the premise is actually pretty cool and inventive: A guy has the ability to travel dimensions, thus occupying four different […]

Review: “Haganai” Complete Series: Insult Comedy, Without the Comedy

by Classic Speedyon November 6, 2013
Haganai, much like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, involves a group of misfits creating an unorthodox after-school club.  In this case, Average Male Protagonist Kodaka and ice queen Yozora start a club devoted simply to making new friends.  They don’t have any peripheral activity, which makes you wonder why an official club was needed in […]

Review: “High School dxd” Complete Series – To Hell With This

by Classic Speedyon October 25, 2013
I’ll admit it: The girls in High School dxd are cute and hot. But don’t be lured into watching the show because of that. As they say, the devil is pleasing to the eye, and boy is this a devil of a show to sit through. Watching High School dxd is like a checklist of […]

Review: “Baka and Test” Season 2 + OVA: What a Baka Show

by Classic Speedyon October 7, 2013
Over the years of watching anime, I’ve really come to dislike the comedy genre in particular.  And it’s really a shame, because some of the first anime I ever bought were comedies (Excel Saga, Galaxy Angel, Azumanga Daioh, Abenobashi), and I enjoyed them.  But in the last few years, I’ve felt a strong disconnect with […]