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Review: “Robin Hood” Blu-ray – A Slight But Enjoyable Effort

by Classic Speedyon September 6, 2013
Robin Hood isn’t often lumped in with the great Disney animated films, and while I wouldn’t pretend to claim it’s one of my all-time favorites, I genuinely like it and think it deserves some credit. I say this because when you consider much of the competition in the ’70s, it looks amazing. Sure, Ralph Bakshi […]

Review: “The Angry Beavers Complete Series” Hasn’t Held Up

by Classic Speedyon September 4, 2013
Many old school Nick fans tend to lump The Angry Beavers in with the first seven NickToons in terms of quality. Some are even of the opinion that Beavers was the last good NickToon before things permanently went downhill. In truth, I recall liking the show as a young teen, but re-watching it as an […]

Review: “Shin-Chan Season 3” – Here’s More

by Classic Speedyon July 31, 2013
Back when the slice-of-life anime comedy Shin-chan first aired, I loved it because it was vastly different than any other anime I had watched, especially considering what usually airs on Adult Swim (i.e. shonen action shows). I also greatly enjoyed the re-written, pop culture-heavy dub, which took extensive liberties with the original show. Generally I […]

Review: “The Emperor’s New Groove”: Hilarious Film, Weak Blu-ray

by Classic Speedyon June 24, 2013
When I was a young teenager, I went through a phase where I had an irrational hatred of Disney. Between thinking I was “too old” for their films and learning some unpleasant facts about their corporate policies and controversies, I essentially boycotted the studio. In fact, I even engaged in the unfair practice of judging […]

Review: “Shakugan no Shana” Season 2 + OAV: More Moody Melancholia

by Classic Speedyon April 8, 2013
Let it be known that I’m a generous guy. I originally reviewed Shakugan no Shana‘s first season and didn’t have a favorable reaction. Naturally, I wasn’t exactly chomping at the bit to review the second season. But, when asked nicely if I’d be so kind as to take up that burden (partially because a different […]

Review: “Rocko’s Modern Life”: Complete Series: Not a Very Dangerous DVD

by Classic Speedyon April 3, 2013
(Note: Since this Complete Series package features every episode from seasons 1-4 and I already reviewed seasons 1-3 separately, I will only focus on volume 4 to reduce redundancy.) Rocko’s Modern Life has been a fun nostalgia trip, but luckily many episodes still manage to hold up for various reasons. Unfortunately, the ratio of good […]

Review: “Ghastly Prince Enma-Kun” Complete Series: The ’70s Are Back. Joy?

by Classic Speedyon February 25, 2013
Remember the 2004 Cutie Honey OAV?  It was something of a nostalgic throwback to the ’70s TV series, a lot more wacky than the gritty mid-90s OAVs and blending retro and modern designs.  Well, Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up is a similar kind of thing.  I haven’t seen the original series, but based on this […]

Review: “Strike Witches 2”: More of the Same

by Classic Speedyon November 26, 2012
Hype is a funny thing.  Ever since Strike Witches debuted, all I heard from some anime fans was how it was nothing but creepy loli bait and an example of everything wrong with modern anime.  A big portion of the criticism was that the girls don’t wear pants or skirts, instead having a formal military […]

Review: “Brave” Blu-ray: Not Top Tier Pixar

by Classic Speedyon November 16, 2012
It was only a matter of time. Pixar had been on a hot streak for well over a decade, and for me personally, that streak (sadly) ended with the admittedly well-directed and action-packed, but soulless and suspension-of-disbelief stretching Cars 2. Now we have Brave, which is an improvement over Cars 2, but doesn’t reach the […]

“Shakugan no Shana” Season 1: Why So Serious?

by Classic Speedyon September 5, 2012
Wow, 2012 hasn’t been a good year for me when it comes to anime.  Rosario+Vampire, Arakawa Under the Bridge X Bridge, Sekirei, Motto To Love Ru, Panty & Stocking, Infinite Stratos … I haven’t been crazy about very many of them.  And now we have Shana, which sadly doesn’t reverse the trend. Unlike the previous […]