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Grrl Power: Cute Candy Shell on the Outside, Great Anime on the Inside

The world is chock-full of hyper-saccharine, obscenely cute anime. However, Grrl Power distances itself from the pack with genuine humor and a small of dash of pathos. Created, directed, and storyboarded by Akitoroh Daichi (who directed the cute yet bittersweet Fruits Basket, Kodocha, Jubei-chan, and Animation Runner Kuromi, and also wrote the manga that Grrl […]

"Blue Gender (Vol. 2)": More Blue, More Deaths

When Yuji sees a young girl about to be slaughtered by the Blue, his selfless actions endanger both the Sleeper Recovery Team and the refugees holed up in a makeshift camp. All the while, Yuji notices the harsh reality of relationships in this bleak future. Can Yuji’s naivete break down Marlene’s frosty exterior. More pressing […]

"Fruits Basket (Vol. 2)" Mixes Into a Wonderful Smoothie

Fruits Basket Volume 1 (previous review) was a great DVD: Six episodes of a terrific story packaged with good extras. Does Volume 2 keep it up? Oh yeah. In fact, this one may be even better. The background: After her mother died, Tohru Honda ended up living with the Sohmas. (Kyo’s the brash one, Yuki’s […]

"Pokémon Jirachi Wish Maker" Doesn't Fulfill Every Wish

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Slowly and steadily, 4Kids has been getting better at dubbing the Pokémon movies. After the disaster that was Mewtwo Strikes Back, they allowed for some quietness in Power of One, produced an almost-perfect translation in Spell of the Unown, and used Japanese music in Celebi: Spirit of the Forest. However, with this, the first Pokémon […]

"Azumanga Daioh" Animated Goodness

High school comedic anime are a dime-a-dozen, so to speak. There are almost as many high school anime as there are giant robot anime. So, if it’s to stand out from the crowd, it’s got to be something that separates it from the garbage. It also has to be, you know, funny. If you do […]

Hugh Jackman plays Vampire Hunter D in "The London Assignment"

The latest movie tie-in anime, Van Helsing: The London Assignment, is a worthy prequel to the new Hollywood feature. While the reviews have not been overly kind to its big brother, London Assignment crafts a simple but quite thrilling tale. Not obviously an anime production and not quite a feature, animation fans might better imagine […]

"Slayers" Premium It Is Not

The Slayers is a cult favorite, having captivated fans with the wacky adventures of Lina Inverse for years. One of the more interesting thing about Lina’s story is its oddball continuity: It seems to take place in two different universes. One exists in the movie/OAVs, which pair Lina up with the well-endowed Naga the Serpent. […]

"Cardcaptor Sakura": The Sealed Card Also Seals the TV Dub Away

Cardcaptor Sakura is yet another anime with a troubled US history. When it aired on Kids WB, the series was aired out-of-order, the voice cast sounded older than they were supposed to, and the series tried to focus more towards Li than Sakura. Though the original Japanese version was released separately, fans still wished for […]

"Fruits Basket": Take a Break From Superpowered Fighters

Tohru Honda, a warrior from the Saiyan race… no, that’s not it. Tohru Honda, after awakening from cryogenic slumber… no, that’s Blue Gender. Accepted into the Galaxy Police? Nope. A legendary thief? Too goody-goody to steal. Super-powered officer armed with lipstick? Er, not going to happen. Tohru’s just a girl. No special powers. When her […]

Kuromi May Have Run Away, But Anime Fans Won't

What do you get when you take a fresh-out-of-college aspiring animator and throw her into pure chaos? A typical day in Studio Petit, that’s what — or Animation Runner Kuromi. For Mikiko Oguro, her dream of working on an animation masterpiece comes crashing down when, on her first day, the head of Time Journeys Episode […]

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