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"The Iron Giant" Special Edition: Spectacular Movie, Fantastic DVD

The Iron Giant did not perform too well in the theaters. Those who saw it, however, felt something at the end of the movie. The story makes a strong emotional connection with its audience, and it still gets to me every time. That’s what’s earned it a place among the best animated films of all […]

"Cyber Team in Akihabara Vol.1": A Little Old-Fashioned Kitsch Never Hurt Anyone

What do you get when Sailor Moon-style sentai magical girl antics are mixed with Pokemon-like owner/pet relationships and Bubblegum Crisis-style battle suits, all with bit of a Go Nagai-style twist? Why it’s Cyber Team in Akihabara! When an enigmatic prince (who looks like Tuxedo Mask and Char put together) attempts to steal Hibari’s PataPi, a […]

"Sponge For Hire" Isn't Exactly Made to Order

Just in time for the upcoming Spongebob film, yet another TV show compilation DVD arrives. Sponge for Hire puts together eight episodes which primarily focus on Spongebob’s beloved job as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab restaurant. This fortunately means a starring role for the Krab’s owner, Mr. Krabs, whose wild and hilarious eccentricities […]

Gravion Vol. 2: "Knights of Gravity" Soar Into Action

Gravion is the world’s foremost defense against the Zeravire, mysterious beasts unleashing havoc upon the future Earth. This mechanical God for a new age can only be created when six pilots combine their ships. But when one goes to her father’s grave and two others take a night on the town, will Gravion be able […]

Vampire Prostitutes & Freaky Zombie Robot Minions!

In the post-apocalyptic future, humanity has wiped itself out. With no clientele left, specialized robots, “Dolls,” are left wandering the streets. One such doll, Malice, begins leaking… almost as if she was crying. A run-in with a beast mysteriously turns her human, leaving her as an oddity of this dysfunctional society. Can she fit in […]

"Kaena": Great New Classic or Evolution's Mistake?

Toon Zone’s Desslar and Twage look at Kaena: The Prophecy and can agree on only one thing: The title character has fantastic knockers. Kaena: A Brave New World of Animated Scifi by Desslar It’s a shame that Kaena: The Prophecy has got such little press in the U.S. But it’s far from surprising. It’s hard […]

Short Notices: "Sabrina," "Clifford" Hit DVD with Winning Stories

Sabrina The Animated Series: Witch in Training Sabrina is a cute little animated series based on the primetime Sabrina the Teenage Witch show, which in turn was based on the Archie comic book of the same name. In this version, we warp back to when Sabrina was merely a preteen and she and her friends […]

"The Punisher": Frank Goes to Hollywood, People Die

I wish I could say that The Punisher is a terrific adaptation and a worthy tribute to its title character: I am a huge Punisher fan and find the title’s dark and gritty take on crime-fighting a refreshing change from the usual “truth, justice, and the American way” stuff. I can’t, as it happens; the […]

In "InuYasha: The Movie," Demons Have Feelings Too

OK, I have to confess at the very top: When it comes to the popular Inuyasha franchise, I don’t really know what I’m talking about. I’ve only seen a few minutes of the TV show. So, I have to judge Inuyasha, The Movie: Affections Touching Across Time as a stand-alone production. So there may be […]

"Blue Gender Vol. 4": We're Off to Outer Space ...

Yuji Kaido was cryogenically frozen decades ago, only to wake up in a hellish future where giant bugs called “the Blue” have overrun the Earth. He was rescued by Marlene, a member of the Sleeper Recovery Squad, whose mission is to get Yuji, a “sleeper” with the genetic potential to save the world, to “Second […]

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