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"Stellvia: Foundation 1": High-Grade Sci-Fi Anime For All Ages

Many anime deal with school life and mecha/space/spacemecha pilots, though not always in the same series. When they both show up, and they are explicitly connected, the result ranges from excellent and powerful (such as the often over-looked Twin Spica) to painfully horrific (Pilot Candidate, I’m looking in your direction). Geneon’s new title in this […]

Orange Islands Offer Up Different View of "Pokémon"

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So, what do you do when you have an anime based off a wildly popular video game, but the next installment is over a year away? Why, you create a filler saga, of course! So went the thought process of the Pokemon creative staff as they went to work trying to create a workable saga […]

Multiple DVD Award Nominations for 'Lion King 1½', 'Comic Book: The Movie'

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Nominations for the fifth annual DVD Exclusive Awards have been announced, and Disney’s The Lion King 1½ leads with a total of 11 nominations in eight categories. Also receiving multiple nominations: Shrek 2, The Simpsons, Mary Poppins, The Star Wars Trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King–Special Extended Edition, Barbie as […]

"Shrek" Franchise Delivers $1.6 Billion in Consumer Home Entertainment Spending

DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek franchise has generated over $1.6 billion in consumer home entertainment spending since its inaugural launch in 2001, with the record-shattering VHS/DVD release of Shrek. The current video in the franchise, Shrek 2, has sold more than 37 million units worldwide since its November release — making the third highest grossing feature film […]

"Steel Angel Kurumi Complete Collection" Kickin' Android Maids

Kurumi, Karinka, and Saki. These three girls are Steel Angels, cybernetically created superpowered beings. When an accidental kiss from a young boy named Nakahito awakens Kurumi in early 20th century Japan, life changes for the Onmyo Mystic. With the military on their trail, Nakahito must attempt to live a simple temple life, while Kurumi and […]

"Wandaba Style" Vol. 1: Can Mix Juice "Rocket To Stardom?"

The Spice Girls were the biggest “big thing” in girl group history. Puffy Ami-Yumi are the latest Japanese import on the scene, starring in a Cartoon Network show that depicts them doing “normal things” in a very abnormal fashion. But can the States handle a combination of the two? When the polar personalities of the […]

Zoinks! This "Doo" Stinks "2"

The legendary Scooby Doo cartoon franchise has had a difficult transition from small to big screen. The first film was much maligned by critics and fans alike for departing too much from the source material and including too much “irreverent” self-referential humor. I found it to be an uneven but enjoyable effort, buoyed by Matthew […]

"Lady Death" Reincarnated on DVD

When Hope, unknowing daughter of Lucifer, is killed for her father’s sins, she takes up the offer for a life in Hell rather than experience a horrific death via torching. But as Lucifer is the Lord of Lies, Hope soon learns the true fate of her loved ones, and sets out on a course to […]

"Kim Possible: The Villain Files" Not as Funny as Possible

With all eyes focused on the continuing decline of its theatrical animation, Disney has quietly carved out a solid TV franchise with Kim Possible. The Villian Files marks the third DVD compilation release for the teenage girl spy who has beaten the odds to prove that a female lead can successfully anchor an action-oriented cartoon […]

"Jimmy Neutron: Attack of the Twonkies": Mild Assault on the Funny Bone

In a bid not to be completely lost amidst all the Spongebob movie hoopla, Nickelodeon stablemate Jimmy “I once got Jack Valenti so drunk I woke up with an Academy Award nomination” Neutron has released his fifth compilation DVD – Jimmy Neutron: Attack of the Twonkies. Contrary to current theatrical trends, Nickelodeon’s CGI franchise about […]

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