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"The Three Musketeers": All For One In One Good DVD

You know, for being Disney’s trademark characters, Mickey Mouse and friends sure don’t appear in many cartoons anymore. Aside from House of Mouse and its DTV, the gang is pretty much relegated to Disneyland. Well, that all changes now, as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy all come together for their very first feature-length film […]

Make a Date with "Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi" Vol. 3!

Sasshi and Arumi are trapped in a set of dimensions parallel to their own, all of them apparently variations on Sasshi’s hobbies and dreams. With Arumi ready to get on home, the pair get separated when Arumi’s has too much of living in a dating sim. Can Sasshi’s newfound knowledge of Onmyou mysticism take the […]

Discover "The Secret Life of Jimmy Kudo" in Great Series

Jimmy Kudo is Tokyo’s super-sleuth, following in the steps of his hero, Sherlock Holmes. Believe it or not, Jimmy’s just a high school student. Well, he was. After he’s knocked out by two criminals and dosed with an experimental drug, can Jimmy save the day and solve the crime—as elementary school student Conan Edogawa? One […]

Low-Budget "New Cutey Honey" is Low-Brow Fun

In Cosplay City, monsters are running amuck. Can the power of the beautiful Cutey Honey defend the city, or will her constant outfit changes prove futile? ADV revives its New Cutey Honey release as part of the Essential Anime Collection with this two-disc set. Does Honey retain her youthful fun, or is the decade-old heroine […]

Real Magic in "Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobshi" Volume 2

It’s been a while since I got to see the parallel-universe adventures of Arumi and Sasshi, two kids from Osaka who are stuck traveling through alternate dimensions, visiting worlds that would look a lot like home if it weren’t for the dinosaurs or mafia crime families littering the landscape. I was instantly attracted to the […]

ADV's "Kino's Journey" AniMini: Great Show, Weak Format

Have you ever wanted to try out an anime before buying it, but not wanted to jump into the legal grey area that is fansubs? Well, ADV’s AniMini product is supposed to be the solution to your dilemma, giving anime fans a quick, cut-rate look at an anime series without having to shell out the […]

A Profound, Gentle, Beautiful Children's Cartoon--About a "Doggy Poo"

Doggy Poo is a tender story about a tender turd left behind on a country road. The poo chats with a bird, a clump of soil, a leaf, a chicken, and a dandelion before realizing his lifelong aspiration to become fertilizer. Done laughing? Good, because underneath the admittedly bizarre premise of this Korean children’s cartoon […]

Adult Swim Busts Boundaries With "ATHF," "Sealab 2021"

Yeah, okay, I know: Praising an animated series for its dialogue is like praising a landscape painter for his musical ability. It’s not what the art form is about. So maybe it’s best just to be up front about it and assert that Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Sealab 2021 are “cartoons” by courtesy only. […]

SuperFriends' Greatest "Challenge": Keep the Audience from Laughing

There are very few animated franchises that develop into true television dynasties. Scooby Doo is one, and its Hanna Barbera cousin SuperFriends is another. From 1973 to 1985 SuperFriends was broadcast virtually nonstop, occupying a prime Saturday morning slot for most of this run. Some competitors aside, up until the debut of Batman: The Animated […]

"Gravitation Vol.1" Shonen-ai for the Straight Guy

Ah, shonen-ai, a sub-genre of anime known best for flimsy plots geared around getting two or more pretty boys romantically involved with each other, to the extent of on-screen kissing and (if possible) off-screen relations. For the most part, this genre only appeals to the fangirl demographic that keeps Inu-Yasha on the air. However, there […]

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