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Review: "The Transformers: The Japanese Collection" Not in Mint Condition

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Three series, found deep within the back closets of Japan, have never before aired in America. Three series offer three widely-different takes on the eras of machine versus machine. Three series, each focusing on successive battles of Autobots and Decepticons, starring three different leaders, three different bad guys, three different gimmicks. The Transformers: The Japanese […]

Review: "House Of Five Leaves" Grows as Slow as a Tree, But Solid as Oak

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The wandering samurai Akitsu “Masa” Masunosuke has no home to call his own anymore, until the House of Five Leaves takes him in. Accepting a job as a bodyguard, Masa quickly finds himself wrapped up in a world of kidnapping, bribery, robbery, prostitution, and more. The shy swordsman must figure out if his place in […]

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

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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

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(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.) But there’s still a lot of quality here. “Pranksters” is a hilarious episode where Heffer keeps pulling April Fool’s Day pranks on his friends but rightly […]

Review: "Wizards" Proves Itself Experimental to a Fault

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Perhaps the most impressive thing about Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards is that it was ever created in the first place. The director once described it as “my homage to Tolkien in the American idiom” and a “fantasy for American kids,” yet ultimately Bakshi’s 1978 take on The Lord of the Rings would represent his best attempt […]

Review: "Adventures in Zambezia" Offers Well-Worn But Enjoyable Family Fun

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If Adventures in Zambezia had been released by a major Hollywood studio, it would be solid and enjoyable but largely unremarkable fare. The fact that it is the first animated feature film by South Africa’s Triggerfish Animation Studios and was made for a fraction of what most animated features cost today makes it much more […]

Review: "Tenchi Muyo! Movie Collection" Breaks the Muyo! Mold

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Tenchi’s disappearing! Tenchi has a daughter! Tenchi disappeared! In the Tenchi Muyo! franchise’s three cinematic movies, the gang travels back in time, deals with daughters from the future (!?), and explores the world of restaurant work. Can the girls save Tenchi, save Tenchi, and save Tenchi? In these three movies, does Tenchi actually matter, or […]

Review: "The Croods" Isn't as Evolved as It Could Be

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If titles were always entirely accurate, The Croods would be called Grug and Eep. At heart it’s not truly about the adventures and welfare of the titular stone age family, but rather the tale of a strained relationship between a father and his teenage daughter who yearns to break free of her family’s constraining lifestyle. […]

Review: "Tenchi Muyo! OVA Collection" Is the Best of the Best

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An ancient demon. Two princesses. A space detective who relies on luck a little too much. An exiled academic. All of the above deeply love and respect one generic kid in rural Japan, who may be tied to them more than anyone would expect. They’ll fight for his love. Tenchi will have to fight for […]

Review: "Rise of the Guardians" Delivers for Kids

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Taking inspiration from William Joyce’s Guardians of Childhood book series, Rise of the Guardians delivers an unusual reinterpretation of the fantastical icons of childhood legend for an imperfect but enjoyable adventure. The conceit of Guardians is that not only do these figures of myth all exist, they know each other and some of them are […]

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