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Review: "Monsuno: Vol. 1" or "Advertising in the Digital Age 101"

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When Chase’s dad disappears, he and his friends try to discover why, only to be swept up in the world of Monsunos, giant monsters that they’re going to battle. You’ve got that right, it’s another year, and another franchise is trying to take the crown away from Pokemon, and this DVD was released within weeks […]

Review: "Littlest Pet Shop": Big Expectations Meet Littler Achievements

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It’s not really fair that all the other animated Peanuts TV specials have to be compared to A Charlie Brown Christmas, because all but the very best of them will come up short. Similarly, it’s not really fair that TV shows on the Hub network, especially the ones aimed at girls, will be compared to […]

Review: "Boogiepop Phantom": Don't Be Scared ...

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Hunger … desire … lust … addiction … desperation … evolution … rage … depression … nostalgia … loss … These are just a few of the many attributes you can assign to post-modern human society. One could also throw in hope, love and happiness, but Boogiepop Phantom doesn’t really deal in those too much. […]

Review: "Tenchi Universe" Is Lightyears Away From Where We Are Today

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Tenchi and his gang of ladies are back for the first time! Tenchi Universe, the first television series spinning out of the hugely popular Tenchi Muyo! direct-to-video series, has finally been rereleased on DVD by FUNimation, bringing one of the landmarks of harem series out of license hell and out-of-print discs. Still, the series is […]

"Dragon Ball Z Kai Season Three": Same Great Story, Less Great Telling

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A mysterious boy from the future warns Son Gokuu and friends of two Artificial Humans who will appear in three years and send the world into chaos. Thrilled by the chance of getting to battle foes superior to a Super Saiyan, Gokuu foregoes attempting to locate and destroy the Artificial Humans before they are complete […]

Review: "Rozen Maiden Overture" (UK Edition): All Dolled Up

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Much like the world of .hack//, I’m a novice when it comes to Rozen Maiden. The gist of the story (which is vaguely covered in this two episode supplemental OVA) involves a Japanese teenage shut in named Jun sharing his home with a collection of living antique dolls. All granted souls by their mysterious ‘Father’ […]

How To Survive The Cartoon Apocalypse, The Toonzone Way!

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Feeling down about the end of the world? Four out of five dentists say you shouldn’t be. Sure, December 21st could unleash untold cataclysms that will destroy all life as we know it, but the funny thing about the end of the world is that it’s never truly the end. Life always finds a way, […]

Review: "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - Adventures in the Crystal Empire" & "Mickey & Donald Have a Farm"

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In my review of the first season DVD set of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, I compared the show to playing the blues, noting that blues is simple music and simple music is the hardest music to play. The five episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic on the latest “soccer mom” DVD […]

Review: "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" Season 1: Pony Up for This One

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The late, great blues guitar player Albert Collins once said, “Simple music is the hardest music in the world to play. And blues is simple music.” The basics of a 12-bar blues and a minor pentatonic scale are simple, but “simple” does not mean “easy.” There’s a gigantic and somewhat ineffable gap between understanding those […]

Review: "Sengoku Basara--The Last Party": Chaos Beats Coherence

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Early on in Sengoku Basara: The Last Party, two characters joyously receive news so good that they proceed to beat the crap out of each other. In fact, it leaves them so deliriously happy that during the fight one of them actually kills the other. The killer feels kind of bad about this for a […]

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