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Review: "Strawberry Shortcake": This Scratch and Sniff Doesn't Smell Like Berries

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In defending My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic from detractors, show creator Lauren Faust wrote: On TV, though, I couldn’t tell one girl character from another and they just had endless tea parties, giggled over nothing and defeated villains by either sharing with them or crying–which miraculously inspired the villain to turn nice…Some of the […]

Review: "Slugterra: Return of the Shane Gang": Saddle Up With This Posse

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I can enjoy the latest incarnations of DC or Marvel superheroes or revivals like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or G.I. Joe, but shows that strike out in new directions and create new properties are going to get a bit more critical slack just because they are creating something new. Disney TV animation has been […]

My Little Pony - Can Alicorns be Magic?

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Well, it finally happened.  After months of speculation, leaks, then an official announcement, we’ve now witnessed Twilight Sparkle become an alicorn princess.  What did I think of how it was pulled off?  Aesthetically not too bad, story-wise exceptionally lifeless and didactic.  It was as if the whole “destiny” part was an afterthought compared to the […]

My Little Pony: The Alicorn Cometh - A Neigh-Sayers View

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There weren’t a whole lot of us who watched My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic back when it premiered in 2010.  After all, it was a My Little Pony cartoon, and the new network it was premiering on was owned in part by a toy company.  Many believed that it would be just as bad […]

Review: "Trigun: Badlands Rumble" (UK Edition): Good Times in The Badlands

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Trigun is set on the planet Gunsmoke, a desert colony world styled after the American Wild West with a steampunk aesthetic, and follows the adventures of Vash the Stampede. Classified as the most dangerous of criminals for the incredible amount of damage he leaves in his wake, ‘The Humanoid Typhoon’ is actually a well-meaning blonde […]

Review: "C: Control": The Devil Is in the Financial Details

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Does it ever seem like the stock market is all the just a game, one with rigged rules?  If so you’d feel right at home in C: Control. Hidden behind the veneer of the visible world is a second world, the Financial District.  What’s the Financial District?  Think of it as a cross between a […]

Review: "Tenchi In Tokyo" Finds The Friend You Didn't Know You Had

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“You can’t change my mind; I’m going to Tokyo!” With those words, their bond will be strained. Tenchi Masaki will leave the idyllic countryside life with those crazy girls he loves so much to travel to Tokyo, working as an apprentice, and pursuing his own life. Naturally, the girls won’t be having any of that, […]

Review: "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2": The Dark Knight Triumphant

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I will admit pleasant surprise that Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 managed to meet and even exceed 25 years worth of built-up expectations, successfully adapting the first two issues of the powerfully influential graphic novel in arguably the most successful comic-to-movie translation from DC Animation to date. If anything, I think the second […]

Review: "Frankenweenie" Is a Very Tim Burtony Kind of Film

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Victor Frankensteinn (that’s Frahnkunshteen! … No, no it isn’t) is a lonely young boy. He lives in a colorless world, in a faceless suburb called New Holland filled with bland adults and weird children. His parents are mostly oblivious, and his next door neighbor, Mr. Bergermeister, the town’s mayor, just plain doesn’t like Victor or […]

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 […]

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