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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 […]

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’ […]

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