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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 […]

Review: "Finding Nemo" Blu-Ray: Mission Accomplished

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If you don’t know what Finding Nemo is, what are you doing at an animation website? It’s only one of the most popular animated movies of all time, responsible for every “Hey, it’s Nemo! Look, Dorys! Hey Mom! Hey Mom! It’s Dory!” at every aquarium on earth for the last decade. It’s also the movie […]

Review: "Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters" Rises to the Challenge

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I’m not sure if it’s properly calibrated expectations or just plain fickleness of mood, but either way I have a much more positive impression of Kaijudo after a second look. The first five episodes of the show are available on the extensively named Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters – Creatures Unleashed, and probably the […]

Review: "Aria the Scarlet Ammo" is a .22 Caliber Series in a .45 Caliber World

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I don’t follow anime terribly closely, but is there some sub-genre dedicated to stories about gaggles of girls that range from dingbats to the thoroughly disagreeable, all of whom are determined to fling themselves vehemently at a lead boy character with little to no personality? I thought the patronizing idiocy of Freezing was a one-off, […]

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