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Review: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles": They're Baaaaaaaaack!

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So they’re trying yet another Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show.  Everything old is new, and old, and new again.  I guess we’ve hit that point in pop culture where recycling is itself recycled. Well, at least we have a good show for the effort, one that easily stands aside its predecessors without being a pure […]

Review: "The Squid Girl" (UK Edition): Squids In

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In the middle of summer, a Japanese beach café is intruded upon by a visitor from the sea. Calling herself Squid Girl, the pintsized invader announces her intent to conquer the surface world for the damage mankind has caused to the oceans. Luckily for humanity, the would be overlord is none too bright, and it […]

Review: "Dragon Ball Z" Series Two (UK Edition): It's Not Easy Being Green

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Last time on Dragon Ball Z: Goku and his friends prepared to face off against two aggressive Saiyans, brutal warriors from outer space. After some fierce training and an even fiercer battle, the heroes were able to send the remaining Saiyan, Vegeta, running back to the stars. But it was a hollow victory, as many […]

Review: "Chuck and Friends: Monster Rally" and "Dinosaur Train: Big, Big, Big" == Big Family Fun

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The Adventures of Chuck and Friends: Monster Rally provides another 10 episodes of fun with the Hub’s anthropomorphic dump truck and his assorted automotive friends. While I wasn’t quite as impressed with this disc as I was with the first one, Chuck and Friends is still consistently fun, gentle, and family-friendly for everyone in the […]

Review: "Planzet (UK Edition)": The Plan Doesn't Work For Me

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In the mid-21st century, humanity has finally colonized Mars. This is quite fortunate, as no sooner have the first cherry-picked colonists been dispatched than Earth is attacked by a mysterious race of aliens. Bringing a moon ship into Earth’s orbit, the aliens quickly reduce mankind to but a fraction of their number and reveal quick […]

Review: "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters" Season 3: Sometimes More of the Same Thing Isn't So Bad

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The streets under our cities are full of things.  Weird things.  Strange things.  And monsters.  Lots and lots and lots of monsters.  What do these monsters do?  Scare people of course.  And eat garbage.  And go to school.  Yes, monsters go to school to learn how to be better monsters.  Much like our main characters […]

Review: "Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt" (UK Edition): Where Is Your Moe Now?

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The common visual style of Japanese animation and comics is considered to have begun with the influx of the American versions of these two categories following the Second World War. The wide eyes and button noses of American toons were quickly adopted and over the years integrated with elements of Japan’s own artistic history to […]

"Shakugan no Shana" Season 1: Why So Serious?

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Wow, 2012 hasn’t been a good year for me when it comes to anime.  Rosario+Vampire, Arakawa Under the Bridge X Bridge, Sekirei, Motto To Love Ru, Panty & Stocking, Infinite Stratos … I haven’t been crazy about very many of them.  And now we have Shana, which sadly doesn’t reverse the trend. Unlike the previous […]

Review: "Fairy Tail Part 3 (UK Edition)": I Believe Slightly Less In Magic

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The last volume of Fairy Tail ended pretty tensely, with the guild hall in ruins, the guild’s master possibly on his death bed, and the members themselves locked in a battle with a giant, magically powered doomsday robot controlled by their arch rival. Those are some pretty high stakes, and as this set opens the […]

Review: "Super Hero Squad Show" Season 2 Vol. 4: Curtain Call for the Squaddies!

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The Super Hero Squad Show Season 2 Volume 4 DVD brings the second season and the series to an appropriately silly end, with six final episodes giving the Squaddies one last chance to hero up and polish off the Infinity Gauntlet storyline. While I don’t think these episodes manage to hit the same insane heights […]

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