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

by Ed Liuon December 10, 2012
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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Review: "Fairy Tail Part 4" (UK Edition): Armour Ready For More!

by Grant Whiteon December 3, 2012
The previous volume of Fairy Tail raised suspicions that the spell was broken on me: more David Blaine then Dynamo. Luckily Volume 4 proves that the wizards have still got it. Continuing on our heroes are making their way through the Tower of Heaven, an evil structure constructed by Erza’s former friend Jellal. The story […]

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Review: "A Cat in Paris": This Cat Is Where It's At

by Ed Liuon November 30, 2012
The opening scenes of A Cat in Paris follow a cat burglar named Nico on a jewel heist, depicting his movements with a sinuous grace that could only be achieved through hand-drawn animation. Nico practically flows through the hole he cuts in a window, and seemingly turns his joints to jelly to avoid security cameras […]
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Review: "One Piece" DVD Collection No. 8: Cloud Nine

by Jacob T. Paschalon November 28, 2012
The serial sea-faring adventures of Captain Luffy and friends continue in One Piece Collection No. 8. Picking up from where Collection No. 7 left off, Luffy continues his heated battle with the God of Skypiea, Eneru. Eneru, having deemed the people of Skypiea unworthy, has set out to use his ‘Ark Maxim’ to amplify his […]

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Review: "Strike Witches 2": More of the Same

by Classic Speedyon November 26, 2012
Hype is a funny thing.  Ever since Strike Witches debuted, all I heard from some anime fans was how it was nothing but creepy loli bait and an example of everything wrong with modern anime.  A big portion of the criticism was that the girls don’t wear pants or skirts, instead having a formal military […]
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Review: "Pound Puppies" Charms; "Dinosaur Train" Strives; "Scooter the Penguin" Belly Flops

by Ed Liuon November 23, 2012
The Hub’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has gotten a lot of attention for Lauren Faust’s initial push to make sure the show was watchable beyond its target demographic of little girls. While I don’t want to take away from any of that show’s well-earned success, the shame is that more of the Hub’s […]

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Review: In "King of Thorn," Even the Apocalypse Wants to Be Green

by Weathermanon November 21, 2012
What would you do if the world was coming to an end and you were given a way out? Or you thought you had a way out? King of Thorn tosses you straight into that world. Yes, apocalyptic-themed sci-fi is all the rage these days, but King of Thorn isn’t just another “2012” blow ’em […]
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Review: "Arthur Christmas": Jingle-Jangle All the Way

by Maxie Zeuson November 19, 2012
Aardman Animation’s Arthur Christmas isn’t a bad film by any stretch of the imagination. It’s got spunk and wit and pizzazz and a holiday-inflected theme suitable to the season. It looks nice and it moves well. But it’s a slapdash movie, and it has all the subtlety of a carillon banging out “Jingle Bells” at […]

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Review: "Brave" Blu-ray: Not Top Tier Pixar

by Classic Speedyon November 16, 2012
It was only a matter of time. Pixar had been on a hot streak for well over a decade, and for me personally, that streak (sadly) ended with the admittedly well-directed and action-packed, but soulless and suspension-of-disbelief stretching Cars 2. Now we have Brave, which is an improvement over Cars 2, but doesn’t reach the […]
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Review: "Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 2" - More Little Gifts from Planet Pixar

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2012
Way back in 2007, when I reviewed the Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 1, our own staffer Duke asked: “Does Pixar even have enough short films for a second volume? Or will that second volume come out in 2011?” Duke, wherever you are, you were only off by a year. The second collection of Pixar […]