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"Gundam SEED" The Turning Point Is On The Left, Not The Right, Gundam!

After five discs ranging from mediocre to decent, one would expect more of the same: plodding blah. Not anymore. It took a while, but Gundam SEED is finally starting to get good, and all it takes is a few deaths to do it. After evading ZAFT throughout the Eastern Hemisphere, the Archangel gang can finally […]

"Gundam SEED" Don't Get Wet, Gundam!

The travels of the Archangel continue in the latest volume of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, this time with some fighting over the water instead of in the desert, and two characters decide to do their own version of Blue Lagoon. Oh, and the Strike gets to show off its nifty-looking bazooka. Sounds like fun! When […]

"Gundam SEED" Don't Get Sand in Your Joints, Gundam!

In the Cosmic Era, genetically enhanced Coordinators have caused a deadly war. One young Coordinator, Kira Yamato, actually fights for the Earth Alliance, who is trying to exterminate all Coordinators. He feels pretty dedicated to his cause now, but what happens when he meets the coffee-loving version of Tony the Tiger? Previously, the Archangel descended […]

"Gundam SEED" Refrain from Retreating to the Familiar, Gundam!

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED trudges along with this third disc. Billed as “Mobile Suit Gundam for the 21st Century,” this series has a lot to live up to. Well, it’s finally starting to do that after a visibly shaky start. But the problems from the last disc still haven’t been corrected yet. After spending the […]

"Gundam SEED" Wade Through the Unexpected, Gundam!

It is rare to find a series that is so polarizing. For every person that loves Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, there’s another one who absolutely hates it and everything attached to it. From these early episodes, it’s kind of easy to see why. One of those reasons is the harsh serial format. For instance, see […]

"Gundam SEED" Slice Through That Grim Reality, Gundam!

For those of you living under a rock, Gundam is the undisputed king of giant robot anime and a mainstay in Japan since 1979. Though Turn A Gundam apparently put it to rest in 1999, the series came back with a bang in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, which currently airs on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block […]

"The Daichis" Vol. 3 Cashes in its Chips a Little Early

It’s a mystery why a very mediocre series like Yu-Gi-Oh! can captivate millions of children while much more creative and intelligent fare like Astro Boy and One Piece can hardly get change for a cup of joe. Given their track record, it seems unlikely that we’ll ever see The Daichis Earth Defense Family on TV […]

"Koi Kaze" Vol.2: Dark, Bitter, and Better Than Ever

Sales of the first volume of Geneon’s Koi Kaze did not live up to expectations, and, truth be told, I’m not surprised. Koi Kaze is a brilliant story, and the first volume sets it up well. But the setup sounds really messed up: Twenty-seven-year-old Koshiro, a sad young man fresh off a breakup and stuck […]

Are Pixar's Best Days Over?

CNN Money has released an in-depth examination into Pixar, whose fortunes seem to be starting a slow fall due to uncertainty over its new distributor and slower-than-expected sales on its DVD release of The Incredibles.

"LA Times" on the Rise of Direct-to-Video Features

An article in the Los Angeles Times follows the history of the direct-to-video feature, now beginning to achieve critical mass and substantial sales figures (free registration required). Credit for the success of the format is given to the many successful animated feature films developed specifically for home video.

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