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"The Batman": Bland Beginnings For Awkward New Show

Warner Bros. hasn’t had a lot of luck translating its beloved comic book characters into other concepts. Most of its live action film franchises have been met with box office success but critical apathy—if they’re lucky. Its videogames, including Batman: Dark Tomorrow, Catwoman, and Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker, are considered to be some […]

"The Batman": Oh God, the Pain

Toon Zone this week will run a series of reviews of The Batman, the new animated series from Kids WB and Warner Bros. Animation. The series premieres on Saturday, September 11, at 10:30am (ET). Let me say first: I wanted to like this show. The idea—a novice Batman fighting crime, a new focus on Bruce […]

"Kiddy Grade: The Present Future" Brings a Dark Past to Light

Eclair and Lumiere, ES Force Members of the Galactic Organization of Trade and Tariffs, go on missions across the galaxy and kick butt on every one. (Eclair’s the older one with lipstick-granted powers and Lumiere’s the child drunkard with a control of machines.) But when Eclair’s past literally comes back to haunt her, and the […]

Discover "The Secret Life of Jimmy Kudo" in Great Series

Jimmy Kudo is Tokyo’s super-sleuth, following in the steps of his hero, Sherlock Holmes. Believe it or not, Jimmy’s just a high school student. Well, he was. After he’s knocked out by two criminals and dosed with an experimental drug, can Jimmy save the day and solve the crime—as elementary school student Conan Edogawa? One […]

Low-Budget "New Cutey Honey" is Low-Brow Fun

In Cosplay City, monsters are running amuck. Can the power of the beautiful Cutey Honey defend the city, or will her constant outfit changes prove futile? ADV revives its New Cutey Honey release as part of the Essential Anime Collection with this two-disc set. Does Honey retain her youthful fun, or is the decade-old heroine […]

"Yu-Gi-Oh! the Movie" Too Cheesy For Its Own Good

If you don’t know what Yu-Gi-Oh! is, it’s time to get out from under your rock. The latest kids phenomenon from 4Kids Entertainment, Yu-Gi-Oh! has been huge, so it’s only natural that a movie would follow. Hoping for a similar kind of success the first Pokémon movie did, the first dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh! movie has arrived, […]

Real Magic in "Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobshi" Volume 2

It’s been a while since I got to see the parallel-universe adventures of Arumi and Sasshi, two kids from Osaka who are stuck traveling through alternate dimensions, visiting worlds that would look a lot like home if it weren’t for the dinosaurs or mafia crime families littering the landscape. I was instantly attracted to the […]

"The Venture Brothers" Makes Campy a Family Affair

Imagine a wedgie-crippled Jonny Quest screaming as he hobbles through the jungle. Picture the Hardy Boys on acid. Hazard Tom Swift or Danny Dunn (if your memory goes back that far) put through the Williams Street thunderblender. Now you’ve got a fair idea of what Adult Swim’s newest series is like. Mummy dearest Brock fights […]

ADV's "Kino's Journey" AniMini: Great Show, Weak Format

Have you ever wanted to try out an anime before buying it, but not wanted to jump into the legal grey area that is fansubs? Well, ADV’s AniMini product is supposed to be the solution to your dilemma, giving anime fans a quick, cut-rate look at an anime series without having to shell out the […]

Platinum Beats Gold in "Neon Genesis Evangelion, Vol. 1"

When Angels attack Japan, it’s time for NERV to launch Evangelions! But, will the giant’s pilots (an unsure boy and a quiet girl) be able to save the day? Neon Genesis Evangelion has been hailed as the third coming of animé, but is Platinum truly better than gold if you’ve never seen the whole series […]

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