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Review: "Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection" - Small Wonders

by Ed Liuon August 17, 2015
Even the most stringent critics must admit that the Walt Disney Animation Studios has come a long way since the late 90’s and most of the 2000’s, with a string of critical and commercial successes restoring much of the studio’s lost luster. However, along with a healthy feature film division, Disney has also revived its […]
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Review: Streaming Kidvid Roundup with "Wishenpoof" and "Dinotrux"

by Ed Liuon August 14, 2015
In a lot of TV and movies (for kids and adults alike), something with a male lead character is assumed to be “for all audiences,” but something with a female lead character is “for girls.” Kids cartoons “for girls” also don’t seem to have evolved much from the cartoons Lauren Faust described to Ms. magazine […]

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Review: "Guilty Crown Complete Series" - The Crime of Being a Mess

by macattackon August 10, 2015
On the surface, Guilty Crown has a lot of what it takes to be a spectacular sci-fi action series. It has a near-future societal outlook. It borrows liberally from recent headlines detailing biological outbreaks and social unrest (perhaps it even hits harder for Americans due to the increasing Ebola scare). It has creative, unique mecha […]
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Review: "Unbreakable Machine-Doll" Is Highly Defective

by Weathermanon August 7, 2015
How does one review a show like Unbreakable Machine-Doll? It’s obvious from the moment you see the package that Doll has a built in fan base. And boy oh boy do they get catered to. There is a lot of really creepy stuff in this show. Set in a prototypical steam-punky England, there’s a school […]

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Review: "Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'" - New Uses For Old Toys

by Chad Boninon August 3, 2015
Decades ago, the fate of the Saiyans, ruthless planet-conquering mercenaries, was sealed. Their employer, the maleveolent Lord Frieza, had learned that their survival would lead to his ultimate downfall, and wiped out their planet and its entire population. A few survivors would work under him for a time, most notably Prince Vegeta of the Saiyans; […]
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Review: "Adventure Time" Season 5 Grows Up And Stays Fun

by Todd DuBoison July 31, 2015
Adventure Time has never been a show afraid to push its limits, and season 5 is arguably where Cartoon Network’s landmark series experiments with narratives the most. The substantial 52-episode season more takes more opportunities than ever before to wade into serious territory and explore the background of its characters and its world, while our central […]

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Review: The "Rick and Morty" Season Two Premiere Is Still Dementedly Creative

by Neo Yion July 24, 2015
Rick and Morty was a pleasant surprise. Its ambitious deconstruction to mine laughs out of the sci-fi genre and related tropes could have wandered into aimless, lazy parodies. Instead, it went above and beyond with clever plot twists and diverse scenarios, all comfortably nestled within its provocatively creative animation. No two episodes were alike, and […]
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Review: "Ranma 1/2 Vol. 4" Can't Learn New Moves

by Chad Boninon July 22, 2015
By the fourth volume of Ranma ½, there’s a certain precedent set. The cast and crew have their techniques down pat, but any sort of growth of a martial artist involves learning new skills. Ranma Saotome and his father have been living at the Tendo Dojo for a while now, but the goal to get […]

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Review: "Tiger & Bunny: The Rising (UK Edition)": This Summer's Surprise Superhero Hit

by Grant Whiteon July 20, 2015
Last year I reviewed Anime Limited’s release of Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning, a compilation lead in movie to the popular superhero anime. It left a strong impression on me and I commented it had increased my desire to finally watch the full show. I have to confess that’s an ambition I haven’t fulfilled in […]
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Review: "Pig Goat Banana Cricket" - Profoundly, Terrifically Bizarre

by Ed Liuon July 17, 2015
Nickelodeon’s Pig Goat Banana Cricket is one seriously messed up show. I think I love it. Pig Goat Banana Cricket is co-created by Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan. Mr. Cooper worked on Futurama, while Mr. Ryan has worked for MAD Magazine, but both also have other comix credits that follow fully in the very adult […]