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Review: "A Certain Scientific Railgun" Season One - More Bang, Less Inane

A Certain Scientific Railgun

The success of the light novel A Certain Magical Index quickly spawned a spinoff manga, A Certain Scientific Railgun, which starts off as a prequel but soon becomes concurrent with the Index storyline. With the immense popularity of the first season of the Index anime, it’s unsurprising that J.C. STAFF would launch an anime adaptation […]

Review: "Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash!" In The Pan

Senran Kagura

Did you see that cute girl walking to class? If you did, she must not be a ninja. The Good Ninjas take special classes at Hanzo Academy, sight unseen from the common people, and are engaged in a never-ending battle against the Evil Ninjas of the Serpent Academy. Engaged in their martial arts training, they […]

Review: "Batman vs. Robin" Plays Greek Tragedy in Gotham

Batman vs. Robin

I ran out of patience for conspiracy theories are a story element some time ago, so it is a testament to the success of Batman vs. Robin that I liked it as much as I did, even though a core element of its story is a conspiracy theory embedded deep within the history of Gotham […]

Review: "Kill la Kill Volume 2 Blu-ray (UK Edition)": One Size Fits Most

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Ami Koshimizu. Hmm?…Oh. My editor is telling me that a name is not an argument for or against this title. I’d argue given the identity of said actress the exact opposite is true, but he’s the boss. Kill la Kill is the debut television work of Trigger, a studio founded by talents formerly tied to […]

Review: "Uncle Grandpa: Good Mornin'" DVD Gets Up on the Right Side of the Bed

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So here we are with another Uncle Grandpa DVD, the second one following the first volume “Tiger Tails”. Like that and other single-disc DVD releases for other recent Cartoon Network hits, “Uncle Grandpa: Good Mornin’” delivers a set of twelve 11-minute episodes and it works as either a follow up to the first volume or […]

Review: "Ben-To" Complete Series - A Fulfilling Full-Course Meal

Ben-To

One of these days, they’ll have made an anime about everything. Are we approaching that point? The entire concept of Ben-To seems to imply we are, but even if that’s true, there is a chance that even the most ludicrous story can be appealing, fun, and even awesome. To appreciate Ben-To means accepting a serious […]

Review: "Over the Garden Wall" UK Premiere: Tests Your Courage, Respects Your Brain

Over the Garden Wall

The phrase ‘family entertainment’ has become somewhat awkward to modern audiences. Although meant to suggest that a production can be enjoyed by all ages, it’s come to usually refer to something aimed almost entirely at the mentality of children, with maybe some ‘over their head’ jokes to keep the accompanying adults awake. I highlight this […]

Review: "Thunderbirds Are Go" World Premiere - High Charged Heroism, No Strings Attached

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A good idea is effectively timeless and this is certainly the case with fiction. No matter how old a good story concept gets, it will continue to resonate with audiences for generations to come. This is clearly the case with the works of the late Gerry Anderson. Anderson is famous in the British public consciousness […]

Review: "DreamWorks' Home" - Shake Your Boov Thing

DreamWorks Home

Home, DreamWorks’ newest theatrical animated movie, proves that we’re all just neighbors in this great big universe of ours but that doesn’t mean we’re going to get along. When a race of cowardly aliens called the Boov flee from a race of scary skull-and-spike wearing aliens called the Gorg, they decide to occupy Earth as […]

Review: "Wolfy, the Incredible Secret" - What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been

Wolfy the Incredible Secret

The French animated feature Loulou, l’incroyable Secret has been imported to the US as Wolfy, the Incredible Secret, injecting a wonderful touch of the bizarre into the kids’ animated feature landscape. This distinctively odd, hand-drawn animated film feels like a fable as heard through a fever dream, perpetually giving the sense that there’s a method […]

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