"Best Student Council": Is This Show "A New Home" for Humor?

by Chad Boninon March 10, 2007
At Miyagami Private Academy one group of girls rules over everyone, even the faculty. They are the Best Student Council, and they have the power to operate the campus’s giant laser cannon, hold epic curry rice battles, charter helicopters, and do various other insane things. New student Rino Rando is surprised to find herself instantly […]

"Star Trek: The Animated Series": Trek in All the Ways that Matter

by Ed Liuon March 8, 2007
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before. With those words, Captain James T. Kirk launched one of the most enduring franchises in American entertainment history. […]

"Nerima Daikon Brothers" Vol. 2: More of the Same

by Dr. Daedaluson March 3, 2007
Nerima Daikon Brothers has turned into the kind of comedian that recycles the same routine because the audience liked it the first time. Yeah, it’s the safe and easy thing to do, but before long the audience catches on that it’s just the same thing over and over. It’s a real shame that the second […]

Negima "Magic Outside The Classroom": Going on a field trip! A field trip! A field…

by Chad Boninon February 22, 2007
Mahora Academy is getting boring this time of year (especially for those who have been students for 60+ years), so the class of Negi Springfield heads out to Kyoto for a field trip. While there, Negi will have to defend his students against the forces of evil—which involve a giant teddy bear. Though when your […]

Courage Is the Ultimate Proof of Magic, but "Negima" Isn’t

by Chad Boninon February 22, 2007
Negi Springfield, ten-year-old teacher at Mahora Academy, is paid to be the teacher when semester’s in session, but when summer vacation hits, he may just have to do some extra teaching. When you’re the mystically powered target of a class of teenage girls, you’re required to— Well, to apply suntan lotion, traverse a haunted school […]

"Solty Rei" Vol. 1: Doesn’t Leave a Salty Taste in Your Mouth

by Chad Boninon February 19, 2007
Over a decade ago, the “Blast Fall,” an otherworldly storm, destroyed the city and ravaged its inhabitants. In this not-too-future world, humanity is aided by Resemble technology: replacement body parts. There’s a natural upper limit to how much flesh can be falsified, but technicians dream of a 100% Resemble. A mysterious girl may just fill […]

"Utawarerumono" Vol. 1: Trouble in the Forest

by Dr. Daedaluson February 15, 2007
You might be browsing your anime section at a local Suncoast or Best Buy and think to yourself, “Hmmm, what’s this show about? All I see is a skull mask on a grass background.” Indeed, Utawarerumono has one of the most unorthodox covers in animedom. This unusual cover is a clever marketing gimmick that might […]

"Coyote Ragtime Show" Vol. 1: Style Over Substance, But Man, What Style!

by Dr. Daedaluson February 12, 2007
You know, sometimes I find it difficult to avoid being influenced by what I read on message boards. I’d read things about Coyote Ragtime Show in numerous places, even before it was licensed: “It goes downhill after the first episode.” “It runs out of steam too soon.” “Not worth watching.” And on and on. At […]

"Speed Grapher" Vol. 5: The Almighty Dollar

by Dr. Daedaluson February 11, 2007
After a rather lackluster fourth volume, Speed Grapher gets back on track in the fifth volume and heads towards the climax. And as always, major spoilers below. Suitengu was little more than a shallow “evil mastermind” in the series’ first four volumes, but this disc’s “The Reaper and the Nouveau Riche” explains his past in […]

"Speed Grapher" Vol. 4: Over the Hump and Slowing Down

by Dr. Daedaluson February 11, 2007
I praised the first three volumes of Speed Grapher, but I’m sorry to have to report that the fourth volume doesn’t pack as much punch. The series’ sleazy world has already been heavily established, and we pretty much know that anyone who isn’t Saiga or Kagura is evil, so some tension is gone. I liked […]