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"Rozen Maiden" Vol. 3: I Wouldn’t Fight Over It Like a Cabbage Patch Doll

by SB20xxon October 5, 2007
The main character in Rozen Maiden is Jun, an extremely introverted boy who orders some dolls online, little realizing that they are alive and competing with each other in the deadly “Alice Game.” In Volume 3, much of the conflict is provided by the doll Suigintou, who had appeared only briefly in the first volume. […]

"Fate/Stay Night" Vol. 5: Shiro Emiya and the Holy Grail

by SB20xxon October 3, 2007
In case you’ve come in late, Fate/Stay Night is about a group of Masters who, along with their Servants, compete with other Masters/Servants for the coveted Holy Grail, a prize which can grant its owner wishes. Obviously each person has their idea of what to use the Grail for, and all will stop at nothing […]

"Fate/Stay Night" Vol. 4: My Bodyguard

by SB20xxon October 3, 2007
I had my reservations about Fate/Stay Night, especially having come into it right in the middle of the series, but Volume 4 proved to be more interesting and engaging. I now know what the series is setting out to accomplish, and so I’ve been able to get into it much better. Part of what makes […]

"Karin" Vol. 3: A Cute Vampire Show? Who Knew!

by SB20xxon October 1, 2007
Karin has succeeded in making vampires cute. That’s no easy task; practically all vampire-related media portrays the fang-sporting creatures as an evil that must be vanquished with a stake through the heart. By contrast, Karin is all about vampires’ daily lives as they secretly live among normal humans. Specifically, Karin focuses on Karin, a sort […]

"Karin" Vol. 2: Love Bites

by SB20xxon October 1, 2007
According to Karin, vampires are nothing to fear. They’re just a little … unorthodox. Karin is especially unorthodox, as she’s essentially a “reverse vampire”: she can easily stand onions and light, and instead of sucking blood during a bite, she gives blood, due to a build-up of blood over time. Heck, as Karin’s own parents […]

"Black Lagoon" Vol. 2: All Aboard the Blooooood Boat!

by SB20xxon September 29, 2007
I knew little about Black Lagoon, an action title from Madhouse, when it was first licensed. Its high quality completely took me by surprise when I watched volume 1, and volume 2 is even better. Black Lagoon is the story of a trio of pirate mercenaries—Revy, Dutch, and Benny—who on one of their missions kidnap […]

"The Tick vs. Season 2:" Laughs Still Can’t Beat the Lawyers

by Ed Liuon September 27, 2007
Last year, The Tick Season 1 was released on a two-disc DVD set with no small number of deficiencies. One episode was missing—tied up in legal limbo. It had no special features to speak of, and it lacked chapter stops within episodes. In August, The Tick vs. Season 2 was released. Buena Vista Home Entertainment […]

"Shaun The Sheep": Pure Baa-rilliance!

by Grant Whiteon September 24, 2007
Wallace and Gromit are undoubtedly stars of modern animation. With four films, graphic novels and a range of related apparel, it’s surprising that a spin off hasn’t appeared sooner. One finally landed in early 2007, giving a starring role to the woolly wonder Shaun of “A Close Shave” fame. Shaun The Sheep is a series […]

"Avatar the Last Airbender: The Awakening" Gets Season 3 Off to a Rough Start

by Ed Liuon September 21, 2007
If a serialized television show attempts to build a larger continuous narrative, sooner or later it will pass a point when the writers stop writing for new audience members and start writing for the existing fanbase. This is not necessarily an obstacle to acquiring new viewers, since a quality television series will be good enough […]

"Superman: Doomsday": A Great Start For A New Line

by on September 19, 2007
If there had been more news in November of 1993, maybe it wouldn’t have been the huge headlining event that everybody seemingly heard about. The death of Superman was a story that practically ran away from the control of DC Comics as they were doing it, since the intention all along had been to bring […]