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"Transformers: Robots in Disguise" That’s Just Prime

by Grant Whiteon December 20, 2007
Transformers, more than meets the eye. Transformers, robots in disguise. Autobots wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons. A set of timeless lyrics that tells you perhaps all you need to know about the Transformers concept. However, as this franchise (now over twenty years old) has grown, keeping things simple perhaps […]

"Glass Fleet": Transparent Nonsense

by on December 18, 2007
Pardon me, do you folks mind if I sit down here for a moment with my head between my knees? I just got through watching volume one of Glass Fleet, and it’s got me in one whale of a dither of a dizzying befuddlement. No, I don’t think I’m going crazy; clearly it’s Glass Fleet, […]

"Anime: Drawing a Revolution" is Garbage

by Ed Liuon December 16, 2007
Not too long ago, lots of mainstream news outlets were running articles that had headlines like, “Biff! Bam! Pow! Comic Books Aren’t Just for Kids Any More!” These articles were often poorly researched, superficial fluff pieces that expressed great surprise that modern comic books had four-letter words, graphic violence, and provocative themes. The idea that […]

"Rumbling Hearts" Complete Collection: Depressing But Excellent

by SB20xxon December 15, 2007
Rumbling Hearts is one of those shows that I admire and dislike at the same time. I admire its very real depictions of what can happen in a love triangle and how the characters react to situations beyond their control, which makes for some of the strongest and gripping human drama I’ve seen in an […]

"Tokyo Majin" Vol. 1: 110% of Your Daily Dose of Monster Killing

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2007
Anime fans will often tell others that there’s so much more to the medium than the stereotypes of giant robots, pocket monsters, and samurai drama. There are works that evoke incredibly deep feelings, plunging deep into the universals of the human condition with sensitivity and grace. They work their magic on us and transcend traditional […]

"The Jungle Book": A Bare (No, Absolute) Necessity

by on December 6, 2007
Almost any way you look at it, Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book (you can hardly call it “Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book“) was a pivotal film in the history of the Disney Studios. It was the last animated feature that Walt worked on personally, and one of the first to make extensive use of celebrity […]

"Samurai Horror Tales: Goblin Cat" is Spooky, Stylish, and Psychedelic

by Ed Liuon December 4, 2007
I’m a sucker for animation that mimics the style of an artist in another medium. The most common examples are cartoons based on comics, with the best known being the Peanuts animated adaptations, which vividly brought Charles Schulz’s children to the screen completely intact visually. Other, less well-known examples include the SciFi Channel’s adaptation of […]

"Avatar: The Day of Black Sun" Burns Bright and Hits Hard

by Ed Liuon November 30, 2007
Fans of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender have been a bit puzzled by the first half of the show’s third season. The end of the second season left Avatar Aang and his friends on their own after a crushing Fire Nation victory that nearly took Aang’s life. Their last remaining hope was the Day of […]

"Little Einsteins": Smarter Than the Average Edutainment Show

by on November 30, 2007
Do they still teach music appreciation in elementary school? It’s been a long time since I was in school, and my memories of it are pretty hazy, but I seem to recall periods when we’d have to listen to weird stuff, sing weird songs, and try to clap along to the rhythms. I don’t think […]

"Mickey Mouse Clubhouse": … That Would Have Me as a Member

by on November 26, 2007
It must have sounded good on paper: Take the universally beloved icons invented by Walt Disney nearly eighty years ago and put them into an educational program whose stories would teach young viewers how to solve problems. The engaging characters would hold the tots’ attention, and they could be safely walked through basic problem-solving strategies. […]