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"Hand Maid May" Collection: The Series That Said "I'll Never Give Up!"

Who wouldn’t want to have a maid? Maybe the socially inept and those paranoid that the hired help would steal from them. But I’m sure stealing would be against the Laws of Robotics, and Kazuya is very socially apt. A tech genius attending college, Kazuya is accidentally sent a 1/6th scale robotic maid, May, at […]

Put 'Em Back: "Loonatics Unleashed" Is Just Mediocre

Six months after it was announced—six months after massive mainstream news coverage; anguished message board and blog posts; Internet petitions; scatological animated parodies; collisions with sex-toy manufacturers and Dutch character designers—six months after a near-riot, in other words, Loonatics Unleashed finally sees the light of day and reveals itself as… just another lousy action cartoon. […]

"Tenchi Muyo! GXP" Vol. 6: Return of the Pink-Haired Badass

Seina Yamada’s known throughout the galaxy as a bad luck magnet. He’s even been hired as a Galaxy Police transporter/bait, luring out space pirates so they can be picked off more easily. For a man with such bad luck, being the captain of a ship staffed by hot babes doesn’t seem too bad. But there’s […]

"Zixx: Level Two": Don't Blame Canada!

Alien cop Zixx Phunkee Zee and her reptile sidekick Flanngo have beaten Level One but have lost contact with their two previous human partners. All is well, but when Level Two starts up two kids from the town of Glen River accidentally get sucked into their intergalactic and digital war. Lost? I am too. Zixx […]

"Yumeria" Vol. 1: Not a Dream Come True

I went into Yumeria knowing only that it is a magical girl show based on a PS2 video game by Namco. And so my opinion, unspoiled by “hype,” if there was any: Yumeria is exceedingly average. Anime cliche strike one: Tomokazu is a sixteen-year-old boy having trouble in school. Strike two: His parents are dead […]

"Kiddy Grade" Vol. 7: Things Get Cleared Up In The "Lurking Shadows"

Éclair and Lumiere have killed the director of the Galactic Order of Trade and Tariffs (GOTT), Eclipse, and have taken command with an iron fist. An identical pair is serving in an army of Éclair and Lumiere clones under GOTT’s new leadership. Two more Éclair and Lumieres are renegades out to take down the new […]

"Tenjho Tenge" Vol. 2: Too Little of a Good Thing

I didn’t know they made bandanas that big. The Juken Club, the ultimate martial arts combat club, invited two new members to the group on the last volume: Souchiro Nagi and Bob Makihara, two students who by themselves have defeated 99 schools. They went up against the incredible warriors of the Juken Club, and instead […]

"Midori Days" Vol. 3: A Satisfying Conclusion to a Satisfying Drama

Before I begin, let me say this: Midori Days, despite what many people on the Internet claim, is not a zany comedy with gut-busting laughs every minute. Oh sure, it has some funny moments in each episode, most of them awkward and/or imaginary. And yes, it begins as more of a comedy: the general weirdness […]

"Daphne in the Brilliant Blue": No Real Need to "Getaway" This Time

Maia Mizuki’s the star of Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, right? If that’s true, she’s had remarkably few breakout scenes in the series, outside of the premiere and two or so spotlight episodes. Either way, I’ve been decidedly more interested in the tanned beauty Gloria, intrigued by the nerdy techie Shizuka, wowed by the martial […]

"The District!": (Animated) Drugs, Sex, Money and Hip-Hop in Budapest

Toon Zone is examining the films screened at this year’s Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival. The District! is in this year’s feature film competition. Psycho Gypsy grandmas will be the least of your problems by the end of this relentless film. The District! or Nyocker! in its native Hungarian, is as simple as it […]

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