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"Death Note" Vol. 1-3: A Light in the Darkness

by Classic Speedyon March 19, 2008
Death Note has an intriguing premise I’m sure any of us can relate to: If you came upon a magic notebook you could use to kill any person just by writing their name in it, would you use it? Say there’s a bully in your class who torments you every day; would you write down […]

"Tenchi Muyo!": Love Doesn’t Stink … the First Time Around

by Dukeon March 18, 2008
Tenchi Muyo! generated a lot of buzz when it first appeared. After all, it was a compelling series of OAVs that jump-started the harem genre and didn’t suck. It was so popular it even got a television series or two. Those series went on to such popularity that the franchise expanded into movie theaters not […]

I’m Not "Enchanted"

by Classic Speedyon March 17, 2008
I’ve often wondered how someone like Snow White would get along in the real world. When I heard about Enchanted, I was hoping to see my questions answered, and I was interested to see if Disney had the guts to mock their own stereotypical, squeaky-clean image. Unfortunately, Enchanted doesn’t really take advantage of the opportunity […]

"Appleseed Ex Machina" is Satsifying Sci-Fi Cheese

by Ed Liuon March 16, 2008
It’s no secret by now that computer graphics have changed the way animation is made, from the use of computer effects to enhance hand-drawn animation to the fully CGI-animated movies taking over the multiplexes. CGI has even spawned its own sub-genres, from the fully rendered movies of Pixar and DreamWorks to the Flash animators of […]

"Horton" Undone by Hackery

by Maxie Zeuson March 15, 2008
About two-thirds of the way through Blue Sky Studios’ Horton Hears a Who, JoJo, the young son of the mayor of Whoville, escapes from his bedroom window and heads for the town’s abandoned observatory. To get there he must swing out on a mobile-supported bucket across a gaping chasm and then shoot himself skyward on […]

To Bee or Not to Bee? Uh, Not to Bee

by Maxie Zeuson March 13, 2008
Are there any actual, live human beings in Hollywood? Or is everyone in Tinsel Town like Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?—just a CG-animated thing pretending to be human? On TV and in the magazines, all of them—the actors, the writers, the agents, the executives; the personal assistants, the gofers, the pool cleaners, the […]

"The Spectacular Spider-Man" Is Pretty Much That

by Christopher Glennonon March 13, 2008
Spider-Man is Marvel Comics’ icon. In the past decade alone, he’s starred in three live action movies, over a dozen video games, and countless comic books. Those ten years have also put him in three animated series; if you go back to the beginning, The Spectacular Spider-Man is the sixth (or even seventh, depending on […]

Impeach "Lil’ Bush" Season 1 for Comedy Less Funny than Getting Waterboarded

by Ed Liuon March 12, 2008
I have never been a fan of President George W. Bush’s administration. It has induced what I term “Political Tourette’s Syndrome” in me, where the best efforts to have a sane discussion about public policy decisions inevitably degenerate into a vicious stream of invective laden with profanity, centering on what I perceive to be a […]

"Witchblade" Vol. 5: ‘Fatherhood’, By Takayama

by Classic Speedyon March 11, 2008
Witchblade has been one of my pleasant surprises in 2007/2008. Instead of just offering up fights without much meaning, it’s a show that’s given viewers a character-driven story and good drama, which in turn have given the fights some substance. Beware: the next few paragraphs contain some spoilers, so read with caution, especially those of […]

"Sam & Max: Freelance Police!!!" – You Crack Me Up, Little Buddy

by Ed Liuon March 10, 2008
In the late 1990’s, cartoonist Steve Purcell and a band of like-minded miscreants managed to convince the Fox network to air an animated adaptation of his Sam and Max: Freelance Police, an irregularly published independent black-and-white comic book that had been turned into a cult favorite adventure game by LucasArts. The series ran for one […]