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"Elfen Lied: Vector One" Love Hina, But Kill Bill

Ah, Japan. Home of unapologetic perverts who get off on both gore and nudity. With Elfen Lied they’ve now combined two of their favorite styles. The equation is almost mathematical: Take Love Hina, subtract the humor, then add Kill Bill-levels of Tarintino-esque violence. Or you could describe it in terms of the cliches it uses: […]

"Dragonball Z: Cooler's Revenge/Return Of Cooler" Not The Coolest

Over the course of its Japanese run, Dragonball Z had thirteen theatrical releases. Continuity was always a problem with these: the series, running simultaneously with the movies, tried to stay relatively close to the manga, so it was hard to fit the new stories in. Instead, for the movies the producers usually just created new […]

"Dragonball Z: Vegeta Saga 1" Uncut All Cracked Up?

Nearly a decade ago, Dragonball Z made its American premiere in syndication. The original dub infamously shoved 65 or so episodes into a 52-episode, syndication-ready package. The show eventually moved to Toonami, acquired a dub from FUNimation, and became the epic series we now know it today. In time, FUNi promised to go back and […]

"Case Closed": The Truth About "The Truth About Revenge"

It’s a new “case” for Case Closed. Seems that FUNimation likes to split up batches of episodes of this series into “Cases” the way they like to split up Dragonball and Yu-Yu Hakusho into “Sagas.” In those series, something changes, usually a major villain or location. The Namek Saga had the Z Warriors on Namek, […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing New

Howl’s Moving Castle is an anomaly. It’s a film that is at once beautiful, artistic, and stunning and yet also pandering, silly and na√Įve. Parts of it are as inspired and surreal as Spirited Away, others are jarringly dull. Sometimes the plot flows forward as engagingly as Mononoke, at other times it grows stilted, simplistic, […]

"Space Ghost" Vol. 3: A Valuable DVD With Real

I get a lot of spam. It simply boggles the mind how many people there are in the world who would question my financial situation, physical self-image or phallic confidence simply to make a quick buck (I sometimes even doubt these people actually make any money at all). One part of spam that I do […]

"Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040" Vol. 3: Robopocalypse Now!

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Essential Animé Collection Volume 3 Episodes included in this set Disc One: Episode 19: Are You Experienced? Episode 20: One of These Nights Episode 21: Close to the Edge Episode 22: Physical Graffiti Disc Two: Episode 23: Hydra Episode 24: Lighty My Fire Episode 25: Walking on the Moon Episode 26: […]

"A.D. Police": They Do The Job, But That's All

The A.D. Police are Genom City’s specialized division to handle insane androids. Yes, the future’s so messed up there’s a branch of the police devoted exclusively to dealing with mutated psycho bots. Buddy-cop drama meets the post-apocalyptic in this classic anime, but how does A.D. Police hold up nowadays? Episodes included in this set Episode […]

"Dragonball GT" Lost Episodes "Convicted" of Teh Suck

Dragon Ball GT: The Lost Episodes Volume 4 “Conviction” Episodes included in this disc: Episode 10: Dance And Attack Episode 11: Lord Luud’s Curse Episode 12: The Last Oracle Of Luud On their intergalactic quest for the Black Star dragon balls, Goku, Trunks, and Pan have run into the Para Para Brothers, a trio of […]

"Justice League Unlimited": The Ultimate Fanfic

Remember when you were a kid, back when you actually played with your toy action figures instead of leaving them sealed up in their plastic boxes to await a hoped-for appreciation in the collectibles market? If you were normal and hence hyper-imaginative, you probably threw them together in vast, intergalactic, franchise-shattering battle/soap opera melanges, pitting […]

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