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"Dragonlance" Is Just a Drag of a DVD

by Ed Liuon January 15, 2008
My name is Ed, and I am a Dungeons and Dragons geek. I’ve played four different versions of the pencil-and-paper game, and may have played every computer RPG version since the famous “Gold Box” games. However, despite the enduring popularity of the game, the franchise has never had much success in media other than novels […]

Mad For "Mushi-Shi"

by on January 14, 2008
It sometimes seems that Japanese animation ranges over a smaller field than you might hope. Fighting. Big breasts. Confused young protagonists. Big breasts. Naive females with big breasts. More fighting. Comical sweat drops, big breasts and some more fighting for the sake of naive women with big breasts. Smoking isn’t cool. Unless you’re Ginko. Remember […]

"Basilisk": Gaze Not Too Long Across the Abyss …

by on January 9, 2008
I don’t watch much anime. That’s not a boast, and it’s not an apology. It’s just a statement of fact. Oh, I’ve watched my share of Miyazaki, and I’ve sampled bits of Cowboy Bebop, Paranoia Agent, and other titles whose names escape me. Miyazaki, of course, can’t be beat, and I’ve seen plenty of good […]

"Super Robot Wars": Hot-Blooded Mecha Goodness

by Jon Ton January 4, 2008
I’ve never actually played any of the Super Robot Wars games, and I’m not familiar with the original Banpresto-created characters, so I have to admit that I wondered just how compromised my viewing experience of the Super Robot Wars: Original Generation OVA would be. Thankfully, I ultimately came out of it successfully entertained. But, as […]

"The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye" Vol. 2 "Tending Wounds" Fixes Flaws

by Ed Liuon December 31, 2007
When we last left The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye, series heroine Honoka had engaged and defeated the murderous enforcer robot Blue Breaker, who had just attacked and killed the kindly mechanic Zankan. During the battle, Honoka revealed her third, astral eye, connecting her somehow to the alien overlords called the Third that […]

"Shaun The Sheep- Off The Baa": Wooly Wonder Continues Winning Streak

by Grant Whiteon December 31, 2007
Shaun the Sheep returns with more claymation episodes full of comedic wit in a second DVD, Off the Baa. Like the first DVD release, Shape Up With Shaun, it presents eight episodes with a total running time of a little over an hour. The quality of the selections varies: whilst none are terrible or skippable, […]

"The Simpsons Movie" DVD: Great Film, Great DVD

by Ed Liuon December 26, 2007
If you pay attention to the average Wall Street analyst covering the Hollywood beat, you’ll know that two things are true in Hollywood: 1. Cartoons are just for kids 2. Audiences aren’t interested in 2-D, hand-drawn animation any more. This explains why the adult-themed, hand-drawn Simpsons Movie was one of this year’s rare summer blockbusters […]

"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 […]