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"Fullmetal Alchemist" Season 1 Part 2: Death and Dismemberment

by SB20xxon February 11, 2008
While not everyone agrees, I find that Fullmetal Alchemist perfectly balances comedy and drama. One minute Winry, the close friend of the Elric brothers who’s also an avid mechanic (certainly useful for restoring Ed and Al’s busted metal limbs after an intense battle), will be bouncing off the walls, and the next minute things will […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist" Season 2 Part 1: Equivalent to Quality

by SB20xxon February 11, 2008
Fullmetal Alchemist was one of those shows which debuted while I was in college, as I was usually without a cable TV during that time. As a result, I only got to see random episodes every once in a while, and that’s certainly not any way to get into the story. Thanks to these thin […]

"The Aristocats": Making Money the Old Old-Fashioned Way—Inheriting It

by on February 8, 2008
In hindsight, 1970 was a strange time for Disney. The great man himself had died in 1966 during the making of The Jungle Book. The films that followed (Robin Hood in 1973 and The Rescuers in 1977) have long been considered second-string releases and, fairly or not, are less well loved and fondly remembered than […]

Nickelodeon’s "Ni Hao, Kai-lan" is "Hen Bucùo"! (Not Bad!)

by Ed Liuon February 7, 2008
One of the biggest beneficiaries of globalization has been China. Its growing financial, political, and military power are triggering reactions ranging from anxiety and open hostility to good old fashioned economic opportunism. However, assuming current trends continue, it is more than likely that this generation of American children will enter a world where understanding Chinese […]

"Oswald": Now We’re All "Lucky"

by on February 5, 2008
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, surely, must have been one of the more challenging projects to cross the desks of Disney’s renowned marketing department. True, the company has in its “Walt Disney Treasures” format a product line designed to carry this kind of specialty content. But in Oswald we’re not talking about a famous, world-beloved character […]

"Phineas and Ferb": Spawn of Frankenstein

by on February 1, 2008
I am the seventh son of a seventh son of a seventh son. The blood of a dozen gypsy fortunetellers flows through my veins. Criswell was my uncle’s cousin’s third husband. I have second sight so bad I need a special prescription, and the DMV won’t let me drive 48 hours before an election, a […]

"Cinderella II: Dreams Come True," But Not in This Sequel

by Ed Liuon January 30, 2008
It was an uphill battle convincing people that Cinderella III: A Twist in Time was a genuinely good movie, and much of the reason for their doubt can be traced back to Cinderella II: Dreams Come True. Recently re-released as a Special Edition DVD, Cinderella II is emblematic of everything that was wrong with Disney […]

"To Heart Vol. 4": Not Much "Love And Truth"

by on January 25, 2008
Hiroyuki, Akari, and Shiho are all regular students attending high school in Japan. Multi HMX-12 is a regular maid robot who’s going to high school for a trial period to learn how to be a better maid robot. Chad is a reviewer, staring at the screen, ridiculously bored by the lack of real progress made […]

Dude, Where’s My History Books?

by on January 24, 2008
This has been a year that cinema has reminded us that often there is “more than meets the eye”, and this observation extends far further than toy cars that swivel, twist and ultimately snap into robots with the tiniest heads imaginable. No, we can take this line one step further. There are other products out […]

Good Dog(s): "The Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors" Delivers Grand Samurai Drama

by Ed Liuon January 23, 2008
The rashly made promise that must unexpectedly be kept is a staple of fairy tales in all cultures, and it’s just such a promise that drives The Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors. Based on Kyokutei Bakin’s epic 19th century samurai novel, this anime series originally aired on Japanese TV in two seasons between 1990 […]