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The Secret Origins of "Masters of the Comic Book Universe"

by Ed Liuon July 26, 2007
The stereotypical comic book fan can recite lengthy histories of their favorite Marvel or DC Comics characters from memory, but often has little or no knowledge about the people who were instrumental in creating those characters. Recently, the audience for comics has grown well beyond the audience seeking serial fiction starring their favorite superheroes, and […]

"Fate/Stay Night" Vol. 3: Deja Vu

by SB20xxon July 26, 2007
Ah, the joys of starting a series right in the middle. What if the middle episodes are some of the weaker ones? What if they contain clues or plot points that depend upon knowing what happened in the earlier episodes? What if they are the tail end of major bits of character development? So probably […]

"Peach Girl" Vol. 2: The Train Just Keeps Derailing

by on July 19, 2007
Momo, the star of our show, has had more relationship developments by her sixteenth birthday—hell, on her sixteenth birthday—than I’ve had by my twenty-second. She’s relatively content in a relationship with Toji, and hasn’t seen much of her one-time-ally Kairi. Yet, she sees way too much of her nemesis, Sae, who has nothing better to […]

"Peach Girl": Tan, Blonde, and Asian! Just Like I Like ‘Em…

by on July 19, 2007
Think back to high school, and remember how you ragged on “that girl”. You know the one. She had that look—too tan for your area, bleached blonde hair, a great athletic body… She had to be a slut, right? All the girls hated her, because they feared what she’d do to their boyfriends. All the […]

"Suzuka" Volume 1: Haven’t I Been Here Before?

by on July 14, 2007
A student moves to his aunt’s girls’ dormitory, known for its hot springs. He’s trying to go to a new school, and on the first day falls in love with a girl he sees. He expects to never see her again, so he continues with his life, only to find out he’s going to be […]

"Black Lagoon" Vol. 1: On the Good Ship Blowitup!

by SB20xxon July 11, 2007
If you want to introduce newbies to anime, Black Lagoon is the perfect kind of series to show them. (Cowboy Bebop is another one.) It bucks the stereotypes that the general public has of anime by offering high quality animation, a mature storyline, action in spades, and a whole lot of fun, all without relying […]

"Highlander: The Search for Vengeance." There Can Be Only One. This Is Not It.

by Ed Liuon July 10, 2007
The original Highlander was a thoroughly enjoyable B-movie that came up with an incredibly creative excuse to stage swordfights in New York City and break a lot of glass. The movie’s premise was that immortals live hidden among us, able to recover from the most grievous bodily harm except decapitation. One immortal killing another means […]

"Rumbling Hearts" Flatlines At The Finish Line

by on July 8, 2007
Haruka has slipped back into her coma, having faced a world that is not like the one she left: Her younger sister is in high school, and her best friend, Mitsuki, who no longer does competitive swimming, is dating her boyfriend, Takayuki. Faced with all this, and the fact that she has slept through three […]

"Karin" Vol. 1: Blood: The Last Nosebleed

by SB20xxon July 6, 2007
Remember Lisa Simpson’s throw-away theory of “reverse vampires”? A whole anime has now been based on that premise; I’m only surprised it hasn’t been attempted before. There are plenty of vampire animes, but not many use this refreshing scenario, and even fewer use vampires in a comedy. Karin Maaka is the reverse vampire, a high […]

"Transformers": More Cinematic Impact Than Meets The Eyes

by on July 4, 2007
Sam Witwicky has one goal: get a car. This high school junior needs it to attain the ladies and has been eBaying everything he can from his grandfather’s collection so as to get the money. When he finally gets enough, he buys a Camaro. But apparently it’s Satan’s Camaro, as it starts to chase him […]