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"Red Garden" Vol. 1: "Live To Kill", Lack Of Thrill

by Chad Boninon March 9, 2008
Kate, Rachel, Claire, and Rose are four New York City high school students who think something strange is going on. Though they usually have nothing to do with each other, they’ve all been drawn to the same place. A fellow student has just died, and though they can’t remember all of what happened—only a mansion, […]

"Ranma 1/2" Season 5: Old School Fun

by Classic Speedyon March 7, 2008
I’ve seen a decent amount of Japanese animation since I started really watching it in late 2003, but believe it or not, I’d never seen the famous Ranma 1/2 until now. Having finally seen some of it—Season 5, to be exact—what did I think? The series has a great premise, and while I’m sure most […]

Monster Re-Vamp: "Black Blood Brothers" Brings Fresh Blood to an Old Genre.

by Jameson March 5, 2008
There are immortal entities roaming this world, forever cursed to tread a parasitic, singular path, blemished with the stain of timelessness in a progressive society. Long in tooth but full of bite, these monsters are unstoppable. Yep, vampire films. Will we ever be rid of them? The story itself is a neat weaving of past, […]

"101 Dalmatians" Platinum Edition DVD Easily Wins Best in Show

by Ed Liuon March 4, 2008
On the surface, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians seems rather similar to Lady and the Tramp, which had been released 6 years earlier. Both films break from the Disney tradition of adapting fairy tales. Both films center on a pair of dogs who stray off for a variety of adventures before finally returning to the safety of […]

"Hell Girl" Vols. 1-4: Beautiful, But Oh-So-Repetitive

by Ed Liuon March 3, 2008
The concept for the anime series Hell Girl couldn’t be simpler: if you enter a name on a website at midnight, Enma Ai—the Hell Girl—will immediately condemn that person to an eternity of suffering. However, the price for her services is that you yourself will join your tormentor in Hell at the end of your […]

"Caillou’s Family Favorites:" When Edutainment is All Edu- and No -Tainment

by Ed Liuon March 2, 2008
There’s a “Message to Parents” on the most recent DVD of PBS Kids’ Caillou, which explains that the show was based on the research of acclaimed child psychologist Nicole Nadeau. The show’s title character is meant to help children develop their sense of self-esteem, confidence, and independence, using vignettes of Caillou and his family going […]

"Justice League: The New Frontier": The Brave and the Bold and the Little Bit Bonkers

by Maxie Zeuson February 28, 2008
Justice League: The New Frontier opens with two of the loveliest animated sequences ever glimpsed outside a Brad Bird film. In the prologue an unseen artist paints and narrates a spooky tale about the rise and incipient return of the monstrous “Centre.” The colors are bold but perhaps slightly divergent from the usual primaries; the […]

"Justice League: The New Frontier": Flawed, but Strong and of Good Courage

by Ed Liuon February 28, 2008
It’s hard to walk into an adaptation of one of your favorite books with the full expectation that your favorite scene isn’t going to be in it. Such was the problem I faced when spinning up Justice League: The New Frontier, the direct-to-video adaptation of Darwyn Cooke’s graphic novel DC: The New Frontier. Attempting to […]

"Shuffle" Vol. 1: Shuffling in My Seat From Restlessness

by Classic Speedyon February 26, 2008
Shuffle is pretty. It’s got a bunch of girls who are appealing and well-drawn. True, they all wear the same uniform, but you can tell them apart by the way they move, how they style or color their hair, or wear ribbons. Okay, if it sounds like I’m digging deep to find something good to […]

"Peach Girl Vol. 4 and 5" If the Show’s the Peach, the Cast Are the Pits

by Chad Boninon February 25, 2008
It doesn’t matter how hot you are, you’re gonna have a confusing life. The WB taught me this early on, and Peach Girl reaffirms it. Momo may be a great person, nice and attractive, and quick to defend her friends, but her life sucks. She’s with Kairi, but he really loves someone else. She manages […]