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Simpsons Season 8: My Diagnosis: A Great Season... CAUSED BY BAD BABYSITTING!

by Dr. Daedaluson November 6, 2006
You may recall from the The Simpsons Season 7 review a few months ago that one of the reasons I liked seasons 7 and 8 so much was because the showrunners, Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, as well as the talented writers and directors at the time, were able to make all the characters real. […]

"SD Gundam Force": These Defenders Don't Come Up Short

by Grant Whiteon November 4, 2006
Gundam is an odd beast. On the one side you have the artists, the Tominos and Imagawas, the guys more concerned with telling a worthwhile, enjoyable and memorable story. On the other you have the executives, the guys who couldn’t give a fudge about character development when it’s taking screentime from new model kits they […]

"Flushed Away" May Be Typical, But Does Typical Well

by Alex Weitzmanon November 2, 2006
What is it you expect from a film? The trailers of any given movie will lead you to expect something. The history of the company producing the film will lead you to expect something. There are plenty of folks who have no sense of expectations when they go to see a film, but let’s face […]

Saving the World (of TV Animation): The "Avatar the Last Airbender" Complete Book 1 Collection

by Ed Liuon October 28, 2006
Water, Earth, Fire and Air are the four elements that the title character of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender must master as part of his quest to save the world. Similarly, the show’s success lies in its mastery of four different elements: Setting, Story, Characterization, and Technique. The first season, recently released on DVD, proves […]

The Existential Angst of "Hello Kitty: Stump Village" Vol. 1

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
It could have been a recipe for disaster. In 2005, Sanrio began work on a new cartoon for their top-licensed character, the charming but aloof Hello Kitty. Following the current trend of “re-imagining” classic series, the producers chose to abandon all the prior continuity of her earlier animated incarnations, opting instead for a 3-D stop-motion […]

"Street Fighter II The Animated Movie": Forward, Down, Down-Forward, Punch!

by Chad Boninon October 24, 2006
The world terrorist organization known as Shadowlaw infests the globe with their tyrrany. Led by M. Bison, they’re tracking down various street fighters to recruit to their organization, but they truly have their eyes on one combatant: Ryu, the world warrior who once trained alongside his best friend Ken in the way of the Hadou. […]

"Negima Vol. 3": Courage is the Ultimate Proof of Magic!

by Chad Boninon October 22, 2006
The Japanese are supposed to be smart, right? That is the stereotype. For some reason though, Negi Springfield’s having trouble teaching a good portion of his class: one girl is off working on her net idol website, while the Dummy Force threatens the class average and another is already being set up for marriage while […]

"Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki" Earth-shatteringly Awesome, "Target: Tenchi" Now!

by Chad Boninon October 19, 2006
The world’s luckiest bachelor, Tenchi Masaki, tends to cause trouble. Well, not directly. Trouble is caused because he exists. This is never more true when forces conspire to end his life: The brother of Mihoshi is out to cause trouble for what he believes to be a hedonistic monster (which is completely off-base, given that […]

"Speed Grapher Vol. 3": A Strong Marriage Built on a Solid Foundation of Deception

by Dr. Daedaluson October 18, 2006
One of the most challenging things for a critic is to review the new volume of a serialized show without giving away all the turns it takes. After all, what point is there in watching it for suspense if I just give it all away right up front? It’s an unavoidable problem. All I’ll say […]

"Avoid Eye Contact Vol. 2": Independence Day

by Dr. Daedaluson October 17, 2006
One of the things I love about independent animation is that there are no limits. There are no network suits telling the artist to change something because it won’t appeal to the kids, it is too violent or sexual, or it isn’t cost-effective. If the artist wants to draw someone getting mutilated, they do so. […]