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"Shaun The Sheep": Pure Baa-rilliance!

by Grant Whiteon September 24, 2007
Wallace and Gromit are undoubtedly stars of modern animation. With four films, graphic novels and a range of related apparel, it’s surprising that a spin off hasn’t appeared sooner. One finally landed in early 2007, giving a starring role to the woolly wonder Shaun of “A Close Shave” fame. Shaun The Sheep is a series […]

"Avatar the Last Airbender: The Awakening" Gets Season 3 Off to a Rough Start

by Ed Liuon September 21, 2007
If a serialized television show attempts to build a larger continuous narrative, sooner or later it will pass a point when the writers stop writing for new audience members and start writing for the existing fanbase. This is not necessarily an obstacle to acquiring new viewers, since a quality television series will be good enough […]

"Superman: Doomsday": A Great Start For A New Line

by on September 19, 2007
If there had been more news in November of 1993, maybe it wouldn’t have been the huge headlining event that everybody seemingly heard about. The death of Superman was a story that practically ran away from the control of DC Comics as they were doing it, since the intention all along had been to bring […]

"Avatar the Last Airbender" Complete Book 2 Collection: This Box Rocks

by Ed Liuon September 18, 2007
“Water. Earth. Fire. Air. Long ago, the Four Nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them, but when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years passed, and my brother and I discovered the new Avatar: an […]

"Shonen Onmyouji" Vol. 1 & 2: Demonically Dull

by SB20xxon September 15, 2007
“Ninety percent of anything is crud.” While I don’t entirely buy Sturgeon’s Law, Shonen Onmyouji would fall into that 90%. This is one of the most generic anime series I’ve seen in a while. I was pretty much disinterested in the plot from the moment it began, which is unfortunate because if it had just […]

"Peach Girl Vol. 3" Things Go Wrong, But Oh So Right.

by on September 4, 2007
Momo, Toji, Sae, Kairi: Four high school kids who may have the most confusing set of relationships ever. Maybe there’s something in the tap water in Japan, but it tends to turn these four teens into emotionally needy, back-stabbing paranoiacs. Even when things seem to be fine between Momo and Toji, blackmail might just split […]

"Tsubasa Reservoir Chroniclles": The "Gathering Of Fates" Gathers The Wrong Parody

by on August 30, 2007
Syaoran and Sakura hail from The Kingdom Of Clow. Thanks to an unfortunate magic whatsit, Sakura’s spirit has been split into feathers and scattered throughout multiple planes of existence. Without her spirit, she’s just a lifeless body. Meanwhile, in some other dimensions live Fai, a magician on the run, and Kurogane, a swordsman banished by […]

"Doctor Strange": Marvel’s DTV Supreme

by on August 22, 2007
Except, possibly, for Forbush Man, Marvel could scarcely have come up with a more unlikely candidate for the DTV movie treatment than Doctor Strange. Strange is probably the biggest Marvel name I know next to nothing about, owing largely to the fact that he rarely appeared in crossovers in the series I read. Add that […]

Animaniacs Vol. 3: Ya Gotta Take the Bad With the Good

by SB20xxon August 14, 2007
Animaniacs was like an animated version of Saturday Night Live: There were recurring sketches every week, and while some were funny, others weren’t. In A!‘s case, the best skits usually came from the Warners themselves, Pinky and the Brain, Slappy Squirrel, and occasionally the Goodfeathers. The stinkers were almost always Mindy and Buttons, Rita and […]

"Rozen Maiden" Vol. 1: Hello, Dolly!

by SB20xxon August 3, 2007
You can make any concept into an anime. Case in point: Rozen Maiden, which is all about dolls. Specifically, dolls dressed in fancy gothic/Victorian-style clothes, that can walk, talk, and battle each other. Battle, you say? Yes, a batch of these dolls frequently fight each other to win the Alice Game, which gives them supreme […]