"Bee Movie": "A" For Visuals, "C" For Writing, Averages to a "B"

by SB20xxon November 5, 2007
Bee Movie comes out during a time when recent events cloud the ability for the audience to truly enjoy themselves. The events in the film are so real, yet the solution therein so simple, that audiences may squirm in their seats a little. Much like movies related to terrorism were delayed after 9/11, Bee Movie […]

"Chowder" is Satisfying Comfort Food

by Ed Liuon November 2, 2007
2007 will be remembered as a vintage year for animation that centered on food. Ratatouille brought a French restaurant kitchen to vibrant life, celebrating the joys of great cuisine along with the usual mix of laughs and heart we’ve come to expect from Disney/Pixar. Now, Cartoon Network brings us C.H. Greenblatt’s Chowder, a charming new […]

"Samurai Horror Tales: Yotsuya Ghost Story": Better Scares if You Do Your Homework

by Ed Liuon October 28, 2007
One of the stories that shows up in nearly every human culture is the revenge ghost story. It may be a bit depressing to think that stories rooted in hatred or anger deep enough to last beyond death are a unifying human trait, but that shared concept may be why the revenge ghost story has […]

"Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams" Sure to Please Target Audience

by Ed Liuon October 28, 2007
To say that Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams is better than it needed to be may sound like damning with faint praise, but it’s really meant as a commentary on the runaway success of the “Disney Princess” franchise. Anybody who has visited a major department store recently has seen a small explosion of […]

"Tokko" Vol. 3: That’s It?!

by SB20xxon October 11, 2007
There’s nothing more unsatisfying and frustrating than a bad ending. I’m not talking about endings where someone dies or there’s a tragedy. That kind of thing can be necessary for good drama. I’m talking about incomplete endings, the kind where you get mad at the screen because you’re thinking, “I spent all this money and […]

"Galaxy Angel Rune" Vol. 3: Fresh New Faces, Same Old Style

by SB20xxon October 7, 2007
Galaxy Angel has always been one of my favorite anime comedies. Its only goal was to entertain, and so it didn’t forcibly add drama, romance, or angst where it wasn’t needed. It was just a group of five gals, having misadventures throughout the cosmos in their search for the Lost Technology. Not deep, but silly […]

"Rozen Maiden" Vol. 3: I Wouldn’t Fight Over It Like a Cabbage Patch Doll

by SB20xxon October 5, 2007
The main character in Rozen Maiden is Jun, an extremely introverted boy who orders some dolls online, little realizing that they are alive and competing with each other in the deadly “Alice Game.” In Volume 3, much of the conflict is provided by the doll Suigintou, who had appeared only briefly in the first volume. […]

"Fate/Stay Night" Vol. 5: Shiro Emiya and the Holy Grail

by SB20xxon October 3, 2007
In case you’ve come in late, Fate/Stay Night is about a group of Masters who, along with their Servants, compete with other Masters/Servants for the coveted Holy Grail, a prize which can grant its owner wishes. Obviously each person has their idea of what to use the Grail for, and all will stop at nothing […]

"Fate/Stay Night" Vol. 4: My Bodyguard

by SB20xxon October 3, 2007
I had my reservations about Fate/Stay Night, especially having come into it right in the middle of the series, but Volume 4 proved to be more interesting and engaging. I now know what the series is setting out to accomplish, and so I’ve been able to get into it much better. Part of what makes […]

"Karin" Vol. 3: A Cute Vampire Show? Who Knew!

by SB20xxon October 1, 2007
Karin has succeeded in making vampires cute. That’s no easy task; practically all vampire-related media portrays the fang-sporting creatures as an evil that must be vanquished with a stake through the heart. By contrast, Karin is all about vampires’ daily lives as they secretly live among normal humans. Specifically, Karin focuses on Karin, a sort […]