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"All Grown Up" But I Ain't "Loving It"

Way back when Nickelodeon was actually watchable, I used to love Rugrats. The adventures of Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Angelica, and Susie were all great fun. When Nick started its descent into what its current state, the Rugrats reruns were often the only thing I would watch. Heck, if Nick were to release a boxset […]

"Tenchi Muyo GXP! Volume 5: The Living Ship" Returns Home

Seina Yamada is the unluckiest person in the universe. That may seem like a bold claim, but he biologically is! That makes him one of the most prized pirate hunters in the Galaxy Police–he’s natural bait! But even bait needs to take a break now and then, so he and the gang take a vacation […]

"Martian Successor Nadesico Volume 2" Not Essential, But Enjoyable

The Nadesico, a high-powered space ship piloted by a highly-out-of-place crew, is leading the fight for survival against the Jovians, a lizardian race from Jupiter hell-bent on destroying the Earth after having destroyed the colonies on Mars years ago. But when the crew of the Nadesico meet an unexpected enemy, the fate of the war […]

"Fruits Basket" Vol. 4: A "Clearing Sky" Reveals Dark Clouds

Tohru Honda has lived with the Sohmas for nearly a year and she keeps meeting new family members, all with the same curse: when hugged by a member of the opposite gender, a Sohma turns into one of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac (plus a cat). Despite having lived co-ed with Yuki and Kyo, […]

"Ikki Tousen" Vol. 1: "Legendary Fighters" Engage in Legendary Fanservice

In the 1800′s, a legendary fighter was able to take out one hundred men during a single fight. Years later in modern time, has this legendary fighter been reborn in the body of a ditzy high school girl known more for her “booby bombs” than her brains? Hakufu Sonsaku just transferred to Nanyo High School, […]

"Popotan" (Vol. 1) Made a Popofan Outta Me!

Popotan‘s packaging might lead you to think that it’s only about one thing—boobs—but it’s about a lot more. Don’t let this genre-bending show slip under your radar; it richly deserves to find an audience. Popotan is about three magical sisters who live in an equally magical house. The ditzy yet kindhearted Ai, the tomboyish Mai, […]

"Aladdin and the King of Thieves" Makes a Rich Haul of Laughs

Rejoice! Rejoice! Robin Williams returns to the fold in Disney’s Aladdin III: Aladdin and the King of Thieves. Yes, sometimes even the mighty Mouse learns from its mistakes, and, following the Return of Jafar debacle, Disney managed to lure the venerable Genie back for this 1996 direct-to-video finale to the Aladdin saga. It’s got Genie, […]

"Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence": Androids Dream of Electric Sci-fi

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence comes to DVD with high expectations, and it doesn’t disappoint. An elegant treatise less on man versus machine than man in machine, this sophisticated sci-fi thriller explores the human relationship to robots. And automatic weapons. It would be a disservice to take the reader too far into the film’s […]

"Burn-Up Scramble" Vol. 1: Fourth Time's Not the Charm

The year is 2005, Atlanta. Due to globalization and market expansion, animé has evolved. But so has its darker elements. Drama has become increasingly sophisticated, but with a growing amount of light-hearted anime threatening to topple the towering pile of angst anime companies have accumulating since EVA, Geneon decides to take action. They retool their […]

"Neon Genesis Evangelion" Platinum Edition Vol. 4: Now Nearly Action-Free!

Everyone should know the basic premise of Neon Genesis Evangelion by this point whether you’ve seen the entire series, just caught the quick Toonami run, or heard the legions of fanboys screaming like little girls over it. Giant robots battle giant monsters, all while a whiny kid named Shinji gives viewers giant headaches. And it’s […]

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