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"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 […]

"The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye" Vol. 1: Sand Tanks Are a Girl’s Best Friend

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2007
There’s something deeply appealing about outlaw heroes: the good-hearted people who are forced by circumstances to live just outside the law. Some, like Robin Hood, do so for personal glory and in the name of the greater good. Others, like Han Solo, do so largely because the money’s better in the shady corners of the […]

"The Simpsons Movie": Ay Caramba, It’s a Winner!

by SB20xxon July 29, 2007
I’ve been a Simpsons fan for as long as I can remember. I first saw it when I was probably five or six. (If I recall correctly, it was “The Call of the Simpsons”, back when it first aired). I’ve been a big fan ever since and have seen each episode countless times, whether in […]

"To Heart" Volume 2: It Just Keeps Going, and Going, and Going …

by on July 28, 2007
High school life should never be boring. You have field day, which is always a good way to either get exercise or see girls in some nice short shorts. Sure, you may have to dodge that manga girl (who would want to hang out with someone who keeps referencing their interests? Oooh, Henshin Justice got […]

The Secret Origins of "Masters of the Comic Book Universe"

by Ed Liuon July 26, 2007
The stereotypical comic book fan can recite lengthy histories of their favorite Marvel or DC Comics characters from memory, but often has little or no knowledge about the people who were instrumental in creating those characters. Recently, the audience for comics has grown well beyond the audience seeking serial fiction starring their favorite superheroes, and […]

"Fate/Stay Night" Vol. 3: Deja Vu

by SB20xxon July 26, 2007
Ah, the joys of starting a series right in the middle. What if the middle episodes are some of the weaker ones? What if they contain clues or plot points that depend upon knowing what happened in the earlier episodes? What if they are the tail end of major bits of character development? So probably […]