"Peach Girl Vol. 4 and 5" If the Show’s the Peach, the Cast Are the Pits

by Chad Boninon February 25, 2008
It doesn’t matter how hot you are, you’re gonna have a confusing life. The WB taught me this early on, and Peach Girl reaffirms it. Momo may be a great person, nice and attractive, and quick to defend her friends, but her life sucks. She’s with Kairi, but he really loves someone else. She manages […]

"Persepolis" Is a True Milestone in Animated Filmmaking

by Ed Liuon February 23, 2008
After a movie has garnered a certain amount of hype, watching it can be a bit of a challenge. There are very, very few movies that actually deserve all the hype that they get. The feedback from disappointed moviegoers can even end up creating a backlash that can overwhelm whatever merits the movie might have […]

"Witchblade" Vols. 3 and 4: There Can Be Only One Highla- Er, Witchblade

by Classic Speedyon February 22, 2008
Witchblade may advertise itself as a show about a hot, semi-naked chick who regularly kicks ass every which way. In fact, though, it’s at its best when dealing with the human elements, especially the aforementioned Masane and her relationship with her daughter, Rihoko. But the butt-kicking-hot-chick-seeking audience must be placated as well. The third volume […]

"Glass Fleet": Rocks Wanted

by Maxie Zeuson February 20, 2008
“Michel hasn’t quite been himself since that incident.” You’re talking about the sex-change operation, right? Cleo must find it a relief now that he can stop biting back the sarcastic replies to obvious set up lines. I know it was a relief to me. But then, I’m not a soulful, raven-tressed pirate who’s nicknamed himself […]

Just Deserts: Yar-Har for "The Desert Princess and the Pirates"

by Jameson February 19, 2008
It has been said there is nothing more fashionable than being late for a party. But how late is “late”? Fifteen minutes? An hour? Okay, how about 183 hours? Or, to cast the same number in TV/cinematic terms, how about 343 episodes and 7 movies late? Rare for anime visuals to make me smile, but […]

"Ragnarok" Vol. 1 & 2: Please Vanquish Evil Cliches From This Kingdom, Brave Warrior

by Classic Speedyon February 16, 2008
Ragnarok is a show completely lacking in inspiration, the kind of series that feels created solely to cash in on a popular online video game. The kind where the writers, stumped, said, “Oh right, we have to make a show! Uh… let’s have them fight some random monsters! Done!” The characters are all archetypes we’ve […]

"Suzuka Volumes 2, 3, and 4": Pretty Asian Kids With Romance Problems

by Chad Boninon February 13, 2008
Yamato Akitsuki is Aoba High School’s new track star, or would be if he just got serious. Akitsuki is a powerhouse romantic boyfriend, or would be if he just got serious. Akitsuki, Akitsuki, Akitsuki! Proof that women are crazy and men are oblivious comes in the form of Suzuka Asahina’s bipolar opinions of the boy. […]

"The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye" Vols. 3 & 4 Have Narrative ADD

by Ed Liuon February 13, 2008
Is there a word for when you like everything about a story except for the story? If there is a word for that, it describes my feelings about The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye perfectly. That assessment may be a little harsh, but the reality is that The Third is a series with […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist" Season 1 Part 2: Death and Dismemberment

by Classic Speedyon February 11, 2008
While not everyone agrees, I find that Fullmetal Alchemist perfectly balances comedy and drama. One minute Winry, the close friend of the Elric brothers who’s also an avid mechanic (certainly useful for restoring Ed and Al’s busted metal limbs after an intense battle), will be bouncing off the walls, and the next minute things will […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist" Season 2 Part 1: Equivalent to Quality

by Classic Speedyon February 11, 2008
Fullmetal Alchemist was one of those shows which debuted while I was in college, as I was usually without a cable TV during that time. As a result, I only got to see random episodes every once in a while, and that’s certainly not any way to get into the story. Thanks to these thin […]