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"Dragon Ball GT" Vol. 1 to 4: The Unfantastic Four

At the end of Dragon Ball Z, the world was again at peace. Goku was training Ubuu, the reincarnation of the evil Buu, into a young warrior on the side of good. Pan, the daughter of Gohan and Videl, was showing her strength at the World Martial Arts Tournament. All was well and right, until […]

"Excel Saga" Soundtrack 1: Get Wacky!

The comedy anime series Excel Saga is one of my all-time favorites. It has an uncontrolled comic energy that I hadn’t previously seen in anime and has more in common with an American cartoon like Animaniacs, Looney Tunes, or The Simpsons than, say, something like Evangelion, Sailor Moon, or heck, even other anime comedies. It […]

"Zixx: Level Two" Episode 3: His Name is Earl, and We Miss Him

SUPER HAMMER! Zixx and Flanngo, two alien operatives, are attempting to save the Earth from the other extraterrestrials. But the question we (and protagonist Riley) have to ask ourselves is are these two offworlders really the good guys? Riley might have trouble falling backward into their arms, as seen in Zixx Level Two episode three, […]

"Hand Maid May" Collection: The Series That Said "I'll Never Give Up!"

Who wouldn’t want to have a maid? Maybe the socially inept and those paranoid that the hired help would steal from them. But I’m sure stealing would be against the Laws of Robotics, and Kazuya is very socially apt. A tech genius attending college, Kazuya is accidentally sent a 1/6th scale robotic maid, May, at […]

Put 'Em Back: "Loonatics Unleashed" Is Just Mediocre

Six months after it was announced—six months after massive mainstream news coverage; anguished message board and blog posts; Internet petitions; scatological animated parodies; collisions with sex-toy manufacturers and Dutch character designers—six months after a near-riot, in other words, Loonatics Unleashed finally sees the light of day and reveals itself as… just another lousy action cartoon. […]

"Tenchi Muyo! GXP" Vol. 6: Return of the Pink-Haired Badass

Seina Yamada’s known throughout the galaxy as a bad luck magnet. He’s even been hired as a Galaxy Police transporter/bait, luring out space pirates so they can be picked off more easily. For a man with such bad luck, being the captain of a ship staffed by hot babes doesn’t seem too bad. But there’s […]

"Zixx: Level Two": Don't Blame Canada!

Alien cop Zixx Phunkee Zee and her reptile sidekick Flanngo have beaten Level One but have lost contact with their two previous human partners. All is well, but when Level Two starts up two kids from the town of Glen River accidentally get sucked into their intergalactic and digital war. Lost? I am too. Zixx […]

"Yumeria" Vol. 1: Not a Dream Come True

I went into Yumeria knowing only that it is a magical girl show based on a PS2 video game by Namco. And so my opinion, unspoiled by “hype,” if there was any: Yumeria is exceedingly average. Anime cliche strike one: Tomokazu is a sixteen-year-old boy having trouble in school. Strike two: His parents are dead […]

"Kiddy Grade" Vol. 7: Things Get Cleared Up In The "Lurking Shadows"

Éclair and Lumiere have killed the director of the Galactic Order of Trade and Tariffs (GOTT), Eclipse, and have taken command with an iron fist. An identical pair is serving in an army of Éclair and Lumiere clones under GOTT’s new leadership. Two more Éclair and Lumieres are renegades out to take down the new […]

"Tenjho Tenge" Vol. 2: Too Little of a Good Thing

I didn’t know they made bandanas that big. The Juken Club, the ultimate martial arts combat club, invited two new members to the group on the last volume: Souchiro Nagi and Bob Makihara, two students who by themselves have defeated 99 schools. They went up against the incredible warriors of the Juken Club, and instead […]

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