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Ice Age: The Meltdown (or, How Scrat Got His Acorn Back)

by Classic Speedyon April 2, 2006
The original Ice Age was directed by both Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha. For the sequel, Saldanha is the solo director. There was some concern about that, whether he could fill Wedge’s shoes, but also with the female mammoth that accompanies Manny, Diego, and Sid. Would she be a unique character, or just a carbon […]

"G-Saviour" We've Got Movie Sign!!

by Grant Whiteon April 2, 2006
Say what you will about Japan, but they sure know how to throw a party. 1999 was the 20th anniversary of Sunrise/Bandai’s popular Mobile Suit Gundam franchise and much fanfare was made, the centerpiece being Yoshiyuki Tomino’s return to the director helm with his anniversary series Turn A Gundam. But in the shadows, away from […]

"Someday's Dreamers": The "Magical Dreamer"'s Magical Source Ain't The Mystic Force!

by Chad Boninon March 26, 2006
In modern day Japan, Yume Kikuchi, a teenager from the countryside with the slightly unique ability to work magic, must prove herself worthy of becoming a Mage. To do this she must train under an established Mage and only use magic when requested and approved or risk becoming a “Stray”, a magic user who doesn’t […]

"Mezzo" Vol. 2: Maybe I Could Get A Robot Girlfriend

by Chad Boninon March 25, 2006
Need a job done? If it requires ballistics and a babe, the Danger Service Agency is at your employ. Covergirl Mikura, along with hardware Harada and kitchen Kurokawa, will do any job for the right money. Add in the incredibly shy and young Asami, and you’ve also got the most disfunctional family this side of […]

"Stratos 4" Reaches for the Stars But Plummets to the Earth

by Classic Speedyon March 24, 2006
Let it be known that Stratos 4 is my least favorite of the four Studio Fantasia properties I’ve watched. Stratos 4 is what I can only describe as “blah.” The plot: Mikaze is an underachieving rookie on a military base. This is no ordinary base, however; its daily mission is to send fighter pilots into […]

"Howl's Moving Castle": Home is Where You Park it

by Chris Woodon March 23, 2006
Hayao Miyazaki set the bar perilously high for himself with 2002’s Spirited Away, winning an Academy Award and setting a Japanese box office record. The much anticipated Howl’s Moving Castle doesn’t quite measure up, but engineers a rousing fantasy adventure in the classic Miyazaki mold. Howl was written by novelist Diana Wynne Jones, though you’d […]

Things Heat Up With "Godannar Vol. 4"

by Classic Speedyon March 21, 2006
Godannar may not have the religious symbolism or the angst-ridden contemplations of existence that Evangelion has, but it definitely has a higher replay value as it’s a whole lot of fun. The series is a throwback to earlier mecha series that were more about hot-blooded mecha action, especially in its tone. It’s paced in such […]

The Evangelion Movies- Brain bleeding, I can feel TASTY COLORS

by Chad Boninon March 18, 2006
In (and the first half “of the neon beginning Evangelion” with that, the first half “of death and playback”), plotting was simple. In order to fight the operator (of the unit of Eva of the mechanical cable type 3), from the angel of Shinji Ikari, Rei Ayanami, and Asuka Langley Sohryu and invasion separated, to […]

"Hand Maid Mai": Cyberdyne's Abandonware Could Have Been Better, Faster, Stronger

by Chad Boninon March 12, 2006
Hideo Ozu, a slacker video editor for a seedy video company (think SoftCel) that releases live-action videos of an adult nature (think La Blue Girl), hasn’t been able to rise up and become a movie director. On the other hand, his childhood friend Mai Kurosawa seems to have achieved her goal, and is on the […]

Dragonball Z "Crash Course": It's The End Of The Run As We Know It

by Chad Boninon March 4, 2006
Seven years after the fight with the monster Cell, life has returned to normal. The Z Warriors have all gone their seperate ways since Goku’s death; Gohan is going to High School, Bulma and Vegeta have (relatively) settled down, and the children Trunks and Goten have been sparring. Gohan’s double life as the Great Saiyaman […]