"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 […]

"The Aristocats": Making Money the Old Old-Fashioned Way—Inheriting It

by JerryvonKrameron February 8, 2008
In hindsight, 1970 was a strange time for Disney. The great man himself had died in 1966 during the making of The Jungle Book. The films that followed (Robin Hood in 1973 and The Rescuers in 1977) have long been considered second-string releases and, fairly or not, are less well loved and fondly remembered than […]

Nickelodeon’s "Ni Hao, Kai-lan" is "Hen Bucùo"! (Not Bad!)

by Ed Liuon February 7, 2008
One of the biggest beneficiaries of globalization has been China. Its growing financial, political, and military power are triggering reactions ranging from anxiety and open hostility to good old fashioned economic opportunism. However, assuming current trends continue, it is more than likely that this generation of American children will enter a world where understanding Chinese […]

"Oswald": Now We’re All "Lucky"

by Maxie Zeuson February 5, 2008
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, surely, must have been one of the more challenging projects to cross the desks of Disney’s renowned marketing department. True, the company has in its “Walt Disney Treasures” format a product line designed to carry this kind of specialty content. But in Oswald we’re not talking about a famous, world-beloved character […]

"Phineas and Ferb": Spawn of Frankenstein

by Maxie Zeuson February 1, 2008
I am the seventh son of a seventh son of a seventh son. The blood of a dozen gypsy fortunetellers flows through my veins. Criswell was my uncle’s cousin’s third husband. I have second sight so bad I need a special prescription, and the DMV won’t let me drive 48 hours before an election, a […]

"Cinderella II: Dreams Come True," But Not in This Sequel

by Ed Liuon January 30, 2008
It was an uphill battle convincing people that Cinderella III: A Twist in Time was a genuinely good movie, and much of the reason for their doubt can be traced back to Cinderella II: Dreams Come True. Recently re-released as a Special Edition DVD, Cinderella II is emblematic of everything that was wrong with Disney […]