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"Fairly Oddparents Timmy's Top Wishes": I Wish for Jokes That Work

Like SpongeBob, Fairly Oddparents is a cartoon that appeals to kids with silly hijinks and cute visuals while maintaining an offbeat and often quite sophisticated sense of humor. Sort of a low-rent Aladdin, Oddparents is about young Timmy Turner and his two eccentric and the two gabby fairies, Cosmo and Wanda, who constantly get him […]

"Amazing Nurse Nanako"... Not Amazing, Spectacular, or Astonishing

The Vatican and the Pentagon are working together. Their goal? Bio-engineering. The Pentagon wants an alien super weapon, while the Vatican wants to clone the star of The Passion of The Christ (and I’m not talking about the guy from Frequency). To achieve their goals, they need the scientific mind of Dr. Kyoji Ogami, the […]

"Martian Successor Nadesico" Vol. 1: Marginally Successful, or Massively Surprising?

The Jovians, lizard-like aliens who have attacked and decimated Earth’s base on Mars, have their sights set on attacking Earth. Who else can defend the planet but Nergal’s High Mobile Battleship Nadesico? Given that the main pilot of Nadesico’s mecha is a sentai-watching assistant chef who doesn’t want to actually fight, the commander a love-struck […]

The Uncanny Brilliance of "SpongeBob SquarePants"

SpongeBob SquarePants may be the most popular American cartoon character around today. But you probably don’t need me to tell you that. And he’s popular with people who are over seven years old, too. That’s something else you probably don’t need to hear from me. And if you’ve watched the cheerful sponge and his slightly […]

'Yu Yu Hakusho' Kicks It Up in 'Born Anew' and 'Three Kingdoms'

Yu Yu Hakusho DVDs have been hitting the shelves for over a year now, and two of the latest, Volume 26: Born Anew and Volume 28: Three Kingdoms are now available. The series is now a decade old. Can these episodes still enthrall new viewers with their animation and storytelling? The short answer is “yes.” […]

"Gregory Horror Show" Vol. 1: Just Think Square-Headed Hitchcock

The Sci-Fi Channel may have stopped running The Twilight Zone in the afternoon, but if Gregory Horror Show, a strange computer-animated release from Geneon, is any indication, the symbolic, abstract, and, of course, campy style of science fiction Rod Serling’s masterpiece epitomized is still alive and well in Japan. Though the DVD case makes the […]

"The Batman" Finally Worthy of the Cape and Cowl?

It’s amazing what twelve episodes can do for a series. It worked wonders for X-Men: Evolution and now it’s doing the same for The Batman. After an almost embarrassing pilot episode and a season full of mediocre-to-average episodes, the show takes a giant leap forward in quality with the two part season finale. The episodes, […]

"Petite Princess Yucie Vol.1": FLCL for the Kids

Gainax, the long-time mavericks of the anime industry, have done it again. This is a company whose series have rewritten the playbook for anime (Nadia, Evangelion, FLCL and Ebichu) and radically changed the Japanese game industry with its daughter-raising simulator Princess Maker, which effectively launched bishoujo (pretty girl) games into the mainstream in Japan. Now […]

'Superman' DVD Set Gives Super Treatment To Classic Series

After years and years filled with innumerable petitions and online ranting and raving, Warner Bros. has finally given us what we’ve been demanding: a nice, big, box set of DVDs collecting episodes of Superman: The Animated Series. The series, which ran in the late 1990s on Kids WB! before moving into reruns on Cartoon Network, […]

Schizophrenic CG "Pet Alien" Thinks It's Hand-Drawn

With the popularity of computer-generated animation on the rise, boosted by Pixar, Jimmy Neutron and many others, it comes as no surprise to see Cartoon Network get into the act. Their entry, called Pet Alien, is a half-hour cartoon produced by John Doze Studios and Taffy Entertainment, and though produced on computers it at times […]

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