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"Karin" Vol. 2: Love Bites

by SB20xxon October 1, 2007
According to Karin, vampires are nothing to fear. They’re just a little … unorthodox. Karin is especially unorthodox, as she’s essentially a “reverse vampire”: she can easily stand onions and light, and instead of sucking blood during a bite, she gives blood, due to a build-up of blood over time. Heck, as Karin’s own parents […]

"Black Lagoon" Vol. 2: All Aboard the Blooooood Boat!

by SB20xxon September 29, 2007
I knew little about Black Lagoon, an action title from Madhouse, when it was first licensed. Its high quality completely took me by surprise when I watched volume 1, and volume 2 is even better. Black Lagoon is the story of a trio of pirate mercenaries—Revy, Dutch, and Benny—who on one of their missions kidnap […]

"The Tick vs. Season 2:" Laughs Still Can’t Beat the Lawyers

by Ed Liuon September 27, 2007
Last year, The Tick Season 1 was released on a two-disc DVD set with no small number of deficiencies. One episode was missing—tied up in legal limbo. It had no special features to speak of, and it lacked chapter stops within episodes. In August, The Tick vs. Season 2 was released. Buena Vista Home Entertainment […]

"Shaun The Sheep": Pure Baa-rilliance!

by Grant Whiteon September 24, 2007
Wallace and Gromit are undoubtedly stars of modern animation. With four films, graphic novels and a range of related apparel, it’s surprising that a spin off hasn’t appeared sooner. One finally landed in early 2007, giving a starring role to the woolly wonder Shaun of “A Close Shave” fame. Shaun The Sheep is a series […]

"Avatar the Last Airbender: The Awakening" Gets Season 3 Off to a Rough Start

by Ed Liuon September 21, 2007
If a serialized television show attempts to build a larger continuous narrative, sooner or later it will pass a point when the writers stop writing for new audience members and start writing for the existing fanbase. This is not necessarily an obstacle to acquiring new viewers, since a quality television series will be good enough […]

"Superman: Doomsday": A Great Start For A New Line

by on September 19, 2007
If there had been more news in November of 1993, maybe it wouldn’t have been the huge headlining event that everybody seemingly heard about. The death of Superman was a story that practically ran away from the control of DC Comics as they were doing it, since the intention all along had been to bring […]

"Avatar the Last Airbender" Complete Book 2 Collection: This Box Rocks

by Ed Liuon September 18, 2007
“Water. Earth. Fire. Air. Long ago, the Four Nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them, but when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years passed, and my brother and I discovered the new Avatar: an […]

"Shonen Onmyouji" Vol. 1 & 2: Demonically Dull

by SB20xxon September 15, 2007
“Ninety percent of anything is crud.” While I don’t entirely buy Sturgeon’s Law, Shonen Onmyouji would fall into that 90%. This is one of the most generic anime series I’ve seen in a while. I was pretty much disinterested in the plot from the moment it began, which is unfortunate because if it had just […]

"Peach Girl Vol. 3" Things Go Wrong, But Oh So Right.

by on September 4, 2007
Momo, Toji, Sae, Kairi: Four high school kids who may have the most confusing set of relationships ever. Maybe there’s something in the tap water in Japan, but it tends to turn these four teens into emotionally needy, back-stabbing paranoiacs. Even when things seem to be fine between Momo and Toji, blackmail might just split […]

"Tsubasa Reservoir Chroniclles": The "Gathering Of Fates" Gathers The Wrong Parody

by on August 30, 2007
Syaoran and Sakura hail from The Kingdom Of Clow. Thanks to an unfortunate magic whatsit, Sakura’s spirit has been split into feathers and scattered throughout multiple planes of existence. Without her spirit, she’s just a lifeless body. Meanwhile, in some other dimensions live Fai, a magician on the run, and Kurogane, a swordsman banished by […]