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"Rumbling Hearts" Flatlines At The Finish Line

by on July 8, 2007
Haruka has slipped back into her coma, having faced a world that is not like the one she left: Her younger sister is in high school, and her best friend, Mitsuki, who no longer does competitive swimming, is dating her boyfriend, Takayuki. Faced with all this, and the fact that she has slept through three […]

"Karin" Vol. 1: Blood: The Last Nosebleed

by SB20xxon July 6, 2007
Remember Lisa Simpson’s throw-away theory of “reverse vampires”? A whole anime has now been based on that premise; I’m only surprised it hasn’t been attempted before. There are plenty of vampire animes, but not many use this refreshing scenario, and even fewer use vampires in a comedy. Karin Maaka is the reverse vampire, a high […]

"Transformers": More Cinematic Impact Than Meets The Eyes

by on July 4, 2007
Sam Witwicky has one goal: get a car. This high school junior needs it to attain the ladies and has been eBaying everything he can from his grandfather’s collection so as to get the money. When he finally gets enough, he buys a Camaro. But apparently it’s Satan’s Camaro, as it starts to chase him […]

25 Minutes with "Negadon" Beats Two Hours With a Green Ogre

by on July 2, 2007
The tone for Negadon: The Monster From Mars is set early, when the words “Showa 100” (indicating the year 2025) flash across the screen. The Japanese number their years according to the current emperor’s reign. We’re now in the Heisei era, but the reign of Emperor Hirohito, which encompassed the years 1926 to 1989, was […]

"Kurau: Phantom Memory" May Be "Between Two Worlds", But It’s Behind Five Other Shows

by on July 2, 2007
One decade ago, an accident at an energy power plant changed the life of a young girl irre> I’d never heard of Kurau before it came up for review, but having watched it, I feel like I’ve seen it way too many times already. Daphne In The Brilliant Blue, Solty Rei, Outlaw Star, Dirty Pair […]

"Solty Rei" Volumes 2 & 3: More of the Same, or Less of the Lame?

by on June 30, 2007
Solty’s the mysterious little girl with superhuman powers. Roy’s the hard-edged bounty hunter with a dark past. Rose is the cocky criminal with a penchant for taking a shower every episode. Years ago, a “blastfall” destroyed their city, killing and maiming the population. Now, they’re just trying to make a living. I didn’t realize it […]

"The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3": The Faithful Will Be Rewarded

by SB20xxon June 29, 2007
“It is a legend no one will forget. Everyone thought King Koopa had left the Mushroom Kingdom, but then his doom ship attacked! King Koopa was back, with the greatest danger ever known: His Koopa Kids. Using their new super powers, the Super Mario Brothers rescued Princess Toadstool and beat back the evil Koopa family!” […]

"Ratatouille" Is a Film That Really Cooks

by Ed Liuon June 26, 2007
There ought to be a word for an expertly cut trailer that includes all the best scenes from an otherwise terrible movie. This phenomenon seems to be occurring more and more often as the average film gets worse and worse, to the point where a good trailer simply isn’t enough to sell a film. It […]

"Ratatouille": Animation’s Finest Chefs Save Us From All The Fast Food

by on June 26, 2007
It’s getting to the point where one might barely associate the output of this wunderkind studio with the rest of the animated medium. There’s other quality work out there, but there’s also so much sheer junk being foisted on us. But while there is no true Pixar formula (you know, other than just doing everything […]

"Tokko" Vol. 2: Deepening Plot, Same So-So Presentation

by SB20xxon June 25, 2007
I wasn’t too impressed with first four episodes of Tokko (review here), but I’ll say that the second volume manages to top it. The show still isn’t particularly frightening, but I realize now the show isn’t really focusing on trying to be scary. Instead, it concentrates on Ranmaru and his detective work, as he tries […]