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"Doctor Strange": Marvel’s DTV Supreme

by on August 22, 2007
Except, possibly, for Forbush Man, Marvel could scarcely have come up with a more unlikely candidate for the DTV movie treatment than Doctor Strange. Strange is probably the biggest Marvel name I know next to nothing about, owing largely to the fact that he rarely appeared in crossovers in the series I read. Add that […]

Animaniacs Vol. 3: Ya Gotta Take the Bad With the Good

by SB20xxon August 14, 2007
Animaniacs was like an animated version of Saturday Night Live: There were recurring sketches every week, and while some were funny, others weren’t. In A!‘s case, the best skits usually came from the Warners themselves, Pinky and the Brain, Slappy Squirrel, and occasionally the Goodfeathers. The stinkers were almost always Mindy and Buttons, Rita and […]

"Rozen Maiden" Vol. 1: Hello, Dolly!

by SB20xxon August 3, 2007
You can make any concept into an anime. Case in point: Rozen Maiden, which is all about dolls. Specifically, dolls dressed in fancy gothic/Victorian-style clothes, that can walk, talk, and battle each other. Battle, you say? Yes, a batch of these dolls frequently fight each other to win the Alice Game, which gives them supreme […]

"The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye" Vol. 1: Sand Tanks Are a Girl’s Best Friend

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2007
There’s something deeply appealing about outlaw heroes: the good-hearted people who are forced by circumstances to live just outside the law. Some, like Robin Hood, do so for personal glory and in the name of the greater good. Others, like Han Solo, do so largely because the money’s better in the shady corners of the […]

"The Simpsons Movie": Ay Caramba, It’s a Winner!

by SB20xxon July 29, 2007
I’ve been a Simpsons fan for as long as I can remember. I first saw it when I was probably five or six. (If I recall correctly, it was “The Call of the Simpsons”, back when it first aired). I’ve been a big fan ever since and have seen each episode countless times, whether in […]

"To Heart" Volume 2: It Just Keeps Going, and Going, and Going …

by on July 28, 2007
High school life should never be boring. You have field day, which is always a good way to either get exercise or see girls in some nice short shorts. Sure, you may have to dodge that manga girl (who would want to hang out with someone who keeps referencing their interests? Oooh, Henshin Justice got […]

The Secret Origins of "Masters of the Comic Book Universe"

by Ed Liuon July 26, 2007
The stereotypical comic book fan can recite lengthy histories of their favorite Marvel or DC Comics characters from memory, but often has little or no knowledge about the people who were instrumental in creating those characters. Recently, the audience for comics has grown well beyond the audience seeking serial fiction starring their favorite superheroes, and […]

"Fate/Stay Night" Vol. 3: Deja Vu

by SB20xxon July 26, 2007
Ah, the joys of starting a series right in the middle. What if the middle episodes are some of the weaker ones? What if they contain clues or plot points that depend upon knowing what happened in the earlier episodes? What if they are the tail end of major bits of character development? So probably […]

"Peach Girl" Vol. 2: The Train Just Keeps Derailing

by on July 19, 2007
Momo, the star of our show, has had more relationship developments by her sixteenth birthday—hell, on her sixteenth birthday—than I’ve had by my twenty-second. She’s relatively content in a relationship with Toji, and hasn’t seen much of her one-time-ally Kairi. Yet, she sees way too much of her nemesis, Sae, who has nothing better to […]

"Peach Girl": Tan, Blonde, and Asian! Just Like I Like ‘Em…

by on July 19, 2007
Think back to high school, and remember how you ragged on “that girl”. You know the one. She had that look—too tan for your area, bleached blonde hair, a great athletic body… She had to be a slut, right? All the girls hated her, because they feared what she’d do to their boyfriends. All the […]