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"Cinderella III" Makes Real Movie Magic

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
Even before seeing it, Disney fans are citing many reasons to dislike Cinderella III. It’s another direct-to-video sequel from the Disney studios, joining a crowded field of sequels that range from the pretty good to the nearly unwatchable. It’s also a sequel to one of the studio’s most beloved animated classics, even though the original’s […]

Air Gear Vol. 1: The Crow: City of Skaters

by SB20xxon February 4, 2007
Air Gear plays like one big advertisement for a pair of skates that, as far as I know, don’t actually exist. That sounds like a bad thing, but it’s not. You get to see a regular dude like me (albeit a tad younger) pull off slick moves while skating at high speeds through the city […]

"Rumbling Hearts" Vol. 2: Hate the Ones You Truly Love

by on February 3, 2007
Things have begun to unravel. Haruka, who’s come out of her coma, has been forced into a life she doesn’t know. In her mind, it’s still high school; her friends are worried about entrance exams; her little sister is still in middle school; and it’s only been days or weeks since a car rammed into […]

Power Rangers: Ready To Shift Into…An Animation Super Legend?

by on February 2, 2007
Ron Wasserman, former music composer for several Power Rangers incarnations, has posted on the RangerBoard discussion forum that a Power Rangers animated series is in the works. (Please note that this “news” is only a rumor at this time and that nothing has been officially announced.) Previous attempts at Power Rangers spin-offs — including a […]

Aqua Teen Hoaxing Force? How a Cartoon Brought a City to a Halt

by Zach Loganon January 31, 2007
Just a mere six years ago it would have been unthinkable for a television cartoon to cause a citywide highway shutdown. Thanks to post-September 11th paranoia, our police are now summoned to settle issues that would previously have seemed asinine. Recently Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block decided to promote cult series Aqua Teen Hunger […]

"Hare+Guu Vol. 4": Well Let’s Bungle in the Jungle!

by SB20xxon January 28, 2007
Hare+Guu, an anime comedy from 2001 that has only recently come stateside, concerns a grade-school boy, Hare, and his alcohol-loving, free-spirited mother Weda. In the first episode they’re joined by Guu, a mysterious child who charms adults but acts subdued around Hare. The show revolves around these characters’ daily misadventures in their tropical setting. Hare […]

"Blackstar The Complete Series" Review: He’s No Man, He’s a Star

by on January 22, 2007
Dungeons and Dragons, Conan the Barbarian, and He-Man are arguably the only sword and sorcery properties to have notably endured beyond the genre’s brief boom in the early 1980s. Most of the many also-ran properties have been all but forgotten, regrettably including the two animated series that blazed the trail for He-Man. Ruby Spears’ excellent […]

"Tom and Jerry Tales": The Eternal Struggle

by SB20xxon January 9, 2007
Tom and Jerry, like Mickey Mouse and the Looney Tunes, are cultural cartoon icons, and you mess with such icons at your peril. Any new incarnation of the characters will be held to the high standards of what came before, and few potential viewers will be other than skeptical of such incarnations. Until now I’ve […]

Black Cat Vol. 1: Not Quite the Cat’s Meow

by SB20xxon January 3, 2007
I really don’t like reviewing the first volume of a serialized anime without having seen the rest of the show. It’s like judging a movie or symphony by its first few minutes. It’s really unfair, because you can’t help assuming that the show (or movie, or symphony) won’t get better (or won’t get worse) before […]

"Viva Piñata": Enjoy Your Stay at Piñata Island, Unless You’re Easily Bored

by on December 31, 2006
You’ve been given a plot of land on Piñata Island. What you do with it is all up to you. Your goal? Get as many piñatas as you can to call your little land home. Microsoft, Rare, and 4K!Ds TV have put together the bright and colorful world of Viva Piñata, but have we seen […]