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"Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence": Androids Dream of Electric Sci-fi

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence comes to DVD with high expectations, and it doesn’t disappoint. An elegant treatise less on man versus machine than man in machine, this sophisticated sci-fi thriller explores the human relationship to robots. And automatic weapons. It would be a disservice to take the reader too far into the film’s […]

"Burn-Up Scramble" Vol. 1: Fourth Time's Not the Charm

The year is 2005, Atlanta. Due to globalization and market expansion, animé has evolved. But so has its darker elements. Drama has become increasingly sophisticated, but with a growing amount of light-hearted anime threatening to topple the towering pile of angst anime companies have accumulating since EVA, Geneon decides to take action. They retool their […]

"Neon Genesis Evangelion" Platinum Edition Vol. 4: Now Nearly Action-Free!

Everyone should know the basic premise of Neon Genesis Evangelion by this point whether you’ve seen the entire series, just caught the quick Toonami run, or heard the legions of fanboys screaming like little girls over it. Giant robots battle giant monsters, all while a whiny kid named Shinji gives viewers giant headaches. And it’s […]

"Mezzo" Vol. 1: The DSA is On The Job!

The Danger Service Agency will handle any job for a price. It doesn’t matter if it’s tracking down a missing person (especially if your favorite weather woman is involved) or following a would-be adulterer (do robot duplicates count?), Mikura, her pals, and her orange spandex will get any job done right. But should you engage […]

"Duel Masters" Not Your Typical Toy Commercial

Who’s the kid with the spiky hair!? SHOBU! Flaming hand up in the air! SHOBU! Creatures battlin’ in the zone! SHOBU! Gonna take the trophy home! SHOBU! Duel Masters! Duel Masters! DUEL MASTERS! The battle’s on! Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. When you have a catchy theme and an advertising campaign that hits you over […]

"Dragonball GT": The Last "Generation"

This review is a special “interview” type review between Toonami Forum Moderator Knux Five and Cartoon Network Forum Moderator Red Giant. If you are a dedicated Dragonball watcher and don’t want it spoiled for you, do not scroll down. This includes the final four episodes. They have all aired on Cartoon Network. Knux Five: Hey […]

Great "Beginnings" for "Power Rangers S.P.D."

In the year 2020, Earth has opened its doors to alien life forms from throughout the universe. Ninety-nine percent of them are good and decent people. One percent are criminals. And then there’s Emperor Gruumm. Guess where he fits in. Luckily, there’s Space Patrol Delta to guard against Gruumm and his Troobian forces. Everyone looks […]

"Power Rangers": The Best Cartoon the 1980's Ever Produced

Power Rangers is the perfect 1980′s cartoon. Look, never mind the fact that it is not animated and that it didn’t even air in the 1980′s (it reached American shores in 1993). Just bear with me. By “1980′s cartoon,” I mean a cartoon that mostly ignores atmosphere, character and even plot, but instead just kicks […]

Dekaranger vs. S.P.D.: Everybody Wins!

Those of you who pay attention to the end credits of Power Rangers may already know that each season comes with a “Based on” tag crediting the series to a particular show from Toei Company, Ltd. For the thirteenth season of Power Rangers, arriving on Saturday, February 5, as Power Rangers: S.P.D., that credit reads […]

Shotaro Ishinomori + Spider-Man = Power Rangers

Just as many cartoons leapt from the pages of comic books, sentai can also trace its roots to the paneled pages. The man who can best be described as the father of sentai, Shotaro Ishinomori, got his start creating his own manga. While he might not be as well known in America as Astro Boy-creator […]

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