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"Speed Grapher Vol. 3": A Strong Marriage Built on a Solid Foundation of Deception

by Classic Speedyon October 18, 2006
One of the most challenging things for a critic is to review the new volume of a serialized show without giving away all the turns it takes. After all, what point is there in watching it for suspense if I just give it all away right up front? It’s an unavoidable problem. All I’ll say […]

"Avoid Eye Contact Vol. 2": Independence Day

by Classic Speedyon October 17, 2006
One of the things I love about independent animation is that there are no limits. There are no network suits telling the artist to change something because it won’t appeal to the kids, it is too violent or sexual, or it isn’t cost-effective. If the artist wants to draw someone getting mutilated, they do so. […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror Of Shamballa": Whuppin’ Nazis Faster than Indiana

by Chad Boninon October 16, 2006
Alchemy’s first law of equivalent exchange: to obtain, something of equal value must be lost. What happens in a world without alchemy? Edward Elric, formerly known as the Fullmetal Alchemist of the State, has to deal with that situation. Having been transported to a country called “Germany” for some time, he is having to adapt […]

"Speed Grapher Vol. 2": Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Aphrodisiac

by Classic Speedyon October 15, 2006
Volume 2 continues our adventures with Saiga and Kagura. Saiga is a photographer who is helping Kagura escape the confines of her “imprisoned” rich girl existence, all while those who want to take back Kagura tail them. In episodes five and six, we meet Madam Koganei, a female villain with a penchant for eating diamonds […]

"Negima Vol. 2: Magic and Combat": Legend of the Mild! Mystic Boring Stuff!

by Chad Boninon October 15, 2006
You are the newest professor at the Mahora Academy, an all-girls school… where most the girls are older than you, and they can’t know that you’re a master of magic. One student does, because your father put the bloodsucker at that school in the first place. Another does, because she’s got the mad ninja skills […]

"Darkwing Duck Vol. 1": Let’s Get Nostalgic!

by Classic Speedyon October 12, 2006
Let’s face it, much like many other cartoons from the late ’80s and early ’90s released on DVD, for many folks the main reason to watch them is nostalgia. If you really examine many of those shows with a critical eye, the faults become easily evident. While Darkwing Duck does hold up better than most […]

"The Little Mermaid" Platinum Edition: Grand Release of an Almost Magical Film

by Ed Liuon October 10, 2006
Confession time: I have never been a huge fan of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and was never really able to articulate why. It could be that I’m just not in the target demographic for the film, or because I missed it in theatres and first saw it on pan-and-scan VHS on a tiny screen surrounded […]

"Open Season": I’ve Got it in the Crosshairs

by Classic Speedyon October 2, 2006
Boog the grizzly bear has led a cushy life. His master, Park Ranger Beth, uses him for quick shows to amuse the tourists and lets him sleep in her garage, where she pampers him. She even sings him to sleep, using the Teddy Bear Picnic song. Then things go haywire when Elliot, a deer with […]

"Ninja Nonsense Vol. 2": A Typhoon of Insanity

by Classic Speedyon September 27, 2006
Get ready for more silly, erm, nonsense, as Shinobu and Kaede have more fun together and Onsokumaru and his gang of ninjas keep trying to get a peek at them naked. OK, so that’s a simplification of a- actually, that’s pretty accurate. But read on; the premise is better than it sounds. As with volume […]

"12 Oz. Mouse": I Don’t Get It

by Classic Speedyon September 22, 2006
12 Oz. Mouse is what is called in the industry, a “critic proof” show. Flaunting the typical conventions of what you’d see on television, it (nor its creators, I imagine) doesn’t care if people like it or not; its goal is to be supremely weird and surreal, from its unorthodox artwork to its almost absurdist […]