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"Solty Rei" Vol. 1: Doesn’t Leave a Salty Taste in Your Mouth

by on February 19, 2007
Over a decade ago, the “Blast Fall,” an otherworldly storm, destroyed the city and ravaged its inhabitants. In this not-too-future world, humanity is aided by Resemble technology: replacement body parts. There’s a natural upper limit to how much flesh can be falsified, but technicians dream of a 100% Resemble. A mysterious girl may just fill […]

"Utawarerumono" Vol. 1: Trouble in the Forest

by SB20xxon February 15, 2007
You might be browsing your anime section at a local Suncoast or Best Buy and think to yourself, “Hmmm, what’s this show about? All I see is a skull mask on a grass background.” Indeed, Utawarerumono has one of the most unorthodox covers in animedom. This unusual cover is a clever marketing gimmick that might […]

"Coyote Ragtime Show" Vol. 1: Style Over Substance, But Man, What Style!

by SB20xxon February 12, 2007
You know, sometimes I find it difficult to avoid being influenced by what I read on message boards. I’d read things about Coyote Ragtime Show in numerous places, even before it was licensed: “It goes downhill after the first episode.” “It runs out of steam too soon.” “Not worth watching.” And on and on. At […]

"Speed Grapher" Vol. 5: The Almighty Dollar

by SB20xxon February 11, 2007
After a rather lackluster fourth volume, Speed Grapher gets back on track in the fifth volume and heads towards the climax. And as always, major spoilers below. Suitengu was little more than a shallow “evil mastermind” in the series’ first four volumes, but this disc’s “The Reaper and the Nouveau Riche” explains his past in […]

"Speed Grapher" Vol. 4: Over the Hump and Slowing Down

by SB20xxon February 11, 2007
I praised the first three volumes of Speed Grapher, but I’m sorry to have to report that the fourth volume doesn’t pack as much punch. The series’ sleazy world has already been heavily established, and we pretty much know that anyone who isn’t Saiga or Kagura is evil, so some tension is gone. I liked […]

"Beet the Vandel Buster" Vol. 1: This Release Is a Bust

by SB20xxon February 8, 2007
Beet: The Vandel Buster is a waste of time, not only because of the show itself, but also because of Illumitoon’s poor treatment of the release. There is literally nothing redeeming about this DVD. No, not even the DVD case itself, with its bootleg look. Why does the cover art look so empty, with items […]

"Pinky And The Brain" Vol. 2: Gee Brain, What Are We Gonna Watch Tonight?

by on February 7, 2007
They’re Pinky and The Brain. One is a genius, the other’s insane. They’re laboratory mice; their genes have been spliced. And by the dawning of the sun, they’ll take over the world. As a kid, the theme song that plot describes was a daily part of watching Kids’ WB. I even had it on my […]

"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 […]