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Peter Pan Platinum Edition: Faith and Trust and a Little Bit of Digital Remastering

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2007
According to one of the special features on Disney’s Peter Pan Platinum Edition, Walt Disney took on the title role in a school production of the original J.M. Barrie stage play. During the climactic duel scene, Disney was hoisted aloft by a block and tackle system, only to end up sailing into the audience. Despite […]

"Walt Disney’s It’s a Small World of Fun!" Vol. 3 & 4: Cartoons For Fans on a Budget

by SB20xxon March 13, 2007
I’ll confess: Despite considering myself an animation aficionado, I really haven’t seen too many Walt Disney theatrical shorts. My forte as a kid was Looney Tunes, which I watched religiously on Nickelodeon and The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show, and the series still remains one of my favorites. So watching It’s a Small World of […]

"Mosaic": What if Mary Jane Got Super Powers

by Ed Liuon March 12, 2007
One of the iconic Marvel Comics titles of the late 1970’s was What If…?, which spun out hypothetical stories or altered existing comics continuity to see how events would change. There was never one that worked off the idea “What if Mary Jane Watson, not Peter Parker, had gotten super-powers?” but if there had been, […]

"Best Student Council": Is This Show "A New Home" for Humor?

by on March 10, 2007
At Miyagami Private Academy one group of girls rules over everyone, even the faculty. They are the Best Student Council, and they have the power to operate the campus’s giant laser cannon, hold epic curry rice battles, charter helicopters, and do various other insane things. New student Rino Rando is surprised to find herself instantly […]

"Star Trek: The Animated Series": Trek in All the Ways that Matter

by Ed Liuon March 8, 2007
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before. With those words, Captain James T. Kirk launched one of the most enduring franchises in American entertainment history. […]

"Nerima Daikon Brothers" Vol. 2: More of the Same

by SB20xxon March 3, 2007
Nerima Daikon Brothers has turned into the kind of comedian that recycles the same routine because the audience liked it the first time. Yeah, it’s the safe and easy thing to do, but before long the audience catches on that it’s just the same thing over and over. It’s a real shame that the second […]

Negima "Magic Outside The Classroom": Going on a field trip! A field trip! A field…

by on February 22, 2007
Mahora Academy is getting boring this time of year (especially for those who have been students for 60+ years), so the class of Negi Springfield heads out to Kyoto for a field trip. While there, Negi will have to defend his students against the forces of evil—which involve a giant teddy bear. Though when your […]

Courage Is the Ultimate Proof of Magic, but "Negima" Isn’t

by on February 22, 2007
Negi Springfield, ten-year-old teacher at Mahora Academy, is paid to be the teacher when semester’s in session, but when summer vacation hits, he may just have to do some extra teaching. When you’re the mystically powered target of a class of teenage girls, you’re required to— Well, to apply suntan lotion, traverse a haunted school […]

"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 […]