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"W.I.T.C.H." Premiere a Promising Start for Jetix

W.I.T.C.H. began as an Italian comic book series published by Disney Publishing Worldwide. The comic books became a popular series in Europe and other parts of the world. In March of 2004, Disney announced that an animated W.I.T.C.H. series (produced by SIP Animation) would join its new Jetix programming blocks on ABC Family and Toon […]

"Catwoman": Not Purring but Snoring

It’s taken close to a decade, but the modern deluge of comic book movies has finally produced a superheroine vehicle in Catwoman. While Batman and Superman while away their time at bingo tournaments, DC Comics’ foremost femme fatale has leapt to the big screen to show the boys a trick or two. Namely, trying to […]

"Burn-Up W": Burn Little Cash, Get Big Fun

Team Warrior is Neo-Tokyo’s first line of covert anti-terrorism defense. The team’s main agent is the busty, ditzy, blonde Rio, capable of turning heads with her looks and slapping cuffs on the criminals. Under the guidance of their boss, Maki, the team also includes computer whiz-kid Lilica, mad mech designer Nambel (or Nanvel, it’s never […]

"Fighting Spirit" Vol. 2: An Uppercut of Pure Boxing Action

Sports anime. Perhaps the only anime genre more neglected than shoujo in the U.S. I’ve always wondered why that was, and I think Fighting Spirit may have answered the question: though it may be beautifully done sometimes, it’s fairly targetted material. You’ve got to be into the sport in question for it to really hit […]

"InuYasha 2": Same Old Dog, Brand New Demons

Only a few months after the original movie’s U.S. release, InuYasha 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass arrives on DVD. Once again, this fantasy tale of demons, magic, and light romance demands an intimate knowledge of the TV series in order to follow it closely. Like the first movie, this installment sees Inu Yasha […]

"Jimmy Neutron: Attack of the Twonkies": Mild Assault on the Funny Bone

In a bid not to be completely lost amidst all the Spongebob movie hoopla, Nickelodeon stablemate Jimmy “I once got Jack Valenti so drunk I woke up with an Academy Award nomination” Neutron has released his fifth compilation DVD – Jimmy Neutron: Attack of the Twonkies. Contrary to current theatrical trends, Nickelodeon’s CGI franchise about […]

"Parasite Dolls": Infectious Action or Deadly Dull?

In the not-too-distant future of Parasite Dolls, androids called “Boomers” live among us. Some do our chores, some run our radio stations, others… well, they randomly go on killing sprees in Genom City. Enter Basil “Buzz” Nikvest and his Boomer ally Rod. Together they’re off to figure out why these Boomers are going kaboom in […]

A Bewildered Advance Look at "Gantz"

You’ve just died. Or so it seems. One second you’re running for your life from a speeding subway train, the next you’re in some weird room with a couple of yakuza, an elementary school teacher, a politician with cancer, a couple of quiet teenage punks, a dog, and a very ominous-looking, very large, black ball. […]

"Fat Albert's Greatest Hits": He's not Heavy, He's Phat

Fat Albert has built an impressive legacy as the longest running cartoon franchise with an all black cast. The show ran from 1972 to 1984, spawned a few holiday specials, and has lived on in countless reruns. This year the series celebrates it’s successful history with a live action movie and the release of the […]

"Bubblegum Crisis 2040 Volume 1": Punk-Rock Pops The Bubblegum Bubble

After a severe earthquake destroys most of Tokyo the city has to be rebuilt by mechanized machines and androids. These “boomers,” produced by a corporation called Genom, are programmed to obey humans but a little malfunction turns them deadly. The A.D. Police are no match for them, so the world must look for another bunch […]

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