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"Zixx: Level Two": Can the "Spin Cycle" Wash Out Fanboys?

by Chad Boninon October 26, 2005
Fanboys are scary, scary creatures. You know the standard spiel. Zixx: Level Two is a Canadian blend of live-action and CG animation that you wouldn’t know in America unless you subscribe (somehow) to Canadian networks or read these reviews. Zixx Phunkee Zee and her accomplices help defend the Earth from invading aliens via a computer […]

"Ghost Talker's Daydream": My Mistress Sees Dead People

by Chad Boninon October 23, 2005
Misaki Saiki has an abnormal gift; she can speak with the dead. She’s also the best dominatrix at an S&M club in Tokyo. She gets no peace in either one of her lives. She talks to the dead as a special consultant for Tokyo’s version of the X Files, and stalker fans with digital cams […]

"Girls Bravo": Less Boobs = Less Fun

by Chad Boninon October 23, 2005
Yukinari’s got the worst disease a man can get. Whenever he is touched by a female, he bursts out in hives. This is especially bad when you consider this teenager lives next door to an incredibly busty babe and then is accidentally transported to an alien planet full of nothing but women. On his adventure […]

"Zixx Level Two": Nerds of a Feather Watch "Zixx" Together!

by Chad Boninon October 19, 2005
If you’re just joining us, Zixx is a Canadian show mixing live-action and CG by Mainframe. Zixx Phunkee Zee and partner Flanngo, alien operatives, have been defending a computer world known as The Keep from other aliens alongside Meghan and Riley, two kids from suburbia. This episode finally satisfies my hunger for some major happening: […]

"Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok" Vol. 1: If Conan Was a God

by Dr. Daedaluson October 17, 2005
Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok is a charming fantasy series about Norse mythology. Of course, most of the charm comes from the large charms on the female protagonist, Mayura. But it also comes through the varied and colorful palette, the relatively light-hearted tone (which also becomes serious when needed), and a lack of any real violent […]

"Zixx Level Two": Talk Like an Egyptian, Sound Confusing

by Chad Boninon October 12, 2005
It’s rather hard to describe Zixx. I know that the majority of you, the readers, have never heard of the show, given that most of you likely live in the United States. But we’ve somehow snagged weekly advance copies, so you’re getting the inside scoop whether you like it or not. And you should like […]

"Ghost Stories" Vol. 1: It's Okay If You're a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew...

by Chad Boninon October 12, 2005
Satsuki’s the new girl in a new town, one with an inhabited, good school right next to a deserted and haunted one. When she, her potentially retarded brother, the Jew, the stud, and the born-again Christian chick accidentally go into the wrong school, they get wrapped up in a world of ghastly evils. Can Satsuki […]

"Wallace & Gromit": 24-Carrot Filmmaking

by Ed Liuon October 10, 2005
Stop-motion animation has never achieved the same popular success as the hand-drawn variety. Its painstaking production, which involves photographing small models moving in miniscule increments a frame at a time, would drive away all but the most dedicated filmmakers, and the days of shooting to obtain mere minutes of film demand patience well beyond the […]

"Kakurenbo": Freakily Satisfying

by Dukeon October 6, 2005
When Toon Zone covered the Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival, one of the short films highlighted was a piece by Shuhei Morita entitled Kakurenbo. After winning a bunch of awards, Central Park Media has brought this little piece over to our shores, but was it worth it? There is an old folk tale that […]

Zixx Level Two: This "Pet Project" Recalls Unpleasant Ewoks

by Chad Boninon October 5, 2005
Lately on Zixx: Level Two, Zixx, Riley, Meghan, and Dwayne, along with the permanentally digital Flanngo, have been defending The Keep from aliens, most recently Mark O. Things get a little creepy in this week’s episode, “Pet Project,” as the world turns all Children Of The Corn with a freakish little girl. Can the heroes […]