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"Yumeria" Vol. 1: Not a Dream Come True

by Classic Speedyon September 5, 2005
I went into Yumeria knowing only that it is a magical girl show based on a PS2 video game by Namco. And so my opinion, unspoiled by “hype,” if there was any: Yumeria is exceedingly average. Anime cliche strike one: Tomokazu is a sixteen-year-old boy having trouble in school. Strike two: His parents are dead […]

"Kiddy Grade" Vol. 7: Things Get Cleared Up In The "Lurking Shadows"

by Chad Boninon September 3, 2005
Éclair and Lumiere have killed the director of the Galactic Order of Trade and Tariffs (GOTT), Eclipse, and have taken command with an iron fist. An identical pair is serving in an army of Éclair and Lumiere clones under GOTT’s new leadership. Two more Éclair and Lumieres are renegades out to take down the new […]

"Tenjho Tenge" Vol. 2: Too Little of a Good Thing

by Chad Boninon August 24, 2005
I didn’t know they made bandanas that big. The Juken Club, the ultimate martial arts combat club, invited two new members to the group on the last volume: Souchiro Nagi and Bob Makihara, two students who by themselves have defeated 99 schools. They went up against the incredible warriors of the Juken Club, and instead […]

"Midori Days" Vol. 3: A Satisfying Conclusion to a Satisfying Drama

by Classic Speedyon August 21, 2005
Before I begin, let me say this: Midori Days, despite what many people on the Internet claim, is not a zany comedy with gut-busting laughs every minute. Oh sure, it has some funny moments in each episode, most of them awkward and/or imaginary. And yes, it begins as more of a comedy: the general weirdness […]

"Daphne in the Brilliant Blue": No Real Need to "Getaway" This Time

by Chad Boninon August 19, 2005
Maia Mizuki’s the star of Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, right? If that’s true, she’s had remarkably few breakout scenes in the series, outside of the premiere and two or so spotlight episodes. Either way, I’ve been decidedly more interested in the tanned beauty Gloria, intrigued by the nerdy techie Shizuka, wowed by the martial […]

"The District!": (Animated) Drugs, Sex, Money and Hip-Hop in Budapest

by Benon August 14, 2005
Toon Zone is examining the films screened at this year’s Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival. The District! is in this year’s feature film competition. Psycho Gypsy grandmas will be the least of your problems by the end of this relentless film. The District! or Nyocker! in its native Hungarian, is as simple as it […]

"The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop": Perilous for All

by Chad Boninon August 10, 2005
Penelope Pitstop is heir to a vast fortune, one that her guardian, Sylvester Sneekly, wants to take from her under the guise of The Hooded Claw. Saving Penelope from her plural perilous pit stops is the Ant Hill Mob, knee-high mafia men who have nothing better to do than look out for this southern belle. […]

"Daphne In The Brilliant Blue Volume 2": A "Reunion" With Lackluster Ladies

by Chad Boninon August 7, 2005
See, this is why you always negotiate with chicks in bikinis. Maia’s the new girl at Nereid, the local odd-jobs girls in the future. Things change when Yu Park, the close combat warrior of the group returns after serving a jail sentence for injuring twenty civilians during a case. Can Maia survive amidst a punch-drunk […]

"Mermaid Forest: Quest For Death" Emo On Immortality

by Chad Boninon August 6, 2005
There is a legend that those who eat the flesh of a mermaid will gain everlasting life. Turns out the legend is only one-third true: you’ve got just as good a chance as dying or turning into a monster. Yuta, a man from centuries past, and a fifteen year old girl named Mana have both […]

"Genshiken": The Cry Of Many Should Be "Doujinshi Or Bust!"

by Chad Boninon July 31, 2005
Clubs are a big part of college life. Well, I guess that’s true in Japan. I haven’t done much clubbing in college, because the gaming group scares the living crap out of me. But Sasahara’s new to college and wants to join a club. The anime club and manga club seem too specialized for his […]