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"My Beautiful Girl Mari": Innocence, Never Really Lost

by Benon November 22, 2005
The first thing My Beautiful Girl Mari (titled simply Mari’s Tale in the original Korean) brings to mind is My Neighbor Totoro. Both have huge flying furry creatures, both have children escaping from the troubles of their families into worlds of fantasy and both are artistically stunning. The Korean feature shares many aspects with the […]

"Dragonball Z: Great Saiyaman" It's A "Declaration" Of Morphin' Time!

by Chad Boninon November 19, 2005
Defender of the defenseless! Bane of evildoers! Superhero savior from alien menaces! He is the Great Saiyaman, the masked avenger of Satan City. Is he also the Golden Warrior, the blonde teenager who recently thwarted some crooks? Or is he also Gohan, studious teenager from the hills who just started attending Satan City High and […]

"Zixx Level Two": Stupid Inanimate Carbon Rod

by Chad Boninon November 16, 2005
Zixx Level Two is the sequel to Zixx Level One, a show that was never aired in America. Neither has this sequel season. This is a half-animation, half-filmed-in-that-crazy-Canada series featuring intergalactic agent Zixx Phunkee Zee trying to defeat an alien conspiracy with her lizard friend Flanngo and a few disposable human beings on Earth. For […]

"Ren and Stimpy" Season 5 and Some More of 4: Put This Dog and Cat to Sleep

by Dr. Daedaluson November 10, 2005
Back when it first debuted, many people criticized Ren and Stimpy for its vulgar humor and gross-out gags. And many of those same people blamed it on John K., the creator. Little did they know that the most disgusting jokes would arise during the Games Animation era, which started in Season 3 after John K. […]

"Ren & Stimpy" Seasons Three and a Half-Ish: Are You Game?

by Dr. Daedaluson November 10, 2005
Games Animation. The name sends shivers of rage down the spines of John K. devotees. Remember when John Kricfalusi, the mastermind behind the infamous Ren & Stimpy, was fired from his own show, along with his studio, Spumco? And how Nickelodeon created their own domestic animation studio to take over the reins in Spumco’s absence? […]

"Zixx Level Two" Episode 9: Call the Colonel, It's a "Man-Eating Chicken"

by Chad Boninon November 9, 2005
Zixx is a live action show fused with CG, and through a convoluted, top secret arrangement that involves several illegal off-shore bank accounts and Sean Connery (or something), I am one of the only Americans watching it. The CG’s by Mainframe, creators of ReBoot. The show is mostly good stuff. Zixx, Flanngo, and three humans […]

"Human Crossing" Vol. 3: Stories from Boringville, Japan

by Benon November 5, 2005
Human Crossing sounds like a good idea: an anthology of adult-oriented dramas, each exposing the difficulties of a different set of social relationships. Unfortunately, the intriguing concept is almost its only advantage. The visuals are the most obvious and biggest disappointment. Yes, this isn’t an action show, but there are minimal standards below which a […]

"Are You Laughing?" Aaron McGruder and "The Boondocks"

by Ed Liuon November 3, 2005
The Hippocratic oath is, “First, do no harm.” Aaron McGruder isn’t a doctor, but if he has an oath when it comes to his comic strip The Boondocks, it’s probably “First, make sure it’s funny.” A genial McGruder participated in a teleconference with the news media on Tuesday to promote the new Boondocks animated show. […]

"Yu Yu Hakusho" Dead At 112 Episodes

by Chad Boninon October 29, 2005
Yusuke Urameshi is dead. At least, that’s how the first episode ended. Or was that Tekken 5 or Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance? Either way, he’s been back for the better part of a hundred episodes at this point, and is currently fighting in the tournament to decide the fate of the demon realm. If he […]

"Sakura Diaries" Vol. 1: One Re-Release Too Many

by Dr. Daedaluson October 27, 2005
ADV originally released Sakura Diaries back in 2000. At the time, ADV didn’t realize they had dubbed an edited version. So they re-released it with the unedited version (with nudity), but only included the Japanese audio and English subtitles. Now, five years later, ADV has decided to re-re-release it with a new English track. Sakura […]