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"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 […]

"Gundam F91" Misfires Too Often

It’s a bad time to be a Universal Century fan. Your original series bombed on television, your movie had several questionable dub errors, and your most-requested title had more delays than the average Nintendo 64 video game. But you’ve got to admire that fire that resides in the original Gundam universe and how it refuses […]

"Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum: 03" Can Platinum Tarnish?

Welcome to the world of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Whereas in the real world, Y2K brought us nothing but needless worrying, in the Evangelionverse, a mysterious destructive force blew up Tokyo. Skip ahead a decade or so, and three teenagers (one with a serious attitude problem) pilot giant constructs known as Evangelions to protect Tokyo-3 from […]

"Gargoyles" Awaken on DVD, Looking All The Better For Their Age

Back in the day, Gargoyles was one of the few cartoons on the air that attempted to break its genre’s formula. With Batman: The Animated Series, Gargolyes elevated television action animation from the repetitive, vanilla pit into which it had sunk to new heights of story telling, voice acting, animation, and music. These cartoons gave […]

"Demon Lord Dante" Vol. 3, Wherein Dante Agonizes, "What the 'HELL' is going on?"

Ah, Ryo! Back for more Devil-trouncing fun eh? Yes, Ryo Utsugi is back for a third round of “old school” action with all the blatant nudity, violence, and sexual situations that you’d expect from Go Nagai! Much in the style (almost exactly, in fact) of Nagai’s Devilman, Ryo Utsugi has the ability to transform into […]

"Stellvia: Foundation 1": High-Grade Sci-Fi Anime For All Ages

Many anime deal with school life and mecha/space/spacemecha pilots, though not always in the same series. When they both show up, and they are explicitly connected, the result ranges from excellent and powerful (such as the often over-looked Twin Spica) to painfully horrific (Pilot Candidate, I’m looking in your direction). Geneon’s new title in this […]

"Yu-Yu Hakusho: Old Rivals, New Problems", Same Excellence

Okay, you know the drill. The gates of Hell are being opened by Sensui, former Spirit Detective. Since Yusuke Urameshi, current Spirit Detective, is charged with protecting the Earth realm, he’s going to have to stop him. Yusuke’s got formerly evil demons Hiei and Kurama, along with Sensui’s former ally Seaman, on his side in […]

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