"Tom and Jerry Tales": The Eternal Struggle

by SB20xxon January 9, 2007
Tom and Jerry, like Mickey Mouse and the Looney Tunes, are cultural cartoon icons, and you mess with such icons at your peril. Any new incarnation of the characters will be held to the high standards of what came before, and few potential viewers will be other than skeptical of such incarnations. Until now I’ve […]

Black Cat Vol. 1: Not Quite the Cat’s Meow

by SB20xxon January 3, 2007
I really don’t like reviewing the first volume of a serialized anime without having seen the rest of the show. It’s like judging a movie or symphony by its first few minutes. It’s really unfair, because you can’t help assuming that the show (or movie, or symphony) won’t get better (or won’t get worse) before […]

"Viva Piñata": Enjoy Your Stay at Piñata Island, Unless You’re Easily Bored

by on December 31, 2006
You’ve been given a plot of land on Piñata Island. What you do with it is all up to you. Your goal? Get as many piñatas as you can to call your little land home. Microsoft, Rare, and 4K!Ds TV have put together the bright and colorful world of Viva Piñata, but have we seen […]

"Robin Hood: Most Wanted Edition" Misses the Mark as a Film

by Ed Liuon December 29, 2006
Robin Hood is one of the world’s truly enduring fictional characters. The outlaw who robs from the rich to give to the poor has always had obvious popular appeal, and Robin’s roguish charm and wily intelligence place him alongside classic trickster figures of myth and folklore. The thief and his merry men have been film […]

"Rumbling Hearts" Vol. 1: Falling In Love Again …

by on December 29, 2006
Haruka likes Takayuki. Takayuki likes Mitsuki. Mitsuki’s best friend is Haruka. Shinji likes women in general. These four friends, in their high school days, have only two major worries: college entrance exams and matters of the heart. With Mitsuki’s prodding, Haruka finally confesses her love to Takayuki. With their high school days coming to a […]

"Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki": His "Final Confrontation"? Dad and Weak Extras

by on December 23, 2006
Tenchi’s been through a lot recently. Meeting a would-be wife, overdoing it in the fields, and facing the destruction of the Earth: these will take their toll on the man. Yet, the hardest blow to take is emotional, and when Tenchi finds out the truth about his mother’s death, it may be the last straw. […]

"Nerima Daikon Brothers" Vol. 1: If Blues Brothers Was an Anime

by SB20xxon December 21, 2006
Having scored a hit with Shinichi Watanabe’s earlier series, Excel Saga, ADV Films has licensed another title he directed, a musical comedy called Nerima Daikon Brothers. What makes this new title stand out amidst the other anime comedies out there is that it’s a musical. So, it earns automatic points for innovation right there. However, […]

"Ninja Nonsense" Vol. 4: Break Out the Egg Nog and… Swords?

by SB20xxon December 18, 2006
All good things must come to an end, unfortunately. And Ninja Nonsense is no exception. It was one of the better anime comedies in recent memory, and I’m glad RightStuf licensed it. That said, this final volume isn’t quite as strong in the humor department as Volume 3, but there are still quite a few […]

"Full Metal Panic TSR": These "Tactical Ops" Could Have Been Done By Section 9

by on December 10, 2006
Sousuke Sagara, State Alchemist, is off to find the Philosopher’s Stone. With it, he can transmute back the body of his brother, along with returning his own limbs. His old friend, Kaname Chidori, is a world-renown automail technician. Waitaminute. That’s Fullmetal Alchemist. Sousuke Sagara, army crazy High School student, knows more about guns than geography. […]

"Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid" Vol. 1: Repeat Awesomeness

by SB20xxon December 10, 2006
The Full Metal Panic animes are some of my favorites of all time. The way they mix action, comedy, military intrigue, and even a little romance here and there, is quite impressive and never feels forced or jarring, even as it switches moods constantly. The characters and their traits (such as Chidori’s alternating opinion about […]