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"Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie": The Tedium of the Cards

On the heels of the celebrity poker trend comes Yu-Gi-Oh! the Movie, starring the self-proclaimed “king of the cards.” You won’t find him running the tables in Vegas, though. He’s too busy hawking licensed goods at Toys ‘R’ Us. Yu-Gi-Oh! has succeeded Pokemon as the biggest anime merchandising phenomenon in the US, and similar expansion […]

"Spider-Man 2" DVD Fitting DVD For Fantastic Film

The greatest superhero film of all time–that’s Spider-Man 2 if you didn’t pick up on the hint in the headline–is finally coming to DVD. Times are tough for troubled teen Peter Parker. His grades are declining, his Aunt May is being forced out of her home, and he still can’t balance out the issues with […]

"Popeye's Voyage: Quest for Pappy" Strong to the Finish

Well blow me down, matey. Apparently not lost at sea, Popeye makes a surprise return to animation in the direct to DVD feature Popeye’s Voyage: Quest for Pappy. If memory serves, Popeye’s last foray put him up against the likes of the Smurfs on Saturday mornings, so it’s been a good long while. Showing that […]

"D.N.Angel" Steals the Viewers Heart like Dark Steals Art

Daisuke Niwa was pretty much your average teenage kid. Sure, his family was a little odd, what with the weird rituals and the physical and mental training, but his demeanor was light and perhaps even a little clumsy. We join him on his 14th birthday, when he thinks he’ll be able to turn that clumsy […]

"Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas" Decks the Halls with Style

Sooner or later, it was inevitable. The big mouse held fast to tradition as long as it could, but even Disney had to give sway to the CGI trend eventually. Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas marks not only Disney’s first CGI feature, but also the CGI debut of the Disney founding fathers Mickey, Donald, Goofy, […]

"Tom Goes to the Mayor," Then Goes to Jail, Camp, and Hell

Actually, those are places that Ernest went. But the new Williams Street/Dipshot Films show, Tom Goes to the Mayor certainly has the potential to go for miles. Its extremely inexpensive animation (mere “clipart-style” rotoscoped drawings with no lip sync) and extremely small staff means a nearly inexhaustible number of episodes can be produced. That could […]

"Shrek 2" Still an Ugly Duckling

While it is common with live action films, the notion of theatrical sequels remains a strange one to the world of animation. Only a handful have come to pass so far, most notably Pixar’s very clever and successful Toy Story 2, which is generally considered to have improved on the original. This example was apparently […]

"The Iron Giant" Special Edition: Spectacular Movie, Fantastic DVD

The Iron Giant did not perform too well in the theaters. Those who saw it, however, felt something at the end of the movie. The story makes a strong emotional connection with its audience, and it still gets to me every time. That’s what’s earned it a place among the best animated films of all […]

"The Incredibles": Truth In Advertising

A “blockbuster,” in my opinion, is a movie that delivers an incredible ride but also doesn’t mince on the characters or story. It’s not going to make you really think, but it is pure entertainment – often the best of what films offer. And The Incredibles is the best blockbuster movie since The Empire Strikes […]

"Cyber Team in Akihabara Vol.1": A Little Old-Fashioned Kitsch Never Hurt Anyone

What do you get when Sailor Moon-style sentai magical girl antics are mixed with Pokemon-like owner/pet relationships and Bubblegum Crisis-style battle suits, all with bit of a Go Nagai-style twist? Why it’s Cyber Team in Akihabara! When an enigmatic prince (who looks like Tuxedo Mask and Char put together) attempts to steal Hibari’s PataPi, a […]

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