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Dekaranger vs. S.P.D.: Everybody Wins!

Those of you who pay attention to the end credits of Power Rangers may already know that each season comes with a “Based on” tag crediting the series to a particular show from Toei Company, Ltd. For the thirteenth season of Power Rangers, arriving on Saturday, February 5, as Power Rangers: S.P.D., that credit reads […]

Shotaro Ishinomori + Spider-Man = Power Rangers

Just as many cartoons leapt from the pages of comic books, sentai can also trace its roots to the paneled pages. The man who can best be described as the father of sentai, Shotaro Ishinomori, got his start creating his own manga. While he might not be as well known in America as Astro Boy-creator […]

Long Live The Power: A "Power Rangers" Timeline

Power Rangers: S.P.D. debuts this Saturday, February 5, at 8:30am ET/PT on ABC Family. But let’s suppose this is your first introduction to the Power Rangers franchise. What have you been missing? Like Time Force and Dr. Oliver’s diary, let’s take a trip through time: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Rita Repulsa has been freed from […]

"Spiral" Vols. 1 and 2: Otaku-Tested. Mother-Approved.

Ayumu Narumi is a loner who’s always lived in the shadow of his older brother, Kiyotaka. His bro was a better detective, a better pianist and a more confident person in general. One day Kiyotaka disappears, leaving only this cryptic message for Ayumu, “I’m going to pursue the mystery of the Blade Children.” For two […]

"Aladdin II - The Return of Jafar": No Genie in this Lamp

Disney has always been a firm believer in the adage that more is better. So they wasted little time in following up 1992’s wildly successful Aladdin with the direct-to-video The Return of Jafar, beginning an ignominious tradition that has picked up both steam and plenty of cash over the years. Now, with a DVD release, […]

"Fairly Oddparents Timmy's Top Wishes": I Wish for Jokes That Work

Like SpongeBob, Fairly Oddparents is a cartoon that appeals to kids with silly hijinks and cute visuals while maintaining an offbeat and often quite sophisticated sense of humor. Sort of a low-rent Aladdin, Oddparents is about young Timmy Turner and his two eccentric and the two gabby fairies, Cosmo and Wanda, who constantly get him […]

"Amazing Nurse Nanako"... Not Amazing, Spectacular, or Astonishing

The Vatican and the Pentagon are working together. Their goal? Bio-engineering. The Pentagon wants an alien super weapon, while the Vatican wants to clone the star of The Passion of The Christ (and I’m not talking about the guy from Frequency). To achieve their goals, they need the scientific mind of Dr. Kyoji Ogami, the […]

"Martian Successor Nadesico" Vol. 1: Marginally Successful, or Massively Surprising?

The Jovians, lizard-like aliens who have attacked and decimated Earth’s base on Mars, have their sights set on attacking Earth. Who else can defend the planet but Nergal’s High Mobile Battleship Nadesico? Given that the main pilot of Nadesico’s mecha is a sentai-watching assistant chef who doesn’t want to actually fight, the commander a love-struck […]

The Uncanny Brilliance of "SpongeBob SquarePants"

SpongeBob SquarePants may be the most popular American cartoon character around today. But you probably don’t need me to tell you that. And he’s popular with people who are over seven years old, too. That’s something else you probably don’t need to hear from me. And if you’ve watched the cheerful sponge and his slightly […]

'Yu Yu Hakusho' Kicks It Up in 'Born Anew' and 'Three Kingdoms'

Yu Yu Hakusho DVDs have been hitting the shelves for over a year now, and two of the latest, Volume 26: Born Anew and Volume 28: Three Kingdoms are now available. The series is now a decade old. Can these episodes still enthrall new viewers with their animation and storytelling? The short answer is “yes.” […]

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