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"Howl’s Moving Castle": Home is Where You Park it

by Chris Woodon March 23, 2006
Hayao Miyazaki set the bar perilously high for himself with 2002’s Spirited Away, winning an Academy Award and setting a Japanese box office record. The much anticipated Howl’s Moving Castle doesn’t quite measure up, but engineers a rousing fantasy adventure in the classic Miyazaki mold. Howl was written by novelist Diana Wynne Jones, though you’d […]

Things Heat Up With "Godannar Vol. 4"

by Classic Speedyon March 21, 2006
Godannar may not have the religious symbolism or the angst-ridden contemplations of existence that Evangelion has, but it definitely has a higher replay value as it’s a whole lot of fun. The series is a throwback to earlier mecha series that were more about hot-blooded mecha action, especially in its tone. It’s paced in such […]

The Evangelion Movies- Brain bleeding, I can feel TASTY COLORS

by Chad Boninon March 18, 2006
In (and the first half “of the neon beginning Evangelion” with that, the first half “of death and playback”), plotting was simple. In order to fight the operator (of the unit of Eva of the mechanical cable type 3), from the angel of Shinji Ikari, Rei Ayanami, and Asuka Langley Sohryu and invasion separated, to […]

"Hand Maid Mai": Cyberdyne’s Abandonware Could Have Been Better, Faster, Stronger

by Chad Boninon March 12, 2006
Hideo Ozu, a slacker video editor for a seedy video company (think SoftCel) that releases live-action videos of an adult nature (think La Blue Girl), hasn’t been able to rise up and become a movie director. On the other hand, his childhood friend Mai Kurosawa seems to have achieved her goal, and is on the […]

Dragonball Z "Crash Course": It’s The End Of The Run As We Know It

by Chad Boninon March 4, 2006
Seven years after the fight with the monster Cell, life has returned to normal. The Z Warriors have all gone their seperate ways since Goku’s death; Gohan is going to High School, Bulma and Vegeta have (relatively) settled down, and the children Trunks and Goten have been sparring. Gohan’s double life as the Great Saiyaman […]

"Outlanders": I Love The ’80s, But The Horny Heroines Are Striking Back!

by Chad Boninon February 21, 2006
20 years ago, Japanese soil was invaded by warriors from outer space. One man was kidnapped upon taking pictures of the buxom, bikini’d babes slaughtering soliders. Truly an odd couple, the horned heroine and this horny hero just may have saved the planet from destruction. Now, we dig into the past to find out the […]

"Hoodwinked": CG in Da Hood, G

by Classic Speedyon February 3, 2006
Hoodwinked, written and directed by newcomer to the world of animation Corey Edwards, comes to us courtesy of Kanbar Animation Studio and Blue Yonder Films. Not ringing any bells? It shouldn’t; this isn’t a Pixar, nor is it a Dreamworks. It isn’t even a Blue Sky. Nope, it’s all fresh talent. Does the Hoodwinked team […]

Big Shoes to Fill: "The Simpsons – The Complete 7th Season"

by Classic Speedyon February 2, 2006
Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein were in a difficult position. As writers on The Simpsons since Season 4, they were promoted to executive producers at the beginning of Season 7, replacing David Mirkin. Many fans felt that Mirkin’s work in Seasons 5 and 6 was some of the best quality material on The Simpsons. How […]

"The Ping Pong Club": Make Way for Japan’s Jackasses

by Chad Boninon January 4, 2006
At one school in Japan, clubs reign king. Volleyball, swimming… they’re the notable ones. One of the lesser known cliques is the Ping Pong Club. Filled with foul miscreants (including one foul-smelling American), this team must fight for the right to keep their room, get the girls, buy porn, and the other things clubs tend […]

"Meet The Fuccons" Fuccon Weak Is What It Is

by Chad Boninon December 21, 2005
James and Barbara Fuccon, along with their son Mikey, are your standard American family. They’ve just moved to Japan and are trying to get used to the Japanese way while raising Mikey to be a stand-up kind of kid. Will Mikey be able to grow up in this Fuccon household, or will the viewer be […]