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Platinum Beats Gold in "Neon Genesis Evangelion, Vol. 1"

When Angels attack Japan, it’s time for NERV to launch Evangelions! But, will the giant’s pilots (an unsure boy and a quiet girl) be able to save the day? Neon Genesis Evangelion has been hailed as the third coming of animé, but is Platinum truly better than gold if you’ve never seen the whole series […]

"Kiddy Grade Case 3": What Lies Beneath the Flash? Plot!

Eclaire and Lumiere, two agents of the Galactic Organization of Trade and Tariffs (GOTT), perform various tasks throughout the galaxy of the far off future. Armed with superpowered lipstick and an ability to control machines with just a touch, they do their job fantastically. But will old friends become new enemies in Case 3 of […]

"Gravion, Vol. 1": Big Robots and Big Breasts

The world is in the need of a new legend. The mysterious Sandman has forged him out of iron and steel. He is the God Gravion, a gestalt mech piloted by six kids ready to save the world from the Zeravire, mysterious metallic life forms ready to destroy the planet. I’ve always been a fan […]

"Cosplay Complex": An Otaku's Dream Come True

Ask any anime fan what the best part about going to a convention is, and they’ll tell you it’s not seeing anime on a big projection screen. Or the shock when a certain company licenses a popular show to dub. It’s not even watching a huge anime movie before everyone else can. Nope, they’ll tell […]

"Modern Masters: Bruce Timm" Is Masterful Portrait of Animation Great

Arriving just in time for the premiere of Justice League Unlimited on Cartoon Network, Modern Masters Volume Three: Bruce Timm hits bookstores with what will surely be the definitive portrait of the artist and producer behind the shows that revolutionized superhero animation: Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, and Justice League. […]

A Profound, Gentle, Beautiful Children's Cartoon--About a "Doggy Poo"

Doggy Poo is a tender story about a tender turd left behind on a country road. The poo chats with a bird, a clump of soil, a leaf, a chicken, and a dandelion before realizing his lifelong aspiration to become fertilizer. Done laughing? Good, because underneath the admittedly bizarre premise of this Korean children’s cartoon […]

Adult Swim Busts Boundaries With "ATHF," "Sealab 2021"

Yeah, okay, I know: Praising an animated series for its dialogue is like praising a landscape painter for his musical ability. It’s not what the art form is about. So maybe it’s best just to be up front about it and assert that Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Sealab 2021 are “cartoons” by courtesy only. […]

"Blue Gender: The Warrior" Offers Great Romance and Giant Roaches

Yuji Kaido has been in suspended animation for two decades, thanks to a mysterious blood illness. But when he awakes, will his mutation be the saving factor in humanity’s fight against the Blue? Can he melt the ice-cold exterior of Marlene, an all-business military soldier? Or, in this world with little hope, will her heart […]

SuperFriends' Greatest "Challenge": Keep the Audience from Laughing

There are very few animated franchises that develop into true television dynasties. Scooby Doo is one, and its Hanna Barbera cousin SuperFriends is another. From 1973 to 1985 SuperFriends was broadcast virtually nonstop, occupying a prime Saturday morning slot for most of this run. Some competitors aside, up until the debut of Batman: The Animated […]

"Kiddy Grade" Case Two: Secretaries, Cyborgs, and Space Cases!

Working for the Galactic Organization of Trade and Tariffs (GOTT), Eclair and Lumiere are the Charlie’s Angels for a new millennium. That is, if you ignore the fact that there’s only two of them, one of whom is a tweener who loves wine and opera and the other of whom is a lipstick-powered cyborg with […]

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