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"Kiddy Grade" Rocks. It Just Does.

Kiddy Grade Volume 5 “The Freedom Of Truth” On the run from their former employers, Eclair and Lumiere are frantically trying to find safety. With their former allies, members of the ES Force, ordered to bring them in dead or alive, things go from bad to worse when Lumiere’s life is on the line and […]

"Sentimental Journey": Old School Shoujo for the Whole Family

“Have you had nights when can’t fall asleep? Didn’t anyone’s face appear in your mind. Unforgettable memories and uncontrollable emotion. Open the twelve doors named bittersweet feelings.” -Sentimental Journey Introductory Poem. So begins one of the more unique anime to come out of Sunrise studios in 1998. That’s no small feat either. Surnise produced Gasaraki, […]

Vampire Prostitutes & Freaky Zombie Robot Minions!

In the post-apocalyptic future, humanity has wiped itself out. With no clientele left, specialized robots, “Dolls,” are left wandering the streets. One such doll, Malice, begins leaking… almost as if she was crying. A run-in with a beast mysteriously turns her human, leaving her as an oddity of this dysfunctional society. Can she fit in […]

"Gravitation Vol.2 and Vol.3:" Behind the (Fictional) Music

Shuichi Shindo is a young pop star on the rise. In the first volume of Gravitation, we saw him and his band, Bad Luck, start to experience true success, and we also saw him find true love with Eiri Yuki, a romance novelist known to the public as a ladies man. (Yes, you read that […]

"Brandy And Mr. Whiskers": Odd-Couple Cute or Just Plain Annoying?

Mismatched reviewers Harley and Karl Olson look at Disney Channel’s mismatched-character comedy Brandy and Mr. Whiskers. Brandy and Mr. Whiskers: Light, Fast-Paced Fun by Harley Brandy and Mr. Whiskers is not a deep cartoon. You won’t likely find the meaning of life in it. (If you do, please share.) But it’s a light-hearted toon that’s […]

"Atomic Betty" Arrested, Charged With Grand Theft Stereotype

Canadian superhero Atomic Betty was arrested by local police at a 7-Eleven yesterday and charged with trying to shoplift a spunky, determined attitude that exemplifies courage (current retail price: $6.99). After she was taken in for questioning, it was discovered that she had also smuggled in an episode guide to The Powerpuff Girls for purposes […]

"Kaena": Great New Classic or Evolution's Mistake?

Toon Zone’s Desslar and Twage look at Kaena: The Prophecy and can agree on only one thing: The title character has fantastic knockers. Kaena: A Brave New World of Animated Scifi by Desslar It’s a shame that Kaena: The Prophecy has got such little press in the U.S. But it’s far from surprising. It’s hard […]

Short Notices: "Sabrina," "Clifford" Hit DVD with Winning Stories

Sabrina The Animated Series: Witch in Training Sabrina is a cute little animated series based on the primetime Sabrina the Teenage Witch show, which in turn was based on the Archie comic book of the same name. In this version, we warp back to when Sabrina was merely a preteen and she and her friends […]

"The Punisher": Frank Goes to Hollywood, People Die

I wish I could say that The Punisher is a terrific adaptation and a worthy tribute to its title character: I am a huge Punisher fan and find the title’s dark and gritty take on crime-fighting a refreshing change from the usual “truth, justice, and the American way” stuff. I can’t, as it happens; the […]

In "InuYasha: The Movie," Demons Have Feelings Too

OK, I have to confess at the very top: When it comes to the popular Inuyasha franchise, I don’t really know what I’m talking about. I’ve only seen a few minutes of the TV show. So, I have to judge Inuyasha, The Movie: Affections Touching Across Time as a stand-alone production. So there may be […]

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