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"Elfen Lied: Vector One" Love Hina, But Kill Bill

by Chad Boninon May 24, 2005
Ah, Japan. Home of unapologetic perverts who get off on both gore and nudity. With Elfen Lied they’ve now combined two of their favorite styles. The equation is almost mathematical: Take Love Hina, subtract the humor, then add Kill Bill-levels of Tarintino-esque violence. Or you could describe it in terms of the cliches it uses: […]

"Dragonball Z: Cooler's Revenge/Return Of Cooler" Not The Coolest

by Chad Boninon May 22, 2005
Over the course of its Japanese run, Dragonball Z had thirteen theatrical releases. Continuity was always a problem with these: the series, running simultaneously with the movies, tried to stay relatively close to the manga, so it was hard to fit the new stories in. Instead, for the movies the producers usually just created new […]

"Dragonball Z: Vegeta Saga 1" Uncut All Cracked Up?

by Chad Boninon May 22, 2005
Nearly a decade ago, Dragonball Z made its American premiere in syndication. The original dub infamously shoved 65 or so episodes into a 52-episode, syndication-ready package. The show eventually moved to Toonami, acquired a dub from FUNimation, and became the epic series we now know it today. In time, FUNi promised to go back and […]

"Case Closed": The Truth About "The Truth About Revenge"

by Chad Boninon May 21, 2005
It’s a new “case” for Case Closed. Seems that FUNimation likes to split up batches of episodes of this series into “Cases” the way they like to split up Dragonball and Yu-Yu Hakusho into “Sagas.” In those series, something changes, usually a major villain or location. The Namek Saga had the Z Warriors on Namek, […]

"Appleseed": The Fantastic Tale of a Girl and Her Cyborg. And Lots of Bullets.

by Chris Woodon May 12, 2005
In contrast to American animated films, a large percentage of anime features are adaptations of popular Japanese comic books, or manga (and they say Hollywood has run out of ideas). Such adaptations make perfect sense, of course, because they supply a powerful brand name, loyal fan base and plenty of material for possible sequels. On […]

"Pocahontas 10th Anniversary Edition": A Brave New World for Disney

by Chris Woodon May 6, 2005
In 1995 the world lay at Disney’s feet. The studio had amazed worldwide audiences with four critically acclaimed blockbusters in a row, and with no significant competition they were free to pursue any project they pleased. And so Disney surprised pundits by doing what they had never done before, a historical romance. Pocahontas featured no […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing New

by Benon April 29, 2005
Howl’s Moving Castle is an anomaly. It’s a film that is at once beautiful, artistic, and stunning and yet also pandering, silly and na├»ve. Parts of it are as inspired and surreal as Spirited Away, others are jarringly dull. Sometimes the plot flows forward as engagingly as Mononoke, at other times it grows stilted, simplistic, […]

"Space Ghost" Vol. 3: A Valuable DVD With Real

by Benon April 27, 2005
I get a lot of spam. It simply boggles the mind how many people there are in the world who would question my financial situation, physical self-image or phallic confidence simply to make a quick buck (I sometimes even doubt these people actually make any money at all). One part of spam that I do […]

"Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040" Vol. 3: Robopocalypse Now!

by Chad Boninon April 21, 2005
Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Essential Animé Collection Volume 3 Episodes included in this set Disc One: Episode 19: Are You Experienced? Episode 20: One of These Nights Episode 21: Close to the Edge Episode 22: Physical Graffiti Disc Two: Episode 23: Hydra Episode 24: Lighty My Fire Episode 25: Walking on the Moon Episode 26: […]

"A.D. Police": They Do The Job, But That's All

by Chad Boninon April 16, 2005
The A.D. Police are Genom City’s specialized division to handle insane androids. Yes, the future’s so messed up there’s a branch of the police devoted exclusively to dealing with mutated psycho bots. Buddy-cop drama meets the post-apocalyptic in this classic anime, but how does A.D. Police hold up nowadays? Episodes included in this set Episode […]