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"Excel Saga" Soundtrack 2: Leftovers Lack Luster, Laughs

by SB20xxon December 14, 2005
Back in late 2003, I stumbled upon a little anime comedy called Excel Saga. With little prior anime experience aside from some Sci Fi Channel movies and Dragon Ball, I gave it a shot. Not only would the comedy in Excel Saga far surpass my expectations, it would be my anime “gateway,” leading to hours […]

"Zixx Level Two": Game Over, Viewer Wins

by on December 7, 2005
For the past season, Zixx and her compatriots, reptillian Flanngo, questioning Riley, nerdy Dwayne, and underused Meghan, have been attempting to defend The Keep against the all-purpose villainous bad guys headed by Onccalon, who wants to use it to take over the world. When Dwayne turns out to be the living key to the Golden […]

"Labyrinth of Flames": Thanks Japan, This is More Like It

by SB20xxon December 7, 2005
Labyrinth of Flames is a severely underrated comedy anime. As a big fan of Excel Saga, I’m not surprised I enjoyed it. But over the last year of comedy anime, I’ve been disappointed more times than I care to admit. With the exceptions of Full Metal Panic: FUMOFFU, Kodocha, and Cromartie High School, pretty much […]

"Divergence Eve: Misaki Chronicles" Vol. 1: My Eyes are Up Here

by SB20xxon December 6, 2005
“Foolish Earthlings, totally unprepared for the effects of time travel! Ahahahah.”- Kang That basically sums up the main plot to Misaki Chronicles, the follow-up to Divergence Eve, a sci-fi anime from 2003. For those unfamiliar with the original 13-episode tale, it concerned a newly-recruited cadet named Misaki who fought against “Ghouls”, mechanized monsters bent on […]

"Zixx Level Two: Deal With The Devil" and you’ll get PWNED

by on December 1, 2005
The battle to save the universe is coming to a close on Level Two. With Dwayne now having the ability to open to path to Level Three, both sides of the war want him to turn the knob on the big door. Zixx, Flanngo, Riley and Meghan are obviously the ones to turn to, but […]

"Zixx: Level Two" "The Key" To Power Is In Your Rod!

by on November 23, 2005
Four teenagers with attitude, along with their reptilian friend, defend The Keep from the forces of evil. It’s Zixx, and you’ve probably never heard of it. “Canadian show” should tell you all. Plus, it’s one of the few things from Canada that completely rocks, alongside Smallville, Kids In The Hall, and that guy Matt I […]

"My Beautiful Girl Mari": Innocence, Never Really Lost

by on November 22, 2005
The first thing My Beautiful Girl Mari (titled simply Mari’s Tale in the original Korean) brings to mind is My Neighbor Totoro. Both have huge flying furry creatures, both have children escaping from the troubles of their families into worlds of fantasy and both are artistically stunning. The Korean feature shares many aspects with the […]

"Dragonball Z: Great Saiyaman" It’s A "Declaration" Of Morphin’ Time!

by on November 19, 2005
Defender of the defenseless! Bane of evildoers! Superhero savior from alien menaces! He is the Great Saiyaman, the masked avenger of Satan City. Is he also the Golden Warrior, the blonde teenager who recently thwarted some crooks? Or is he also Gohan, studious teenager from the hills who just started attending Satan City High and […]

"Zixx Level Two": Stupid Inanimate Carbon Rod

by on November 16, 2005
Zixx Level Two is the sequel to Zixx Level One, a show that was never aired in America. Neither has this sequel season. This is a half-animation, half-filmed-in-that-crazy-Canada series featuring intergalactic agent Zixx Phunkee Zee trying to defeat an alien conspiracy with her lizard friend Flanngo and a few disposable human beings on Earth. For […]

"Ren and Stimpy" Season 5 and Some More of 4: Put This Dog and Cat to Sleep

by SB20xxon November 10, 2005
Back when it first debuted, many people criticized Ren and Stimpy for its vulgar humor and gross-out gags. And many of those same people blamed it on John K., the creator. Little did they know that the most disgusting jokes would arise during the Games Animation era, which started in Season 3 after John K. […]