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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 […]

Fruits Basket: Crystal Clear "Puddles of Memories"

Tohru Honda, while living alone in the woods after her mother dies, is invited to move in with the Sohma family—a family that suffers under a strange disability: When hugged by a member of the opposite gender, a Sohma turns into an animal of the Chinese zodiac. The Sohmas seem like generally nice people, but […]

"Blue Gender Vol. 4": We're Off to Outer Space ...

Yuji Kaido was cryogenically frozen decades ago, only to wake up in a hellish future where giant bugs called “the Blue” have overrun the Earth. He was rescued by Marlene, a member of the Sleeper Recovery Squad, whose mission is to get Yuji, a “sleeper” with the genetic potential to save the world, to “Second […]

"Case Closed: Deadly Illusions" of Grandeur

On a vacation in the mountains, Conan, Rachel, and Detective Moore blow a tire and get lost in the woods. Finding a local temple, the gang meets the head of the house, who immediately attacks them, believing them to be press covering a murder that had occurred two years before in the temple. Turns out […]

"The Three Musketeers": All For One In One Good DVD

You know, for being Disney’s trademark characters, Mickey Mouse and friends sure don’t appear in many cartoons anymore. Aside from House of Mouse and its DTV, the gang is pretty much relegated to Disneyland. Well, that all changes now, as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy all come together for their very first feature-length film […]

Stimpy's Pregnant, and Births One Sick Little Monkey

Let us now say a brief, kind word about network censors. Not that I’m terribly fond of network censors as a breed; I’m not fond of plague-bearing rats, either. Still, they are a part of the cartoon ecosystem, and—circle of life, hakuna matata, whatever-hippy/dippy-Gaia-crap-you-choose—they have their role. Every once in awhile something they do rebounds […]

Make a Date with "Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi" Vol. 3!

Sasshi and Arumi are trapped in a set of dimensions parallel to their own, all of them apparently variations on Sasshi’s hobbies and dreams. With Arumi ready to get on home, the pair get separated when Arumi’s has too much of living in a dating sim. Can Sasshi’s newfound knowledge of Onmyou mysticism take the […]

"The Batman": Bland Beginnings For Awkward New Show

Warner Bros. hasn’t had a lot of luck translating its beloved comic book characters into other concepts. Most of its live action film franchises have been met with box office success but critical apathy—if they’re lucky. Its videogames, including Batman: Dark Tomorrow, Catwoman, and Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker, are considered to be some […]

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