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"Cyber Team in Akihabara Vol.1": A Little Old-Fashioned Kitsch Never Hurt Anyone

What do you get when Sailor Moon-style sentai magical girl antics are mixed with Pokemon-like owner/pet relationships and Bubblegum Crisis-style battle suits, all with bit of a Go Nagai-style twist? Why it’s Cyber Team in Akihabara! When an enigmatic prince (who looks like Tuxedo Mask and Char put together) attempts to steal Hibari’s PataPi, a […]

"Sponge For Hire" Isn't Exactly Made to Order

Just in time for the upcoming Spongebob film, yet another TV show compilation DVD arrives. Sponge for Hire puts together eight episodes which primarily focus on Spongebob’s beloved job as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab restaurant. This fortunately means a starring role for the Krab’s owner, Mr. Krabs, whose wild and hilarious eccentricities […]

"Garfield: The Movie" - I Hate Easy Paydays

With the arrival of the Scooby Doo movies, it was just a matter of time before America’s favorite cat clawed his way on screen. Yes, Garfield the sarcastic, gluttonous, and lovable cat celebrated 25 years of comics, cartoons, and merchandising with his motion picture debut. The film started modestly at the box office, but thanks […]

"Puffy" Power is Undercharged

Perhaps envious of the high social status given toys in the U.S., Japanese celebrities seem to be looking for their own piece of the pie. After all, who wouldn’t want bling-bling like Pikachu has – millions in the bank, Hummers in the garage, Pokemon in the Jacuzzi. So here comes Japanese pop duo Puffy hoping […]

"Variable Geo" Serves Up Good-Looking Food, If Not Much Substance

Variable Geo is a martial arts tournament. Women will fight with immense special powers in this contest, but behind the scenes, something sinister is going down. Yuka Takeuchi is a rising star in this contest, having succeeded her friend Satomi at the fighting. But what’s the prize? Money, land, and… the title of the toughest […]

"Dragons: Fire & Ice" Turns Out Lukewarm

The most common criticism levied at 80s cartoons is that they are little more than glorified toy commercials. I often bristle at this label, especially when applied to favorites like G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K., which I feel rise well above it. Dragons: Fire & Ice is the latest production in this longstanding tradition of toy […]

Short Notice: Super-Milk Chan's Gone Bad

Super-Milk Chan is easily the least amount of fun I’ve had watching an animé in recent years. For the uninformed, ADV released this series in a two-disc set; one disc is the straight dub of the Japanese version, while the other is an adapted version for America, complete with behind-the-scene live action bits set at […]

The Plot Thickens in "Evangelion Platinum: 02"

The Angels, beastly, calculating creatures, are still attacking Japan, and it’s up to NERV to prevent a Third Impact. With their giant Evangelions, things have been going relatively smoothly. But with the introduction of Unit 02 and its pilot, Asuka Langley, things get heated in this ADV re-release, Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum: 02. Episodes included […]

"Najica Blitz Tactics": Fanservice Maneuver 4A

Najica Hiragi is the world’s foremost perfume designer. With an uncanny sense of smell, she is in search of the final scent to cap off CRI’s line of perfume. She’d be able to do that if she wasn’t constantly being sent across the world on spy missions that would make James Bond proud. Paired up […]

Gravion Vol. 2: "Knights of Gravity" Soar Into Action

Gravion is the world’s foremost defense against the Zeravire, mysterious beasts unleashing havoc upon the future Earth. This mechanical God for a new age can only be created when six pilots combine their ships. But when one goes to her father’s grave and two others take a night on the town, will Gravion be able […]

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