"His And Her Circumstances": When Shows End Too Soon

by Chad Boninon July 28, 2005
From the people who brought you the existential giant robot show Neon Genesis Evangelion (coming to an Adult Swim near you!) comes a story about love, honor, sacrifice, revenge, and a whole lot of destruction. Qualify the level of destruction to “confined within a Japanese high school,” and that’s a pretty accurate description of His […]

"Darkstalkers" Round One: Fight!

by Chad Boninon July 20, 2005
The Darkstalkers, the old races of Earth, have returned. Some of these creatures—like the catgirl actress Felicia and lord of the seas Rikku—are good. Others, such as the succubus Morrigan, the vampire Demitri, and intergalactic despot Pyron—are not. While this might have been decent Saturday fare ten years ago, how does this story (adapted from […]

Dead, Deader, "Dead Zone"

by Chad Boninon July 14, 2005
Goku’s son, Gohan, has been kidnapped for his Dragonball. Emperor Pilaf… er… Garlic Jr. is amassing Dragonballs so he can wish for eternal life. With this, he can take down Kami, become the new ruler of Earth, and unleash a new wave of demonic forces across the planet. Goku’s not going to let this pass, […]

"Yu-Yu Hakusho: King Urameshi" says "OFF WITH HIS HEAD!"

by Chad Boninon July 12, 2005
On Yu-Yu Hakusho, Volume 30: King Urameshi Yusuke Urameshi is no longer Spirit Detective of Earth. He’s now King of one-third of Demon World, where he has to maintain peace between the three Kingdoms. The other leaders, Yomi and Mukuro, know that Yusuke’s realm has just suffered a great loss and are ready to attack. […]

"Daphne In The Brilliant Blue: Initiation" Not Brilliant, Feeling Blue

by Chad Boninon June 16, 2005
Maia Mizuki’s the top girl at the Ocean Agency’s exams. Things are looking up for her, with a prime chance to be picked as a marine law enforcement member. Little does she know this will be the worst day of her life. Rejection by the Ocean Agency is the first nail in the coffin. In […]

"Burn-Up Scramble" Vol. 3: "Chicks Combat Crooks", Dudes Don’t Dig

by Chad Boninon June 5, 2005
Team Warrior was assembled to stop the crimes too big for the regular police to contend with. Rio, Lilica, and Maya were the brawn, brains, and bullets of the team, respectively, that is until the higher-ups decided to rework their mission. With Rio and Maya wounded in the line of duty, Lilica must team up […]

"Girls Bravo" Vol. 1: Go Girls, Go!

by Chad Boninon June 1, 2005
Yukinari has one fear in his life: the ladies. Throughout his life, he’s been bullied and beaten by the fairer sex for his small stature, leading to an extreme case of gynophobia. Accidentally transported to another world and back, he now lives on Earth with incredibly naive Miharu, the only girl not to give him […]

"Tenjho Tenge Volume 1": School Rumble!

by Chad Boninon May 31, 2005
There is a school in Japan that is trying to revive the forgotten martial arts of the past. Two newcomers, Souichiro and Bob, hope to make this school the one hundredth they’ve conquered by beating everyone up. But they’ve run into a problem: the Juken Club. The Natsume sisters are proficient fighters in their own […]

"ADV AniMinis" Quantity Doesn’t Equal Quality

by Chad Boninon May 31, 2005
Once upon a time, ADV had a brilliant idea: make a bunch of mini-DVDs each containing one anime episode; add a coupon good toward the real series; call the mini-DVDs “collectibles”; and make them slightly less expensive than a four-episode disc. No happy ending for this fairy tale, though. AniMinis quickly faded. The format is […]

"Blue Gender" The Second Verse, Bloodier Than The First

by Chad Boninon May 29, 2005
Okay, it’s been a long time since I watched Blue Gender. I had previously reviewed volumes one through four, but various other things came up, and Blue Gender, having been seen completely throughout its Adult Swim Action run, got put on the backburner. Sitting down with the latter half of the series, I’m reminded of […]