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"Kiddy Grade" Case Two: Secretaries, Cyborgs, and Space Cases!

Working for the Galactic Organization of Trade and Tariffs (GOTT), Eclair and Lumiere are the Charlie’s Angels for a new millennium. That is, if you ignore the fact that there’s only two of them, one of whom is a tweener who loves wine and opera and the other of whom is a lipstick-powered cyborg with […]

"Blue Gender, Volume 3": Roll Dice, And He'll Shoot You

Yuji Kaido has been in a cryogenic slumber for decades. Upon awaking, he found that the Earth had been evacuated because of the Blue—gigantic, destructive bugs that had overrun the planet. But he has been rescued by Marlene, a military official sent to retrieve him and other “samples” from the cryogenic site and take him […]

"Cutting Edge Classics" Mostly Delightful Despite Rough Edges

An uneven collection of festival animation gathered from around the globe, Spike and Mike’s Cutting Edge Classics showcases a number of engaging shorts that have a professional sheen. But it’s a mixed bag at best, with many entries that suffer from amateurishness or a lack of budget. Not that this is always a bad thing—you […]

"Gravitation Vol.1" Shonen-ai for the Straight Guy

Ah, shonen-ai, a sub-genre of anime known best for flimsy plots geared around getting two or more pretty boys romantically involved with each other, to the extent of on-screen kissing and (if possible) off-screen relations. For the most part, this genre only appeals to the fangirl demographic that keeps Inu-Yasha on the air. However, there […]

"Spider-Man: '67" Shines In Spectacular Box Set

First airing on ABC Television in 1967, Spider-Man has gone on to become a cult favourite, best known for its cheap animation, hammy voices, and, of course, its outstanding theme song. After releasing a few episodes as bonus features on other Spider-Man related DVDs, Disney has decided to release all 52 episodes of the classic […]

"Goldenboy": Raunchy Romp Is Essential Part of Any Anime Collection

After completing all the requisite courses for a law degree from Tokyo University, Kintaro Oe, 25, set off to study the world. With his trusty bike, a handy notebook, and a knack for cleaning toilets, is Kintaro Oe destined to save the world, or is he destined to get killed lusting after women? Kintaro Oe […]

"Spider-Man: Doc Ock" Falls Short, But Pleases

Aiming to cash in on the release of Sony’s Spider-Man 2, Buena Vista will release its fourth Spider-Man: The Animated Series DVD on June 29. And—will coincidences never cease—the DVD just happens to hype the villain to be be featured in the live-action film. I say “hypes” rather than “features,” because, in point of fact, […]

Central Park's "Anime Test Drive" Might Need a Tune-Up

U.S. Manga Corps and Central Park Media have been trying something new recently: a line of single-episode, trailer-packed DVDs to give viewers (as the title suggests) an “Anime Test Drive.” So you not only get to take one episode of a series for a spin around the block, you get to kick the tires on […]

".hack//SIGN" Ends in an Explosive Finale

Those who followed the intricate and dramatic .hack//SIGN on Cartoon Network last year were treated to a rich plot based on a massive multi-player online RPG (MMORPG). It’s a franchise that that went on to become a series of games for the Playstation 2, a manga, and a separate series: .hack//Legend of the Twilight Bracelet, […]

Let Garfield Be Garfield!

When I was a kid, one of my favorite cartoons was Garfield and Friends. So when I heard they were going to make a feature movie, I cheered. Then I found out it was going to be live-action–time to go into cringe-mode. Then I heard that Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield, would be overseeing […]

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