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"The Ping Pong Club": Make Way for Japan’s Jackasses

by on January 4, 2006
At one school in Japan, clubs reign king. Volleyball, swimming… they’re the notable ones. One of the lesser known cliques is the Ping Pong Club. Filled with foul miscreants (including one foul-smelling American), this team must fight for the right to keep their room, get the girls, buy porn, and the other things clubs tend […]

"Meet The Fuccons" Fuccon Weak Is What It Is

by on December 21, 2005
James and Barbara Fuccon, along with their son Mikey, are your standard American family. They’ve just moved to Japan and are trying to get used to the Japanese way while raising Mikey to be a stand-up kind of kid. Will Mikey be able to grow up in this Fuccon household, or will the viewer be […]

"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 […]