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New "Birdman" Is Anything But Speedy

“High Speed Buggy Chase” has Harvey defending the talking jalopy on reckless driving charges. Toon Zone’s critics pop the hood and run a diagnostic. Matt Wilson As sluggish as the original Hanna-Barbera Speed Buggy cartoon it takes off of, Harvey Birdman‘s “High Speed Buggy Chase” is a sputtering jalopy that out of gas before it […]

"Fruits Basket": Take a Break From Superpowered Fighters

Tohru Honda, a warrior from the Saiyan race… no, that’s not it. Tohru Honda, after awakening from cryogenic slumber… no, that’s Blue Gender. Accepted into the Galaxy Police? Nope. A legendary thief? Too goody-goody to steal. Super-powered officer armed with lipstick? Er, not going to happen. Tohru’s just a girl. No special powers. When her […]

Kuromi May Have Run Away, But Anime Fans Won't

What do you get when you take a fresh-out-of-college aspiring animator and throw her into pure chaos? A typical day in Studio Petit, that’s what — or Animation Runner Kuromi. For Mikiko Oguro, her dream of working on an animation masterpiece comes crashing down when, on her first day, the head of Time Journeys Episode […]

"Tokyo Godfathers": Homeless Where the Heart Is

If there were ever an indication that the Academy Awards voters are a few bricks short of a load, it was their decision to nominate Brother Bear but not Tokyo Godfathers for best animated picture in 2003. Disney’s amiably average tale comes nowhere close to the magnificent artistry of Satoshi Kon’s latest film. One must […]

"Puni Puni Poemy": Parody at the Speed of Light

Imagine watching on fast forward an R-rated and completely insane Sailor Moon and you’ll have something close to the Puni Puni Poemy experience. I think this is the first anime I’ve seen that might require therapy to get over. You may recall the incident several years ago in which Pokemon TV broadcasts gave some Japanese […]

"Hellboy" Deserves To Become a Hot Property

Don’t judge Hellboy by the advertising. What appears in ads to be a bland, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen -type ensemble piece actually packs a charismatic adventure tale. Little-known comic books so far have a rather modest track record at the box office, but Hellboy will be an exception if the word gets out. Nor must […]

"Brother Bear" DVD: The Beautiful Bare Necessities

Following the tepid reception that the action-heavy Atlantis and Treasure Planet received, Brother Bear marks a return to a more traditional format for Disney. Animal characters, a forest setting, and an abundance of Phil Collins songs remind one somewhat of Tarzan. At a time when the viability of 2D animation in general, and Disney’s in […]

The Beast Wars Rage On In Two Excellent DVDs

Ah, Beast Wars. Hailed as the second-greatest Transformers series after the original G1, Beast Wars has become a major fan-favorite series. While the first season was pretty decent and introduced and developed the characters we all love, that was really all it was, set-up. Season 2 was when things really got interesting and where many […]

"Abenobashi" Vol. 1: Worth its Weight in Weirdness

Arumi and Sasshi are two regular 12-year old kids from Osaka, Japan’s “deep south.” For some reason, they’ve been knocked out of their own world into parallel worlds. A cross-dresser is now a superhero, Arumi’s dad is a champion fighter, and a well-endowed girl named Mune-Mune ["chest-chest" in Japanese -Ed.] is chasing them down for […]

"Blue Gender": Don't Get Attached to Anybody

“You have to let me fight! I’m not a baby; I can pull my own weight!” It is the year 2031. Mysterious, humongous insects called the Blue have destroyed civilization. With the use of mechs called Armored Strikes, a militaristic group seems to be the only people on Earth. Their goal is to get back […]

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