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"Cosplay Complex": An Otaku's Dream Come True

Ask any anime fan what the best part about going to a convention is, and they’ll tell you it’s not seeing anime on a big projection screen. Or the shock when a certain company licenses a popular show to dub. It’s not even watching a huge anime movie before everyone else can. Nope, they’ll tell […]

"Modern Masters: Bruce Timm" Is Masterful Portrait of Animation Great

Arriving just in time for the premiere of Justice League Unlimited on Cartoon Network, Modern Masters Volume Three: Bruce Timm hits bookstores with what will surely be the definitive portrait of the artist and producer behind the shows that revolutionized superhero animation: Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, and Justice League. […]

A Profound, Gentle, Beautiful Children's Cartoon--About a "Doggy Poo"

Doggy Poo is a tender story about a tender turd left behind on a country road. The poo chats with a bird, a clump of soil, a leaf, a chicken, and a dandelion before realizing his lifelong aspiration to become fertilizer. Done laughing? Good, because underneath the admittedly bizarre premise of this Korean children’s cartoon […]

Adult Swim Busts Boundaries With "ATHF," "Sealab 2021"

Yeah, okay, I know: Praising an animated series for its dialogue is like praising a landscape painter for his musical ability. It’s not what the art form is about. So maybe it’s best just to be up front about it and assert that Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Sealab 2021 are “cartoons” by courtesy only. […]

"Blue Gender: The Warrior" Offers Great Romance and Giant Roaches

Yuji Kaido has been in suspended animation for two decades, thanks to a mysterious blood illness. But when he awakes, will his mutation be the saving factor in humanity’s fight against the Blue? Can he melt the ice-cold exterior of Marlene, an all-business military soldier? Or, in this world with little hope, will her heart […]

SuperFriends' Greatest "Challenge": Keep the Audience from Laughing

There are very few animated franchises that develop into true television dynasties. Scooby Doo is one, and its Hanna Barbera cousin SuperFriends is another. From 1973 to 1985 SuperFriends was broadcast virtually nonstop, occupying a prime Saturday morning slot for most of this run. Some competitors aside, up until the debut of Batman: The Animated […]

"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 […]

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