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A Bewildered Advance Look at "Gantz"

by Karl Olsonon January 9, 2005
You’ve just died. Or so it seems. One second you’re running for your life from a speeding subway train, the next you’re in some weird room with a couple of yakuza, an elementary school teacher, a politician with cancer, a couple of quiet teenage punks, a dog, and a very ominous-looking, very large, black ball. […]

"Fat Albert's Greatest Hits": He's not Heavy, He's Phat

by Chris Woodon January 5, 2005
Fat Albert has built an impressive legacy as the longest running cartoon franchise with an all black cast. The show ran from 1972 to 1984, spawned a few holiday specials, and has lived on in countless reruns. This year the series celebrates it’s successful history with a live action movie and the release of the […]

"Bubblegum Crisis 2040 Volume 1": Punk-Rock Pops The Bubblegum Bubble

by Chad Boninon January 5, 2005
After a severe earthquake destroys most of Tokyo the city has to be rebuilt by mechanized machines and androids. These “boomers,” produced by a corporation called Genom, are programmed to obey humans but a little malfunction turns them deadly. The A.D. Police are no match for them, so the world must look for another bunch […]

"Gundam F91" Misfires Too Often

by Dukeon January 5, 2005
It’s a bad time to be a Universal Century fan. Your original series bombed on television, your movie had several questionable dub errors, and your most-requested title had more delays than the average Nintendo 64 video game. But you’ve got to admire that fire that resides in the original Gundam universe and how it refuses […]

"Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum: 03" Can Platinum Tarnish?

by Chad Boninon January 5, 2005
Welcome to the world of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Whereas in the real world, Y2K brought us nothing but needless worrying, in the Evangelionverse, a mysterious destructive force blew up Tokyo. Skip ahead a decade or so, and three teenagers (one with a serious attitude problem) pilot giant constructs known as Evangelions to protect Tokyo-3 from […]

"Gargoyles" Awaken on DVD, Looking All The Better For Their Age

by Bird Boyon January 5, 2005
Back in the day, Gargoyles was one of the few cartoons on the air that attempted to break its genre’s formula. With Batman: The Animated Series, Gargolyes elevated television action animation from the repetitive, vanilla pit into which it had sunk to new heights of story telling, voice acting, animation, and music. These cartoons gave […]

"Demon Lord Dante" Vol. 3, Wherein Dante Agonizes, "What the 'HELL' is going on?"

by James915on January 5, 2005
Ah, Ryo! Back for more Devil-trouncing fun eh? Yes, Ryo Utsugi is back for a third round of “old school” action with all the blatant nudity, violence, and sexual situations that you’d expect from Go Nagai! Much in the style (almost exactly, in fact) of Nagai’s Devilman, Ryo Utsugi has the ability to transform into […]

"Stellvia: Foundation 1": High-Grade Sci-Fi Anime For All Ages

by Karl Olsonon January 5, 2005
Many anime deal with school life and mecha/space/spacemecha pilots, though not always in the same series. When they both show up, and they are explicitly connected, the result ranges from excellent and powerful (such as the often over-looked Twin Spica) to painfully horrific (Pilot Candidate, I’m looking in your direction). Geneon’s new title in this […]

"Yu-Yu Hakusho: Old Rivals, New Problems", Same Excellence

by Chad Boninon January 5, 2005
Okay, you know the drill. The gates of Hell are being opened by Sensui, former Spirit Detective. Since Yusuke Urameshi, current Spirit Detective, is charged with protecting the Earth realm, he’s going to have to stop him. Yusuke’s got formerly evil demons Hiei and Kurama, along with Sensui’s former ally Seaman, on his side in […]

"New Fist of the North Star": My Mind Is Already Blown

by Chris Woodon January 5, 2005
Longtime American anime fans may recall that domestic distributors built their business on the backs of a few key franchises, usually featuring over-the-top violence. One such franchise was Fist of the North Star (Hokuto no Ken), which was a natural choice since it packed all kinds of brutality and had been a big hit in […]