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NarutoShippuden22_06

Review: "Naruto Shippuden" Set 22 - Loose Lips Sink Shonen

by macattackon May 27, 2015
The biggest difficulty with writing this review is that it’s difficult to articulate the same points that I did in the previous boxset without using the same words. The same issues that plagued the previous set of episodes are all throughout this one, although sometimes in lesser capacity. There are obvious, heavy-handed efforts to stall and […]
Strange Magic

Review: "Strange Magic" - I Can't Help Falling In Love with This Cliché

by Neo Yion May 26, 2015
 As billions of movies, books, TV shows, internet blogs, and hand puppet shows can attest to, love is an endearingly popular subject. The problem is that love stories are hard to write. Misguided attempts include flimsy chemistry because there’s no build up; a relationship upgrade through questionable circumstances; and the dreaded, dreaded love triangle threatening […]

J.J. Sedelmaier and Tommy Stathes

How New York City Launched the Animation Industry - An AMPAS Event with Tommy Stathes and J.J. Sedelmaier

by Ed Liuon May 20, 2015
On May 19, 2015, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted a screening of some of the earliest animated short films ever made, hosted by early animation archivist, collector, and historian Tommy Stathes with renowned animator J.J. Sedelmaier. Academy director of New York programs and membership Patrick Harrison introduced the event by noting […]
ThunderCats

Review: "ThunderCats (2011)" Blu-ray - Thunder...THUNder...BLUDERC...ahh, Forget It

by Weathermanon May 19, 2015
In the not so distant past someone had the idea to revive the ThunderCats for a new era. It would be bold and breathtaking, with amazing animation from the best hands in Japan and the kind of story fans of the show always wanted. None of annoying Snarf factor that occasionally made the older show […]

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Review: "Tokyo Ravens" Season One Part One - Taking Flight

by macattackon May 8, 2015
Another review, another anime series based on a light novel series. It would be so easy to just go “ho hum,” right? Light novels have almost supplanted manga as source material for anime adaptations, and while there might be any number of reasons why the format is so appealing, it is a trend that feels […]
Teen Titans Go Brain Food

Review: "Teen Titans Go! The Complete First Season" is Good Stupid Fun

by Ed Liuon May 4, 2015
According to the conventional wisdom of the Internet, Teen Titans Go! is an abomination that sullies the name of DC Animation with completely juvenile humor and idiocy. I don’t have much use for conventional wisdom, though, and am totally willing to risk losing my superhero street cred by saying I love Teen Titans Go! with […]

A Certain Scientific Railgun

Review: "A Certain Scientific Railgun" Season One - More Bang, Less Inane

by macattackon April 27, 2015
The success of the light novel A Certain Magical Index quickly spawned a spinoff manga, A Certain Scientific Railgun, which starts off as a prequel but soon becomes concurrent with the Index storyline. With the immense popularity of the first season of the Index anime, it’s unsurprising that J.C. STAFF would launch an anime adaptation […]
Senran Kagura

Review: "Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash!" In The Pan

by Chad Boninon April 24, 2015
Did you see that cute girl walking to class? If you did, she must not be a ninja. The Good Ninjas take special classes at Hanzo Academy, sight unseen from the common people, and are engaged in a never-ending battle against the Evil Ninjas of the Serpent Academy. Engaged in their martial arts training, they […]

Batman vs. Robin

Review: "Batman vs. Robin" Plays Greek Tragedy in Gotham

by Ed Liuon April 21, 2015
I ran out of patience for conspiracy theories are a story element some time ago, so it is a testament to the success of Batman vs. Robin that I liked it as much as I did, even though a core element of its story is a conspiracy theory embedded deep within the history of Gotham […]
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Review: "Kill la Kill Volume 2 Blu-ray (UK Edition)": One Size Fits Most

by Grant Whiteon April 17, 2015
Ami Koshimizu. Hmm?…Oh. My editor is telling me that a name is not an argument for or against this title. I’d argue given the identity of said actress the exact opposite is true, but he’s the boss. Kill la Kill is the debut television work of Trigger, a studio founded by talents formerly tied to […]