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Review: "Thunder and the House of Magic" - Come for the Cat, Stay for the Magic

Ben Stassen Thunder and the House of Magic

Thunder and the House of Magic is one half of a very good movie. This movie was expanded from a short fixated on the “House of Magic” part of the title, and it shows. Everything to do with the original short shows signs of real creative spark, but its rudimentary plot is unlikely to engage […]

Review: "The Boxtrolls" - Thinking Outside the Box

Boxtrolls Scream Aaaaah!

The Boxtrolls cements Laika’s position in the animation industry as the studio most prone to quirky, slightly creepy fun and astonishingly meticulous stop-motion animation. Based on Alan Snow’s book Here Be Monsters, The Boxtrolls tells the unusual tale of a young boy adopted by the subterranean title creatures. While the movie seems much more conventional […]

Review: "The Boxtrolls" - Good Things Come in All Sorts of Packages

The Boxtrolls Eggs

There are so many ways to tell a story, visually speaking, and animation provides so many options. The job of adapting Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters! for the big screen fell to Laika Studios, who present it to a wide audience as The Boxtrolls. Laika (the studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman is a stop motion […]

Review: "Attack on Titan" Pt. 1 - Titanic Successes with Towering Flaws

Attack on Titan Eren vs. Colossal Titan

Attack on Titan became a buzzword that broke out of anime fandom rapidly, attracting a lot of attention from general audiences. However, I’m left with very mixed feelings after watching the first 13 episodes on FUNimation’s Attack on Titan Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. On the one hand, the series quickly creates a richly detailed world infused […]

Review: "Attack On Titan Part 1- Blu-ray (UK Edition)": FEE FI FO FUM, I SMELL QUALITY AND THEN SOME!

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If you look at the fairy tales many of us grew up with, there are several common elements: brave knights, beautiful princesses, evil sorcerers, and, of course, giants. It’s a fairly simple concept- take something commonplace like a person or animal and transform it to something several times bigger. A stomping leviathan that makes the […]

Review: "Transformers: Rescue Bots - Mystery Rescue" Keeps on Rolling

Transformers Rescue Bots Mystery Rescue Countdown

Over time, Transformers: Rescue Bots has become my favorite Transformers show because it strikes the perfect balance between seriousness and levity, crafting a wonderful cast of human and Autobot characters in the process. The characters may not stray far from archetypes, but this is fitting considering that the show is aiming at much younger audience. Even within those […]

Review: "Naruto Shippuden" Set 19 - The Road to Paradise is Bumpy

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“Boy, it sure gets boring when everything goes right on a trip.” Those are the first words uttered in Naruto Shippuden Set 19, spoken by none other than Naruto himself. That doesn’t bode too well, and it sets the tone for what follows (episodes 232-244) The 19th Naruto Shippuden Uncut box set released by Viz Media […]

Review: "Eureka Seven" Blu-ray - The Series is Great, the Movie is...

Eureka Seven Blu-ray

This is the story of a boy and a girl, a sky-surfing robot, a war between rebels and the military, and religion that drives people to prominence or destruction. Eureka Seven is a sci-fi mecha series from nearly a decade ago, and thanks to some shuffling of licenses behind the scenes, FUNimation has released the […]

Review: "Robotics;Notes Part Two" - Hitting the Right Notes

Robotics;Notes Part Two

WARNING: Spoilers for the first volume of Robotics;Notes are sprinkled in this review. The problems with adapting visual novels to animation are plentiful. You need to satisfy a built-in audience who have their preferred routes in mind, along with any potentially preferred romantic partners for the lead character. You need to distill important plot elements that […]

Review: "Robotics;Notes Part One" - A Slow-Burn With Little Fire

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Production I.G. had two shows premiere on Fuji TV’s noitamina block in Japan on October 11, 2012. One was Psycho-Pass, and the other is Robotics;Notes. The two shows could not be any more different. Psycho-Pass is a dreary look at the future, a cyberpunk dystopia that is ever so thinly veiled as a utopia. Robotics;Notes looks at the […]

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