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Review: "How to Train Your Dragon 2" Soars High

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For a case study in what a good sequel ought to aspire to, look no further than DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2. As we’ve generally come to expect and take for granted, it’s certainly a bigger and grander movie than its predecessor, but it also shows that director and scriptwriter Dean DeBlois […]

Review: "Slugterra: Ghoul from Beyond" Doesn't Go Too Far

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Slugterra: Ghoul from Beyond is a mildly disappointing effort in the Slugterra franchise for a few different reasons. Despite its billing as “the first Slugterra movie,” a short running time and average production values makes it look like just a two-part episode of the TV show. It’s also saddled with a drawn out and padded […]

Review: "Transformers Animated: The Complete Series" is Energon-y Goodness

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Transformers Animated is an odd duck: simultaneously the redheaded stepchild, yet praised beyond comprehension. I’ve seen multiple complaints about the art direction and its kid-centric appeal (which is strange since the show not only aims for that demographic, but its closest counterpart – the G1 cartoon – is hardly any less cheesy), while the show […]

Review: "Power Rangers Super Samurai Volume 2 (UK Edition)": Best Laid Plans

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Last time on Super Samurai, the rangers unlocked the powerful Black Box upgrade and gained a new enemy in the form of Serrator, a devious Nighlok lieutenant. Much of this second volume and its seven episodes is focused on Serrator’s machinations as it starts to become obvious his goal has been carefully planned in advance. […]

Review: "Littlest Pet Shop" Roundup - Season 3 Premiere and "Strike a Pose" DVD

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The Hub’s Littlest Pet Shop has been on a slow upward swing in quality, recovering from a disappointing series premiere to become a solid show, if not one that makes a very deep impression. By all rights, it should be working the same way that the Hub’s more popular shows like My Little Pony: Friendship […]

Review: "Patema Inverted (UK Kickstarter Project/Theatrical Release)": Makes Your Spirit Soar

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The opening moments of Patema Inverted successfully grab one’s attention and curiousity. As we watch through what appears to be a video camera and hear panicked, static-riddled cries in different languages, a city’s worth of buildings begin to rupture and float upwards into the vast sky. Instead of being a misguided attempt to turn Pixar’s […]

Review: "Space Battleship Yamato" - Battlestar Yamato Doesn't Quite Take Off

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The original Space Battleship Yamato TV series was one of my gateways to anime, although it was called Star Blazers at the time and we didn’t have a fancy special word for it other than, “that cool Japanese cartoon.” Leiji Matsumoto’s space epic was gripping to a generation for whom Star Wars was the latest […]

Review: "Sekirei" Double Seasons, Double Formats, Double-Ds

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The Sekirei Plan is on! The Sekirei are 108 humanoid girls trained to fight and defeat each other using special powers that are unlocked when they kiss their Ashikabi, a regular guy or girl that they’ll work with to survive. What started as a game turns dark as Tokyo’s sealed off and fights get brutal. […]

Review: "Godzilla the Series" is Monster Fun

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There was little positive reception among film critics or kaiju fans for the 1998 American remake of Godzilla. The movie, produced by the minds that brought us Independence Day, was a drastic re-imagining of the classic Toho movie monster that stripped away any remaining metaphorical weight the character had left and replaced it with empty, […]

Review: "Blood-C: The Last Dark" - All Apologies For A Beautiful Disaster

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WARNING: Spoilers for the original Blood-C anime series are sprinkled liberally throughout the review below. The ending of Blood-C left things in uncertainty. Only three characters with dialogue survived in the end: Saya, Fumito, and Fuka, along with a mysterious talking dog). Everyone else was gruesomely slaughtered in one of the most brutal massacres in […]

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