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Review: "Bayonetta: Bloody Fate" Bloody Good Times?

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

Bayonetta is the most butt-kicking nun you’ll ever meet. A witch who’s so ready to blow apart the world, she features guns in her shoes and a world of magic in her hair. When a mysterious child is dropped into her lap, the fate of the world lies in her magic hands. Is her own […]

Review: "Transformers: Robots in Disguise": Plight Of The Bumblebee

Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Back in 2010 I reviewed the premiere episodes of Transformers: Prime, Hasbro’s then latest entry in the franchise and a focal point of the ‘Aligned continuity’ that would attempt to focus on a specially constructed long term universe. I gave the premiere a favourable review and when the show drew to a close after three […]

Review: "Transformers: Robots in Disguise" Has a Lot of Spark

Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Transformers: Robots in Disguise is an interesting transition from Transformers Prime. While each Transformers show seems to reinvent the franchise, Robots in Disguise has the honor of being a direct sequel to Prime. While the latter was an epic space opera, Robots in Disguise excludes the melodrama in favor of peppy, feel-good fun. Those who expect […]

Review: "The Anime Encyclopedia Third Edition"

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Many animation-related books exist, but the newly released third edition of The Anime Encyclopedia is an example of tremendous ambition successfully realized by British authors Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements. Within its pages lies an account of the totality of modern Japanese animation, ranging from its infancy in the 20th century all the way to […]

Review: "Jasper: Journey to the End of the World" and "Jungle Shuffle"

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They come from two different countries and from two different distribution companies, but Jasper: Journey to the End of the World and Jungle Shuffle are both CGI animated movies with talking animals that just aren’t very good. Neither of these imports to American shores seem to be trying very hard, and even then still fall […]

Review: "Space Dandy: Season One BooBies Edition" Has Dandy Boobies

Space Dandy

He’s a dandy guy in space. Really, that’s all you need to know going into Space Dandy, the latest psychotrophic animated series from the brilliant minds behind Cowboy Bebop (Shinichiro Watanabe) and a host of other amazing shows. It’s an exploration of what’s possible in animation when you don’t have to worry (too much, at […]

Review: "Space Dandy: Season One Aloha Oe Edition" Goes With the Flow, Baby

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In the depths of space lies the man with the to-die-for pompadour. His name is Space Dandy; he’s a dandy in space. As an alien hunter, Dandy scans the far reaches of the galaxy to capture exotic, unknown species for registry in exchange for money. But as determined as he is, Dandy would rather relax […]

Review: "Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin I: Blue Eyed Casval" - What The Red Comet Speeds From

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Although most of the attention seemed to go to plans for the anniversary coming in five years, Gundam’s 35th anniversary did not pass without incident. For the first time in a while, two Gundam shows have been broadcast at the same time: Reconguista in G and Build Fighters Try. As both these shows near the […]

Review: "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast" - Big, Shaggy, and Charming

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

A prophecy is an interesting storytelling tool in a fantasy setting. It is a convenient way to inject exposition quickly and set a ticking time-bomb clock, injecting information as in Alfred Hitchcock’s famous advice on mastering cinematic tension. A prophecy also provides an excellent vehicle to communicate character traits, since the way characters will react […]

Review: "Song of the Sea" - It Must Be Magic

Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea is the story of Ben and his little sister, Saoirse, who live in a lighthouse with their father and Ben’s dog, Cú. Saoirse’s mother mysteriously disappears into the sea while giving birth to Saoirse, leaving her heartbroken husband behind with Ben who somewhat blames Saoirse for mom’s disappearance. Six years later, […]

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