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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 […]

Review: "Blood-C: The Complete Series" - A Superlative, Subversive Slaughter

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Blood-C is what happens when you tell Tsutomu Mizushima, the director behind randomly violent, randomly strange, randomly funny, crosses the line twice comedies like Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-Chan and Magical Witch Punie-Chan to make an entry in the “Blood” horror franchise. Yes, much of what Blood-C turns out to be should also be credited to Jun’ichi […]

Review: Should The "Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero" Level Up?

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Returned from a world not his own, Akatsuki defeated the Dark Lord and has been entrusted with the fate of the Dark Lord’s daughter, Myuu. Despite literally getting the girl and saving a world, he’s off to a special school for those that have traveled to other dimensions and gained access to special powers. While […]

Review: "Son of Batman" Is Pretty Sharp

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I find myself running hot and cold over Son of Batman, the latest direct-to-video animated feature from DC Animation. On the up side, I get a kick out of its mixture of Shaw Bros. kung-fu chop-socky action and the sensibilities and production values of a James Bond film, all bound up in superhero spandex. On […]

Review: "Noah's Ark" Floats, "Birds of Paradise" Sinks

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The phenomenon of direct-to-video films with a suspicious resemblance to other popular movies in theaters isn’t new, and the results are not known for high quality. Shout! Factory’s Noah’s Ark and Lionsgate’s Birds of Paradise are both foreign imports, released direct-to-DVD at or close to big, similar theatrical releases, but only one of them manages […]

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