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Review: Amazon's 2015 Pilots - "Buddy: Tech Detective," "Niko and the Sword of Light," "Sara Solves It," & "Stinky & Dirty Show"

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Amazon Studios already shook up the television industry by taking home several Golden Globe awards at this year’s ceremony. They show no signs of slowing down, at least judging by their latest wave of pilots, available via Amazon Prime Instant Video starting today, January 15, 2015. Of the 13 new shows offered, four are animated […]

Review: "High School DxD New" - Between Heaven and Hell

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With this review, High School DxD has the dubious honor on Toonzone of being the first anime franchise that necessitated a change in reviewers from one season to the next due to its content alone. For the reasons why, please read Speedy Boris’ review of Season One. Is the 2nd season, High School DxD New, […]

Review: "Sweet Blue Flowers" Looks Nice, Does Nothing

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Being a girl in high school is tough for anybody. For Fumi Manjōme, she’s got an extra issue to come to grips with. As a student at Matsuoka Girl’s High School, she faces her feelings as a lesbian. Thankfully, this trying time is balanced by a chance encounter with her old childhood friend, Akira “Achan” […]

Review: "Karneval" - You Don't Always Need 3 Rings, Sometimes 1 Is Plenty

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Carnivals evoke thoughts of cotton candy, vaguely maintained rides and probably rigged games. Karneval is none of those things. It’s an action-adventureish series that is really more of a character study in disguise. The character being studied is Gareki, a loner and professional thief for various angst-filled reasons who spends his days looking for easy […]

"Hellsing Ultimate: IX and X" Denoument and Dismemberment

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The final stand for the Hellsing Organization is here. Britain is on fire, the White House is destroyed, and a Nazi battallion is rising from the depths. Alucard may be the last stand humanity has against a torrent of bloodshed heralding an eternal reich. The final two episodes of Hellsing Ultimate are here to finish […]

"Naruto Shippuden Set 20": Shonen Satisfaction

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Coming off of a strong conclusion to an otherwise mediocre box set, most of the content of the 20th box set for the venerable Naruto Shippuden franchise continues the momentum established by the final two episodes of the previous set. Naruto needs to face his other, darker self in a battle within his mind, and then […]

Review: "Ranma 1/2" - The Third Round Leaves No Clear Winner

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Ranma and Akane have over forty episodes of romantic arguments and super-strong battles, using the skills and might of the Anything Goes School of Martial Arts and the Tendo Dojo against various suitors and others afflicted by the curse of transformative hot springs. With only a quarter of the series behind them, where do their […]

Review: "Uncle Grandpa: Tiger Trails" DVD - One Big Dose of Benign Insanity

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Cartoon Network has been on a major creative tear in the past few years, turning out some of their best animated series since their first heyday turning out the likes of The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, and Johnny Bravo. The initial wave of success with Adventure Time and Regular Show led to more creative experimentation, […]

Review: "Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 3" - A Swell Swan Song

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It’s hard to review the third Looney Tunes Platinum Collection release without addressing the genuine possibility that this may be the last Looney Tunes Blu-ray release for a long time. Between gradually declining sales with each volume, the market shifting away from Blu-ray to digital, and Warner Bros.’s reluctance to devote much of their budget […]

Review: "Ghost in the Shell: Arise" - Shadows Of The Successor?

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It’s time to reboot the system and the timeline. Major Motoko Kusanagi has not been forged in the fires of the Laughing Man and the Individual Eleven, but is instead a budding hacker with a debt to the government: she owes them her body, literally. Recruited to investigate a bombing, she must deal with the […]

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