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Review: “The Boy and The Beast” is Clawed and Flawed, but Big and Warm

by Chad Boninon March 4, 2016
What separates man from animal, child from beast? As a young child, Ren finds himself orphaned and fearful of his future, so he escapes to Jutengai, the world of beast men and women. It is here he enters an apprenticeship with Kumatetsu, a bear with a goal of becoming lord over all he sees. Rechristened […]
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Review: “LEGO Justice League: Cosmic Clash” – Master Builders at Work

by Ed Liuon March 1, 2016
In my review of the last LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes DTV movie, I wished for more LEGO-centric twists mixed in with the self-consciously silly humor and stock supervillain plotting. Without delving into spoilers, I will say that there is a moment in the climax of LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic […]

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Review: The 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

by slaion February 27, 2016
This year’s nominated animated shorts, presented by ShortsHD across the country and online, seem to have a darker tone than previous years, at least from when I started seeing them. In fact, one of them is strictly R-rated and has tons of warnings beforehand, so younger audiences can leave the theater. It is also screened […]
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Review: “The Good Dinosaur” Blu-ray Makes Its Mark

by Ed Liuon February 24, 2016
Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur is a “boy and his dog in the Old West” movie, except that the boy is a dinosaur and the dog is a boy. As a result, it lands squarely with Brave and Monsters University in the studio’s output as a well-done but very conventional movie, suffering only in comparison to […]

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Review: “Naruto Shippuden” Set 24 & 25 – Zombie Apocalypse

by macattackon February 19, 2016
After the exciting divergence in Set 23 with the “Power” mini-arc, Naruto Shippuden returns to the regular state of things with the Fourth Shinobi World War. And, unfortunately, the same rambling tedium that has haunted this show since the beginning of the arc continues through Set 24 and into Set 25. The animation is an immediate […]
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Review: “Danganronpa” – Congrats, Monokuma, You’ve Murdered Me With Mediocrity

by Neo Yion February 12, 2016
My first exposure to Danganronpa occurred a few years back when I happened upon its fluorescent pop art aesthetics. It had the kind of urban Persona 4 feel that made the latter appealing to look at during my gameplay sessions. The thick line art and overcompensated character designs did much to hook me, especially the […]

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Review: “Batman: Bad Blood” – Meet the Extended Family

by Christopher Glennonon February 9, 2016
Much like the comic book series it was based on, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox gave us a whole new continuity for the DC DTV films. The Batman corner of the universe is shaping up to be one of the strongest, and it’s pretty clear by its third outing that it’s a living, breathing entity. […]
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Review: “Mobile Suit Gundam Part 2 (UK Edition)”: Yes, My Sweet! Yes, My Sweetest!

by Grant Whiteon February 8, 2016
One of the good things about releasing the original Gundam in two sets is that it creates a nice line between the two major stages of the story. We started with the Federation losing to Zeon and the White Base crew being a messy band of refugees forced into being soldiers. This second set marks […]

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Review: “Bunnicula” – Vampire Bunny Doesn’t Suck

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2016
Warner Bros. Animation has been on a comedy roll of late. Teen Titans Go! may get a lot of hate from corners of the Internet, but I like its brand of madcap comedy, and Wabbit beautifully re-creates all the best elements of the classic Looney Tunes and updates them with just enough modern elements. To […]
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Review: “Batman: Bad Blood” But Good Movie

by Ed Liuon February 4, 2016
The latest DC direct-to-video movies have embraced continuity as a storytelling tool, and like the comic books they are loosely based on, accessibility is sacrificed for complexity as time goes on. Some stories lend themselves to larger time frames than can be comfortably shoehorned into a 90-120 minute running time, especially the kind of multi-generational […]