GKids Acquires Studio Ghibli's "When Marnie Was There"

Review: “When Marnie Was There” – Is All That We See or Seem…

by slaion July 8, 2015
Alas, it was very bittersweet watching When Marnie Was There, knowing that it might be the last film Studio Ghibli will ever produce. Supposedly, Studio Ghibli is just taking a short hiatus after finishing this film, but many think it might be their last. One can only hope it’s not, since it would be a […]

Review: “Kill la Kill Volume 3 Blu-ray (UK Edition)” – Puts Its Glad Rags On

by Grant Whiteon July 6, 2015
The second volume of Kill la Kill ended with various big reveals. Satsuki was not the villain she appeared to be, her mother was plotting to offer humanity to alien life that was the genesis of clothing on Earth, and (perhaps most shocking of all) Ryuko was related to both of them: the long lost […]

Shirobako Main Cast As Industry

Review: “Shirobako” – How Anime, Friendships and Careers Are Made

by KarlOlsonon July 3, 2015
Anime and manga production as the topic of anime and manga is nothing new. However, it’s often an excuse to be meta in the context of a broader work, whether that’s members of the Genshiken sweating over a doujinshi right before before Comiket, or the titular character of Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun gradually roping all of […]

Review: “The Wings of Honneamise Blu-ray/DVD Combi (UK Edition)”: There’s A Starman Waiting In The Sky

by Grant Whiteon July 1, 2015
Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise is one of those anime titles that is always spoken of with respectful awe. The film is one of the earliest works of Gainax and co-produced by Bandai Visual, who would adopt the Honneamise name for the ill-fated BVUS venture. It focuses on the Kingdom of Honneamise on […]

DreamWorks Dragons Race to the Edge

Review: “DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge” Races to a New Frontier

by Todd DuBoison June 26, 2015
Now an exclusive on Netflix after two seasons of broadcasting on Cartoon Network, the third season of DreamWorks Dragons (subtitled Race to the Edge) continues the series’ commitment to bridging the gap between How To Train Your Dragon and How To Train Your Dragon 2 in the wake of the second film’s release. To its […]

Review: Amazon Pilots “Knickerbock Teetertop,” “Lost in Oz,” “Lily the Unicorn,” & “Bear in Underwear”

by Ed Liuon June 26, 2015
Amazon Studios debuts six new kids pilots, four of them animated and all of them delightful in their own distinct ways (and, while they won’t get full reviews here, both live-action pilots are pretty good, too). The Adventures of Knickerbock Teetertop is a pre-school series that sits in the space between reality and fantasy familiar […]


Review: “Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal” – The Empire Strikes Back

by Grant Whiteon June 19, 2015
My review of the series premiere of Star Wars Rebels, Disney’s first major Star Wars production since purchasing Lucasfilm, was generally positive but with misgivings. I was hopeful the show would eventually strike the same tone as its older sibling Star Wars: The Clone Wars, especially as it was being created by effectively the same […]

Review: “Inside Out” – Right-Side Up and Best Foot Forward

by Ed Liuon June 19, 2015
In his book Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull describes a “Braintrust” meeting discussing a challenging scene in Inside Out, when Brad Bird told director Pete Docter, “You’re trying to do a triple back flip in a gale force wind, and you’re mad at yourself for not sticking the landing. Like, it’s amazing you’re alive!” Inside Out […]


Review: “Spirited Away”: Miyazaki’s Encouragement To Children

by Neo Yion June 17, 2015
Life couldn’t get any worse for ten-year-old Chihiro. Her family is moving to a new home, meaning she had to leave her friends and old life behind. In an attempt to reach their destination faster, her parents take a detour that leads them into what they assume to be a theme park. The two unwittingly […]

Review: “Batman Beyond” #1, “Bat-Mite” #1, and “Bizarro” #1 – DC is Go for (Re-)Launch

by Ed Liuon June 15, 2015
The impact of DC Comics’ latest “everything you thought you knew was wrong” re-vision/re-vamp/do-over is smashing together the future world(s) of the DC Universe as we knew it before (which involved stuff like the Legion of Super-Heroes and a whole lot of glorious Jack Kirby fever dreams) with the world of the Batman Beyond animated […]