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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 […]

Review: "Ikki Tousen" Great Guardians & Xtreme Xecutor - Rip-Off Artists

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I’m about to review Ikki Tousen, and to paraphrase Roger Ebert, this may astound you, but I’m giving it a positive review (Siskel: “It DOES astound me. Are you okay?”). Why did I like this series but loathe similarly-fanservice heavy titles like Highschool dxd? If you’ll indulge me for a moment, let me take you […]

Review: "Dragon Ball Z: Rock The Dragon" Is the Home for Infinite Losers (plus, Season 1 and 2 Blu-rays)

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Did you ever rock the dragon? Nearly two decades ago, Dragon Ball Z made its first splash on American shores in syndication, soon followed by its legendary Toonami run. Dragon Ball Z‘s first 53 episodes might have been a bit rocky in comparison to modern anime dubbing practices. The soundtrack was replaced, character names were […]

Review: "Pound Puppies: A Perfect Match" - Bring These Puppies Home

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I’ve said before that I think the Hub’s Pound Puppies is one of their most under-recognized shows. It’s every bit as good as the more renowned My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, possessing the same charm and wit but with a more gender neutral slant. Like My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, Pound Puppies is […]

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