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Blood Blockade Battlefront

Review: “Blood Blockade Battlefront” Has Potential Held Hostage

by macattackon February 1, 2017
Blood Blockade Battlefront is a title whose pedigree matters more to Western anime fans than to the nation it came from. After all, the manga is drawn and written by Yasuhiro Nightow, renowned in the West for creating Trigun and to a lesser extent Gungrave, both of which had much more impact on our shores than in their […]
Adventure Time: Islands

Review: “Adventure Time: Islands” Offers Closure for Finn and Fans

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison January 30, 2017
Adventure Time: Islands is the second 8-part miniseries for Cartoon Network’s venerable franchise following the highly successful Stakes in the seventh season. Long-time fans will find Islands richly rewarding on many fronts. Just as Stakes offered both backstory and closure for fan-favorite character Marceline, Islands does the same for lead character Finn the Human. Season […]

Ronja the Robber's Daughter

Review: “Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter” Mostly Robs Your Time

by Ed Liuon January 27, 2017
My review of Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter could begin and end with the statement that I couldn’t get through all 13 screener episodes of the show that Amazon Studios sent over to us, even after multiple attempts. The anime series from Studio Ghibli and Saltkråkan (the Astrid Lindgren company) looks extremely impressive in its pedigree […]
Voltron Legendary Defender

Review: Grander Adventure Awaits in “Voltron Legendary Defender” Season 2

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison January 19, 2017
The first thing to understand about season 2 of Voltron Legendary Defender is that it’s really a second season in name only. Rather than something akin to a new chapter or a book in what has been a very plot-driven show, it’s a straightforward continuation that picks up exactly where the first left off. That’s […]

Long Way North

Review: “Long Way North” – Short Version: Terrific

by Ed Liuon January 18, 2017
Long Way North (Tout en haute du monde) is a lyrically beautiful, engrossing, old-school adventure tale that sends a cosseted young girl on a journey of personal growth in one of the most unforgiving environments on Earth. Long Way North compares very favorably with Disney’s Moana, with the two films driven by daring lead characters […]
Sailor Moon Crystal

Review: “Sailor Moon Crystal” – When Efficiency Doesn’t Pay

by Chad Boninon January 12, 2017
She is the once and forever guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon. More than two decades after her inception, the pretty soldier has returned in the animated series Sailor Moon Crystal, the 2010 revival of the Sailor Moon franchise that strives to adapt Naoko Takeuchi’s original comic book world more accurately, while updating it with […]

Review: Spectacle Abounds in “One Piece Film: Gold”

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison January 10, 2017
Part of what’s kept Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece series so successful and long-lived is the author’s boundless imagination, a sense that anything can and does exist in its world with all its varied characters and environments. One Piece Film: Gold strikes again there with a real treat for committed fans, dropping Straw Hat Luffy and […]
Trollhunters

Review: “Trollhunters” May Leave You Hunting for Something More

by Ed Liuon December 23, 2016
With movies like Hellboy and Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro has proven that he can inject his quirky sensibilities into genre films to make old formulas feel fresher. As a result, it’s a little disappointing that the first two episodes of his new action animated series Trollhunters feel so mundane. The 26-episode series from Netflix […]

Justice League Action Shazam Slam

Review: “Justice League Action” Ushers in a Cheerful DC Universe

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison December 16, 2016
Well, here we are again folks. The arrival of Justice League Action on Cartoon Network brings us another a much-anticipated DC Superheroes ensemble cartoon show starring, which represented some of finest action and characterization to be found in TV animation for 15 years. Justice League and Justice League Unlimited were the capstone of the “DC […]
LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Season One

Review: “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” Complete Season One Assembles Some Fun

by Ed Liuon December 13, 2016
LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is a fun little romp through a tiny corner of Lucasfilm’s increasingly sprawling storyline with its targeting computer programmed for a direct hit on younger audiences. It toes the same line of irreverence towards the source material as all the LEGO Star Wars animated series, while happily appropriating Star […]