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Ben-To

Review: "Ben-To" Complete Series - A Fulfilling Full-Course Meal

by macattackon April 8, 2015
One of these days, they’ll have made an anime about everything. Are we approaching that point? The entire concept of Ben-To seems to imply we are, but even if that’s true, there is a chance that even the most ludicrous story can be appealing, fun, and even awesome. To appreciate Ben-To means accepting a serious […]

Over the Garden Wall

Review: "Over the Garden Wall" UK Premiere: Tests Your Courage, Respects Your Brain

by Grant Whiteon April 6, 2015
The phrase ‘family entertainment’ has become somewhat awkward to modern audiences. Although meant to suggest that a production can be enjoyed by all ages, it’s come to usually refer to something aimed almost entirely at the mentality of children, with maybe some ‘over their head’ jokes to keep the accompanying adults awake. I highlight this […]
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Review: "Thunderbirds Are Go" World Premiere - High Charged Heroism, No Strings Attached

by Grant Whiteon April 1, 2015
A good idea is effectively timeless and this is certainly the case with fiction. No matter how old a good story concept gets, it will continue to resonate with audiences for generations to come. This is clearly the case with the works of the late Gerry Anderson. Anderson is famous in the British public consciousness […]

Wolfy the Incredible Secret

Review: "Wolfy, the Incredible Secret" - What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been

by Ed Liuon March 24, 2015
The French animated feature Loulou, l’incroyable Secret has been imported to the US as Wolfy, the Incredible Secret, injecting a wonderful touch of the bizarre into the kids’ animated feature landscape. This distinctively odd, hand-drawn animated film feels like a fable as heard through a fever dream, perpetually giving the sense that there’s a method […]

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

Review: "Bayonetta: Bloody Fate" Bloody Good Times?

by Chad Boninon March 17, 2015
Bayonetta is the most butt-kicking nun you’ll ever meet. A witch who’s so ready to blow apart the world, she features guns in her shoes and a world of magic in her hair. When a mysterious child is dropped into her lap, the fate of the world lies in her magic hands. Is her own […]
Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Review: "Transformers: Robots in Disguise": Plight Of The Bumblebee

by Grant Whiteon March 13, 2015
Back in 2010 I reviewed the premiere episodes of Transformers: Prime, Hasbro’s then latest entry in the franchise and a focal point of the ‘Aligned continuity’ that would attempt to focus on a specially constructed long term universe. I gave the premiere a favourable review and when the show drew to a close after three […]

Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Review: "Transformers: Robots in Disguise" Has a Lot of Spark

by Neo Yion March 13, 2015
Transformers: Robots in Disguise is an interesting transition from Transformers Prime. While each Transformers show seems to reinvent the franchise, Robots in Disguise has the honor of being a direct sequel to Prime. While the latter was an epic space opera, Robots in Disguise excludes the melodrama in favor of peppy, feel-good fun. Those who expect […]
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Review: "The Anime Encyclopedia Third Edition"

by Todd DuBoison March 13, 2015
Many animation-related books exist, but the newly released third edition of The Anime Encyclopedia is an example of tremendous ambition successfully realized by British authors Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements. Within its pages lies an account of the totality of modern Japanese animation, ranging from its infancy in the 20th century all the way to […]