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Review: "Sanjay and Craig" (UK) - Comedy with Crossover Appeal

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There’s a lot of crossover with older viewers for action animation but often less so with comedy cartoons. Maybe Nick’s new show Sanjay and Craig can change that. As the quick and catchy opening song explains, the series focuses on an Indian-American boy named Sanjay who finds a talking snake named Craig in the local […]

Review: "Akira" Blu-ray - The Masterwork Back in High Definition

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The history of Akira on home video turns out to encapsulate the history of anime on home video in the United States as well. The success of the film in Japan led to the first VHS releases in the early 1990′s, in both dubbed and subtitled versions as well as in full-frame and letterboxed releases. […]

Review: "Hellsing Ultimate" is Truly Ultimate

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Lurking in the dark of night are fiends that would love to suck the very blood from your veins: vampires! Rising out of the past in an effort to bring upon their glorious future: nazis! The one warrior who can save Queen and Country from such unending foes: Alucard, and the Hellsing Organization! Hellsing Ultimate […]

Review: “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (UK Edition)”: Divided by Zero

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In an alternate timeline, the British Isles have stood unchallenged (other than losing said isles and assuming America as their new homeland) and become the ruthless powerhouse that is the Britannian Empire, brutally conquering other countries and rechristening them with the number in which they were taken. In the conquered Japan, Area 11, Britannian teenager […]

Review: Sincere Romance Shines in "Kimi ni Todoke -From Me To You-" Collections 2 and 3

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Anime has seen its share of love stories over the years, but I can think of very few series that are so heartfelt and so thoroughly uncynical as Kimi ni Todoke. For any fans of the 2001 Fruits Basket TV series, in fact, I’d call this indispensable as something very much in the same spirit, […]

Review: "Haganai" Complete Series: Insult Comedy, Without the Comedy

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Haganai, much like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, involves a group of misfits creating an unorthodox after-school club.  In this case, Average Male Protagonist Kodaka and ice queen Yozora start a club devoted simply to making new friends.  They don’t have any peripheral activity, which makes you wonder why an official club was needed in […]

Review: "Monsters University" Blu-ray - If Only Real College Was This Great

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Let’s gets this out of the way right off the bat. Is Monsters University and good as Monsters Inc? No, but that’s kinda like asking “Is Miguel Cabrera as great as Babe Ruth?” One is incredible, and one is amongst the greatest of all time. With that out of the way, Monsters University is a […]

Review: "Free Birds" Makes Dumb, Funny Looking, Entertaining Birds

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When it comes to dumb, talking cartoon animals, it’s kind of a surprise there aren’t more animated turkeys. Birds that don’t fly and have weird things hanging off their faces? That’s hilarious. And turkeys are dumb. Real dumb. Reel FX’s Free Birds, written by Jimmy Hayward and Scott Mosier and directed by Hayward, manages to […]

Review: "Space Battleship Yamato" Live Action Movie Blu-ray (UK Edition): To Boldly Go Where Mainstream Sci-Fi Has Gone Before

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There’s a pantheon of space opera anime that includes Gundam, Macross, Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999, to name a few. Those last two lead us to Space Battleship Yamato, which is arguably the greatest entrant from its co-creator Leiji Matsumoto. Indeed there can arguably be no better benchmark for a story being legendary than […]

Review: "High School dxd" Complete Series - To Hell With This

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I’ll admit it: The girls in High School dxd are cute and hot. But don’t be lured into watching the show because of that. As they say, the devil is pleasing to the eye, and boy is this a devil of a show to sit through. Watching High School dxd is like a checklist of […]

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