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Review: "The Legend of Korra - Book Two: Spirits" Blu-ray (Mostly) Does the Thing

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Book 2 of Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra feels like a big good news/bad news joke. I am thankful that it exists at all, if only for being a long-form action cartoon when most other networks are retreating from the format, and for its distinctive female lead character. Like its predecessor, Avatar the Last Airbender, […]

Review: "Date A Live" Decidedly NOT Second-Date Material

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Oh, Japan. My love/hate relationship with you will likely never end. Date A Live is based on a light novel series of the same name that is currently running in Japan. 30 years before the start of the series, the first of many “spacequakes” claimed the lives of 150 million people. Date A Live is […]

Review: Disney's "The 7D" and Cartoon Network's "Total Drama Pahkitew Island"

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Walt Disney Television Animation has been producing some extraordinary stuff for the past few years, starting with the adventures of Phineas and Ferb and moving on to the daring visual invention of TRON Uprising and Motorcity; the endearingly oddball Gravity Falls; the kid-friendly outer-space acid trip in Wander Over Yonder; and the outstanding pre-school shows […]

Review: "Eureka Seven AO" - Needs Less Plot, More Action

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Ao Fukai, the lead character of Eureka Seven: AO, has problems. He’s an orphan for starters, and an outsider in a future Okinawa that has real problems with non-natives in general. And by “outsider,” I don’t mean that he’s from some other country: he’s quite literally an alien, or half-alien anyway. That’s not a spoiler, […]

Review: "Outlaw Star - Complete Collection (UK Edition)": Going On The Lam In Nostalgia County

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Maybe it’s just because my most coherent formative years were part of it and that most of the initial Japanese titles I sampled came from it, but I have a soft spot for 90’s anime. There just seems to be an energy in the titles from the decade that I don’t think quite transitioned into […]

Review: "How to Train Your Dragon 2" Soars High

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For a case study in what a good sequel ought to aspire to, look no further than DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2. As we’ve generally come to expect and take for granted, it’s certainly a bigger and grander movie than its predecessor, but it also shows that director and scriptwriter Dean DeBlois […]

Review: "Slugterra: Ghoul from Beyond" Doesn't Go Too Far

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Slugterra: Ghoul from Beyond is a mildly disappointing effort in the Slugterra franchise for a few different reasons. Despite its billing as “the first Slugterra movie,” a short running time and average production values makes it look like just a two-part episode of the TV show. It’s also saddled with a drawn out and padded […]

Review: "Transformers Animated: The Complete Series" is Energon-y Goodness

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Transformers Animated is an odd duck: simultaneously the redheaded stepchild, yet praised beyond comprehension. I’ve seen multiple complaints about the art direction and its kid-centric appeal (which is strange since the show not only aims for that demographic, but its closest counterpart – the G1 cartoon – is hardly any less cheesy), while the show […]

Review: "Power Rangers Super Samurai Volume 2 (UK Edition)": Best Laid Plans

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Last time on Super Samurai, the rangers unlocked the powerful Black Box upgrade and gained a new enemy in the form of Serrator, a devious Nighlok lieutenant. Much of this second volume and its seven episodes is focused on Serrator’s machinations as it starts to become obvious his goal has been carefully planned in advance. […]

Review: "Littlest Pet Shop" Roundup - Season 3 Premiere and "Strike a Pose" DVD

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The Hub’s Littlest Pet Shop has been on a slow upward swing in quality, recovering from a disappointing series premiere to become a solid show, if not one that makes a very deep impression. By all rights, it should be working the same way that the Hub’s more popular shows like My Little Pony: Friendship […]

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