Review: “Tokyo Ravens” Season One Part One – Taking Flight

by macattackon May 8, 2015
Another review, another anime series based on a light novel series. It would be so easy to just go “ho hum,” right? Light novels have almost supplanted manga as source material for anime adaptations, and while there might be any number of reasons why the format is so appealing, it is a trend that feels […]
Teen Titans Go Brain Food

Review: “Teen Titans Go! The Complete First Season” is Good Stupid Fun

by Ed Liuon May 4, 2015
According to the conventional wisdom of the Internet, Teen Titans Go! is an abomination that sullies the name of DC Animation with completely juvenile humor and idiocy. I don’t have much use for conventional wisdom, though, and am totally willing to risk losing my superhero street cred by saying I love Teen Titans Go! with […]

A Certain Scientific Railgun

Review: “A Certain Scientific Railgun” Season One – More Bang, Less Inane

by macattackon April 27, 2015
The success of the light novel A Certain Magical Index quickly spawned a spinoff manga, A Certain Scientific Railgun, which starts off as a prequel but soon becomes concurrent with the Index storyline. With the immense popularity of the first season of the Index anime, it’s unsurprising that J.C. STAFF would launch an anime adaptation […]
Senran Kagura

Review: “Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash!” In The Pan

by Chad Boninon April 24, 2015
Did you see that cute girl walking to class? If you did, she must not be a ninja. The Good Ninjas take special classes at Hanzo Academy, sight unseen from the common people, and are engaged in a never-ending battle against the Evil Ninjas of the Serpent Academy. Engaged in their martial arts training, they […]

Batman vs. Robin

Review: “Batman vs. Robin” Plays Greek Tragedy in Gotham

by Ed Liuon April 21, 2015
I ran out of patience for conspiracy theories are a story element some time ago, so it is a testament to the success of Batman vs. Robin that I liked it as much as I did, even though a core element of its story is a conspiracy theory embedded deep within the history of Gotham […]

Review: “Kill la Kill Volume 2 Blu-ray (UK Edition)”: One Size Fits Most

by Grant Whiteon April 17, 2015
Ami Koshimizu. Hmm?…Oh. My editor is telling me that a name is not an argument for or against this title. I’d argue given the identity of said actress the exact opposite is true, but he’s the boss. Kill la Kill is the debut television work of Trigger, a studio founded by talents formerly tied to […]


Review: “Uncle Grandpa: Good Mornin'” DVD Gets Up on the Right Side of the Bed

by Todd DuBoison April 13, 2015
So here we are with another Uncle Grandpa DVD, the second one following the first volume “Tiger Tails”. Like that and other single-disc DVD releases for other recent Cartoon Network hits, “Uncle Grandpa: Good Mornin'” delivers a set of twelve 11-minute episodes and it works as either a follow up to the first volume or […]

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 […]