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Toonzone @ MCM London Comic Con October 2015 – “Miss Hokusai” Review

by Grant Whiteon November 1, 2015
Anime Limited picked some high quality Japanese cinema for their MCM Loves Anime event and the opening title was no exception. Coming from the much respected Production I.G., Miss Hokusai is a pseudo-canonical story concerned with the daughter of the famous Japanese painter. In the tradition of many Japanese films, there is less so a […]
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Toonzone @ MCM London Comic Con October 2015 – “Love Live! The School Idol Movie” Review

by Grant Whiteon November 1, 2015
Ah, Love Live!, an anime series with fans the world over. For those not familiar, Love Live! is a Japanese entertainment franchise focussed on a group of fictional idols who via their real life voice actresses release songs and related projetcs. Easily the most famous arm of the franchise is the anime, produced by Sunrise. […]

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Toonzone @ MCM London Comic Con October 2015 – “Gundam The Origin II” World Premiere Review

by Grant Whiteon October 30, 2015
On the Saturday of MCM London Comic Con this October, Anime Limited tried something new. Drawing on their successful involvement with the ongoing Scotland Loves Anime, they staged the MCM Loves Anime event roughly 10 minutes away from the main convention. The idea being this independent film festival would take advantage of the migration habits […]
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Review: “Transformers: Robots in Disguise: A New Autobot Mission” Accomplishes Its Goal

by Neo Yion October 23, 2015
As I stated in my previous review, Transformers: Robots in Disguise carries a lighthearted charm with the promise of weighty foreshadowing and epic storytelling. I was excited to see the antics Bumblebee and his crew would come across. Transformers: Robots in Disguise’s first DVD release contains the first five episodes and provides just as much […]

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Review: “Aladdin” Diamond Edition – Rawk! Polly Wants This Blu-ray!

by SB20xxon October 20, 2015
Aladdin was another successful part of Disney’s “renaissance:” the period that started during the late ’80s with The Little Mermaid that revitalized interest in the Disney brand, thanks to a renewed interest in quality storytelling, Broadway-worthy musical numbers, and state-of-the-art visuals. Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast were both top notch films, but Aladdin, in […]
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Review: “Sword Art Online II – Volume One Collector’s Edition (UK Edition)”: Bringing A Sword To A Gun Fight?

by Grant Whiteon October 19, 2015
As I said the last time I reviewed a show inspired by MMORPGs, the genre has never really been my thing. I have my creative outlets which includes writing (though my poor editor may feel differently) but I’ve got enough commitments and drama in my real life to carve out a second one. That said, […]

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Review: “Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown! (And Don’t Come Back!!)” – Thankfully, It Did

by Ed Liuon October 13, 2015
I am of two minds about Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don’t Come Back!), the fourth and final Peanuts feature film from Charles Schulz, Lee Mendelson, and Bill Melendez. It has much bigger aspirations than any of the earlier Peanuts films, sending Charlie Brown and his friends to the French countryside on a trip strongly […]
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Review: “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” Chooses To Be Great

by Neo Yion October 5, 2015
The Iron Giant hovers somewhere between nigh-infinite critical praise and semi-obscurity that’s kept it from overblown hype. I think the balance ensured it stuck around as a beloved cult classic all these years. It’s to the film’s credit that the decade-and-half since its release has done nothing to tarnish its quality. Evidently, Warner Bros. must […]

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Review: “009 Re:Cyborg (UK Edition)”: A Re:Boot That Needs Re:Considering

by Grant Whiteon October 1, 2015
Fans of Japanese pop culture will likely be familiar with Shotaro Ishinomori, one of the key architects of the framework for many long running superhero works such as Super Sentai and Kamen Rider. One of his only slightly less well known works is Cyborg 009. Sharing themes with Kamen Rider, the story focuses on nine […]
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Review: “Hotel Transylvania 2” – Does New Blood Keep the Laughs Coming?

by Christopher Glennonon September 25, 2015
Sony thrilled audiences so much with Hotel Transylvania in 2012 that they’re rolling out the blood red carpet again with its sequel just in time for the 2015 Halloween season.  The first movie asked the question of what would happen if a human fell in love with the sheltered vampire daughter of Dracula (answer: hilarity). […]