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Review: "The Little Mermaid" Diamond Edition - Everything You May or May Not Have Loved, Now in High-Def.

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So, Disney has re-released The Little Mermaid, this time on Blu-Ray. It looks gorgeous, from a technical standpoint at least. However, this is the part that will probably get me a lot of angry letters: it’s a great presentation of a very average movie. *braces for the torches and pitchforks* Everyone had their shot? *ducks* […]

Review: "Deadman Wonderland (UK Edition)": Human Decency Exits Through The Gift Shop

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Paranoia and conspiracy. The unsettling feeling that you’re just another face in the juggernaut that is modern society and that you’d be powerless if it turned against you. This is the crisis that begins the story of Ganta Igarashi. A normal Japanese student, Ganta’s life is turned upside down when a mysterious crimson hued killer […]

Anime Studio Pro 9.5 Review

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Anime Studio Pro 9.5 Review Anime Studio Pro 9.5 offers a number of new and worthwhile enhancements requested by users. These updates allow animators more ways in which to streamline their workflow and increase the quality of their final project renders. The Anime Studio series is an animation software package that caters to the needs […]

Review: "The Aquabats! Super Show! Season One (UK Edition)" - Earth's Funniest Heroes

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Writing a lot of reviews for anime titles means I usually come across stuff that isn’t likely to air on mainstream UK TV. This of course can also hold true outside of anime releases but perhaps even worse is when a show has been picked up but is lesser known. The Aquabats! Super Show! is […]

Video Game Review: "Rayman Legends" Is a Game for the Epics

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Rayman Origins came during a time of resurgent nostalgia for the platformer genre that is fortunately still prominent, as we’re seeing new renditions of old classics or new entries for franchises that had seen years of inactivity. For its part, Origins seemed content to draw from Donkey Kong Country Returns with its fast and intense […]

Review: "One Piece Season Four Voyage Five" - Foundering on the Rocks

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At the start of One Piece Season Four Voyage Five, Luffy, Zoro, Nami, and Chopper race after the Puffing Tom sea train that is carrying Robin to Enies Lobby and certain execution. Meanwhile, having stowed away aboard the Puffing Tom before its departure, Sanji frees Usopp and Franky and the trio make their way through […]

Review: "Heaven's Lost Property: The Angeloid Of Clockwork" Half-Time Heroine

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The extras are decent, which can tend to happen with movie releases. A commentary with the English crew is entertaining for a once-over, but you won’t miss much if you skip it. Still, it’s a pleasant inclusion that needs to happen more often. The original Japanese commercials for the movie are accompanied by various trailers, […]

Review: "Martian Successor Nadesico" Complete DVD Boxset - A Truly Super Robot Show

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In the post-Evangelion landscape, mecha anime became even more serious, deeply philosophical and emotionally overwrought. I say even more, because really those wheels had been set in motion since Gundam, which marked a major shift away from super robots as toyetic kids shows, and towards “war is hell” allegories. However, post-Evangelion, stories tended to be […]

Review: "Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 (UK Edition)" - Nowhere Near What You'd Expect

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Usually I’d offer a brief explanation of the plot’s starting point but on this occasion I find myself more than a bit bewildered. As the adaptation of a later saga in a massive sci-fi epic, Horizon does itself few favours by beginning the show with a hurdle in the form of a four episode ‘introduction’ […]

Review: "Wander Over Yonder" - You Should Wander Over Immediately

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It’s been awhile since we last saw Craig McCracken in action. The genius creator of The Powerpuff Girls and co-creator of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends seemed to disappear as a wave of new talent spilled onto the US animation scene. While young blood like Pendleton Ward, J.G. Quintel and Alex Hirsch have been delivering […]

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