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Review: "Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion" - Whaddya got?

by Grant Whiteon October 3, 2014
I love Star Wars. You love Star Wars. Even that crazy old guy down the street who says his teeth are talking to him loves Star Wars. It’s a cultural icon and mythology that few other sci-fi or movie series can compete with. Although people might have their misgivings about the prequel trilogy that finished […]
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Review: "Thunder and the House of Magic" - Come for the Cat, Stay for the Magic

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison October 1, 2014
Thunder and the House of Magic is one half of a very good movie. This movie was expanded from a short fixated on the “House of Magic” part of the title, and it shows. Everything to do with the original short shows signs of real creative spark, but its rudimentary plot is unlikely to engage […]

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Review: "The Boxtrolls" - Thinking Outside the Box

by Ed Liuon September 26, 2014
The Boxtrolls cements Laika’s position in the animation industry as the studio most prone to quirky, slightly creepy fun and astonishingly meticulous stop-motion animation. Based on Alan Snow’s book Here Be Monsters, The Boxtrolls tells the unusual tale of a young boy adopted by the subterranean title creatures. While the movie seems much more conventional […]
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Review: "The Boxtrolls" - Good Things Come in All Sorts of Packages

by 90'sCartoonManon September 26, 2014
There are so many ways to tell a story, visually speaking, and animation provides so many options. The job of adapting Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters! for the big screen fell to Laika Studios, who present it to a wide audience as The Boxtrolls. Laika (the studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman is a stop motion […]

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Review: "Attack on Titan" Pt. 1 - Titanic Successes with Towering Flaws

by Ed Liuon September 19, 2014
Attack on Titan became a buzzword that broke out of anime fandom rapidly, attracting a lot of attention from general audiences. However, I’m left with very mixed feelings after watching the first 13 episodes on FUNimation’s Attack on Titan Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. On the one hand, the series quickly creates a richly detailed world infused […]
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Review: "Attack On Titan Part 1- Blu-ray (UK Edition)": FEE FI FO FUM, I SMELL QUALITY AND THEN SOME!

by Grant Whiteon September 16, 2014
If you look at the fairy tales many of us grew up with, there are several common elements: brave knights, beautiful princesses, evil sorcerers, and, of course, giants. It’s a fairly simple concept- take something commonplace like a person or animal and transform it to something several times bigger. A stomping leviathan that makes the […]

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Review: "Transformers: Rescue Bots - Mystery Rescue" Keeps on Rolling

by Ed Liuon September 12, 2014
Over time, Transformers: Rescue Bots has become my favorite Transformers show because it strikes the perfect balance between seriousness and levity, crafting a wonderful cast of human and Autobot characters in the process. The characters may not stray far from archetypes, but this is fitting considering that the show is aiming at much younger audience. Even within those […]
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Review: "Naruto Shippuden" Set 19 - The Road to Paradise is Bumpy

by macattackon September 10, 2014
“Boy, it sure gets boring when everything goes right on a trip.” Those are the first words uttered in Naruto Shippuden Set 19, spoken by none other than Naruto himself. That doesn’t bode too well, and it sets the tone for what follows (episodes 232-244) The 19th Naruto Shippuden Uncut box set released by Viz Media […]

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Review: "Eureka Seven" Blu-ray - The Series is Great, the Movie is...

by Chad Boninon September 8, 2014
This is the story of a boy and a girl, a sky-surfing robot, a war between rebels and the military, and religion that drives people to prominence or destruction. Eureka Seven is a sci-fi mecha series from nearly a decade ago, and thanks to some shuffling of licenses behind the scenes, FUNimation has released the […]
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Review: "Robotics;Notes Part Two" - Hitting the Right Notes

by macattackon August 28, 2014
WARNING: Spoilers for the first volume of Robotics;Notes are sprinkled in this review. The problems with adapting visual novels to animation are plentiful. You need to satisfy a built-in audience who have their preferred routes in mind, along with any potentially preferred romantic partners for the lead character. You need to distill important plot elements that […]