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Review: Sincere Romance Shines in "Kimi ni Todoke -From Me To You-" Collections 2 and 3

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Anime has seen its share of love stories over the years, but I can think of very few series that are so heartfelt and so thoroughly uncynical as Kimi ni Todoke. For any fans of the 2001 Fruits Basket TV series, in fact, I’d call this indispensable as something very much in the same spirit, […]

Review: "Haganai" Complete Series: Insult Comedy, Without the Comedy

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Haganai, much like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, involves a group of misfits creating an unorthodox after-school club.  In this case, Average Male Protagonist Kodaka and ice queen Yozora start a club devoted simply to making new friends.  They don’t have any peripheral activity, which makes you wonder why an official club was needed in […]

Review: "Monsters University" Blu-ray - If Only Real College Was This Great

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Let’s gets this out of the way right off the bat. Is Monsters University and good as Monsters Inc? No, but that’s kinda like asking “Is Miguel Cabrera as great as Babe Ruth?” One is incredible, and one is amongst the greatest of all time. With that out of the way, Monsters University is a […]

Review: "Free Birds" Makes Dumb, Funny Looking, Entertaining Birds

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When it comes to dumb, talking cartoon animals, it’s kind of a surprise there aren’t more animated turkeys. Birds that don’t fly and have weird things hanging off their faces? That’s hilarious. And turkeys are dumb. Real dumb. Reel FX’s Free Birds, written by Jimmy Hayward and Scott Mosier and directed by Hayward, manages to […]

Review: "Space Battleship Yamato" Live Action Movie Blu-ray (UK Edition): To Boldly Go Where Mainstream Sci-Fi Has Gone Before

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There’s a pantheon of space opera anime that includes Gundam, Macross, Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999, to name a few. Those last two lead us to Space Battleship Yamato, which is arguably the greatest entrant from its co-creator Leiji Matsumoto. Indeed there can arguably be no better benchmark for a story being legendary than […]

Review: "High School dxd" Complete Series - To Hell With This

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I’ll admit it: The girls in High School dxd are cute and hot. But don’t be lured into watching the show because of that. As they say, the devil is pleasing to the eye, and boy is this a devil of a show to sit through. Watching High School dxd is like a checklist of […]

Review: "Gravity Falls: Six Strange Tales" - Silly, Surprising, and Spectacular

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If the speed at which cosplay starts appearing is any gauge of how fast a TV show has gained traction in nerd mindshare, I think the only show that can rival Disney’s Gravity Falls is probably Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. However, I think there is a good amount of commonality between those two shows beyond […]

Review: “Bakemonogatari Part 1 & Part 2 (UK Editions)”: Vampire without Bite

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There comes a time in every reviewer’s life when he or she meets an obstacle they just can’t get past. In my head I conjure the image of a passive stone bear blocking my prose-path. The bear gives it the personification of being an organic issue or obstacle of character. The stone is the immovable […]

Review: "Toy Story of Terror" is Frighteningly Fun

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I’m one of what feels like a half-dozen people on Earth who really didn’t like Toy Story 3 all that much, and at least one reason why was because it raised an interesting question (“what happens to the toys when Andy grows up?”) and then stalled on answering it for about an hour just so […]

Review: "Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch" - Half-Witch, Half-Human, Half-Satisfying

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I’ll admit absolutely no familiarity with Sabrina the Teenage Witch in any of her previous incarnations in comic books, cartoons, or the live-action TV series starring Melissa Joan Hart as the title character. The two screener episodes of the Hub’s new CGI animated series Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch are my first introduction to […]

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