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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: "Dream Eater Merry" Season 1 (UK Edition) - The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of?

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Dreams are nasty buggers, particularly for teens – high expectations from parents, school, television, peers, and society in general are all carried across aspiring youthful shoulder blades, sucking away at the ability to enjoy the present for fear of the future. It’s no surprise that the world of nightmares and daydreams are so widely scattered […]

Jerry Russell, Actor, 1936 - 2013

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The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that veteran actor Jerry Russell passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2013, at the age of 77 after complications from abdominal surgery. Russell founded the Stage West theater company in 1978, which became one of four theater groups that set the tone for Fort Worth’s theater scene. In addition to […]

PR: "Yu-Gi-Oh!" Returns to Home Market with New DVD Releases

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YU-GI-OH!, ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ANIME SERIES OF ALL TIME, RETURNS TO HOME MARKET WITH NEW DVD RELEASES Season 1 Lands in Stores September 10; Season 2 Follows on November 5 (LOS ANGELES, August 27, 2013) – This fall, YU-GI-OH!, one of the top-selling anime series of all time, returns to the home market with […]

Review: "Starzinger: The Movie Collection" Is an Ill-Fated Journey to the West

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I was a bit too young for the first wave of anime to hit American shores, led by Speed Racer and Gigantor, but got hit right smack in the middle of the second one, led by Battle of the Planets and Star Blazers. Mixed in with those latter two titles were several unrelated TV serials […]

Review: "Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt" and Blu-rays

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These aren’t the lovely angels, and they’re barely considered angelic. Panty and Stocking are sent on a mission from God (or more likely, a guy named Garterbelt) to take down ghosts to earn their way back into Heaven. The Anarchy sisters couldn’t be any more different from one another: Panty is obsessed with sex (and […]

Review: "Dragon Ball Z Kai Season Four" - Speed Bumps at the Climax

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Thanks to Vegeta’s pride and Kuririn’s lust, the female cyborg No. 18 is absorbed by Cell. Cell obtains unmatched power with an unmatched desire to test it. Luckily, Son Gokuu and Son Gohan have completed their latest training. Whereas the story last season knew no end to its momentum, Dragon Ball Kai’s climax finds itself […]

Hayao Miyazaki Faces Nationalist Backlash for Anti-War Messages in "Kaze Tachinu"

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The South China Morning Post reports that renowned animation director Hayao Miyazaki has drawn criticism from right-wing and nationalist Japanese factions for perceived anti-war messages in Kaze Tachinu, his latest film about the life of Horikoshi Jiro, creator of the Japanese Zero fighter. Despite its subject and setting during World War II, the movie portrays […]

Review: "Rental Magica" - Abracadabra, It's An Enjoyable Show!

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Itsuki “Itski” Iba is no one’s idea of a corporate leader.  He’s a bit on the reserved side, not very physically imposing and he’s always getting overruled by his subordinates.  And yet, he’s the one tasked with running his late father’s Magic business, Astral.  No, not the David Copperfield kind of “magic”, but real honest […]

Review: "Shin-Chan Season 3" - Here's More

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Back when the slice-of-life anime comedy Shin-chan first aired, I loved it because it was vastly different than any other anime I had watched, especially considering what usually airs on Adult Swim (i.e. shonen action shows). I also greatly enjoyed the re-written, pop culture-heavy dub, which took extensive liberties with the original show. Generally I […]

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