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Review: "Pom Poko" Blu-ray - The Tanuki are Restless

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I need to clear up one thing before we get too deep into things. Tanuki are not raccoons. They’re a type of dog that lives in Japan and looks kind of like a raccoon, but they are in no way related to North American raccoons, despite Disney’s insistence on calling them raccoons in the dub […]

Review: "101 Dalmatians" Blu-ray Hits the Spot

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Are you tired of princesses? Then adopt 101 Dalmatians! 101 Dalmatians is an interesting departure for Disney in a number of ways. Many of the previous Disney films before this were adapted from fairy tales. By contrast, 101 Dalmatians was based on a book that was written fairly recently (1956, to be exact), and was […]

Review: "Porco Rosso" Soars High on Blu-ray

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Hayao Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso fits chronologically and thematically between the pre-teen Kiki’s Delivery Service and the very adult Princess Mononoke. The movie’s sense of magical whimsy is tempered by much more adult themes and the spectre of wars past and yet to come, all done with the same mastery of craft that we’ve come to […]

Review: "Tales from Earthsea" - Patronizing Boredom in Fantasy Form

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Tales From Earthsea has an infamous shadow hanging over it, being the directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki. At the height of its release, there was a nervous air as Studio Ghibli’s fans wondered if lightning can strike twice from the same family. Whether he expected it or not, there was an immense […]

Review: "Blood Lad" Blu-ray (UK Edition): An Otaku Vampire In Demon World

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Staz Charlie Blood is the progeny of a noble vampire bloodline. Although Staz is aware of the common trappings and behaviours his heritage entails, he has no interest in such things and instead uses his power to rule as the fair boss of the Eastern territory of Demon World while building up his apartment shrine […]

VIZ Media Brings "Coppelion" to Blu-ray on February 3, 2015

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VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE HOME MEDIA RELEASE OF COPPELION ANIME SERIES After A Catastrophe Contaminates Japan’s Old Capital, Three Genetically Engineered Girls Embark To Rescue Survivors; Complete Series Released As DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack San Francisco, CA, January 29, 2015 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in […]

"Sailor Moon Season 1, Set 2" Set for Release on Blu-ray and DVD on February 10, 2015

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Jorge Gutierrez and the Bulletproof Heart Behind "The Book of Life"

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Born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana, Jorge Gutierrez grew up on a multi-pop-cultural mix of Japanese anime, American Popeye cartoons, and Mexican Cantinflas movies. Over the objections of his father (who didn’t consider animation a “real art”), he attended the famed California Institute of the Arts, perpetually wondering why the Mexico and Latin-American […]

How to Be a Tough Guy the Danny Trejo Way

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Danny Trejo spent his youth throughout the 1960’s in and out of all the California state penitentiaries, but had gone clean and sober and straight after getting released in 1969. In 1985, he was working as a drug counselor when a young, recovering addict gave him a call asking for help, saying he was about […]

Review: "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" and the Blu-ray - Seasons 1 and 2

Batman the Brave and the Bold Menace of the Madniks!

I’ve read a lot of reviews of Batman: The Brave and the Bold by writers (including here) who feel the need to bend over backwards explaining how they can like the show even though it’s not 100% serious in the way that Batman: The Animated Series or Beware the Batman are. I think the fact […]

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