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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 […]

Otakon 2013: FUNimation Announces "Cowboy BeBop" on Blu-ray and More

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At its industry panel late Saturday afternoon, FUNimation Entertainment brought Sunrise’s Masayuki Ozaki on stage to make further announcements on titles FUNimation will be distributing from the studio. Chief among the announcements was a trailer announcing director Shinichiro Watanabe’s Cowboy BeBop, which will be rereleased digitally and on Blu-ray in 2014. The series recently received […]

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 […]

Review: "A Certain Magical Index" - A Certain Magical Ehhh.....

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In the future, there is only Hello Kitty…wait…no…in the future there is magic, and espers, and magical espers, and espers with magic, and maids. Always with the maids. A Certain Magical Index aka Index from here on out, is supposedly the story of Index, a silver haired young woman who happens to land on the […]

Review: "One Piece Season Four Voyage Four" - Plot Drowned by Backstory

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At the start of One Piece Season Four Voyage Four, Cipher Pol 9, a secret taskforce that executes the World Government’s dirty work, has framed the Straw Hat Pirates for the attempted murder of Water Seven’s mayor, Iceberg. What’s worse, Straw Hat archeologist Nico Robin appears to have joined them. Down two crew members with […]

Review: "Fafner: The Complete Series" and "Heaven & Earth" In The Shadow Of Giants

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“Are you there?” If you hear this question, do not answer it. A mobile island may be humanity’s last hope against the Festum, alien forces that have destroyed much of life on the planet. With no options left, a new pilot of the Fafner, an immense mech, must be chosen. A young boy, and soon […]

Anime Boston 2013: Sunrise Official Panel Report

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Sunrise Japan came to Anime Boston for the first time this year and gave a presentation on some of their upcoming projects and made several announcements.  They announced the launch of Daisuki-a joint project between themselves, Aniplex, Toei and Toms.  They also announced that multiple titles formerly held by Bandai Entertainment USA are currently being […]

Review: "Mass Effect: Paragon Lost" Entertains, But Underachieves

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On paper, Mass Effect: Paragon Lost looks nothing short of fantastic. Animated by the illustrious Production. I.G. and a movie tie-in for Bioware’s science fiction action RPG series, acclaimed for its powerful storytelling? The pedigree is undeniably outstanding. However, both as a Mass Effect film project and as an anime coproduction, this movie is an […]

FUNimation Solicits June & July Titles Including "Appleseed XIII", "One Piece" Season 5

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FUNimation Entertainment recently scheduled a number of anime releases for the months of June and July, featuring a mix of new titles and repackages for established properties. Dates and details follow below. June 2013 Appleseed XIII, a CG-animated series based on Shirow Masamune’s Sci-fi manga, is due on 6/4/13. The series is being released as […]

Review: "Tenchi Muyo! Movie Collection" Breaks the Muyo! Mold

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Tenchi’s disappearing! Tenchi has a daughter! Tenchi disappeared! In the Tenchi Muyo! franchise’s three cinematic movies, the gang travels back in time, deals with daughters from the future (!?), and explores the world of restaurant work. Can the girls save Tenchi, save Tenchi, and save Tenchi? In these three movies, does Tenchi actually matter, or […]

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