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"Gunslinger Girl" Box Set: Killing with High Caliber Cuteness

by Chris Woodon May 16, 2007
Anime fans come in many shapes, sizes, and scents. But if they have nothing else in common, they are all very experienced at explaining their hobby to the bewildered general public. Unfortunately, the average person tends to have a hard time comprehending what appeal anime holds for people other than children and perverts, so one […]

"Full Metal Panic The Second Raid Vol. 2,3,4": Lock and Load High School

by Chris Woodon May 10, 2007
I find the recent deluge of school-based cartoon series to be both curious and tiresome. One would have to think the last thing a kid wants to see after a trying day of math and history is yet another classroom. Thankfully some series try to put a spin on this overly familiar environment, such as […]

"He-Man Season 2 Vol. 2": Greyskull’s Final and Finest Honor

by Chris Woodon March 30, 2007
With 130 episodes, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has one of the largest libraries of any American animated action series; it was even more prolific than the venerable Batman: The Animated Series or Justice League. However, despite its massive popularity, the show’s reign at the top only lasted two years. It might be […]

Afro Samurai Director’s Cut to Air in Japan in May

by Chris Woodon March 8, 2007
Spike TV’s Afro Samurai series will air on the WOWOW channel in Japan on May 3rd and 4th. The broadcast will be in English with Japanese subtitles, and include additional footage not seen in the U.S. Afro Samurai stars Samuel L. Jackson as a warrior seeking revenge for his father’s death in feudal Japan. Source: […]

"Le Chevalier D’Eon Livre 1": One for All

by Chris Woodon February 28, 2007
Tales of feudal Japanese political intrigue and rampant limb severing have long been popular in anime. Director Kazuhiro Furuhashi’s Rurouni Kenshin is probably the most notable example, and last year Furuhashi returned to historical swordplay, albeit in a distinctly French form, in the spectacular Le Chevalier D’Eon. By Friday, Durand’s three-duel commute had really got […]

"Brother Bear 2": A Kodiak Moment

by Chris Woodon February 23, 2007
It goes without saying that the modern generation of Disney animated films revolutionized the industry in the early 1990s. Their breathtaking animation and enchanting songs put them head and shoulders above the competition. However Disney exited the 2D theatrical business a few years ago with two water-treading films. The less said about the horrendous Home […]

Adult Swim Marketing Campaign Causes Bomb Scare in Boston

by Chris Woodon January 31, 2007
Electronic devices placed around Boston as part of a nationwide marketing campaign for Adult Swim show Aqua Teen Hunger Force caused a bomb scare today, resulting in multiple road closings. Read the full AP article here.

"Blackstar The Complete Series" Review: He’s No Man, He’s a Star

by Chris Woodon January 22, 2007
Dungeons and Dragons, Conan the Barbarian, and He-Man are arguably the only sword and sorcery properties to have notably endured beyond the genre’s brief boom in the early 1980s. Most of the many also-ran properties have been all but forgotten, regrettably including the two animated series that blazed the trail for He-Man. Ruby Spears’ excellent […]

"The Invincible Iron Man": Hero of Iron, Movie of Tin

by Chris Woodon January 20, 2007
My favorite superheroes have always relied on advanced technology or physical skills rather than magic superpowers; maybe it’s just because I love elaborate weaponry. And no one does that like Iron Man. Recent comic developments notwithstanding, old shellhead has often been stuck in supporting roles over his long career, so I was thrilled that Marvel […]

M. Night Shyamalan to Helm "Avatar" Film Trilogy

by Chris Woodon January 9, 2007
Variety reports that Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan has signed on with Paramount to write, produce, and direct three live action films based on Nickelodeon’s popular Avatar animated series. A potential conflict looms with Fox’s just greenlighted James Cameron sci-fi project of the same title. According to Fox, “We own the movie title ‘Avatar.’ […]