Tag: animation

Black Dynamite: Season One

Black Dynamite: Season One

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Adapting a film to a television series is always a tricky proposition. When the film in question is a beloved cult favorite–such as Black Dynamite, the 2009 film that did for 70s Blaxploitation what Wet Hot American Summer did for early-80s Summer Camp movies–pulling off an effective series becomes even more difficult. What is it […]

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Regular Show: The Complete Third Season

Regular Show: The Complete Third Season

| June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Regular Show is a series that kids love—mine sure does anyway.  Sure, it’s a show about a blue jay and a raccoon who work at a park for a gumball machine man, but most of the humor is honestly going to hit the grown-ups in the audience much harder than it will the children, especially […]

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Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends

Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends

| August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Haganai can be most accurately classified as a “harem anime,” a term that never fails to fill me with dread as I start up a series. And yet, it’s among the ever-increasing number of shows that toys the conventions of the harem model, making it far more palatable for folks like me for whom “harem” […]

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Fairy Tail: Part Five

Fairy Tail: Part Five

| July 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Fairy Tail is back with a bang! Have you been craving some unruly Natsu/Grey fights, Lucy’s money dramas, or Erza just being Erza? Well, now you have it, this fifth set of Fairy Tail is full from beginning to end with action and adventure. There are returning friends/foes and new ones for us to get […]

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Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms for Tomorrow: Volume 2 Premium Edition

Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms for Tomorrow: Volume 2 Premium Edition

| July 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

In my review of Hanasaku Iroha Volume 1, I voiced my surprise at how deeply I had become invested in the ongoing efforts of the series’ central characters to merely keep Kissuiso, the hot springs inn at which they work, operational. After all, why should I care about their “day jobs”? Yet, as I explained […]

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Regular Show: The Complete First & Second Seasons

Regular Show: The Complete First & Second Seasons

| July 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you’ve never laughed so hard you’ve cried while a naïve, lollipop-headed gentleman sings “Footloose” amidst the chaos of a fight involving a blue jay, a raccoon, a yeti and a gumball machine, you’ve probably never experienced J.G. Quintel’s Regular Show. And if that’s the case, you make me sad. No, seriously. For shame. Fortunately […]

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Littlest Pet Shop: Sweetest Pets

Littlest Pet Shop: Sweetest Pets

| June 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

When Blythe Baxter moved into the city with her father, she never expected to move into the apartment above the Littlest Pet Shop. But an even bigger surprise awaited her. Blythe can talk to the pets…and they can talk back! On June 4, 2013, Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release Littlest […]

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Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms for Tomorrow: Volume 1 Premium Edition

Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms for Tomorrow: Volume 1 Premium Edition

| April 24, 2013 | 1 Comments

One of the things that I find makes many Japanese films and series so thoroughly engaging is the ability to reflect the dedication that the Japanese people possess at a fundamental cultural level for whatever it is they endeavor to do. Be it pursuing a rare collectible or fighting the forces of evil, Japanese characters […]

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Emma: A Victorian Romance – Season Two

Emma: A Victorian Romance – Season Two

| April 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Emma: A Victorian Romance season two seems to be almost an entirely different show than its previous season. The plot, while still languid, seems to be quicker and fuller. This may come from the fact that there is more conflict inherent in the story lines. Emma and William have gotten to know each other during […]

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Sweet Blue Flowers

Sweet Blue Flowers

| April 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Admittedly, Sweet Blue Flowers (Aoi Hana) is not the sort of show I‘d normally go out of my way to see. Adapted from the even still ongoing manga by Takako Shimura, this 2009 “Girls’ Love” anime is a slice-of-life story about a group of Japanese high school girls, some of whom, including our protagonist, Fumi, […]

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