A Satisfying Return

After 17 years away, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ delivers big time fun for fans of the long-running anime series.  Dragon Ball ... Continue Reading →

Full Genre Mash-Up

Full Metal Panic blends familiar tropes with new twists and wildly shifts moods over three engaging seasons. Full Metal ... Continue Reading →

The Anime Income Gap

While American animation heroes are above money problems, Japan’s struggle to scrape by in modern economy. In Frozen, Anna and Elsa lived in palaces; Gru in Despicable Me commanded ... Continue Reading →

Review: ‘Hal – The Movie’

Hal – The Movie Funimation: $29.98, DVD/Blu-ray combo pack The popular new mini-feature Hal plays like cross between the live-action film Her and a three-hanky weeper from the ... Continue Reading →

Reviews: ‘Bleach’ Double Feature, ‘Majestic Prince’

Bleach Movies: Double Feature VIZ: $14.98, 2 discs, DVD Although he’s the one of the most popular anime heroes in the world, Bleach‘s Ichigo Kurosaki has little in common ... Continue Reading →

Red Data Girl: Complete Series

Red Data Girl: Complete Series Funimation: $54.98, 2 discs Red Data Girl (2013) infuses the popular “magical girl” genre with elements of traditional Shinto religion. Izumiko ... Continue Reading →

Anime Reviews: ‘Short Peace’, ‘Naruto’ Movie

Short Peace: Complete Collection Sentai Film Works: $29.98, Blu-ray Although Katsuhiro Otomo’s reputation rests principally on his watershed cyberpunk feature Akira, his third ... Continue Reading →

Reviews: ‘Persona 4,’ ‘Appleseed Alpha’

Persona 4: The Animation – Complete Collection Aniplex/Sentai: $79.98, Blu-ray (4 discs) Persona 4 is a welcome rarity: An animated series based on a computer game that people ... Continue Reading →

Reviews: ‘Ranma½,’ ‘Princess Nine,’ ‘Casshan,’ ‘Cobra’

Ranma½: Set 1 Viz: $54.97, Blu-ray, 3 discs plus booklet; Rated TV 14. Since its debut as a manga in 1988 and in animation a year later, Rumiko Takahashi’s gender-bending romantic ... Continue Reading →