Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Review

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is a 2000 fantasy adventure Japanese animated series directed by Kunihisa Sugishima, starring Dan Green, Wayne Grayson, Amy Birnbaum, Greg Abbey, Megan Hollingshead, and Eric Stuart.  Based on the manga written by Kazuki Takahashi, the series revolves around a boy named Yugi Mutou who battles opponents in the Duel Monsters card game. Positives: Great, well-written characters Awesome English dubbing Great score Interesting story Awesome dialogue Good art style Negatives: Useless characters Plot: The show revolves around a young teen named Yugi Mutou and friends who engage in…

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Elfen Lied Review

Elfen Lied is a 2004 psychological horror science fantasy Japanese animated series directed by Mamoru Kambe. Based on the manga of the same name written by Lynn Okamoto, the series is centered on the teenage Diclonius girl “Lucy” who was rejected by human beings and subsequently wants revenge. Positives: Highly violent with lots of gore Great voice performances Good animation The writing is decent Interesting premise Negatives: Lackluster characters Score is not memorable Uneventful story Plot:  Elfen Lied focuses on Lucy who is of a newly mutated species, the “Diclonius”.  She…

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Outlaw Star Review

Outlaw Star is a 1998 science fantasy western space opera Japanese animated series directed by Mitsuru Hongo, based on the manga by Takehiko Ito, the  plot follows protagonist Gene Starwind and his motley crew of an inherited ship dubbed the Outlaw Star, as they search for a legendary, outer space treasure trove called the “Galactic Leyline”. Positives: Great characters Great music Good voice performances Great action Decent animation style The writing is good The story is awesome Great humor Touching moments Great setup Negatives: Lackluster antagonist Episodics can distractive Plot:  The premise follows a young man,…

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Naruto Review

Naruto is a 2002 martial arts action fantasy Japanese animated series directed by Hayato Date, based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto.  The series details the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja searching for recognition and dreaming of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village. Positives: Terrific characters Great humor Good score Great voice performances Good animation style Great, original story Great antagonist Good writing Intense action Good setting Negatives: Lengthy fights Follows some anime troupes Plot:  The show’s premise is…

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Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time Review

Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time is a 2010 Japanese 3D animated film directed by Kenichi Takeshita, starring Yuya Miyashita, Shunsuke Kazama, KENN, Greg Abbey, Dan Green, Matthew Charles, Atsushi Tamura, and Sean Schemmel.  The story follows the evil Paradox, who is planning to kill Pegasus before he can invent Duel Monsters, and it is up to duelists Yusei Fudo, Judai Yuki, and Yugi Moto to stop him. Positives: Great voice performances Great characters Intense action Decent score Negatives: Lackluster script Stupid plot Unnecessary characters Extremely lame antagonist Plot:  The story follows…

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DragonBall Z: Bojack Unbound Review

DragonBall Z: Bojack Unbound is a 1993 martial arts action Japanese animated film directed by Yoshihiro Ueda, voice performances including Stephanie Nadolny, Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Colleen Clinkenbeard, and Ethan Rains.  Set as the ninth film in the DragonBall Z animated film series, the film follows Bojack, a demon who was freed from prison when King Kai’s planet was destroyed. Now, without his father Goku by his side, can Gohan save the Earth? Positives: Good animation style Good action Good voice performances Negatives: Lackluster story Lackluster antagonists Plot:  Following Cell’s defeat…

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DragonBall Z: The Tree of Might Review

DragonBall Z: The Tree of Might is a 1990 martial arts fantasy Japanese animated series directed by Daisuke Nishio, starring Ian James Corlett, Saffron Henderson, Scott McNeil, and Ward Perry.  It is the third installment in the DragonBall Z film series, follows a group of aliens who visit Earth to plant the Tree of Might, a plant that grants cosmic power by draining the Earth’s life force and it is up to the Z Fighters to save the world. Positives: Good score Great action Good animation style Cool plot Negatives: Flat antagonists…

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DragonBall Z: Fusion Reborn Review

DragonBall Z: Fusion Reborn is a 1995 Japanese animated film directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi, starring voice performances by Sean Schemmel, Kyle Hebert, Kara Edwards, Christopher R. Sabat, and Kent Williams.  Serving as the twelfth film in the DragonBall Z series, when a worker at King Yemma’s spiritual check-in station is accidentally covered in spiritual waste, he is transformed into a powerful monster named Janemba, who destroys the barrier between the real world and Other World, allowing the dead to walk the Earth.  As the living Z Fighters fend off the…

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Yuki Yuna is a Hero Review

Yuki Yuna is a Hero is a 2014 magical girl Japanese anime created by Project 2H. The story  follows Yūna, Mimori, Fū, Itsuki, and Karin are all members of the Sanshu Middle School Hero Club who dedicate themselves to helping those that request help. One day, the Hero Club members are suddenly caught in a explosion of light and transported to a strange forest, where they use special phones to transform into “heroes” with magical powers so to protect their world from imminent destruction by the mysterious monsters known as Vertexes. Positives:…

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DragonBall Z: Resurrection ‘F’ Review

DragonBall Z: Resurrection ‘F’ is a 2015 Japanese animated film directed by Tadayoshi Yamamuro, voice cast include Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat, Chris Ayres, Jason Douglas, and Ian Sinclair.  It serves as the nineteenth film in the DragonBall series and follows Goku (Schemmel), Vegeta (Sabat), and the Z fighters who must protect Earth from the resurrected Frieza (Ayres) and his army of soldiers. Positives: Good voice performances Good characters Good story Good animation-style Good action Negatives: Script could’ve been better Plot:  Frieza’s making a return to Earth and his thirst…

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