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  • Project A-Ko

    Project A-Ko

    ★★★★★

    A-Ko's very near and dear to my heart. It was the first anime I saw with explicit knowledge of it BEING ANIME. I'd seen some of those localized shows from the early 80s (Voltron being my favorite), but that shit was no different from Muppet Babies or Superfriends in my mind-- it was all goofy shit I absorbed at that impressionable age. But THIS was the first thing I rented knowing full well that I was getting into that weird…

  • California Crisis: Gun Salvo

    California Crisis: Gun Salvo

    ★★★★★

    Just realized I never posted a link to my review of this thing over on my blog.

    I will champion this strange, apparently unfinished (yet still commercially released in Japan) OVA oddity until the day I die. If anything, it works better NOW than it likely did then, because it's playing with a whole bunch of filtering of nostalgia and foreign pop cultures in ways that feel very much in the vein of more recent trends. It does for 50s…

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  • Anna and the Apocalypse

    Anna and the Apocalypse

    ★½

    "There's no such thing as a Hollywood ending."

    But... this was almost painfully EXACTLY like every Hollywood zombie movie, ending and all? That might be the joke, but it didn't really work?

    Maybe if I was a drama club kid in school or grew up on the recent breed of Disney Channel 21st century musicals I'd be more into this, but Anna and the Apocalypse didn't do much for me. Little too cutesy, little too fond of its own cleverness,…

  • Every Single Night

    Every Single Night

    When you're the sort who likes-- or rather NEEDS-- to create things, you have a way of getting wrapped up in your own ideas.

    You'll get an idea. Whether that idea is birthed from some "spark of inspiration", or if it has a very clear line of thought that allowed it to develop, you'll find yourself mulling over it again and again and again before it finally emerges in your medium of choice.

    With Every Single Night, that "idea" is…

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  • Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost

    Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost

    ★★★★

    As far as long-running cartoon franchises that take old, apocryphal entries and loosely work them back into the "canon" go, I dug this more than Dragon Ball Super: Broly.

    It's a far more herculean effort to take a character like Flim Flam and make him bearable than it is to do something similar with a character like Broly.

    Also, there's some genuinely fascinating stuff going on in here with the character dynamics of Fred and Daphne, given that Fred was…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    Gosling's character makes a big huff about jazz-- a dynamic art that has changed and morphed many times over the years-- and how it's dying. Never mind that the notion that jazz being on the verge of dying is fatalistic bullshit, despite this supposedly lingering fact, his character is also staunchly bound by tradition, despite the people he holds up as idols NOT sharing that sort of attitude. He cares more about who sat on a stool than he does…