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Watamote: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Watamote: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Price: $59.48
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Funny and Sad, and FUN-NY and SA-A-AD, August 23, 2014
Tomoko Kuroki is an unpopular girl - she has no friends in school and has trouble talking to anyone outside her family. She not an ordinary, shy, anime girl - she's a misanthrope who envies popular students in her school and hates them at the same time for being popular. Whatever joy she does find is normally only temporary. Watching her struggle through her first year in high school is like watching a baby deer walking for the first time, an immediately stumble cartoonishly into a ditch. Lots of people love Watamote, or hate it, because it seems strikingly similar to some real moments in our lives.

There are times you'll want to shake her and say "Comb your hair! Stop going to sleep at Four in the Morning! And stop lying, you're only making it worse!"

WataMote is a rare series that is mostly told from the first-person perspective. Tomoko doesn't talk much, you're usually hearing her think. Previously, my problem with Sentai Filmworks was that they didn't match the lip-flaps, they seemed to have dodged the bullet this time. As for the individual voices, they sound fine to me, except for Tomoko's younger brother Tomoki who sounds too old to be a 14 year-old boy. Tomoko herself is played by Monica Rial, (who played May Chang in FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood,) they gave Tomoko a young, but very sickly sounding voice will be very grating for some people. It fits because, Tomoko is not a pleasant person to talk to.

The disappointing part is the lack of special features. You can always do commentaries, Sentai! And stop cramming 9 episodes on a Blu-Ray. This series is expensive for being only 12 episodes. I still had to get it, there will be people talking about Tomoko Kuroki for a long time. (Oh, the irony!) Despite the price, WataMote is a great series to collect, and if you can find the humor in the struggle to come out of your shell, then this one's for you.

I give WataMote a Five-out-of-Five.


Devil Is a Part Timer: Complete Series [Blu-ray]
Devil Is a Part Timer: Complete Series [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Artist Not Provided
Price: $40.29
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part-Time Devil, August 13, 2014
This show is charming. As a guy that went through college on a budget, the dilemma of trying to live on minimum wage was really funny to me. The biggest surprise was that it is not a "fanservice" show. It's NOT bait for Yaoi Fangirls, nor is it that softcore porn that you have to hide in your room. It's just a good show.

In another dimension, Angels and Demons fight for control of the country Ente Isla. After a big battle, two demons - Satan and Alciel, escape and land in modern day Japan without their powers. They have to wait for their magic to be restored, so they have to survive as humans, which means getting a job so they can eat. Its basically a slice of life anime, with fantasy elements.

Funimation did a great job adapting the series. They kept the off-brand names, MagRonalds and Sentucky. Plus we get two commentaries, on Episodes 01 and 13.

If I had to complain about something, it's the names. Clearly, the creators didn't know Satan and Lucifer are the same Devil. Also, Sadou (Satan) isn't THE Devil, he's A Devil. But that's just me being Catholic.

So pick it up if you like Slice of Life Anime, or is you've ever worked in Fast Food. I would love a second season. Five-out-of-Five.


Young Justice: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
Young Justice: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Jesse McCartney
Price: $24.99
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2 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good-BYE, Megan!, August 11, 2014
I'll be the badguy and say, this show aint that great. It's good, if you don't know any better. I can sum up my dissatisfaction with this series in one sentence fragment, "Give me Characters, NOT Characteristics."

Before you label me a hater, I will always be open to new interpretations of characters. I will give every series a fair shot. I watched both season of this show, and color me unimpressed.

It's just a cookie cutter teen drama. I doesn't skew older like Justice League Unlimited did. Nor does it skew younger, like Teen Titans did. It's just nonstop Teen Drama. This is the Twilight of the DC Universe, and I mean that in the best possible way. If you wanted Teen Titans to revolve around the team trying to hook up and wonder "I hope sempai likes me," the this is the show for you. To top it all off, the tension just DEFLATES in the most unsatisfying way possible at the end of the season.

And it wouldn't be so bad if the characters were SO DULL. There's Aqua "I-have-no-personality" Lad, Super "Cloning Blues" Boy, "Tsundere Girl" AKA Artemis, Kid Flash (who had to be the "fun one" or else a funeral was gonna break out) and Robin the Boy Wonder. (Why's he called the Boy "Wonder?" He seems pretty sure of himself to me.... Do you think I'm witty? If so this show is flippin' hilarious!)

Who did I forget... Oh, HELLO, Megan! Who proves that you shouldn't make a copy from a copy, or else you wind up with a crappy character.

Add on some of the ugliest character designs I've seen outside of some DCs Direct-To-Video Movies, spotty voice direction, and it's no wonder why this is one of the shortest DC Animated Cartoons. (Still longer than Green Lantern, though.)

It feels like Young Justice was building towards an epic conclusion that never happened. So, all that's left is teen drama, teen drama, teen drama. If that floats your boat, this ones' for you. If you want superhero action, then you gotta wait for another justice league cartoon. Or try the Marvel stuff. Earth's Mightiest Heroes, or Spectacular Spiderman (also by Greg Weisman).

Three-out-of-Five. If you haven't bought it already, I say give it a pass.


Justice League: War [Blu-ray]
Justice League: War [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Alan Tudyk
Offered by Anchor*Media
Price: $24.79
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars War - What is it Good for?, June 29, 2014
Justice League Unlimited ended in 2006, DC has been putting out these direct to video movies since 2007, and DC made a reboot of their universe in 2012. Here we are at the first adaptation of one of the "New 52" comics - Justice League: War, based off of the first Justice League storyline Justice League, Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52).

Full disclosure, I didn't read the original comic, but I generally like the team behind it. Geoff Johns is a good writer most of the time, and Jim Lee is a superstar artists. I wasn't reading DC comics, because every jumping on point is a jumping off point, and I had left DC behind when they started their reboot. But, let's evaluate what kind of gains they make then they're not bogged down by decades of character development.

Green Lantern is chasing a mysterious figure through Gotham, before crashing into Batman and they team up to discover the purpose of the creature they were chasing. This lead them to team up with Superman, and later the Flash, Wonder Woman, Shazam, and Cyborg, to fight off an invasion by Darkseid.

Like a lot of people I wonder why they chose Darkseid as their first antagonists, because it leaves little places to go for escalation. The answer is that Darkseid is a very boring enemy. Other interpretations of Darkseid have painted him as a smug despot that took pleasure in stealing freedom and joy from the universe. This new Darkseid feels nothing. He's a stone faced totem, going from planet to planet to consume it a la Galactus.

The heroes are a mixed bag. Without judging each individual voice actor, all I can say is you'll want to be forgiving. Character wise... I was not impressed. Batman is always right, because people expect Batman to always be right. Superman although portrayed as very powerful, can be very blunt and unlikable (though they tell me he was worse in the comic). Green Lantern - Hal Jordan is a total "Bro," - a cocky jock that frequently embarrasses himself (hard to believe Geoff Johns would write him like that. The Flash has little screen time, but he come out fine. This is also Cyborg's Origin story, and he's okay.

I hate Wonder Woman in this. She's supposed to be an ambassador, but she has no people skills. It's an annoying trend I've noticed that DC likes to put a leash on their female characters. She might be super strong, but she need handlers to keep her from embarrassing herself. Wonder Woman, Miss Martian, and Starfire all sit in the "funny foreign exchange student" table, and she immediately starts to fall for Superman like she's a high school freshman and he's the senior star quarterback. It's very shallow.

Then there's Shazam. Aquaman was in the original comics, which was a nice touch, because with Cyborg in place of the Martian Manhunter, the same team that took on Darkseid also took on Starro the Conqueror in the JLA's first adventure in 1960. But Shazam comes out of nowhere, without any explanation. I know who Shazam is, my online handle is DC_Fan_52, but I'm guessing John Q. Public doesn't know! You'll be left scratching your head why this kid has powers! There's not even a hint of what's going on!

In the end, no matter how good the action is, the weak characters really hamper the movie. I would not want to follow these characters in the future. Do I really want to see Clark and Diana making kiss-y faces at each other? Or see if Batman gives Green Lantern that fistbump that he's practically begging for? Or the Adventures of Captain Where-do-my-Powers-come-from? (Actually I would, I generally like Shazam.)

Special Features on the Blu-Ray include

Deconstructing War with Jay Olivia and Jim Lee - Jim Lee and Jay Olivia talking about the movie for 20 minutes

Creating Heroes: The Life and Art of Jim Lee - a 40 minute look at Jim Lee's career.

Justice League Act D - From Animatic to Pencil Test

From the DC Comics Vault: The last episode of JLU - Destroyer with Darkseid, Batman the Brave and the Bold - The Malicious Mr. Mind featuring Captain Marvel also known as Shazam, and two episodes of Young Justice Invasion.

A Sneak Peek at Batman and Son

I'm always open to new interpretations of character, but this opening adventure was noticeably weak. As I've said, an ongoing television series staring these characters is one that would have to move on without me. Thankfully, these moving allow DC not to have to commit to anything, and only suckers like me pay full price to add it to their collection. To everyone else, I say give this a rent, it's not worth the your money or your shelf space. I give Justice League War, Two out of Five stars.


JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time
JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time
DVD ~ Various
Price: $14.96
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4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, June 27, 2014
I'm a DC Fan, so I buy all the DC stuff, and I was cautious about this Direct to DVD "movie." I thought it might turn out to be overly saccharine - too sweet and directly aimed at kids. There are some hiccups, but by the end, I enjoyed it.

It starts off very similar to the old SuperFriends cartoon, with the JLA facing off with the Legion of Doom, complete with the same roster as the old cartoon. They sound off their names for those young viewers who don't know who they are already. But the real plot starts when Lex Luthor travels back in time from the 30th Century to destroy the JLA, and two wouldbe members of the Legion of Super Heroes, Dawnstar and Karate Kid, must stop him.

Honestly, I'm love that they used the Time Trapper character, and they really surprised me that they didn't take the simple way out with the plot. There's also strong hints that this is maybe a pilot for a series further down the line, or at least a sequel. I would love that. I really liked Dawnstar and Karate Kid.

If there's one thing people will dislike is the voice actors. None of the famous VAs return for this movie, and their stand-ins are nothing special. Then there's the character design. I'm forgiving with a lot of things, but I didn't like Superman's character design - he should have a square jaw, it's practically tradition. Robin the Boy Wonder's design and character is a misstep, in my opinion, the kid needs a haircut and an attitude adjustment. I liked Wonder Woman in this WAY better than her representation in the most recent JLA War, though.

Overall, I'd call this movie's tone one step above the old Teen Titan's cartoon, but still below the old Justice League cartoon. If you are one of those fans that likes action adventure without getting caught up in thing being super-serious, then definitely give this a watch. If you like the JLA to be super-serious all the time, then stick with the PG13 stuff.

I give JLA Adventures 4 out of 5 stars.


Justice League: Season 2 (DC Comics Classic Collection) [Blu-ray]
Justice League: Season 2 (DC Comics Classic Collection) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Phil Lamarr
Offered by King Beardo
Price: $23.98
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray Review - Individual Chapters - Rebuy - 5/5, May 22, 2014
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Justice League is one of the greatest animated series ever. But, if there's one thing that I didn't like about the old DVDs, its that each episode was considered on big chapter, so there was no easy way to skip the theme song, because it would just skip ahead to the next episode.

This Blu-Ray does have the individual chapters, that's exactly what I wanted, so that's why I could recommend upgrading to blu-ray.

Plus, it looks good in HD, and it has the exact same special features.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars.


Under The Dome, Season 1 [HD]
Under The Dome, Season 1 [HD]
Price: $24.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming for a Genre Fan, February 21, 2014
I'm half way through the series and I'm not that impressed. I was a big fan of "Lost" and was thoroughly impressed with the cult-hit "Jericho," that "Under the Dome" feels like a lukewarm mix of the two.

Somehow it just doesn't grab me. It feels so telegraphed that the mysterious Barby is going to be important later. Then there's Junior the sociopath, providing the "drama" by kidnapping that girl I hardly know or care about. It really seems that should have been a plot-line to save for the second season. Then there's that girl with the two moms... ain't she ugly? But besides that shallow point, even though she's portrayed like a realistic teenager, doesn't make me like her any better.

I just feel like it was all done better in Jericho. I should really BUY Jericho, now that I think of it.

But, if you haven't been watching these type of TV series before, I'm sure it's FINE. Maybe It'll get interesting later. Me, I'm thankful for Amazon Prime letting me stream this, instead of spending cash to check out the DVDs.So, yeah, it's a good series to stream on not spend money on.

Three-out-of-Five.


Medaka Box Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Medaka Box Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Emiri Katou
Price: $40.58
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6 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sentai Filmworks Disappoints, October 29, 2013
Medaka is a normal high school girl, who is loved by nearly everyone, and loves nearly everyone. She's been elected class president and has dedicated herself to making school life better for her classmates, which she succeeds at spectacularly. Anyone who doesn't like her, she wins over to her side eventually.

So, she's a Mary Sue. But, she's got boobs the size of her head!

But, seriously, Medaka is practically a saint with a magnificent body, that happens to solve everybody's problems instantly. It's sorta entertaining. And it looks terrific in HD. Plus, despite what I've said about Medaka's body, it never devolved into pandering softcore porn like Freezing: Complete Series [Blu-ray] does.

It's a bit weak, plot wise. It begins with Medaka solving classmates problems every episode, and ends with one climactic battle. It's fine. It gets more entertaining in the second series, Medaka Box Abnormal.

I really wanted to love this series, but what killed my enthusiasm was the subpar Dub job. All the characters sound too mature to be high schoolers, but the most damning, the lip sync is off. The first episode is terrible at making the lip flaps match the script. It gets better as the series goes on, but it never goes away.

If I'm paying $40-$50 for a crappy dub, I feel ripped off!

Now, if you like to watch thing with subtitles, then this doesn't affect you. But I paid a large chunk money for this, so I am not happy.

So, for a fair beginning for a Shonen series, but a crappy dub, I give Medaka Box a 3-out-of-5. You are better off watching it with subtitles, steaming on Hulu. Or if you want watch it dubbed, wait until this costs less than $30.


Chrono Cross - PlayStation
Chrono Cross - PlayStation
Price: $9.99
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What if I had never been born???, August 24, 2013
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
As human beings we occasionally wonder about the road not traveled. What if I just got on a bus and left right now? What if I had stuck with my first major, instead of switching? What if that car hadn't stopped? What if I had never been born?

Those types of questions are the premise of Chrono Cross, as the main character, Serge, stumbles into a world where he was already dead. What all those questions mean for all of us, we will never know, but Serge is at the center of something bigger than all the universes put together. What transpires is a dimension hopping plot about alternate futures and temporal paradoxes.

Things you need to know:

Firstly, while this is the sequel to Chrono Trigger, it's not mandatory that you play the SNES/DS game. I can say that, because I had never played CT until I had beaten Chrono Cross. I think it's a fitting sequel, what could you do with a game that had nineteen different endings? The answer is a very creative solution which I shall not spoil.

Secondly, this game boasts 45 different playable characters. On the negative side, less than half of them are remotely interesting. In addition, despite having so many characters, very few can be combined to use special moves (Double Techs and Tripple Tech Skills, as they were called in Chrono Trigger). And as you play through the game, you might find the way they speak (although it's all in text, there is no voice acting in this game) annoying. Instead of programming different things for each of the characters to say, each of them says the same thing, but with a different verbal tic. This was done to save space on the disk.

Thirdly, the unique battle system/ leveling system. For the most part, you only gain levels by beating a boss character. Which means you can't grind until you're ten or twenty levels above everybody to breeze through the game the first time around. In addition to that, the individual battles take strategy. Sure, regular enemies are a breeze, but there's a lot of push-and-pull, risk-vs-reward in the difficult battles.

Each character has a Stamina Meter worth 7 points. You can use that Stamina to perform Physical Attacks, that come in three levels 1. Weak, 2. Strong, and 3. Fierce. Each hit that connects will raise your "Grid Level" by that many points. Your Magic Grid contains the spells that you can use in battle. But, using a Magic Spell will diminish your stamina by 7 points completely, and you can go into negative stamina points, which means it'll take longer to be back up to full Stamina.

This means, in the late game, if you need to heal a party member, it's not as easy as Casting Cure in Final Fantasy. You have to spend the stamina, to build up your Grid, to cast the spell, and most spells can only be cast once per battle. Sometimes it's smartest to have all your party use Defend, just to let your Stamina build back up.

Oh, sure, you could just pound X, going 1-2-3-Element, 1-2-3-Element, 1-2-3-Element! But, believe me, you'll hit the wall eventually. And, just a heads up, you can only get one Revive Element per play-through, so plan your battles correctly!

There's not much else to say without resorting to spoilers. Chrono Cross is an video game epic that should be uncovered as you go. Take the road less traveled, I say. Unlike real life, there's always NewGame+ Mode, where you could do it all over again.

If you've started collecting PS1 games, or JPRGs, Chrono Trigger deserves a spot in any collection.


Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox [Blu-ray]
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Nathan Fillion
Price: $12.98
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Say "Goodbye" to Everything You Knew, August 1, 2013
No spoilers.

The Flash wakes up in a world counting down to doomsday, and he's the only one that can stop it.

It's amazing what they managed to accomplish in only 81 minutes. It's as good as any episode of Justice League Unlimited. You should be cautious, because it is very bloody. Don't let the kids see this one. It's based off the Graphic Novel Flashpoint by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert. Unlike previous adaptations, they didn't try to imitate the art by Andy Kubert, instead they used the "house style" from Studio 4C, the Japanese Animation Studio responsible (most recently) for the Berserk movies. You can see it in the bits of CGI throughout the film. It looks fantastic, and you can also spot all sorts of character models carried over from Young Justice.

Seriously, let me reiterate, don't let kids watch this because no one is "safe."

If I can say one thing, that is I really like Cyborg in this. Previously, Cyborg's inclusion really felt like a token gesture. This movie, I feel, really legitimizes his inclusion in the Justice League. But, besides that, it really is a Flash centric story. We get so few movies that don't focus on Superman or Batman, hopefully this will prove that other heroes can carry films. I really love this movie.

Extras on the Bluray include

Audio Commentary with the Writer (Jim Kreig), Director (Jay Olivia), Producer (James Tucker), and the original author of the comic (Geoff Johns). I loved this commentary track.

A Flash in Time - A short featurette about the possibility of time travel. Honestly, it's not that informative. That's what happens when you try to explain theoretical physics in layman's terms. It's 20 minutes I'll never get back.

My Favorite Villain! The Flash Bad Guys - a 20-minutes look at the Flash's Rogues with Geoff Johns.

Four episodes: "Flash and Substance" featuring the Rogues from Justice League Unlimited, "Legends" parts 1&2 from Justice League, which is about alternate dimensions, and "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster" from Batman the Brave and the Bold featuring the three people to use the name the Flash.

And a Sneak Peak at Justice League War, a reboot of the Justice League.

Trailers and a digital comic pad out the disk.

If you love Justice League, you'll love this movie. If you're a fan of the Flash, you're gonna love this movie. If you're a fan of all of these DC-Movies, here another fantastic movie. For a great story, great animation, and some real nice bonus features, I give Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox a perfect 5-out-of-5.


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