Sunday, December 30, 2012

Cartoon Reviews: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Episode 60 - Apple Family Reunion


The Story
Apples from all across Equestria are coming to Ponyville to celebrate their family reunion. To help Granny Smith take it easy and enjoy the reunion, Applejack takes over planning and organizing the reunion. But good intentions go overboard when she plans every single minute of the reunion, without giving anyone any time to enjoy each other's company.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Cartoon Reviews: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Episode 59 - Wonderbolt Academy


The Story
Rainbow Dash's dream is finally within grasp, as she is accepted into the Wonderbolt Academy. At first everything seems to be going well. But then Rainbow is made wing pony to another pegasus, Lightning Dust, who is just as good as Dash, only a lot more reckless. Things start to go downhill as Lightning's dangerous attitude almost gets the other cadets hurt.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Graphic Novel Reviews: The Dark Knight 013

The Story
The Scarecrow exposes Batman to an even more potent toxin, causing him to live out the life he could have live had he turned to the light rather than the darkness when his parents died. The toxin causes him to confront his very essence. Batman confronts his future, the fact that he fears human contact more than anything. While at the same time we get to see more of Scarecrow's past, and how he was trapped in a pit filled with corpses and gruesome mannequins. Finally, Batman is able to escape and confront Scarecrow.

The Review
Out of all the Batman stories, this is by far the creepiest. I may not enjoy the macabre all the time, but every once in a while it can spice up a dark story just right. What surprised me most about this issue is how little actually happened. There weren't any big action scenes, and the plot didn't really progress out of the one room. But I love this kind of storytelling. Taking a chapter to focus on what makes Batman who he is was incredibly enjoyable.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Cartoon Reviews: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Episode 58 - Sleepless in Ponyville


The Story
Scootaloo, Apple Bloom, and Sweetie Belle go camping with their big sisters and Rainbow Dash. Scootaloo tries to impress Rainbow with how tough she is, a feat made all the tougher by Rainbow's scary campfire stories. Scootaloo tries to stay up at night to escape from her nightmares, but falls asleep anyway. In one of Scootaloo's dreams, Princess Luna saves her from the headless horse. Luna tells Scootaloo that she needs to face her true fear.


Cartoon Reviews: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Episode 57 - Magic Duel


The Story
Trixie returns with the alicorn amulet, an object that gives her untold power, and she uses it to get revenge on Twilight. After Trixie drives Twilight from Ponyville it's up to the purple unicorn and her friends to figure out a way to defeat Trixie.


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Cartoon Reviews: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Episode 56 - One Bad Apple


The Story
When Apple Bloom's cousin, Babs Seed comes to visit, Apple Bloom is at first excited to have a new friend. But Babs soon turns out to be a bully when she joins Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon in harassing the Cutie Mark Crusaders.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Cartoon Reviews: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Episode 55 - Too Many Pinkie Pies


The Story
When Pinkie realizes that there is too much fun going around for just one pony, she uses a secret pool to make a duplicate of herself. When the duplicate realizes there is more fun than just two Pinkies can have, she decides to make more and more copies. But these copies care for nothing but having fun, and soon Ponyville is overrun with Pinkie Pies.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Graphic Novel Reviews: Catwoman 013

The Story
Catwoman is hired to move a giant chess piece to a designated location. After completing her job she realizes that a woman is trapped inside the chess piece, and that another piece, a pawn, has a child in it and is about to be sacrificed. She manages to save the child, but the woman in the Queen dies in the explosion.

The Review
I've been pretty positive about Catwoman overall, with the exception of the first issue and issue zero. But this...well this was just incomprehensible. The first half is understandable at least, but the moment the chess pieces come into play I lost the thread. Coming back to the story a second time allows it to make a little more sense, but my initial impression remains very confused.

First of all...giant chess pieces? Really? I don't even have any specific complaint about this, it's just so nonsensical. And the fact that it is so nonsensical damages the entire rest of the plot. I forget about everything that happens the moment I reach that end.

Graphic Novel Reviews: Nightwing 013

The Story
Nightwing's investigation on Lady Shiva leads him to discover that a small time gangster has hired a squad of men to murder the assassin upon arrival. Even though Shiva most certainly deserves death for the crimes she's commited, Nightwing goes to stop the attack, only to discover that she has arrived in Gotham, but not by the means everyone thought she would.

The Review
First off, if you've noticed that the plot summaries on these reviews have been somewhat short, that's because while I consider some kind of plot synopsis is necessary, I don't put that much weight on them. I like to keep the spoilers in more or less the same place so anyone that doesn't want to know what actually happens in the book doesn't have to watch out for spoilers during the review itself. And considering that I don't really feel like summarizing every little thing that happens, you end up with only a few lines. If you like your reviews with plot summaries, I apologize for the shortness of mine, but I probably won't be doing more than the most basic of summaries anytime soon.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Anime Reviews: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Episode 002 - A Letter From the Past


The Story
Seven years later and Jojo and Dio are now close friends. Or at least so it seems to others. On the inside Jojo knows that the friendship is not true, while Dio revels in his deceit of everyone, while preparing to take control of the Joestar estate.


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Graphic Novel Reviews: Detective Comics 013

The Story
The night the Martha Wayne Wing of the Nevile community center is meant to be opened, the Penguin hires assassins to take out Bruce Wayne, and thugs to waylay Batman so he can't interfere with the assassination. Batman makes it to the dedication anyway, just in time to discover that the Penguin has bribed the chairman of the community center to rename the children's wing as the Cobblepot wing.

In the backup story Ogilvy and a newcomer to Gotham break into a bank and steal some codes. After the breakout the newcomer turns out to be too clever for his own good and Ogilvy murders him.

The Review
I'd heard that Detective Comics was picking up the slack, so I figured I'd give it a look see. After the supernatural vibe of Batman and Robin, it's nice to see a more down to earth kind of story where the focus is on regular crime and assassination, and motives that are driven by human motives.

Graphic Novel Reviews: Batman and Robin 013

The Story
Batman takes Robin up to teach him how to repair their satellite during an eclipse. He is later called to the Mount Hope Cemetery where the signs point towards what looks like an outbreak of the undead. Batman of course believes that there is a human explanation for the attack. Still, he orders Robin back to the batcave. While on his way back Robin runs into people running away from what for all intents and purposes looks like an outbreak of the undead. He buys the people time to escape, but falls into the mass of undead.

The Review
I'm not the biggest fan of zombies there is. I like the basic story structure, but generally most examples of it are too gory for me to properly enjoy. As such I approach this story with some trepidation. Though, to be fair, since this is being published under the DC label and not Vertigo, so I think it's safe to say this won't get excessively gory.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Graphic Novel Reviews: Teen Titans 0

The Story
During Tim Drake's attempts to discover Batman's identity, in order to apply for the position as Robin, he ends up stealing money from the Penguin, getting himself and his family targeted. After Batman saves him, Tim's parents are taken into protective custody and Tim becomes Batman's protege as Red Robin.

The Review
I will confess, my knowledge of Batman lore comes more from reading done on wikipedia than actually reading the comics. I am currently working to remedy that, but at the moment my knowledge is still somewhat limited. That being said, I know for a FACT that Tim Drake did not start out as Red Robin.

I'm not sure what the reason behind the change was, though I can imagine it had something to do with establishing Tim as separate from the Robin identity that has been bestowed on Damian. I still think his choice of name is ridiculous. Either a certain restaurant chain doesn't exist in the DC universe, or the writers and editors at DC have never heard of it. Either way, they're all missing out on the Royal Red Robin Burger, which is an absolute shame.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Graphic Novel Reviews: Talon 0

The Story
As a child, Calvin Rose escapes from his abusive home and joins Haley's Circus. While there he learns to become an escape artist, and is recruited by the Court of Owls to become their Talon. On his first mission he is sent to murder a woman and her daughter. Unable to go through with it he kidnaps the two and leads them to safety.

In present day he is attacked and left to die by the current Talon of the court. Calvin manages to break out and escapes from the Talon.

The Review
I bought this because I figured it was worth a look to see what Scott Snyder and James Tynion could do with a story centered around one of the Talon's as the protagonist. What I found was a series I  hope will go on for a long, long time. I absolutely loved this story. Snyder and Tynion tie past and present together in a way that flows perfectly and introduces us to everything we need to know about the character.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Graphic Novel Reviews: Detective Comics 0

The Story
Bruce trains with Shihan Matsuda, a warrior monk of the himalayas, to take that necessary step to becoming the perfect warrior he needs to be to complete his mission. While there he struggles between banishing all light from him, or accepting it as a part of his whole. When his master is murdered by the girl Bruce had been developing feelings for his path is set.

In the second story Alfred fights against attempts from the Kanes to take over the Wayne fortune. He chases one of their representatives away, just before Bruce returns home with a plan.

The Review
The best part about the main Bat Book Issue Zeros is that together they tell a mostly complete story. They tell the entire story of Bruce's past and training. Overall it all ties together nicely, and while the horse is still dead during this entire rehash of Batman's past, I like the complete picture I'm given after having read all of them.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Graphic Novel Reviews: The Dark Knight 0

The Story
After his parent's death, Bruce spends years trying to find the meaning behind their murder. He grows up, goes to school, graduates, always trying to find the reason behind his parents deaths. He reasons that someone must be responsible. His father was a powerful man that stepped on a lot of toes. But once Bruce tracks their killer, Joe Chill, down he discovers the man to be a drunk. Not a mob killer, an assassin, or a gunman. The reason his parents died is because one man was down on his luck and needed some money to buy another bottle. His world view shattered, Bruce sets out to find meaning in the world, beginning the training that would lead to him becoming Batman.

The Review
This story has been repeated to exhaustion. The horse is no longer just dead, it's been resurrected and kept alive long enough for its flesh to rot away in undead putrification. THEN they started beating it again.

Graphic Novel Reviews: Catwoman 0

The Story
After being caught stealing, a young Selina Kyle is offered a job in the Mayor's office as part of a program to help street children. While searching through her file in the data base she finds that Selina Kyle is an alias, along with a different name, written in Russian. The man who gave her the position finds out she searched her file, and tries to get her to forget about it. When she refuses he pushes her off the building. Somehow she comes back to life and tries to track down information on her would be killer, only to discover that she was never in the database.

The Review
You know what annoys me more than the fact that New 52 Catwoman's backstory is a variation on both movie versions, it's the fact that this issue introduces a mystery that we have no idea when it will be resolved. It's the fact that suddenly she has super powers. Or at least that's what we're meant to assume? And the mysterious past is probably linked to those powers.

Comic Reviews: Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Snow Goons

This marks my last review of an individual Calvin and Hobbes collection. As of this most recent Black Friday I find myself the proud owner of the complete collection in paperback, except a review shortly. By which I mean abandon all hope to ever see it, and then be surprised when it finally does come out.

There are two reasons why this collection is a must have, well, three. The first being that if you don't have the complete collection then you need this volume.

The second reason is that this collection contains one of the quintessential, and the best, Calvin and Hobbes stories. Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons is possibly one of my favorite stories. It's the first time that there was a legitimate threat in the series story. Granted, it was all in Calvin's head, but as we are seeing the story in his reality the Goons were as much of a threat as he wanted them to be. And there's something really cool about evil snowmen. Well, except for all the other times it's been done before. Still, there's something fun about the idea of a snowman zombie apocalypse.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cartoon Reviews: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Episodes 53 – 54 - The Crystal Empire


The Story
When the Crystal Empire returns after vanishing for a thousand years, Princess Celestia sends Twilight and her friends to help Shining Armor and Cadence protect the crystal ponies from King Sombra, an evil unicorn who once ruled the Crystal Empire.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Editorials: The DC Valentine Special

Ah, love, the thing I despise most in all the world. And never am I more the Grinch than upon St Valentine's feast. So imagine my confusion, when confronted with the thing I hate most and the thing I love most. That's right, this February DC will be publishing a Valentine's special (possibly as part of their nefarious Superman/Wonder Woman push), and Batman will be involved. Better yet, Catwoman will be sharing his story, as DC finally acknowledges the pairing after a good year or so. Though, I am amused by the synopsis for their story:
Following the events of “Death in the Family,” how can Catwoman ease Batman’s troubled soul? 
I'm going to say, yes, yes she can. And it's probably going to look something like the end of Catwoman 001

Still, I'm not one to look a pairing gift horse in the mouth, even if that horse wants me to put $7.99 in there first. 

Take a look at the summaries, and let me know if there's anything you're excited for or disappointed about..

Editorials: Darth Vader to Return?

Well then, the Star Wars rumor mill has certainly taken a spin for the worse. According to my highly reliable internet sources Vader might be returning for the new movies. A quote from an unnamed source states that:
“He’s an integral part of the franchise. Replacing him is virtually impossible. The plan is for him to return and play a significant role in the new films. This is science fiction remember, Darth Vader will rise from the ashes.”
While that is a valid point, few things are outside the realm of possibility in science fiction and fantasy, what this quote reveals is a lack of understanding of the Star Wars franchise. The first six movies were very much Anakin's story, from his fall to his redemption. Bringing Vader back, after his story was concluded, reveals that not only is the crew in charge of the new movies not confident enough in their own ideas, but they are willing to dig up resolved plot lines to cover up that lack of confidence.

I am almost confident that bringing Vader back into the game could be the game breaker for this new trilogy. Or, I've got a bad feeling about this.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Editorials: Star Wars VII Has a Writer

According to various sources around the internet, Michael Arndt, screenwriter for Toy Story 3 will be writing the screen play for the upcoming Star Wars movie. Not much is known at the moment, except that apparently Arndt has put together a treatment for the next upcoming Star Wars movies. This makes me hopeful, that they are planning the movies at the same time, which with any luck will result in a more coherent trilogy.

I have to say this development has raised my hopes for the upcoming Star Wars movies. Toy Story 3 was a well written and wonderfully entertaining family movie, and while Star Wars is a slightly different beast than a movie about living toys, I think that family movie element Arndt has already proven he can write will be a crucial part of this upcoming trilogy.

The most lucrative type of movie is the family movie, and after the amount Disney spent to purchase the Star Wars franchise it can only help for the new movie to be as successful as possible. While I doubt Disney would shut down the franchise after one flop, it's too resilient for that, it would give their future plans a definite boost.

Overall I'm optimistic, a good writer most likely means a good movie. Sure there are exceptions, but no point being pessimistic just now.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Stuff You Should Buy

If there's one thing that Amazon Prime has taught me, it's that shipping charges are the only thing keeping me from spending all my money on dvd and blu-ray sets. That being said, here's some cheap blu-rays for you.

Firefly: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] - $18.49

For some reason I didn't own this series yet, borrowed it from friends when I watch it. But at just eighteen dollars for the blu-ray I have no excuse for not owning this.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Complete Collection One [Blu-ray] - $29.99
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Complete Collection Two [Blu-ray] - $29.99

If you like the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and haven't bought the individual collections yet, this is literally the cheapest you could get the entire series. Keep in mind that the individual sets were around fifty bucks a piece. Of course they're cheaper on Amazon, but if you want the whole series this is the perfect time.

One Piece: Collection One - $18.96

Speaking of individual collections...I'm starting to wish I hadn't started buying the individual voyages for One Piece, because these collections are so very, very affordable. Curse my collector soul!

That's about it for now. If you find any other good deals on Amazon, let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Graphic Novel Reviews: Nightwing 0

The Story
After Dick's parents are murdered, he is taken in by Bruce Wayne, while the police investigate Tony Zucco. While at the Wayne Care Center, Dick goes out at night to track Zucco down himself. He comes across Batman, who he recognizes as Bruce Wayne, and Bruce starts to train him.

At first Dick works only as support, working the computer and providing inteligence for Batman. But when Batman runs afoul Lady Shiva, Dick dons the costume and goes out as Robin for the first time.

The Review
The main thing I took away from this issue is that DC seems to be doing their best to PC their characters up. One of the running jokes about Batman in the fandom is that he's kind of a horrible human being for training a kid to fight crime. However, in this version of Dick's origina story, Batman initially does not take him out to fight crime. Rather he trains him to help him protect himself, and then uses him as support staff to keep him out of the fight. Essentially, Dick was going out and getting into fights on his own, Batman is just doing what's necessary to protect him. It almost feels like the central message of The Princess and the Frog, where Disney backtracks on their "Wish upon a star" philosophy. Except that DC never encouraged child endangerment, so it feels more like clarification upon a misunderstood point.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Editorials: Disney Aquires Lucasfilm

I saw this on twitter. Didn't take it seriously. Foolish me. Press release and commentary after the break.

Graphic Novel Reviews: Batman 0

The Story
There are two stories in this issue. The first features a young Bruce Wayne, before he adopted his Batman persona, training himself against Gotham's scum by infiltrating the Red Hood gang. He slips up for not doing enough research on them, and the gang turns on him.

He manages to slip away, and make it to his Brownstone hideout, where he has his base of operations established. Alfred tries to talk him out of his crusade, but Bruce is adamant, and refuses to listen to Alfred.

While he is training with his boomerang on the roof, Gordon visits him, trying to get information about the current CEO of Wayne Enterprises, Philip Kane. He asks if Bruce has heard anything about the vigilante that's running around the area. After Gordon leaves, the Red Hood gang arrives to blow the building up.

Graphic Novel Reviews: Batgirl 0

The Story
While Barbara and James are taking a tour of the GCPD for her school assignement, cultists attack, releasing Harry X, an inhumanely large human trafficer. During the assault he zeroes in on Barbara, trying to take her hostage. She dons the mock-up of Batman's costume from the task force room, and beats Harry X.

The rest of the story is a montage of her year as batgirl, and how she left it all behind for a normal life. All up until that fateful night, when the Joker came calling.

The Review
From the two issue zeroes I've read, I've noticed that montages feature extensively. And I like how this book takes the montage, but only applies it to the end. There's an actual story with a beginning, middle, and end in the first part of this comic. And as far as I'm concerned, it was a really good story.

Graphic Novel Reviews: Batman and Robin 0

The Story
Batman and Robin #0 chronicles Damian's life, from his birth to his growth into the character that he was when he first met Bruce. The story uses the central theme of a duel between Damian and Talia on his birthday to show the passing of time. Ultimately he defeats her at the age of ten, after being trained in all disciplines imaginable, and he gets to learn the identity of his father.

The Review
If the New 52 did anything right, it's change my opinion of Damian. Initially I couldn't stand him, as I'm not the biggest fan of arrogant characters. But like so many movies where a character starts an arrogant jerk, but learns his lesson towards the end, I've grown fond of Damian.

Graphic Novel Reviews: Justice League 012

The Story
The Justice League fights off Graves and the spirits he was using to try and possess them. After finishing him, the league is beset by people questioning their capabilities.

Steve Trevor and Wonder Woman have a falling out, while Green Lantern decides to leave the team and act as the scapegoat in the fight against Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman and Superman share a moment alone, and end up kissing.

The Review
I was reading Justice League back in the early days of the New 52. I figured I'd read everything that had Batman in it, but after I found myself with nothing to say in my reviews, I eventually just stopped reading altogether. I can't really say that this was because the book was no good, it really had more to do with my lack of interest, which just might be the signs that the book was no good.

The BownBlog Reopened

I've been a bit of a slacker on my writing blog, partly because I've been trying to focus on this blog, and partly because I haven't been writing in a while. But all that has changed! Read the details here.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Comic Reviews: Scientific Progress Goes "Boink"

I orginally read these strips as part of a larger collection. I can't remember which collection specifically, but it was fun to come back to some old favorites in a new format.

By this point in the series Watterson was almost exclusively working with longer storylines. Of course there were still a lot of single strip gags, but the stories were getting longer and more frequent.

The titual story in this case was the episode where Calvin duplicates himself and proceeds to get in trouble as his duplicates all go and do their own thing.

As an adult I can't help but wonder what stories like this look like outside of Calvin's imagination. Seems to me that a lot of the adventures he gets up to would have to be explained by a lot of running around.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Comic Reviews: The Revenge of the Baby-sat

In my last review I said Weirdoes from Another Planet contained one of my top three favorite Calvin and Hobbes strips. This collection completes the triforce of comedy, with my other two favorite strips.

The thing is, I'd forgotten about one of them, but when I rediscovered it I couldn't stop laughing for a good five minutes. It's the story where Calvin's dad is trying to take a picture of Calvin, for their Christmas letter, only to have Calvin ruin every single picture with the faces he pulls. The very first one of those is my number two favorite, where Calvin pulls his face, and the last panel has him running away from his dad.

My number one favorite is the mostly silent strip where Calvin's mom puts on her nice clothes to go out, only for Calvin to be waiting for her at the door. The grin on Calvin's face cracks me up every single time.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Comic Reviews: Weirdos From Another Planet!

What can I say about this collection that I haven't already said about the others? If you scroll down the page you can see the grade I gave it, though you probably don't need to, because I'll never give any Calvin and Hobbes book a lower grade. So why even bother with this review?

Well, I don't know about you, but I for one never get tired of lavishing praise on Calvin and Hobbes, so we're going to keep going until I run out of books. Which will probably happen around the time I run out of money. But this is not that day, so sit back and enjoy a brand new batch of Calvin and Hobbes reviews.

As always, Calvin and Hobbes is the greatest comic strip ever, etc, etc. And besides the trip to the Zoo, yet another vacation, and their journey to Mars, this collection has some of the strongest stories in the series.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Comic Reviews: Yukon Ho!

The best part of this collection is that I could have sworn I read it before. But as soon as I got halfway through the book I found myself confronted by several pages worth of strips I'd never read before. For a moment I considered how much of a failure I was for not having read all of Calvin and Hobbes. That moment didn't last, as I realized with glee that I had brand new Calvin and Hobbes I had never read before!

It's like that moment, when you find a pristine five dollar bill in your pocket. And then you use that five dollar bill to go buy more Calvin and Hobbes, because what else would you bother spending your money on?

Monday, October 15, 2012

New Youtube Channel

Here it is. You should go check it out. This is currently where you can get the newest MANimation episodes. Unless you just want to wait for the blip videos here.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Comic Reviews: Something Under The Bed is Drooling

I would like to say that Calvin and Hobbes is timeless, and in the ways that matter it is. While there are minor markers of time, such as typewriters and spin dial phones, the atmosphere of the comic is absolutely timeless.

While reading through this collection, I do my reading in between calls at work, I had it lying on my desk. An older gentleman walked by right as I was finishing up with a call. He took a look at the book on my desk, and the two of us started talking about our favorite Calvin and Hobbes strips.

That is what this comic is, it's the one true bridge between the generations. Young or old, doesn't matter, everyone can find something they appreciate in Calvin and Hobbes.

Cartoon Reviews: Gravity Falls Episode 012 - Summerween


The Story
The town of Gravity Falls loves halloween so much they've created a copy of the holiday in June, Summerween. When Dipper finds out Wendy and Robby are going to a party, he decides he no longer wants to go trick or treating with Mabel. But Dipper's lack of Summerween spirit brings the wrath of the Summerween Trickster on him. He, Mabel, and their friends, are tasked with gathering five hundred pieces of candy before the last jack'o'melon goes out, or the Summerween Trickester will eat them.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Comic Reviews: Calvin and Hobbes

Disclaimer: This is for the first collection of strips, not the entire series.

Oh, Calvin and Hobbes, how you defie convention. Such as my convention to always break a review into a summary of the plot and the actual review. But that won't work this time.

Calvin and Hobbes was my absolute favorite series when I was growing up, much to the chagrin of my parents (go ahead and ask them about the bathtub incident). It's also one of the rare series that I've beena ble to enjoy at any age. Doesn't matter how often I've read it, I always laugh. I just laugh for different reasons every time.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Anime Reviews: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Episode 001 - Dio the Destroyer


The Story
After George Joestar confuses the thief robbing him after a carriage accident as his savior, he promises that man he will do anything for him. Years later the man sends his son, Dio Brando, to be raised by George Joestar, along with George's own son Jonathan.

I don't see anything going wrong with this.
As soon as he arrives, Dio makes Jojo's life a living hell, to drive him out and make himself the heir to the Joestar estate. He physically abuses him, steals all his friends from him, and even steals her first kiss from Jonathan's girlfriend. Enraged by this assault, Jonathan attacks Dio, and beats him for the first time. Their fight is interrupted, and in retaliation Dio has Jonathan's dog, Danny, burned alive.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

MANimation! Episode 001 - Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

Anime Reviews: Fairy Tail Episode 100 - Mest

The Story
The first stage of the exam ends, as Natsu, Gray, Levi, Cana, Elfman, and their respective partners move on to the second stage. Rather than a fight, this stage has them scouring the island for the grave of Fairy Tail's first master, Mavis.


But something is afoot, as Mest might not be who he says he is, and nobody can remember anything specific about him. And the mysterious stranger has entered the story, as he runs into Elfman and Evergreen, nearly killing them if not for Natsu's intervention.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cartoon Reviews: Gravity Falls Episodes 1-11


The Story
When twins Dipper and Mabel are dropped off at their Great Uncle Stan's home, in the town of Gravity Falls, Dipper discovers a book that reveals there is more to the quiet little town than either he or his sister had suspected. What follows is eleven episodes of supernatural adventures, from zombies, sea monsters, psychics, time travelers, and even presidential intrigue.