For nearly four decades, Mobile Suit Gundam has defined the giant robot genre, and anime in general. As much an examination of war as a simple action series, Gundam can be intimidating for new viewers... but it doesn’t have to be.
Everyone wants something on Sailor Moon Crystal. The Black Moon want power. Usagi wants to go home with her friends. Tuxedo Mask wants to protect Chibi Usa. I want to move on from the endless exposition and get to the action. But as hard as Sailor Moon Crystal tries this week, not everyone gets what they wanted.
Sailor Moon Crystal is back after a terrible relapse into old habits. However, this week there’s a welcome break from infodumping nonsense, which leads to an interesting mediation on one of Sailor Moon’s core beliefs: the power of friendship, and how without it people can stumble into their darkest moments.
Charles Baudelaire once said that the finest trick of the Devil is to persuade you that he does not exist. Sailor Moon Crystal is in essence, very similar to the Devil in this regard — except that its greatest trick is to persuade you that it could be better than it had been. But it couldn’t even keep that trick up.
Hoo boy. Sailor Moon Crystal has been on on the mend these past few weeks, but it kind of fell apart here. Awful pacing issues, nigh on incomprehensibility, and weird, weird romance were the hallmarks of the day — but at least Sailor Pluto showed up.
Although I've enjoyed the past few episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal a lot more than anything from the show's first half, it would be hard to acknowledge that anything has really actively been done by the dwindling Sailor Senshi. But not this week: It's time to get things done! Sort of.
I was a happy child, but I didn’t have such a happy childhood. Other kids didn’t get my weird vibe, especially in elementary and middle school. And one year in particular, we moved to a new city and a new school, and things got ugly. Only one thing kept me from losing my shit: Star Blazers.
This week's Sailor Moon Crystal was a little all over the place. Instead of focusing on a single story like the excellent character piece for Sailor Mercury, it tried to be two things at once, never quite hitting highs in either. But it did tell us this: Sailor Jupiter seriously needs to step up her flirt game.
This July, Bandai celebrate 35 years of selling 'Gunpla' - plastic model kits of the mechs from the long running Mobile Suit Gundam franchises. They're doing so in style too, with this ultra-fancy new version of the Gundam model that started it all.
Don't call it a comeback, but Sailor Moon Crystal delivered a strong episode this week, off of the back of a solid opening to the 'Black Moon' story line. The only problem is, is it too late for us to start caring?
Sailor Moon Crystal is back for a new story arc, and after a pretty disastrous ending to a sloppy first half-season, I was less than optimistic going into the new 'Black Moon' arc - but so far at least, a shake up of the story might have been a good thing for our Sailor Senshi. Spoilers ahead...
The crazy and beloved anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion turns 20 later this year, and Japanese Eva fans are looking to celebrate by literally embedding a teeny replica of a famous weapon from the show into the moon. Beats a birthday cake, I guess!
There's something about the Colossal Titan that means regardless of the form it comes in, it's always weird looking. I mean, it is a giant skinless monstrosity that chomps on the last of humanity, but it's an impressive feat that it still manages to get the creep factor in. Just look at that tiny, hulking body!
Meet Urkel-San, the protagonist of the new Animation Domination High-Def video that transforms Family Matters into an uncanny anime world full of swords, robots and magic potions. I don't know about you but I like this version much better than the original.
I have a hearty respect for the crazily dedicated fans of 'Gunpla' - the intricately detailed Japanese model kits of the oodles of awesome Mobile Suits of the Gundam franchise. But this custom-made Gunpla model is so cool, I wish it had a series of its own.
And so ends the first story arc of Sailor Moon Crystal - not with a bang, but more of a half hearted 'poof!' somehow stretched out over 24 minutes. Oh, Sailor Moon. Where did it all go wrong?
It's time to end the first story arc of Sailor Moon Crystal! Kind of. Sailor Moon stands before Queen Metalia and her plans to consume the Earth, but not without pacing problems getting in the way of the show once more.
It's time for one final battle against the Dark Kingdom on this week's Sailor Moon Crystal, and it's another stop on the up-and-down rollercoaster that has been the uneven quality of Crystal's first season - one that unfortunately doesn't hit the highs of recent episodes.
This excerpt from The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness—a new documentary about the legendary Studio Ghibli—shows anime master Hayao Miyazaki drawing the last shot of the last film of his career, The Wind Rises. It was precisely during the shooting of this documentary that Miyazaki decided to retire from filmmaking.
It might be heartbreak for Usagi, but when the Sailor Senshi get to face off against an evil Tuxedo Mask, we all win - this was a pretty great episode of Sailor Moon Crystal, and it's nice to see the show finally hitting its stride.