Clips from Aardman's delightful "Creature Comforts" are part of "Watch Me Move: The Animation Show." (DIA)

'Watch Me Move' is a boon for animation buffs, but it could have been more

If you’re an animation buff like me, you’ve been eagerly awaiting “Watch Me Move: The Animation Show” at the Detroit Institute of Arts. It’s chock-full of rare and fascinating bits chronicling the history of animation, from Eadweard Muybridge’s 1879 zoopraxiscope to Pixar and beyond. All in all, there’s about 12 hours of animation to watch … Continue Reading →


First impression: 'Tari Tari' full of great surprises

I love it when an anime series can surprise me, and in its first four episodes, “Tari Tari” from Sentai Filmworks and Section23 Films does just that. From the description, it sounds pretty straightforward: The last year of high school is always a time of both looking forward and looking back.  Ahead of you lives … Continue Reading →


Review: 'Oblivion Island' a delight for kids and adults

I know they’re out there, but U.S. anime distributors don’t tend to pick up a lot of titles for kids if they’re not fighting series, so Funimation’s “Oblivion Island: Haurka and the Magic Mirror” is a real treat. Brightly colored and sweetly told, “Oblivion Island” is a story about memories of childhood and how important … Continue Reading →

Win Robotech: The Complete Original Series on DVD

“Robotech” is one of the grand-daddies of anime in the U.S. Personally, I never watched it. I preferred “Battle of the Planets” and “Voltron,” myself. But earlier this week, my colleague Ursula Watson waxed rhapsodic over her memories of the series. I promised a giveaway, and a giveaway you shall have. I’ve got the complete … Continue Reading →

First impression: Rosario + Vampire: Season One

And yet another interesting anime series is brought down by a prepubescent obsession with breasts and panties. I really wanted to like this one. Funimation’s “Rosario + Vampire” sounded like it could be fun. And it has great music — very “Addams Family” in places with the harpsichord. It’s about Tsukune, who gets rejected by … Continue Reading →

Youmacon back to spread cosplay through downtown Detroit

// Youmacon, Metro Detroit’s biggest anime convention, is back this weekend, ready to take over the Detroit Mariott at the Renaissance Center this weekend from Thursday night through Sunday. And it just keeps growing. Attendance was 9,000 last year, and when I ran into con chair Morgan Kollin at a “Real Steel” screening a few … Continue Reading →

First impression: 'Night Raid 1931'

“Night Raid 1931: Complete Collection” (Sentai Filmworks) – I love a good period piece, and “Night Raid 1931″ certainly seems like a good period piece. Set in Shanghai in, well, 1931, it’s got drama, action, intrigue, great clothes, cats and psychic powers. What’s not to like? Sure, that sounds like an unusual mix, but it … Continue Reading →