Hana bonds with her children, Yuki and Ame (Funimation)

Review: 'Wolf Children' shows the power of motherhood -- with a supernatural twist

While it came out closer to Christmas, Funimation’s “Wolf Children” is one you’ll want to pick up and save to give to your anime-loving mom for Mother’s Day. Rather than some hard-to-follow epic movie, “Wolf Children” is a coming-of-age story that’s a testament to the incredible strength that goes into motherhood. Narrated by her daughter, … Continue Reading →


First impression: 'Space Dandy' makes dandy simulcast premiere on Toonami

“Cowboy Bebop” was the show that got me into anime after a long post-“Battle of the Planets” lack of interest, so a new show by creator Shinichiro Watanabe is a big deal for me — and lots of fans. “Space Dandy” is that new show. It premieres at 11:30 p.m. Saturday during Cartoon Network’s Adult … Continue Reading →


First impression: 'Toriko' is unmitigated fun

With all the high-minded, exquisitely animated anime series out there, sometimes it’s nice to turn your brain off and watch something that’s just plain fun. “Toriko,” out this week from Funimation, is one of those series. It’s from Toei, home to the likes of “Dragon Ball Z” and “One Piece,” so don’t expect high art. … 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 →


Review: 'Fractale' is exciting drama in a future that feels real

“Fractale” starts out quirky, and I like quirky, so I knew I was in for a good show. Funimation’s latest this week opens with a human boy talking to his parents, two alien-looking creatures who, it turns out, are doppels, virtual doppelgangers of his actual parents, who live somewhere else. Clain lives in a world … Continue Reading →


Review: 'Tales of Vesperia' movie a thrill for nongamers, too

Clocking in at nearly two hours, “Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike” from Funimation is pretty hefty for a game spin-off. It’s also pretty stunning to watch, with some fantastic animation from Production I.G. But I’m getting ahead of myself. “Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike” is a prequel to the game, which has previously … Continue Reading →

A dragon attacks. (Funimation)

Review: 'Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker' falls back on cliche

Video games turned into movies don’t often fare well. And “Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker” won’t go down in the annals of great adaptations, but falls squarely in the middle. It’s not terrible, but it’s nothing special, especially for people who aren’t fans of the gaming franchise. Bioware’s “Dragon Age” games have been hits, … Continue Reading →

Warehouse 13

Geek's guide to 2012 summer TV

After reading Mekeisha Madden Toby’s summer show guide, which included only one show with geek appeal, “True Blood,” a co-worker said I should write up the geek response. So for those of us who couldn’t care less about another dance show or incognito millionaires, here are more shows to keep you on the couch and, … Continue Reading →