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Review: Teen Titans: The Complete Fourth Season (2005) My Reviews 22 OCT 2012

The loveable, accessible to all ages but aimed at the younger viewer, Teen Titans animated television series is certainly is a lot darker than normal with the show’s 13 episode long fourth season outing, this time focusing on a far more evil and powerful entity that is tied to Raven’s destiny, and who is for all intent and purposes, completely unstoppable and most likely the bringer of the end of the world as we know it!

Despite this rather dark premise for the season, the writers go out of their way to balance the run with a run of much lighter, more comedic episodes in the middle, resulting in a series that once again manages to cater to a much wider audience than just its core target demographic (i.e. young kids) and in the process manage to be a completely fun and action-packed outing that everyone ought to be able to enjoy and probably pull a good number of laughs in the process as well.

All the same goofy looking characters are brought back into the mix once again (i.e. Robin, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Raven and Starfire), and the wonderfully fun, loose and often super-deformed, cutesy anime-inspired, animation style is retained, making for a visually light show, that funnily enough works across the rather wide spectrum of both serious and silly episodes that the season throws at us.

Great voice acting mixed up with a good sound track and the same energetic plus insanely cute theme song as always, adds the final bits to what is yet again a totally worthwhile and fun animated series to pick up and watch with the kids.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teen_Titans_%28TV_series%29

Ghost in the Shell Cosplay: Motoko Kusanagi (Makiron) Cosplay 21 OCT 2012

Japanese cosplayer Makiron aims high as she tries to take on the always popular character of Major Motoko Kusanagi, of the famed Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow franchise.

Major Motoko Kusanagi is a fictional Japanese character in the Ghost in the Shell anime and manga series. She is a cyborg employed as the squad leader of Public Security Section 9, a fictional division of the real Japanese National Public Safety Commission.

She is voiced by Atsuko Tanaka in the movies and the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex anime series. In the English dubbing of the original films she is voiced by Mimi Woods and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn in the sequel and in the anime series.

Kusanagi’s various incarnations in the manga, movies, and TV series all portray her differently. Since each of these has an independent storyline, Kusanagi’s physical and mental characteristics have been modified in different ways to reflect the focus of each respective story.

And now you know.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motoko_Kusanagi

Review: Teen Titans – The Complete Third Season (2004) My Reviews 13 AUG 2012

There is virtually nothing that you can dislike about the insanely fun, targeted at young kids, Teen Titans, who return for their third 13 part season, this time ditching the manipulative Slade as lead bad guy and instead replacing him with the hypnotic, cult leader Brother Blood instead!

Terra who was introduced in the last season is dropped and the team is returned to the core of level-headed leader Robin, the adorable and likeable Starfire, the cool techno wizard Cyborg, the enigmatic and grouchy Raven, and of course the over the top, ball of silliness that is Beast Boy.

Stories are again an equal mix of all out action and over the top silliness, where pretty much anything goes, as seen in particular by the groovy Mad Mod and out of the hat Amazing Mumbo episodes. In-addition to the variety of villains, both old and new, that get tossed at us during the run, we also get treated in the latter part of the series with the introduction of the new Titans East franchise, consisting of Bumblebee, Speedy, Aqualad, and the super fast Guatemalan twins Más y Menos.

With just the right mix of action and slapstick comedy, combined with a great voice cast, fun music, and the loose but fun animation style that often dips into the super deformed sort of stuff one usually only encounters on Japanese anime shows, Teen Titans is an absolute delight that is sure to be loved by your kids, and if you are a comic book fan, will probably entertain you in the process of watching it with them as well!

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teen_Titans_%28TV_series%29

Review: Teen Titans – The Complete Second Season (2004) My Reviews 12 JUL 2012

The insanely catchy and fun opening theme by Puffy AmiYumi is back, heralding of course the return of the awesomely fun superheroes for kids television series, Teen Titans!

The second season of Warner Bros. Animation’s Teen Titans consists of 13 episodes (just like the first season), and was aired back in 2004, making it pretty old already.

Following on from the first season, this new outing kicks off with the introduction of the new and sixth Teen Titan, Terra, who has the ability to manipulate rock (although she only hangs around for the first episode or two, then disappearing for most of the remainder of season, before returning right before the end to kick off the big finale arc).

As you might imagine, everyone that made up the team in the first season is back for this second run, giving us the adorable and likeable Starfire, the level-headed but headstrong Robin, the cool techno wizard Cyborg, the enigmatic and grouchy Raven, and of course the over the top, ball of silliness that is Beast Boy.

The series also brings back Slade (Deathstroke) as the principle manipulator behind the scenes, and after an enjoyable and action-packed two thirds of the episodes are done, the show really kicks into high gear, shifting to an even heavier amount of action and drama as Slade shows his hand and things get pretty serious!

With just the right mix of action and slapstick comedy, combined with the loose but fun animation style that often dips into the super deformed sort of stuff one usually only encounters on Japanese anime shows, Teen Titans is an absolute delight that is sure to be loved by your kids, and if you are a comic book fan, will probably entertain you in the process of watching it with them as well.

Light hearted (but with plenty of butt kicking superhero action), and with a great voice cast, fun music and silly but enjoyable animation, Teen Titans shouldn’t disappoint anyone in their target market – i.e. your youngsters! :)

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teen_Titans_%28TV_series%29

Review: Justice League: Doom (2012) Animation | My Reviews 21 JUN 2012

The Justice League consists of Earth’s finest super heroes and protectors of humanity. But in the mind of the Dark Knight, it contains potentially the most dangerous people on the planet. Over time, Batman has compiled top-secret contingency plans should any of them go rogue. When these files are stolen by a rising group of super villains, the Justice League embarks on a collision course that will test the very fabric of its alliance!

Director Lauren Montgomery and producers Bruce Timm and Sam Register are back, with the last ever movie script penned by the venerable Dwayne McDuffie before his untimely passing. Released in February 2012, Justice League: Doom is the 13th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line.

The JL line-up for this outing consists of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), The Flash (Barry Allen) and Martian Manhunter, with the assistance of Cyborg who ends up playing a pivotal role in the saga. Up against them is Vandal Savage, leading a group consisting of Metallo, Mirror Master, Cheetah, Star Sapphire, Bane and Ma’alefa’ak – basically a villain from each hero’s rogues gallery and thus perfect to round things off. What follows is an excellently paced action drama that sees each of the heroes incapacitated in a surprising manner, as Vandal sets about his plan to create a new world order – which of course makes for quite an epic ending.

Being a team-based movie, not a lot of time is lavished on one single hero, but the air time is split evenly enough that you don’t feel hard done by if you support a particular character, and the various threads all combine very nicely to provide a solid and enjoyable super hero tale that has plenty of drama, intrigue and of course fist pounding action (not to mention a giggle here and there)!

Although not a direct sequel to the earlier Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, the movie does use the same character designs as the former, and to be frank, despite some of the more pretty boy faces like Superman to get used to as well as the sometimes too sparse line-work, the visuals are for the most part crisp, clean and very well animated, with some fluid choreography and effects, not to mention the vibrant colour palette it sports.

Christopher Drake scores the film and complementing the great soundtrack is a stellar vocal performance from all of the voice actors attached to the project, which includes the likes of Kevin Conroy as Batman, Time Daly as Superman and Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern.

In summary this is yet another excellently crafted super hero movie and a worthy inclusion in what is a fantastic DC animated movie line-up. Strong story which keeps you engaged from start to finish, great visuals and animation, plus a polished sound makes Justice League: Doom well worth tracking down!

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice_League:_Doom

Review: Teen Titans – The Complete First Season (2003) My Reviews 07 JUN 2012

Pint-sized teenage heroes doing good, saving lives, being silly, and having fun, pretty much sums up what truly is an awesome super hero animated show for the younger comic book fans (and their easy-going parents) out there.

Teen Titans chronicles the adventures of Robin, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Starfire and Raven, who for the super-powered team Teen Titans, based in their fantastical Titan Tower headquarters – shaped as a giant T.

This pretty much sets the tone for this surprisingly action-packed, but very humorous and fun take on the classic Teen Titans comic book franchise. Whilst there exists an overarching plot involving a rather sinister Deathstroke (referred to only as Slade for the most part), each episode sees the team up against some or other super-powered villain, but with the focus firmly on their youthful shenanigans and relationships with one another – made particularly interesting thanks to the wide array of personalities that makes up the group.

Physical humor and jokes abound, and the heavy use of super deformed character reactions borrowed straight from Japanese anime makes for a very fun and light-hearted show that carries enough meat to keep it interesting for the slightly older children (and parents too), but is guaranteed to entertain quite a wide spectrum of younger viewers.

The animation is as light-hearted as the tone of the show itself, and its bright and colorful, stylized images that borrow heavily from Japanese anime aesthetics is actually quite pleasing on the eye. In addition to the fun visuals, the actual quality of the animation and fight choreography is surprisingly good and as a whole, the Teen Titans is actually a pretty well animated show.

Aurally, in addition to the fun theme songs from the whimsical Japanese J-Pop duo of Puffy AmiYumi, and a great selection of background music, the voice actors tasked with bringing to life these young characters have been well chosen and suit the style and tone of the stories perfectly.

In summary, Teen Titans does very little, if anything, wrong. It is visually fun, kids can easily identify with the characters, the humor is there, and most important of all, there is more than enough action to satisfy pretty much all the comic book fans out there.

If you have a kid, then you’ll kick yourself if you don’t grab this show to sit down and watch with them. Definitely loads of fun! :)

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teen_Titans_%28TV_series%29