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Heavy Metal 2000 Review


OK
Also inexplicably known as Fakk 2, this update on the cult classic original carries all of the loud music of its predecessor but little of its style. All-updated animation robs Heavy Metal 2000 of its charm, and casting a porn star (Strain) as its lead -- in animated form as well as her voice -- should give you some idea where this movie is aimed. (Hint, it's in the pelvic region.) Not that the original was sophisticated, but at least it was funny. Heavy Metal 2000 doesn't offer much more than an excuse to see animated boobs and lots and lots of violence, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I just wish there was more to the goings on.

Vampire Hunter D Review


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Decidedly not-bad anime, as a half-man/half-vampire hunts down the evil vampires plaguing his far-future society. Filled with adult themes, swooping swordfights, and gory vampire thrills, this is one of the best anime films to come out of the often rough-and-unfinished 1980s era -- and, in a rare switch, it actually has a plot you can make sense out of.

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Heavy Metal 2000 Review


OK
Also inexplicably known as Fakk 2, this update on the cult classic original carries all of the loud music of its predecessor but little of its style. All-updated animation robs Heavy Metal 2000 of its charm, and casting a porn star (Strain) as its lead -- in animated form as well as her voice -- should give you some idea where this movie is aimed. (Hint, it's in the pelvic region.) Not that the original was sophisticated, but at least it was funny. Heavy Metal 2000 doesn't offer much more than an excuse to see animated boobs and lots and lots of violence, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I just wish there was more to the goings on.

Otaku Unite! Review


Good
Otaku Unite! follows the story of anime fandom in the U.S. from its subculture roots to a growing mainstream presence. Director Eric Bresler deftly culls opinions and facts from some of the foremost names in the industry to profile the Eastern animation phenomenon and the fans who've embraced it.

He begins by attempting to find a consensus on both the literal meaning and the connotation of "otaku." Some historians view it as a respectful version of the word "you" originally embraced by hardcore Japanese fans of the genre but now largely considered in that country as an insult. Some American aficionados regard it as a "badge of honor," turning a once derogatory term for "obsessive fan" into a compliment for being just that.

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