One fateful night in 2014, Akira Toriyama tossed and turned in his bed. Sweat poured from his forehead as he struggled to come up with an idea for the fifteenth Dragon Ball Z movie.
The build-up to the current obligatory protagonist power-up, exacerbated by an extended broadcast break, kept viewers locked in agonized suspense. Saddle up, folks–the moment has arrived and, once again, we ride into the ever-fantasticating world of Saiyan transformations.
The hip-hoppin’, klaxosaur stompin’ action barrels ahead without foreplay. This time the klaxos throw down the gauntlet–can the Stamens control their erections as clothes-eating-splooge rains down on their pistils?
Gundam Wing, better known as the robot show that came on after DBZ on Toonami, inspired enough yaoi lemon fanfiction to fill the Library of Congress ten times over. It also led to the creation of Gundam Wing: Endless Walt, a movie following a psychopath, a Satanist, a circus clown, a violinist, and a terrorist on their mission to murder a seven-year-old who assumes control of the government.
First-time director Hideaki Anno and his ragtag band of proto-otaku created Gunbuster to prove, once and for all, that no one had more geek cred than them. They succeeded.
The writers have yet to strike a consistent tone. The artistic heights of episode five now seem a faint memory–a nagging reminder of the show’s oft-squandered potential.
Director Satoshi Kuwahara assigns Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions one job: melt the audience into a puddle of nostalgic bliss by whatever means necessary. The film completes its task with aplomb.
Sticking with the tried and true Dragon Ball formula, Toei summarizes the episode within the title, spoiling the ending before the action even begins.
To paraphrase Forrest Gump, “DarliFra is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” And, faithful to the truism, our Aesopian sextravaganza continues to defy expectations and flip-flop its tonality episode by episode.
Mamoru Hosoda’s latest effort, The Brat and the Bad Dads, follows a slovenly monkeybear swordsman and a disillusioned nine-year-old as they unravel the timeless mysteries of parenting and inner-strength.