This year's lineup not quite as glamorous as those of previous years.
In the past, the Fantasia Festival premiered some high-profile anime titles such as Perfect Blue, Metropolis and Millennium Actress. However, this year's program mostly consists of titles already (or soon to be) on DVD:
For nostalgia lovers, the last 4 episodes of Goldorak (French dub of Grendizer) will be shown. The most unique entry in the animation category is without a doubt Tamala 2010: a punk cat in space, a 92 minute film that perhaps owes more to experimental films than to traditional anime.
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Despite a few failed jokes, the second 23 episode set is still largely entertaining fare. With one exception, familiar faces are supplemented nicely by amusing newcomers, though that one exception is especially obnoxious.
Since Justin isn't at SDCC, he can answer all your questions about anime studios' work on American cartoons, why short TV series don't get licensed, why voice actor commentaries are so rare, and the history of anime theme songs.
Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn does little more than its assigned duty as a playground for battle-mecha carnage. It's enjoyable in quick little brawls, never outright terrible but always a bit tedious.
It's easy to understand what Kill La Kill wants to say in every moment because its ideas are simple, but conveyed in ways never quite seen before, and its healthy splashes of humor grow out of its thematic ideas rather than combating them.