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"that's the second biggest hypodermic needle I've ever seen!"

Yay! There are episodes of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show on YouTube!

I'm a little embarrassed that this cartoon holds such a special place in my heart, considering just how bad it is--some of the dialogue would send the writers of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series into sniggering fits. But there's something incredibly endearing about the bad puns and the gratuitous use of Super Mario Bros. 2 sound effects. I mean, just look at the opening theme.

Just saw Episode 34: Mario Meets Koopzilla. For an American TV show based on a Japanese video game, it's surprisingly racist against Japanese. And Italians. And New Yorkers. But it's racist in an adorable, culturally clueless sort of way. I doubt Japan could have done better.

Kind of sad that the live-action sitcom half of the show has been lost to the mists of time, though. I was too young to understand them when I first saw them, and now I can't find them anywhere.

cosplay vs. cosplay

What do you get when a bunch of fighting game fans, anime otaku, cariacturists, and costume designers from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Australia get together on the Internet and hang out?

You get a totally bitchin' fighting game.

Featuring cosplayers of: Evangelion, Naruto, Digimon, .hack, Super Mario Bros./Street Fighter 2 (in the same character!), Gundam, Sakura Taisen, Shaman King, Dancougar, Hunter X Hunter, Houshin Engi, Getter Robo, Mazinger Z, Virtual-On, Power Rangers, Ojamaio Doremi, Bio Hazard, and My Neighbor Totoro. As well as a lot of series I've never heard of.

It has surprisingly deep gameplay for a game made with Fighter Maker.

And it's free!
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full metal panic! the second raid

Just saw the rest of Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid tonight, and oh man. Oh man.

Never before have I seen an anime that cycles so abruptly from badass gunfighting to quirky romance to deadpan-serious war commentary and not only succeeds in each genre, but totally kicks ass. The different genres not only do not conflict, they augment each other. Every few eps completely change the direction of the series and somehow it never comes off as jarring or contrived. It's like life--sometimes it's horror, sometimes it's romance, sometimes it's giant robot swordfights. It nicely juxtaposes the familiar, comforting world of schoolbooks and convenience stores and the harsh reality of a world perpetually in conflict. And the drama--my poor heartstrings, they hurt from being pulled so hard.

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