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Clarence
The neighbourhood fat kid. Common suburban comedy situations. Kinda reminds me of a low budget The Simpson’s. It’s not terrible but doesn’t really break any new ground.

Claymore

Woman warriors that fight to protect humans from monsters. You get a lot of the backstory, and history. Not all the Claymore or the Organization are what they appear to be. The writing is quite deep, but the animation is sub par. Movements are jerky and the fight scenes have a lot of stills moving across background, or quick loops of disjointed frames that look silly. I bailed on the series after fifteen episodes though because it just kept getting more gruesome. Extended scenes of monsters torturing captured Claymore was where I drew the line.

The Clevelands

All of the creativity, cleverness, and subtlety of Family Guy and American Dad, (that is to say none whatsoever) but now with Racism. The Cleveland’s spins off the black characters from Family Guy and plays on every ugly black stereotype from the last century. They even had to change the original words to the theme because it was so full of tacky racial slurs that even Fox affiliates were starting to talk about not running the show. The Cleveland’s continues the career of Seth MacFarlane. How someone so utterly lacking in any vestige of talent, creativity or simple taste keeps producing shows escapes me. Oh yeah it’s on Fox.

Code Lyoko
Surprisingly interesting. Kids at a boarding school that lead a double life. They secretly battle in a video game in a land called Lyoko against XANOS, a bad AI that can actually effect the real world and wants to take over. Then they also have a Back To The Past switch. They save the world and defeat XANOS and then reset the world to a point in time just before the crisis started so they are the only ones that remember what happened. A fascinating part of the show is that the “real” world is cartoony 2D graphics and the “Virtual” world of Lyoko is a well rendered 3D environment. Two things make this a great series. First the writing. The charactors have depth and develop as the story arc progresses. Things happen that are referred to later on and change the path of the story, and they finished the story. There is a proper conclusion, a rare thing these days. Code Lyoko also has one of the best theme songs of any series. Make Evil Go Away is really catchy and uplifting. It’s a great series and to be honest I'm going to miss those kids.

Coreline (Movie)
A family moves to a creepy old hotel in the country. The daughter Coreline, explores the place, strange tenants, and general weirdness. She discovers a small door in an unused room that leads to an alternate universe where her ‘Other Mother’ lives. Her Other Mother is better in every way, other than she has buttons for eyes. Things start to take an ominous turn and Coreline must escape from what she now sees is a trap. Though this was marketed as an animated spooky story for kids, it’s actually a horror film with oedipal psychological overtones. Quite good actually.

Corpse Bride (Movie)

(Burton) A stuttering Milquetoast of a guy has to get married but keeps messing up his lines. While practicing his vows in the forest he inadvertently pledges his hand to a corpse who assumes they are now married, she was killed on her wedding day and her ghost could not rest until she gets married. Creepy and funny at the same time.

Cossette No Shouzou
A murdered girl’s spirit is trapped in an antique glass and is discovered years later by an artist working in an antique shop. Uninteresting.

Courage the Cowardly Dog

I love the mixed media animation they use on this one. Some of the stories even had some depth about them. After a season or two they seem to have run out of ideas for situations and I got tired of watching them beat up this all too nice dog.

Cow and Chicken

The current incarnation of the Tex Avory school of animation. Rubbery characters, one smart, one stupid, have adventures with other characters in their world. Lots of gross humour and lowbrow comedy. It looks like a retooling of Ren and Stimpy.

Cowboy Beebop

Interplanetary Bounty Hunters that chase bad guys, try to make ends meet and keep out of trouble, and find a bit of happiness on the way. This show is a bit violent, has a number of drug references, lots of smoking, and sexual innuendo. It also has great music and extremely good stories tying together a single overall plot.

Cowboy Beebop: The Movie (Movie)
Interplanetary bounty hunters trying to capture a madman before he can spread a plague on Mars. Lots of intrigue. The series was done first and you might have some trouble understanding the characters if you have not seen it. Overall it is quite enjoyable. Whoever designed the scene with all of the old airplanes was a huge aviation buff. Rather than drawing generic old airplanes they put precisely done accurate drawings of real aircraft from the 30s and 40s. Fairy Swordfish, TBM Avengers, and others.

Crystal Blaze
On the bad side of town a private investigator with an assortment of odd ‘helpers’ plies his trade. He deals mostly with minor, almost trivial cases except for those that his brother, a flamboyant transvestite (and a really bad one) sends him. In the middle of this a series of mysterious deaths of young women happen. They were turned into green glass statues that shatter shortly after they are discovered. There is a damsel in distress, (who also periodically starts to turn into green glass but can push back and recover her humanity). The private investigator tries to help her (without coming in contact with her because while women can touch her, men get 3rd degree burns). There is a lot of sexual tension and subtext but it is not ecchi. The writing is fairly good, as fresh as a hard boiled detective story involving corrupt corporations and burned out cops can get. It was fun.

Cyber 6
A female cyborg that fights crime by night in Maridiana, a city on the French coast. Her daytime alter ego is a mild mannered MALE milquetoast English teacher. Gender issues are brought up, accepted roles are bent and the primary characters are explored in depth. An interesting show. The only weakness is that the villains are two dimensional. The mad scientist that created Cyber 6, Data 7, and a host of other creations, is never explored in depth. Jose, his son is just a spoiled, temperamental, inept bad kid. His minions are moronic mask wearing mutants with no explanation of where they came from or why. Overall though, the show is rather good.






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