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84th Annual Academy Awards: "Rango" Best Animated Feature, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" Best Animated Short

The 84th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony is announcing winners for the following categories with an animated work contending for an Oscar. This article will be updated with the winners throughout the evening. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: (9:48 PM EST) Rango (directed by Gore Verbinski) A Cat in Paris (directed by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli) […]

Katsucon 2012: Impressions of "Kimi ni Todoke", "Puelli Magi Madoka Magica", "Princess Jellyfish"

Saturday at Katsucon, I attended multiple screenings in the premiere video room. Unfortunately two FUNimation premieres once planned for the weekend had to be cancelled (for Okami-san and Her Seven Companions and The Legend of the Legendary Heroes), but in their place I witnessed three showings for recent or upcoming titles: Kimi ni Todoke: From […]

"Robotech" Rocks

Robotech is a sweeping sci-fi action adventure epic that thoroughly deserves its standing as one of a very rare breed: a genuinely good 1980s American cartoon show. As a gateway to Japanese animation, the program was no less consequential than Star Blazers or Akira for the American market, and beyond that the show earned itself […]

Discotek Media to Release "Venus Wars", "Locke the Superman"

Via its Facebook page, Discotek Media has announced that it will release the animated movies “Venus Wars” and “Locke the Superman” on DVD. Both releases will include English dubbing and the original Japanese language track with English subtitles. For “Venus Wars”, Discotek has further confirmed that the DVD will feature a remastered anamorphic transfer. First […]

Ralph Bakshi's "Wizards" to Be Released on Blu-Ray on March 13, 2012

20th Century Fox will release a remastered edition of the 1977 film Wizards on Blu-Ray. A blend of science fiction and fantasy, Wizards takes place on a post-apocalyptic Earth and follows the tale of Avatar, a wizard striving to protect his realm from his evil brother Blackwolf and hordes of mutants created by nuclear fallout. […]

Bandai Entertainment To Downsize, Cease New Releases

The anime distributor Bandai Entertainment will undergo a restructuring next month that will lay off three of its five fulltime staff and refocus its priorities on licensing merchandising, digital distribution and broadcast rights to other companies. Though the company will also continue to produce and distribute its existing properties, all new releases have been cancelled. […]

Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing - "Distraction" Recap

The Silvius finds itself face-to-face with the Ades Federation’s 1st Fleet, which had been silently tailing Fam and Giselle. Following up on the prior episode’s cliffhanger, “Distraction” is a fully action-oriented episode that depicts the the Silvius‘ struggle to survive against the onslaught of the Ades Federation’s 1st fleet. Despite the ship’s resilience and the […]

Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland Video Game Review (PS3)

Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland is a sequel to Atelier Roronoa: The Alchemist of Arland and the predecessor to Atelier Meruru: The Apparentice of Arland, which is due for release from NIS America in Q1 or Q2 2012. Newcomers need not be wary though, as I found this game to be enjoyable on its […]

"T'was the Night Before Christmas": Spirit Trumps Intellect

Rankin/Bass’ 1974 holiday special T’was the Night Before Christmas has got the characteristic charm present in much of the studio’s other work, though this loose take on Clement Moore’s famous poem is about as simple as it gets. Whereas many Christmas specials tell a tale relating to an iconic figure or focus on the virtues […]

Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing - "Weak Square" Recap

With only one ship left until their agreement with Tatiana is fulfilled, Fam and company aim to capture a fleet of eight ships being transported from the north. Up until now, this show has been hampered by a dearth of genuine tension thanks to a vexing inconsistency. On the one hand our heroes have been […]

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