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"Spice and Wolf" Season 2: Sweet Smell of Success

Spice and Wolf II is a welcome continuation of one of the most pleasant surprises in Japanese animation in recent years; this is a series that engages and entertains by the sheer strength of its writing and characterization. The story of Spice and Wolf takes place in a setting reminiscent of Europe in the Middle […]

New Film Based on "Cyborg 009" Announced; Kenji Kamiyama to Direct & Screenwrite

After a screening of Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. Solid State Society 3D in Tokyo, director Kenji Kamiyama announced a new film titled 009 Re:Cyborg as his next project. The announcement was streamed live on the video websites Youtube, Ustream and Nico Nico Douga. 009 Re:Cyborg is set in the year 2013 and is based […]

"Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Black Rose Saga" Takes a Dark Twist

Revolutionary Girl Utena‘s “Black Rose Saga” marks a distinct and substantially darker shift for this bizarre but intriguing series. The prior set introduced us to our heroine and the premise of student duelists competing for possession of Anthy, the so-called Rose Bride, for the sake of supposedly revolutionizing the world. Utena successfully fended off each […]

Bandai Entertainment Solicits Nov. 2011 Releases Including "Star Driver"

Anime distributor Bandai Entertainment recently announced its November slate of home video releases. Part 1 of the supernatural mecha series Star Driver is due on DVD and Blu-ray on 11/22/11; the Blu-Ray release will retail for $49.98 while the DVD will cost $39.98. The show is being released in Japanese with English subtitles. Also available […]

"Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon" Volume 1 Eclipses the Competition

Kodansha Comics’ republication of Naoko Takeuchi’s Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon manga marks nothing less than the long-awaited return of a giant. For those with any amount of serious interest in anime or manga, Sailor Moon should need little introduction. The anime series televised for years in syndication and on USA Network in the 90s before […]

The Potential of JManga

By any standard, this has been a tough year for the manga industry. Sales are dramatically down compared to the heights reached a few years ago, Tokyopop went out of business and left a myriad of titles out of print, and the immenent closure of the Borders bookstore chain eliminates a major source of business and,makes it that much […]

Rebuild of Evangelion 3.0 Scheduled For Fall 2012

The official website for the “Rebuild of Evangelion” project has announced that its third movie, titled Q Quickening, will premiere in Japanese theaters in Fall 2012. The first two movies, Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone and Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance, were previously licensed and dubbed into English by FUNimation Entertainment. The first […]

Ten Aging Anime That Should Be Brought Back

The big players in the R1 anime industry may be largely focused on recent titles, but old anime has been making a noticeable comeback these past twelve months. Bandai Entertainment recently announced the return of Akira return to DVD, while Mobile Suit Gundam is finally getting boxed sets this Fall after a long hiatus. Thanks […]

"The Last Unicorn": A Sublime Classic

Though it may be neglected on most lists of great animated films, The Last Unicorn is a hallmark of the 1980s and an easy contender for the finest animated achievement from Rankin/Bass Productions. An adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Peter S. Beagle, it offers an incisive and faithful screenplay from […]

"ThunderCats - Season One, Book One" DVD Announced for October 18, 2011

Warner Home Video has announced its first DVD release for the new ThunderCats animated series. Titled ThunderCats – Season One, Book One, it will retail for $19.97 and include the first eight episodes: Omens, Part One Omens, Part Two Ramlak Rising Song of the Petalars Old Friends Journey to the Tower of Omens Legacy The […]

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