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Cool Stuff: Your Choice!

This short is a creation of Japanese director Koji Yamamura, an independent filmmaker who most notably received an Oscar nomination for his animated short Mt. Head in 2003. As the message at the beginning announces, the inspiration for the film came from an unusual source; it was “…the result of a series of children’s animation […]

Cool Stuff: Grendizer Returns

A creation of Go Nagai and a cousin of sorts to the famous Mazinger Z, UFO Robot Grendizer was one of many super robot cartoons produced in Japan during the 1970s. The story followed the adventures of Prince Duke Fleed, who flees to Earth with the titular robot after an invasion of his home planet […]

Did You Know This Was Anime? - Amazing Zorro

Japanese animation commonly adapts domestic creations, such as its horde of manga. However, as we have previously observed with Grimm’s Fairy Tale Classics, it has also been willing and able to adapt ideas from all over the world. Another such example is the famous swashbuckling hero Zorro, who received one of his many adaptations in […]

"The Law of Ueki" Needs The Talent To Be Exciting

In the first five minutes of The Law of Ueki, the green-haired hero of the title beats up random thugs and shows off a superpower that lets him turn ordinary trash into tree lumber that he can control and manipulate at will. His junior high classmate Ai Mori observes this and promptly freaks out. Then […]

Geneon Anime Worth Rescuing - Part 2

Today, we continue our overview of some quality Geneon anime currently in limbo that, with any luck, might be picked up for distribution in the coming weeks and months. Read on and give voice to your own opinions! 5. Space Pirate Captain Herlock – The Endless Odyssey: Outside Legend Before this oddly-titled OVA series came […]

Cool Stuff: Dragon Ball Z In Nine Minutes

This collaborative AMV is an oldie by now, but the “Doomrider” project is still very good more than five years later. Full details about the video and the people who made it can be found here. Squeezing the events of 291 episodes into nine minutes is a formidable task; but the excellent editing hits the […]

The New Thundercats and the Retro Revival

Today’s unexpected news about the development of Warner Bros’ new ThunderCats cartoon for a 2011 premiere is welcome and interesting for a few reasons worth noting. First of all, I think it’s fair to say that assorted animation news in the past nine months has introduced a fad of retro revival. What young adults grew […]

Geneon Anime Worth Rescuing - Part 1

Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 During the recent Anime North convention in Toronto, a Canadian blogger reported on twitter that FUNimation entertainment stated its intention to announce “new Geneon license rescues” at Anime Expo, which will take place July 1st through July 4th in San Francisco. Such news is good and unsurprising; a considerable portion of Geneon […]

Cool Stuff: Leiji Matsumoto's Bohemian Rhapsody AMV

This fantastic and strange music video was produced by the famed anime & manga creator Leiji Matsumoto (Galaxy Express 999, Captain Harlock, Space Battlship Yamato) and released in Japan to commemorate the 18th anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s death. The footage apparently uses some characters and concepts from Out of Galaxy Koshika, a digitally-distributed manga by […]

Cool Stuff: Gaiking CG Teaser Trailer

This is an early pilot for a movie adaptation of Toei Animation’s Gaiking cartoon. It was produced by Jules Urbach, a developer of Light Stage. Light Stage uses advanced “scanning technology”; it is a powerful production tool that has notably been used for the Oscar-winning special effects in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and […]

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