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Fate Of Japanese Animation Industry In Doubt

by Grant Whiteon March 4, 2009
The Japan Times Online today presents an article discussing concerns over the supposed decline of the Japanese animation industry. Key concerns include the disillusionment of animation graduates and the global financial recession.

"SpongeBob Vs The Big One": Lazy Day Beach Antics

by Grant Whiteon March 3, 2009
Like most adults who enjoy animation, I appreciate it as a versatile medium limited only by the ideas of the people who work in it, and believe that it’s perfectly possible to make a story with dark and mature themes. But that doesn’t mean I’ve lost sight of the simpler fun you can have with […]

"Shaun the Sheep": You Ain't Seen Mutton Yet!

by Grant Whiteon February 17, 2009
In late 2008, Aardman completed what is advertised as the ‘First Series’ of their popular Shaun the Sheep with the release of Abracadabra and Washday. Along with the previous three volumes, this pair are available in a complete box set, but I’ll be taking a look at the single releases. It’s been a while since […]

Tony Hart Passes On at 83

by Grant Whiteon January 19, 2009
Tony Hart, the artist famous for a series of a UK television series which encouraged children to draw and create, has died at the age of 83. He passed away peacefully on Sunday morning. Hart was a well known staple of UK nostalgia culture. His television series such as Vision On, Take Hart (which introduced […]

"The Clone Wars" Gets a Strong Start in Premiere

by Grant Whiteon October 2, 2008
It was about a decade ago that I became a Star Wars fan. Ironically, it was because of the widely loathed Special Editions. I got pretty into it, eagerly savouring new information and merchandise. However, by the time of 2002’s Attack of the Clones, I was pretty burned out. Star Wars movies are brilliant fun […]

"Gundam SEED Destiny TV Movie I"- Shattered World, Shattered Expectations?

by Grant Whiteon September 30, 2008
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny is probably one of the most controversial anime series of the last few years. A sequel to the popular Gundam SEED, the series was plagued by a variety of behind the scenes dramas that led to its being used as a prime example of what happens when a series with […]

Gunota Headlines Shuts Down

by Grant Whiteon August 31, 2008
Gunota Headlines, the fan maintained Gundam information blog, announced today that it is closing down. Over the last few years the site has been a top source of news for all things Gundam, helping English speaking fans stay in the loop. Beyond that, the site has even be translated into further languages such as French […]

"SD Gundam Force- All New Adventures": A Long Awaited Voyage

by Grant Whiteon July 26, 2008
Early in this DVD set, a Zako comments that they’re finally back after a very long time. That humble little Zako has no idea how right he is. About two years ago, I looked back at the first season of SD Gundam Force and sadly lamented the fact that a release of the second looked […]

Latin America Discovery Kids Licenses 'Will and Dewitt'

by Grant Whiteon May 14, 2008
The Latin America Discovery Kids has licensed Cookie Jar Entertainment’s preschool show Will and Dewitt, C21Media reports. Cookie Jar sales executive Kirsten Hurd hopes this will form a continuing relationship between themselves and Discovery Kids.

Bandai Entertainment Announces July Solicitations

by Grant Whiteon May 13, 2008
Bandai Entertainment have announced their forthcoming titles for July 2008. The second volume of Lucky Star will be released on 1st July, available in both standard and limited editions ($29.99/49.99). Also available on 15th July will be a Complete Collection of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya ($59.98). Gurren Lagann SE 01 with OP CD – […]